Course Information: Graduation and College Requirements, Pacing Guide, Etc.

Student Course Load

Students are generally required to take a minimum of seven periods of work out of eight possible scheduling periods.

Credits

One full credit is given in each class that meets at least 200 minutes a week for a full school year.
One-half credit is given in each class that meets at least 200 minutes per week for one semester.

Course Changes

The school will honor course change requests initiated by parents, students, and/or teachers from the time students elect their courses through the summer at which time schedules must be finalized and printed. Once school begins course changes will be permitted during the first two weeks of the semester. Parents, students and/or teachers may initiate course changes by making a written request including the reason for the change (a form will be available in the guidance office).  Changes will be allowed if there is agreement between the parent, teacher, and counselor.  Parent and teacher signatures are required. Should these individulas be unable to agree, the matter will be referred to the principal whose decision will be final.  Students who withdraw from a class after the first two weeks of the semester will recieve a grade of WP (Withdraw Passing) or WF (Withdraw Failing) posted on their report card and permanent records.  

Course Weighting
 
The following course weights are used to determine rank in class:

1.1 UConn Early College Experience and Advanced Placement Courses
1.05 Honors Courses
1.0 Courses taught at average academic difficulty

Diploma Requirements

A minimum of twenty-three credits is required for graduation.  The distribution for diploma requirements is as follows:
English 4.5 credits (including .5 Writing Workshop)
Social Studies 3 credits (including 1 in US History and .5 in Civics)
Mathematics 3 credits
Science 3 credits
Physical Education 1 credit
Health 1 credit
Electives (one credit must be earned in the arts and/or vocational education.)  Arts, Family & Consumer Science, Business, Tech. Ed., Music
 
Grade Placement

The following are the minimum earned credit requirements for grade placement for the first semester:
Senior - Grade 12 16 credits
Junior - Grade 11 11 credits
Sophomore - Grade 10 5.5 credits

University of Connecticut - Early College Experience Program (ECE)

Students enrolled in the apropriate courses and approved by the University of Connecticut will earn University Credit upon successful completion of the course and program requirements.  Any qualified student may enroll in courses through this program.  Prerequisites are clearly stated in the WHS course guide.  UConn credit is determined through the requirements stated in the course syllabus.  Students will need to additionally register for the ECE UConn classes through the Guidance Department.

UConn charges $125 for a 3 credit course and $160 for a 4 credit course.

Advanced Placement Course Offerings;

Advanced Placement European History
Advanced Placement Psychology
Advanced Placement Calculus (A/B)
Advanced Placement Statistics

SCHOOL COURSE LISTINGS                                                                                                                          

2016 – 2017            UCONN Early College Experience (ECE)

                              Dual Enrollment Courses                                                                                                                                                                                 

LOCATION: Westbrook High School

Site Rep: Ms. Jill Britton

 

FALL 2016                                      

TERM

COURSE #

INSTRUCTOR NAME

NOTES

CREDITS

FY

ENGL 1011

Nancy Malafronte

Writing Through Literature

4

FALL

FREN 3250

Lisa Finnegan

Global Culture in French I

3

FY

HDFS 1070

Erik Becker

Individual and Family Development

3

FALL

PHYS 1201

Alina Britchi

General Physics I

4

FALL

SPAN 3178

Cheryl Albaine

Intermediate Spanish Composition

3

FY

MUSI

Rachael Allen

Music Appreciation

3

FY

MUSI 1011

Eric Gerhardt

Fundamentals & Ear Training

3

 

SPRING 2017

TERM

COURSE #

INSTRUCTOR NAME

NOTES

CREDITS

SPRING

BIOL 1107

Heather Pierce

Principles of Biology I

4

SPRING

FREN 3268

Lisa Finnegan

French Grammar & Composition

3

SPRING

SPAN 3179

Cheryl Albaine

Spanish Conversation

3

SPRING

PHYS 1202

Alina Britchi

General Physics II

4

 

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2016 – 2017            Advanced Placement (AP)                                                                                                                                                           

LOCATION:                         Westbrook High School

Site Rep:                      Mr. Philip Mielcarz

 

FALL 2016/SPRING 2017                                   

TERM

COURSE #

INSTRUCTOR NAME

NOTES

CREDITS

FY

AP European History

Derek Hanssen

 

 

FY

AP Psychology

Angelo Saba

 

 

FY

AP Calculus (A/B)

Caitlin Rickaby

 

 

FY

AP Statistics

TBD

 

 



College Planning Guidelines

Grade 9 - Formal college planning begins here!  Your class rank and grade point average are beginning now.  This is an important part of the college admissions process.  Colleges are becoming much more competitive.  This picture is changing as public colleges and universities are receiving ever larger numbers of applications due to the cost factor.

You will help yourself by:

a) Selecting the most difficult courses you can handle.
b) Reading beyond what is assigned.
c) Improving your writing skills
d) Spending a proper amount of time and effort in study.
e)   Selecting some extracurricular activity for enjoyment.

Grade 10 - It is time to think about possible careers and colleges.  Meet with the school counselor and work on your Naviance account.  You may with to take a career interest inventory and a personality profile and build up your resume.

Parents:  It is not too early for you to focus on the college selection process and your part in it.  Summer of sophomore year is a great time to visit college campuses before the pressure is on!
Students:  You may wish to take the PSAT 10 for practice, attend local college fairs or attend college enrichment programs.  

Typical College Entrance Requirements

Highly Competitive College Typical Liberal Arts College 2-year Tech. Inst. & Colleges
English 4 English 4 English 4
History 3-4 History 3-4 History 3
Mathematics 4 Mathematics 3-4 Mathematics 3
Science (lab) 3-4 Science (lab) 3-4 Science 3
Foreign Lang. 4-5 Foreign Lang. 2-4 The more college and preparatory
mathematics and science the better.
*Three years of study in the same language will exempt a
student from most schools' foreign language requirement.