Course Description Guide

This New Washington High School Course Description Guide is an extremely valuable tool to assist students with appropriate course selections for the 2015-2016 school year. All of the course descriptions have been thoroughly reviewed and information is included to help students make suitable and appropriate choices for their academic schedule. Furthermore, it is important that both students and parents are aware of the requirements needed for graduation from New Washington High School. Every student must earn 40 credits and pass both the Algebra I and English 10 ECA. Many students will choose to earn an Academic Honors Diploma or Technical Honors Diploma. These students must be sure to take the correct courses for those diplomas and make certain the courses are selected in the appropriate sequence. Planning ahead to attend Prosser or earn an Honors Diplomas is crucial, since both may require ‘doubling up’ on certain courses. Our guidance staff will work with all students to ensure proper course selections; however it is imperative that students and parents track progress towards graduation as well.

Students should select courses in which they have an interest and which meet their educational and career goals. It is important to select courses carefully because schedule changes will be held to an absolute minimum once the school’s master schedule is finalized. It becomes very difficult to change students’ schedules once their requests have been built in to the master schedule. As a result, there will only be two weeks of schedule changes allowed once the semester has begun. Students should think carefully about all courses when making selections.

We encourage parents to work with their children to choose courses and to discuss aspirations and career goals. Collaboration among parents, students, teachers, and counselors will help provide the support that students need in their journey to reach their personal goals.

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