Advanced & Accelerated Programs
West Ottawa Public School’s SAIL (Students Accelerating In Learning) Program has been established to meet the needs of the academically advanced elementary student. Research has shown that children who are academically advanced learn two to four times faster than the average student in their area of strength.
By providing students with an accelerated and more challenging program, students’ feelings of frustration with the pace of grade level curriculum can be alleviated. Studies show that single subject acceleration can lead to academic gains well beyond a child’s current grade level.
Students progress more rapidly in specific curricular areas than others. West Ottawa is proud to offer courses which opens doors for academic and personal growth.
- Middle school students can take high school courses for credit at their middle school site. To further assist with planning, the following Sequence Guides, for each respective core area are provided below.
- 4th and 5th grade elementary students attend advanced classes at their elementary site or classes at middle school locations.
Advanced placement (AP) classes
A wide range of AP classes afford students the opportunity to pursue college level instruction and the option of college credit within the high school setting. We currently offer an impressive array of eighteen different AP courses on the high school campus.
District, regional, state, and national competitions
West Ottawa participates on all levels in art, creative writing, debate, forensics, geography, instrumental music, Latin, math, robotics, science, spelling, theater, vocal music, and industrial/vocational arts
When appropriate, students may attend college classes at local institutions during the regular high school day. With a greater number and wider range of advanced placement classes offered at WOHS, more students are choosing to stay at the high school. Most students choose to enroll at the following colleges and universities:
- Davenport University
- Grand Rapids Community College
- Grand Valley State University
- Hope College
- Kendall College or Art & Design (taught after school at West Ottawa High School)
Please see the High School/AP Course and Dual Enrollment Page on the WOHS website for more information.
Enrichment classes and activities
Offered periodically throughout the year and present the opportunity to explore various interests and strengthen skills:
- Herman Miller Academy
Extracurricular activities and programs
West Ottawa offers a variety of extracurricular activities.
- For information on high school activities, please click on the High School Clubs and Organizations link.
- For more information on middle school activities, please see the Middle School Clubs and Organizations list.
- For more information on elementary school activities, please see the Elementary Clubs and Organizations list.
For more information please visit the International Baccalaureate page.
Program for Academically Talented at Hope College (PATH)
PATH is an accelerated math and writing skills program. 6th-9th grade participants meet various days during the week, progressing through the equivalent of four years of high school in two years.