High School Course Catalog

College Admission


Admission to Public Baccalaureate Colleges and Universities in Washington State

The Higher Education Coordinating (HEC) Board has admission requirements for freshman at all six public baccalaureate institutions in Washington State — Central Washington University (CWU), Eastern Washington University (EWU), The Evergreen State College (TESC), University of Washington (UW), Washington State University (WSU), Western Washington University (WWU).


High School Program

It is intended that the competencies achieved by completion of these courses provide the student the preparation necessary to succeed in a college or university. Students will have to complete the following college-preparatory courses to be eligible for admission:

English Language Arts 4.0 Credits
Mathematics 3.0 Credits
Social Studies 3.0 Credits
Science 2.0 Credits
World Languages 2.0 Credits
Fine Arts or other academic elective 1.0 Credit
Total 15.0 Credits


English Language Arts

Four years of English Language Arts study are required, at least three of which must be in composition and literature. One of the four years may be satisfied by courses in drama as literature, public speaking, debate, journalistic writing, business English, or a course in English Language Learner). Courses that are not generally acceptable include those identified as remedial or applied (e.g., remedial English, basic English skills, review English, yearbook/annual, newspaper staff, acting, library).



Three years of mathematics study are required, at least at the level of algebra, geometry, and advanced (second-year) algebra. More advanced mathematics courses are recommended, such as trigonometry, mathematical analysis, elementary functions, and calculus. Arithmetic, pre-algebra, and business mathematics courses will not meet the requirement. An algebra course taken in the 8th grade may satisfy one year of the requirement if second-year algebra is completed in high school.  High school seniors must earn one CADR credit in math or other math-based quantitative coursework, e.g., statistics, applied math, appropriate career and technical courses.


Social Science

Three years of study are required in history or in any of the social sciences, (e.g., anthropology, contemporary world problems, economics, geography, government, political science, psychology, sociology). Credit awarded for student government, leadership, community service, or other applied or activity courses will not satisfy this requirement.



Two years of laboratory science are required. One year must be in an algebra-based science course: Integrated Science III-IV, biology, chemistry or physics.  One year must be in biology, chemistry, or physics (this course may also meet the algebra-based requirement).  Principles of technology courses taught in Washington high schools may satisfy the laboratory science requirement.


World Languages

Two years of study or equivalent credits designated through proficiency examination in a single world language are required. Two years of study in American Sign Language will satisfy this requirement. A course in world language or American Sign Language taken in the 8th grade may satisfy one year of the requirement if the second-year course is completed in high school.


Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts; or Other Academic Elective

One year of study is required in the fine, visual, and performing arts, or in any of the five academic subjects previously defined. The fine, visual, and performing arts include study in art appreciation, band, ceramics, choir, dance, dramatic performance and production, drawing, fiber arts, graphic arts, metal design, music appreciation, music theory, orchestra, painting, photography, pottery, printmaking and sculpture. The UW and WWU further specify that one-half year must be in the fine, visual, or performing arts; the other half-year may be either in the arts or in an academic elective. Eligibility for admission does not assure admission to a particular institution. Each college will draw its class from the pool of eligible candidates, and actual admissions criteria will vary considerably. For instance, admissions standards for the UW are well above the floor for admissions set by the HEC Board.


Pre-College Testing

Students must submit scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) in order to be considered for admission to any of the six public baccalaureate institutions.


Transfer Admission

All institutions have agreements with the Washington’s 27 community colleges regarding admission and transfer of credits. Consult individual admissions offices for details.

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Admissions Requirements for Private and Out-of-State Colleges

The admission requirements for private and out-of-state colleges vary. Students who are considering these options should consult with their counselor, research the admission requirements by reading the college handbooks (available in the counseling center), and correspond directly with the college admissions offices. Warning: Admission requirements change periodically.  It is your responsibility to keep track of these changes so that you meet the entrance requirements of the university/college of your choice.

College Preparatory Courses

Most of the following are Kent School District courses that will be accepted as college preparatory by virtually all colleges and universities in the state of Washington and throughout the United States. The exceptions (in bold type below), are courses which are sometimes acceptable with qualifications.  Students should always check with the specific college or university to be certain.


