Course of Study

Honors program

Builds on the College Prep program by requiring additional classes and a 3.67 GPA or higher. 

College Prep program

Meets and exceeds the UNC system requirements.

General program

Meets and exceeds accepted high school graduation requirements 

A minimum of 24 credits including required classes is needed for graduation. Subjects taken and passed in other schools will be counted toward graduation at WCA. Below are the credits required in each discipline for the 3 diplomas offered:

Discipline             General       College Prep      Honors

Bible / Worldview     2.5                    2.5                  2

English                       4                          4                  4

Foreign Language     0                         2                   3

Health/PE                  1                         1                   1

History/SS                 3                          4                  4

Math                          3                          4                  5

Science                      3                          4                  4

Electives                   11                         6                  4

The following number of credits must be completed at each level in order to be promoted:

Ninth Grade            5.5 units

Tenth grade            11.0 units

Eleventh Grade      16.5 units

Twelfth Grade        24.0 units


Through the Academy's honors, college prep, general & resource programs, WCA provides one of the most comprehensive academic programs in the Wilmington area. In particular, the college prep and honors programs thoroughly prepare students for college admission and academic success at the post-secondary level.


  • Patterns of Christian Living
  • New Testament Epistles
  • The Early Church    
  • Behold Your God        
  • Proverbs        
  • Old Testament Survey


  • Health
  • Physical Education


  • Academic Strategies
  • Art
  • Basic Photography
  • CLEP Courses
  • Competitive Speech
  • Concert Band
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Duo-lingo
  • Engineering Design
  • Foundations of Info Tech
  • Handbell Ensemble
  • Health Science
  • Journalism/Newspaper
  • Medical Terminology
  • Performance Choir
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • Physical Education II
  • Projects in Game Design
  • School Yearbook
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Studio Art
  • Teacher Cadet Program



  • Advanced English I
  • Advanced English II
  • Advanced English III
  • Advanced English IV
  • AP Language
  • AP Literature
  • Public Speaking


  • Advanced Physical Science    
  • General & Advanced Biology
  • General Chemistry    
  • Advanced Chemistry  
  • Advanced Anatomy    
  • Advanced Physics


  • General & Advanced Algebra I
  • General & Advanced Algebra II
  • Advanced Pre-Calculus
  • AP Calculus
  • General & Advanced Geometry
  • Advanced Statistics/Probability


  • Advanced Civics 
  • Advanced Geography
  • Advanced World History
  • Advanced U. S. History
  • Contemporary World Views
  • Advanced Economics    


  • Spanish I    
  • Spanish II
  • Spanish III

Planning for College


Earn College Credits

WCA offers students the opportunity to get a head start on earning college credit while still in high school through the following options:  

Advanced Placement (AP)

These courses prepare students to take the national AP exams administered by the College Board.  College credits are awarded based on the AP test scores.  Admission into an AP course is based on grades and teacher recommendation.

Dual Credit program

(Colorado Christian University) WCA instructors teach these courses on campus. Grades earned and courses taken in this program appear on the student's high school and college transcripts. 

Dual Enrollment programs

Admission into dual enrollment courses requires an application process including additional entrance and/or placement testing. Additional fees associated with these programs must be paid by the student. Grades earned and courses taken in these programs appear only on the student's college transcript. No high school credit is earned. 

  • Pathways (Cape Fear Community College) Classes offered for this option are available to Juniors and Seniors who are at least 16 years old and meet enrollment requirements. Students will apply through the WCA college & Career services, and their application will be processed based on academic performance and maturity level. WCA has chosen to offer the following CFCC dual enrollment courses for college credit:  Music Appreciation, World Civilizations I, American Government, Statistical Methods I, Precalculus/Algebra. 
  • Student Selected (Various Colleges) WCA facilitates online dual enrollment through other colleges and universities with the approval of the administration. Additional fees will be required.

The College Board’s CLEP program

This is an independent study option offering high school students an opportunity to earn college credits before high school graduation.  Each college participating in the CLEP program are allowed to determine the classes and minimal accepted scores. WCA has chosen to offer the following 8 courses accepted by UNCW for college credit: Western Civilization I, Principles of Micro-economics, US History I, Western Civilization II, Information Systems & Computer Applications, Introduction to Psychology, American Government and Introduction to Sociology. 

