College in the High School

West Valley High School has agreements with the University of Washington, Central Washington University, and Eastern Washington University to offer WV students classes that meet the universities’ standards for college-level credit. These courses are taught by WV teachers who are also professors at the university level. The instructional materials and assessments are approved by the universities. In some cases, students must pass a university placement test to be eligible to earn college credit. Once credits are earned, they are part of the student's official transcript from the university and may be transferred to other institutions like any other college credit.

West Valley High School also partners with Yakima Valley College (YVC) to provide dual credit classes in Career and Technical education. These courses earn students YVC credit that can be used to advance their progress in those programs as YVC or possibly be transferred to other community colleges or universities.


CHS Benefits

Save Money

  • Earn college credit for free! Students can earn up to 20 college credits per year at no cost.

As a comparison, an on-campus CWU student typically pays $1,374 for a 5-credit class and $9,344 for one year of tuition. For students learning and living on campus, costs a total of $23,131 for tuition and room and board. (Details from CWU's Cost of Attendance page.)

*Note: If a student earns over 20 credits in the year, the District will invoice parents for the cost of the courses for credits 21 and over. YVC dual credit courses do not count toward this credit total.


Earn College Credit

  • Successful CHS completion earns up to 20 college credits per year on a college transcript
  • Many college credits are transferrable to other colleges. It is always recommended to check with the college/university you are interested in.


Save Time

  • One course earns credit for WVHS and the issuing college/university at the same time, so students can start college having already completed their general education courses.


Experience College with Support

  • CHS students to experience true college-level classes and be an official "college student" while remaining in a familiar setting with the support of the high school staff while enjoying their high school experience.


CHS Registration Process

  • Students register for College in the High School courses in the spring for the next school year in the same way they register for all their high school classes.
  • At the beginning of the course, teachers will review the course requirements, college credits available, the grading process, and answer any questions students and their families may have.
  • Parents must complete and sign a college registration form from the teacher, and students must give the completed form to their teacher. Note: Some registration may be online. In those cases, the parent will receive an email with a link to a digital registration form.
  • Teachers must submit their class lists and a copy of each student's registration form to the District's Finance Department.
  • Students complete the course.
  • Students and families then work with teachers to monitor progress, grades, withdrawal dates, and other deadlines.
  • After successful completion of the course, grades and credits will be added to the student's high school and college transcripts.


Notes:

  • Students have the option to take CHS courses without registering for college credit. A student may choose this option, for example, if they do not meet eligibility requirements or do not want to risk receiving a low grade on a college transcript.
  • Students should always check with the college or university they plan to attend to understand how courses transfer between institutions.
  • If a student earns a D or F grade or withdraws from a college course, the parent will be required to reimburse the District for the course's cost.
  • Reimbursements from parents are due to the District immediately after the conclusion of the school year, and unpaid reimbursements will be applied as a student fine, which will restrict participation in activities and future college courses.
  • If a student exceeds 20 credits in a year, the District will invoice the student's parents for the cost of those courses. YVC dual credit courses do not count toward this credit total.

Find more information on these programs at:

Available CHS Courses

WVHS Course Name Credit College College Course ID
CHS ENGL 170 LT S2 5 EWU ENGL 170
CHS ENGL 131 C 5 UW ENGL 131
CHS ENGL 111 LC (offered 2nd sem AP Eng) 5 UW ENGL 111
CHS CMST 201 (Speech) S2 5 EWU CMST 201
CHS ENST 201/202 (Environmental Sci) S1/S2 10 CWU ENST 201, 202
CHS CHEM 110 S1/S2 5 UW CHEM 110
CHS PHYS 111/112 (Physics) S1/S2 10 CWU PHYS 111/112
CHS BIO 101 (offered 2nd sem AP Bio) 5 CWU BIO 1010
CHS MATH 153/154 PRCALC 10 CWU MATH 153/154
CHS MATH 101 (Math in Modern World) 5 CWU MATH 101
CHS MATH 172/173 CALC S1/S2 10 CWU MATH 130
CHS FIN 174 S2 5 CWU FIN 174
CHS FIN 101 (*tentative) 5 CWU FIN 101
CHS ECON 101 S1 5 CWU ECON 101
CHS ECON 102 S2 5 CWU ECON 102
CHS HIST 144 S1/S2 (US History) 5 CWU HIST 144
CHS SPAN 151/152 (Spanish 4) 10 CWU SPAN 151/152
CHS SPAN 153 S1/S2 (Spanish 5) 5 CWU SPAN 153
CHS GERM 151/152 10 CWU GERM 151/152
CHS GERM 153 S1/S2 5 CWU GERM 153
CHS MUS 102 3 CWU MUS 103
CHS HIST 314 ML (US Military Hist) 5 CWU HIST 314
CHS POLI 100 (Civics) 5 EWU POLI 100
CHS PSYC 100 5 EWU PSYC 100
CHS SOC 101 5 CWU SOC 101
Early Childhood Education 101/102 15 YVC ECED&105, ECED&107, ECED&120, ECED&100
Careers in Education 201/202 8 YVC EDUC&115*, EDUC&130*
Marketing 101 5 YVC BA 156
Students Store Mgmt. 102 5 YVC BA 157
AFNR 101/102 3 YVC AG 101*
Sports Therapy 101 5 YVC AH 119
Sports Therapy 102 7 YVC AH 110, AH 155
Animal Science 201/202 Dual Credit 5 YVC AGSCI 130*
Horticulture Science 101/201 Dual Credit 5 YVC AGSCI 101*

*Courses marked with an asterisk are in the process of approval

Our Ram to Wildcat Program Page is coming soon!


The Ram to Wildcat Program is a series of courses offered at West Valley High School that earns students high school and college credits and follows the Central Washington University general education requirements. This is a dual credit program (since students are earning high school and college credits at the same time) and the courses are typically referred to as College in the High School or CHS.


CHS classes are taught by high school teachers who approved to teach the these classes as they would be taught at the college level. Successfully completing CHS courses earns students up to 50 of the 54 credits needed to fulfill CWU’s general education requirement.