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Lincoln High School Course Catalog

Introduction

On this page you will find descriptions of the courses projected to be offered at Lincoln. This is not a static page; it will grow and change over the years as our students areas of interest and needs evolve. We will add and or delete courses as we grow to meet the needs of the incoming students.

Courses offered are aimed at challenging students academically; we encourage all students to pick an area to push themselves by opting into advanced courses that will help prepare them for the rigors of career and college. In some areas, you will see the addition of college-level, college in the high school, courses as one of the options to meet the new requirements to graduate. Our counselors will meet with students annually to track progress towards graduation.

As you review the course offerings, read the course descriptions carefully, making note of the important information such as course prerequisites and homework requirements. Be mindful of the out-of-class homework requirements when considering the number of advanced classes you choose. Also keep in mind high school graduation requirements and your post-secondary aspirations.

2022-2023 Course Catalog

The following 2022-2023 Course Catalog links contains prospective course information for next Fall by department. If you would like a printable PDF version of the full Course Catalog please email lincolncounseling@seattleschools.org. The information here and in the printable PDF version are being updated periodically as new course information becomes available based on student interest and staffing and is therefore subject to change.

Use the + symbols to display the 2022-2023 Course Catalog course descriptions.  

Scheduling

New Lincoln High School students register for the following year’s classes in April. Both semesters’ courses are selected at this time. Students should choose courses carefully to meet graduation requirements and their High School and Beyond Plan. Schedule changes are limited and withdrawing from a course can result in a W or an E on the transcript.

Required Credits

24 credits are required for graduation earned from the below list of approved courses. The credit requirements listed with each content area are minimums both in terms of total credits required for graduation and for credits in the various subject areas.

For more information about graduation requirements, please refer to the SPS Graduation Requirements webpage.

Language Arts Graduation Requirement – 4.0 credits (8 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • Intro to Lit & Comp 9
  • World Lit 10
  • AP/IB/CIHS/Ethnic Studies LA 11 or 12 or approved content alternatives.
  • English Language Arts Modified A/B (IEP only)

English Language Arts Modified A/B (IEP only)

  • SPS Course Number: HLA9227
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Consultation with Case Manager
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

English Language Arts Modified focuses on specially designed instruction aligned to students’ IEP goals and objectives with modified grading, content, and materials from the general education curriculum. The purposes of the course are to improve literal and inferential comprehension skills, vocabulary, reading rate, reading related study skills, and interest in reading. Curriculum is based on students’ IEP goals and objectives as well as modified general education curriculum and content.  By IEP case manager assignment only.

Intro to Literature & Composition A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HLA3093/HLA3095
  • 1 Credit/1 Year – Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 1-2 hours per week/as needed

This course concentrates on critical reading of texts from different genres, reflecting themes of identity and self-discovery, and on clear and purposeful writing aligned to the Design Thinking process. Course topics and texts are aligned to the “Origins, Identity, and Agency” domain of the SPS Ethnic Studies Framework.

World Literature & Composition A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HLA3097/HLA3099
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 1-2 hours per week/as needed

This class concentrates on how the human experience is expressed in literature from around the world. Students learn to read analytically and write clearly and purposefully. Course topics and texts are aligned to the “Power and Oppression” domain of the SPS Ethnic Studies Framework.

American Literature & Composition A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HLA2494/HLA2495
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 11
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 1-2 hours per week / as needed

American Literature & Composition continues to emphasize writing, discussion, and literary analysis. The literary emphasis is on the work of American authors, with texts selected based on input from students. Course outcomes include developing critical reading skills, communication skills, and various modes of writing. Course topics and texts are aligned to the “Resistance and Liberation” domain of the SPS Ethnic Studies Framework.

AP English Language & Composition 1/2

  • SPS Course Number: HLA2492/HLA2493
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 11
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 1-2 hours per week / as needed

This course is designed to bring students to independence in their learning through student centered discussion and study. Course work focuses on diction, presentation, and construction of ideas, and writing about concepts, all elements of AP preparatory work emphasizing Language and Composition. The strategies for “timed writings” are established during this course. This course is strongly recommended to any student considering taking AP English Literature and Composition. The AP designation will be added to the student’s final transcript. Students are expected to take the AP exam, but that exam is not part of the course grade.

ENGL 101 English Composition (CIHS-English 101)

  • SPS Course Number: HLA3998/HLA3999
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Earn North Seattle Community College credits (5) for $180 (classes held at Lincoln)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 2-3 hours per week

In this college-level composition course, students explore the various ways written discourse can be useful in the adult world. Much like 11th grade AP Language, key learning outcomes include writing and analyzing rhetorical arguments, adjusting writing style to address a specific task, purpose, and audience, and developing an individualized process for producing writing. When possible, course topics and texts are aligned with the “Reflection and Action” domain of the SPS Ethnic Studies Framework.

Students taking ENGL 101 at Lincoln (instead of at NSC through Running Start) should expect a slower pace, with more incremental assignments building up to each larger writing project, as well as higher expectations for attendance and participation. Eligible students have the option to register to earn North Seattle College credits through the College in the High School program.

AP English Literature & Composition 1/2

  • SPS Course Number: HLA2494/HLA2495
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 12
  • Prerequisite: Recommended B or better in 11th grade Language Arts class
  • Suggested Fees:  Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 5-7 hours per week

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition is a college-level course offered in high school. The course prepares students for the AP Lit exam through timed writes, practice tests, and in-class workshops and lectures. A deeper goal for students is to foster and develop a lifelong love of reading, discussing, and writing about literature. Course texts include works from major historical literary periods and works by living authors, including novels, short prose pieces, poems, and plays. Succeeding in AP Literature requires hard work, strong time management skills, active participation, and open-mindedness to new and abstract ways of reading

Journalism

  • SPS Course Number: HLA0465
  • .5 Credit / Semester – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 2-3 hours per week with some out of class time expected to cover school events

This course is a survey of all aspects of the communications umbrella. It develops awareness and understanding of news elements and give students experience in gathering, reporting, and editing the new with emphasis on the print media. The course covers headline writing, make-up, feature writing, sports writing, editorial writing, advertising, copy reading and proofreading. Emphasis is on mastering the news story structure, but study also includes the rights and responsibilities, history, organization, operation, and control of the print media. A survey of the related fields of public relations, propaganda, photo- journalism, electronic media, and film may also be undertaken, careers in these fields are explored. Recommendation by ELA teacher. Considered a general elective, does NOT count toward ELA graduation requirement.

Social Studies Graduation Requirement – 3.0 credits (6 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • World History 1
  • World History Ethnic Studies 2 and 3 or alternatives or AP Human Geography
  • AP U.S. History or US History Ethnic Studies 11A/B 
  • American Government
  • Washington State History (requirement usually met in middle school)

Note: Students must also complete an OSPI developed classroom-based assessment in civics in the eleventh or twelfth grade. The World History 2 or 3 or AP Human Geography courses will satisfy the state requirements for .5 credit in Current World Problems (CWP). The American Government course will satisfy the state requirement for a .5 credit in Civics.  Since Time Immemorial Tribal Curriculum is part of the social studies course curriculum. RCW 28A.230.093 WAC 392-410-120 WAC 180-51-067 RCW 28A.320.170

World History 1 Ethnic Studies

  • SPS Course Number: HSS5852
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9 (Required), 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

Students will focus on civilizations and empires from the Post-Classical Era (600 to 1440 CE) and make connections to the modern world.  This class is structured around developing historical thinking skills as a basis for becoming a well-informed global citizen with highly developed critical thinking skills. The class will base its topics and learning objectives on the SPS Ethnic Studies Framework.

World History 2 Ethnic Studies

  • SPS Course Number: HSS5853
  • .5 Credit /1 Semester – Grade 9, (required 10 or AP Human Geo), 11, 12*
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Weekly Averages, 60-120 minutes

Students will engage in the study of the global expansion and interactions between approximately 1440 CE to 1900. The focus of the content will be on developing a global worldview that emphasizes the interconnectedness of humans and understanding how the modern world has developed. The class is structured around continuing to develop strong historical and scientific research skills as a basis for becoming a well-informed global citizen with highly developed critical thinking skills. The class will base its topics and learning objectives on the SPS Ethnic Studies Framework.

World History 3 Ethnic Studies

  • SPS Course Number: HSS5854
  • 0.5 Credit/1 Semester – Grade 9, (required 10 or AP Human Geo or LGBTQ+WH3), 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Weekly Averages, 60-120 minutes

Students will investigate the modern world, between approximately 1900-present, and how global trends have developed. The focus of the content will be on more fully developing a worldview that emphasizes global citizenship and ethical decision-making. The class is structured around extending and deepening strong historical and scientific research skills as a basis for becoming a well-informed global citizen with highly developed critical thinking skills. The class will base its topics and learning objectives on the SPS Ethnic Studies Framework.

LGBTQ+ World History 3

  • SPS Course Number: HSS4122
  • 0.5 Credit/1 Semester – Grade 9, (10 – can replace required general WH3), 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Weekly Averages, 60-120 minutes

Students will investigate the modern world, between approximately 1900-present, and how global trends have developed. The focus of the content will be on more fully developing a worldview that emphasizes global citizenship and ethical decision-making. The class is structured around extending and deepening strong historical and scientific research skills as a basis for becoming a well-informed global citizen with highly developed critical thinking skills. The class will base its topics and learning objectives on the SPS Ethnic Studies Framework.

