WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School is rolling out several new courses for the 2015-16 year, along with some new technology initiatives that raise the bar for students and staff alike.

“Last year’s graduating class really set the bar high,” said West Orange High School Principal Hayden Moore, “and we’re expecting to see the same with this year’s students.”

2,000 Google Chromebooks will be placed throughout the school for use by students as they continue their move into a “Google Classroom.” WOHS was the first school to utilize Google Docs and this year the middle schools will follow suit.

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The high school is welcoming several educators in various areas including English Language Arts, Technology and Engineering, Science, Chemistry, Social Studies, Wood Shop (Tech Ed), Drama/Theater, and Strength and Conditioning.

General courses, Honors courses, and AP courses will continue to thrive. In addition, this year, three Institutes: Institute for Math and Science, Institute for the Humanities, and Institute for Citizen Empowerment are in place. The Institutes provide a special focus in subject areas of particular interest to students.

New course offerings this year include: 

  • Acting Principles
  • Engineering and Design Solutions
  • Apparel Design and Production
  • Medical Terminology
  • Fundamentals of Health and Wellness
  • English 12 Contemporary World Literature
  • AFJROTC Aviation History and Leadership
  • AFJROTC Science of Flight and Leadership
  • AFJROTC Exploring Space and Leadership
  • AFJROTC Management Principles and Leadership

In addition, WOHS will offer 23 Advanced Placement courses this year including the addition of Physics II (focus on Engineering). Last year, 338 students took 705 AP exams.

“It’s important to understand that it’s not just test scores on AP exams, but the number of students participating, that make the high school’s AP program important,” said Assistant Principal Dr. Kimberly Mancarella.

Mountaineer Academy (the high school’s alternative learning program), AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programs are also continuing.

New clubs at the high school will include a Musical Production Club, Glee Club, Debate Team and Astronomy Club.

Upcoming events include the Third Annual Mountaineer Fan Fest on September 18, a family-friendly community event held prior to the WOHS Football team’s first home game, and participation in the October 16-18 Edison Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show at Llewelyn Park. The West Orange Scholarship Fund will receive a portion of the proceeds for the event.

“I’m excited about our students and programs,” said Moore. “I’m confident that our new students and returning students will rise to the challenge and we’ll see great things this year.”

To see the 2014-15 West Orange High School Profile go HERE.