Wilmington High
School
Program of Studies Night
2015-16
Wilmington High School…
Introductions:
Administration
Curriculum Team Leaders and Liaisons
Excellence in Education…
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WHS currently offers 10
AP courses…
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Students also can choose
available AP courses on
Virtual High School
(VHS)
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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…
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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
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70% attend 4 year college
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19% attend 2 year college
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4% attend trade schools
Excellence in Education…
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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
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Modeling with Mathematics
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Student Technology Integration
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Introduction to TV And Media Production
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Theory of Human Understanding
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Forensic Biotechnology
Changes to the scheduling
process…
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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…
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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…
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Color coded for each
grade level
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Teacher/CTL signatures
needed for electives
requiring departmental
approval
What’s next…
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Review the WHS Program of Studies found on Aspen and on
the WHS website at http://www.wpsk12.com
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Keep an eye out for the form that your students will receive on
February 24
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Complete the form with electives choices and sign
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Return signed to W3 teachers before March 3
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Counselors will meet with each student to discuss teacher
recommendations and electives choices
We are here to help…
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Contact your counselor with any questions
regarding accessing Aspen
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Speak to your student’s teacher to discuss the
course recommendations if you have any
questions
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Override form available on Aspen
MATHEMATICS PATHWAYS
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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
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Geometry
Algebra 2
Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus
Algebra 3
Algebra 3
Statistics
Modeling with
Mathematics
Int. Trig/Int. Stats
Statistics
Statistics
Calculus
MATHEMATICS ELECTIVES
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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
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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
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ENGLISH
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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
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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:
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US 9 History
US 10 (A and Honors)
WH 11 (A and Honors)
AP SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES:
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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
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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
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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……..
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