AP Human Geography

  • SPS Course Number: HSS7126/HSS7127
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10 (meets WH2/WH3 requirement for 10th grade)
  • Prerequisite: Recommended “B” avg in Humanities classes
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Suggested Fees: Payment for AP exam, workbooks ($30), test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Homework: Daily, 60 Minutes

AP Human Geography Integrated is a yearlong college level introductory course that integrates the study of human, cultural, economic and political geography. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface.  The goal for the course is for students to become more geoliterate, more engaged in contemporary global issues, and more informed about multicultural viewpoints.

US History A/B “Ethnic Studies”

  • SPS Course Number: HSS5856/HSS5857
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 11
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Weekly Averages, 60-120 minutes

This course covers major topics in the history of the United States predominantly from 1900 to the present day. It focuses on the development of the United States both domestically and internationally. Students will explore the political, economic, cultural, and social heritage of the U.S. Students will gain an appreciation for the diversity of the American experience and how it has shaped the nation’s democratic way of life. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to compare previous trends and issues in the nation’s history with current issues facing the U.S. today. The class will base its topics and learning objectives on the SPS Ethnic Studies Framework.              

AP US History A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HSS1211/HSS1213
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 11
  • Prerequisite: Recommended “B” average in Humanities classes
  • Suggested Fees:  Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Homework: Daily, 60 Minutes

The scope of this class is extensive and covers discovery and exploration through current American policies and events. The depth of information will be the focus, as opposed to breadth of information, as in years’ past. Instruction strategies will include skill development in notetaking, test preparation, essay writing, research skills, and analysis of different interpretations of historical, political and social events and themes. Independent reading, study and following current events is expected. Students are expected to take the AP exam, but that exam is not part of the course grade.

American Government & Econ

  • SPS Course Number: HSS1742
  • 0.5 Credit/1 Semester Grade 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Course Fees: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

This course introduces students to issues in American government and politics, including the historical and philosophical basis for democracy. Topics include civil rights and civil liberties, political parties, the role of media in national life and the debate over federal versus state power. Students will be asked to demonstrate their historical thinking skills through reading/writing, research, discussion, debate, mock trial, and simulation in this class. Students are expected to complete a classroom-based assessment in civics equal to the ones laid out by OSPI.

AP U.S. Government & Politics 1&2

  • SPS Course Number: HSS7155/HSS7156
  • 1 Credit /.5 per semester – Grade 12
  • Prerequisite: Recommended “B” average in Humanities classes
  • Suggested Fees:  Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 60 Minutes

5 credit per semester Prerequisite: AP Government is intended to match the intensity of an introductory college Government class. All of the readings are at the college level and the class moves very quickly. Average homework: AP Government will require about 50 pages of reading per week and 20-30 minutes of homework per night on average. AP students are expected to take the AP test in the spring.

United States Government and Politics gives students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes the study of general concepts used to interpret U S. government and politics along with the analysis of specific examples. Students successfully completing this course will: know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics; understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences; be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics; be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately. This course requires considerable reading and homework outside of class to be successful.

AP Psychology

  • SPS Course Number: HSS2513/HSS2514
  • 1 Credit /.5 per semester – Grades 10, 11 12
  • Prerequisite: Recommended “B” average in Humanities classes
  • Materials Required: None
  • Suggested Fees:  Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Homework: Daily, 60 Minutes

The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation, and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatments of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, evaluate claims, and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. Students are expected to take the AP Psychology Exam. Contingent on staffing requirements and student interest. Considered a general elective, does NOT count toward SS graduation requirement. Does NOT count toward Social Studies graduation requirement.

Mathematics Graduation Requirement – 3.0 credits (6 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II*, more advanced course in the sequence or CTE math course.

Note: *Students may elect to take an approved third mathematics credit tailored to their career path, to meet the Algebra II graduation requirement. For more information. RCW 284.230.097

Algebra 1 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HMA2684/HMA2686
  • 1 credit / 1 year – Grade 9,10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Materials Required: Scientific Calculator, graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Daily, 30 minutes

Algebra 1 focuses on five areas:

  1. Writing, interpreting, and translating between forms of linear equations and inequalities, and exponential functions, and using them to solve problems.
  2. Compare linear and exponential functions, use function notation, and interpret arithmetic and geometric sequences.
  3. Use regression techniques to describe linear relationships quantitatively and make judgments about the appropriateness of linear models.
  4. Work with rational exponents, create quadratic and exponential expressions, and solve equations, inequalities and systems of equations involving quadratic expressions.
  5. Compare quadratic, linear, and exponential functions in modeling and identify the zeros of a quadratic.

Other functions covered are absolute value, step, and those that are piecewise defined.

Algebra 1 A/B Modified

  • SPS Course Number: HMA2704/HMA2705
  • 1 credit / 1 year – Grade 9,10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Consultation with IEP case manager
  • Materials Required: Scientific Calculator, graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Daily, 30 minutes

Algebra 1 M focuses on specially designed instruction aligned to student IEP goals and objective with modified grading, content, and materials from the general education curriculum. See Algebra 1 course description for more information. By IEP case manager assignment only.

Geometry A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HMA2692/HMA2694
  • 1 Credit/1 year – Grade 9, 10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1
  • Materials Required: Scientific Calculator, Compass, Protractor, Ruler, pencils, graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

In Geometry, students explore complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards formal mathematical arguments. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout the course allow students to experience math as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problems.

Geometry A/B Modified

  • SPS Course Number: HMA3733/HMA3738
  • 1 credit / 1 year – Grade 9,10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 M & consultation with IEP case manager
  • Materials Required: Scientific Calculator, Compass, Protractor, Ruler, pencils, graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

Geometry M focuses on specially designed instruction aligned to students’ IEP goals and objectives with modified grading, content, and materials from the general education curriculum. See Geometry course description for more information. By IEP case manager assignment only.

Algebra 2 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HMA2688/HMA2690
  • 1.0 credit /Yearlong – Grade 9,10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Geometry
  • Materials Required: Graphing Calculator TI-84+ (or equivalent), graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

Algebra 2A is a semester-long course that extends student understanding of functions and data analysis. Students will encounter a variety of algebraic mathematical issues, including arithmetic and geometric sequences; standard deviation and measures of center; expressions with rational and negative exponents; manipulation and transformations of linear, quadratic, exponential, rational, and more general algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities; and systems of equations and inequalities.

2B is a semester-long course that continues to extend student understanding of the number system to complex numbers (including as solutions to quadratic equations). Students will encounter a variety of algebraic mathematical issues, including the use of matrices to organize information and solve systems; expressions with rational and negative exponents; modeling with sequences and series, polynomial, inverse variation, and rational functions; and probability and statistical applications.

Algebra 2 A/B Modified

  • SPS Course Number: HMA2706/HMA2707
  • 1.0 credit /Yearlong – Grade 9,10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1/ Algebra 1 M and Geometry/Geometry M and consultation with IEP case manager
  • Materials Required: Graphing Calculator TI-84+ (or equivalent), graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

Algebra 2A and 2B focuses on specially designed instruction aligned to students’ IEP goals and objectives with modified grading, content, and materials from the general education curriculum. See Algebra 2 course description for more information. By IEP case manager assignment only.

Algebra 2 A&B Honors

  • SPS Course Number: HMA2689/HMA2690
  • 1.0 credit /Yearlong – Grade 9,10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry
  • Materials Required: Graphing Calculator TI-84+ (or equivalent), graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Daily, 45-60 minutes

The distinction between Algebra 2B and Algebra 2B Honors is the pace at which the course moves, and additional subject matter that will be covered. This course is recommended for students pursuing advanced mathematics. Any student with successful completion of Geometry can register for Algebra 2 Honors.

Math 107: Math in Society

  • SPS Course Number: HMA3869/HMA3870
  • 1 credit / 1 year – Grade 11,12
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 2 or teacher recommendation
  • Edmonds College credits (5) available for $TBD
  • Materials Required:  Graphing Calculator TI-84+ (or equivalent), graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Weekly 30-45 minutes

One-year Math in Society college course. This course introduces math topics used in a variety of liberal arts disciplines, such as mathematical modeling, representational statistics, probability, and finance math.  This class is equivalent to one quarter of Math& 107 at a community college.  Eligible students can earn college credit through Edmonds Community College.  Students will need to take the math placement test or qualify with an alternative placement based off their previous math course.  To earn college credit, students must place into and pass the class.

Pre-Calculus A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HMA2696/HMA2698
  • 1 credit / 1 year – Grade 9,10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 2
  • Materials Required: Graphing Calculator TI-84+ (or equivalent), graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Daily, 30-60 minutes

This course is a rigorous study of linear, quadratic, exponential, polynomial, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, focusing on structure, dynamics, and graphing. Other topics studied are polar Coordinates and graphing, conics, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics. Students apply traditional mathematical topics in applied settings. In so doing, they exercise mathematical reasoning and see the connections between topics and other disciplines. While solving real-world problems using appropriate technology, students become empowered to communicate mathematics through group activities, experiments, and independent projects.

