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  • To begin, it important to be knowledgeable about your diploma options and the differences between them. Important to note is depending on when you began 9th grade, your diploma requirements may look different.For instance, the Standard Diploma requires 22 credits and 6 Verified Credits.Whereas the Advanced Diploma requires 26 credits and 9 Verified Credits. As a reminder, a verified credit is obtained by passing both the course and the end of course SOL for a particular subject.Another substantial difference is the World Language component. You must take a World Language for the Advanced Diploma. It is also important for you to consider college requirements. To explore each diploma type in more detail, please visit the Student Services Website’s Academic Advising Tab.
  • Speaking of Course Offerings, the following slides will give you a quick peek at the courses available to you in all core and elective areas. Detailed information about each of these courses can also be found in the West Potomac Course Offerings Booklet.
  • New to English this year is Debate!
  • Social Studies also has a new course offering called Law in Action.
  • Science will offer Oceanography this year.
  • Please note the addition of the Algebra 2 Strategies course. This course will be taken in conjunction with Algebra 2 as an elective to provide extra support. Math teachers and counselors will help in the decision-making process regarding students to be enrolled.
  • World Languages are an important aspect of the Advanced Diploma and in many cases are a prerequisite for college entry. Be sure to research your college of interest’s requirements.
  • Beyond the graduation requirements of Health and PE 9 and 10, there are many options. Back on the books: Sports Medicine!
  • Electives:There are so many to choose from! How will you ever decide???
  • Think about your interests.
  • Ask yourself: What do I like to do?
  • What would I like to learn about?
  • What am I good at?
  • Could I stand to learn more?
  • I’d like to expand my knowledge.
  • So many choices…and it doesn’t stop here.
  • There are also Academy Courses; highly specialized electives. If you’re interested, Academies are hosting student visitors now; you can see the classes in action. Questions? See your counselor.
  • The Academies require an application. This will include a transcript, your attendance and a written statement by you.
  • When choosing classes it is very important you consider all of these things.
  • Counselors cannot stress enough the importance of choosing your classes wisely.
  • Please note when your grade-level is set to register. Late or incomplete forms will cause a delay in your registration and that may mean not getting the courses you want.
  • We look forward to meeting with each and every one of you!


  • 1. WESTWolverines POTOMAC Home of the Academic Advising for the 2014-2015 School Year
  • 2. STANDARD ADVANCED STUDIES Standard Units of Credit Verified Units of Credit Standard Units of Credit Verified Units of Credit English 4 2 4 2 Mathematics* 3 1 4 2 Laboratory Science* 3 1 4 2 History and Social Sciences* 4 1 4 2 Health and Physical Education 2 2 Economic and Personal Finance 1 1 World Languages, Fine Arts or Career & Technical Education* 2 SUBJECT Electives* TOTAL + 1 additional verified credit of the student’s choosing World Language 3 Fine Arts/CTE 3 (includes 2 sequential) 22 1 +1 additional verified credit of the student’s choosing 3 6 26 9 2
  • 3. Course Offerings
  • 4. Electives Core Courses English 10 English 10 Honors English 11 English 11 Honors AP English 11/Lang Comp English 12 English 12 Honors English 12 DE AP English 12/Lit Comp  Advanced Composition Shakespeare Studies Film Study Debate Creative Writing 1 Creative Writing 2 Journalism 1 Journalism 2 Journalism 3 Journalism 4 Photojournalism 1 Photojournalism 2 Photojournalism 3 Photojournalism 4 Reasoning Skills Expanding Literacies 1 Expanding Literacies 2
  • 5. Core Courses World Hist & Geog 2 World Hist & Geo 2 Honors AP World History VA & U.S. History VA & US Hist. Honors AP US History VA & US Government VA & US Gov Honors AP US Government AP US & Comparative Gov. Elective Courses Psychology S1 Sociology S2 AP European History AP Human Geography AP Psychology World Religions AP Microeconomics S1 AP Macroeconomics S2 Law In Action
  • 6. Chemistry Chemistry Honors Active Physics Physics 1 Physics Honors Geosystems Geosystems Honors Human Anatomy & Physiology Oceanography AP AP AP AP Biology Chemistry Physics C Environmental Science
  • 7. Courses Beyond Algebra 2 Discrete Math Algebra 1 Pt. 1 S1 Algebra 1 S2 Algebra 1 Geometry Geometry Honors Algebra 2 Algebra 2 Honors Algebra 2 Strategies Precalculus w/Trig Precalculus w/Trig Honors AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC Multivariable Calculus S1 Matrix Algebra S2 Probability and Statistics AP Statistics Computer Science AP Computer Science
  • 8. Amer Sign Lang 2 Amer Sign Lang 3 French 1 French 2 French 3 French 4 French 5 AP French Language Latin 1 Latin 2 Latin 3 Latin 4 AP Latin-Vergil German German German German 1 2 3 4 Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish Spanish 1 2 3 4 5 Span Fl Spkrs 1 Span Fl Spkrs 2 Span Fl Spkrs 3 AP Spanish Lang Spanish for Career App.
