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The “Ram to Wildcat” Program is a series of courses offered at West Valley High School that earns a student high school and college credits and follows the Central Washington University general education requirements.
Successfully completing a Ram to Wildcat course at WVHS earns a student one high school credit and up to 5 college credits per semester. This is called “dual credit” (since students are earning high school and college credits at the same time) and these courses are typically referred to as College in the High School or CHS.
CHS classes are taught by high school teachers approved to teach these classes as they would be taught at the college level. Successfully completing required courses in the Ram to Wildcat program earns students up to 50 of the 54 credits needed to fulfill CWU’s general education requirements.
The CHS program is aligned with CWU’s general education requirements, but may be transferred to other colleges as well. If you are interested in attending other educational institutions, we highly recommend students research the specific requirements of their school of interest to understand how transferred credits are accepted. Learn more about CWU’s General Education first year experience here.
Watch this webinar to learn more about CHS and the Ram to Wildcat program: https://youtu.be/_RAENe64ezw
West Valley School District is partnering with six Washington four-year colleges and universities to increase access and the ability to meet the career and college goals of students.
The partner institutions are Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University, The Evergreen State College, Washington State University, and Western Washington University.
These partners are offering guaranteed admission for students who meet set criteria.
To be eligible for the Guaranteed Admissions programs, students must:
If a student meets the criteria or is on track to meet the criteria by high school completion, they are guaranteed admission to the institution.
Eligible senior students will receive information from the participating colleges and universities via mail and/or email at the beginning of their senior year, or as they are becoming eligible through their first-semester schoolwork after first semester grades have been finalized.
This program allows students to skip applying to all these colleges and universities individually and waiting to see if they are accepted.
Once a student hears from the colleges and universities saying they are accepted based upon their GPA and CADRs completion, they should talk with their counselor to determine which institution best meets their needs and interests and will best prepare them for their career goals.
Students eligible for guaranteed admission must maintain eligibility throughout their senior year, complete an admissions application, and additional requirements by the institution.
Being eligible for guaranteed admission and being contacted by the colleges and universities does not mean that the student is obligated to attend one of them.
And not being eligible for guaranteed admission does not mean that a student can’t go to any of the colleges or universities. It just means that they did not meet the guaranteed admission qualifications based on their GPA and/or CADRs. They can still apply in the traditional way for admission by filling out college applications.
In order for the colleges and universities to know which students meet the GPA and CADRs requirements, WVSD, shares senior student information with them two times a year. This information includes the students first name, last name, date of birth, parent or guardian contact information, mailing address, phone numbers on record, emails on record, unweighted GPA, and transcripts. Only students who meet the GPA requirements have their information shared with the colleges and universities. Students and families may opt-out of WVSD sharing their information by completing an opt-out form.
The Climbing Higher: Expedition CWU series was created through a partnership between the South Central STEM Network Team at ESD105 and Central Washington University (CWU). This cohort-based model will provide students with the opportunity to meet other high school students from across the region who are interested in attending CWU, meet university staff who can help support the transition from high school to college, and receive much-needed resources and guidance. This is especially important for our low-income and first-generation college students. Through the three-part series of events, organizers will address barriers that prevent students from getting to and through a college degree and provide parents with the opportunity to hear from the parents of current university students to answer any questions they might have.
Contact Shelly O'Neill, CTE/Career Connected Learning Coordinator at ESD105, for more information.
“The Central Washington University College in the High School program is a great way for students to earn college credit without having to leave their high school. The program also saves families money as the cost of the program is significantly reduced compared to on-campus and provides students a jump start on their college education. West Valley School District and Central Washington University have a long-standing collaborative relationship and we both are always looking out for the best interest of the student.” - Kyle Carrigan, CWU Director of Concurrent Enrollment
Ram to Wildcat
HS & college credits
HS & college credits
Semester schedule (6 per semester)
Quarter schedule (3 per quarter)
Textbooks & course fees
Plan courses at YVC
Participate in WVHS extracurricular activities
Participate in WVHS extracurricular activities
Earns one year of CWU
Earns two-year community college credits
Please visit CWU's Student Participation Guide online for more information on the registration process.
WVSD also partners with Arizona State University’s (ASU) Online Earned Admission program. Students may take online dual-enrollment courses in this program and have them work with the Ram to Wildcat program.
There are over twenty classes offered for this program that allow you to earn
college credits while exploring FUTURES pathways and classes. CWU requires the
following coursework to complete the Ram to Wildcat program. Check out the
to learn more about the courses below, and talk to a counselor to plan your
|Any 1 year-long CHS course
AP Stats (scores of 3+ MATH 211)
|English & Humanities
|ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 105
ENGL 131 (transfers as ENGL 101),
ENGL 170 (transfers as ENG 105),
ENGL 102 (alignment in process)
ECON 101, ECON 102,
PSY 101 OR SOC 101Medical majors rec. PSY and SOC
PSY 100 (transfers as PSY 101),
POLI 100 (transfers as POSC 210),
ECON 101/102 (coming 2023-24)
Visual andPerforming Arts
Any 1 selection
MUS 103,AP ART 2D (scores of 3+ ART 103)
BIO101 and CHEM 101/102
AP BIO (Scores of 3+ BIO 101),AP CHEM (Scores of 3+ )
Two years of high school language or one year of college language before college graduation.Take all to count as one year of college language.
SPAN 151, SPAN 152, SPAN 153
Dual Credit not part of Gen Ed requirements, but may be used depending on major and college
Yes, most of the CHS classes take place during a traditional WVHS class period. When taking CHS classes, you are still a WVHS student and may participate in school activities.
While you’re not a fully registered traditional on-campus, you are a college student! You will have a college ID, a college transcript, and may participate in some college activities as an enrolled student.
Many college credits are transferable to other colleges. We recommended you check with the college or university you are interested in to learn more about their requirements.
See CWU’s Transfer Credit Policies and Information and Washington Student Achievement Council’s Transfers page for more information.
Please check with your CHS teacher with questions and click here to learn more about withdrawing from a CWU course.
No, you may take as many or as few as you like. If you want to try a few courses, we recommend you complete the first year academic writing and quantitative reasoning requirements since those will best prepare you for college.
See the Ram to Wildcat course planner for more information.
The college credits you earn stay on your college transcript and stay with your records. So, if you decide later that you want to go to college, you can request your transcript from the college where you earned your credits and be able to show that you’ve taken some classes. Keep in mind, though, that sometimes credits have a set number of years in which you need to use them toward a degree.
Students may choose to take any CHS course without registering for the college credit. You may take the course, earn a high school grade and credit, and since you’ve not registered for college credit it will not earn you a college grade or credit.
CHS courses get you closer to a degree without having to pay for the credit when you take 20 or fewer credits a year. This reduces your need for financial aid, but not your ability to get it.
Please note, high school students cannot qualify for financial aid until they earn a high school diploma.
Taking and successfully completing CHS courses at WVHS will not impact your financial aid. When it comes to state aid, there is no "cut off." Students have a total of 12 quarters of college-bound eligibility and 15 quarters of college grant eligibility so it is not an issue for state aid.
Federal aid is cut off at 270 quarter/180 semester attempted credits regardless of when those credits were earned so in terms of federal aid, it may impact your overall eligibility, but only when you reach the 270 quarter or 180 semester attempted credits.
Most CWU and other college programs average 120 semester credits to complete a degree.
Issues arise when a student makes a habit of withdrawing, dropping courses, or taking numerous credits (over 180 semester credits) without earning a degree. For more information, or to address specific questions about your situation, it is always best to contact the university or college you are interested in attending.