College Placement Testing 

After graduation, students are encouraged to take subject placement tests at the college they will attend.  WCA students taking these tests have scored well enough to waive freshman level courses and be placed in more advanced classes.

Testing & GPA Calculation


College Tests

PSAT 10  The PSAT is a required test for all WCA Sophomores and helps identify areas for improvement in preparation for college entrance exams. 

PSAT/NMSQT 11  The primary purpose of this test is to give students the opportunity to qualify as National Merit Scholars. In the fall of their Junior year, exceptionally high scores qualify students for consideration in the NMS program.  An added benefit is exposure to other scholarship programs.

American College Test (ACT)   As a requirement for graduation, all juniors at WCA must take the ACT (American College Test), which is the most widely used college entrance test in the United States.  WCA’s average composite scores exceed state and national average scores. WCA is a ACT national test site. – ACT School code #344-352

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)  Virtually all colleges in the U.S. accept both ACT and SAT scores; therefore, we do not require students to take the SAT.  Some students may benefit by taking both tests.  Resources are available for those students electing to take the SAT. 

GPA Calculations

Grade Point Averages are calculated on 4.0 scales with .33 pt added and deducted for plus and minus grades. The .33 addition is not given for an A+ because the state does not allow more than a .5 addition for Honors or 1.0 addition for AP/Dual Enrollment.

Grading Scale/GPA Equivalents: (Beginning with the class of 2019)

Grade         Gen         Adv/Honors     AP/Dual Enrollment

A+              98-100         4.00                4.5           5.00

A                93-97           4.00                4.5           5.00

A-               90-92           3.67                4.17         4.67

B+              87-89           3.33                3.84         4.33

B                83-86           3.00                3.50         4.00

B-              80-82           2.67                3.17         3.67

C+             77-79           2.33                2.84         3.33

C               73-76           2.00                2.50         3.00

C-              70-72           1.67                2.17         2.67

D+             67-69           1.33                1.84         2.33

D               63-66           1.00                1.50         2.00

D-              60-62           0.67                1.17         1.67

F                0-59             0.00                0.00         0.00

Alumni Testimonies


WCA Alumni hold a special place in our hearts. We are so thankful for the ways they are being used for God's glory throughout the world.

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Zach Johnson

WCA Class of 2010


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

BS Mechanical Engineering

Minor in Mathematics

WCA did more than prepare me academically, it prepared me mentally and emotionally. So many young adults graduate, go to college, and most want to experience the "social scene." WCA helped to instill in me the fortitude to say “no”. The teachings and doctrines taught gave me a desire to achieve more, be a better human, and always serve the Lord.



WCA Class of 2011

Pharmaceutical Business/Data Analyst

UNC Wilmington

BA Mathematics and BS in Statistics

I was definitely more prepared than most going into college. In some cases I think I actually learned certain material in greater detail at WCA than I did during the first year of college, particularly regarding the writing-intensive subjects. The teachers at WCA were the biggest reason why I felt prepared: they're good people, and they're always willing to dedicate the time and effort to help you understand the material.


Caroline Fountain

WCA Class of 2017

Campbell University

Major in Biochemistry/Pre-medicine

Minor in Spanish

Responsibility, teamwork, and compassion are promoted through various organizations like student government, honor society and endless service projects. WCA provides ample opportunity to get involved and thrive in our local community. I have to say the spiritual preparation is the most important facet WCA instilled in me. I came to know Christ as a sophomore as a result of a teacher sitting down and explaining to me that salvation is a relationship with the Savior rather than just head-knowledge about the Scriptures.  


Chris Karras

WCA Class of 2016

UNC Chapel Hill

Major in Business Administration

Minor in Public Policy

The academics at WCA thoroughly prepared me for those at the college level. I learned valuable time management skills, test-taking skills, and organizational skills from WCA that have propelled me to academic success on the next level. The courses I took at WCA all represented academic excellence. Overall WCA represents a desire to compete with excellence, whether in the classroom, on the court, or on the field. The spiritual emphasis provided at WCA has guided me throughout my life and will continue to do so.