Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

                  from Family Members

Selection for enrollment into WSD programs is based on an Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) developed for each offender by the school principal or school counselor. The ITP lists the educational services recommended for each offender. If enrollment is recommended by the ITP, priority is based on the offender’s age, program availability, and projected release date. Students will be contacted by the principal or counselor for school services.
All offenders are encouraged to ask questions when they attend the Unit Classification Committee where programs are discussed.

The WSD offers English and a Second Language class or ESL.  Enrollment is based on the ITP.

Offenders are transferred for school enrollment but not often. All transfers are coordinated via the school counselor and are only requested for some programs. The WSD does not request transfers for enrollment in the GED program, CHANGES (pre-release) or the Cognitive Intervention Program. The TDCJ makes the final determination of all transfer decisions.

Because our students are adults, we need their permission to speak to anyone regarding their educational information. We must have written consent from an offender before we can discuss their records or status for enrollment.

Success Stories

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"I talk to them about how important education is and how hard I'm trying to prove that to them."

Success Story IconNEW - Education taught me... - "Education taught me how to think and analyze problems, which helps me daily in my current employment."

Success Story IconPolunsky Unit Success Story -
"He [Mr. Leblanc] taught me things that even the guys rebuilding transmissions for many years didn't know."

Success Story IconNEW - Making a positive impact - "I am very excited to be learning a new trade and to be securing employment for myself in the 'real world.'"

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Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.
WSD’s Business and Image Management & Multimedia (BIMM) class offers students the opportunity to learn viable graphic arts and computer skills, helping them prepare for jobs after release.
Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
Auto specialization students in a West Texas prison learn auto maintenance skills, preparing themselves for future employment as professional mechanics.