Winema School, formally know as Chemeketa Alternative High
program, at Chemeketa Community College started in the early
1980s with a request from the local high schools to
establish a structured option for at-risk youth other than
GED. Because of negative connotations affiliated with Alternative
Schools and their student population, the name was changed
to Winema School in 1999 to reflect the positive option it
is. The name Winema was chosen because of its location at
Winema Place on the college campus.
Initially the program served only contracted students referred
from local high schools. Because of the 90% success rate the
program has, many self-pay students have chosen to finish
their diploma requirements through Winema School.
The most common reason for enrollment in the program is a
smaller learning environment and stricter attendance policy.
Students served are from Salem and outlying mid-valley communities.