All course recommendations are posted in the Campus Backpack found in your Infinite Campus portal (only available through a computer login, not the mobile app). Log into your portal and you will find the Campus Backpack in the “More” tab on the left.
Please see your Course Recommendations in planning your academic program for the next year. Further, a thoughtful contemplation and discussion with your school counselor often helps in clarifying your options and planning for the future. You can access the Program of Studies HERE.
The junior course selection sheet can be found here: Course Request Form for Incoming Grade 11 students
Please note the following:
- You do not have to take all the courses for which you were recommended. Generally, students take one course in each academic subject area, although you may take an elective to focus your interests. Choose extra courses or honors and AP courses wisely, considering your schedule as a whole and activities in which you participate.
- You must have a teacher recommendation in order to sign up for an honors or AP-level course.
- If you would like to take an honors or AP course but were not recommended, you must complete the Course Override Form. Completed Override Forms are due to Department Heads February 28, 2020. Students should not wait to meet with their counselors before initiating the override form. Submission of an override form does not guarantee placement.
- We are unable to honor teacher requests.
- Students must register for a minimum of 33.5 credits and provide alternates. English, U.S. History and Math are required. Chemistry is strongly recommended as one of the three years of required science.
- The maximum number of credits per semester is 20 and per year is 40. Students typically take between 33.5 and 36.5 credits per year.
The Importance of Listing Alternates:
If you do not list alternates, and the course you are requesting is not available, a choice may be made for you without your input.
Descriptions for all courses available at Weston High School
Click heading above to see the progression of courses for each department.
English: Recommendations for American Literature Honors are based on the average of grades for common assessments (major writing/tests taken by ALL students in current course). Juniors are strongly encouraged to take an American Literature course. Students requesting an English course as an elective in addition to their core English course(s) will only be admitted if space is available once all students taking the course to fulfill English requirements are placed.
History/Social Studies: No recommendation is needed for either AP Psychology or AP European History.
Mathematics: Juniors recommended for Honors Pre-Calculus may, in addition, take AP Statistics. Please see the Department Head for recommendations for AP Computer Science.
Science: Juniors may enroll in any of the science electives ONLY if they are taking Chemistry concurrently with the elective and there is space available (Engineering MAY be taken an alternative to Chemistry ONLY if space is available). Current electives are Environmental Science, DNA Science/Biotech, Anatomy & Physiology, Forensics and Engineering. See school counselor for information about taking honors-level electives.
1) Language instruction is proficiency-based. Students are recommended for the next level if they earn a C+ or better in the Novice and Intermediate I courses (Latin I and II), a B- or better in Intermediate II (Latin III) and a B or better in the Honors Intermediate III (Latin IV) courses. Students may repeat a course for credit if they are recommended to do so.
2) The designation of another language denotes that the student, due to excellent performance in the current language, might consider taking a second foreign language. Please note that this would have the student taking six academics instead of the recommended five and limits the student’s ability to take other electives.
Recommendation Criteria for Advanced Courses:
course minimum grade or other criteria note American Literature Honors Students in CP English 10 must have an A- average; students in Honors English 10 must have a B average. Average is based ONLY on average of grades for common assessments (major writing/tests taken by ALL students in current course) See rubric on Departmental Website for criteria English teachers use to determine recommendation. AP U.S. History Recommendation of 10th grade history teacher; generally, B- in Honors Modern World History or AP World History Honors Precalc Recommendation from Honors Algebra II teacher or A in CP Alg. II, successful completion of Algebra II Ext. Modules, and recommendation of teacher AP Statistics Recommendation for Honors Precalculus or recommendation from Precalculus teacher. AP Computer Science Significant prior programming experience and recommendation of math department head Honors Chemistry A in CP Biology or B in Honors Biology, based on assessments/major assignments BEFORE corrections or retakes; A in CP math or B in Honors math History of missing assignments will negatively impact recommendation Honors Forensics B in Biology and Chemistry (or concurrent) Advanced Engineering Honors Teacher recommendation AP Biology B in relevant course and successful completion of summer work by the date designated prior to the start of school Spots in AP sciences are extremely limited for juniors, and are on a space available basis. Overrides are required ALL rising juniors, independent of grades is prerequisite courses. AP Physics B+ in relevant course; Calculus (concurrent or prior) and successful completion of summer work by the date designated prior to the start of school Spots in AP sciences are extremely limited for juniors, and are on a space available basis. Overrides are required ALL rising juniors, independent of grades is prerequisite courses. AP French/Mandarin/Spanish B in Intermediate III Honors AP Latin B in Latin IV Honors AP Music Theory Approval of music department head, based on teacher recommendation and discussion with student