Wilmington High School Program of Studies Night 2015-16 Wilmington High School… Introductions: Administration Curriculum Team Leaders and Liaisons Excellence in Education… WHS currently offers 10 AP courses… Students also can choose available AP courses on Virtual High School (VHS) Calculus AB Biology Chemistry English Literature and Composition English Language and Composition US History World History US Government and Politics Microeconomics Spanish Language and Culture Excellence in Education… Because of our increased participation as well as a significant improvement in our AP scores, we have been inducted into the Advanced Placement Hall of Fame Small class size with students enjoying an average class size of 18 students 93% of WHS graduates attend institutions of higher education 70% attend 4 year college 19% attend 2 year college 4% attend trade schools Excellence in Education… • • MCAS ELA - 2% failing to 0% - 100% scoring Proficient and Advanced MATH - 4% failing to 1% - 93% scoring Proficient and Advanced New Courses for 2015-16 Modeling with Mathematics Student Technology Integration Introduction to TV And Media Production Theory of Human Understanding Forensic Biotechnology Changes to the scheduling process… The process is the same as last year Teachers will be making recommendations on Aspen only Parents and students will view the recommendations on their Aspen account A form (Electives Course Selection Sheet)will be used for electives choices and for parent and student signatures Timeline February 9 - 27 Teachers enter course recommendations in Aspen February 12 Grade level meetings with students February 24 – March 3 Students complete electives selection forms and return to W3 teachers February 24 – March 3 Parents accept recommendations in Aspen March 2 - April 10 Guidance counselors meet with students to discuss selections. Viewing teacher recommendations… Sign on to your student’s Aspen account to view the recommendations made by core academic course teachers Review teacher recommendations Click “Post” to confirm that you have viewed the recommendations Correspond with your counselor in the “Notes for counselor” box found below the recommendations. Counselors will discuss these concerns at individual scheduling meetings. What you will see on Aspen… The new form… Color coded for each grade level Teacher/CTL signatures needed for electives requiring departmental approval What’s next… Review the WHS Program of Studies found on Aspen and on the WHS website at http://www.wpsk12.com Keep an eye out for the form that your students will receive on February 24 Complete the form with electives choices and sign Return signed to W3 teachers before March 3 Counselors will meet with each student to discuss teacher recommendations and electives choices We are here to help… Contact your counselor with any questions regarding accessing Aspen Speak to your student’s teacher to discuss the course recommendations if you have any questions Override form available on Aspen MATHEMATICS PATHWAYS 4-Year Graduation Requirement GRADE 9→10 Algebra 1 Geometry GRADE 10→11 Geometry Algebra 2 Algebra 2 GRADE 11→12 Algebra 2 Algebra 2 Algebra 3 Algebra 3 Algebra 3 Pre-Calculus Pre-Calculus → → → → → → → → → → → → Geometry Algebra 2 Algebra 2 Pre-Calculus Algebra 3 Algebra 3 Statistics Modeling with Mathematics Int. Trig/Int. Stats Statistics Statistics Calculus MATHEMATICS ELECTIVES Students may choose to take Statistics in their senior year in addition to another Mathematics course Engineering Design is a half-year elective course which also may be taken in addition to another Mathematics course or may be used to complete a graduation requirement Visual Basic and Gaming are 2 half-year computer programming courses which may be taken in addition to another mathematics course – these courses may not be used to complete a graduation requirement Science/ Technology Eng. Typical Pathways of Study GRADE 9 10 11/12 11/12 Physical Science Biology Chemistry Electives/AP Biology (H) Chemistry Physics Electives/AP 3 Years of Science Required Intro to Engineering CAD Architectural Design Do not fulfill Science requirement Intro to Engineering does prepare students for the Technology Engineering MCAS - Passing fulfills Science MCAS requirement. ELECTIVES: Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Organic Chemistry, Forensic Biotechnology ENGLISH English Full Year Courses: English 9A or English 9H English 10A or English 10H English 11A or English 11H English 12A or English 12H ENGLISH English Full Year Courses (Rigor and Selection) Interdisciplinary US History and English (Grade 10 Honors) AP English Language and Composition (Grades 11 or 12) English Literature and Composition (Grade 12) ENGLISH ELECTIVES FULL YEAR: *Film Studies (11, 12) *Expository Writing (9-12) HALF YEAR *Creative Writing (10-12) *Futuristic Fiction (11,12) *Memoir, Non-Fiction, and The Creative Essay (11, 12) * Course may also be taken as an elective in grades 10, 11, and/or 12 Social Studies 3-Year Graduation Requirement TRADITIONAL SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES: US 9 History US 10 (A and Honors) WH 11 (A and Honors) AP SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES: AP World History AP US History AP Government AP Economics SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES: American Law Economics Government in America Contemporary Issues Facing History and Ourselves World War II World Religions and Cultures Psychology/Sociology World Languages Department Course Offerings There is currently no World Language graduation requirement AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE Introduction to ASL I (S1) Introduction to ASL II (S2) FRENCH French 2 Honors French 3 Honors French 4 Honors French V Honors Italian 2 A Italian 3 A ITALIAN SPANISH Spanish 1A Spanish 2A and Honors Spanish 3A and Honors Spanish 4A and Honors Spanish 5A (Film and Art) and Honors Latin 1 Honors LATIN Many More Offerings Performing and Fine Arts Program Band, Jazz Band, Woodwind Ensemble Chorus Strings Orchestra Pop Music Music Theory Introduction to Theater Studio Art Digital Photography Ceramics Graphic Design Media Arts (Animation/Digital Video) Introduction to Media Production Business Technology Family & Consumer Science Introduction To Business Managing Money Web Design Accounting Sports, Marketing, and Entertainment Entrepreneurship Student Technology Integration Independent Living Food and Nutrition And now to the Library… Thank you for coming this evening. Our Curriculum Team Leaders will be in the Library to answer any of your questions regarding our program. Have a nice evening……..