  • 9. Core Courses   HPE 9 HPE 10 (Driver’s Ed) Elective Courses Advanced PE Level 1 Advanced PE Level 2 Sports Medicine Personal Fitness - Level 1 Personal Fitness - Level 2 Personal Fitness – Level 3
  • 10. Studio Art 1 Studio Art 2 Studio Art 3 Portfolio Prep 3D Studio Art Portfolio Prep AP Art – Drawing AP Art – 2D Design AP Art – 3D Design Ceramics 1 Ceramics 2 Sculpture 1 Sculpture 2 Computer Graphics 1 Computer Graphics 2 Computer Graphics 3 Comp Graph 4 Port Prep Photography 1 Photography 2 Photo 3Portfolio Prep Photo 4Portfolio Prep Visual Communications 1 Visual Communications 2 Visual Communications 3
  • 11. Principles of Business Accounting Advanced Accounting Business Law S1 Business Mgmt. S2 Econ/Personal Finance Info Tech Fundamentals Information Systems Advanced Information Systems Webpage Development Programming Advanced Programming Bus Coop (1pd) Bus Coop (2pds)
  • 12.        Marketing Advanced Marketing Fashion Marketing 1 Fashion Marketing 2 Sports and Entertainment Marketing Entrepreneurship Marketing Co-op
  • 13.            Design & Technology Electronics Aerospace Basic Technical Drawing Advanced Drawing Engineering Drawing Architectural Drawing Intro Engineering Research and Development Engineering STEM Engineering - Honors Advanced Electronics and Robotics Honors
  • 14.  Gourmet Foods & International Foods  Early Childhood Education 1  Early Childhood Education 2  Child Development
  • 15.              Theater Arts Technical Theater Professional Music Theatre Actor’s Studio Band (level based on audition) Orchestra (beginning, concert, symphony, sinfonietta) Jazz Ensemble Percussion Ensemble Chorus (Women's, Men's, Colonial, Bella Voce) Piano Lab Guitar Guitar Ensemble (11-12) AP Music Theory Music Sampler
  • 16.  Leadership (Application and Interview)  AJROTC  Peer Helping (Interview required)  Peer Mediation  AVID (by application) (Interview required)
  • 17.                      Fashion Design Health Science Pharmacy Tech Dental Careers Professional TV Production Medical Assistant Occupational/Physical Therapy Criminal Justice Music & Computer Technology Dance Network Administration Oracle Landscape Architecture Hotel Marketing Culinary Arts Animal Science Auto Technology Cosmetology Electrical Construction A+ Auto Collision HVAC Specialized technical courses held at West Potomac, Edison, Fairfax, Falls Church, Marshall and Chantilly Academies TWO TRAVEL PERIODS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR COURSES AT ANOTHER ACADEMY
  • 18.  Complete the application form  Attach to the application ◦ Transcript with current semester grades ◦ Copy of attendance record ◦ Statement written by the student about their interest and experiences related to the course  Students are not enrolled in the course until accepted by the Academy.
  • 19. • Coursework Expectations • Extra-curricular Activities • Work • Leisure Activities • Family Commitments
  • 20. After you have completed your form, please turn it in to your school counselor. Use caution…be realistic. DO NOT OVERLOAD! Choose 7 classes Choose 2 alternative electives
  • 21. February 12– 19: Rising Seniors (through English 11 classes)  February 24 – February 28: Rising Juniors (through English 10 classes)  March 3- March 7: Rising Sophomores (through English 9 classes) Late forms/incomplete forms = delay in your registration (you may miss out on the courses you want!) 
  • 22. Course Offerings booklets can be found with your teacher, at WPHS Library, the public library AND on the West Potomac website: under “Student Services” “Academic Advising”