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High School Course Planning

Your Journey at WLHS

Find out everything you need to know about planning your educational journey at Whitmore Lake High School, from required credits to course breakdowns to career path planning.

Graduation Requirements

WLPS Graduation Requirements
English 4 Credits
Mathematics 4 Credits Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one additional Mathematics credit in the final year of high school
Science 3 Credits Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Anatomy; and one additional Science credit.
Social Studies 3 Credits U.S. History, World History, and Government/Economics.
World Language 2 Credits Two credits in the same language.
Health Education 1/2 Credit
Physical Education 1/2 Credit
Visual, Applied, or Performing Arts 1 Credit
Electives 4 Credit

Curriculum Guide

As you begin to explore what courses you want to take at WLHS, download our Career Paths poster to explore how the courses you take can lead you to a career you love.

Then, download our complete Course Description Guide to help guide you through all of the course offerings available at WLHS. Find out the details of what you’ll learn in each course, any prerequisites that are required, and which courses fall into your desired career path. Questions about what courses to take? Get in touch with our Counseling Center Staff!

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

FOUNDATIONS IN ENGLISH

AMERICAN LITERATURE

HONORS JUNIOR ENGLISH

AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

ENGLISH 12

AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

WRITING FOR PUBLICATIONS: TROJOURNAL AND YEARBOOK

PRE-ALGEBRA

ALGEBRA 1

GEOMETRY

ALGEBRA 2

FUNCTIONS, STATISTICS, AND TRIGONOMETRY (FST)

AP STATISTICS

AP CALCULUS

MATH SUPPORT

RR ALGEBRA 1

EARTH SCIENCE (7th Grade)

LIFE SCIENCE

BIOLOGY

PHYSICS

CHEMISTRY

ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY

SCIENCE IN THE NEWS

EARTH SCIENCE (11-12 Grade)

GEOCHEMISTRY

SOCIAL STUDIES

U.S. HISTORY

WORLD HISTORY

AMERICAN CULTURE

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

SOCIOLOGY

AP U.S. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

ECONOMICS

GOVERNMENT

CRIMINOLOGY

GENDER STUDIES

PRACTICAL LAW

AP PSYCHOLOGY

DIGITAL AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

DIGITAL DESIGN AND PUBLICATION/YEARBOOK

CTE: MULTI-MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS A

CTE: MULTI-MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS B

TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS

VIDEO GAME DESIGN

WEB PAGE DESIGN

WEB PAGE MANAGEMENT

BUSINESS VENTURES

DIGITAL AND GRAPHIC DESIGN – YEARBOOK

THE FRONT OFFICE A

THE FRONT OFFICE B

COMMUNICATIONS

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT A AND B

SCHOOL STORE

CAREERS AND TECHNOLOGY

TECHNOLOGY 7

INDEPENDENT TECHNOLOGY

SPORTS MANAGEMENT

CAREERS AND TECHNOLOGY

SPANISH I

SPANISH II

SPANISH III

SPANISH IV

PE 7/8

HEALTH

LIFELONG FITNESS AND SPORTS

OLYMPIC SPORTS

RECREATIONAL SPORTS I

RECREATIONAL SPORTS II

STRENGTH TRAINING AND CONDITIONING

ART 7

ART EXPLORATION

THEATRE

BAND

CHOIR

MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION

MIXED MEDIA

JAZZ BAND

EDGENUITY

DUAL ENROLLMENT

LATEC

WORK-BASED LEARNING

Dual Enrollment

Accelerated students who are ready for the next step in their education can get a head start by attending courses and earning college credit at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) while still attending Whitmore Lake High School. Students can take up to ten core college courses, and must meet all of WCC’s admission requirements, including testing at a college level, to be eligible for registration.

Livingston Career & Technical Eduaction Programs

Livingston Career and Technical Education (CTE) has over forty different CTE programs providing high school students with career exploration, work-based learning experiences, leadership and employability skills, college credits, and hands-on application of core academic standards. Livingston Educational Service Agency is the administrative and fiscal agent for Livingston Career and Technical Education. This cooperative is formed by LESA and the Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, and Pinckney school districts but extends privileges to Whitmore Lake High School students. These programs prepare students for a world-class workforce and education beyond high school. Over 2700 students are enrolled in the programs. Information, recruitment, and opportunities for non-traditionally enrolled students are emphasized. For more information, click the button below or contact your high school counselor or Livingston Career and Technical Education at 517-540-6832 or jaimescappaticci@livingstonesa.org.

Personal Curriculum

Are you interested in developing a personal curriculum (PC) to modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) requirements and meet the specific educational needs of you or your young student? The intent of the of the PC is to individualize the difficulty and relevance of the educational experience for students who want to accelerate or go beyond the MMC requirements, or who need an individualized learning progression to meet the MMC requirements. The PC is an option any student or family can explore as a way to modify certain graduation requirements and still earn a diploma. We’re proud to offer a personalized experience for each and every student that attends Whitmore Lake Public Schools!

Testing Out

For students interested in making room in their curriculum plan for more advanced classes, or classes specified to their career path, talk to your counselor about the options available for testing out of classes required for graduation. For those enrolled in AP courses, make sure to also discuss how you can test out of college courses by taking the appropriate AP tests.

Non-Traditional Options

ECA, WAVE, and WIHI

The Early College Alliance from Eastern Michigan University is a unique educational program designed to fully immerse high school students in the collegiate learning environment, attend college courses, and earn college credit while still enrolled in high school. The Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education is a free academic program which accommodates students who require a non-traditional schedule and approach to a high school education. The Washtenaw International High School is an International Baccalaureate High School providing a rigorous, student-centered, inquiry-based curriculum focusing on international-mindedness, interdisciplinary knowledge, leadership development, and critical thinking.

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