This is for all students but especially 11th graders who will be taking the FSA in the fall. . .don’t let the “slide” happen. Please work on Khan Academy at least 1 time a week for 30 minutes. Also, you are encouraged to try Reading Plus. Just go on to Launch, look for the Reading Plus Icon, and start. The site code is westorange, all lowercase, 1 word.
Students are encouraged to try Reading Plus. Just go on to Launch, look for the Reading Plus Icon, and start. The site code is westorange, all lowercase, one word.
We will be using the books from the Florida Teens Read list for our summer reading list. Don't forget to log your minutes on Beanstack. You can use the icon on Launchpad or download the Beanstack app. Click here for details.
The AP Exam schedule has been updated. Students can test in either May or June, but College Board is strongly encouraging May test dates. Students are allowed to test in June, but should understand that if they encounter a problem on exam day, they won’t have additional opportunities to test.
AP Test scores will be available on the College Board website on
Friday, July 17th at 8am.
Current students and incoming freshmen will soon be selecting courses for the upcoming school year. WOHS Counselors will be at the middle schools beginning this coming week to talk to students and will begin meeting with current students in early February. West Orange High School has put together a presentation of the available elective courses. Click here to view the presentation. It will be available for students to view on screens in the cafeteria.
Click here to view the graduation requirements (required courses).
As always, guidance counselors are available for meetings with parents on a walk-in basis every Thursday from 8am-11am (subject to change based on student registration).
If you are interested in learning more about the Capstone Program, please attend an info meeting on Tuesday, February 4th or Thursday, February 6that 6pm in the WOHS Media Center.
Click here to obtain the Florida teens read book list. OCPS provides reading lists by grade level, the ability to search for books, apps, interactive literacy websites, e-books, parent resources, and literacy events around town. Students may also access the OCPS’s Summer Reading Challenge via LaunchPad. This challenge encourages students to read and log their minutes electronically. Click here for more information from the OCPS Reads website.
Meet Ms. Lauren Burg, Guidance Counselor for Alpha Jok-Me.
Ms. Lauren Burg went to University of Central Florida and earned a Bachelors in Mathematics Education. She has taught at Westridge Middle School and Ocoee Middle School. She earned her Masters in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University in 2010 and has worked as a Guidance Counselor at Ocoee High School and Melbourne High School. She is also a proud West Orange HS alum and excited to be back home! Go Warriors!
Meet Mrs. Stephanie Walker, Guidance Counselor for Alpha A-Car.
Mrs. Stephanie Walker is a West Orange Alumni! She attended Florida State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She started teaching math at West Orange High School in 1998 and then a few years later became the SAFE Coordinator. During this time she attended UCF and earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Mrs. Walker is a native Floridian, is married and has a son. She enjoys cheering her son in his many sports and activities, spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling. She is very excited to be back at West Orange and a part of the Warrior Family again
West Orange High School would like to introduce Ms. Tatiana DuFour to our faculty. Ms. Dufour will be teaching Learning Strategies and has been a classroom teacher for 5 years, has coordinated and Sponsored Best Buddies, Coached the Special Olympics Basketball team and was also a girls assistant soccer coach. In her leisure she can be found at Disney, Reading a good book, or in her Garden. We are excited to have her join our WOHS faculty!
West Orange High School is excited to announce participation in a new Pre-AP program this upcoming school year and beyond. The purpose of the PreAP curriculum is to provide students with increased rigor and support in skills necessary to be successful in upper level AP courses as well college preparedness. Emphasis is placed on literacy, quantitative and analytical skills while strengthening content knowledge. Beginning in August 2019 the following pre-AP courses will be offered:
Pre-AP English 1 (will replace English 1 Honors)
Pre-AP Biology (will replace Biology Honors for freshmen only- upperclassmen will take Biology Honors)
Pre-AP Algebra 1 (freshmen only in place of Algebra 1 Honors)
Pre-AP World History and Geography (freshmen only)
Pre-AP Visual Arts (all grade levels)
Pre-AP Music (all grade levels)
Additional courses will be available the following year in 2020-2021 including:
Pre-AP English 2
Pre-AP Biology (will open to all grade levels)
If you are a rising freshman and signed up for English 1 Honors or Algebra 1 Honors, your counselor will schedule you into preAP English 1 and/or PreAP Algebra 1. Please contact the guidance office or your counselor with any questions.
