Choosing appropriate courses should be a very reflective process. It requires students to think about their strengths and weaknesses, what has worked and hasn’t worked, and what goals they wish to achieve in the next year. We have found it helpful for students to go through this exercise with their parents before the conversation of “Which courses should I take?” occurs. The amount of work a student is ready to commit to should be a healthy complement to any extra-curricular activities she/he wants to maintain. Further, we believe students should have down time to spend with their family, and friends, and to independently engage in hobbies and socializing. Over-scheduling, or stretching yourself too thin, puts your ability to have a positive and successful year at risk. Students should have a balance in their life between school, co-curricular activities, family, and friends. The courses you choose can greatly support this balance or it can tilt it off-balance.

Deciding whether or not to take honors or advanced placement courses can be a difficult decision. When making this decision, it is important to remember several things. First and foremost, students should enjoy the subject content. We encourage all students to work towards their best ability, but students in honors/AP courses should have demonstrated an aptitude and interest in that particular area. Second, it is not always possible to drop down to the lower level either because a particular section is full or because the disruption is too great to move other courses around. Students should be prepared to commit to that class for the year when they register for it. Third, for college admissions, the general rule of thumb you should apply is to take the most demanding program that does not compromise the quality of grades that have been achieved in previous years. In other words, students shouldn’t be willing to accept a drop in grade solely because they are taking a harder course; this could have an adverse affect on them in the college process. With this said, we also encourage students to take an academic challenge or risk when they are ready.

The Four Year Plan worksheet can be helpful for planning your high school courses. Keep in mind Weston’s graduation requirements.

2018-19 Schedules

Preliminary schedules for 2018-19 will be completed by the end of June and loaded into students’ Infinite Campus Portal “backpack.” A message will go out to parents and students when they are available for viewing.

Once the preliminary schedules are posted, please note that any requests for changes need to be made by emailing the Summer Scheduling Change Request form (found on the Guidance website under Course Selection) to Marla Schay, Head of Guidance. Requests will be worked on in the order they are received by Ms. Schay. Detailed instructions will be included with the notification message.

Final schedules are given to students on the first day of school or at orientation for incoming new students.

Independent Study Program

Non-departmental credit is awarded for independent studies completed under the supervision of a member of the faculty or other qualified advisor. The purpose of these studies is to allow students to engage in work outside of the standard curriculum in an area of special interest. Independent studies may include creative projects, working as a teaching assistant, or academic research. Projects may be semester- or year-long. An Independent Study Application is required. Speak to your school counselor for more information.

Academic Programs Outside Weston High School

Credit Recovery/Summer School

Students who fail a required course must regain those lost credits in one of the following ways:

  1. Repeating the course in the next school year
  2. Taking an approved online course that represents the required curriculum for the WHS course
  3. Taking an approved summer school class that represents the required curriculum for the WHS course

Students who wish to regain credit over the summer (via options 2 or 3 above) must complete all required work and obtain a final grade for the course indicating that the credit has been earned prior to the first day of school in the fall. An official transcript is required. If this has not occurred prior to that first day of school, the student will be placed in the failed course to repeat it instead.

Some summer school programs and courses have been pre-approved for credit recovery. Click here for a summary. Discuss the options with your school counselor.

Requesting Credit for Courses Taken Outside Weston High School

Weston High School supports the exploration of off-campus educational programs, including online courses, college and university extension programs, global learning experiences, and other opportunities to learn outside the traditional classroom. At the same time we also believe that a Weston High School diploma should be awarded primarily on the basis of courses taught by Weston High School faculty and assessed according to Weston High School standards. See the Program of Studies section relating to non-WHS credit opportunities, and if interested, see your school counselor.

Vocational High School

Some students are looking for an alternative program that incorporates both academic and vocational study. Minuteman Regional High School offers both a complete high school experience as well as after-school programs. See your school counselor to discuss whether this option is right for you.