Advanced Placement & Dual Credit at West Plains High School
A very important piece of the “Wolfpack Way” is we want our students to challenge themselves. West Plains High School and Canyon ISD has robust offerings for students to earn college credit while they are in high school. We maintain dual credit agreements with West Texas A&M University, Clarendon College, Frank Phillip’s College, and Amarillo College. We also participate in Amarillo College’s Diplomas & Degrees Program where a student can earn an Associate’s degree at the same time they are earning their high school diploma.
What is the Advanced Placement Program?
The Advanced Placement Program is a nation-wide program through the prestigious College Board that exposes students to rigorous college-level content & curriculum and gives our students the chance to tackle advanced coursework while they're still in high school—whether they're learning online or in the classroom. Through taking AP Exams, students can earn college credit and placement. At the end of the year in May, students will have the opportunity to take an AP exam in a subject they learned and experienced throughout the year. If a student scores a 3, 4, or 5 (1-5 scale) they may petition for credit at the college or university of their choosing. It is advised that the student communicate with the college of their choice to verify the score ethat is required at that particular institution. Students earn +10 points added to their yearly average of each AP course a student takes. For more information please reach out to your student’s school counselor or Ashley Leonard, Testing Coordinator. We ALWAYS recommend that if a student has been sitting in the AP course all year long that they plan to take the AP test in that particular content area.
West Plains High School offers the following AP classes.
Mrs. Ruiz’s Chemistry AP Summer Assignment: AP Chemistry Bootcamp
Ashley Leonard, M.Ed.
West Plains High School
What is Dual Credit?
Dual Credit is a system in which an eligible high school student enrolls in college course(s) and receives credit for the course(s) from both the college and high school. Dual credit courses may be taught on the high school campus by an approved instructor, online web-based, or on the college campus. Dual credit courses include both academic and technical courses. Students will be enrolled each semester at the college in which is offering the dual credit, but will be talking it on our campus either in-class or via an online course. The Class of 2025 and onward will earn +5 points added to their semester average for each dual credit course they take.
Our Amarillo College dual credit offerings are:
AC Blackboard Login Instructions
Sandra De La Rosa, M.Ed.
Director of Dual Credit & Secondary School Partnerships
Amarillo College Business Office
Tuition Payments/Payment Plans
Amarilo College, Washington St. Campus, Byrd Business Building 1st Floor
Amarillo College Bookstore
Buying/Renting of Textbooks
Amarilo College, Washington St. Campus, College Union Building
www.actx.edu/bookstore (Can purchase textbooks online and mailed to your home.)
Our Frank Phillip’s College offerings are:
Our partnership allows us to offer two courses for our students pursuing a Business & Industry endorsement Agriculture. We offer the following dual credit courses with Frank Phillip’s College: (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information)
Contacts for Frank Phillip’s College Dual Credit:
Agriculture Teacher & Department Chair | Frank Phillips Dual Credit Program Contact
West Plains High School
Kamron Nonhof, M.Ed.
Dual Credit Coordinator
Frank Phillips College
Our Clarendon College dual credit offerings are:
Our partnership with Clarendon College allows us to offer a dual credit Cosmetology program that allows a student to receive a Public Services endorsement when they earn their cosmetology license when they pass their state licensure exam at the end of their senior year. is through our dual credit partnership with Clarendon College. Students will begin the Clarendon College dual credit cosmetology program their junior year. The cosmetology program takes up three periods in a students’ schedule, and they will attend our state-of-the-art Career & Technical Academy located at Midway Alternative High School in Canyon, TX.
Contacts for Clarendon College Cosmetology Dual Credit:
Jason A. Norman, M.Ed.
Professional School Counselor | Cosmetology Campus Contact
West Plains High School
Cosmetology Program Coordinator
West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) offers high school students opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school through the Pre-University Program (PUP). The purpose of PUP is to provide excellent campus and online-based higher education experiences for high school students who intend to pursue a university level degree. The best part is that courses taken through PUP are offered at a reduced flat-rate cost of $150/course.
Students in the PUP program are enrolled in the same courses as WT freshman and sophomore students, taught by WT faculty with the rigor expected of all WT instruction. While PUP students can attend courses on campus, most are enrolled in online courses. West Texas A&M University is recognized as first in Texas and among the top in the country for the quality of its undergraduate online instruction.
PUP students earning at least 6 credit hours of WTAMU credit with a 2.0 or higher GPA prior to high school graduation will be granted admission to West Texas A&M University. The admission application fee will also be waived. Some additional documentation will be required prior to post-high school enrollment.
Canyon ISD currently participates in an enginering partnership which allows our students to earn an engineering option endorsement in STEM at this time. West Plains students can begin taking these courses their 11th grade/Junior year. Students attend engineering courses in-person, and earn 12 hours worth of credit in the four prerequisite/basic coursework in all engineering programs in Texas. In order to take the folowing courses a student must either be enrolled or successfully completed MATH 1414/1316 DC. Students earn dual credit in the following four courses:
(visit the WTAMU catalog to see the college course descriptions for these courses...the dual credit price for each course below is $150)
ENGR 1301 & 1301L – Fundamentals of Engineering (includes a Lab)
ENGR 1304 & 1304L – Engineering Graphics (includes a Lab)
ENGR 2301 – Engineering Statics
ENGR 2302 – Engineering Dynamics
Engineering Major – Advising & Degree Checklist for WTAMU
(required coursework for engineering majors)
Please reach out to your student’s counselor...Mrs. Wartes, Mr. Kinsey, or Mr. Norman regarding information a out the WTAMU PUP Program. Call the West Plains High School Counseling Center at 806.510.2121