West Chester Area School District
HONORS: Honors courses follow a rigorous curriculum prescribed by each
department and develop higher-order thinking skills using a challenging pace and enriched content. Both in-class instruction and outside assignments focus on self-directed learning through activities and assessments that emphasize written and oral communication.
CAREER & COLLEGE PREP: Career & College Prep level courses develop students’ essential skills
and acquisition of content knowledge within the subject area. This level emphasizes the development of increased rigor through classroom interactions and progressing demands for independent work in preparation for college and career readiness.
MOVING FROM ONE LEVEL TO ANOTHER FROM YEAR TO
YEAR: If a student performs at a consistently high standard within a basic, Career & College Prep or honors level, the student should consider moving to a more demanding level in the succeeding school year. Students who find that a higher level course is too challenging should consider dropping a level within that content area for the succeeding year.
CHANGES AFTER THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS: Students who wish to change a course and/or level within a content area
must follow the guidelines provided by the Administration. Students may consider a level change (e.g. Honors to Accelerated Honors, Honors to Career & College Prep), after September 20.
• Changes from one elective course to another will not be considered after the elective change deadline of March 29, 2019.
• Once the school year begins, students may add electives if seats are available in the place of study halls, lunches, and otherwise unscheduled periods.
• Once the school year begins, student schedules will not be adjusted to accommodate course change requests, including requests to add electives, except as described above.
• Requests for particular periods and/or teachers will not be considered to ensure an equitable master schedule.
All level changes for full year courses must be completed no later than three weeks after the end of the first semester. All level changes for semester courses must be completed no later than three weeks before the end of the first marking period.
Blended learning is a dynamic learning format that allows students to experience courses where they interact with the curriculum partially at school and partially through online delivery of content and instruction. Students in these courses will meet with their teachers face-to-face in a traditional setting and will engage in learning activities online. Course descriptions within this guide will indicate the specific formats by courses.
Courses that are a part of the blended learning program follow the same rigorous curriculum as the traditional courses aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards and meet graduation requirements. In addition, our courses use the latest technology tools to engage students, to personalize feedback, and to extend learning outside of the classroom.
The West Chester Area School District dual enrollment program offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to concurrently enroll in a college level course that would be considered a high school elective credit. Upon successful completion, students participating in dual enrollment coursework would receive high school advanced placement credit, as well as college credit.
The partnering dual enrollment college establishes admittance and other criteria for participation. Students will be responsible for tuition, fees, and course material. More information and dual enrollment pre-approval forms are available from the school counseling department.
Beginning with the class of 2021, all high school students will experience at least one required blended learning course, Health 10.
6 NEW SCIENCE COURSES OFFERED
There are 6 NEW WCASD science courses that will be offered on a rotating basis. One selection from the areas of biology, chemistry, and physics will be offered each year starting in the 2019-2020 school year. For 2019-2020, the courses are Electronics and Acoustics, Marine Biology and Aquatic Ecology, and Organic Chemistry and Forensics. For 2020-2021, the courses offered are Thermodynamics and Optics, Human Anatomy and Infectious Disease, and Consumer and Green Chemistry. These are elective classes for Junior and Senior students.
Virtual Learning offers students online, self-paced courses that will use interactive tools and engaging resources through our learning management system, Schoology. Students enrolled in a virtual course will have access to a teacher through online interaction and building level supports, which include access to the achievement center and teacher office hours. The virtual courses will be:
Accelerated Honors Geometry International Business Personal Finance
AP CAPSTONE - 2 YEAR COURSE OF STUDY
AP Capstone™ is a College Board program that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. It cultivates curious, independent, and collaborative scholars and prepares them to make logical, evidence-based decisions. Students who enroll in this program must commit to the two years and will earn 2 high school credits, weighted at the AP level.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.
Students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research but not on four additional AP Exams receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.
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