Wellesley High School

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

Wellesley High School Profile 2018-19 (PDF)


Wellesley High School
Comprehensive Four-Year
Public High School

Enrollment: 1534
2019 Graduating Class: 393
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
Lynne F. Novogroski


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.


Curriculum

In addition to the standard curricular offerings in English, math, science, 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 web site.


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.


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.


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 70 varsity and sub-varsity athletic teams in 36 different sports.


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.


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.


Faculty

Wellesley High School has a professional staff of 166. 94% hold a Masters degree; of that group 31% hold a Masters degree +30 credits and 28% hold a Masters degree +60 credits. 7% of our faculty hold a Doctorate degree.


Post Graduate Plans

Class of 2018
Four-year colleges 91%
Two-year colleges 2%
Specialized and Post-graduate schools 2%
Total Post-Secondary Education 95%

MCAS—Students who graduate from Wellesley High School have met the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System graduation requirements.


Interdisciplinary Studies

Evolutions is an interdisciplinary academic program new to Wellesley High School for the 2015-2016 school year. The Evolutions program 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 to illuminate the complexity of our world. Using this interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, our 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 tests

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


AP Courses Offered at Wellesley HS

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • U.S. History

Grade Point Averages

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

Grading Equivalencies

A+ 97-100
A 93-96
A- 90-92
B+ 87-89
B 83-86
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D+ 67-69
D 63-66
D- 60-62
F 0-59

College Admissions Test Scores

SAT I (mean) Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Number of Student 256 248 309
Critical Reading 602
Math 641 623 615
Writing 598
Evidence Based Reading & Writing 638 632
SAT II (mean) Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Number of Students 156
Number of Tests 403 390 418
Average SAT II Score 660 674 667
ACT (mean) Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Number of Students 186 218 207
English 28.4 28.7 27.8
Math 26.6 27.1 26.9
Reading 28.3 28.3 29
Science 27.1 26.7 27.4
Composite 27.7 27.9 27.9

AP Summary Statistics

Year # Students Tested # Exam Taken % Earned 3 or > % Earned Score of 4 % Earned a Score of 5
2018 337 731 92 32 41
2017 305 606 94 32 43
2016 313 618 96 35 41

AP Scholar

AP Scholar AP Scholar with Honor AP Scholar with Distinction AP National Scholar
Number 57 34 42 3
Average Score 4 4.5 4.64 4.84

National Merit Scholarship Results

Class of # Students Commended # of Semi Finalists
2019 35 5
2018 35 7
2017 40 7

Wellesley High School Curriculum Guideline 2018-2019*

*Courses are listed based on the earliest grade year that a student can enroll and can be available to students in subsequent years.

Art

Freshman
  • Animation
  • Metals I & II
  • Drawing and Painting I & II
  • The Artist Journal
  • Design & Digital Art I & II
  • Beginning Photography
  • Intermediate Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics: Wheel Throwing
  • Advanced Ceramics: Wheel Throwing
  • Sculpture
Sophomore
  • Metals III
Junior
  • Drawing and Painting Intensive H
  • Photography Intensive H
  • Ceramics Intensive H
  • Metals Intensive H
Senior

Classical and Modern Languages

Freshman
  • French 1 H
  • French 2 H
  • German 1 H
  • German 2 H
  • Mandarin 1 H
  • Mandarin 2 H
  • Spanish 1 H
  • Spanish 2 H
  • Latin 1 H
  • Introduction to Spanish ACP
  • Advanced Introduction to Spanish ACP
  • Beginning Spanish A ACP
  • Beginning Spanish B ACP
Sophomore
  • French 3 H
  • French 3 ACP
  • German 3 H
  • German 3 ACP
  • Latin 3 H
  • Latin 3 ACP
  • Spanish 3 H
  • Spanish 3 ACP
  • Mandarin 3 H
  • Mandarin 3 ACP
Junior
  • French 4 H
  • French 4 ACP
  • German 4 H
  • German 4 ACP
  • Latin 4 H
  • Latin 4 ACP
  • Mandarin 4 H
  • Mandarin 4 ACP
  • Spanish 4 H
  • Spanish 4 ACP
Senior
  • AP French 5
  • French 5 ACP
  • French 5 H
  • AP German 5
  • German 5 ACP
  • German 5 H
  • AP Latin 5
  • Latin 5 ACP
  • Latin 5 H
  • AP Spanish 5
  • Spanish 5 ACP
  • Spanish 6 H
  • Mandarin 5 ACP
  • Mandarin 5 H

TV/Video Production

Freshman
  • Intro TV Video Production
Sophomore
  • Intermediate TV/Video
Junior
  • Advanced TV/Video Production
  • TV/Video Intensive
Senior
  • Independent Study of TV/Video

