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AP Capstone Diploma Unveiled at WHS

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by admin

We are excited to introduce an exciting, new diploma option at Westfield High School – The AP Capstone Diploma.  The AP Capstone Diploma is an innovative, new, and prestigious diploma program that gives students an opportunity to apply critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, and research skills in a cross-curricular context.  The Class of 2016 will be the first class of WHS with the opportunity to earn this high-level, nationally recognized diploma.

Students who are motivated and prepared for college-level coursework are best suited for the program, but the program benefits those students who show potential for AP coursework but have not yet enrolled in AP courses.  Students should demonstrate curiosity about real world issues, a willingness to take intellectual risks, and a dedication to acquiring the skills that colleges and universities value – critical inquiry, analysis, and research.  In short, AP Capstone students have an interest in becoming curious, independent, and collaborative scholars.

All students interested in pursuing the AP Capstone Diploma at WHS are required to select AP English Language and Composition as their grade 11 English course.

Please view the link below for an overview of the AP Capstone Diploma.

AP Capstone Overview

Grade 10 College Planning Night

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by admin

Westfield High School hosted a college information and planning night for sophomore students and parents on January 29th.  This workshop provided an opportunity to understand the nuts and bolts of college admission, including how to navigate the important topics how to get into college, how to improve test scores, and how to stay on track with the college search.  Following the feature presentation, parents and students went to smaller breakout sessions to meet with their counselor for a college search discussion and advice.  To see the Grade 10 College Planning  presentation, visit the link below.

Grade 10 College Night

The National Center for College Costs: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

Posted on: December 6th, 2013 by admin

All too often, students and families find themselves facing difficult financial situations. If an individual is not yet in college, they often wonder if they should attend because they are unsure if they can afford it. If a student is already in college, they are often looking at their bursar account and wondering how to pay for it. And, finally, once they are out of college they are wondering how to pay back those college loans. This feature article will provide an overview of some resources that will help guide you in some of those tricky financial situations.

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Leaderhip Forum for Youth with Disabilities

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 by admin

The Indiana Youth Leadership Forum (INYLF), which is funded through the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities and put on by the Autism Society of Indiana, is a 5-day leadership training program in which entering 11th and 12th graders, ages 16-22, with various disabilities come together on the IUPUI campus to further develop the necessary skills to become better leaders in their own lives and in their communities. The student delegates will participate in career development activities, a visit to the state capital and hear from successful professionals in the disability community. The Forum is July 21-25, 2014, but the application deadline is in December.  This is a very unique opportunity for youth with disabilities to learn leadership skills.  For more information, click on the links below.

IYLF Description

IYLF application

“Meet the WHS SAT School Day: Overview for Parents”

Posted on: October 1st, 2013 by admin

Webinar Presentation – Thursday, October 3rd  – 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

 The purpose of this interactive web session is to provide parents with an understanding of the newest offering to the line-up of post-secondary planning resources—the SAT School Day.  We will discuss the SAT, how to maximize the opportunity to support student success, and how to help students prepare for test day and beyond. Many students are taking the SAT for the purposes of college application and/or enhancing merit scholarship consideration.  The SAT School Day is administered on Wednesday, October 16th – WWS College Readiness Pathway Day.

Click here to view the presentation

Meet the PSAT

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by admin

On Tuesday, October 1, from 12:15-12:45 p.m., parents of students in Grade 9, Grade 10, and Grade 11, have the opportunity for an overview of the PSAT/NMSQT. The purpose of the interactive web session is to provide parents with understanding the PSAT.  We’ll discuss how to maximize the opportunity to support student success, and how to help students prepare for test day and beyond. My College QuickStart will be featured. My College QuickStart is the all-encompassing getting ready for college resource provided free to students after taking the PSAT/NMSQT. The PSAT will be administered on Wednesday, October 16th – WWS College Readiness Pathway Day. We hope you will be able to join us from your work, home, or from anywhere there is internet connection and phone service.  Remember to call the toll free phone number and enter event number to hear the presentation.

The connection information follows.
Event Password: 1111
Toll-Free Number: 1-877-668-4493
Access Code: 661 533 375

Indiana University ACP Registration is NOW OPEN!!!

Posted on: August 20th, 2013 by admin
Registration to take ACP classes for college credit through IU is now open for our students who are taking ACP classes in 1st Trimester.  If your child applied to the ACP program last spring, or even just in the last few days, he or she should have received an email from IU ACP with a course registration ticket and instructions on how to register for college credit.  Likewise, I have attached the instructions that IU ACP has provided.  Please note that the firm deadline to register for IU credit this trimester is Wednesday, August 30th.
A few notes of clarification:
  • Registration that is now taking place is for any one-trimester course that the student is currently taking (ACP Speech, ACP Comp and ACP Intro to Business in Trimester 1) and any two-trimester courses that begin in Trimester 1 (ACP Calculus and ACP Finite.)  These students will be enrolled in IU’s Fall Semester
  • For students who are enrolled in any ACP course(s) that begin in either the 2nd or 3rd trimester, registration for IU credit will take place during IU’s Spring Semester.  (ACP Speech and ACP Comp in either Trimester 2 or 3, ACP Personal Finance and ACP Brief Survey of Calculus.)  Do not register for these classes at this time! Registration dates will be forwarded to you at a later time.
  • Students in the two-trimester math courses will only need to register once with IU in order to receive college credit, as they are considered one-semester courses through Indiana University.
  • If your child is not registering for IU credit until IU’s Spring Semester, please hold on to the email that was sent to you this week with your child’s IU ID Number for future reference.
If your student has not yet applied for the ACP program, they must do so by August 22nd in order to be able to register for IU classes this year.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of a 2.7 or higher in order to be admitted.  Students can apply at:  Upon acceptance, students will receive an email from IU ACP with registration information.
ACP courses taken for college credit allow students to earn credit through Indiana University at the discounted rate of $25 per credit hour. Enrolling in IU courses will result in an official IU course transcript, and your IU grade will become part of your permanent college academic record.  Students who meet the eligibility guidelines through the Free/Reduced Lunch program may have the tuition for ACP courses waived.  The ACP Tuition Waiver Form is attached. 
Teachers have been communicating with students in their classes and have been answering their questions regarding the ACP program and registration.  Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact me or your student’s ACP teachers.

