Step 2. Your Personal Graduation Plan

Your Personal Graduation Plan

You will work with your Guidance counselor to develop your Personal Graduation Plan. This is an evaluation of the courses and credits completed, including credits that have transferred from another school, and shows you 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 do not plan to attend a 4-year college 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 or Health
  • 0.5 credit Fine Arts
  • 6.0 credits Electives
  • 4.0 credits of English
  • 3.0 credits Social Studies (0.5 World Geography, 0.5 US Government, 1.0 US History, 1.0 other Social Studies)
  • 3.0 credits Science (1.0 Natural Science, 1.0 Physical Science, 1.0 other Science)
  • 3.0 credits Math (2.0 about Algebra 1)
  • 0.5 credits PE
  • 1.0 credit Fitness or Health
  • 1.0 credit Fine Arts
  • 2.0 credits World Languages
  • 4.5 credits Electives (2 credits of Foreign Language recommended)

To keep on track for graduation, students should complete 5-6 credits each year.  Your tuition pays for up to 6 credits per year.

Selecting Courses

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

Write to your Guidance Counselor about the classes you are interested in taking. There is a link to the Course Catalog with course descriptions on your Student Desk.

Your Guidance Counselor will get you started with 3 courses. We recommend that students begin with 3 courses to give you time to get accustomed to our systems. This schedule will allow you to focus.  With focus and submitting lesson assignments in each course daily (5 days a week) students have been able to complete 1 credit course in 3-5 months’ time and then move on to other courses. Just remember, these are not all the courses you will complete this year. Your goal is to complete these courses and move on to the next courses from your Personal Graduation Plan.

If you feel that you can take more than 3 courses at a time, you can write to your Guidance Counselor using the link to guidance on your Student Desk.

Half credit (0.5) courses

If you have transferred to our school in the middle of an academic year, you may only need to complete 0.5 credit of a course. For example, if you have completed and passed the first semester of English 10, you may only need to complete the second semesters to meet your full 1 credit requirement for English 10. Your Guidance Counselor will review your transferred credits to determine if you are eligible to take the 0.5 credit course.

The following courses are available for first and second semester 0.5 credit:

  • English courses – English 9, 10, 11 and 12, English 1, 2, 3 and Business English
  • Social Studies courses – American Government, World History and American History)
  • Science courses – Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology
  • Math courses – Algebra 1, Algebra 2 CP, Algebra 2 Honors Geometry, Pre-Algebra
  • Fitness and Safety
  • Health
  • Elective courses – Spanish 1 and 2, Art History, Career Planning, Stress Management

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Are you feeling lost in the confusion over your school options for the 2020-21 school year? Many parents are being faced with making decisions about their child’s education that are confusing and overwhelming. School Districts are faced with developing a plan that will allow children to “go to school” safely. The reality is that there are still many unknown factors of the COVID-19 virus.

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