The Street School concept is "student centered" and begins with an assessment of the student's academics, support and social skills, career interest and economic literacy. Based on the the assessment, a plan is created outlining the course of study needed for the student to graduate. Each student is also assigned an advocate, a teacher or member of the staff, who is responsible for knowing about the student, his/her family, etc. WSSS utilizes small classroom settings in additional to an online curriculum, Odysseyware. This program is accredited in North Carolina and has been successful throughout the country, especially in alternative settings.
The Winston-Salem Street School offers a holistic approach to student learning. It recognizes that creating self sufficient citizens takes more than an education. Students are offered ancillary services including counseling, job shadowing, career counseling, advocacy, and practical support.
The small school setting as well as small student to teacher ratio allow for a family-type environment that promotes individual mentoring.
The Winston-Salem Street School allows for remediation. Most students at Street Schools are significantly behind in their academic development, possessing only a basic ability to read, write, and do math. Upon enrolling, students are placed according to their skill level and progress to state standards as they gain proficiency.