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Course Planning

Following is the online course planning schedule for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Current 11th grade students (Class of 2020)

Online planning window opens November 27

Individual planning meetings with counselors…December 3 – December 21


Current 10th grade students (Class of 2021)

Online planning window opens November 27

Individual planning meetings with counselors…January 28, 2019 – February 8


Current 9th grade students (Class of 2022)

Online planning window opens November 27

Individual planning meetings with counselors…February 11 – February 22


Current 8th grade students (Class of 2023)

Online planning window opens February 11

Individual planning meetings with counselors…February 25 – February 28


Here is an outline of the process.  WOHS offers more advanced course work and electives than surrounding schools.  Please encourage your student to take advantage of the opportunities available at WOHS.  It is critical that students look through the course offerings and take the course selection process seriously.  The master schedule is built based on course selections.


NEW COURSES to consider when Course Planning:

AP Computer Science Principles: is a full-year, rigorous course that introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and explores the impact computing and technology have on our society. The course covers a broad range of foundational topics including: programming, algorithms, the Internet, big data, digital privacy and security, and the societal impacts of computing. This entry level computer science course will be available to students as an elective, 3rd science credit, or 4th year math credit.


AP Computer Science Java course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design. These techniques represent proven approaches for development solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The prerequisite is AP Computer Science Principles.


Introduction to Engineering Design is a Project Lead The Way Course in which students are introduced to the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems. They work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using engineering notebooks and 3D modeling software. This course will count as an elective.

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