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 transfers 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
2020-2021 Courses offered at St. Paul High School to Fulfill WP Requirements:
Language and Composition 11/12 (College Writing 121/122-credit through WOU): WR121 - Focuses on rhetorical reading, thinking and writing as means of inquiry; emphasis on rhetorical concepts, collaborative writing processes, research and documentation skills as well as attention to the constraints of audience, purpose, genre and discourse community. WR122 - Continues the focus of WR121; additionally, emphasizes the writing of logival, effective, argumentative prose including the ability to distinguish assertion from evidence and evaluate assumptions.
Spanish 1-6 (Spanish 101-203-credit through WOU): WP Spanish 1-6 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. Students who take the Willamette Promise Spanish assessment and earn at least a 74 will also earn their Oregon State Seal of Biliteracy. More information can be found here: https://sealofbiliteracy.org and here: http://maestrafreystpaul.weebly.com/spanish.html.
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.
Anatomy & Physiology (Biology 103-credit through WOU): Biology 103 introduces the student to basic anatomy and physiology of animals with an emphasis on humans. Emphasis is placed on organs, organ systems and how they function. The course will provide students with an overview of all major body systems.
Calculus (Math 251/252-credit through OIT): Math 251 Differential Calculus- Theory, computational techniques and applications of the derivative. Math 252 Integral Calculus- Computational techniques for and applications of the definite and indefinite integrals.
2020-2021 College Credit Now (through Chemeketa CC) and Dual Credit (through Blue Mountain CC) courses offered at St. Paul High School:
Plant Science (Horticulture 111 - 3 Credits through Chemeketa CC): Provides a broad view of the horticulture industry in Oregon. Introduces environmental factors important to plant growth. Covers basic principles of soils, media and plant nutrition. Discusses major components of the horticulture industry including nursery and greenhouse, tree fruits, small fruits, vegetables and landscape. Presents scope of career opportunities in horticulture.
Ornamental Horticulture (Horticulture 211 - 4 Credits through Chemeketa CC): Presents principles and practices of plant propagation with emphasis on methods used for ornamental nursery stock. Discusses anatomy, physiology and genetics related to plant reproduction. Covers seed propagation, cuttings, grafting, budding, layering, division, specialized roots and stems, and micropropagation. Identifies equipment, tools, and structures required for propagation.
Agriculture Leadership 1&2 (Agriculture 111 - 3 Credits through Blue Mountain CC): Application of using computers in the Ag Industry. Use and evaluation of spreadsheets, databases, and word processing software. Please see Ms. Duyck for additional information.
Animal Science (Animal Science 121 - 3 Credits through Blue Mountain CC): Designed to familiarize students with the various phases of animal science and the modern livestock industry. Major subject areas discussed are: the livestock industry, livestock breeds, animal products, grading, and nutrition fundamentals. Please see Ms. Duyck for additional information.
Accounting: Basic Accounting introduces students to the guiding principles of accounting and how they are used in business today. Initially students will learn about careers in the field of accounting. Students will then learn accounting terminology, understand currently accepted accounting concepts, principles, and practices, and apply these procedures in various practice situations. Some documents and accounting statements that will be taught are: journals, work sheets, ledgers, financial statements, payroll records, schedules of accounts receivable and accounts payable, bank reconciliation statements, and inventory systems. College credit from Chemeketa Community College is possible by passing a proficiency exam.
Computer Apps: Computer Applications will reinforce the basic skill of typing by touch. Also, students will review basic Word Processing skills as well as professional business correspondence. Using Microsoft Access, students will learn to create and use powerful databases. Using Microsoft Excel, students will learn to create and use spreadsheets that include various formulas and graphs. Additionally, students will learn to create professional presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. Course credit is achieved by earning an “A” for the course and submitting an acceptable work sample that is approved by Chemeketa Community College.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered at St. Paul High School through College Board, a not-for-profit organization that connects students with college success and opportunity. Students at St. Paul High School can take AP courses and, with a qualifying score, receive college credit and/or placement. Students register for the AP courses at school, complete the coursework and take the test near the end of the school year. Students can request their AP Score Report from College Board be sent to the college(s) of their choosing. Each institution has a policy regarding placement and/or credit transfer for AP courses. Please consult their admissions department for more information.
**The fee for each test is $60 (for Oregon students) and should be paid directly to St. Paul High School. Fees are waived for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch program. Follow this link for online payment: https://or-stpaul.intouchreceipting.com/. Cancellation fees are $40 per exam.
Follow this link to find out more about the Advanced Placement program: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home
2020-2021 Advanced Placement Courses offered at St. Paul High School
Language and Composition 11/12: The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.
Human Geography: The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding.
Calculus: Topics include a brief review of polynomials, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, followed by discussion of limits, derivatives, and applications of differential calculus to real-world problem areas, an overview of integration, basic techniques for integration, a variety of applications of integration, and an introduction to (systems of) differential equations.