The academic program of the Upper School provides students with a comprehensive, college-preparatory education that includes challenging, engaging coursework and meaningful opportunities in the fine arts and athletics. The Upper School experience emphasizes the development of independence, critical thinking, intellectual flexibility and creativity, and a strong work ethic.

Upper School students enroll in a minimum of five academic classes each year, with an option for a sixth class. In addition to academic coursework, students choose from a range of electives, including offerings in the visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, debate, forensics, and the innovation lab.


Students are required to complete twenty academic credits for graduation:

  • 4 English classes, including a two-year Advanced Placement experience

  • 4 Mathematics classes

  • 4 social science/social studies classes

  • 3 world language classes

  • 3 laboratory sciences/computer science/technology classes

  • Senior Humanities Seminar

  • One additional academic elective

This well-rounded liberal arts curriculum ensures our graduates are ready for any number of college majors. Reading, writing, critical thinking, effective communications, creativity, and service are all cornerstones of a WCS education.

Collegiate offers AP-level courses and beyond in all curricular areas, including the following:

  • AP English Literature and Composition and Advanced Composition

  • AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC,  AP Statistics, College Algebra, Differential Equations, and Multivariable Calculus

  • AP Biology, AP Physics (Mechanics), AP Physics (Electricity and Magnetism), AP Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry Research, and Advanced Biology Research

  • AP Spanish, AP French, and AP Latin

  • AP United States History, AP Government, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Psychology

  • AP Computer, AP Music Theory