High Schools - Western's Vision 2020

High Schools

High Schools - Western's Vision 2020

Western is quickly becoming the college of first choice for high school students in our district.

Did you know?

  • Over 33% of local high school graduates attend Western within 3 years of graduation.
  • Over 50% will attend within 5 years.
  • 92% of all high school graduates attending Western directly from high school attend classes at the La Crosse Campus.
  • 81% of our graduates stay in the 7 Rivers Region.
  • 85% of our graduates stay in Wisconsin.

Western has strong partnerships with high schools throughout the district. We work closely to provide easier ways for students to transition from high school to college at Western.


Transcripted Credit Agreements

Transcripted credit, sometimes called dual credit, allows students to take college-level courses in order to get a jump on their college education, while still fulfilling high school graduation requirements. Courses are taught at the high school by high school instructors who modify their courses to meet the requirements for transcription.To get the scoop on how it really works, read the stories of high school teachers who worked with Western instructors to offer transcripted credit courses to their students.

The chart below details the increase in the number of high schools offering transcripted credit courses from the 2008-09 school year through the 2011-12 school year. Currently, 18 high schools offer transcripted credit for their students.

High Schools with Transcripted Credit Courses 2011-12 High Schools with Transcripted Credit Courses 2010-11 High Schools with Transcripted Credit Courses 2009-10 High Schools with Transcripted Credit Courses 2008-09
Arcadia Black River Falls Black River Falls Logan
Bangor Blair-Taylor Central Necedah
Black River Falls Central De Soto Viroqua
Blair-Taylor De Soto Holmen Whitehall
Central Holmen Logan
De Soto Independence Necedah
G-E-T Logan Sparta
Holmen Necedah Viroqua
Logan Sparta Westby
Mauston Tomah Whitehall
Necedah Viroqua
Onalaska West Salem
Sparta Whitehall
Tomah
Viroqua
West Salem
Westby
Whitehall

With an increase in the number of participating high schools, we have also seen an increase in the number of students taking transcripted courses. Transcripted courses offer multiple benefits for students. It exposes them to college-level courses, giving them a feel for what will be required of them in college. It also is a safe way to explore a possible career interest. Finally, there is no cost to students or school districts. This can save students both time and money when they enroll at Western.

The following chart shows the increase in students by high school and also the dollars saved.


High School Students Successfully Completing Transcripted Credit During the 2011-12 School Year High School Students Successfully Completing Transcripted Credit During the 2010-11 School Year
High School # Students* $ Saved ** High School # Students* $ Saved **
Arcadia 20 $691 Black River Falls 86 $11,121
Bangor 20 $3,277 Blair-Taylor 28 $4,424
Black River Falls 110 $14,486 Central 55 $13,896
Blair-Taylor 34 $5,571 De Soto 9 $1,264
Central 90 $22,777 Holmen 16 $5,244
De Soto 42 $11,151 Independence 8 $2,700
G-E-T 19 $6,931 Logan 85 $22,359
Holmen 50 $18,390 Necedah 13 $14,865
Logan 74 $21,551 Sparta 51 $11,583
Mauston 56 $9,176 Tomah 33 $11,138
Necedah 18 $2,566 Viroqua 32 $10,452
Onalaska 16 $2,622 West Salem 64 $10,575
Sparta 103 $23,894 Whitehall 25 $8,564
Tomah 32 $11,362 Total 505 $128,185
Viroqua 22 $7,782 * Duplicate Headcount
West Salem 101 $24,416 **Based on 2011-12 tuition and fees for each course
Westby 37 $13,498
Whitehall 28 $10,068
Total 872 $210,206
* Duplicate Headcount
**Based on 2011-12 tuition and fees for each course

There is a transcripted course for nearly every interest; not all courses are taught at all high schools. Individual agreements are reached based upon a particular high school’s needs and course offerings. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in order to get credit at Western for the class. Those expectations are outlined at the beginning of the course.

Below is a list of courses offered throughout the district. To see which courses are offered at your high school, visit our high school agreements page and click on the high school.


Western Transcripted Credit Courses 2011-12 Western Transcripted Credit Courses 2010-11
Animal Science Animal Science
AutoCAD Basics AutoCAD Basics
AutoCAD Level I AutoCAD Level I
Child Development Digital Electronics
Digital Electronics Introduction to Accounting
Digital Photography Introduction to Business
Foods I Introduction to Horticulture
Introduction to Accounting Introduction to Microcomputers
Introduction to Business Introduction to MS Access
Introduction to Horticulture Introduction to MS Excel
Introduction to Microcomputers Introduction to MS Word
Introduction to MS Access Introductory Plant Science
Introduction to MS Word Marketing Principles
Introductory Plant Science Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology Parametric Design w/Inventor
Parametric Design w/Inventor PLTW-Introduction to Engineering & Design Elective
PLTW-Introduction to Engineering & Design Elective PLTW-Principles of Engineering
PLTW-Principles of Engineering Welding-Oxy-Fuel Metals Cutting
Welding-Oxy-Fuel Metals Cutting Welding-Transportation
Welding-Transportation