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Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement courses are those which are advanced in terms of content and performance expectations of classes normally available for a given grade or age level; they provide credit toward graduation and possible college credit; they include those courses recognized or offered by the College Board, postsecondary schools, and other foundations or corporations of recognized scholastic standing.

Advanced Placement courses are designed to advance the achievement in subject areas in which a student has satisfied at least two of the following three criteria: (1) Exceptional ability and interest demonstrat­ed through past performance, (2) prerequisite knowledge and skills to perform honors or advanced placement work, and (3) recommendation by teachers of the student.

Curricula may include Advanced Placement courses offered through the College Board or other recognized academic founda­tions, corporations, institu­tions, or businesses whose courses are generally accepted as leading to advanced placement or standing in a postsecondary institution, accelerated instruction­al courses offered via satellite, and other courses and arrange­ments approved by the West Virginia Board of Education which provide students opportunity to advance their learning beyond that offered through the regular curriculum.
For for information on Putnam County's AP Program, see the File Cabinet Below.

Gifted Education

Gifted Education falls under the auspices of Exceptional Education. High school gifted students are expected to enroll in advanced placement and honors courses at their home schools.

Virtual School
Putnam County Schools offers West Virginia Virtual School distance learning courses via Internet to eligible high school students. Classes offered are those not available at the school site due to staffing or scheduling considerations. The West Virginia Department of Education oversees the program, which the local school facilitates. Interested students may learn more about the program at the
West Virginia Virtual School or by speaking with the school's Virtual School Coordinator.

Career and Technical Education
Putnam County Schools' Career and Technical Center is located in Eleanor, West Virginia . Students from the four county high schools may attend the technical center as part of their adolescent education program. The center also serves post-secondary and adult students by providing technical and vocational training in numerous programs. Classes are typically offered in 90 minute sessions five days a week. Students may earn college credit or certification for some programs. Financial assistance, career and guidance counseling, and tuition waivers are available for those meeting qualifications.

Community Education
Putnam County Schools offers a variety of evening classes for residents of Putnam and surrounding counties. Course offerings vary with community need and interest, and encompass areas such as physical fitness, art and music, foreign language, driver education, and computer literacy. Courses are taught by skilled instructors, trained in the fields they instruct. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Registrations are held in mid-September and mid-January. Each course has a nominal fee. For schedule and information, see the schedule in the file cabinet below or call Kay Christy at 586-0500 ext. 150.

Alternative School
The Putnam County Schools High School Alternative Education Program is an evening program housed at Hurricane High School. It is designed to provide educational, behavioral, and social development activities for students who are not succeeding in a regular school setting due to multiple academic and/or behavioral problems, have been expelled from their home high schools, or are returning adjudicated students. The high school program is a voluntary program that may be offered as an alternative to the student's being expelled from school.

The Alternative Education Program is a temporary authorized departure from the regular school environment designed to provide educational and social development for students whose lack of academic success and/or disruptive behavior places them at risk of not succeeding in the traditional school structure and in adult life without positive intervention.
Summer School
Summer school courses are offered on a tuition basis for adolescent students who need to make up credits or who have not been able to obtain all credits needed for graduation. All summer school sessions maintain the same standards as those offered in the regular school term. Summer school course offerings are subject to demand

Adolescent Education 9-12
Students in grades nine through twelve are expected to develop good work habits and attitudes, to complete rigorous core academic requirements, and to meet the requirements for a specialized career major in one of six career clusters:
  • arts and humanities
  • science and natural resources
  • engineering and technology
  • health services
  • human services
  • business and marketing
Throughout high school, students are assisted in development of an educational and career plan to related individual strengths and interests to future educational choices and career goals.  All students are expected to complete volunteer or work-based experiences.  
Each high school offers a variety of elective and Advanced Placement classes.  The Putnam County Technical Center also offers certificate programs in twenty-two areas for both high school students and adults.  High school students may take up to twelve hours of college work during the senior year. 
Putnam high schools were the first in the state to adopt a four-period block schedule wherein students may complete four credits each semester.  Each school offers a noon activity tutorial program for academic assistance and extra-curricular activities.   
Students may earn thirty-two credits in high school.  For graduation, all students must achieve a “C” average and complete twenty-eight units of credit as well as hold 2.0 GPA, pass the Algebra Exit Exam, and complete career portfolio. 
School to Work
Putnam County's School to Work program is an integral part of the kindergarten through adult curriculum. School-to-Work is designed to help students see the connections between school and their future career goals. It helps them identify their talents and strengths and develop the personal skills they need to become successful in life. At the elementary level, the school-to-work focus is career awareness; at the middle childhood level, the focus is career exploration; at the high school through adult level, the focus is career preparation for post-secondary education and employment.

File Cabinet


Central Office

9 Courthouse Drive Winfield WV  | 304-586-0500  
Name e-Mail Position Phone
Doug Cross ******[at] Director of Secondary Education 304-586-0500  + 1122
Mary Humphrey ******[at] Secretary - Curriculum &Instruction 304-586-0500  + 1121