Academic Excellence and Multiple Pathways to Graduation

CWA’s balanced curriculum provides academic challenge and support at every stage, consistently producing graduates who are well prepared for college and beyond.

Our Upper School Course Map illustrates the core four-year sequence through the Upper School. Each student designs their own unique pathway to graduation through a combination of required and elective courses across academic disciplines.

Trimester Electives

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

  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Creative Writing: Prose
  • Folk Tales In Literature
  • Post-Colonial Literature  
  • Monsters and Literature  
  • Rebels in Literature  
  • American Voices In Literature
  • American Writers and Research
  • 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.

  • Intro to Psychology 
  • Art History
  • Personal Finance
  • Concert Choir
  • Monologues and Scene Study
  • Short Form Improvisation
  • Theatrical Production
  • Digital Photography I & II
  • Graphic Design
  • Monoprint: Intro to Printmaking
  • Letterpress & Relief Printing
  • Silk Screening

Advanced Placement Courses

  • English Literature and Composition
  • European History
  • Macroeconomics
  • United States History
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Computer Science A
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics 1
  • Physics 2
  • Spanish 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.


I cannot emphasize how well Charles Wright has prepared me for college. I have no problem scheduling meetings with my professors outside of class—in fact, my English professor told me that she wishes more of her students would come and meet with her like I have, and it’s because I had to do that in the Upper School. I have been better at managing my time compared to other students and, therefore, I have had a smoother transition adjusting to college. From Charles Wright, I learned how to balance school, extracurricular activities, and a social life while still maintaining academic excellence. I cannot thank everyone from Charles Wright enough for their part in preparing me for college!

— Alex, Recent Graduate