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Curriculum & Testing

SCHOOL CALENDAR

Walla Walla High School's academic year is divided into two semesters with official grades reported in January and in June. Students are on a regular schedule consisting of 54 minute periods. Two days a week, students attend a Flex-Period and have shortened 45 minute periods.

CURRICULUM

Walla Walla High School offers a comprehensive curriculum.  Program options range from special education and ELL services to Honors and AP courses. There are also half-day programs available through the local Skills Center, where students can receive certifications. Students may also begin earning high school credit in middle school through an accelerated program in mathematics and Spanish. WWHS offers 9 Honors courses and 16 AP courses.

Students also have the option of taking college courses through the following programs:

Running Start: A state legislated program where qualified juniors and seniors can earn high school and college credit simultaneously through community college classes. All credits appear on the high school transcript.

Enrichment Programs: Programs at Whitman College and Walla Walla University where students can earn college credit on a tuition-free basis. Credits do not appear on the high school transcript.

NATIONAL MERIT

Two students were designated as National Merit Commended Students last year. Over the years, WWHS has had many National Merit Commended Students and Finalists.

COLLEGE ATTENDANCE

The class of 2018 was comprised of 392 seniors. Approximately 25% of these students entered a four-year institution and 42% entered a two-year institution.

RANK and GRADE EXPLANATION

Grade Points Grade Points
A 4.0 A- 3.7
B+ 3.3 B 3.0
B- 2.7 C+ 2.3
C 2.0 C- 1.7
D+ 1.3 D 1.0

Grade point average and class rank are computed beginning with the fall of the freshman year and each semester thereafter through the eighth semester. A grade of “P” indicates credit has been earned, but the grade is not figured into the GPA. All GPA’s are un-weighted.

TESTING INFORMATION

The summary of scores for the Class of 2018 graduates, who took the ACT and/or SAT Reasoning Test in 2017-2018, is provided below:

Average SAT I Scores
(95 seniors tested)
WWHS Math 590   Reading & Writing 599

Average ACT Composite Score
(351 students tested)

WWHS* 19.0
Washington 22.2
*All students at WWHS were given the opportunity to take the ACT free of charge.

2018 ADVANCED PLACEMENT RESULTS

In the spring of 2018, 290 WWHS students took 528 Advanced Placement examinations in sixteen different subjects. Seventy two percent of the students who took AP exams earned a score of a 3 or higher.

CREDITS & GRADUATION

A minimum of 22 credits are required to receive a high school diploma. One half-credit is awarded for each semester-long course which is completed with a passing mark of at least 60%. While the majority of students elect to take four years of solid academic courses, the minimum distribution of credits for a WWHS High School Diploma must include:

English – 4    Science - 2

Mathematics – 3    Social Studies – 3

Fine Art - 1    Career and Technical - 1.5

Physical Education – 2    Electives – 5.5

In addition to earning 22 credits, students must also pass the SBA English Language Arts and Math exams, as well as the Senior Culminating Project in order to graduate from Walla Walla High School.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Walla Walla High School has been highly successful in academic and athletic competitions at the local, regional, state and national levels.  Music and theatre groups compete annually with distinction.  Student clubs and leadership opportunities include National Honor Society, ROTC, Student Government, Debate Club,The Wa-Hi Journal, Latino Club, Key Club, among others.  

ATHLETICS

WWHS is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). Blue Devil athletics includes baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Blue Devil athletics has a long history of winning regional and state championship honors.

 

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