High School Planning

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High School Planning 2018-01-08T19:36:26+00:00

Student Enrollment for the 2017-2018 School Year: Approximately 750

Course Offerings

  • High School registration is completed with the Counseling Secretary, Misty Dunn (615) 472-5216.
  • Registration for classes is completed by school counselors. Students will receive class schedules on the first day of school.
  • Please visit our Grade Level Information page for additional registration information.

WCS Planning Guide

CTE Planning Guide

Summer Programs

AP Courses offered 2017-2018 School Year
AP Course Descriptions

EnglishMathScienceSocial Studies
English III APAP StatisticsAP Physics IAP European History
AP Calculus ABAP BiologyAP Human Geography
AP ChemistryAP Psychology
AP United States History
AP World History

Enrolling New Students

To enroll your new student, please:

  • Check your zone by going to edweb.wcs.edu/eduweb/webquery. You may reach our transportation department at 615-472-4950 for additional bus route questions or call Central Office at 615-472-4200 for additional school zoning questions.
  • Students must be accompanied by a natural parent or legal guardian.
  • Students must be withdrawn from previous school before enrolling at Nolensville High.

Enrollment Forms and Information

  • Please access the enrollment section of the Williamson County Schools Website and complete all forms for the 2016/2017 school year.

WCS Enrollment Forms and Information

Parents with first time students who are to be enrolled in Williamson County Schools are required to have their address verified as the first stop in registering their child for school. The entire registration process takes place at the school.

 Click Here for Registration Information

Board Policy on Report Cards and Grading Systems

Students who take high school algebra, geometry and world language courses prior to high school will receive credit when achieving a course grade of 70 and passing the credit test.  However, the grades for the class will not be used in the calculation the student’s high school GPA.

Tennessee Uniform Grading Scale (TN UGPA) – This grading scale is the one used to calculate and report a student’s GPA to the State of Tennessee for Hope (Lottery) Scholarship consideration.

WCS Grading Scale v. Tennessee Uniform Grading Scale

To become eligible for both the Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarship and General Assembly Merit Scholarship, a student’s GPA will be configured using the Tennessee Uniform Grading Policy (TN UGPA), as mandated by the Tennessee Board of Education. The TN UGPA will be different than the WCS GPA and will be frequently lower than the WCS GPA.  The TN UGPA and the WCS GPA appear on the WCS Transcript.

Honor Societies:

  • National Honor Society
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Technical Honors Society (coming during the 2017-2018 school year)
  • Spanish National Honor Society (coming during the 2017 – 2018 school year)

NHS Course Offerings for 2017-2018 School Year

Click here to view the WCS Program Planning Guide

Click here to view the CCTE Programs Planning Guide


Nolensville High School follows a schedule which allows students to take six credits and a directed study each year.  With teacher/counselor recommendation and course availability, students may take an additional class for a total of seven credits per year.

School Scheduling Policy

Students are expected to take the classes for which they have registered.  All students requesting a class change must fill out the Google Class Change Request Form (available Fall 2017).  Students will not be allowed to enter full-year courses at the end of the first semester unless they are making up deficiencies.


All courses listed on the Course Offerings List require a sufficient number of student registrants in order to be offered during the year.  If there is not sufficient interest in a particular course, it may not be provided during the upcoming year.  Many of the classes have recommendations that are listed in the course description.

Courses are offered at the following levels at Nolensville High School:

1.Advanced Placement (AP) – designed to prepare a student to earn college credit through the successful completion of the AP Test in that subject area.
2. Honors – a challenging pace designed for the student who has displayed a record of academic success.
3. Standard – all courses are considered college preparatory unless specifically labeled otherwise.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES are offered by the College Board.
The following courses are offered at an AP level:

  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP World History

Directed Study

Directed Study is an integral part of the Nolensville High School schedule.  It meets daily and is designed to provide opportunity for students to meet current course needs, remediate skills, engage in enrichment activities and participate in student mentoring.  Students who have maintained a passing grade in all subjects the previous semester will be allowed to take selected courses during the directed study period upon availability.

Dual Enrollment in High School and College courses is available to certain Juniors and Seniors.

Columbia State Community College

Students have an opportunity to gain credit for a previously failed course that was taught within a Williamson County School by completing a computer-based program called A+ Credit Recovery. Contact your child’s school counselor for eligibility information and to apply.  Students must register with their school counselor PRIOR to beginning.

