Growing the Whole Person

We offer a comprehensive curriculum at WLHS to help each student achieve his or her God-given potential.


Course Catalog

Courses and Requirements

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  • Advanced Placement (AP)

    WLHS participates in the national College Board Advanced Placement Program. These courses align to rigorous, college-level, standards set by the College Board and are taught by our faculty. AP courses prepare students to take a subject specific exam and potentially earn college credit in selected academic areas. AP courses have a heavier workload and are more time-consuming than most other courses in the same discipline. AP students are encouraged to take the corresponding national exam the following spring at an approximate cost of $95 per exam.

    WLHS offers the following these AP courses:
    • AP 2D Art & Design
    • AP 3D Art & Design
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Computer Science Principles
    • AP Drawing
    • AP English Literature & Composition
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • AP Microeconomics
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Statistics
    • AP U.S. History
  • Graduation Requirements

    We have the following minimum requirements which must be met for graduation. Some of the credits must be in specific, required courses.

    • Theology - 4.0 units
    • English - 4.0 units
    • Science - 3.0 units
    • Mathematics - 3.0 units
    • Social Studies - 3.0 units (Including completion of Civics Test)
    • Health/Phy Ed - 1.5 units
    • Fine Arts or Practical Arts - 0.5 units
    • Electives - 5.0 units
    24 units total

      To find out more about how WLHS is implementing the new math and science initiative Project Lead the Way, or to find out more about the Advanced Placement courses offered at WLHS, click here.
    • Course Values

      All full year courses are worth one credit and one-semester courses are worth one-half credit.
    • Course Load

      All students must carry a minimum of 7.0 credits.

      The following types of courses must be included in the specified year with the remaining credits from elective courses.
      • FRESHMEN: theology, English, science, mathematics, and Christian health & wellness.
      • SOPHOMORES: theology, English, science, mathematics, social studies and physical education.
      • JUNIORS: theology, English, social studies, and physical education.
      • SENIORS: theology, social studies, and English, unless already completed as electives.
    • Course Selection

      FRESHMEN placement in classes is based on the entrance exam, a review of their previous achievement test scores, a recommendation from the eighth grade teacher or principal, and family recommendations.

      CONTINUING STUDENTS need a “C” or better in many courses to be automatically cleared to take the next course in sequence. A “C” or better is the definition of successfully completing a course. After serious evaluation a parental override could be submitted if a student has a “C-” or “D+.”  Courses which have been taken and passed, but need a higher level of competency, may be retaken to allow the student to progress to the next course in sequence. The higher grade received will be the official grade for the course but credit will only be awarded one time for taking the course. Courses should be selected which contribute to the young Christian’s life plan.
    • Project Lead the Way

      WLHS is proud to offer Project Lead the Way©, a demanding engineering based program. Project Lead the Way was designed to address the shortage of engineers in the United States. Students who participate in Wisconsin Lutheran High School’s four-year program will be prepared for the strenuous science and engineering classes offered at the best colleges and universities.

      Classes included in the Project Lead the Way tract are: 
      • Introduction to Engineering Design
      • Principles of Engineering
      • Computer Science Principles
      • Engineering Design and Development
    • Testing Information

      All sophomores are required to take the PreACT assessment.

      Juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT test. This is a great tool to use to prepare for other standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. The PSAT scores are also used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships.

      All juniors are required to take the ACT during their junior year as regulated by Wisconsin DPI.

      College-bound students are also encouraged to take SAT at the end of their Junior year or at the beginning of their Senior year. Be sure to check which test is required for the colleges being considered.
    Some of our students will continue their education in 4-year colleges. Others will be best served by attending technical and vocational schools. As Christian stewards our students will pursue excellence in whatever programs they have selected.

    Paths After Graduation

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    • Typical Minimum Core College Curriculum

      Each college campus has its own requirements. However, many colleges and universities require a common core. The University of Wisconsin System requires that all applicants take the ACT and have the following 17 required units :

      • English - 4 units
      • Mathematics - 3 units
      • Social Science - 3 units
      • Natural Science - 3 units
      • Academic Electives - 4 units
      The academic electives must be from the above areas or foreign language, fine arts, computer science or other academic areas. Especially in the field of foreign languages, an individual campus may have different requirements.
    • Vocational/Technical Schools

      There are a variety of degree granting and certificate programs available at vocational and technical colleges and schools. Students are encouraged to take those courses which will give them strong preparation in their areas of interest. MATC and WCTC prefer or require entrants take the ACCUPLACER test.

    Partner Post-Secondary Schools

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    • Ministry at Martin Lutheran College

      A minimum of 12 core academic units, a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and a minimum ACT score of 18 are required for admission. The normal college core curriculum should be taken. Some music is desired, including Music Theory.
    • Pastoral Ministry at Martin Luther College

      Young men thinking about being a pastor should take the normal college core curriculum. You may be admitted to MLC with a minimum of two years of a foreign language. However, MLC recommends that you take a minimum of three units of Latin (through the senior year of high school) and two units of either German or Spanish. MLC also prefers two units of music.
    • Wisconsin Lutheran College

      All applicants should take the normal college core curriculum. Sixteen academic units are required and 2-4 years of a single foreign language are recommended.
    • Bethany Lutheran College

      Bethany Lutheran College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Visit their website,,  for more information about their admissions.
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