Courses

Following is a listing of courses offered and required at SLHS.

Please know that many colleges and universities require three years of world language while SLHS requires two years for graduation. Washington State now requires four years of math or Algebra-based science for graduation.

To register for an AP Course, please get the AP Course Approval Form signed.

R = Required   E = Elective

English: 4 years required.

English 9 English 9 / Honors grade 9 2 semesters R
English 10 World Literature & Composition / Honors grade 10 2 semesters R
English 11

American Literature & Composition / Honors

American Literature is designed to provide juniors with an evolving awareness, understanding and respect for  literary contributions attributed to United States authors, poets, and playwrights, as well as extend and enhance their skills in expository writing, grammar mechanics, reading comprehension and critical thinking.

grade 11 2 semesters R
English 12

British Literature & Composition / Honors

This course is designed to provide seniors with an awareness, understanding and respect for the literary contributions attributed to British authors, poets, and playwrights, in addition to preparation for college-level writing.

grade 12 2 semesters R
AP English 12  AP English: Literature and Composition  Approval form here  grade 12 2 semesters E

 

Social Studies: 4 years required.

Social Studies Pacific Northwest Studies – if a student has not taken this in middle school they must take it online through Red Comet. grades 7 – 12 1 semester R
Social Studies Ancient World History / Honors grade 9 2 semesters R
Social Studies

Modern World History / Honors

Modern World History is a survey course focused on development of western civilization and thought from the Renaissance through WWII.

grade 10 2 semesters R
Social Studies American History grade 11  2 semesters R
Social Studies

AP United States History       Approval form here

This is an Advanced Placement course equivalent to a college 101 course in American History. Students will take an exam in May that may earn them college credit for the course. PREREQUISITE: Completion of summer work and permission of instructor.

 grade 11  2 semesters R
Social Studies

Contemporary World Cultures & Problems

Contemporary World Cultures and Problems is designed to prepare seniors for citizenship in the 21st century. Geography, history, economics, sociology and other tools of inquiry are used to explore current issues, their possible solutions and our personal roles in them both.

grade 12 2 semesters R
Social Studies

AP Psychology                   Approval form here

This is an Advanced Placement course equivalent to a college 101 course in Psychology. Students will take an exam in May that may earn them college credit for the course. We study the social, biological and psychological factors that help us develop into the individuals that we are.

PREREQUISITE: Completion of summer work and permission of instructor.

grade 11 or 12 2 semesters E

 

Math: 3 – 4 years required. Washington state requires four years of math or Algebra-based science for graduation.

Math

Intro to Algebra

Intro to Algebra eases the transition from arithmetic to algebra. Algebraic expressions and linear equations are applied throughout a thorough review of operations on integers, fractions, decimals, percentages, and radicals.  PREREQUISITE: Grade 7 or 8 Math

grade 9 2 semesters E
Math

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 focuses on relations, functions, graphing, systems of equations, radicals, factoring polynomials, rational equations, probability and statistics, and quadratic functions. It emphasizes practical methods of solving first- and second-degree equations and inequalities. Each chapter includes word problems and real-life applications using technology.  PREREQUISITE: Grade 8 Math or Pre-Algebra

grade 9-10 2 semesters R
Math

Geometry

Geometry introduces the study of points, segments, triangles, polygons, circles, solid figures and their associated relationships as a mathematical system. Emphasis is placed on the description and use of inductive, deductive and intuitive reasoning skills.  PREREQUISITE: Algebra 1 or qualifying placement exam score

grades 9-10 2 semesters R
Math

Algebra 2

Algebra II Honors Contract

Algebra 2 is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics and related word problems. It also introduces matrices and their properties.  PREREQUISITE: Geometry or qualifying placement exam score

grades 10-11 2 semesters R
Math

Advanced Algebra

The primary goal of Advanced Algebra is to develop advance algebraic tools and mathematical reasoning that will help you participate fully in life beyond school. Lessons will be discovered mostly through investigations. Appropriate technology will be incorporated. Model real world situations using math. Focus on statistics and probability. No Trigonometry.  PREREQUISITE: Algebra 2

grades 10-11 2 semesters E
Math

Pre-Calculus

Required summer work

Pre-Calculus will help students gain exposure to concepts in basic and advanced algebra and trigonometry. Explore topics such as logarithms, solving or graphing linear equations and factoring a polynomial at a more advanced level. Focus on algebra-based science. You gain a good foundation for study in future calculus classes.  PREREQUISITE: Algebra 2 or Advanced Algebra

grades 11-12 2 semesters E
Math AP Calculus AB                  Approval form here grades 11-12 2 semesters E

 

Science: 2.5 – 3.5 years required. Washington state requires four years of math or Algebra-based science for graduation.

