WAHS Curriculum Offerings
PhilosophyThe Williamsport Area High School offers a setting for students to grow and to interact with teachers and fellow students in learning. Recognizing individual abilities, attitudes, and behaviors, the school in cooperation with the home and the community encourages each student's aesthetic, intellectual, moral, physical and social development.
Four English courses are required, one at each grade level 9-12. Consult with present English teacher for guidance in selecting the proper course.
2014-2015 Typical EnGLISH Course Sequencing
Intro to Lit/Comp I
Eng 9 H
Intro to Lit/Comp II
Eng 10 H
American Lit/Comp I
Eng 11 H / AP Eng 11
British Lit/Comp or Eng 12/PCT English
Eng 12 H / AP Eng 12
Keystone Literature Remediation (Elective)
Journalism(This is an elective but you cannot take it without teacher approval)
The sequential four-year program in Honors English challenges the student to encounter literature, language and composition on a more mature level and at a faster pace than is expected in the traditional English programs. Honors English seeks to develop inquiring and motivated students. Participants must assume the academic responsibility to read carefully, to generate ideas, and to support with evidence both oral and written opinions. Candidates should be willing to write frequently in many forms for a variety of audiences.
Admission to the Honors program in English is based upon a student's previous achievement, and the decision to apply for admission should be made after the student consults with parents, school counselor and English teacher.
Four social studies courses are required, one at each grade level 9-12.
2015-2016 Typical SOCIAL STUDIES Course Sequencing
US History H
Civics and Government
Civics and Government H / AP US Government & Politics
Modern World History
AP European / AP Psychology
World History (Honors, PCT)/
PCT Psychology/ AP US History
AP European / AP Psychology
Global Studies H/ World History (Honors, PCT)
PCT Psychology/ AP US History
Elective SOCIAL STUDIES
*Intro to Psychology *Intro to Sociology
* Intro to Psychology and Sociology do count for a social studies credit, either .50 individually or together for 1.
Four (4) math courses are required for graduation. Our most successful students graduate with four math courses, making their transcripts much more competitive as they seek admission to post-graduate school or as they enter the workplace.
2015-16 Typical math Course Sequencing
Algebra 1 *
PreCalc/Trigonometry H/PCT Math 124/125
Trigonometry/PCT Math/Statistics/ Career Mathematics/Alg III
AP Calculus 1 / AP Calculus 2 /AP Statistics
* Students will be required to take end-of-course Algebra 1 Keystone Exam.
ManDATORY MATEMATICS FOR CERTAIN STUDENTS: Algebra II w/Keystone Remediation (elective)
Three (3) science courses are required for graduation with at least one course being completed per year. However, it is strongly recommended that students planning to major or work in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) related field schedule at least one science course during each year of high school. A well-rounded science education includes taking courses in a wide range of science disciplines including the life sciences, the physical sciences, and the Earth sciences.
recommended academic and honors science course sequences
Biology I H
Chemistry I H
Elective Science If Desired
AP Environmental Science
Topics of Science
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
Physics I H
All World Language courses are sequential and elective in nature. The student enters the program with a Level I course. Upon completion of Level I, the student should consult with the instructor in order to determine proper placement for the second level course. The student who wishes to take courses at Levels III or IV must successfully complete Level II Academic and obtain the approval of the Level II instructor.
As students progress through high school, it is important to do so with a goal of planning for a successful career.
Most careers today require technical training. Williamsport Area High School students can prepare for college or career with Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs. CTE programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
N O T E: In cases where enrollments are limited in CTE courses, preference will be given to students who have selected a related occupation on their career objective.
Music Department Course Requirements
All students may elect any course for which they are qualified and meet the prerequisites. Public performance is an important part of all ensemble classes. Attendance is required at all special rehearsals and scheduled performances.
All students may elect any course for which they are qualified and meet the prerequisites. Public performance is an important part of all ensemble classes. Attendance at all special rehearsals and scheduled performances is required.
WAHS Choral Music
WAHS choral music is divided into ten performance offerings. Placement auditions are held annually before course selection. Concert performances throughout the year include fall, winter and spring concerts, an annual holiday concert and the all-district honors concert. All choir members are eligible to audition for co-curricular ensembles and festival choruses. Students wishing to participate in both instrumental and chorale ensembles will be scheduled into Performing Music. The students will be "shared" on a rotating basis by both the choral and instrumental teachers.
WAHS has three band offerings to meet the skills and interests of woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists. Concert performances throughout the year include Fall and Spring Concerts, an Annual Holiday Concert, the All-District Honors Concert and Festival participation. All students are expected to participate in rotating, large group lessons unless they are studying privately. Any student who has had experience performing on a band instrument is encouraged to participate. Placement auditions are held annually before the time for course selection. Winds and percussion are offered an opportunity to perform with the string orchestra on an as needed basis. Participation in the “Millionaire Football Band” is required for members of all three bands. Turn to the “Co-Curricular Activities” section of this catalog for a description of the ‘Millionaire Football Band.”
WAHS has three orchestras to meet the skills and interests of string instrumentalists. Concert performances throughout the year include Fall and Spring Concerts, an Annual Holiday Concert, the All-District Honors Concert and PMEA Festival participation. All students are expected to participate in rotating, large group lessons unless they are studying privately. Any student who has had experience performing on a string instrument is encouraged to participate. Placement auditions are held annually before the time for course selection. Winds and percussion are added as needed to complete full symphonic instrumentation.
Having established a reputation for musical excellence, the orchestras take great pleasure in performing a wide variety of challenging music ranging from the traditional orchestral repertoire to some of today's most contemporary sounds. In addition to full orchestra, performance opportunities exist in various small ensembles including chamber orchestras and string quartets. Students who develop their playing skills to a high level may be invited to appear as a soloist.
The Visual Art Department offers three discipline focus tracks: Two-Dimensional (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking), Three-Dimensional (Clay, Sculpture, Jewelry), and Photography & Digital Media. In each track, students will develop artistic literacy by creating, presenting, responding to and connecting with visual works of art. Students may take the courses as a means of expression and communication or with a drive to develop and refine artistic skills. We aim to provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking and build a foundation of 21st Century skills that carry over into other academic disciplines. Prerequisites must be met for Level 2, 3, and 4 courses.
Health and Physical Education Department
It is a graduation requirement that each student is required to complete the prerequisite semester of Physical Education 01 and successfully complete Health 01. After completion of those requirements they must complete EITHER an additional Physical Education course (PHYS ED 03, 04, 05, 06) or Health 02.
After these requirements are met a student is encouraged to take additional Physical Education or Health Education courses as an elective.
Course Descriptions: Physical & Health Education
Physical Education Philosophy
To prepare all students with a variety of movement experiences that will lead to an active and healthy life.
Physical Education (PE) contributes to the physical, intellectual, social and emotional well being of the student. Our curriculum is devoted to purposeful instruction in progressive activities to promote a positive self-concept through fitness, sport, and lifetime recreational pursuits. Each student is able to achieve success according to his/her ability. Participation and involvement are required at all levels. Health related fitness is the goal for all students. The curriculum intent is to provide students of all abilities and interests with a variety of movement experiences that will lead to an active and healthy life. Activities are taught in a coeducational environment. Students needing adapted physical education are scheduled into a program tailored to their needs.