The College Application Process…for Seniors it Begins

Posted on: August 16th, 2013 by admin
On August 16, 2013, the School Counseling Center met with the Class of 2014 to discuss the college application process, including online applications, the Common Application, requesting transcripts and letters of recommendation, college entrance exams and scholarships.  The attached presentation outlines the information that was covered during this meeting.  Following the large group meeting, we will meet with the seniors again in small groups to discuss this further and answer questions.  We will then will meet with each senior individually throughout the end of August and the month of September to talk about their specific post-secondary plan.

School Day SAT–Only at WHS

Posted on: May 16th, 2013 by admin

The College Board has granted Westfield High School with a unique opportunity to officially administer the SAT on a school day. This test administration is provided for the Class of 2014.  Westfield is the first high school in the state of Indiana to offer the SAT to its students on a non-national test date as part of our College and Career Assessment Pathway Day.  The SAT will be administered on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.


What are the benefits of taking the SAT at WHS on October 16th?

  • If you have not taken the SAT – This option is both most timely and convenient for submission to colleges and universities.
  • If you have taken the SAT – The soundest advice is to take the SAT multiple times.  Nearly all colleges “Super Score” the SAT to advantage students with their highest sub scores in critical reading, math and writing sections. This is key advice for students competing for scholarships where test scores are a factor of review.
  •  All students who reserve their spot for the SAT at WHS will receive a personal free online access code to The College Board’s Official SAT Online Course—a $69.95 value.  Featuring: 18 interactive lessons cover the SAT®’s critical reading, writing, and math sections. The lessons feature interactive activities and multimedia content to create an engaging learning environment. Online course features detailed explanations for both correct and incorrect answers to all questions on the online course. Receive detailed personalized feedback on all practice tests and quizzes. With this information, you better understand where to focus additional study. Practice for the SAT essay by responding to essay questions and getting back immediate, computer-generated scores.
  •  Students will be able to take the SAT in a familiar environment, rather than taking it at another high school or college campus.
  •  With work, athletic and extracurricular commitments, Saturdays are often at a premium.  By taking the SAT on a school day, it frees up one additional Saturday for students.

Details: The SAT at WHS is offered on the same date as the PSAT/NMSQT which is administered to WHS  students in Grades 9-11.  As such, we will have alternate activities for seniors that day.  Students taking the SAT on this day will not be missing any of their Periods 1—3 classes, and will be excused from the portion of 4th period that they will miss to complete the exam.

Cost? –  The fee is $53.  Participation is awarded to the first 200 students who submit completed reservation forms.  In order for students to reserve their spot for this unique opportunity, students must complete the attached reservation form and return it to the School Counseling Center, along with a check made payable to Westfield Washington Schools, by Friday, June 7, 2013.   (Refunds may be requested until June 7, 2013.)

The College Board registration instructions and deadlines will be provided to all students in the fall who have reserved their space.  We hope that your student will take advantage of this excellent opportunity to participate in WWS College and Career Readiness Pathway Day.

Please contact the WHS Counseling Center if you have any questions.

School Day SAT Registration Form


2013-2014 WHS Student Schedules Released

Posted on: April 30th, 2013 by admin
On April 30,  teachers distributed student schedules for the 2013-2014 school year.  It is important for parents to take time to look at the schedule with their student to ensure its accuracy.  Please consider the following questions as you look at the schedule.
1.  Is this the desired schedule for the 2013-2014 school year?  Schedule changes will be accepted up until May 31, 2013.
2.  Are all trimesters of the required courses that were selected included in the schedule?
3.  Has your student failed any courses this year that need to be retaken that are not in the schedule?
4.  Are there any empty periods on the schedule?  NO student should have an empty period.
5.  Is the academic load balanced between trimesters?
If you would like to make any changes, please complete the attached Schedule Change Form.  This form must be signed by a parent and returned to the WHS Counseling Center by Friday, May 31, 2013.  Schedule changes are made based on first-come, first served.  Please understand that classes may fill up and some schedule changes may not be possible.
Notes for Seniors (Class of 2014):
1  If your senior is signed up to take Mentoring or Independent Co-Op, you are giving him/her permission to be out of the building during that scheduled time.  Seniors do earn credit for these courses and both count toward graduation requirements.
2.  If your senior is signed up for a Senior Seminar release period, you are giving him/her permission to be out of the building during that scheduled time.  Although seniors can earn one credit for Senior Seminar, that credit does NOT count toward athletic eligibility nor does it count toward the 42 credits that are required to graduate.
3.  Seniors will not be able to drop a class and add a Senior Seminar release period after the May 31st deadline.  Please make sure your schedule changes are complete by the deadline.
4.  The senior year schedule is very important in the college preparedness and application process.  Please make sure your senior is taking a rigorous course load.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor.