Planning for College

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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.