Special Programs

  • 0150 9TH GRADE ACADEMIC LAB
    Credit:  1/2 unit
    Academic Lab provides an opportunity for students to receive additional tutoring and academic support on a daily basis.  Teachers are available to students in each lab to provide assistance with regular class work, provide study tips, and monitor grades.  Counselors and
    administrators will occasionally work with students regarding scheduling, college and career planning and other school-related issues. This course is strongly recommended for freshmen.

    0001 STUDY HALL
    Credit: NONE
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Students are assigned to a staff member and will be supervised in their daily work. The purpose of study hall is to complete homework assignments, prepare for tests and quizzes, and gain assistance from teachers as needed. 

    0002 INDEPENDENT PERIOD
    Credit: NONE
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    Prerequisite: 3.75 GPA
    Students with a 3.75 GPA enroll in Independent Period rather than Study Hall. Students must sign in at the library and have the opportunity to independently work in various areas of the building during their assigned period. 

    9120  GIFTED ACADEMIC LAB       
    Credit:  1 unit                           
    Prerequisite:  In Gifted and Talented Program
    Open to Grades:  9-12
    Academic Lab provides an opportunity for students to receive additional tutoring and academic support on a daily basis. Teachers are available to students in each lab to provide assistance with regular class work, provide study tips, address affective needs, and monitor grades. Counselors and administrators will occasionally work with students regarding scheduling, college and career planning and other school-related issues.

    9093 AP SEMINAR
    Credit: 1 unit
    Open to grades: 10-12
    Students will have the opportunity to explore real-world issues from multiple perspectives and consider varied points of view. This course will encourage students to develop a deep understanding of complex issues and topics in order to make connections between these issues and your everyday life. Throughout this course, students will engage in research and projects both individually and as a collective group. Students will be encouraged to sit for the AP Seminar exam in May. 

    5600 ALGEBRA IN MANUFACTURING PROCESS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND DESIGN (AMPED)
    Credit: 2 units
    Open to grades 9-12
    This is a 2-hour block class that will earn students a Practical Arts and Algebra credit. AMPED students will operate a business running an advanced fabrication lab customizing textile products and manufacturing other items comprised of wood, metal, and/or plastic.  The proceeds generated from the business aspect of the program will be utilized to self fund the venture and provide philanthropic opportunities for students through community service or monetary gifts to local charities. Students learn skill sets in various engineering techniques including sublimation, CNC operations, and rapid prototyping.  Additional areas for student engagement include composite technologies, alternative energies, and automation robotics.

    9371 MAKERSPACE I: DESIGN THINKING, TOOL CRAFT AND MAKING
    Credit: ½ unit
    Grades: 9-12
    This course is based on design thinking and will provide students with a creative outlet to learn sound habits of creating, designing, tinkering, and building in the Makerspace. Students will become proficient in the design thinking process and developing solutions to challenges. Students will work in teams and practice effective communication skills to overcome difficulties. Pragmatic skills will serve as the foundation of learning objectives and as a means of creating and finishing collaborative projects. Students will learn to use Makerspace tools including 3D printers, a CNC machine, sewing machines, video creation and editing, a laser cutter, and traditional hand tools, among others.

    9381 MAKERSPACE II: DESIGN FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
    Credit: ½ unit
    Prerequisite: Students who successfully progressed in Makerspace I will find this to be a challenging yet appropriate course. 
    Grades: 9-12
    Now that students have experience with the design thinking model and a workable knowledge of the Makerspace tools, this course will deepen their understanding of this work and its application to problems from our school and community identified by the students. Students will work together to discuss issues and address these issues in a way that will promote positive solutions. Students will also use their knowledge of art, design, making, and media, to prototype their ideas. They will continue to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They will work in teams to create presentations for effective communication of their ideas. 

    9382 MAKERSPACE LAB ASSISTANT
    Credit: ½ unit
    Apply with Makerspace staff
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Makerspace Lab Assistants will learn the different technologies and the teaching philosophy of the Makerspace Lab. Lab assistants will help visiting students and teachers with designing their makes, solving problems, navigating the room, and operating equipment safely. In addition students will assist the Makerspace teacher in maintaining equipment, troubleshooting problems, and optimizing the space for student and teacher use. Ideal candidates enjoy building, designing, and creating and have strong communication skills to assist a broad range of students and teachers of different technical abilities.  

