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WHS Academics

The mission of the Weston School district is to provide each student the opportunity to pursue personal excellence. Toward that end, Weston High School offers a rich and expansive program that requires the student to plan and make decisions based on personal strengths, goals and interests.

The high school curriculum is based on our school mission. Specific learning expectations are required and embedded into course assessments; these expectations and the importance of the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) are noted in the Program of Studies.

Graduation

Graduation Requirements

Weston graduation requirements, the student’s personal abilities and interests, and the student’s future plans should serve as the basic guide in the selection of courses. Students are encouraged to consult  with appropriate individuals such as Weston High School Guidance counselors,  teachers, and parents/guardians.

AREA CREDITS
English 4.0*
Mathematics 3.0
Science 3.0
Social Studies (including 1.0 US History and .05 American Government 3.0
Fine and Performing Arts 1.0
Physical Education 1.04
Health 0.6**
Technology 1.0
Electives (including World Language) 7.4**
Total Credits 24.0**

*Every student must also successfully complete the Weston High School Writing Portfolio.

**Beginning with the class of 2023, graduation requirements will change to include:

  • 1.0 credit – Health
  • 1.0 credit – World Language
  • 1.0 Master-Based Learning Assessment
  • 25.0 – Total Credits

In addition to other graduation requirements, seniors must pass a minimum of three credits, including one credit in English during senior year to qualify for graduation.

ACADEMICS

English Language Arts

The mission of the English Language Arts Department is to prepare students for a vital and rapidly changing future by developing critical communication skills through complex thinking, problem solving and collaboration. A multiplicity of eclectic experiences in reading and writing will provide students with opportunities to enhance their abilities and initiate their own growth. Courses in this department focus on the following Weston High School learning expectations: 

  • Communicate in a meaningful way for a variety of purposes and audiences;
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to the precision and nuances of written, visual, and aural media through comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation; 

The concepts explored in these classes through thoughtful reading, discussion and writing, promote depth of understanding, broadened perspective, and imaginative exploration, as well as connections to learning in other disciplines. Literature selected by the department to embrace these concepts include novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and nonfiction in all genres. 

All sophomores will successfully complete a Sophomore Writing Portfolio. During this process, each student will review major writing in grades 9 and 10, make choices about what pieces best represent him/her as a writer, revise and edit the chosen pieces so they showcase the best writing, and write a letter presenting the student and his/her writing to the assessment team.

Contact: Christine Cincotta, CIL English Language Arts Grades 6-12

Program of Studies

For detailed information on all courses offered at Weston High School, refer to the Program of Studies.

ACADEMICS

Health & Physical Education

The mission of the Health and Physical Education Program is to promote the physical, mental, social, and moral competence of each student in line with state and national standards. Courses in this department focus on the following Weston High School learning expectations:

  • Communicate in a meaningful way for a variety of purposes and audiences;
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to the precision and nuances of written, visual, and aural media through comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation;
  • Make positive choices related to physical and mental wellness; and
  • Be informed, responsible citizens who contribute to the global community in a collaborative, inclusive and respectful

Health Education

Students are required to take one semester of health education in grades 9 and 10 (starting in the 2020-2021 school year), and one quarter in grades 11 and 12. Students develop decision making skills based around the following concepts; nutrition, communication and cooperation, body systems/physiological changes, substance abuse & prevention, stress management & emotional wellness, goal setting and reflection.

Physical Education

Students are required to take one semester per year of physical education in grades 9 and 10.  In grades 11 and 12, the requirement is one quarter. Students acquire basic knowledge and develop skills in the following areas:

  • Responsible personal and social behavior stressing effective interpersonal skills and decision making abilities through cooperation and teamwork.
  • Stress management application.
  • Physical fitness as it applies to their everyday activities; fostering a desire to be active throughout throughout life.
  • Fitness program design and  implementation.
  • Rules and techniques for playing in individual and team sports.
  • Sportsmanship and a mature respect for competition.

 

Program of Studies

For detailed information on all courses offered at Weston High School, refer to the Program of Studies.

ACADEMICS

Mathematics

The mission of the Mathematics program is to develop the ability, interests, and talents of every student while creating an understanding of mathematical concepts and problem solving, a proficiency in skills and techniques, and an appreciation of the elegance of mathematical reasoning, and a desire for further study of mathematics. Courses in this department focus on the following Weston High School learning expectations:

  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to the precision and nuances of written, visual, and aural media through comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation;
  • Employ critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems;
  • Pose questions, examine possibilities, apply skills and collaborate to find solutions to authentic issues.

The Mathematics program consists of three core pathways and three elective courses. The core programs are designed to provide each student with four years of sequential instruction at a level appropriate to his/her ability. The elective courses provide all students with the opportunity to investigate special interests and meet special needs. To achieve this goal, the department program provides the following:

  • Three core pathways of mathematics in algebra and geometry, employing different classroom approaches, but arranged to provide maximum flexibility of movement from one program to another.
  • Advanced courses in pre-calculus (at two levels of rigor) and calculus (at three levels of rigor).
  • Elective courses in statistics (at standard and AP level) and personal finance.
  • Elective courses in coding (at introductory and AP levels)
  • Opportunity to study for advanced placement and college credit in calculus.
  • Opportunity for students to work as classroom aides and resource center assistants.
  • Instruction for all students in the use of handheld graphing calculators.