Students are welcome to attend tutoring every and any Tuesday and Thursday after school in the Cafeteria. This one hour session is drop in and no registration is required. Students can receive tutoring in any subject. Meals are also available to students attending.
West Orange High School has plans to offer the following new classes this coming year (dependent on interest).
Creative Writing 2
AP Physics 2
Mythology & Humanities
A list of all class options available to students will be listed on the back of their selection sheet. If you are interested in taking any of these new classes please let your counselor know when you register for classes.
Students who wish to take HOPE through OCVS/FLVS, should register at https://www.flvs.net/ . Follow the prompts by selecting their current grade level. Current 8th grade students should select middle school until the last day of school. They can search for HOPE and sign up. When they reach the point to select school, they should drop down and select “Orange County Virtual School (OCVS).” They will then contact their 8th grade guidance counselor for approval. If they start after the end of this school year, they will need to go into their FLVS account they will list WOHS and their new WOHS counselor will complete the approval. Students should begin this process now. Students should be at least 80% complete with both segments before August 1st or HOPE will appear on your 9th grade schedule.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE COURSE OFFERINGS BELOW
Are you going to be 10th-12th grade next year and interested in why people do what they do, and other aspects of human behavior? If your answer is yes, then sign up for the most popular AP class in America, AP Psychology! In this class, you will learn about yourself and others, all the while, possibly earning college credit.
Are you interested in an academic elective? We offer two Advanced Placement Computer Science courses at West Orange.
West Orange students had a 95% pass rate on the AP Computer Science Principles exam last school year. You can be part of the continuing wave of successful AP CSP students next year. This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. It introduces six major computer science topics: Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, The Internet, and Global Impact. Computer science is everywhere, from our smartphones and video games to music, medicine, and much more. AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) can help you understand how computing and technology influence the world around you. Learn how to creatively address real-world issues while using the same tools and processes that artists, writers, computer scientists, and engineers use to bring ideas to life. This course is designed for students with no prior computer programming experience. Click here for more information, or stop by Room 522 and get a flyer.
TELEVISION PRODUCTION -
TV 1 is the base building class. Students begin to learn the art of video production and why it takes so many people to make a show or movie.
They will learn the vocab and language needed for television, how to write scripts both VO and dialogue including a shot list. They also learn the basics about the software for non-linear editing. They will learn about lighting, microphones, patterns, camera operation, team work, planning, organization, and much more. They will then put that knowledge to use and shoot and edit a variety of stories (videos).
We dive deeper into knowledge and pick up where we left off in level 1. In level 2, we get more into Chroma-key (green screen effects), move up with camera operation, more studio work and students can enter competitions. Students do more complex projects but they can handle it because they have level 1 under their belt. TV 2 is where it’s at…it’s the turning point! Students also earn industry certification.
Level 3 and 4
At this level, students can earn college credit. Students are very independent with projects, etc…..they are to maintain a C or better to earn the potential college credits. The lessons of the past are done so they can focus on projects and creating their sizzle reels. They learn how to read scopes and multi-cam. These students also run the morning news so there’s more control room and studio work. Students have a good attitude and by the time students get to this level, they really enjoy it.
First Aid and Safety/Care and Prevention is an exciting class that explores injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. With both formal and hands on learning. Students will be exposed to human anatomy of which manual assessments and treatments for musculoskeletal injuries will be conducted. This class although strongly tied to Athletic Training would be an excellent opportunity for any student seeking a career in the health field.
WOHS offers many different AP courses including:
Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Physics C, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, English Composition, English Literature, Capstone Seminar, Research Seminar, World History, US History, US Government, Human Geography, European History, Comparative Government, Psychology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Spanish, Spanish Literature, 3D Art (Ceramics), 2D Art, Studio Art (Drawing), Music Theory, AP Art History, and 2 Computer Science classes. Click here for more details.
