Our Curriculum

Our curriculum prepare all students for success in college and their careers.

Our academic program exceeds the requirements to apply to a 4-year colleges and universities, including the University of California. While most students take the same courses in the same grade level, we deeply value personalized learning and each course supports students individually and aligns their daily work with their long-term goals. Students often have the opportunity to choose topics that interest them within a project, and teachers help them engage with activities that balance support and challenge so that every student is growing every day. Most of our students begin taking college-level Advanced Placement (AP) courses in 11th grade.

High School

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Social Science World Studies I World Studies II AP US History AP Government
English English 9 English 10 AP English Language and Composition AP English Literature and Composition
Math* Math I Math II Math III AP Statistics and/or AP Calculus
Science Biology Physics Chemistry AP Environmental Science
Spanish Spanish 1, 2, 3, & AP Spanish (minimum of 2 years)
Expeditions 2 Expedition Electives 2 Expedition Electives College Readiness & 1 Expedition Elective 2 Expedition Electives or Internship Independent Study

* * While the vast majority of 9th graders will be appropriately challenged by Math I, students may accelerate to Math II if they demonstrate proficiency in Math I through a placement test at the start of the school year. In 12th grade, students have the option to take AP Statistics and AP Calculus concurrently if they demonstrate their ability to meet the demands of the course load.

Expeditions at Tahoma

Expeditions plays an essential role in our student’s learning by offering engaging, relevant, and meaningful electives, enrichment opportunities, and experiences to prepare our students for success in college, career, and life. For two-weeks stretches at four different points in the school year, students immerse themselves in subjects for which they are passionate, learn from professionals in these fields, and emerge with a new perspective of the world and their future plans.

  • During Expeditions, students explore strands of:
  • Community contribution,
  • College readiness,
  • Career readiness,
  • Cultural awareness,
  • Visual, dramatic, and media arts,
  • Health and wellness, and
  • Internships


Expeditions courses are taught by a dedicated team of electives teachers that rotate throughout the year at various Summit schools. During this time, our regular teaching faculty engage in professional development, preparation, and planning for the period ahead. Everyone returns to our regular classes reinvigorated and prepared to tackle the challenges ahead.

2017-18 Expeditions Courses

Arts & Design

  • Intro to Visual Arts
  • Intermediate Visual Arts
  • AP Studio Art (taken as a full day Independent Study – students must request a contract at tinyurl.com/ILcontract)
  • Intro to Drama
  • Modern Theatre and Acting



  • Design Thinking
  • AP Computer Science (taken as a full day Independent Study – students must request a contract at tinyurl.com/ILcontract)


Leadership & Society

  • Sociology of Law
  • Summit Respect Lab
  • Education Pathways


Future Planning

  • College Readiness
  • Internship (Full Day)
  • Independent Study (Full Day)


Media & Business

  • Journalism
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Advanced Journalism
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Video Production (Intro and Adv)
  • Exploring Music