Advanced Placement, Honors, and Dual Credit Classes

Through the honors and dual credit program, Upper Columbia Academy encourages students to pursue excellence in their secondary education while also providing opportunities to simultaneously earn college credit in the areas of English, History, and Science. Students wishing to participate in our honors or dual credit courses will need to complete an application process to enter the program and meet the requirements of the individual courses. 

AP, Honors and Dual Credit Application

Application due date Wednesday, April 21 (excluding incoming students)

English 

Sophomore Honors

  • Class Maximum: 20 students 
  • Course Description:  This course is for sophomores who have shown interest and ability in English, namely reading critically and writing well.  In this course, we will read a variety of literary selections, including short stories and poetry from our anthology, novels, plays, and non-fiction works.  We will practice writing various essays and will complete a research paper using the MLA documentation style. 

Prerequisites and Requirements:

  • Completion of English I with a final semester grade above 85%  
  • Completed application  
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or above 
  • One writing sample (creative or formal)  
  • One 200-word short essay concerning why the student feels they should qualify for the class  
  • For students new to UCA only: A letter of recommendation from a teacher describing the student’s work ethic 

 

Junior Honors

  • Class Maximum: 20 students 
  • Course Description: This class surveys American literature from Native American oral tradition until the present and includes works by major American authors and their works according to American literary periods. Writing, both formal and creative, and analysis is heavily practiced and emphasized in order to prepare students for college-level classes. Students will need a well-rounded understanding of diction and syntax, and basic literary analysis skills in order to understand the nuances of themes in American literature. This class is also responsible for the creation and publishing of UCA’s school newspaper Echoes, for which students will learn the basics of journalism. Students can write, edit, design, and take photos for Echoes depending on their skill set.  

Prerequisites and Requirements: 

  • Completion of English II with a final semester grade above 85% 
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or above 
  • Completed application  
  • One formal writing sample, i.e. an essay, report, or analysis  
  • One creative writing sample, i.e. a poem, short story, or personal essay 
  • One 200-word short essay concerning why the student feels they should qualify for the class  
  • For students new to UCA only: A letter of recommendation from a teacher describing the student’s work ethic

 

College Writing (ENGL 121): first semester 

  • Class Maximum: 18 students 
  • Course Description:  This course teaches close reading and the writing process, including a clear writing style and the basic elements of academic writing.  We will practice critical thinking skills as we read and discuss classic novels, plays, and non-fiction works and students will learn how to write for analysis and argumentation.  Students must achieve a grade of “C” or above to receive dual credit.  Course earns 3 semester hours college credit from Southwestern Adventist University. 

Prerequisites and Requirements:

  • Senior standing  
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA or above 
  • Completion of English III with a final semester grade above 90% 
  • Completed application 
  • One formal writing sample, i.e. an essay, report, or analysis  
  • One creative writing sample, i.e. a poem, short story, or personal essay 
  • One 200-word short essay concerning why the student feels they should qualify for the class 
  • Personal interview with instructor (in-person or online) 
  • For students new to UCA only: A letter of recommendation from a teacher describing the student’s work ethic  

 

Research Writing (ENGL 220): second semester 

  • Class Maximum: 18 students 
  • Course Description:  This course is a continuation of the previous semester.  It refines students’ skills in close reading, critical thinking, and written argumentation, and introduces students to the evaluation and use of primary and secondary sources.  We will write a short Literary Analysis paper in MLA documentation style and a longer argumentative paper which will use a documentation style appropriate to the research discipline.  Students must achieve a grade of “C” or above to receive dual credit. Course earns 3 semester hours college credit from Southwestern Adventist University.  

Prerequisites and Requirements: 

  • Senior standing 
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA or above 
  • Completion of College Writing with a 73% or higher  

 

History and Political Science 

  • Class Maximum: 20 students 
  • History of the United States (Two Semesters) 
  • Course Description: American history from the pre-Columbian period to the present. The first semester covers through Reconstruction; the second semester covers Reconstruction to the present. This course emphasizes primary sources and critical thinking skills. Students who complete the course will receive 8 college quarter credits through Walla Walla University, transferable to any institution. An additional fee will be charged on behalf of the university issuing the credit.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

  • Junior class standing  
  • Completed application 
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA or above 
  • Two formal writing samplesi.e. an essay, report, or analysis 
  • One 200-word essay concerning why the student feels they should qualify for the class 
  • Personal interview with instructor (in-person or online) 
  • For students new to UCA only: A letter of recommendation from a teacher describing the student’s work ethic 

 

American Government (First semester) 

  • Course Description: The principles, organization, and development of American national, state, and local government. This course emphasizes primary sources and the investigation of competing perspectives. Students who complete the course will receive 4 college quarter credits through Walla Walla University, transferable to any institution. An additional fee will be charged on behalf of the university issuing the credit. 

 

The West and the World (Second Semester) 

  • Class Maximum: 20 students 
  • Course Description: The history of Europe and its interaction with the world from the 19th century to the present. This course emphasizes primary sources and the development of critical thinking skills. Students who complete the course will receive 4 college quarter credits through Walla Walla University, transferable to any institution. An additional fee will be charged on behalf of the university issuing the credit. 

Prerequisites and Requirements: 

  • Senior class standing 
  • Completed application 
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA or above 
  • Two formal writing samples, i.e. an essay, report, or analysis 
  • One 200-word essay concerning why the student feels they should qualify for the class 
  • Personal interview with instructor (in-person or online) 
  • For students new to UCA only: A letter of recommendation from a teacher describing the student’s work ethic 

Science 

Anatomy and Physiology  

  • Class Maximum: 20 students 
  • Course Description: Study of human (organ-system) anatomy and physiology with reference to cellular, genetic, and developmental relationships. First semester includes a study of histology, the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems. Second semester focuses on nervous, endocrine, and circulatory systems. This course emphasizes the complexity and simplicity evident in cells and systems that the Creator has designed in the human body. A passing grade of ‘C’ or above and daily attendance are required to receive dual credit through WWU. An additional fee will be charged on behalf of the university issuing the credit.

Prerequisites and Requirements: 

  • Senior class standing 
  • 3.75 cumulative GPA or above  
  • One 200-word essay concerning why the student feels they should qualify for the class 
  • Personal interview with instructor (in-person or online) 
  • Completed application 
  • Highly recommended: the completion of chemistry junior year 
  • For students new to UCA only: A letter of recommendation from a teacher describing the student’s work ethic. 

Math: 

AP Calculus 

  • Class Maximum: 20 students 
  • Prerequisites and Requirements: 
  • One 300-word essay on why you want to take AP Calculus and why you are qualified to take it. 
  • Endorsement from precalculus or advanced math teacher in the form of a letter of recommendation or reference contact information.