Opportunities for Advanced Coursework and College Credit
Why take Honors or Advanced Placement classes?
Whitewater High School is an excellent option for gifted and talented students, offering a wide variety of opportunities for students whose talents lie in many areas. Honors courses provide opportunities for learners to explore course material at a broader, deeper and more complex level than the standard course. Advanced courses typically offer students who have taken introductory-level courses to deepen their knowledge and skill. The number-one predictor of success on the ACT is what courses a student takes. More rigorous courses directly correlate to higher ACT scores. ACT scores are generally one component of the college application and/or scholarship process. We encourage all students to find the right level of challenge and academic “stretch” that keeps them connected to, and interested in, their experiences as a learner. All students are encouraged to enroll in advanced courses in at least one department of interest to them while in high school, as students who challenge themselves are more engaged in high school.
Who can I contact for more information?
If you are wondering whether an Honors or Advanced course would be the right fit for you, we encourage you to speak with your current teachers as well as students who have taken the course(s) you are considering, as well as to consult with your school counselor and family. we encourage you to speak with your current teachers as well as students who have taken the course(s) you are considering, as well as to consult with your school counselor and family.Students expressing an interest in any area will get full support from the staff at Whitewater High School to get the maximum benefit from their talents. If you have any questions more specific to the needs of your children, please feel free to contact me or Pam Sonmor-Wintz, Director of Student Services at 262-472-8113, or Mike Lovenberg, Principal, 262-472-8103.
Some examples of curricular and co-curricular opportunities include:
- Advanced Placement Courses in Math, Science, English and Social Studies
- Honors English
- Algebra 2 Honors
- Advanced Accounting
- Dual Transcripted Credit Courses
- Early College Credit Program
- Project Lead the Way Coursework
- Computer Science/Programming Coursework including AP
- Ferradermis- FIRST Robotics
- A Competitive Math Team
- Vocal and Band classes, with many state and national competition opportunities
- Badger Boys/Girls State Conference and other leadership conferences upon nomination
- Work Study Program with Employability Skills Certification
- Competitive Writing competitions and opportunities to publish material
- Jerry Award Winning Drama Club (Musicals and Plays)
- Leadership Opportunities through club organizations including Future Business Leaders, FFA, Student Council, National Honor Society, Model UN, and more
- Community Service Clubs
Students are identified through annual standardized test scores, including MAP scores at the middle school level and ASPIRE, WKCE, and ACT scores at the high school level. Other identification occurs through parents, teachers, and peers. Students in the 9th grade have an opportunity to participate in Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) by taking the ACT test at a local testing center. More information for the test can be provided upon request.
The Gifted and Talented Resources section contains links to national organizations and websites. Check them out!