Beginning in the ninth grade, WCDS students embark on a systematic preparation for entry into a college or university.  Courses in core curriculum are carefully chosen to convey the sweep of history and the breadth of human achievement in science, math, literature, language, and culture from prehistoric to modern times.  Students add elective classes to the core subjects to earn additional credits, designing a course of study appropriate to their personal academic goals.  To earn credit in physical education, students take fitness classes or compete on varsity athletic teams.

Upper School Traditions

Grades 9 - Grades 12

Advanced Classical Diploma: 32 Credits

8  Credits of English ~ Literature, Composition, Vocabulary, Grammar

5  Credits of Mathematics ~ Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus or Statistics

4  Credits of Science ~ Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and an additional Science elective

4  Credits of History ~ World History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, and an additional History elective

6  Credits of Foreign Language including Latin and one Modern Language (Students may earn a minimum of 3 in each or 2 in one and 4 in the other.)

1  Credit of Fine Arts ~ Studio Art,  Drama, or Media Arts

1  Credit of Electives ~ Film, Philosophy, Greek, Yearbook, or an additional Fine Art

3  Credits of PE/Varsity Team ~ Credits may be earned by playing or managing a sports team, or participating in an academic or drama team with a competition/performance component: ½ credit per team, up to 1 credit per year. (2 credits must be in PE.)

Classical Diploma: 28 Credits
International Diploma: 28 Credits
College Counseling

College Counseling

Students begin the personalized college counseling process during their freshman year, meeting with the college advisor and planning for the future. Going forward, students prepare for the SAT and ACTs by taking the PSAT and ACT Inspire. They complete self-assessments, discuss college choices with the college advisor, participate in mock-interviews, and meet with college admission representatives who visit the campus. During Senior Thesis they hone their college essays and complete on-line applications-- all part of the process leading students to finding the right college match.

Academic Profile: 2018-2019