    9500 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: Approval by teacher, department chair, and student’s assistant principal
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    An independent study course may be taken for high school credit.  Independent study courses will be limited to study beyond the most advanced course offered by Webster Groves High School in a given subject.  The student must have taken all of the courses in the curriculum sequence leading to the advanced study and must have earned a grade of "B" or better in each qualifying course.

    The student must obtain an application for Independent Study from his/her counselor.  He/she must complete the application and secure the signature of approval of the participating teacher, the parents, the counselor, department chairperson and the Unit Administrator.  The completed application must be returned to Unit 108 before the student will be enrolled for this credit. Credit will be awarded as follows: 1/2 credit for a minimum of 60 class hours of instruction or for a total of 60 hours of combined class instruction and actual outside research or preparation work for the classroom tutorial session.  A student may not enroll in more than a total of 2 units of independent study credit during his/her high school experience. He/she may take only 1/2 unit of independent study credit per semester.

    0140 PEER TUTORING
    Credit: elective 1/2 unit per semester
    Prerequisite:  3.0 GPA
    Open to Grades:  11-12
    Peer tutors provide specialized help in the WGHS Tutoring Center. Based on student's strengths, they will tutor core subjects as well as electives. Tutors will provide individual and small group assistance on assignments, tests, and projects in a particular content area, or areas. At the beginning of each semester, tutors will go through an orientation process on what is expected of them and will sign a contract. Tutoring in the WGHS Tutoring Center meets the mentoring/tutoring requirements of the A+ Schools Program, provided they meet agreed upon requirements and completion of tasks.

    9420 MATH DEPARTMENT STUDENT INTERN  
    Credit: ½ unit
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    Requires the permission of the teacher to which student will be assigned and the permission of the department chair.
    Students will be assigned to one math teacher but will work closely with the entire Mathematics Department.  Each student will assist teachers in creating and teaching lessons, working with small groups of students, and tutoring individual students.  The ideal candidate enjoys explaining mathematics and is interested in pursuing a career as a Mathematics teacher.

    9580 PUBLICATIONS:  THE ECHO YEARBOOK
    Credit: 1 unit
    Prerequisite:  Students who have earned a B or higher in English class experience an appropriate yet challenging placement in this course. 
    Open to Grades:  10-12
    A good yearbook is the result of many hours of hard work, discipline, and cooperation.  This includes working outside of scheduled class hours. A productive yearbook staff will gain a working knowledge of design and publishing skills as used in the publishing industry.  The ultimate goal of Yearbook is to produce a book that everyone will be proud of, want to own and archive school history. Yearbook staff candidates should have an interest or background in one or more of the following graphic arts disciplines:  design skills in layout and photography; writing skills for headlines, copy and captions; or photography skills in producing quality images. Creative and ambitious sales people are also needed to design and produce an ad campaign to help promote and sell the yearbook.

    9400 STUDENT ASSISTANT
    Credit:  1/4 unit per semester
    Prerequisite: Teacher or Staff approval
    Open to Grades:  11-12
    Students may receive elective credit by assisting a teacher or office. With teachers, students can help with various classroom assignments (preparation of bulletin boards, copying and duplicating, inventory management, lab preparation, music, and/or library work.) In an office, students will deliver passes and supplies, assist with mailings, and assembling packets for various school functions. Credit and a pass/fail grade will be awarded on the basis of demonstrated learning, time spent, and teacher/staff evaluation.  Each teacher may only have two student assistants per semester.

    9590 TEST PREPARATION
    Credit:  1/2 unit
    Prerequisite: None
    Open to Grades:  11-12
    This one-semester course is designed to help students prepare for college entrance tests, specifically the ACT.  Teachers from multiple departments rotate between student-groups, instructing students in test-taking skills and strategies and in specific reviews for each subject area.  Students are encouraged to purchase a teacher-selected ACT preparation textbook and are required to take weekly ACT practice tests. Emphasis is placed upon regular attendance and daily class participation.

