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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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.
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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.
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|
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
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|
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|
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|
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|