Frequently Asked Questions

How old do you have to be to take Drivers' Ed?
Students with sophomore standing who become 15 years, 6 months by November 1, may be eligible for driver education during first semester. Students reaching 15 years, 6 months by April 1 will be eligible for driver education second semester. These dates may need to be adjusted by the principal in order to balance semester sections.

Who can take a class at UW-Whitewater or Gateway?
Wisconsin’s Youth Options Program allows eligible public school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take courses at postsecondary schools. Approved courses will receive high school and college credit. Eligibility to participate in the Youth Options Program is dependent upon the admission requirements of the institutions of higher education. (UW-Whitewater requires students to be in the top 25% of their class. Students can register for classes at technical schools if they are on target for graduation, have good school attendance, and no record of disciplinary problems.) The high school principal will determine whether a course taken through the Youth Options Program satisfies graduation requirements, is comparable to a course offered at the high school, and what, if any, high school credits are to be awarded. Each postsecondary credit is equivalent to ¼ credit at Whitewater High School.

Courses taken through the Youth Options Program will be paid for as follows:
1. The School Board will pay for no more than the equivalent of 18 postsecondary semester credits (4.5 high school credits) per student. The Board will not limit the number of Youth Options Program courses that may be taken at the student’s expense.
2. If the course is taken for high school credit and is not comparable to one offered in the district, the Board will pay the costs associated with the course, including tuition, fees, books and other necessary materials. All students and/or parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for any late registration fees incurred and for partial or full fees and books for courses not completed by the high school student.
3. The Board will only pay for the courses that are successfully completed. If the student receives a failing grade in the course or fails to complete the course, the Board will require reimbursement of the payment made for the Youth Options Program course (including books and fees). If the payment is not reimbursed, the student is ineligible for further participation in the Youth Options Program.
4. If the course is taken for postsecondary credit only or if the course taken is comparable to a course offered in the district, the student will pay the costs associated with the course.
5. Students participating in the Youth Options Program shall be responsible for their own transportation costs.

Students must notify their school counselor of intent to participate in the program by March 1 for the fall semester and by October 1 for the spring semester. Youth Options applications are available in the Student Services Office.

What online classes are available to Whitewater High School students?
Whitewater High School, in cooperation with the Jefferson Eastern Dane Interactive (JEDI) Consortium, provides online classes to enhance course selection options for Whitewater High School juniors and seniors. Courses taken in this manner typically follow the traditional school calendar and are offered as .5 or 1.0 credit options. Course work is completed independently and is scheduled during a study hall. Although the Astronomy and Anthropology courses are the two most commonly offered, students who have an interest in another subject area are encouraged to discuss possible options with their school counselor.

The drop policy for a JEDI online course is different than the drop policy for a Whitewater High School course. A student who enrolls in a JEDI online course will have 14 calendar days from the start date to drop a course with no penalty.