Pre-Calculus Honors

  • SPS Course Number: HMA2697/HMA2699
  • 1 credit / 1 year – Grade 9,10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Honors
  • Materials Required: Graphing Calculator TI-84+ (or equivalent), graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Daily, 60 minutes

This course is a rigorous study of linear, quadratic, exponential, polynomial, logarithmic, rational, and trigonometric functions, focusing on structure, dynamics, and graphing. Other topics studied are polar Coordinates and graphing, conics, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics. Students apply traditional mathematical topics in applied settings. In so doing, they exercise mathematical reasoning and see the connections between topics and other disciplines. While solving real-world problems through the use of appropriate technology, students become empowered to communicate mathematics through group activities, experiments and independent projects. Any student with successful completion of Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Honors can register for Pre-Calculus Honors.

AP Calculus AB A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HMA1929/HMA1932
  • 1 credit / 1 year – Grade 10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Grade of B- or higher in both semesters of Precalculus Honors preferred
  • Suggested Fees: Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: Graphing Calculator TI-84+ (or equivalent), graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Daily, 60+ minutes

AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to the first half of one semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. In this course, students build on prior knowledge to understand the concept of a limit. Students learn techniques for determining limits, and how to evaluate limits for functions that are not continuous. Students consider what an instantaneous rate of change at a point means, and from this develop the definition of a derivative. Students find derivatives of the many function types they have studied in previous courses. They develop a toolbox of methods for determining the derivative of different function types. Students apply derivatives to understand the relationships between position, velocity, and acceleration, and to related rates. Students analyze key features of functions through analyzing their derivatives. This course prepares students for the successful completion of the AP Calculus AB exam. Out of class exam preparation is expected.

AP Calculus BC A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HMA1938/HMA1939
  • 1 credit / 1 year – Grade 10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Grade of A- or better in Pre-Calculus Honors or a B- or better in AP Calculus AB
  • Suggested Fees: Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: Graphing Calculator TI-84+ (or equivalent), graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Daily, 60+ minutes

AP Calculus BC A is designed to be equivalent to the first semester of a two-semester college calculus course. AP Calculus BC A has an Advanced Placement designation and qualifies for an extra 1.0 GPA quality point. In this course, students build on prior knowledge to understand the concept of a limit. Students learn techniques for determining limits, and how to evaluate limits for functions that are not continuous. Students consider what an instantaneous rate of change at a point means, and from this develop the definition of a derivative. Students find derivatives of the many function types they have studied in previous courses. They develop a toolbox of methods for determining the derivative of different function types. Students apply derivatives to understand the relationships between position, velocity, and acceleration, and to related rates. Students analyze key features of functions through analyzing their derivatives. Students develop the understanding of an integral through approximation of area and accumulation of change. Students apply the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus to integrate functions. Students learn advanced techniques such as integration by parts, using partial fractions, and improper integrals. Out of class exam preparation is expected. Students are expected to take the AP exam, but that exam is not part of the course grade.  By teacher recommendation only.

AP Statistics A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HMA2530/HMA2531
  • 1 credit / 1 year – Grade 9,10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Grade of B- or higher in both semesters of Algebra 2 preferred
  • Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Suggested Fees: Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: Graphing Calculator TI-84+ (or equivalent), graph paper or quad ruled notebook, subject specific notebook.
  • Homework: Daily, 60+ minutes

AP Statistics is a year-long AP Statistics course. Students who complete both semesters of AP statistics will have had the equivalent of a one-semester college statistics class. AP Statistics A has an Advanced Placement designation and qualifies for an extra 1.0 GPA quality point. Throughout the course, three big ideas are considered – variation and distribution, patterns and uncertainty, and data-based predictions, decisions, and conclusions. Students learn how to display, summarize, and interpret data on single- and two variable quantitative and categorical variables. They learn how to fit models to data (a normal model to quantitative data, a linear model to bivariate data), evaluate the appropriateness of those models, and use the models to make predictions. They learn about the types of statistical studies including observational studies, experiments, and surveys. They learn how randomness and randomization are key parts of gathering unbiased data in any statistical study. Students study randomness through the lens of probability, focusing on conditional probability, binomial probabilities, normal probabilities, and random variables. Students apply their understanding of randomness and probability to develop the concept of a sampling distribution and its uses. Students are expected to take the AP exam, but that exam is not part of the course grade.

Science Graduation Requirement – 3.0 credits (6 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • Physics A/Chemistry A
  • Biology
  • Physics B/Chemistry B or Select from approved core course offerings

Note: Students should complete Phys A/Chem A and Biology A & B. Phys B/Chem B or earn credits in OSPI approved equivalent career and technical education (CTE) courses may be used for the 3rd credit. The third credit may be chosen based on the students’ interest and may include a CTE science-equivalent course RCW.24A.305.130 RCW 28A.700.070 WAC 180-51-068 RCW 28A.230.010

Physics A

  • SPS Course Number: HSC2728
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

In this course, Physics A: Mechanistic Models for Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves, students will study static electricity and current electricity, conservation of energy, energy transfer, magnetism, wavelength and frequency, and light and sound waves. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon.

Chemistry A

  • SPS Course Number: HSC2720
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

In this course, Chemistry A: Atomic Structure and Periodicity, students develop and use models of the atom to investigate the properties of matter at an atomic level and explore how the periodic table provides a way to organize all this information. Students carry out investigations to explain properties of substances and develop solutions to engineering problems of materials science. Finally, students examine the nucleus of the atom and evaluate models to come up with solutions to problems in nuclear chemistry. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon.

Biology A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HSC2712/HSC2716
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Chemistry A, Physics A
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

In Biology A: Tracing Matter and Energy, students will study the formation of carbon-based molecules, organization of multicellular organisms, homeostasis, mitosis, cellular respiration, aerobic and anaerobic conditions, ecosystems, photosynthesis, impacts of human activity, and energy and mineral resources. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon.

In Biology B: Tracing Information through Generations, students will study mitosis, transcription and translation, homeostasis, inheritance, genetic variation, population genetics, group behavior and survival, evolution, natural selection, adaptation, Earth’s formation, Earth’s systems and life on Earth, carrying capacity, biodiversity, impacts of human activity. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon.

Physics B

  • SPS Course Number: HSC2732
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10,11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Chemistry A, Physics A, Biology A/B
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

In this course, Physics B: Mechanics, students will study energy transfers and conversions, conservation of energy, Newton’s Laws of Motion, conservation of momentum, gravitation, and Coulomb’s Law. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon.

Chemistry B

  • SPS Course Number: HSC2724
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Chemistry A, Physics A, Biology
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

In this course, Chemistry B: Reactions and Energy Transfer, use the basic understanding of the structure of matter to investigate chemical reactions, and to further develop models of matter and energy transfer. Students analyze real world data to develop mathematical models. Finally, students carry out investigations to make sense of every day chemical reactions and processes. Students will refine their science and engineering skills within the context of an engaging storyline to explain a phenomenon

AP Biology 1/2

  • SPS Course Number: HSC3012/HSC3148
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Completion of Biology and one year of Chemistry, with B- or teacher recommendation.
  • Suggested Fees: Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-60 minutes—For each hour of class, there may be up to an hour of homework. In some cases, as with special projects, there may be more.

Advanced Placement Biology is a one-year course which prepares students for the College Board Advance Placement Exam in biology. The course is designed using the materials provided by College Board and is intended to be equivalent to one year of college biology for science majors. STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES (SLO”S) 1. Be able to use laboratory equipment and perform laboratory procedures of the type usually found in first year college biology courses. 2. Be able to demonstrate proficiency in concepts, principles and terminology used in the first year college biology course. 3. Be able to discuss effectively and in depth a wide variety of biological topics as identified in the “Course Description” section of The College Board Advance Placement Course Description. UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, STUDENTS SHOULD: 1. be able to use laboratory equipment and perform laboratory procedures of the type usually found in first year college biology courses; 2. be able to demonstrate proficiency in concepts, principles and terminology used in a first year college biology course; 3. be able to discuss effectively and in depth a wide variety of biological topics as identified in the “Course Description” section of The College Board Advance Placement Course Description. 4. be prepared to take the college Board AP Examination.

AP Chemistry 1/2

  • SPS Course Number: HSC3011/HSC1184
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: One year of high school Chemistry course with B- or teacher recommendation
  • Suggested Fees: Payment for AP exam, workbooks ($65), test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: Edvantage AP Chemistry Workbooks (1 & 2). May be purchased through teacher. Approximately $50 for both books.
  •  Homework: Daily, 30-60 minutes—For each hour of class, there may be up to an hour of homework. In some cases, as with special projects, there may be more.

Advanced Placement Chemistry is a semester course that prepares students for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in Chemistry. The course is designed according to the outline provided by the College Board and is intended to be equivalent to one year of college chemistry for science majors. UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, STUDENTS SHOULD: 1. be able to use laboratory equipment and perform laboratory procedures of the type usually found in first-year college chemistry courses; 2. be able to demonstrate proficiency in concepts, principles and terminology used in a first-year college chemistry class; 3. be able to discuss effectively and in depth a wide variety of chemistry topics as identified in the “Course Description” section of the College Board Advanced Placement Course Description for chemistry; and 4. be prepared to take the College Board AP examination in chemistry.

AP Environmental Science 1/2

  • SPS Course Number: HSC0451/HSC0452
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Biology A/B, Physics B Chemistry B
  • Suggested Fees: Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-60 minutes –For each hour of class, there may be up to an hour of homework. In the event of special projects, there may be more.

