School Profile

WEST SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
425 Piper Road
West Springfield, Massachusetts 01089

Main Office - Phone: (413) 263-3400    Fax: (413) 781-4836
Guidance Office - Phone: (413) 263-3478    Fax: (413) 263-3489


THE COMMUNITY 

The town of West Springfield (est. population 28,391) is located in Western Massachusetts at the intersection of Interstate 9l and the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90). Its land use is characterized as a combination of suburban and urban with some farms and many light manufacturing plants, each with a small work force. The Riverdale Road corridor is a major regional shopping center, with a number of retail stores and car dealerships.

THE HIGH SCHOOL

West Springfield High School is a public high school covering grades 9 through 12. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools& Colleges. The enrollment as of September 2013 is 1199. The Terrier House (substantially separate 9th grade) was recognized by NEASC as a model program in 2007. West Springfield High School opened a new state-of-the-art facility in February 2014. The four-story high school, occupying more than 273,300 square feet, includes the latest instructional technologies, large group instructional spaces, expansive library media center, television studio, three greenhouses, 650-seat auditorium, 100+ seat mini-theater, seven-station gymnasium with elevated walking track, natatorium, and more.

THE FACULTY

A teaching staff of 95 plus a support staff of 50.

THE ADMINISTRATION

Vito Perrone, Principal 

Judi Ferri, Director, Alternative School 
Hank Girardin, Assistant Principal
Erin Panteleakis, Assistant Principal
Maria Silvestri, Assistant Principal 
Glen Doulette, Athletic Director 


THE GUIDANCE & COUNSELING DEPARTMENT 

Kathleen T. Allman, Guidance Chair 

Rebecca Bonafilia, Guidance Counselor
Bonnie Cofer, Guidance Counselor
Michael Scanlon, Guidance Counselor 
Dina Sibilia, Guidance Counselor 
Shamis A. White, Guidance Counselor

Gerry Calvanese, Adjustment Counselor 
Kelli Quigley, Adjustment Counselor 
Maura Ryczek, Adjustment Counselor 


THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION

Michael Richard, Superintendent of Schools 
Kevin McQuillan, Acting Assistant Superintendent of Schools



POST SECONDARY EDUCATION 

89% of graduates enter universities, colleges, junior colleges, and specialized schools. Four-year colleges: 37%; Two-year colleges and specialized schools: 52%; Military Service: 3%; Employment: 7%; Unsure or no response: 1%. (Class of 2013*)

Data regarding post secondary plans is compiled from a student survey.
Plans may change after graduation.


ACCEPTANCES OFFERED TO THE CLASS OF 2013
 
Albany College of Pharmacy
American International College
Anna Maria College
Art Institute – Philadelphia
Assumption College
Bay Path College
Becker College
Bridgewater State University
Bryant University
Champlain College
Christendom College
Coastal Carolina University
Colby-Sawyer College
Curry College
Dean College
Drexel University
Eastern Florida State University
Elms College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fitchburg State University
Flagler College
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern University
Franklin Pierce College
Framingham State University
George Mason University
Hofstra University
Holyoke Community College
Ithaca College
Johnson and Wales University
Keene State College
Laselle College
Lincoln Technical Institute
Lyndon State College
Manhattan College
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
New England College
Newbury College
Nichols College
Pasco Hernando Community College
Porter and Chester Institute
Providence College
Quinnipiac University
Regis College
Rivier College
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
St. John’s University
St. Leo University
St. Michael’s College
Salem State University
Southern New Hampshire University
Springfield College
Springfield Technical Community College
State University of New York at Purchase
Stetson University
Stonehill College
Tufts University
Universal Technical Institute
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Hartford
University of Maine at Orno
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Ursinus College
West Virginia University
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester State University 

CURRICULUM


ADVANCED PLACEMENT: 
English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition,
Government, U.S. History, European History, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Physics, Spanish, and French. 

HONORS and Pre AP courses are available in some of the above as well.

