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-five credits is required for graduation.  The distribution for diploma requirements is as follows:
English 5 credits (including 1 credit Writing Workshop)
Social Studies 3 credits (including 1 in US History and .5 in Civics)
Mathematics 3 credits
Science 3 credits  Integrated Science is a requirement for the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)
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
Eight hours of Community Service
Senior Project Seminar

Grade Placement

The following are the minimum earned credit requirements for grade placement for the first semester:
Senior - Grade 12:               18 credits
Junior - Grade 11:               12 credits
Sophomore - Grade 10:      6 credits

University of Connecticut - Early College Experience Program (ECE)

Students enrolled in the appropriate 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 $150 for a 3 credit course and $200 for a 4 credit course.  Registration Begins in the Spring of the prior year.

Advanced Placement Program
Students who enroll in AP courses are expected to take the AP exam in May.
AP Exams cost $94 per exam - Tests are held in May.  Registration for the exam begins in the Fall.
Prerequisites are clearly stated in the WHS course guide.

SCHOOL COURSE LISTINGS                                                                                                                          

2019 – 2020            UCONN Early College Experience (ECE)

Dual Enrollment Courses                                                                                                                                                                                 

LOCATION: Westbrook High School

Site Rep: Ms. Jill Britton

 

FALL 2019                                      

TERM

COURSE #

INSTRUCTOR NAME

NOTES

CREDITS

FY

ENGL 1011

Nancy Malafronte

Writing Through Literature

4

Semester

STAT 1100Q

Tim Byars

Elementary Concepts of Statistics

4

FALL

FREN 3250

Lisa Finnegan

Global Culture in French I

3

FY

HDFS1070

Erik Becker

Individual & Family Development

3

FALL

PHYS 1201

Alina Britchi

General Physics I

4

FALL

SPAN 3178

Amy Fortin

Intermediate Spanish Composition

3

FALL

MUSI 1001

Rachael Allen

Music Appreciation

3

FALL

MUSI 1011

Eric Gerhardt

Fundamentals & Ear Training I

3

 

SPRING 2020

TERM

COURSE #

INSTRUCTOR NAME

NOTES

CREDITS

SPRING

FREN 3268

Lisa Finnegan

French Grammar & Composition

3

SPRING

SPAN 3179

Amy Fortin

Spanish Conversation

3

SPRING

PHYS 1202

Alina Britchi

General Physics II

4

SPRING

MUSI 1012

Eric Gerhardt

Fundamentals & Ear Training II

3

 

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2019 - 2020            Advanced Placement (AP)                                                                                                                                                           

LOCATION:              Westbrook High School

 

FALL 2019/SPRING 2020                                   

TERM

COURSE #

INSTRUCTOR NAME

CREDITS

FY

AP Biology

TBD

1

FY

AP European History

Derek Hanssen

 1

FY

AP Psychology

Angelo Saba

FY

AP Calculus (A/B)

Caitlin Rickaby

FY

AP US History

Brian Dailey

1

FY

AP World History

Lindsay Stopa

1



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                  Colleges & Universities 

 Competitive                         Colleges & Universities

2 Year and 4 Year 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.