If you have a love of problem solving, learning, and challenges, and are interested in an advanced STEM class, please consider Project Lead the Way path to Engineering at WOHS!! Project Lead the Way Engineering is an engineering track that exposes students to introductory engineering skills typically obtained in the first years of University study. Introduction to Engineering Design (year 1) introduces students to basic engineering concepts like geometric constraints, drafting, brainstorming, CAD software (with a potential industry certification!), projects and more. The second year course is Principles of Engineering. Students will have the opportunity to learn about robotics, fluid power, machine systems and durability testing! And NEW in 2019-2020 will be Civil Engineering and Architecture for students who have completed the first two foundation courses. Don’t want to be an engineer but thinking of pursuing other STEM related fields? This is the spot for you! Engineering is problem solving and problem solving comes from developing a mindset that anything is solvable with enough time and resources! Feel free to email Mrs. Priscilla Long for more information at Priscilla.Long@ocps.net
Year 1 – Introduction to Engineering Design
Advanced STEM concepts in 3D design
Hands on Projects
Year 2 – Principles of Engineering
The purpose of this course is to enable students to examine, understand, and respond to creative efforts of individuals and societies through interdisciplinary study of the arts and their connections to areas such as history, literature, philosophy, and religion from early civilizations to 1500, including ancient Greece and Rome, the Byzantine empire, and medieval European society.
Some examples of the content are characteristics of the visual and performing arts, influence of history, literature, philosophy, and religion on the arts, analysis of ideas and artistic expression across varied cultures. contributions of major visual and performing artists, mythology, and impact of history and culture on today's societies and cultures
Warrior PRIDE: AP Scholars
Did you know that West Orange HS has 319 AP Scholars? That is an increase from last year's 306. Not only has the average AP Score for AP Scholars has increased from last year, but our Scholars with Distinction has increased by 20 and our National AP Scholars have nearly doubled!
AP Scholars: 183
Scholar with Honors: 42
Scholar with Distinction: 94
National AP Scholar: 17
AP Capstone Diplomas: 14
Congratulations AP Scholars! We are inspired by your Perseverance and Excellence!
Canvas is the new OCPS-adopted Learning Management System and the hub of the digital classroom. Students will visit Canvas to check their calendar for upcoming due dates, access course materials, and submit assignments. Parents can use Canvas to keep up with their student's calendar and assignments using the Canvas Parent App. More information will be provided during the first few weeks of school.
FREE SAT / PSAT Practice
The College Board and Khan Academy — a leader in online education — have teamed up to provide world-class practice tools to all students for free. At satpractice.org, Official SAT Practice on KhanAcademy.org can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. Students will be given 30 minutes per week during the school day to practice with Khan. In addition, OCPS high school media centers will be open for use of this free resource. Please contact your high school for hours of operation.
On Khan Academy, you will find full-length practice tests from the College Board as well as thousands of practice questions written in collaboration with the same developers who are creating the redesigned SAT. In addition to being free and accessible anytime, anywhere, Official SAT Practice on KhanAcademy.org will give your student personalized practice recommendations tailored to their strengths, weaknesses, and progress.
Understanding the New Standards
Click HERE to access an explanation of the new standards, the We Can Do This, Florida! mathematics video series - which shows teachers and students interacting with the new Math standards, and links to a parent newsletter and blog.
Grade-Level and Instructional Resources for Parents
Click below to access Parent Guides to the New Standards, online textbook and curriculum resources as well as instructional videos for you to use at home.
Parents, did you know that as a student at West Orange High School your child has the opportunity to Dual Enroll with Orange Technical College? Orange Technical College is part of Orange County Public school system with 4 campuses serving our students and offering a wide variety of programs. There is no cost and transportation is provided to and from WOHS.
Read about CTE - WOHS Parents (1 page)
OCPS Career and Technical Education