Motivated students can get a jump on college at Washington Academy in three ways. One is Advanced Placement (AP) classes. WA offers AP classes in English language and composition, English literature, Spanish, Latin, U.S. History, European history, calculus, biology, and art, allowing students to earn college credit before they graduate from high school.
Another way to get ahead is to take classes at the nearby University of Maine at Machias (UMM). Students may often receive both high school and college credit for their UMM courses, giving them a jump start toward their college degrees. Our guidance counselors work closely with the UMM Early College office, and students receive full academic support both at WA and on the UMM campus.
Alumna Lacie Glidden loved the public speaking course she took at UMM. "It was a great opportunity to experience college life and all I had to pay for were my books," she says. "The UMM program is a good introduction to managing a syllabus and interacting with college kids while still having the safety of WA."
Students can also register right on WA's campus for Husson University courses, taught by those WA teachers with higher degrees. These courses are built right into the daily WA class schedule and made available for a small administrative cost to the student. Husson University courses happen right at WA, so students can still participate in all of WA's extracurricular activities.
Through the Early College Program, students discover the rewards of learning at the collegiate level and begin a seamless transition to full-time college studies after high school graduation.