There is a cost of $50 per semester course ($100 for a whole year credit).   Students must register with their school counselor PRIOR to beginning.

On a daily basis, all students will be required to bring a 3-ring binder, notebook paper and a writing instrument for note taking. Notebooks are part of the student’s overall grade for this new program.  Students taking a math course will need to bring their own graphing calculator.  Students will need to bring their own earphones for credit recovery programs that include audio.

Diploma Options

  • Standard Diploma: Awarded to students who earn the number of core credits required by their particular graduation year.
  • TN Diploma with Honors: Awarded to students who have completed the core curriculum and score at or above the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT, which are: English (18), Math (22), Reading (22), and Science (23).
  • TN Diploma with Distinction: “B” average and one of following:
    • earn a nationally recognized industry certification
    • participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
    • participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
    • be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
    • attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
    • attain a score of 3 or higher on at least two advanced placement exam
    • earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit
  • Williamson County Honors Diploma: Awarded to students who have completed the core curriculum and minimum of 14 credits at the honors or Advanced Placement level, 4 years of science, and a 3.5 or higher. Credits earned from middle school that are labeled as honors courses will be counted as honors classes.
  • Nolensville High School Honors Diploma: Awarded to students who have core requirements as well as the following course requirements: 4 years science and 3 years of a foreign language sequence. In addition, the student must have a 3.5 GPA or higher, a minimum of five advanced placement courses must be taken, and all honor courses must be taken when offered.  Credits earned from middle school that are labeled as honors courses will be counted as honors classes.

Graduation Requirements (Board Policy 4.605)

Credit Requirements for Graduation (Board Policy 4.6051)

Graduation Requirement Chart

A student may participate in college level courses conducted during the school day, provided that the student’s schedule can be arranged to make this option possible.  A student may also enroll in a college course after school hours.  Dual credit will be available to the student with parents accepting full responsibility for all costs associated with college credit. (See Dual Enrollment)

Tennessee provides 11 summer programs for gifted and talented high school students. Students in the tenth and eleventh grades who would like to participate in a challenging and high-intensity program in one of the twelve areas should obtain application(s) from their school counselor. Nominations for the Tennessee Governor’s schools must be made by high school counselors or principals – See more at: http://www.tn.gov/education/topic/tdoe-governors-schools


TNReady is an assessment for grades 3-11 core subject areas and measures student performance against specific state standards. This assessment is administered as three subparts, all administered in the spring semester. For high school, it is administered to all students enrolled in:

English IAlgebra IBiology
English IIGeometryChemistry
English IIIAlgebra IIUS History
and accounts for 10% of the 2nd semester grade.


High School assessments include a school day state administration of the ACT in the spring for all 11th graders as well as an optional national administration in the fall for any 12th graders, free of charge. The ACT measures what students have learned throughout high school and is a WCS graduation requirement. The test also assesses post-secondary academic preparedness, and colleges and universities use results to make acceptance and placement decisions.  It is, however, just one factor in the admissions decision. Schools also consider your high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, interviews, and personal essays. The weight placed on entrance exam scores varies from school to school.

WCS Students are encouraged to take the ACT/SAT multiple times.  (See below)

ACT National Test Dates:  http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html#dates

ACT Registration:  http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html


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Created by the College Board, the SAT is another entrance exam that can be used by colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. As with the ACT, it is just one factor in the admissions decision. Schools also consider your high school GPA, academic transcript, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, interviews, and personal essays. The weight placed on entrance exam scores varies from school to school.

SAT National Test Dates: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines

SAT Registration:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/online-registration-help


WIDA’s ACCESS for ELs assessment is for English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades K-12. This assessment measures English language proficiency levels with respect to the WIDA ELP Standards and is used as one criterion to determine when ELLs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area.

Alternative Assessments

TCAP alternate assessments are for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities whom participation in the typical state assessment is inappropriate, even with the use of extensive accommodations. Students in high school must complete one assessment in each English, mathematics, and science course.

Directed Study Hall – This study hall is available to those special education students who need extra study time with their support teachers in order to be successful with regular classroom assignments.

Gifted Services – Gifted education services are provided to intellectually gifted students to provide a framework to enable students to meet their fullest potential.   Services include:  identification of intellectually gifted students, collaboration with general education teacher, and training for all educators.  Placement is made through an IEP team decision.