English Language Arts

All AP English courses
Core English 9
Core English 10
Core English 11
Core English 12

International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses

UW Comparative Literature

Honors English 9
Honors English 10
Honors English 11

College Literature
College Composition
College Prep Vocab. & Writing
Debate I-II, III-IV, V-VI

Business English
Creative Writing
Beg./Adv. Journalistic Writing

Fiction Writing
Intermediate Speech


Algebra I-II
Appl. in Math. Reasoning I-II
Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry I-II
Geometry I-II

Algebra III-IV
Advanced Placement (AP)

Trig. & Analytical Geometry
International Baccalaureate (IB)

Social Studies

Washington State Hist./Honors
American Government
World Studies 9
World Studies 9 Honors
Contemporary World History
Contemporary World History Honors
U. S. History and Government I-II


Contemporary World Issues I-II
Contemporary World Issues I-II/H
Contemporary World Issues
Contemporary World Issues Honors
Multicultural Studies

UW: United States History Since 1940

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Business Law

College Preparatory Laboratory Science

These courses satisfy laboratory science or algebra-based science requirements for college entrance.

Integrated Science I-II
Integrated Science III-IV
Physics I-II*

Advanced Science
Applied Physics*

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
International Baccalaureate (IB)

*Meets algebra-based science requirement.

Science Laboratory Courses
Integrated Science I-II

Chemistry in the Community
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
Integrated Science III-IV

Horticulture Science
International Baccalaureate (IB)

World Language

American Sign Language*



*Note: Some universities do not accept American Sign Language as a World Language

The Arts: Visual and Performing Arts

All courses listed under “Art,” “Music,” and “Theatre” in the course description book plus:

Graphics/Print I, II

Graphic Arts I-II, III-IV

International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses

Other Academic Electives

Please check with your school counselor.

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College Testing Schedule

Year in School Tests to be Taken

  • Sophomore: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • Junior: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test; National Merit Qualifying Test; SAT/Achievement Tests or ACT
  • Senior: SAT/Achievement Tests or ACT; Advanced Placement Test


It is the student’s responsibility to discuss college entrance requirements with a counselor, determine which tests are necessary, and send application and fees to the appropriate testing organization before their designated deadlines. College resource books, available in the counseling center, indicate which tests are required for each college in the United States. Application forms and further test information are available in the counseling center. Specific dates, locations, and fees are available from your counselor. Descriptions of the various college entrance tests are as follows:


(Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, October)
Taking this test is the first step necessary to enter the scholarship programs administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. This test may also be helpful in securing other scholarships or financial aid from the colleges to which you apply. In addition, this test will show students their academic strengths and weaknesses. The test is taken as a practice or warm up for the Scholastic Aptitude Test. The manner of reporting scores also makes it possible for the student to predict their scores on the SAT with reasonable accuracy. SAT test preparation classes and materials/software for interested students are sometimes available at individual high schools.


(Scholastic Aptitude Test, junior or senior year, various dates and tests sites)
The SAT has an aptitude section and optional SAT II subject tests (22) for specific courses. The SAT or the ACT is required for entrance to all private and state-supported four-year colleges and universities. SAT scores may also be required for some scholarship applications. Neither the SAT nor ACT is required by two-year colleges in this state. The SAT is required by many out-of-state colleges and universities. Some colleges and military academies ask that students take this test in the spring of their junior year. Some of the colleges require one or more of the tests. Students applying to colleges requiring specialized tests should take those SAT II in May or June of their junior year. Registration packets are available in the counseling office. Students may register online on the College Board website.


(American College Test, junior or senior year, various dates and test sites)
The ACT is another series of pre-college tests much like the SAT, but preferred by some colleges. If the college of your choice requires this test, see your counselor for the application. ACT scores may be required for some scholarship applications.


(Advanced Placement Tests, given in May, administered at each high school)
These tests are administered to students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses. When a student achieves scores on the Advanced Placement tests which meet the minimums set by individual colleges and universities, the student may receive one or more of the following benefits:

  1. Exemption by a college or university from beginning courses.
  2. Academic college credit in subjects in which exam is taken.
  3. Eligibility for honors and other special programs.


In addition to the brief summaries following each test mentioned above, you may secure further information from individual college catalogs, your high school counselor, and The Higher Education Book.

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