The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the inter- relationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science. The following themes provide a foundation for the structure of the AP Environmental Science course: 1) Science is a process. a) Science is a method of learning more about the world. b) Science constantly changes the way we understand the world. 2) Energy conservations underlie all ecological processes. a) Energy cannot be created; it must come from somewhere. b) As energy flows through systems, at each step it becomes more unusable. 3) The Earth itself is one interconnected system. a) Natural systems change over time and space. b) Biogeochemical systems vary in ability to recover from disturbances. 4) Humans alter natural systems. a) Humans have had an impact on the environment for millions of years. b) Technology and population growth have enabled humans to increase both the rate and scale of their impact on the environment. 5) Environmental problems have a cultural and social context. a) Understanding the role of cultural, social, and economic factors is vital to the development of solutions. 6) Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems. a) A suitable combination of conservation and development is required. b) Management of common resources is essential. Concurrently with ChemB/PhysB w/ teacher permission.

Genome Science 1/2

  • SPS Course Number: HSC3593/HSC3594
  • 1 Credit /1Year- Grade 10 – 12
  • Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I, Biology A/B, Physics B, Chemistry B
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-60 minutes

Genome Science is an advanced lab science course devoted to the structure, function, evolution, mapping, and editing of genomes. This course is intended for students who have already completed yearlong courses in high school biology and chemistry.  In this course, students will study how genome structure and evolution affect the way species and individuals look, behave, and function, and how bioinformatics, comparative genomics and bioengineering can be used to ask questions and solve problems in scientific research, health, forensics and sustainability. Throughout the course, students discuss and study past and present ethical and societal impacts of genetics and bioengineering, including ownership and privacy of human sequencing data, the manipulation of human genomes, and gene-drives to alter the genetic make-up of populations. Units are based on developing answers to driving questions, and include instruction on bioinformatic tools, phylogenetics, molecular evolutionary analyses, comparative genomics, genetic variation, personalized medicine, molecular forensics, engineering the immune system to fight cancer, understanding and manipulating host-pathogen interactions, harnessing microorganisms to meet societal and environmental needs, and computational modeling of biological systems. Wet lab techniques include polymerase chain reaction, electrophoresis, genetic engineering (including CRISPR), and immunoassays. Students complete one comprehensive, embedded research project per semester and are provided with opportunities to interact with local scientists.  Can be taken concurrently with ChemB/PhysB with teacher permission.

AP Physics 1 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HSC3740/HSC3741
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Physics A Completion of Algebra 2 is highly recommended.
  • Suggested Fees: Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-60 minutes –For each hour of class, there may be up to an hour of homework. In the event of special projects, there may be more.

Designed by the College Board to parallel first-semester college-level courses in algebra-based physics, AP Physics 1 courses focus on Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory circuits. These courses may also include college-level laboratory investigations. 

AP Physics C 1/2

  • SPS Course Number: HSC2400/HSC2401
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Physics A / Physics B, Calculus. May be concurrent with calculus with teacher permission.
  • Suggested Fees: Payment for AP exam, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-60 minutes –For each hour of class, there may be up to an hour of homework. In the event of special projects, there may be more.

The AP Physics C: Mechanics courses correspond to approximately a semester of college work. Guided inquiry and student-centered learning is used to foster the development of critical thinking skills, while use of introductory differential and integral calculus pervades the course. First semester AP Physics C: Mechanics provides instruction in each of the following three content areas: kinematics (35%); Newtons laws of motion (40%); work, energy, and power (25%). The AP Physics C: Mechanics courses also include a hands-on laboratory component comparable to a semester-long introductory college-level physics laboratory. Students spend a minimum of 20 percent of instructional time engaged in hands-on laboratory work. Each student completes a lab notebook or portfolio of lab reports. It is expected that each student has a calculus-based college-level textbook (supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements) for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.

Marine Science 1

  • SPS Course Number: HSC3033/HSC3073
  • 0.5 credit per semester (may be taken separately or together. Marine Science 1 is NOT a prerequisite for Marine Science 2) – 10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Phys A/Chem A. Bio A/Bio B
  • Suggested Lab Fee:
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

Marine Science is the study of the oceans on planet Earth and is aligned to both NGSS standards and the 7 Ocean Literacy Principles (NMEA). The course of study will begin with a brief look at the history of the formation of the earth itself and its geological structures. Marine Science 1 (semester 1) covers the physical understanding of our oceans through a geological and chemical lens. By the end of the first units, students will be able to explain why we can find marine fossils at 7000 feet of altitude and why the seafloor is so much younger than the earth. Students will learn about the structure and properties of seawater and use systems and scale to be able to describe how and why the oceans are the drivers of our climate and ecosystems.

Marine Science 2

  • SPS Course Number: HSC3073
  • 0.5 credit per semester (may be taken separately or together. Marine Science 1 is NOT a prerequisite for Marine Science 2) – 10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Phys A/Chem A. Bio A/Bio B
  • Suggested Lab Fee:
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Daily, 30-45 minutes

Marine Science 2 utilizes principles of evolution and concepts from the previous semester to build an understanding of life in our oceans. The units start by exploring the smallest of organisms and the processes that drive life on our planet. Following evolutionary trends, students will first study unicellular life in its many forms, then invertebrates and vertebrates, with a lens on adaptation and survival. Finally, students will explore how these populations drive marine ecosystems. The semester ends with a student driven research project and authentic opportunities in the field.

Resources: (optional) Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science 9th Edition, by Tom S. Garrison (or other supporting text)

Astronomy 1

  • SPS Course Number: HSC2379
  • 0.5 credit (1 semester)
  • Grade Level: 10,11,12
  • Prerequisite: Chem A/Phys A, Bio A/Bio B
  • Homework, daily: 30-40 minutes

Astronomy 1 is a semester long high school science course where students will encounter objects from across the universe that will ignite tremendous wonderment and excitement for science! Astronomy will explore everything from our world’s location in the sky to such unfamiliar and mysterious objects as black holes and exploding stars. No mere fact-finding mission, the class will focus on the practices by which astronomers understand what lies beyond Earth. Exposure to the astronomical process is accomplished through the learning cycle known as modeling and guided inquiry. This astronomy course engages students with learning through the application of science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and cross-cutting concepts. The course is organized into five driving questions. Each driving question includes an anchoring phenomenon to engage students in the development of explanatory models of real astronomical observations.

Pacific Northwest Geology

  • SPS Course Number: HSC3100
  • .50 credit hours (1 semester)
  • Grade Level 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisites: Chem A/Phys A, Bio A/Bio B
  • Homework, daily: 30-40 minutes

NW Geology is a lab science course devoted to the study of how matter and energy is transformed on and inside the Earth.  In this course students learn geologic processes have resulted in our local environment.  Topics covered in this course include: The geologic composition of the earth.  The Age of Earth and how Geologists use rocks to tell the story of the past.  The Puget Sound basin, geology and the geologic history of the Puget Sound.  How our current geologic setting was formed during the last ice age and how glaciers change the geologic landscape.  They learn about the Geologic Hazards we face in the Puget Sound region and current engineering and adaptations to those realities.  Why we have so many volcanic mountains here and why our area has so many earthquake faults.  Students learn about the 9 major tectonic plates on earth, how fast and where they are moving today.  They study and learn about the last major Seattle earthquake, Puget Sound Tsunamis, and our regions earthquake fault systems.  They explore the potential green energy uses from our natural resources and geology and design a plan to harness the earths potential to power our region.   In addition, students work on discourse and improving learning strategies throughout the semester.  They use complex GIS modeling and computational maps to learn about our regional geology and plate tectonics around the world.      

Career Connected Learning (CTE) Graduation Requirement – 1.0 (2 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • Select from approved course offerings
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Culinary Arts
    • Engineering
      • Human Centered Design (Lincoln requirement for all 9th grade students)
    • Media Arts

Notes: Career Connected Learning (CCL/CTE) credits may be earned in exploratory or preparatory CCL/ CTE classes and certain approved non-CCL/CTE courses.

Introduction to Business

  • SPS Course Number: HCT6146
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: $20
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

This course focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. Topics of study may include world trade, stock market, housing, banks, finance, ethics, management and global business. 

Business Management A

  • SPS Course Number: HCT4295
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

Business Management provides a comprehensive understanding of the processes and activities involved in business. The course provides core content applicable to all aspects of business and encompasses the practical applications of management theory. Students will be introduced to the fundamental management functions including planning, organizing, leading and controlling from multiple perspectives. Including the use of technology and communication as tools of business. The course is designed with a skills-based approach and focuses on six major units: 1. Managing and management responsibilities 2. The environment of business management 3. Business organization and management 4. Financial management 5. Production and marketing management 6. Human resources management

Business Management B

  • SPS Course Number: HCT4296
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: Intro to Business or Business Management A
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

Continuation of Business Management A. 

Business Economics

  • SPS Course Number: HCT1254
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

Business Economics provides students with an introduction to the key concepts of business economics supply, demand, profit, costs, and markets and differentiates microeconomics from macroeconomics. It discusses the American economy and the factors that influence the success of businesses and products. The course describes forms of business ownership and discusses the relationship of labor and business, then provides a broad overview of the global economy. Finally, students get a chance to examine careers that require business economics knowledge.

