Graduating Seniors

Graduation Requirements

  • 54 Credits Required for Graduation
  • Required Classes possibly taken Senior Year:
    • American Government
    • Economics
    • English (1 writing credit & 1 elective)
    • Probability & Stats
    Are you ready to graduate? If you are unsure, meet with your counselor.

Graduation 2019 Information

Graduation Practice

  • June 4th 9:00-11:00 am at Paul Giel
  • June 5th 9:00-11:00 am at Winona State University

June 7th 7:30 Graduation at Paul Giel (Weather Permitting) 

2019-2020 Registration

2019-2020 Registration Dates

Parent Information Sessions

Parent Information Night
February 21 - Formal Presentation: 8th Grade/New Parents

High school students register on Chromebooks with parents 4:00 - 7:30 pm
February 19 - 4:00-6:00 pm Registration – Student & Parent(s) report to GSH teacher for review of registration paperwork and then go to the Learning Commons to register. 6:00-7:30 Open Conference times to stop in and see teachers
February 21 - 4:00-6:00 pm Registration – Student & Parent(s) report to GSH teacher for review of registration paperwork and then go to the Learning Commons to register. 6:00-7:30 pm Open Conference times to stop in and see teachers

8th grade students will register for classes during school on February 25 & 26 

Registration Open House

Registration Process

Registration at Winona Senior High School is an important aspect of each students experience as they move through completion of their academic requirements. The courses that students take are the beginning of a career pathway that will determine Career and College readiness as they transition to a life after high school. Students should be seeking assistance from parents, teachers, counselors and principals when choosing courses.

  • Team Approach - To allow each student to register for the proper schedule for him/herself, they should look for assistance from parents, teachers and counselors when carefully selecting their choices.
  • Graduation Requirements - Students and parents should know the number of credits required to graduate, along with the number of credits per department.
  • Planning - Within our online course book, students are able to print and monitor courses they have taken with the Four-Year Plan form. Students can also update and monitor their progress within MCIS.
  • Career Plan - Students in 10th grade will begin to choose pathways that they are interested in, thus allowing them to plan what elective courses they should begin to take as they move through the school academically. During their time here, students may change their mind in what pathway they may want to explore, they should speak with their counselor to have a discussion to help provide guidance.
  • Be Selective - Choose elective courses that challenge learning, support interests, allow for exploration with vocational goals.
  • Aim High - Selecting courses that will prepare you for career and college readiness should be your focus, any student looking to attend a 4-year university are encouraged to take AP, Honors and Concurrent Enrollment courses. (monitor number taken)
  • Take Responsibility - THE FINAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR COURSE SELECTION RESTS ENTIRELY WITH STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS. Teachers, counselors and principals, and professionals in your field can help with advice in choosing courses. Registration is extremely important, taking your time to read, learn and plan for the best high school experience.
  • Ask Questions - Having answers to your questions is important, if in doubt of anything, ASK.
  • Alternates Matter - Every effort is made to give students the courses they desire. However, due to course enrollment and staffing availability, students may not receive every class they choose. Please mark your alternate course selection in order of preference.

Schedule changes are discouraged during the school year. The only acceptable reasons for a schedule change are:

  • Student is missing a prerequisite for a class on his/her schedule.
  • Student is lacking a class required for graduation, college admission, or completion of a graduation requirement.
  • Student is academically misplaced.

Students who meet the above criteria may make schedule changes before the term begins and within the first three days of a term. Any drops after fifteen school days into a term will result in an “F” for the course to be dropped and subsequent placement will be coordinated by the counselor.

Registration Talking Points

During Guided Study, teachers will review bullet points as a guideline for advisory teachers and counselors discussions with students and parents.

  • Our goal at WSHS is preparing each and every student for Career and College Readiness after high school whether it’s 1 to 4 years of college, or military. High school credits begin accumulating in 9th grade.
  • Senior year is the last chance to prep for college, but often the transcripts that students send for initial college applications only display grades through the end of their junior year.
  • All juniors will take the ACT at the end of the school year, and should design their course of study to prepare for that.
  • Grades are important, but colleges also look at the rigor of courses taken.
  • Students planning to attend a 4-year university have the opportunity to take AP, College in the School, Honors and Concurrent Enrollment courses. Success in these courses offer free college credit, along with study skill acquisition that will benefit them after high school.
  • Thoughtfully plan the high school years using the career pathways information and choosing a pathway of interest.
  • Encourage honors/challenging courses for ALL. It’s their last chance at a free education. Make sure your course load is within reason for you as an individual.
  • All electives are important. They can give career idea or identify interests and pathways.
  • Generally, when students take the first part of a two section course, they should plan to take the second part.
  • When course book is updated and posted on the website, challenge students to actually READ the course descriptions online.
  • Choose courses carefully, and make sure you list a pathway of interest on your registration sheet and then look to register for courses in that pathway, along with choosing areas of interest in elective courses. The goal is to have NO schedule changes once the schedule is built.
  • Students are not guaranteed to land in the same sections as their friends and student interest and pathway in the content is more important than what their friends necessarily like.

Graduation Requirements

DepartmentRequired Credits Needed for Graduation
  • English 9
  • English 10
  • Language & Comp 11th Grade
  • Literature 11th Grade
  • Writing 12th Grade
  • Elective 12th Grade
  • Advanced Algebra
  • Probability & Stats
  • American Studies I, II, III
  • World Geography
  • Early World Culture & Modern World History
  • or AP World History
  • Economics
  • American Government

Science 9
Biology 10th Grade
Chemistry/Physics 11th Grade or course that meets a Chemistry/Physics Credits
1 Elective Credit
Physical Education 9
Health 10
1 Elective Credit after taking and passing PE 9
2 Credits (Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts)
1 Credit (Agriculture, Business, Family & Consumer Science, and Industrial Technology)
Many colleges want students to take a minimum of 2 years of a World Language

**Students can take Honors or Advanced Placement course as a replacement for a regular course to meet their course requirements**