Weston High School offers its students a comprehensive and diversified program. Academic courses range from basic to advanced levels. Honors courses are offered in mathematics, world history, foreign languages, and science, while specific Advanced Placement subjects include art, biology, calculus, computer science, English, French, Spanish, European and U.S. History, and physics.
Students must take at least five "majors" each semester and may include courses in the fine and applied arts, business, and home economics. The high school also has a highly successful community service program in which students participate. Specialists in the Skills Center and Guidance Department provide a broad range of tutoring, personal counseling, and college placement services. Most students participate in after-school activities, with athletics, theater, music, art, and publications being the most popular. Among the special facilities available to students are a library with more than 20,000 books, videos and audio tapes, and extensive on-line database; four networked computer laboratories; a modern world language laboratory; a recorded books library; choral and instrument rooms; a dance studio; and a physical fitness and weight room. An indoor swimming pool and a synthetic surface track are among Weston's fine athletic facilities.
High School hours are 7:30 A.M. - 2:50 P.M.
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WHS to Collaborate
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online courses open to anyone with internet access. The concept was hatched in the fall of 2011 at Stanford University. Enrollment quickly grew, spawning a company called Udacity
and a rival partnership at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford and the University of Michigan, called Coursera
MIT created a non-profit option called MITx, launching its first MOOC in March 2012. Harvard joined MITx and edX
was born. The non-profit was soon joined by the University of California, Berkeley, University of Texas, Wellesley College and Georgetown University.
Anant Agarwal, a WHS parent and the CEO of edX, spoke to Weston faculty at their professional development session about the potential of open coursework. Out of this meeting the new partnership was formed with the goal of launching two “on-ramp” courses to prepare students for the rigorous academic curricula of Advanced Placement Biology and AB or BC Calculus.
Biology teacher Mary Liu and Math teacher John Monz are quarterbacking the project’s curricular content. Film teacher Ted Garland will lead the production process.