Student Services provide resources to students and families of District 129 to support in academic, social, emotional and physical growth in a safe and healthy environment. We are dedicated to supporting our students and families to help all students become successful learners and to be college and career ready when they graduate high school. Student Advocacy Services includes the offices of Behavior, Counseling and Equity & Access.
To enroll your current or new student, please visit the Admissions Department page.
Freshman year is a difficult year, yet it is the most important indicator of student success. Academic planning, career exploration, adjustment to the role of a young high school adult and involvement in school events are the areas of concentration for the incoming high school student.
Sophomore year focuses on continuing to build a strong GPA and class rank. Sophomores now move from the adjustment phase of the freshman year to understanding the world of work and their role in it. Some of the aspects emphasized during this grade level include understanding: the nature of work, career path options, and demands, workplace ethics, educational commitment, and job outlook. If their schedule allows, it is now time to select coursework that supplements their career interest/talents.
Junior year continues to stress the importance of GPA and class rank while heightening opportunities to facilitate post-secondary decision-making and planning. This includes guiding students to seek relative and current information pertaining to their post-secondary options (2-year college, 4-year college, military, technical/trade school or work).
Senior year is still a time for students to continue good study habits in order to maintain a solid GPA and class rank. It is important to continue t take challenging courses in order to best prepare for post-secondary options. It is also important to review progress towards graduation, begin to follow a transition plan for life after high school and meet deadlines for college admissions, NCAA, scholarships, testing, and financial aid. This is a fun time as students can now look back on how they have matured, but there is still work to be done as students prepare for the next phase of their life.
A student must earn a minimum of 22 credits to graduate from West Aurora High School.
The minimum of 22 units of credit include the following required courses:
|English 4 credits|
|1 Grammar/Intensive Writing|
|1 Sophomore Lit|
|1 American Lit/Intensive Writing|
1 English Elective
|Math 3 credits|
|1 Math course with Geometrical Concepts|
|1 additional Math course in the proper sequence|
Social Studies 2 credit
|1 US History|
|Electives 7 credits Must include...|
Foreign language or vocational course
|Science 2 credits|
|Health 1/2 credit|
|P.E./Driver Ed. 3 1/2 credits|
1. Under special circumstances, junior and senior students can obtain a “physical education waiver”. Students can obtain more information about the “physical educational waiver” by contacting their school counselor.
2. A student may meet the Consumer Economic requirement by participating in and passing a full year of a school-sponsored work co-op program. In these cases, students must substitute another social studies class for the Economics course since two years of social studies are required for graduation.
For students planning on attending a four year university after graduation, admissions requirements may vary. See individual university web pages for specifics. In general, students planning on attending a four year university after high school should plan on the following:
- 4 years of English
- 3 years of math (Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2)
- 3 years of science
- 3 years of social studies
- 2 years of the same foreign language
- 2 years of fine arts or 2 years of vocational course
Please contact the Registrar at your school to request your transcripts. Transcripts will be delivered to the colleges you chose in the desired format.
The 21st Century MyTime program will not operate on half-days, non-attendance days, school holidays, and emergency school closing days. The program operates during the school year for a minimum of 28 weeks and summer programming is also provided through the 21st Century Grant. The program will provide daily snacks as well as materials for academic and enrichment activities.
21st Century MyTime programs are being held at the following schools in West Aurora.