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Westmoreland High School
WHS Band Website

The WHS/WMS bands now have their own website! A link to their site will be permanently located under "Subjects of Interest" at the top left of the WHS home page. We will keep this link up and working for a few weeks until everyone becomes accustomed to the link at the left of the page.

New Graduation Requirements

In July, 2016 the Tennessee State Department of Education (TDOE) changed graduation requirements for all students, including this year’s seniors.

First, according to the state’s web site:

To receive a regular high school diploma, all students enrolled in a Tennessee public school during their eleventh (11th) grade year must take either the ACT or SAT.”

See answers to Frequently Asked Questions provided by the TDOE by clicking here.

About 80% of the class of 2017 have already taken the ACT; all other seniors must now either plan to take the ACT or forfeit their high school diploma next spring. Additionally, we are strongly encouraging seniors to make use of the opportunity to re-take the ACT on October 22nd. ACT test skills and strategies are being emphasized during the next 4½ weeks in Senior English and Bridge Math classes.

Payment for the ACT can be accomplished by:

  • directly paying with a credit or debit card when registering,

  • using a state-provided voucher for a free test (if not previously “taken” but “not used”)

  • applying for a need-based fee waiver (this cannot be used if one was previously granted but not used)

  • during the state-wide in-school testing in April, 2017

All juniors will be given the opportunity to take the ACT during a designated school day next April at no charge; seniors who haven’t taken the ACT may also take the test at this time at no cost. Juniors who miss that test date will be required to make up the exam before receiving a diploma. Students should feel free to speak with their School Counselor if they need help registering for an ACT test date.

REMINDER: A photo ID is required for admission into a national test site on the scheduled test day. See for more details.

Another new requirement for graduation this year is that all students must pass a Civics test based on the U.S. Citizenship exam. This 50-question test will be administered during Government, US History, and Senior Enrichment classes. Students may take this test as many times as required and there is no cost associated with this exam.

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Impact of Absenteeism

New Research Shows Nearly Half of American Parents Underestimate the Harm of School Absences
To combat chronic absenteeism, the U.S. Department of Education, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the Ad Council have partnered to create a public service campaign,Absences Add Up. The campaign features a series of digital and out of home PSAs that drive parents to On the website, parents are empowered with information and resources to help ensure their children attend school each day.

Newsweek Top High Schools 2016

 Names Top "Beating the Odds" High Schools in USA for 2016  


NCTC is airing a local news story about this the week of August 29th (6:30AM & 12:30PM) and Monday & Wednesday of this week at 5 & 9 PM. Watch NCTC Channel 15 at those times of click on the following link to see the story now on YouTube: NCTC Local News Story link


WHS was thrilled to receive an email this morning (8/12) stating: "Newsweek just released its coveted list of America's Top High Schools 2016: Beating the Odds this morning – congratulations to Westmoreland High School for being ranked among 500 schools across our country that are doing a stellar job of preparing students for college despite their challenging economic status!"

WHS is one of only 9 Tennessee high schools to receive this recognition which was based on a combination of many factors. Of prime consideration were the school's records for College Readiness, Graduation Rate, and % of Students actually enrolling in a post-secondary education program. Specifically, ranking # 230 places WHS in the top 0.35% of high schools in the US!

Congratulations to the WHS Students, Faculty, Staff, and Administration for this fabulous accomplishment. Be Eagle Proud!

Full Listing of 2016 America's Top High Schools: Beating The Odds

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