CEEB Code:


Wendy Loddigs -High School Lead Counselor  504-5830 
Anne Kuhlwilm, Secretary


Post Secondary Planning Guide for Class of 2010

2009 Spring Scholarship Newsletter (UPDATED) / HS Counselor Contact Information

Class of 2009 Scholarship Application

High School Profile - Class of 2008/ 2009-2010 Course Selection Handbook

Community Service Programs- Verification Sheet

HS Grading Policy / Graduation Requirements / National Honor Society  / Rank in Class / College & Financial Aid Links

2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR: Schools That Require or Recommend SAT Subject Tests (SAT II Tests)



At the West Islip High School, school counselors work closely with students assisting them to develop their ability in the areas of educational, personal and vocational development. Through individual counseling and group presentations, counselors help students understand their learning strengths and weaknesses, choose appropriate courses, plan for transition to college and careers, and meet personal challenges in a mature, appropriate way.

Listed below are the skills and abilities that the School Counseling Department works with students to promote:

Learning Competencies
1. Understand one’s own learning abilities and how to best apply them.
2. Understand the school environment and what is expected.
3. Understand the school curriculum and the impact course selection will have on future plans.
4. Learn to set realistic goals and develop strategies to reach them.
5. Understand how standardized test results are used and how to interpret them.

Personal Competencies
1. Understand personal relationships and how to establish an independent identity.
2. Take responsibility for personal decisions.
3. Understand and appreciate one’s own capabilities and those of others.
4. Learn how to resolve conflicts.
5. Learn to cope with change and plan for the future.

Career/Vocational Competencies
1. Form tentative career goals and strategies for attaining them.
2. Become informed about post high school educational opportunities and the issues involved in the selection process.

Grades 9 and 10 Counselors meet individually with students to review course requirements, develop appropriate 4-year academic plans, and acquaint students with various resources available to them. Grade 11
 Juniors are informed about College Board testing and the college selection and application process. Students will compile a list of colleges to contact or visit as a result of utilizing the Naviance Program. They will be taught what to accomplish in their visitations and how to interview. Course selections for grade 12 will be reviewed. Students will have an opportunity to prepare for the SATs.
Grade 12 
Seniors are given an overview of the college process, including College Board testing, as well as assistance with college applications. An evening program is conducted to assist in the financial aid process. Students not planning to attend college will have an opportunity to attend a job fair.

Graduation Requirements

Parents and students should understand  these requirements and make their course selections wisely since the plans made by students at the secondary level are important factors in determining their futures.   Guidance appointments may be initiated by either the counselor or the student.  Parents may arrange to meet with their child’s counselor whenever they believe it would be helpful.

Graduation Requirements for students entering Grade 9 after September 2001:

 Regents Diploma

Required Courses Credits
English 4
Social Studies4
Math3 (a)
Science 3 (a)
LOTE 1 (b)
Physical Education2
Sequence/Electives 3.5

Required Exams

English Comprehensive Exam
Regents Math A Exam
Regents Global Studies Exam
Regents U.S. History Exam
Regents Science Exam

(a)  An integrated course in mathematics / science / technology may be used   to satisfy the requirement for a third unit of credit in mathematics or science.

(b)   Students are required to have completed two units of study in a Language Other than English (LOTE) by the end of their 9th grade year.  One unit of credit is gained either by passing the state LOTE proficiency Exam or earning a unit of commencement (high school)  level credit in a LOTE.    

(c)    Students acquiring 5 units of credit in one of the following may be exempt from the Language other than English requirement: Art, Music, Business or Career and Technical Education.

Regents Diploma w/ Advanced Designation Diploma

Required CoursesCredits
Social Studies4
Science 3
LOTE 3(c)
Art/ Music1
Health  .5
Physical Education2
TOTAL (minimum)       22

 Required exams

(All exams require a score of 65 or above)

English Comprehensive Exam
Regents Math A and Math B Exam
Regents Global Studies Exam
Regents U.S. History Exam
2 Regents Science Exams
Regents LOTE Exam (c)

   Note:  All units of credit applied to a Regents Diploma must be in Regents Courses or courses approved by New York State for a State Regents Diploma.

         The Words “with honor” may be added to the Regents Diploma if an average of at least 90 percent is attained in the following Regents examinations:  English, Social Studies, and required major sequences.


Early Graduation

The cumulative grade point average of those students who satisfy their graduation requirements in less than eight (8) semesters of high school study will be computed and assigned a class rank designation in accordance with this policy.  Students who elect to pursue an accelerated program of study shall not be discriminated against in the assignment of a rank in class, and in the corresponding selection of valedictorian and salutatorian.


The Board of Education wishes to recognize outstanding academic achievement and shall use a system of computing grade average to inform graduating students of their class standing.

