Course Selection for 2019-2020
Students should have received their course recommendations in the mail over February vacation. The Program of Studies is available online here so that you can review the course offerings for next year and discuss options with teachers, parents, and counselors.
The following is the timeline to meet for course selection with counselors. Students at the HS should come into the guidance office in the morning of their respective dates to sign up for a time slot. Scheduling must be done during a free block, study hall or after school:
Current grade 11 students – 2/26 to 2/28
Current grade 10 students – 3/1 to 3/5
Current grade 9 students – 3/6 to 3/11
Current grade 8 students submit Course Request Forms to Middle School Guidance by 3/1. High school counselors will be meeting with current 8th grade students 3/12 to 3/13 at WMS.
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.
Schedules will be available to view in the Infinite Campus portal in late August and 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:
- Repeating the course in the next school year
- Taking an approved online course that represents the required curriculum for the WHS course
- 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.