    2017 WG THRIVE INCUBATOR
    Credit: TBD
    Open to Grades: 11-12 with application process
    WG Thrive Incubator provides high school students with dynamic, immersion-based student learning experiences to ensure students can understand and respond to an ever-changing world. To accomplish this task, the Webster Groves School District will actively engage and work collaboratively with business partners, community service and educational leaders to design and develop mutually beneficial learning experiences based on the interests of students and stakeholders. Thrive is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of the future, especially in high skill, high demand jobs. Why the WG Thrive Incubator? Industry states 51% of college graduates are lacking the skills essential for success in the professional workplace. Thrive Incubator provides a safe, challenging and innovative environment that exposes students to real entrepreneurial opportunities with the support of industry and community leaders designed to:

    • Discover passions in an authentic experiential learning environment
      ● Develop critical thinking, leadership, communication, curiosity, grit, perseverance, creativity and time management skills
      ● Fostering a growth mindset
      ● Build confidence and emotional intelligence

    *Students can elect to fulfill their Personal Finance requirement in this course. In order to accomplish this, students pass the coursework portion and receive a 60% or higher on the State Personal Finance Exam.

    9140 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING – ACADEMIC YEAR (Internships, Service Learning, Passion Pursuits, Travel)
    Credit:  ¼ or ½ unit
    Prerequisites: Depends upon the activity/class chosen; Chelsea Center approval
    Open to grades: 9-12
    Experiential Learning (ExL) is the process of making meaning and creating knowledge from direct experience.  Participants in ExL learn through doing and reflecting on doing. ExL opportunities involving internships, service learning, passion pursuits and travel come up throughout the school year and are ways for students to personalize and co-design their learning, while tapping into the power of our community partnerships. 

    By providing students with the opportunity to tinker, collaborate, adapt, and communicate, ExL prepares students for the excitement and challenges of their current and future lives.  To make the most of the experience, students should be actively involved in all phases of the process; goal-setting, co-designing their learning, reflection, and sharing their learning with community stakeholders.  

    During the academic school year, if a student wants to pursue Experiential Learning (internship, service learning, passion pursuit, or travel), they will collaborate with the Chelsea Center Coordinator and Advisor to discuss the opportunity and brainstorm ways to put it into action. Ideas and inspiration can be found on Twitter @wgchelseactr, Instagram wgchelseactr, or our website.

    9140 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING – SUMMER (Internships, Service Learning, Passion Pursuits, Travel, Classes)
    Credit:  ¼ or ½ unit
    Prerequisites: Depends upon the activity/class chosen
    Open to grades: 9-12
    Experiential Learning (ExL) is the process of making meaning and creating knowledge from direct experience.  Participants in ExL learn through doing and reflecting on doing. ExL opportunities involving internships, service learning, passion pursuits, travel and classes are ways for students to personalize and co-design their learning, while tapping into the power of our community partnerships.

    A list of summer experiential learning opportunities will be made available by March 1st. Online registration forms will be available at that point. Students registered for summer ExL courses will participate in a brief workshop to set goals, co-design their reflection process, and brainstorm ways to share their learning with community stakeholders

    8945 REAL WORLD PROBLEM SOLVING
    Credit: ½ unit in fall semester only
    Open to Grades: 11-12
    This Experiential Learning class uses human centered design to tackle various real world problems.  Guest speakers, simulations, observations, and various field trips will provide inspiration for our designs as we begin the semester thinking about the needs of our community.  Students will develop action plans to address these multifaceted needs, implement those plans, and reflect on their effectiveness and limitations. Students will share their learning with community stakeholders.

    9105 PERSONAL EMPLOYMENT
    Credit:  .5 credit for minimum 5 hours of employment per week; up to 1.0 credit may be earned in one academic year
    Prerequisite:  Approval of counselor and Personal Employment teacher
    Open to Grades:  11-12
    This Experiential Learning class helps students reflect on and articulate what they are learning during their real-world work experience. Students receive elective credit and pass/fail based on the experiential learning process of setting goals, co-designing their reflection process, hours worked, and sharing their learning with community stakeholders. Department-specific credit may be earned in some areas subject to the approval of the department chairperson and a review of assignments by a department faculty member.  At the beginning of the semester, students will attend either a 1st or 7th hour Personal Employment - Experiential Learning class to engage in goal-setting, co-designing their reflection process, and brainstorming ways to share their learning with community stakeholders near the end of the semester. Once these plans are completed, students will only meet on set days, as designated by the teacher, to check in on their experiences and reflect on transferable skills.