Social Media Marketing and Advertising

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2524
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: $20
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

In this hands-on project-based course students learn the most up-to-date methods of social media marketing and advertising. The skills and expertise they gain will prepare them for prized internships, jobs, and future education. They will work creatively and collaboratively to solve real world marketing problems, with measurable goals and outcomes. This course will immerse students in the social media marketplace. Students will learn how to work with the metrics and demographics that are unique to each social media platform. They will use metrics to track progress and improve outcomes. They will apply the tools and techniques of marketing and advertising to connect with targeted consumers and achieve the goals of their campaigns. Students will work collaboratively in teams to design and create ads, videos, websites, blogs, and other kinds of posts.

Project Management 1 (Introduction to Leadership)

  • SPS Course Number: HCT4361
  • .5 credit/1 semester Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Participation in Activities as Assigned

This class is a leadership learning laboratory that supports and challenges students to develop a strong sense of identity, as well as learn the habits of citizenship, service, ethical leadership, and the ability to think and act on behalf of the common good. In addition, students will learn introductory project management skills, communication skills, and healthy relationship skills. This class is open to all students.

Project Management (Advanced Leadership)

  • SPS Course Number: HCT4362
  • .5 CTE credit / 1 semester – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Intro to Leadership
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Participation in Activities as Assigned

This class is an introduction to Project Management in Contemporary Organizations. It includes the role of the project manager characteristics and attributes of successful project managers; and the challenges of managing projects in a multicultural, global environment. The class covers Project Selection Criteria, the project planning systems, work breakdown structure analysis, negotiation, and conflict resolution to facilitate planning. The course will cover the process and guidelines for developing a schedule, the construction of Gantt Charts, CPM and PERT methods. In addition, students will build on skills developed in Introduction to Leadership (Additional Course Choices tab)

Career Connected Learning (CTE) Graduation Requirement – 1.0 (2 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • Select from approved course offerings
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Culinary Arts
    • Engineering
      • Human Centered Design (Lincoln requirement for all 9th grade students)
    • Media Arts

Notes: Career Connected Learning (CCL/CTE) credits may be earned in exploratory or preparatory CCL/ CTE classes and certain approved non-CCL/CTE courses.

Exploring Computer Science (Introduction to Computers and the Internet)

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2448
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

This course introduces foundational concepts of computer science and challenges you to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. Learn how complex information like images and sounds are represented in text, and the broader social impacts of digitizing the world’s information. Reveal how the internet was designed to connect billions of devices and people to one another. Discover the challenges of supporting a giant network like the world wide web while building protocols of the internet yourself using an internet simulator. Explain how computing innovations and computing systems work, explore their potential impacts, and contribute to a computing culture that is collaborative and ethical. Explore programming and app design with a heavy focus on important skills like debugging, pair programming, and user testing.  You will learn what programmers and computer scientists do and how technologists think! If you are interested in this course and would like to spend two semesters exploring computer science instead of one, register for AP Comp Sci Princp 1 and AP Comp Sci Princp 2 (see next two course descriptions).

CSE 142 AP Computer Science A1/A2

  • SPS Course Number: HCT7657/HCT7658
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Algebra 1
  • Suggested Fees:  Payment for AP exam or UW college credit, workbooks, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 2-3 hours/week. There are 8 programming projects throughout the course, during which this may increase to 4-5 hours.

CSE 142: Computer Programming I / Advanced Placement® Computer Science A is a full-year, rigorous course equivalent to an introductory college course in computer science. This course is co-delivered as a University of Washington course and an Advanced Placement® course. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to design, write, analyze, and document programs and subprograms. A large part of the course is the development of computer programs that correctly solve a given problem. These programs should be understandable, adaptable, and when appropriate, reusable. The design and implementation of computer programs is used as a context for introducing other important aspects of computer science, including the development and analysis of algorithms, the development and use of fundamental data structures, the study of standard algorithms and typical applications, and the use of logic and formal methods, and general computer programming problem solving. The current course emphasizes Java programming, programming methodology, and procedural abstraction. Students are not required to enroll in College in the High School or to register for the AP exam to receive high school credit for this course.

Projects in Computer Science 1/2

  • SPS Course Number: HCT5907/HCT5908
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Passing the AP CS A exam, earning a passing grade in UW CSE 142, or permission from the instructor 
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

This course will provide an opportunity for students to undertake a semester-long software development projects under the supervision of the course instructor and local computing professionals (covering standard C-17 – Implement and manage software). The first half of this course will focus on software engineering and project management strategies (as outlined in standard C-12 – Demonstrate project management skills) and standard data structures and algorithms (C-16 – Develop programs). As students create their products, they will be responsible for writing documentation and verifying correctness (standard C-18 -Test and follow a Quality Assurance Process)

Career Connected Learning (CTE) Graduation Requirement – 1.0 (2 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • Select from approved course offerings
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Culinary Arts
    • Engineering
      • Human Centered Design (Lincoln requirement for all 9th grade students)
    • Media Arts

Notes: Career Connected Learning (CCL/CTE) credits may be earned in exploratory or preparatory CCL/ CTE classes and certain approved non-CCL/CTE courses.

Due to the delayed construction completion these courses will not be offered until 2023-2024.

Culinary Arts 1A

  • SPS Course Number: HCT7280
  • .5 credit/1 semester Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Participation in Activities as Assigned

Culinary Arts 1A is a first semester .5 CTE course in Food Production and Service offered to students, grade 10 – 12. First semester, the course covers theory and practice of the principles of cooking, terminology, recipe development, ingredients, equipment, safety, and career development. Industry skills lead to culinary, hospitality, and food service careers. Desired pre-requisite courses may include any of the following: Family Health, Nutrition & Wellness, Food Science, and Foods &Culinary Foundations. Dual Credit/Tech Prep college credit may be available. Assessments include 21st Century Skills and National FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) projects and activities.  This class will be offered subject to student interest and completion of building construction. 

Culinary Arts 1B

  • SPS Course Number: HCT7282
  • .5 credit/1 semester Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Participation in Activities as Assigned

Culinary Arts 1B is a second semester, .5 CTE course in Food Production and Service offered to students, grade 10 -12. Second semester covers a variety of food preparations, continues nutrition, food and beverage service, safety and production methods in school and outside the program. Industry skills lead to culinary, hospitality, and food service careers. Desired pre-requisite course is Culinary Arts 1A. Dual Credit &Tech Prep college credit may be available. Assessments include 21st Century Skills and National FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) projects and activities. This class will be offered subject to student interest and completion of building construction.

Career Connected Learning (CTE) Graduation Requirement – 1.0 (2 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • Select from approved course offerings
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Culinary Arts
    • Engineering
      • Human Centered Design (Lincoln requirement for all 9th grade students)
    • Media Arts

Notes: Career Connected Learning (CCL/CTE) credits may be earned in exploratory or preparatory CCL/ CTE classes and certain approved non-CCL/CTE courses.

Human Centered Design

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2700
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9 Required; 10, 11, 12 (as needed)
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: $20
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

This course prepares students to apply art and design principles through a variety of project-based learning experiences. Includes instruction in photography, drawing/painting, printmaking, design thinking, shop tools, computer-aided drafting and manufacturing, and 21st century skills. Students will have the opportunity to work with the tools and technology provided in Lincoln’s Maker Space.

Engineering & Design Development 2

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2314
  • .5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Human Centered Design
  • Suggested Lab Fee: $20
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

Prerequisite Engineering & Design 1. This course expands the STEM concepts and knowledge base learned in Design & Engineering 1. The class covers more in-depth and demanding curriculum pathway that can lead students to engineering, computer programming, industrial technology or other related courses and careers. This course is tied to national math and science standards.

Aerospace Engineering A (Principles of Flight 1)

  • SPS Course Number: HCT1829
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Human Centered Design 1
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

Through hands-on projects, students learn about aerodynamics, astronautics, space-life sciences, and systems engineering. Students will understand principles of physics that allow for flight, parts of an airframe, aircraft propulsion. Students will explore properties of some aerospace materials and design aircraft structural components in computer aided design (CAD) simulation software. Students will create and test composite samples which represent structural components used in aircraft construction.

Aerospace Engineering B (Principles of Flight 2)

  • SPS Course Number: HCT1830
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Principles of Flight 1 (Aerospace Engineering A)
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

This course extends on skills developed in Principles of Flight 1. Through hands-on projects, students learn about aerodynamics, astronautics, space-life sciences, and systems engineering. The second semester course will cover the characteristics of space craft and space travel. The students will build and evaluate the flight of a model rocket and consider issues of microgravity. There will be an additional focus on fabrication processes as it relates to airfoil and rocket flight. Students will integrate mechanical, electrical, and software systems in the context of accomplishing a sequence of objectives to explore a new planet.

Digital Electronics 1

  • SPS Course Number: HCT1575
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Human Centered Design
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

Students will be introduced to digital circuits found in video games, watches, calculators, digital cameras, and thousands of other devices. Students will study the application of digital logic and how digital devices are used to control automated equipment. The use of digital circuitry is present in virtually all aspects of our lives and its use is increasing rapidly. This course is like a first semester college course and is an important course of study for a student exploring a career in engineering or engineering technology.

Digital Electronics 2

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2315
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Digital Electronics 1
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

Students will continue to learn about digital circuits found in video games, watches, calculators, digital cameras, and thousands of other devices. Students will study the application of digital logic and how digital devices are used to control automated equipment. The use of digital circuitry is present in virtually all aspects of our lives and its use is increasing rapidly. this course is like a first semester college course and is an important course of study for a student exploring a career in engineering or engineering technology.