English

Freshman
  • English 9 H
  • English 9 ACP
  • English 9 CP
  • English Foundations 9
  • Children’s Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Film I
  • Film II
  • Media Matters
  • Journalism
Sophomore
  • English 10 H
  • English 10 ACP
  • English 10 CP
  • Film I
  • Film II
  • Media Matters
  • English Foundations 10 Journalism
  • Children’s Literature
  • Creative Writing
Junior
  • English 11 H
  • English 11 ACP
  • English 11 CP
  • Shakespeare H
  • Creative Writing
  • Bible and Myth H
  • Bible and Myth ACP
  • Film I
  • Film II
  • Media Matters
  • Shakespeare ACP
  • Journalism
Senior
  • English 12 H
  • Humanities H
  • Beyond the Binary ACP
  • Beyond the Binary H
  • English 12 ACP
  • English 12 CP
  • Humanities ACP
  • Diverse American Voices H
  • Diverse American Voices ACP
  • Senior Creative Writing ACP
  • World Literature H
  • World Literature ACP

Family and Consumer Science/Business

Freshman
  • Fitness and Wellness for Life
  • Intro. to Child Development
  • Teaching Young Children
  • Joy of Cooking
  • Food, Culture & Society
  • Computer Keyboarding
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Intro. to Yearbook Design &Production
  • Yearbook Design and Production
  • Marketing and Fashion Merchandising

 Sophomore

  • Business Law ACP
  • Child Study Lab
  • Culinary Arts
  • Business Entrepreneurship and Economics
  • Global Marketing H
  • Retail Management
Junior
  • Global Marketing H
  • Retail Management ACP
  • Product Design

 Senior

  • AP Economics
  • Finance and Investments H

Fitness and Health

Freshman
  • Fitness Yoga
  • Fitness Workout
  • Functional Core Training
  • Got Dance 
Sophomore
  • Adventure I
  • Adventure II
  • Health
  • Personal Fitness Training
  • Power Up
Junior
  • Social Issues with Gender and Race
Senior
  •  —

Mathematics

Freshman
  • Geometry H
  • Geometry ACP
  • Geometry CP
  • Foundations in Math 9 CP
  • Exploring Computer Science
Sophomore
  • Advanced Algebra H
  • Advanced Algebra ACP
  • Intermediate Algebra CP
  • Foundations of Math 10 CP
  • AP Computer Science Principles
Junior
  • Pre-Calculus H
  • Pre-Calculus ACP
  • Analysis ACP
  • Algebra II and Personal Finance Part I CP
  • Foundations of Math 11 CP
  • AP Computer Science A

 Senior

  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics
  • Calculus H
  • Discrete Mathematics ACP
  • Foundations in Personal Finance CP
  • Introduction to Statistics and Personal Finance II CP

Performing Arts

Freshman
  • 1:00 Jazz Band
  • 2:00 Jazz Band
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Song Sisters
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Symphonia
  • Symphonia/Brooks Brothers
  • Concert Band
  • Songwriting I
  • Concert Band/Concert Choir
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Music Theory
  • Concert Choir
  • Acting I
  • Stagecraft
Sophomore
  • Rice Street Singers
  • Keynote Singers
  • Acting II
  • Songwriting II
Junior
  • Acting III
  • Stagecraft and Design Intensive

 Senior

  • Acting IV H Intensive
  • Songwriting Intensive
  • Concert Band Intensive
  • Symphonia Intensive
  • 1:00 Jazz Band Intensive
  • 2:00 Jazz Band Intensive
  • Concert Choir Intensive
  • Keynote Singer Intensive
  • Rice Street Intensive
  • Chamber Orchestra Intensive
  • Wind Ensemble Intensive

Science

Freshman
  • Physics H
  • Physics ACP
  • Physics CP
  • Conceptual Biological Chemistry CP
Sophomore
  • Chemistry H
  • Chemistry ACP
  • Chemistry CP
  • Conceptual Biological Chemistry CP
Junior
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • Biology H
  • Biology ACP
  • Biology CP
  • Advanced Topics in Physics H
Senior
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics ACP
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Biotech & Personal Genetics ACP/H
  • Anatomy & Physiology ACP
  • Astronomy ACP/H

Social Studies

Freshman
  • World History H
  • World History ACP
  • World History CP
Sophomore
  • Modern World History H
  • Modern World History ACP
  • Modern World History CP
  • You and the Law H/ACP 
Junior
  • AP U.S. History
  • U.S. History ACP
  • U.S. History CP
  • U.S. History H
  • Philosophy H
  • Gender & Sexuality H/ACP
Senior
  • AP Psychology
  • Humanities H/ACP
  • Sociology ACP
  • Psychology ACP

Technology/Engineering

Freshman
  • Intro to Engineering Technology
  • Intro to Design & Technology
  • Robotics
  • Wood Manufacturing
Sophomore
  • Intro to Engineering Technology
  • Intro to Design & Technology
  • Wood Manufacturing
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Robotics
Junior
  • Intro to Engineering Technology
  • Intro to Design & Technology
  • Wood Manufacturing
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Robotics
Senior
  • Intro to Engineering Technology
  • Intro to Design & Technology
  • Wood Manufacturing
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Robotics 

*Courses are listed based on the earliest grade year that a student can enroll and can be available to students in subsequent years.

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