Wellesley High School

50 Rice Street • Wellesley Hills • Massachusetts • 02481-6099 • 781-446-6290 • FAX 781-446-6308

Wellesley High School Profile 2019-20 (PDF)


Wellesley High School
Class of 2020
Comprehensive Four-Year
Public High School

Enrollment: 1504
2020 Graduating Class: 380
College Board Code Number: 222285

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
School Year: Two Semesters

wellesleyps.org/whs


Superintendent
David F. Lussier

Principal
Jamie B. Chisum

Assistant Principals
Marc F. Bender
Andrew E. Kelton
Sarah S. Matloff


Director of Guidance
Dana P. Plunkett
Barbara J. Dutko, Administrative Assistant

Counselors
Jane M. Barrell
Marissa A. Coughlin
Cynthia A. Hurley
Janet M. Sozio
John S. Steere
Kristi R. Stone
Julie H. Trask
Margaret W. Walendin

Receptionist/College Visit Coordinator
Lucretia D. Burns


Community

Wellesley is a suburban town of approximately 28,000 located 13 miles west of Boston. A large proportion of the population is comprised of academic, business, and professional families. The home of three colleges, Wellesley is a community where academic excellence and cultural traditions are highly valued. Wellesley’s reputation for having a superior educational system attracts many families to the town and its schools. Students of color from Boston and New York as well as students from more than 20 countries add to the diversity of the school population.


Faculty

Wellesley High School has a professional staff of 169. 92% hold a Master’s degree; of that group 26% hold a Master’s degree +30 credits and 32% hold a Master’s degree +60 credits. 7% of our faculty hold a doctoral degree.


Special Features

Students are encouraged to excel academically and to pursue individual interests through a number of special cultural travel experiences, school-sponsored foreign exchanges, independent study programs, internships, senior projects, community service and courses at local colleges.


Curriculum & Scheduling

In addition to the standard curricular offerings in English, math, science with labs, social studies, and classical & modern languages, a vast array of elective courses is available in art, family and consumer science, technology, performing arts and fitness and health. In addition, students may take courses through Virtual High School. Our Program of Studies is available on our website: https://sites.google.com/wellesleyps.org/whsprogramofstudies2020-21/. Master Schedule constraints may preclude WHS from meeting all requests for AP courses as well as students being able to enroll in all requested courses.


Course Levels

H*—Honors/Advanced Placement/Intensive curriculum
ACP—Advanced College Preparatory curriculum
CP—College Preparatory curriculum
*Courses taken at the Honors level, Advanced Placement, or Intensive level receive equal weight in the GPA.


Fine Arts

  • 60% of the student body participates in an art class each semester
  • 12% of those students receive state and national recognition from the Scholastics Art & Writing Awards Competition
  • 20% of Art Intensive students pursue art as a major or minor in college

Performing Arts

More than 60% of students participate in the Performing Arts program. The Rice Street Singers has received a Gold Medal at the MAJE (Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators) State Festival for 11 consecutive years. Wind Ensemble received a Gold Medal at the MICCA (Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association) State Concert Band Festival. Chamber Orchestra also received a Gold Medal at the MICCA State Orchestra Festival. Jazz Ensemble has won the Reginal Festival at the Essentially Ellington competition in Connecticut and a Gold Medal at MAJE.


Senior Projects

Students are offered a unique opportunity for independent study in an area of personal or career interest during the fourth term of their senior year. Projects are individually designed and must meet the approval of the Senior Project Committee which is comprised of administrators, faculty and students. In most cases, the project takes place outside of school.


Extracurricular Activities

The majority of students at Wellesley High School further develop their individual interests through participation in extracurricular activities. Students may choose from over 60 different opportunities in service, academic, student government, and performing arts programs. More than 80% of the student body participates in one or more of the 77 varsity and sub-varsity athletic teams in 38 different sports.