 

Program of Studies

For detailed information on all courses offered at Weston High School, refer to the Program of Studies.

Mathematics

Suggested  Summer Math Review

Click here for a link to suggested summer math review information.

ACADEMICS

Science

The mission of the Science Department is to facilitate the development of students’ inquiry and critical thinking skills to enhance their understanding of the nature of science and the way that scientists work. Through the implementation of the goals and practices of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students concentrate on exploring real-world phenomena, asking questions and developing hypotheses, designing experiments and analyzing data, designing and testing models, making evidence-based arguments and learning other skills that are associated with the work of real scientists. Ultimately, students are provided with the science skills and knowledge they need to be well-informed citizens in our global society. 

Courses in this department focus on the following Weston HS learning expectations:

  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to the precision and nuances of written, visual, and aural media through comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation;
  • Employ critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems; and
  • Pose questions, examine possibilities, apply skills and collaborate to find solutions to authentic issues. 

Students develop competencies in the following areas related to scientific literacy:

  • Demonstrate safe and proper laboratory procedures.
  • Describe natural phenomena with appropriate scientific terms.
  • Predict events based on scientific knowledge.
  • Apply scientific reasoning and knowledge to authentic situations.
  • Communicate scientific information using words, equations, graphs, and charts as appropriate.
  • Relate the role of science in the past and present to current learning.
  • Design appropriate procedures to solve a problem
  • Conduct investigations, collect data and record observations.
  • Interpret data, draw conclusions and assess their validity.

 

Program of Studies

For detailed information on all courses offered at Weston High School, refer to the Program of Studies.

ACADEMICS

World Language

The mission of the World Language Department is to foster communication and cultural understanding of the products and practices of the target languages and cultures in order to participate successfully as citizens in the global society.

Courses are offered in the following languages: French, Spanish, Chinese and Latin. Instruction is designed to develop language proficiency in the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational, while engaged in thematic units that promote cultural awareness. Courses in this department focus on the following Weston High School learning expectations:

  • Communicate in a meaningful way for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to the precision and nuances of written, visual, and aural media through comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation. 

Modern language classes are conducted primarily in the target language at all levels. A state of the art language laboratory offers students increased opportunities for cultural and linguistic exposure and reinforcement of communicative skills.

Students completing a full sequence in any one language should possess the following competencies according to National and State Foreign Language Standards:

  • Communication: communicate effectively in more than one language in order to function in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes
  • Cultures: interact with cultural competence and understanding
  • Connections: connect with other disciplines and acquire information and diverse perspectives in order to use the language to function in academic and career-related situations
  • Comparisons: develop insight into the nature of language and culture in order to interact with cultural competence
  • Communities: communicate and interact with cultural competence in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

Program of Studies

For detailed information on all courses offered at Weston High School, refer to the Program of Studies.

VPA

Visual & Performing Arts

The mission of the Visual and Performing Arts program is to prepare students for lifelong appreciation and participation in arts experiences as well as for further study toward careers in the arts. Courses in this department focus on the following Weston High School learning expectations:

  • Communicate in a meaningful way for a variety of purposes and audiences;
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to the precision and nuances of written, visual, and aural media through comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation;
  • Employ critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems; and
  • Pose questions, examine possibilities, apply skills and collaborate to find solutions to authentic issues;
  • Make positive choices related to physical and mental wellness. 

Some theatre programs described within Visual and Performing Arts, indicated by (E), include significant learning expectations in Language Arts/English skills:

  • Comprehension and analysis of text necessary for adult learning;
  • Clear and effective communication through the written word. 

Certain courses in Visual and Performing Arts, indicated with a (T), have a significant technology integration component, support the following learning expectations and can be used to meet the Technology graduation requirement.

  • The ability to apply technological skills to effective communications and authentic problem solving;
  • Independence, competence, and confidence as users of information and technology. 

Many of these expectations are shared and/or reinforced by other disciplines as part of a comprehensive educational program and students are expected to demonstrate growth in, and mastery of foundational competencies as they move through the sequence of courses. To accomplish its mission, the department offers an array of studio, practicum and aesthetic courses in contemporary communications arts, media, performance, and fine arts. All courses are open to grades nine through twelve unless noted otherwise. Other specific restrictions, prerequisites and criteria are noted.

 

Program of Studies

For detailed information on all courses offered at Weston High School, refer to the Program of Studies.

ARTS

Visual Arts

Learning Expectations for the Visual Arts:

~  Students will understand, select and apply media, techniques and processes.

~  Students will understand and apply elements and organizational principles of art.

~  Students will consider, select and apply a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.   

~  Students will reflect upon, describe, analyze, interpret and evaluate their own and others’ work.

~  Students will make connections between the visual arts, other disciplines and daily life.

These are the CT Common Core of Learning Expectations.  You can get the same for Theatre and Music at

Education

Music

Music Department Calendar 

The goal of the Music Division is to provide experiences which develop skills in playing, singing, creating, and/or performing and which foster the understanding and appreciation of a broad range of musical styles and genres. The Performance courses are specifically designed to develop the work ethic, technical skills and communicative power for a quality presentation. The various ensembles perform at festivals, concerts, recitals, and receptions. Some groups may tour or participate in exchange performances. Certain performances are mandatory, and are considered performance assessments for grading purposes.

Program of Studies

For detailed information on all courses offered at Weston High School, refer to the Program of Studies.