Your Child’s Personal Graduation Plan

Selecting Courses

Our full-time diploma students work with their Guidance Counselor to develop a Personal Graduation Plan.  If your child has earned high school credits at another school, their Guidance Counselor will enter their transferred credits and provide you with a list of courses they need to complete to graduate.

Your child should write to their Guidance Counselor about the classes they are interested in taking. There is a link to the Course Catalog with course descriptions on your child’s Student Desk. You also have a link to the Course Catalog on your Parent Desk.

Your child’s Guidance Counselor will schedule him or her 3 academic courses at a time. This schedule will allow your child to focus and make the best academic progress. With focus and submitting lesson assignments in each course daily, (4-5 days a week) students have been able to complete a 1-credit course in 3-5 months’ time and then move on to other courses.

If your child feels that they can take more than 3 courses at a time, they must write to their Guidance Counselor through the Guidance link on their Student Desk and explain why they would like to take more than 3 courses. Your child’s request requires the approval of the Educational Director or Guidance Director.

Two Diploma tracks available:

Students and parents should review their Personal Graduation Plan frequently. Your Personal Graduation Plan is an evaluation of the courses and credits completed showing the remaining credits needed to graduate from our General Studies or College Prep track.

  • Whitmore School students can choose between two different tracks.
  • Students who plan to attend a 4-year college should follow the requirements for our College Prep track.
  • Students who plan to attend a 2-year college or join the workforce can choose to complete the requirements for our General Studies track.
General Studies – 18 credits College Prep – 22 credits
  • 4.0 credits of English
  • 2.0 credits Social Studies
  • 2.0 credits Science
  • 2.0 credits Math
  • 0.5 credit PE
  • 1.0 credit Fitness and Safety or Health
  • 0.5 credit Fine Arts
  • 6.0 credits Electives or other Core Courses
  • 4.0 credits of English
  • 3.0 credits Social Studies (0.5 credit US Government, 0.5 credit World Geography, 1.0 credit US History, 1.0 credit  other Social Studies)
  • 3.0 credits Science (1.0 credit Natural Science, 1.0 credit Physical Science, 1.0 credit other Science)
  • 3.0 credits Math (Alg 1, Geom & Alg 2)
  • 0.5 credits PE
  • 1.0 credit Fitness and Safety or Health
  • 1.0 credit Fine Arts
  • 2.0 credits World Language
  • 4.5 credits Electives

On average, students complete 5.0 – 6.0 credits each year, however, every child works at their own pace, and at Whitmore, there is never any pressure to complete courses by a deadline.

Where Do I Find My Child’s Personal Graduation Plan?

Great question! You will find a link to your child’s Personal Graduation Plan on your Parent Desk under the School Records section. The great thing about the Personal Graduation Plan is that it groups completed courses by subject. At a glance, you will see how many English or Math credits your child has earned and how many are needed to graduate. Cool Tool!

Staying On Track to Meet Your Personal Graduation Plan

Each student is in charge of their education and academic goals. They have access to their courses 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. We encourage all students to have a daily schedule and goals. Students who enroll in their 9th-grade year and want to graduate in four years should work toward completing 5-6 credits per year. Your yearly tuition allows students to be scheduled in up to 6 credits during an enrollment year.  (enrollment year = 12 months from enrollment date). Note: Whitmore School does not require students to complete a minimum number of credits per year, nor to graduate within a 4-year time frame. Your child’s Personal Graduation Plan is well…personal, and designed to meet their own individual goals.

Your child will make the best progress by working a few hours each day (4-5 days a week) on each of the 3 courses on their Student Desk. When your child completes a course, they will submit their request to receive a grade and credit for the course using the Credit Report Form (CRF) link. Then they will write to their Guidance Counselor and request to add their add another course from their Personal Graduation Plan.

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