Winooski School District

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Graduation Requirements

Each student, who is granted a diploma from Winooski High School, will have completed prescribed non­credit and credit graduation requirements.

Non­-credit Requirements

Community Service Learning Project

Community service is an opportunity for students to develop a spirit of generosity and to give back to the community from which they have benefited. Each student must involve himself/herself in at least one learning project which will address a community need. The activity may be individually identified or it may be an extension of classroom project or a club/organization’s community service goal.

A minimum of 10 hours is required and this must be completed by May of the second year in high school.Community service is considered complete when a planning sheet has been completed and approved by the teacher adviser, the student has provided 10 hours of community service and the student has submitted signed verification of hours and a reflection statement to his or her teacher adviser.

It is the responsibility of the student to identify his or her own community service opportunity. Communit service is not just work done without payment. It is work which is done to meet a community need. Students migh volunteer to assist with a project for a civic or non­profit organization which addresses a community need or contact City Hall to investigate possibilities there. Periodically, during the school year, organizations call to ask for help fro students. Students are informed about those opportunities by their teacher advisers. For example, in the past, the Red Cross called to ask for assistance with a blood drive and another organization asked for students to help with the summer lunch program.

Senior Project

The Winooski school community believes that each student should be able to engage in a meaningful, self­directed learning experience, conduct in­depth background research a subject, apply that knowledge, and speak about the experience in a formal setting. The senior project offers each senior an opportunity to demonstrate what he or she has learned by developing a project of his or her own design.

The student will pick a topic that has special personal meaning to him or her, complete an applied experience related to the topic which takes at least thirty hours, write an eight to ten page research paper, make a tangible product related to the topic, speak for ten minutes about the project to a panel of community members, and act as a host at the exposition in May.
Note: Missed deadlines may result in suspension of privilege to participate in the graduation ceremony, eligibility for athletics, or other privileges that go with being a WHS senior.

Senior Exposition

Each prospective graduate needs to present his/her Senior Project at the annual Senior Exposition held in the Spring. The Senior Exposition will consist of two parts. One part will be conducted as an open house for each student to share with the community his/her Senior Project and other materials that demonstrate the core of the student’s Winooski High School experience. The second part will consist of a formal oral and visual presentation before a revie committee made up of teachers and community members.

Credit Requirements

24 total credits required in these domains:
7 in Math, Science, & Technology, including 3 Math and 3 Science
7 in Arts and Humanities including 4 English and 1 Fine Art
7 in Social Studies: Government, U.S. History, 1 other Social Studies, 1.5 Physical Education and 1 Health ­ 3 Additional Credits

Math, Science & Business Courses (7 total including 3 Math & 3 Science)

Math Science Business Electives
Foundations of Math Foundations of Science I and II Information Processing
Intermediate Math Earth Systems Accounting 1
Foundations of Algebra General Biology Personal Finance
Interactive Mathematics 1 Research Biology Business Topics
Interactive Mathematics 2 Global Science Entrepreneurship
Interactive Mathematics 3 Chemistry Career and College and all that Jazz
Pre­Calculus Physics
Calculus The Science of Science Fiction
Marine Biology

Arts & Humanities Courses (7 total including 4 English & 1 Fine Art)

Language Arts Fine Arts Foreign Language ELL Courses
Reading & Composition Art 1 French 1 Foundations of English NC
Humanities 9 Painting French 2 Foundations of English 1
American Studies Visual Communication French 3 Foundations of English 2
English 3 Basic Elements of Music French 4 Foundations of English 3
Honors Mythology Chorus Foundations of English 4
Honors Shakespeare Beginning Piano Foundations of English 5
Senior Seminar Guitar Foundations of English 6
Russian Society Through Lit. Band Reading and Composition
Heroes and Superheroes Strings
Film Studies
Creative Writing
Take The Lead

Social Science Courses (Government, American Studies, 1 other SS credit, 1.5 Physical Ed & 1 Health)

Social Studies/Electives Health and Physical Education
Current Events ELL Changes & Choices
Humanities 9 Food & Nutrition
American Studies Independent and Family Living
World History Personal Health
U.S. Government ELL Physical Education 1
Intro to Microeconomics Physical Education 2
Intro to Psychology Weight Training

AP World History Driver Education

Course Selection Evaluation Rubric

Students planning to attend college should evaluate their course selection, based on the categories listed below. Core courses are college preparatory level courses in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and World Languages. It is highly recommended that college­bound students complete “demanding”, “very demanding”, or “most demanding” courses of study.

“Most Demanding”

  • 5 core courses all four years of high school
  • 3 to 4 honors level courses or college courses
  • 28 or more credits (at least seven credits per year, including the senior year)”Very Demanding”
  • 5 core courses each year
  • 1 to 2 honors level courses or college courses
  • 28 or more credits (at least seven credits per year, including the senior year)”Demanding”
  • 5 core courses each year
  • 26 or more credits (6 or more credits per year, including the senior year)”Average”
  • 5 core courses for at least grades 9 and 10; at least 4 core courses in grades 11 and 12
  • 24 credits (6 credits per year, including the senior year)”Less than Demanding”
  • anything less than “average” (above)

Student athletes who are hoping to play varsity sports at Division 1 or Division 2 colleges should consult the information in the “Guide for the College­Bound Student­Athlete,” which is available online at