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Academic Excellence and Multiple Pathways to Graduation

Charles Wright Academy challenges and supports students as they prepare for college and for life. Our balanced liberal arts curriculum is designed to create a solid foundation for success and inspire a lifetime love of learning. CWA graduates are well prepared, and every student designs their own unique pathway to graduation through a combination of required and elective courses.

Our Upper School Course Map illustrates the core four-year sequence your student will follow on their journey through the Upper School. They will have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of trimester electives and advanced placement courses across academic disciplines so they may discover and deeply explore their own interests.

Trimester Electives

Beginning in the third trimester of their junior year, juniors and seniors select trimester courses to fulfill their four-year English requirement.

  • Literature of the American Stage
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Creative Writing: Prose
  • Folk Tales In Literature
  • Race and Literature
  • Post-Colonial Literature
  • British Monsters: Milton,
    Shakespeare, and Shelley
  • Gender In Literature
  • British Rebels in Literature
  • Film Studies
  • American Voices In Literature
  • Other Heroes, Other Journeys
  • Creative Writing:
    Contemporary Narrative
  • Chinese American Literature
  • Wilderness and the American Mind

All courses are writing intensive, college-preparatory courses.

Students also have the option of taking the full-year AP English literature and composition course in senior year.

  • Witch Trials in Early Modern History
  • Intro to Psychology
  • African History Through Literature
  • Current Events in Latin America
  • Studio Recording
  • Web Design
  • Intro to Programming
  • Technical Theater Design/Portfolio
  • Improvisation and the Theater
  • Monologues and Scene Study
  • Sketch Comedy
  • Musical Theater
  • Rock Orchestra
  • Guitar
  • Modern Music Ensemble
  • Digital Photography I & II
  • Color Theory & Practice
  • Monoprint: Intro to Printmaking
  • Letterpress & Relief Printing
  • Silk Screening

Advanced Placement Courses

  • English Literature and Composition
  • European History
  • Macroeconomics
  • United States History
  • United States Government and Politics
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Computer Science A
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • French Language and Culture

Departmental permission is required to enroll, and AP courses are limited to three per year, unless special permission is granted.

Few students take more than five AP courses during their Charles Wright career.

CWA has been recognized by the College Board as a school that expands access to AP computer science.

CWA has been recognized by the College Board as a
school that expands access to AP computer science.