The Ulysses Program is a four-year program that encourages student-initiated explorations in areas of strong interest. Research skills are emphasized through signature sections of English, history, and science. All course offerings are at the honors or AP level; interdisciplinary connections are encouraged. Through independent and collaborative research and technology-infused presentations, students experience various modes of inquiry while learning to use their minds well. Ulysses students study, create, and achieve in an intellectual and nurturing community of learners.
The Ulysses Program is admission-by-application only. Only eighth-grade students who live in the Northwest cluster may apply. Students apply in their eighth grade year for ninth grade admission to the four-year program. The following criteria are considered in the application process: grade point average (GPA), MAP-R scores, teacher recommendations, student-written essay and short answer responses, as well as teacher course recommendations. The online application window for the Ulysses Program will re-open by December 1, 2020. The application deadline for the Class of 2025 will be midnight on February 16, 2021.
Freshmen who are accepted to the Ulysses Signature Program will be registered for the following courses in the Ulysses Program: Signature Honors English 9, Signature Honors Biology, and Advanced Placement NSL Government. (The students take their remaining courses with the rest of Northwest High School.)
Ulysses upperclassmen take the following courses in the Ulysses Program; the courses not listed (i.e., math) are taken with the rest of Northwest High School:
• Signature Honors English 10
• Signature Honors Chemistry
• Signature AP Biology or Physics 1 (not required)
• Signature AP United States History
• Signature AP World History
The required Ulysses research courses include:
Advanced Research A/B
Required for Ulysses juniors, this semester course in research design prepares students for their senior projects. Students will hone their writing and organizational skills while exploring the essential components of quantitative and qualitative methodology, sophisticated technology, and professional presentations. The final project for the course is the research proposal for the senior project.
Ulysses Senior Research Project A/B
Required for Ulysses seniors, this semester course provides students with the structure and guidance necessary to complete their final Ulysses Projects. All projects are presented to the community at the Ulysses Fair in January or April.