Academic Support Services
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program created by the College Board to offer college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Faculty teaching an AP class are trained in the curriculum, which is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum.
Students enrolled in an AP courses take an AP examination as the culmination of the course. Testing takes place in May and students are responsible for the test fee (averages around $90/exam). American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations, typically scores of 4 of 5 on the scale of 1-5.
AP courses currently offered at WMAA include:
- English Literature & Composition
- Calculus AB
- United States History
- United States Government and Politics
- Spanish Language
- Computer Science A
- Physics 1
Grade Level Placement
Students at West Michigan Aviation Academy, enrolled in seven classes per semester, have the possibility of earning seven credits per year. To encourage students to make continuing progress toward graduation, credit requirements have been established for grade level placement. The number of credits earned will determine the grade level placement and the grade classification for each student. Guidelines for minimal progress toward graduation are as follows:
- For a student to be in 10th Grade – Student must have earned a minimum of 5 credits.
- For a student to be in 11th Grade – Student must have earned a minimum of 11 credits.
- For a student to be in 12th Grade – Student must have earned a minimum of 18 credits.
Grade level placement will be determined prior to the start of each new school year. Students may not change grade levels during the school year. Students who fail to advance to the next grade level will be affected in terms of:
- Locker assignment
- Yearbook photo designation
- Grade level meetings or assemblies
- Class offices and Student Council
Any student who withdraws from school for any period of time will be enrolled at the appropriate grade level based on earned credits at the time of re-enrollment.
All students new to WMAA will be assigned to a grade level based on credits earned and accepted by WMAA.
Final grade placement will be determined by the school’s CEO.
West Michigan Aviation Academy offers summer school to all students who need to recover credits missed from the previous school year. WMAA provides this six-week program in an effort to keep students on track for graduation. Students may enroll in two summer school courses at a time, and all courses are offered online, through APEX Virtual Learning. Students are required to report to WMAA two days a week, until their course is completed. Questions regarding summer school should be directed to your student’s counselor.
Although a very small number of students may need or want to earn credit through testing out, West Michigan Aviation Academy, in compliance with the School Code of Michigan, will provide an opportunity for students to “test out” of any course currently offered at the school.
- This policy will apply equally to all students at West Michigan Aviation Academy.
- Course advancement, credit and/or a waiver will only be granted for a C+ or better. If there is no final exam, credit will be earned by exhibiting mastery through an alternative assessment, which may consist of a portfolio, performance, project, and/or presentation.
- This testing out provision will count toward graduation credit; successful completion will also count toward fulfillment of a requirement for a subject area or a course sequence.
- Credits earned through testing out will not be included in a computation of grade point average.