The WHS summer reading program is open to all West High students as an opportunity to engage in an enriching reading and literary experience. Here is how the program works:
- If any of the books on the list appeal to students, they are encouraged (but not required) to read that book or books. Participation in this opportunity is optional.
- In the September students will be invited to participate in a Book Talk discussion through Warrior Workshop. Each book talk is facilitated by the teacher or administrator who recommended the book.
- Book discussion sessions are quite popular, but they are not required. There will be no grade or extra credit associated with attending these workshops, rather enjoyable networking and a fun, engaging literary discussion!
- Note: Only honors and AP classes assign summer reading (and other work) that is required.
Click here to see a list of suggested reading books chosen by West High Staff.
Click on the link below to gain access to our Overdrive account that offers access to both new and classic fiction and non-fiction books in eBook and audio book format (Please note that not all books from the suggested reading enrichment list will be in Overdrive).
- Overdrive Sign-In: Use your West High School and your ID# and your ID# plus the two capital letters. Contact Mrs. Puccio at email@example.com if you are a student or teacher and are unable to access Overdrive.
- Incoming 9th graders and new students - You may not have access to Overdrive until sometime in August. Instead, utilize the public library system via Redondo and Lomita Libraries - both offer access to Overdrive and Torrance Library also has eBooks - click on the following link for more info - Torrance Public Library Ebook Links
- Overdrive eBooks and Audio Books
Policy Notification: Correspondence Courses
Applies to Summer School classes for Advancement
On February 20, 2018, the TUSD school board approved a new policy which limits the number of correspondence course credits (courses for advancement) that will apply towards graduation based upon the recommendation of the Correspondence Course Committee. This newly adopted policy will help to ensure TUSD graduates a balanced student who has participated in TUSD curriculum across all content areas. The TUSD school board policy allows students to earn up to 40 credits for advancement toward graduation through outside educational institutions over the four years. However, courses are limited to a maximum of 10 credits per academic discipline (English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, World Language, PE, Fine Art, etc.) if they will be applied towards graduation requirements.
Students who have previously taken 10 credits or more of correspondence coursework in an academic discipline prior to the February 20, 2018 policy change will have their credits intact, however, any additional correspondence coursework pursued must be completed in a different discipline. Students considering correspondence coursework for advancement should set-up an appointment with their counselors to generate a 4-year plan that is tailored to their educational needs.
The attached “Correspondence Course Pre-Approval Request” form must be signed by the student, parent/guardian, and counselor prior to a student enrolling in the off-campus course. Otherwise, the course will not be recorded on the high school transcript.