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Academic Programs

2021 - 2022

International General Certificate of Secondary Education

Informational Video for Incoming Students

Program Introduction:
Willow Canyon High School is proud to offer Cambridge IGCSE courses. Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, attracting entries every year from over 150 countries. IGCSE courses are considered honors credit and students are awarded grades on a five-point scale.  

Learner Attributes:
  • Confident: in working with information and ideas, both  their own and those of others
  • Responsible: for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • Reflective: as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • Innovative: equipped for new and future challenges
  • Engaged: intellectually and socially; ready to make a difference.

Cambridge Testing:
Willow Canyon takes a data-driven approach for promoting international testers. All Cambridge instructors undergo Cambridge training in their content area to evaluate and mark students’ performance according to IGCSE syllabus standards. Teachers take into account each student’s performances on curriculum aligned assessments, work samples, and coursework when recommending students for international examinations.

Move On When Ready (MOWR) :
Students who earn a Grand Canyon High School Diploma can take advantage of many choices—such as advanced courses that offer college credit, graduating early, or career and technical education—to customize their high school experience and support their specific goals and interests. Many of these choices allow high school students to begin earning college credit, so students can begin working on a college degree or career certification while still in high school. Choices include:
  • Remain in high school and continue to prepare for admission into universities with advanced courses such as the International Baccalaureate program or Dual Enrollment
  • Remain in high school and participate in a full-time career and technical education (CTE) program
  • Graduate from high school with the Grand Canyon High School Diploma and enroll full-time in community college

(Content retrieved from the Center for the Future of Arizona website: Center for the Future of Arizona, Accessed 1/15/21)

For more information on MOWR and information for interpreting Cambridge IGCSE exam scores, please visit the link below:

Grand Canyon Diploma Qualifications

Cambridge Assessment International Education

IB courses offered only at Willow Canyon High School challenge academically talented students to reach high levels of achievement in a broad range of subjects and allow two different participation tracks: IB diploma and IB certificate. The International Baccalaureate Organizations Diploma Program is a demanding pre-university course of study that leads to examinations. IB schools have earned a reputation for rigorous assessment, giving IB diploma holders access to the worlds leading universities. Students apply for the IB program for their junior and senior years.

To visit the WCHS IB website, please click below:

IB website

Advanced Placement is a program of college-level courses and examinations governed by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students who attain acceptable scores on the exams may qualify for college credits, advanced placement, or exemption from certain courses.  These classes also carry Honors Credit.

Courses Include: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Literature, English Language, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, US Government and Politics and US History

Students can earn college credit for specific courses taken at Willow Canyon.  Students pay the community college rate through Rio Salado Community College and have the opportunity to earn an Associate’s degree prior to graduating from Willow Canyon. 

Courses include:
US History, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Statistics, Senior English, IB Junior English, IB Senior English, AP Psychology, Sports Medicine, Business Marketing, TV Media Productions, IB Spanish, American Sign Language, and IB Biology.

Rio Salado College

Medical Lab Assisting is designed for students interested in any clinical-medical profession and offers hands-on experiences in the classroom lab including expertise in phlebotomy procedures, capillary punctures, urinalysis and blood smears. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the opportunity to take two National Certification Exams for Medical Laboratory Assisting (CMLS) and Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).

Courses include: Medical Lab Assistant 1-2 and Medical Lab Assistant Honors 3-4

This program is designed to provide students with the experience and skills needed to pursue a career in video production. Emphasis is given to training in all aspects of the video production cycle preproduction, production and post-production. Included are experiences in effects, camera operation, composition, lighting and staging, on camera performance, directing, announcing and interviewing. Students gain experience with the latest in video software including sound and special effects. The video experience also includes exposure to green screens, multiple cameras and their platforms, various sound engineering equipment and professional grade dollies and jibs, thus preparing the student to move into the professional world of video production with a familiarity with industry standard experience. Students will complete the program with an all-encompassing portfolio having had multiple opportunities to compete, display their work and be assessed by clinicians, professionals in the field and in master classes.

Courses include: TV/Broadcast Production, Student Filmmaking, TV/Media Productions, Animated Motion Graphics and IB Film

Willow Canyon High School has many career pathways for students to explore. 

Pathways include: Graphic/Web Design, Film and TV, Journalism, Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship, Allied Health Services, Sports Medicine, Cosmetology, EMT, Veterinary Sciences, Fire Science, Welding Technology, Diesel and Automotive Technology and Aviation.