Rank–In-Class and Class Rank Computation
For the purpose of computation of rank, courses are assigned a weight according to their level of academic difficulty.  Course weights are assigned as follows:

Advanced Placement and College LevelWeight of 1.15
(effective with courses taken in the 2007/08 school year)
HonorsWeight of 1.05
(including those completed in eighth grade beginning with the class of 2006)
All other coursesWeight of 1.0

Courses applicable to class rank are those that are within the five major academic areas (English, social studies, math, science, and foreign language.)  Effective with the 2007-2008 school year, all additional college level, honors and advanced placement courses in any discipline are also counted. 

Unweighted Average
A student’s unweighted average is the numerical average of those courses included in the ranking process.  No weight factor is applied. 

For courses taken more than once, only the highest grade received will appear on the transcript and will be used for ranking purposes. 

Rank for College Application
Rank for college application purposes is calculated at the conclusion of the junior year.

Rank for Valedictorian/Salutatorian/Other Honors
Rank is calculated once again after the third quarter of senior year to determine the Valedictorian/Salutatorian, as well as for any other honors that may be based on rank.

Transfer Students
To be considered for Valedictorian/Salutatorian a graduating senior must have spent at least four (4) semesters at West Islip High School.  A grade conversion chart will be applied to grades of students who transfer from a school which uses an alternate grading method.


The policy on Class Rank will be disseminated to appropriate school officials and will also be published in the student handbook.  This policy will become effective with the high school class of 2002 and all subsequent classes.


Criteria for Honors Level and 
Advanced Placement Courses

Criteria for Entrance to Honors Level

Two out of the the following:

  • TONYSS / State Exams - Level 4 (latest available)
    -ELA - English, Social Studies or Science placements
    -Math - Math placements

  • Final subject area unweighted grade of 93 or better
    Placement in the top 20% of the subject area teacher's students in the prerequisite course of study and not less than a final unweighted grade of 88.

  • Teacher recommendation per district format.

Criteria for Continuation at Honors Level

  • Final unweighted grade of 93 or better

  • Final unweighted grade of 88 or better plus teacher's recommendation per district format


  • Students will be tentatively scheduled for Honors classes based upon midyear subject area unweighted grades as delineated above.

  • Final grades will be reviewed in June to confirm eligibility. The district reserves the right to reschedule students based upon end-of-year grades.

  • Should a student fail to meet the eligibility criteria, any interested stakeholder (parent, teacher, counselor) may request that a hearing be held by a review panel, consisting of the appropriate department head and two impartial teachers appointed by the principal. The panel may deny or approve a youngster's placement in an honors class; however, in all cases the panel's decision will by final.

Criteria for Entrance to Advanced Placement Level

  • Successful completion of a prerequisite course at the Honors level

  • Grades which would meet the criteria for continuation at the Honors level
    An average score of 3.5 or better on the district's recommendation instrument.


  • Same as for Honors level

  • Students who choose not to take the related Advanced Placement examination for a course will have their final transcript amended to read "no exam taken".

National Honor Society


Students are elected to the Honor Society by the Faculty Council. Applicants may first apply as juniors. Any student may apply who has a cumulative average in grades 9 and 10 of at least eighty-eight (88) percent. For this purpose, a student's average is the arithmetic average of all courses except physical education. No weighting factor is used. Successful applicants must have demonstrated qualities of leadership, service, and character as well as scholarship. Students who do not meet these criteria as juniors may apply as seniors. 



High School Grading Policy

The passing grade is 65%.  There are four report periods per year.  Transfer students who are not present for at least 50% of a marking period are given a written evaluation of their progress.

Honor Roll / Principal's List

Averages are calculated at the end of each marking period in order to recognize students for their academic achievement.  A student's average is the arithmetic average of all courses except Physical Education.  No weighting factor is used.

Honor Roll:          A student must have an average between 85% - 89%.

Principal's List:   A student must have an average of 90% or above.

Honor Society:   To qualify, a student must have a minimum average of 88%.

Renaissance Program

Renaissance is a program sponsored by Josten's Corporation to motivate students to do better academically and to reward them when they do.  To qualify for a Renaissance Card you must meet the following criteria:
Marking Period One:  85% average or higher
Marking Period Two:  85% average or higher OR a 5 point improvement in your average from the first marking period.
Marking Period Three and Four:  85% average or higher OR a 5 point improvement in your average from the previous marking period OR if you qualified in the previous marking periods because of a five point improvement you must have continued to improve by any amount.

NOTE: If you were suspended during the marking period, you will not receive your card.


College & Financial Aid Links

Scholarship Information from FastWeb.com:

 Educate Yourself: College Admissions
Financial Aid Terms 

2 Student Bulletins: "Final Decision: College Choice" &"Scholarship Essay Guide"