Interdisciplinary Studies

Evolutions is an interdisciplinary academic program that provides an educational environment for students to embrace their curiosity and take ownership of their learning. Through experiential and project-based learning, Evolutions students embrace the rigorous task of building connections across the disciplines of Art, English, Science, and Social Studies. The goal for students is to: synthesize a variety of learning experiences; think critically about the content and themselves; apply objective knowledge to formulate solutions to real-world problems; connect to community; and, communicate their experiences through authentic projects, personal and academic writing and public presentation of their learning.


Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn 120 credits* in grades 9-12.
  2. Course requirements† you must pass:
    English 24 credits (4 years)
    Math 12 credits (2 years)
    Science 12 credits (2 years)
    Social Studies 15 credits (2.5 years) (1 year must be U.S. History)
    Fitness and Health 6 credits (1 semester each year) (4 semesters intotal—1 must be Health)
  3. Pass all required MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) Tests

* Beginning with the Class of 2021, a student must earn 136 credits

† A student must fulfill all their graduation requirements prior to the graduation ceremony in order to participate in the ceremony.


Grade Point Average

The level of the course and grade attained in the course are the basis for computing the weighted 5.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Computation includes academic and intensive courses completed in grades 9-12 at Wellesley High School. Rank in class is not reported.

Honors (H) Advanced College Prep (ACP) College Prep (CP)
A+/A = 5.0 A+/A = 4.5 A+/A = 4.0
A- = 4.7 A- = 4.2 A- = 3.7
B+ = 4.3 B+ = 3.8 B+ = 3.3
B = 4.0 B = 3.5 B = 3.0
B- = 3.7 B- = 3.2 B- = 2.7
C+ = 3.3 C+ = 2.8 C+ = 2.3
C = 3.0 C = 2.5 C = 2.0
C- = 2.7 C- = 2.2 C- = 1.7
D+ = 2.3 D+ = 1.8 D+ = 1.3
D = 2.0 D = 1.5 D = 1.0
D- = 1.7 D- = 1.2 D- = 0.7
F = 0 F = 0 F = 0

College Admissions Test Scores

SAT I (mean) Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Number of Students 228 256 248
Math 667 641 623
Evidence Based Reading & Writing 659 638 632
SAT II (mean) Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Number of Tests 414 403 390
Average SAT II Score 672 660 674
ACT (mean) Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Number of Students 187 186 218
English 29.3 28.4 28.7
Math 27.5 26.6 27.1
Reading 28.9 28.3 28.3
Science 27.4 27.1 26.7
Composite 28.4 27.7 27.9

Post Graduate Plans

Class of 2019
Four-year colleges 90%
Two-year colleges 2%
Specialized and Post-graduate schools 1%
Total Post-Secondary Education 93%


2019-20 AP Courses Offered at Wellesley HS

  • Biology (12)
  • Calculus AB (12)
  • Calculus BC (12)
  • Chemistry (11, 12)
  • Computer Science A (11, 12)
  • Computer Science Principles (10, 11, 12)
  • Economics (12)
  • Environmental Science (12)
  • French Language (12)
  • German Language (12)
  • Latin (12)
  • Physics C: Mechanics(12)
  • Psychology (12)
  • Spanish Language (12)
  • Statistics (12)
  • U.S. History (11)

AP Course Counts

# of Courses Taken/Student # of Students
4 or more 25
3 92
2 115
1 178

Class of 2019 Advanced Placement Awards

  • AP Scholars 71
  • AP Scholars with Honor 54
  • AP Scholars with Distinction 42
  • National AP Scholars 3

AP Summary Statistics

Year # Students Tested # Exam Taken % Earned 3 or > % Earned Score of 4 % Earned a Score of 5
2019 404 859 93 36 38
2018 337 731 92 32 41
2017 305 606 94 32 43

National Merit Scholarship Results

Class of # Students Commended # of Semi Finalists
2020 18 3
2019 35 5
2018 35 7

 

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