Science Physical Science 9 grade 9 1 semester R
Science Biology / Biology Honors grade 10 2 semesters R
Science Chemistry grade 11 or 12 2 semesters E
Science Physics grade 11 or 12 2 semesters E
Science Anatomy & Physiology grade 11 or 12 2 semesters E


Physical Education & Health:
Four semesters required. Participation in SLHS athletics may be used to meet the requirement after grade 9.

PE

Health & Physical Education 9

Health & Fitness is designed to help freshmen make informed decisions about their well-being and develop the intrinsic desire to exercise and eat well.

Grade 9 2 semesters R
PE Personal Fitness Grades 10-12 1 semester R/E
PE Athletic Team Participation Grades 10-12 1 semester E


World Languages: 
Two years, 4 semesters, required for graduation. Some colleges and universities require three years of one language.

World Language Spanish 1 – 4 grades 9 – 12 2 semesters
World Language French 1-4, online grades 9 – 12 2 semesters
World Language Chinese 1-2, online grades 9 – 12 2 semesters
World Language American Sign Language 1-2, online grades 9 – 12 2 semesters
World Language Latin 1-2, online grades 9 – 12 2 semesters
World Language ESL grades 9 – 12 2 semesters

 

Fine Arts: (2 semesters required)

Fine Arts Band (meets before school) all grades 2 semesters E
Fine Arts Art Foundation grades 9-10 1 semester E
Fine Arts Painting grades 10-11 1 semester E
Fine Arts Design grades 10-12 1 semester E
Fine Arts Art Portfolio grades 10-12 2 semesters E
Fine Arts Dance (may satisfy a PE credit) grades 9-12 1 semesters E
Fine Arts

Drama

Drama is and elective designed to introduce students to the basics of acting and technical theatre. The syllabus is flexible, depending on the experience level of the students in the course.

grades 9-12 1 semesters E
Fine Arts AP Studio Art Approval form here grade 11 or 12 2 semesters E

 

Occupational Education: (2 semesters required)

OE Life Skills grade 12 1 semester R
OE Yearbook all grades 2 semesters E
OE Teacher’s Aide all grades 1/4 credit per semester E
OE Woodshop grades 10-12 1 semester E
OE Auto Restoration all grades year-long E
OE Student News Publication all grades year-long E

 

Community Service: Required each year of attendance at SLHS

 Service 9th Community Service grade 9 15 hours=1/4 credit R
 Service 10th Community Service grade 10 25 hours=1/4 credit R
 Service 11th Community Service grade 11 35 hours=1/4 credit R
Senior Project Senior Project grade 12 60 hours=1/2 credit R


Religious Studies:
Required each year of attendance at SLHS

Religious Studies

Old Testament

This course is an overview of the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi. The course is designed to give students an understanding of history and overarching principles and themes contained within the Old Testament that are important to the Christian faith.

grade 9 1 semester R
Religious Studies

New Testament

This course is an overview of the New Testament. Students will learn about the life of Jesus, miscellaneous themes contained in the epistles and history of the early Christian Church.

grade 10 1 semester R
Religious Studies

World Religions

World Religions is designed to give juniors the tools to develop a strong worldview and provide a deeper understanding of what people believe and why. The world’s main religions are examined from several perspectives to help facilitate a personal understanding of faith.

grade 11 1 semester R
Religious Studies

Capstone Theology

This course is designed for students to discuss, examine and refine their worldview while, at the same time, to gain a deeper understanding of Christian faith. C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity is the basis of class discussion and examination.

grade 12 1 semester R