From the very first day of school, we start preparing students for college and well-paying careers they’ll love. Every high school at Wonderful College Prep Academy is also a student of Bakersfield College.
Students Choose Between Two Pathways
- The Liberal Arts Pathway. College courses include Art Appreciation, Music, Theater, Social Psychology and Literature. Students graduate with 30 college credits, enough to put them a full year ahead.
- The Ag Prep Pathway. College courses include Intro to Ag Business, Intro to Plant and Soil Science, Ag Sales and Marketing, Ag Leadership, Agriculture, Environment and Society. Students graduate with an associate degree. And they can enter a four-year university with Junior status.
Real World of Opportunities
We believe that the best way to encourage and empower our college-bound students is to expose them to the world outside their comfort zone.
That’s why we offer over 25 university visits up and down the California Coast, from San Diego to San Francisco.
In addition to the college visits, students take in other experiences. Liberal Arts students visit theater productions, concerts, debates and community organizing events. Our Ag Prep, real world experiences include ag industry conventions, job shadowing opportunities, paid internships and ag career expos.
A few of our students have had summer intern programs as far away as East Coast, France and Germany.
$24,000 College Scholarships
All students are eligible for a four-year renewable college scholarship of up to $24,000, if they earn a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or above and enroll full-time at a four-year university.
Even after graduation, we continue to provide support-free tutors, success specialists who personally check in on students, and college transition workshops.
Life Changing Results
- 88% of the class of 2018 will attend a four-year university this Fall.
- One-third of the 2018 graduating class earned an Associate of Science degree, while in high school.
- Our high school students ranked among the TOP THREE of all high schools in Kern County, based on the 2017 CAASPP in English language arts and math.
- Students in grades 6-8 grew by 50% or more, on average, in English language arts, based on the 2018 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
- In 2018, 6th graders nearly doubled in math proficiency on the CAASPP
- Elementary students in Delano and Lost Hills had a great FIRST year with the majority of kindergarten through second graders ending the year at or above grade level.
- College retention for our students at four-year universities is 70%
- Our grads are on-track to beat the college completion rate for low-income, first-generation college students by SEVEN TIMES.