Walla Walla High School's academic year is divided into two semesters with official grades reported in January and in June. Students are on a regular schedule consisting of 54 minute periods.
Walla Walla High School offers a comprehensive curriculum. Program options range from special education and ELL services to Honors and AP courses. Students may begin earning high school credit in middle school through an accelerated program in mathematics. WWHS offers 13 Honors courses and 15 AP courses.
Students also have the option of taking college courses through the following programs:
Running Start: A state legislated program where qualified juniors and seniors can earn high school and college credit simultaneously through community college classes. All credits appear on the high school transcript.
Enrichment Programs: Programs at Whitman College and Walla Walla University where students can earn college credit on a tuition-free basis. Credits do not appear on the high school transcript.
Two students were designated as National Merit Semi-Finalists and three students were designated as Commended. Over the years, WWHS has had many National Merit Commended Students and Finalists.
The class of 2016 was comprised of 419 seniors. Approximately 31% of these students entered a four-year institution and 52% entered a two-year institution.
RANK and GRADE EXPLANATION
Grade point average and class rank are computed beginning with the fall of the freshman year and each semester thereafter through the eighth semester. A grade of “P” indicates credit has been earned, but the grade is not figured into the GPA. All GPA’s are un-weighted.
The summary of scores for the Class of 2016 graduates, who took the ACT and/or SAT Reasoning Test in 2015-2016, is provided below:
|Average SAT I Scores
(85 seniors tested)
|WWHS||Math 514 Verbal 522 Writing 489|
|WA||Math 506 Verbal 501 Writing 481|
|National||Math 508 Verbal 494 Writing 482|
Average ACT Composite Score
|*For the last two years, all 11th grade students at WWHS were given the opportunity to take the ACT free of charge. This is done through the GEAR UP program at WWHS.|
2016 ADVANCED PLACEMENT RESULTS
In the spring of 2016, 208 WWHS students took 381 Advanced Placement examinations in fourteen different subjects. Seventy percent of the students who took AP exams passed the exam with a score of a 3 or higher.
CREDITS & GRADUATION
A minimum of 22 credits are required to receive a high school diploma. One half-credit is awarded for each semester-long course which is completed with a passing mark of at least 60%. While the majority of students elect to take four years of solid academic courses, the minimum distribution of credits for a WWHS High School Diploma must include:
English – 4 Science - 2
Mathematics – 3 Social Studies – 3
Fine Art - 1 Career and Technical - 1.5
Physical Education – 2 Electives – 5.5
In addition to earning 22 credits, students must also pass the HSPE Reading and Writing exams, the Math End of Course exams, as well as the Senior Culminating Project in order to graduate from Walla Walla High School.
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Walla Walla High School has been highly successful in academic and athletic competitions at the local, regional, state and national levels. Music and theatre groups compete annually with distinction. Student clubs and leadership opportunities include National Honor Society, ROTC, Student Government, Debate Club,The Wa-Hi Journal, Latino Club, Key Club, among others.
WWHS is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). Blue Devil athletics includes baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Blue Devil athletics has a long history of winning regional and state championship honors.