Your Personal Graduation Plan

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 schedules you for 3 academic courses at a time. This schedule will allow you to focus and make academic progress. 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.

If you feel that you can take more than 3 courses at a time, you must write to our Guidance Counselor and submit your request. Your request must be approved by the Educational Director or Guidance Director.

Staying On Track to Meet Your Personal Graduation Plan

You are in charge of your education and academic goals. You have access to your courses 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. We encourage you 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 you 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 Personal Graduation Plan is well…personal, and designed to meet your individual goals. On average, students complete 5.0 – 6.0 credits per year.

We suggest working a few hours each day (4-5 days a week) on each of your 3 courses. You will write to your Guidance Counselor when you have completed a course and you are ready to add another course from your Personal Graduation Plan.

Below is a guideline of what you should try to submit depending on if your schedule involves working 4 – 5 days a week. Working less than 2 days a week is not recommended. Many students are motivated to complete school and graduate early. This is possible when working 6-7 days a week.

Students working 2 to 3 days a week in 3 courses are considered Part-Time Students
Students working 4 to 5 days a week in 3 courses are considered Full-Time Students
1 post a day in 3 courses x 4 days = 12 posts a week
2 posts a day in 3 courses x 4 days = 24 posts a week
1 post a day in 3 courses x 5 days = 15 posts a week
2 posts a day in 3 courses x 5 days = 30 posts a week

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 do not plan to attend 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
  • 3.0 credits Science
  • 3.0 credits Math (2 credits above Alg 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

To keep on track for graduation, students should try to complete 5-6 credits each year.

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