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At World Class Academy, our philosophy is academics first. Our primary goals are to prepare students to excel in the classroom and to provide a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. Students attend class five full days each week and earn high school credit in five core subjects: math, science, social studies, language arts, and foreign language. Our faculty is comprised of professional teachers who have a passion for working with young people. With a 3:1 student-to-teacher ratio, students receive personal attention and an individualized educational experience few schools can offer. Our college preparatory curriculum fulfills rigorous academic standards and prepares students to compete successfully for college admission at top institutions.

School Profile


Our accreditation is administered by World Class Academy through Advanc-ED. You can check the accreditation status of WCA here.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a diploma from World Class Academy, students must complete a minimum of 24 credits with 18.5 credits in the following courses.

Language Arts  4 credits
Social Studies  3 credits*
Mathematics  3 credits*
Science  3 credits*
Language  2 credits*
An additional 2 credits is required from either the Math, Science, or Social Studies department based on your choosing  2 credit
P.E. & Health Enhancement  2 credit
Fine Arts  1 credit
Elective Credits  6 credits
Total Credits  26 credits

* 4 credits recommended for highly selective colleges and universities

School Statistics

  • Mountain

  • Eastern

  • Pacific

  • Central

  • International


Average Attendance

1 year (ranging from 1-6 semesters)

Students on Scholarship

3-5 students/semester


4 full-time faculty and 1 intern.
Faculty member roles include: Academic Director, Logistics Director and Head Coach.

Student-Teacher Ratio

4 to 1 or less


Each semester maintains a minimum of 14 academic weeks, not including: field trips, study sessions or finals. During each academic week, classes are scheduled to meet for three, hour and a half periods. Homework is assigned accordingly and free periods serve as study halls, provided students are performing successfully.


Students are required to register for a minimum of four academic courses each semester.

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Evan Smith Faculty Profile

Evan Smith

Vice Principal

B.A. in Hydrological Sciences – UC Santa Barbara, M.S in Water Resources Engineering – Humboldt State University

Capo Rettig Faculty Profile

Aaron Capo Rettig

Executive Director

B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Latin American Studies – University of Oregon

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Lauren Cooney

Academic Director

MA International Development, Education and Health Promotion, University College London
B.A. Anthropology & English (UTeach), University of Texas at Austin


Crista Wiles

Dean of Students

Registered Clinical Counselor (BCACC)
Masters of Education in Counseling – City University of Seattle
Bachelor of Education – Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University
Bachelors in Literature & Biology – St. Francis Xavier University


Class Schedule and Enrollment

Students may join the Virtual School for one semester or a full year. All students must be enrolled in a minimum of four core classes during the semester. Classes may be added or dropped during the first two academic weeks of the semester without appearing on a student’s transcript. It is important that students work closely with the WCA administration and their home school in order to be placed in the most appropriate classes. Classes will be held five days a week.

Courses Offered at World Class Academy


Environmental Science

Language Arts

World Literature (10)
Lit. of the Americas (11)
Comparative Lit. (12)

Foreign Language

Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III
Spanish IV


Algebra I
Algebra II
Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry


Athletic Training & Performance Health
Life Skills
Media Productions
Junior Seminar - SAT Prep
Senior Seminar - College & Career Readiness


World History
History of the Americas
Government / Economics
AP Human Geography

*denotes AP course offering available

Graduation requirements fulfilled by the coursework are consistent with those set by the state of Washington.
Additional courses to meet specific student requirements are available through our distance learning platform. 
We do not guarantee that every course will be offered every semester.

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