Robotics 1

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2415
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

This course will provide students with hands-on practical knowledge of electronic devices that are controlled by microprocessors, and the skills to make such devices work. Students learn to design and build devices that detect their surroundings, move, make noise, play music, communicate, and respond to remote control. In the process these students become programmers with the C language. Among the skills learned are programming microcomputers, parts identification, reading electronic schematics, circuit breadboarding, circuit board fabrication, drilling, parts insertion, and soldering.

Robotics 2

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2519
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9,10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: Human Centered Design and Robotics 1
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

Students continue to learn how to use motors, actuators, infrared vision sensors, sound sensors, and remote control to build robots. Learn about the electronics, physics and computer programming that make it possible for robots to work. Create your own purpose for a robot, then design it, build it, program it, and operate it. Learn how robots are shaping the future today. We’ll continue looking at how robots move, how they sense the world around them and how they make decisions. Then we’ll put all this together and apply what we’ve learned to build our own robot. You will design and create your own purpose for a robot, then build and operate it.

Career Connected Learning (CTE) Graduation Requirement – 1.0 (2 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • Select from approved course offerings
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Culinary Arts
    • Engineering
      • Human Centered Design (Lincoln requirement for all 9th grade students)
    • Media Arts

Notes: Career Connected Learning (CCL/CTE) credits may be earned in exploratory or preparatory CCL/ CTE classes and certain approved non-CCL/CTE courses.

Graphic Design Beginning

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2543
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

Graphic Design Beginning is an introductory course that teaches the fundamentals of creatively and effectively communicating through digital images. Employing both traditional and digital tools, students learn graphic design skills, software, and industry standards.

Graphic Design Advanced

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2544
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: Graphic Design Beginning
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

Graphic Design Advanced emphasizes the development of an individual style and creative approach to design. Students are challenged to grow as independent learners with more complex and open-ended design assignments. Students explore real-world, client-based projects such as Yearbook or promotional materials for the district, school, or class. 

Photography Beginning

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2536
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: Access to a personal camera preferred (DSLR cameras are ideal); some classroom cameras available.
  • Homework: Frequent photo shoots completed outside of class

Photography Beginning is designed to explore photography as a method of creative visual communication. Students in this course learn basic camera operations and principles of photography such as photo composition, lighting, exposure, and editing. Can fulfill either the CTE or Fine Arts graduation requirement.

Photography Advanced

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2537
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: Photography Beginning
  • Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: Access to a personal camera preferred (DSLR cameras are ideal); some classroom cameras available.
  • Homework: Frequent photo shoots completed outside of class

Photography Advanced is designed for students interested in expressing their personal creative vision through photography. Students in this course develop their own ideas through open-ended assignments and explore photography as a potential career pathway. This course can be cross credited for Fine Arts. Can fulfill either the CTE or Fine Arts graduation requirement.

Video Beginning A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HCT6146/HCT2453
  • .5 Credit / 1 Semester or 1 Credit/Yearlong – 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggest Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 1 hour daily; some out of school filming required

This introductory course teaches the fundamentals of creatively and effectively communicating visual stories through the lens of a video camera, including critical media analysis. Students collaborate while learning the video production process: pre-production (planning, developing ideas, and identifying resources), production (lighting, composition, and audio recording techniques), and post-production,

(editing with graphics, sound, and visual effects). Types of productions may include narrative, documentary, news, informational, and experimental.

Video Advanced A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HCT2451/HCT2455
  • .5 Credit /1 Semester or 1 Credit/Yearlong – 9,10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: Video Beginning
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by universal supply fee
  • Materials required: None
  • Homework: 1 Hour Daily; out of school commitment occasionally required

This is a hands-on, project-based course in which students work in teams to produce a variety of increasingly complex productions. Students refine their understanding of the production process, incorporating more advanced techniques in development, shooting, sound, lighting, editing, graphics and special effects.

Yearbook

  • SPS Course Number: HCT1836/HCT1837
  • 1 Credit/1Year – Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggest Lab Fee: Covered by universal lab fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed; dependent upon production cycle

Be part of our creative team. Yearbook offers the opportunity to be involved in all school activities. Our work includes in-depth practice and application of journalistic methods: interviewing, writing, photography and graphic design. Be prepared, a large portion of our yearbook coverage is from events taking place outside of the school day. You will be required to complete weekly photo assignments and to regularly attend extracurricular activities, club meetings/events, and sports practices/games. As a public representative of our school, you are expected to be professional and considerate when preforming your duties. Digital SLR cameras are available for checkout daily. Your work will pay off – colleges recognize the huge commitment that students make when they see this class on transcripts.

Health & Physical Education Graduation Requirement – 2.0 Credits (4 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • 1.5 Physical Education (select from approved course offerings)
  • .5 Health or Family Health

Note: The performance component of Fitness (physical education) may be waived for specific reasons such as physical disability or other reason described in RCW 28A.230.050. However, the content knowledge requirement must be met by either course work in fitness education or completing the OSPI developed Concepts of Health and Fitness Assessment. RCW 28A.230.050; WAC 180-50-135; WAC 392-410-136; WAC 392-410-310; and WAC 392-410-340. Students must also complete an OSPI approved assessment in health during high school. PE waivers are not guaranteed. (See Lincoln’s PE Waiver policy on this website)

Health

  • SPS Course Number: Varies by teacher HCT7004 or HCT9006
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9 (Requirement), Grades 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As Needed

This class is required for graduation according to state graduation requirements. All students need to take Health for .5 credit. Health class integrates a variety of health concepts and decision-making behaviors to plan for personal and lifelong health goals. Students develop skills that make them health-literate adults. These include awareness and consequences of risky behaviors, disease prevention, overall wellness, and identification of community health resources. Students are taught how to access accurate information that they can use to promote health for themselves and others. Students demonstrate comprehensive health and wellness knowledge and skills. They use research, goal-setting, and communication skills to protect their health and that of the community. Health may not be waived or taken from an outside source.

Personal Fitness

  • SPS Course Number: HPE2364
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9 (Requirement), 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: Exercise Attire
  • Homework: As needed

This required course will be the starting point for a student’s high school career in physical education. This course will include teaching what all students should know and be able to do in physical education.

Individual Activity (Spin and Yoga)

  • SPS Course Number: HPE5528
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Personal Fitness
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: Exercise Attire
  • Homework: As needed

This course provides students with skills and knowledge promoting lifetime fitness. This course will predominantly focus on Spin and yoga. Diverse fitness activities may also be covered such as: cardio walking/jogging, core work, Pilates, Zumba, step aerobics and other group fitness activities. This course is for improving personal fitness levels and health through multiple activities.

Team Sports

  • SPS Course Number: HPE5522
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Personal Fitness
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: Exercise Attire
  • Homework: As needed

This course presents the opportunity for each student to participate in a variety of team sports. Class emphasis is on developing both fundamental skills and complex skill combinations and strategies. This class builds a connection between skill-related fitness and the goal of improved performance. In addition, students evaluate ways in which physical activities can provide for positive social interaction and enjoyment. An ongoing focus is to understand and anticipate how physical activity promotes wellness throughout one’s life. Unit examples include soccer, softball, flag football, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, floor hockey, team handball, Gaelic football and fitness activities.

Weight Train/Conditioning (Strength & Conditioning)

  • SPS Course Number: HPE55226
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Personal Fitness
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: Exercise Attire
  • Homework: As needed

This course gives students the opportunity to participate and apply principles of strength training through a variety of activities in and out of the weight room. Areas of focus mainly include muscle endurance and muscle strength but also involve work on power, speed, flexibility, cardio-respiratory endurance, speed and agility. Activities include core development, proper lifting techniques and a personalized lifting program.

Performing & Visual Arts Graduation Requirement – 1.0 credits (2 semesters)

Required Courses:

  • Select from Visual or Performing Arts course offerings

Notes: Select from courses in fine, visual, or performing arts or cross-credited CTE courses. 1 credit may be a Personalized pathway requirement WAC 180-50-068. Personalized pathway requirements (2.0 to 3.0 credits) are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the students’ interests and High School Beyond Plan.

Music – Choral

Concert Choir A&B

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7946/HFA7947
  • 1 credit / 1 Year, Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee or PAL (does not include field trips)
  • Materials Required: Uniform Purchase (financial support available)
  • Homework: Required performances; daily practice recommended

Students in this course participate in an intermediate to advanced choral performing ensemble that performs quality choral literature from a variety of genres and cultures. Students learn vocal technique and musicianship skills. Students perform in school concerts and regional festivals. This course may be repeated for credit.

Chorale A&B

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7944/HFA7945
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Audition
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee or PAL (does not include field trips)
  • Materials Required: Uniform Purchase (financial support available)
  • Homework:  Required performances; daily practice recommended

This advanced year-long course is designed to prepare the serious choral student for choral music experiences beyond high school. Chorale is an advanced choral performing ensemble. Students perform quality choral literature from a variety of genres, cultures, and styles, and learn correct vocal technique and musicianship skills. This course is a continuation of the choir sequence. Students perform in school concerts and regional festivals. Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts credit requirements. This course may be repeated for credit. This course is auditioned and open to students 9-11.