INTERDISCIPLINARY: Integrated Physics/Precalculus combining Honors Precalculus and Honors Physics.



ENGLISH: For students in grades 11 and 12, college preparatory offerings are semesterised. Choices

include: American Lit, English Lit, Newspaper, Speech & Debate I & II, Philosophy and Literature,

Creative Writing, Contemporary Multicultural Fiction, MCAS preparation, Acting, Women in Literature,

Shakespeare, Post Modern Literature and Media Literacy.



MATHEMATICS: A comprehensive selection of courses is offered by the department to encourage

students to elect as many college preparatory mathematics courses as they see fit. Offerings for

each grade include: Problem Solving, Business Math, Algebra I, IA & IB, Algebra II, Geometry,

Precalculus, Calculus, Probability and Statistics, Advanced Topics in Math, and Preparation for the

MCAS test.



SCIENCE: Courses offered include: Introduction to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human

Biology, Bio Med, Environmental Science, Earth Science, Chemistry in the Community, Astronomy,

Mammal Biology and Preparation for MCAS Science. All science courses offer labs. All chemistry

college and honors courses have added lab time every other day.



FOREIGN LANGUAGE: French, Spanish, Latin, and Italian are offered to interested and able

language students. German is offered as interest warrants.



SOCIAL STUDIES: Grade 9 encompasses: Modern World History. Grade 10 focuses on the early

years of United States History. Grade 11 concentrates on the second half of U.S. History. Grade 12

concentrates on electives, which include: European History, Contemporary Issues, Psychology,

Sociology, Military History of the United States and Greco-Roman Studies.



PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Classes of 2013 & 2014 and beyond – Pass four semesters of Physical

Education and two semesters of health. Class of 2015 – Pass four semesters of combined

PE/Health. Physical Education/Health electives include: Strength Training & Conditioning,

Advanced Level Weight Training, Life-Long Activities, Team Games, Net Games and Advanced

Team Games. Students age 15 and older may opt for the Lifeguard Training Class.



ELECTIVES: Work Based Learning and Career Based Learning in business or industry,

externships, internships, twelve Vocational Programs, Business, Consumer and Life Skills, Music,

Art, Dance and Computer courses are also available in addition to the traditional academic offerings.



TECHNOLOGY/ENGINEERING: Offers a comprehensive look at courses designed to prepare all

students for careers and advanced technical programs, by providing them with technological skills,

and the opportunity to explore a variety of occupations.

INDEPENDENT STUDY: Early College, School to Career, online and off campus classes are academic components of the high school program.



GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS


Through the Class of 2014, 110 credits will be required for graduation. Each of the following must

be included:


REQUIRED SUBJECTS -




English 20 credits

Social Studies 15 credits

(including two years of U.S. History)



Mathematics 20 credits

(including an Algebra and a Geometry)



Science 15 credits

(includes Biology)

Physical Education/Health 15 credits
Plus 25 elective credits
Rank-in-class at West Springfield High School is calculated in the fall of the senior year, and is based on the grades earned during Grades 9, 10 and 11. It is calculated, once again, one semester before graduation for inclusion with college applications and finally at the end of the fourth quarter to determine Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Five year graduates do not receive a class rank. Transfer students must be in attendance at WSHS for three semesters in order to obtain a class rank. Physical Education Courses, pass/fail subjects and summer school courses are not computed in the rank. AP courses are weighted most heavily, followed by Honors Courses, then College Preparatory. Courses taken through Early College are weighted at an Honors Level. Transcripts reflect class rank.
(All weighted grades are reflected in class rank.)



West Springfield High School releases information about its students only with a written request from the student or the student’s parent/guardian. 





Credits toward graduation requirements are awarded for passing grades only. No credits are awarded for grades of “F”, or below “60-“ or “65-“ , or if a student has exceeded the number of allowable absences. A final examination is required as part of each course. West Springfield High School has a college recommending grade of 70. “WF” = Withdraw failing. “WP” = Withdraw passing.