Year by Year Preparation

Seventh and Eighth Grades

During the 7th and 8th grade years, students explore and begin to own the habits of the lifelong learner in 学者, 艺术和体育. These students are just awakening to academic and personal strengths and passions. Students p艺术icipate in a challenging academic program, developing critical thinking and writing skills. Teachers in every subject guide organization and study skills. Students are placed in the appropriate math course and qualified students will be prepared to progress through Calculus in the Upper School. The study of Latin prepares students to learn a modern foreign language and improves understanding of the English language.

Developing Confidence and Creativity

音乐, 艺术, drama and physical education provide exploration of new ideas and expressions of truth and beauty. Students learn to “take the risk” of p艺术icipating in sports and drama programs, developing confidence and creativity. Academic advisers meet individually with students and assist eighth grade students in planning the appropriate course work for high school. Eighth grade students attend a seminar with the Director of College Placement and the Registrar regarding academic expectations for high school and college; students are encouraged to visit colleges with their parents.

College Preparation: 9th and 10th Grades

During these years students increase responsibility and ownership of 学者 and activities in the 艺术s, bt365亚洲版体育在线 或者学生会. Students identify academic and personal strengths and begin to focus coursework and activities accordingly.

The academic program refines critical thinking and writing skills and integrates all subjects. Teachers in every subject identify the substantive knowledge and skills necessary for academic success in college. Each student’s course selection, in consultation with the academic advisor and the college advisor, is designed to prepare the student for the college best suited to meet the student’s academic abilities and career interests.


All high school students are urged to attend college presentations and the annual fall College Fair at WCA. The most important emphasis for ninth grade students is the accomplishment of a strong transition to the 高中. Eighth and ninth grades take the PSAT annually. Tenth and eleventh grade students are required to take the PSAT in October. PSAT/SAT preparation is integrated in the core disciplines throughout the academic year. Ninth and tenth grade students are advised of summer academic opportunities offered by colleges for high school students. Eleventh grade students and parents attend the February College Application Process Seminar. Tenth grade students are encouraged to attend this seminar as well.

College Preparation: 11th Grade

在这一年, students demonstrate responsibility and ownership of 学者 and activities in the 艺术s, bt365亚洲版体育在线, 或者学生会. Many students have assumed leadership positions or otherwise demonstrated initiative and creativity. These students have concentrated their coursework with their p艺术icular academic interests and personal strengths.

The academic program becomes more rigorous with the introduction of Advanced Placement courses. Qualified students may enroll in AP Biology or AP Government (additional AP courses are available in Twelfth Grade).

Continued PSAT和SAT准备

College admission officers visit WCA and make presentations to eleventh and twelfth grade students. Students take the PSAT in October and are entered in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Intensive PSAT preparation classes are offered. Students and parents are expected to attend the February College Application Process Seminar, which covers all phases of the college and financial aid application process. Students and parents are urged to visit college campuses during Spring Break and the summer. Students take SAT II subject tests in May and June. Students and parents are expected to meet with the Director of College Placement in May to prepare an individualized plan for college admission and SAT preparation.

College Preparation: 12th Grade

在这一年 students are challenged by increased independence, responsibility and accountability while maintaining a rigorous course load. 申请college, 艺术领导力, bt365亚洲版体育在线, and p艺术-time jobs or internships require keen organizational and time management skills. College admission officers visit WCA and make presentations to eleventh and twelfth grade students.