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College Prep Courses

College Prep Courses 

Highly motivated and capable students are provided a variety of options to receive rigorous college level instruction and earn college credit while in high school. These courses are in addition to the Running Start options provided through Yakima Valley Community College. In recognition of the degree of difficulty for students enrolling in these challenging courses on our campus, students are awarded an additional .3 grade point for every College In the High School (CHS) and Advanced Placement(AP) course the student completes for purposes of Top 10 % designation only.

Advanced Placement:

Advanced Placement Biology 401 
Advanced Placement Biology 402
Advanced Placement Chemistry 401
Advanced Placement Chemistry 402
Advanced Placement English 506
Advanced Placement English 606
Advanced Placement Government 201
Advanced Placement Statistics 503
Advanced Placement Statistics 504
Advanced Placement Art Drawing
Advanced Placement Art 2D Studio Design
Advanced Placement Art 3D Studio Design

 

These courses are designed by the College Board and are specifically structured to meet the AP exam criteria. In order to receive college level credit for the course, students must take the AP exam(s) in May and have the scores sent to the college(s) of their choice. The amount of credit awarded varies from college to college. Generally, a student must score 3 or better on the AP exam to be eligible for college credit.It is expected that all students enrolled in AP level courses will sit for the AP exam. There is a cost for each AP exam.

College In the High School:

CHS English 111-Fiction   CHS Calculus 172
CHS English 131-Non Fiction   CHS Calculus 173
CHS Environmental Science 201   CHS US History 144
CHS Environmental Science 202   CHS Psychology 101
CHS Physics 111   CHS Spanish 401-402
CHS Physics 112   CHS Spanish 501-502
CHS Pre-Calculus 153   CHS German 151-152
CHS Pre-Calculus 154   CHS German 153
CHS Math 101   CHS Jazz History MUSC 356
CHS Math 102
CHS Military History 314
CHS U.S. Government POLI 100
  CHS Music In Hum. MUSC 212
CHS Chemistry 110


West Valley High School has agreements with the University of Washington, Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University to offer a variety of courses that meet the universities’ standards for college level credit. Our courses are taught by WV teachers who are also adjunct professors at the university level. Instructional materials and assessments are approved by the universities. In some cases, students must pass a university placement test in order to be eligible to earn the college credit. Credits are direct transcript and may be transferred as any other college credit.

In order to earn college credit, the University of Washington requires that 60% of the class pay a fee to the University for each course (1 semester at WV). Central Washington University has no restrictions on the number of students who must enroll for college credit. CWU charges for each 5 credit course (1 semester at WV).

Additional information on these programs is available at:

Cornerstone Program (Central Washington University):   http://www.cwuce.org/cornerstone/index.asp
University of Washington:   http://www.outreach.washington.edu/uwhs/