Music – Instrumental

Concert Band

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7978/HFA7979
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Previous experience on appropriate instrument
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee or PAL (does not include field trips)
  • Materials Required: Uniform Purchase
  • Homework: Required performances; daily practice recommended

This year-long performing ensemble is for students who play woodwind and brass instruments. Students develop skills in tone production, phrasing, rhythmic and aural acuity, and advances technical skills associated with one’s instrument along with correct posture. Band students learn and perform a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods. Students perform in school concerts, regional festivals and athletic events. This course may be repeated for credit.

Wind Ensemble

  • SPS Course Number: HFA8120/HFA8121
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Director’s Permission. Must play one of the standard woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments.
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee or PAL (does not include field trips)
  • Materials Required: Uniform purchase
    Homework: Required performances; daily practice recommended

This year-long performing ensemble is designed for advanced students who play woodwind and brass instruments. Students continue to develop skills in tone production, phrasing, rhythmic and aural acuity, advanced technical skills associated with one’s instrument and correct posture. Students learn and perform a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods. Students perform in school concerts, regional festivals and athletic events. Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts credit requirements. This course is auditioned.

Jazz Band

  • SPS Course Number: HFA8096/HFA8097
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Audition only. Must be in another major performing ensemble (Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion or Orchestra); exceptions are made for piano and guitar students. Auditions are held in the late Spring each year.
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee or PAL (does not include field trips)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Required performances; daily practice recommende

Students in this year-long performing ensemble learn about various jazz styles and concepts, including improvisation, jazz theory, and jazz history with traditional wind and rhythm section instrumentation. Students participate in all Jazz Band performances and activities during or outside the normal school day, including participation in festivals and trips. Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts credit requirements. This course may be repeated for credit. This course is auditioned. This course meets before school every day. Students must also be enrolled in an ensemble class during the school day.

Percussion Ensemble

  • SPS Course Number: HFA8102/HFA8103
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Previous percussion experience
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee or PAL (does not include field trips)
  • Materials Required: Uniform purchase; Appropriate drumsticks and mallets
  • Homework: Required performances; daily practice recommended

This year-long ensemble is intended for students who are interested in playing pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments in a cohesive performing ensemble. Students learn and perform a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods and perform in school concerts and regional festivals. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Concert Orchestra

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7948/HFA7949
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Previous experience on a string instrument
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee or PAL (does not include field trips)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Required performances; daily practice recommended

This year-long performing ensemble is for intermediate students who play violin, viola, cello, and bass. Orchestra students play a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods and perform in school concerts and regional festivals. Students develop skills in tone production, phrasing, rhythmic and aural acuity, and the advancement of technical skills. Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts credit requirements. This course may be repeated for credit.

Chamber Orchestra

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7492/HFA7493
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Teacher signature and audition in Spring.  Experience on a String instrument
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee or PAL (does not include field trips)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 120 minutes weekly practice or private lessons

This year-long performing ensemble is for advanced students who play violin, viola, cello, and bass. Orchestra students play a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods and perform in school concerts and regional festivals. Students develop advanced skills in tone production, phrasing, rhythmic and aural acuity, and the advancement of technical skills such as shifting, vibrato, bow control, and posture. Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts credit requirements. This course may be repeated for credit.  This course is auditioned.

Symphony Orchestra

  • SPS Course Number: HFA8112/HFA8113
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Previous experience on a string, woodwind, or brass instrument. Audition or director approval
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee or PAL (does not include field trips)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: Required performances; daily practice recommended

This year-long performing ensemble is for advanced students of String, Wind, Brass, and Percussion instruments. Orchestra students play a wide variety of music from different cultures and time periods and perform in school concerts and regional festivals. Students develop advanced skills in tone production, phrasing, rhythmic and aural acuity, and the advancement of technical skills. Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts credit requirements. This course may be repeated for credit. This course is auditioned

Piano Lab

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7958
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

Students in this course learn to play the piano. Students in the piano class will learn the necessary skills and concepts to gain a rudimentary proficiency on the piano keyboard. This is a one semester class. This course may be repeated for credit.

Guitar Lab

  • SPS Course Number: HFA8106
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

Students in this course will learn the necessary skills and concepts to gain a rudimentary proficiency on guitar and music-reading. This is a one semester class. This course may be repeated for credit.

Theater

Theatre Beginning

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7872
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: Pencils, highlighters, and a notebook/journal.
  • Homework: As needed

This introductory course is for all students looking to develop skills in acting and performing in front of others. Public speaking, creative problem solving, and collaboration are explored through creative activities, voice and movement exercises, improvisation, story structure, creating character, and scene study. All are welcome, no prior experience is required. If you would like to take a full year of Theatre select Intermediate Theatre.

Theatre Intermediate

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7873
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Theatre Beginning
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: Pencils, highlighters, and a notebook/journal
  • Homework: As needed

This intermediate course explores the art of creating character and commanding the attention of an audience during performance. The course includes analysis of contemporary and classic scripts, professional blocking and directing, and preparing monologues for auditions. Students will utilize self-direction to collaborate in small groups and an openness to critical feedback and reflection. If you have already taken Beginning Theatre and want a full year you can skip Intermediate and take Advanced Theatre.

Theatre Advanced

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7873
  • 1.0 Credit / Year long course – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Theatre 
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: Materials Required: Pencils, highlighters, and a notebook/journal.
  • Homework: As needed

This advanced course expands exposure to contemporary and classic plays, broadens student repertoire of audition material, and explores specialized acting skills. The course may include topics such as advanced acting methods, resume development, movement-based acting techniques, pantomime, mask work, improvisation, stage combat, stage make-up, or creative drama.

Technical Theatre Beginning

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7936
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester course – Grade 9, 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: Materials Required: Pencils, highlighters, and a notebook/journal.
  • Homework: As Needed

This production-oriented course provides a foundation to stagecraft skills and safety procedures preparing students for industry and college study of technical theatre. Students receive an introduction to theatre terminology, scenic design and construction, lighting, sound, properties, costumes, make-up, special effects, theatre management and stage management. 

Technical Theater Advanced

  • SPS Course Number: HFA7937
  • 1.0 Credit / Year long course – Grade 9, 10, 11,12
  • Prerequisite:Tech Theatre Beginning
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: Pencils, highlighters, and a notebook/journal.
  • Homework: As Needed

In this advanced level course students continue to develop their skills in the areas of Technical Theatre and Design. Students in this course are expected to understand, apply, analyze and assist in the creation of a unifying concept for a production in one or more of the following disciplines: lighting, sound, properties, set construction, special effects, costumes, make-up, theatre management or stage management. Students may choose a technical theatre focus, assist, and then lead the design process for a main stage production including development of a design portfolio. This course is offered as a CTE course which can be cross-credited for Fine Arts. This course is also offered as a Fine Arts credit only.

Visual Art

Drawing and Painting Beginning

  • SPS Course Number: HFA8129
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

Drawing and Painting Beginning introduces students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Study of these are included in art projects to establish fluency in the language of art. Students create art in a variety of drawing and painting media and explore the relationship between observation, artistic vision, and composition. Students use sketchbooks or other means to develop skills and ideas. Visual Art builds lifelong skills through the critical thinking and creative process.  No previous art experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated for credit.

Drawing and Painting Advanced

  • SPS Course Number: HFA8129
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Drawing/Painting Beginning
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

Drawing and Painting Advanced is intended for students who want to further their knowledge and experience in drawing and painting media. Students in this course will continue to create art and explore the relationship between observation, artistic vision, and composition in an advanced setting. Students will explore media and ideas with more independence and demonstrate responding and reflecting on their own work and that of others. Students will produce a portfolio of work at the end of this course.
Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts credit requirements. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Ceramics Beginning

  • SPS Course Number: HFA8126
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

This beginning course is for students who want to work with their hands and develop ideas in 3-dimensional form. Students work with clay, creating both functional and non-functional art pieces. Students learn the properties of clay, construction methods, glazing techniques and the firing process as core concepts of this course. Students learn about ceramic arts and artists from a variety of contemporary and historical sources and across cultures. No previous art experience necessary. All students are welcome. This course may be repeated for credit. 

Ceramics Advanced

  • SPS Course Number: HFA8127
  • 0.5 Credit / 1 Semester – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Ceramics Beginning
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Covered by the universal supply fee
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

Students in this course explore Ceramics at a higher level with hand building and wheel methods. Students design and develop works through investigation of techniques and materials through ceramic arts and artists from a variety of contemporary and historical sources and across cultures. Assignments will be more complex, challenging students to make deeper connections and use voice to communicate ideas. Students have a portfolio of work at the end of the semester. Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts credit requirements. This course may be repeated for credit

AP Art and Design A&B

  • SPS Course Number: HFA8132/HFA8133
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Prior experience in 2D art medium strongly suggested
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Payment for AP exam, test prep materials (scholarships available – see your counselor)
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: 6+ Hours /Week

The AP Art and Design course presents an inquiry-based approach to learning about art and design. Students conduct in-depth and sustained investigation of materials, processes, and ideas with a self-selected media focus: Drawing, 2D and 3D art. This process supports students to become inquisitive and thoughtful artists and designers. The course continues for a second semester where students develop a portfolio in preparation for AP College Board submission. Students further develop their personal voice in the visual arts as they work in their chosen media or focus.  Student work is developed for a portfolio that will be submitted to the AP College Board for review and scoring. This course is recommended but not limited to students looking to apply to art colleges after high school. Students may receive CTE credit after fulfilling all Fine Arts credit requirements.  Although there are no prerequisites for the course, prior experience, learning about, and making art, supports student success. This course is eligible for Occupational Education which is equivalent to CTE credit. As an introductory college course, students need to work inside and outside the classroom and beyond scheduled periods. Homework such as a journal or sketchbook, should support the depth of learning expected of AP students. The portfolio exams contain 3 required sections: Selected works (5 works), and sustained investigation (15 digital images) to be submitted as a final, end of course summative assessment, and an artist narrative statement.

