The Willamette Promise (WP) is a program coordinated through the Willamette Education Service District. Students at St. Paul High School can take WP courses for college credit through Western Oregon University (WOU). Students register at school, complete the course, receive their grade and then free transcripts are available (see links below) in order for the student to then apply and transfer credits to their chosen college, university or training. Credit transfer policies vary with each institution. Please consult their admissions department for information.
Here is some basic information about credit transfer, specifically regarding credit tranfers to OSU and UO, but it may help with other institutions as well:
All credits transfer at different values at every institution, unfortunately. This is true for WP, CCC, and LB. There are petitions for those that only transfer as electives at both OSU and UO.
OSU accepts WOU Biology and Spanish at face value and there is a process for writing. All other WOU courses transfer as electives. However, if the student goes to the department of their major, many times they will wave the requirement.
UO accepts all WOU as electives with options to petition.
All OIT courses transfer as they would from the campus.
We (WP) can help with any petitions. The WOU program was approved through HECC (Higher Education Coordinating Commission) and WOU is continuing to work through contact and legislation for easier transferability.
**A fee of $30 for the year (this covers all WP courses for the school year) is to be paid online here: https://www.wesd.org/domain/34
Follow this link to find out more about The Willamette Promise program: https://www.wesd.org/domain/111
2019-2020 Willamette Promise courses offered at St. Paul High School:
Literature and Composition: The WP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.
Spanish 1-5 (Spanish 101-203-credit through WOU): WP Spanish 1-5 courses introduce and provide extensive practice in the Spanish language (including listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and Hispanic culture (including geography, customs, daily life, heritage, and literature), facilitated by the study of vocabulary, grammar, short readings, and guided conversation. Students take the Willamette Promise assessment each year beginning in Spanish 3 and have the opportunity to place out of and earn credit for SPAN 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, and/or 203.
Chemistry (Chemistry 104/150-credit through WOU): The WP Chemistry course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of general chemistry. Focus areas include scientific measurement and analysis, atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, balancing equations, stoichiometry, and energy dynamic.
Pre-Calculus (Math 111-credit through WOU)
Calculus (Math 251/252-credit through OIT)