Curriculum and Instruction
The core curriculum is a set of expectations all students should achieve in order to progress in their schooling. It is intended to assure that every student has acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for effective adult living.
To receive a diploma from West Ottawa High School (WOHS), students must complete a minimum of 28 credit hours of study during their four years from grades 9-12.>>Please Click Here for Graduation Requirements
Course Sequence Guide
To further assist students with planning and scheduling of their courses, the following sequence guides, for each respective core area, are provided below.
Goals and Objectives
At WOHS we are working to deliver a curriculum that prepares our students for living effectively today and in the future. This means our curricula reflect the requirements set forth in the State of Michigan Essential Goals and Objectives for the various subjects taught.
ELA Learning Targets
(H.S. Writing and Reading Learning Targets are under construction)
Math Learning Targets
Science Learning Targets
Social Studies Learning Targets
Learner Exit Outcomes
The West Ottawa School District also abides by ten Learner Exit Outcomes (LEOs) for all high school graduates.
Our Graduates Will Be:
- Complex Thinkers
- Flexible Adapters
- Problem Solvers
- Effective Communicators
- Cooperative and Collaborative Workers
- Self-Directed Achievers
- Responsible and Involved Citizens
- Skilled and Active Learners
- Caring Individuals
- Innovative, Quality Producers
LEOs provide direction for the development of district curricula and instructional techniques.
Over the last decade, each academic area has been enhanced and realigned with the state’s core curriculum recommendations, new state mandates, and the district’s LEOs. In an effort to meet the individual needs of our students, over fifty new course offerings have been added to the High School curriculum in the last several years. These include advanced placement courses, honors courses, and a broad range of elective opportunities.
The OAISD Careerline Tech Center offers semester, one-year and two-year programs in a variety of vocational/technical areas for juniors and seniors:
Career programs enable students to earn course credit while exploring career options, gaining job experience, and discovering the connection between the classroom and the workplace.
If you have additional questions contact a high school counselor or administrator at (616) 994-5000, or Kent Henson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, at (616) 738-5730.
To assist students and parents in understanding the new graduation requirements, the brochure below was created as a general overview of all required courses.