Personalized Pathway Courses (World Language, Art, Science, etc.) – 2.0 to 3.0 credits (4-6 semesters)

Required Courses

  • Select from approved course offerings.

Notes: Personalized pathway requirements are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the students’ interests and High School Beyond Plan.

World Languages are recommended for students planning on attending a 2 or 4-year college or university for admissions purposes. These may be taken as a part of the personal pathway or elective credits.

French

French 1 A&B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL1273/HWL1274
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Homework: Weekly,1-2 hours

This Course allows students to develop basic proficiency in the four skills of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Content includes vocabulary common to daily needs knowledge and use of formal and informal register, basic grammatical structures, comprehension of familiar topics, development of, sensitivity to, and an acceptance of cultural differences. Students are expected to actively participate in class, memorize vocabulary, and practice grammar outside of class.

French 2 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3522/HWL3523
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of French 1
  • Homework: Weekly, 1-2 hours

This class allows further development and reinforcement of basic proficiency in the four skills of communication mentioned in Level 1 as they relate to expansion of vocabulary, grammatical structures, guided composition and conversation, and culture studies in the language. Two years toward the two-year college/university admission requirement met upon successful course completion.

French 3 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3526/HWL3527
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of French 2
  • Homework: Weekly, 1-2.5 hours

Level 3 is an extension and expansion of Level 2 with additional emphasis on conversation and writing. More advanced terms and grammar are introduced, practiced and reinforced. Students work toward total immersion in the target language.

French 4 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3530/HWL3531
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of French 3 with C or better or teacher recommendation
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Materials Required: Workbook
  • Homework: Weekly, 2-3 hours

Advanced foreign language classes give students an opportunity to experience and discuss literature, history, art, and current events. This course will be taught entirely in the target language. Students refine communication skills by using authentic cultural material, films, videos, magazines, and newspapers. Students work toward total immersion in the selected language.


Japanese

Japanese 1 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL1275/HWL1276
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Materials Required: Workbook
  • Homework: Weekly, 1-2 hours

This Course allows students to develop basic proficiency in the four skills of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Content includes vocabulary common to daily needs, knowledge and use of formal and informal register, basic grammatical structures, comprehension of familiar topics, development of, sensitivity to, and an acceptance of cultural differences. Students are expected to actively participate in class, memorize vocabulary, and practice grammar outside of class.

Japanese 2 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3541/HWL3542
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Japanese 1
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Materials Required: Workbook
  • Homework: Weekly, 1-2 hours

This class allows further development and reinforcement of basic proficiency in the four skills of communication mentioned in Level 1 as they relate to expansion of vocabulary, grammatical structures, guided composition and conversation, and culture studies in the language. Two years toward the two-year college/university admission requirement met upon successful course completion.

Japanese 3 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3545/HWL3546
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Japanese 2 with C or better or teacher recommendation
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Materials Required: Workbook
  • Homework: Weekly, 1-2 hours

Level 3 is an extension and expansion of Level 2 with additional emphasis on conversation and writing. Grammar is reviewed, practiced and reinforced. Students work toward total immersion in the target language.

Japanese 4 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3549/HWL3550
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Japanese 3 with C or better or teacher recommendation
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Materials Required: Workbook
  • Homework: Weekly, 2-3 hours

Advanced foreign language classes give students an opportunity to experience and discuss literature, history, art, and current events. This course will be taught entirely in the target language. Students refine communication skills by using authentic cultural material, films, videos, magazines, and newspapers. Students work toward total immersion in the selected language.

AP Japanese Language & Culture 5 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3553/HWL3554
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Japanese 4 with B- or better or teacher recommendation
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Materials Required: Workbook
  • Homework: Weekly, 2-3 hours

The rigor of this course is the equivalent of a college course in advanced composition and conversation. It includes aural/oral skills, reading comprehension of varied materials, grammar and composition. Communication objectives are comprehension of formal and informal language, acquisition of vocabulary, composition of expository passages and ability to express ideas and opinions orally and in writing with accuracy. Students are expected to take the AP exam, but that exam is not part of the course grade.


Spanish

Spanish 1 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL1279/HWL1280
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Homework: Weekly, 1-2 hours 

This Course allows students to develop basic proficiency in the four skills of communication: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Content includes vocabulary common to daily needs, knowledge and use of formal and informal register, basic grammatical structures, comprehension of familiar topics, development of, sensitivity to, and an acceptance of cultural differences. Students are expected to actively participate in class, memorize vocabulary, and practice grammar outside of class.

Spanish 2 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3560/HWL3561
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 1
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Homework: Weekly, 1-2 hours

This class allows further development and reinforcement of basic proficiency in the four skills of communication mentioned in Level 1 as they relate to expansion of vocabulary, grammatical structures, guided composition and conversation, and culture studies in the language. Two years toward the two-year college/university admission requirement met upon successful course completion.

Spanish 3 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3564/HWL3565
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 2
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Homework: Weekly, 1-2 hours

Level 3 is an extension and expansion of Level 2 with additional emphasis on conversation and writing. Grammar is reviewed, practiced and reinforced. Students work toward total immersion in the target language.

Spanish 4 A&B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3566/HWL3567
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 3
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Homework: Weekly, 2-3 hours

This class give students an opportunity to experience and discuss literature, history, art, and current in the target language. Students refine communication skills by using authentic cultural material, films, videos, magazines, and newspapers.

AP Spanish Language & Culture 5 A/B 

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3572/HWL3573
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 10, 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Spanish 4 with B- or better or teacher recommendation
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Materials Required: AP Spanish Barron practice book 
  • Homework: Weekly, 2-3 hours 

The rigor of this course is the equivalent of a college course in advanced composition and conversation. It includes aural/oral skills, reading comprehension of varied materials, grammar and composition. Communication objectives are comprehension of formal and informal language, acquisition of vocabulary, composition of expository passages and ability to express ideas and opinions orally and in writing with accuracy. Students are expected to take the AP exam, but that exam is not part of the course grade.

AP Spanish Literature 6 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HWL3574/HWL3575
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 11, 12
  • Prerequisite: Successful Completion of AP Spanish Language & Culture
  • Suggested Lab Fee: Student workbook fees vary
  • Materials Required: AP Spanish Barron practice book 
  • Homework: Weekly, 2-3 hours 

The basic program exposes students to a wide variety of genres and types of discourse and will enable student to trace the history of Spanish prose from Don Juan Manuel to modern times through some of its most brilliant practitioners including Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende. Through a structured progression of topics students will gain the knowledge and skills that will enable them to think critically and logically while speaking and writing in Spanish. Students are expected to take the AP exam, but that exam is not part of the course grade.

ELD BASIC 1 A/B

  • SPS Course Number: HLA2083/HLA798
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Meets Elective graduation requirement
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

This mixed-grade course is designed to support English Language Learners, who are in mainstream core courses. It is a small, personalized class in which the primary aims are goal setting, prioritization and reflection, all with a view to building stronger learning strategies and habits. Students will have some portion of each week to work on mainstream coursework. In addition to the goal setting and prioritization, day to day activities will range from basic reading and writing skills (such as close reading skills, and narrative and expository writing) to Social Studies skills (such as map skills and current events) to more general skills (such as interviewing techniques, speech and presentation, vocabulary development).

ELD 2 A/B Extension

  • SPS Course Number: HLA2084/HLA7987
  • 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Meets Elective graduation requirement
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

This mixed-grade course is designed to support English Language Learners, who are in mainstream core courses. It is a small, personalized class in which the primary aims are goal setting, prioritization and reflection, all with a view to building stronger learning strategies and habits. Students will have some portion of each week to work on mainstream coursework. In addition to the goal setting and prioritization, day to day activities will range from basic reading and writing skills (such as close reading skills, and narrative and expository writing) to Social Studies skills (such as map skills and current events) to more general skills (such as interviewing techniques, speech and presentation, vocabulary development).

Focus

  • SPS Course Number: HUE0341
  • .5 Credit/ 1 Semester or 1 Credit / 1 Year – Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Meets Elective graduation requirement
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Suggested Lab Fee: None
  • Materials Required: None
  • Homework: As needed

The fundamental objective of this course is to improve every student’s achievement in all other classes. Practice in this course will seek to arm students with strategies and skills to be successful in the general education curriculum. Needed skills will be taught using differentiated workshops, large group, small group and individualized instruction. Supplementary instruction may be provided by various computer-assisted instructional packagesAdditionally, this course provides resources and extended learning to students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Students will receive Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) outlined in their IEPs in reading, math, written expression, behavior, communication and executive functioning skills. Students will be expected to stay fully engaged in SDI lessons, working on current classroom assignments, make-up work, reading, academic planning, and improving study and organizational skills.