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Edmonds School District

Course Catalog

Summer School Course Catalog and Descriptions

Graduation Alliance and Edmonds Course Equivalencies


Course Name




Category/ Grad Requirement 

English 9

In this course, students will focus on vocabulary development, comparing connotation with denotation and identifying word meanings using sentence structure. Reading instruction will stress inference; analysis of interesting and important information; character development and complex figurative language in narrative literature and poetry. Writing exercises will emphasize the comparison of multiple ideas and perspectives. Students will further develop skills in analytical evaluation and assessment of writing, including a study of the editing process and the evaluation of source materials.

English 9

English 10

In this course, students will engage in reading and writing exercises that promote vocabulary development, using connotative evaluation to better ascertain meaning through analogy and antonym context clues. Reading instruction focuses on electronic text, using explicit and implicit information to evaluate informational text, and on complex figurative language, including simile, metaphor, pun, symbolism and personification. Reading assignments will focus on how politics, history, and culture contribute to great literature. Writing assignments will focus on analysis and interpretation of multiple ideas and perspectives, with an emphasis on persuasive writing.

English 10

English 11

In this class, students will focus on developing skills for analysis and interpretation of texts that include multiple ideas and perspectives. Writing exercises will stress synthesis and conclusion-making skills, as well as developing experience with the editing process.

English 11

English 12

In this course, students will study English as it applies to work, professional training and higher education, with vocabulary studies in word etymologies, Latin roots and the cultural and social impact on the "living" language. Reading assignments will emphasize literary analysis, historical commentary, political statements and culturally and historically significant literary works. Writing assignments will emphasize cause and effect, analysis and refutation of opposing opinions, and important text connections.

English 12

Algebra I

In this class, students will build upon the foundations established in pre-algebra and basic mathematics to develop a growing understanding of how to perform operations and solve problems with real numbers. Students will focus on the importance of linear relations; develop fluency with the language and operations of algebra to analyze and represent relationships; and perform exercises in statistics and statistical methods to solve problems.


Algebra II

In this course, students will build upon the knowledge previously learned in Algebra I and Geometry, expanding their ability to understand, perform operations and solve problems with real

numbers. Students will focus on the importance of linear relations; develop fluency with the language and operations of algebra to analyze and represent relationships; and perform exercises in statistics and statistical methods to solve problems.

Math 3rd Year/Elective


In this course, students will explore geometry through inductive and deductive processes, technology, constructions, manipulatives and

algebraic connections. Students will develop the structure of Euclidean geometry logically and apply the resulting theorems, proofs and formulas to address meaningful problems. Students will use experimentation and inductive reasoning to construct geometric concepts, discover geometric relationships and formulate conjectures. Students will employ deductive logic to construct formal logical arguments and proofs.


Financial Math/Financial Algebra

In the first quarter of Financial Math, students will examine the various ways that people earn money and how that money is managed, saved, and spent. The second quarter addresses the usefulness of both checking and savings accounts and how to manage them, as well as consideration of saving versus investing. Students will explore cash purchases, receipts, and sale prices. Students will apply the appropriate math concepts needed to successfully navigate the implications of every-day financial scenarios, and develop financial decision-making and planning skills.

Math 3rd Year/ Personal Finance

Intermediate Fitness/Everyday Fitness

In this course, students will demonstrate knowledge of and competency in motor skills, movement patterns, and strategies needed to perform a variety of physical activities. They will perform various activities that will enhance their level of fitness such as creating a personal fitness plan and analyzing the psychological benefits of fitness. They will discover how to achieve a level of physical fitness for health and performance while demonstrating knowledge of fitness concepts, principles, and strategies. Social interaction, participation, leadership, and cultural diversity will also be emphasized.


Pacific Northwest Health

In this course, students will develop an understanding of patterns of behavior that impact human health, with emphasis on the importance of balancing physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual needs to achieve greater well-being. The class will stress the connection between healthy lifestyles and active, productive and successful lives.


Fitness for Life/Fit for Life

In this course, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to self-assess, create, conduct and evaluate personal fitness programs. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships of movement, fitness and nutrition for the performance of fitness activities and exhibit personal and social behaviors appropriate for physical activity settings.


Physical Science

In this course, students will investigate matter and explore its properties and interactions in the world. They will learn to relate speed, velocity, and acceleration to objects in motion. Students will explore the nature of waves, sound, and the electromagnetic spectrum. They will explore electricity, and how electrical charges and electrical currents function. Students will study the physical and chemical properties of matter, including the different states of matter, atomic theory, the Periodic Table of Elements, electrons, bonding, chemical formulas and chemical reactions. Lastly, they will learn how electricity creates energy resources, and consider the environmental and human impacts of different types of resources. Hands-on lab investigations will be emphasized for students to engage with the course material.


Earth Science

In this course, students will discuss multiple theories about the universe, the technology that supports these theories, and the movement of bodies within the universe. They will learn about characteristics that allow life to exist on Earth, and possibly elsewhere in the universe, as well as Earth’s plate boundaries, their movement, and the theories revolving around plate tectonics. Digging deeper, students will examine the Earth's surface to investigate the geothermal activity, and volcanic activity that influence life, climate, and geological formations on earth.



In this course, students will study the ways in which ecosystems are shaped by interactions among living organisms and their physical environment. The class will emphasize the states of change and balance that are constantly at force on the environment and will study the role humans and other organisms play in impacting those states. Units will include an exploration of the composition of organisms; the relationship between organs and organ systems; and the role of DNA in reproduction and genetic expression.



In this course, students will study matter on Earth and the periodic table of elements, including the relationship that exists between chemical behavior and the structure of atoms. The class will include units on the periodic table, the emission of high-energy particles resulting from nuclear changes, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and dynamic equilibrium.


Pacific Northwest History/WA State History

This course offers a comprehensive study of the history of the Pacific Northwest with a specific focus on the state of Washington. Students will study the geography, natural resources, industry, agriculture, as well as the native peoples of the area and the migration west.

US History/Elective- WA State History

World Geography/World History 9

In this course, students will study "the why of the where," exploring how to use geography as a tool to better understand the world in which they live. Learners will evaluate the impact of location, place, movement, region and human-environmental interactions. Emphasis will be placed understanding the human and physical characteristics of places and regions; examining the physical processes and human activities that shape the earth’s surface; and applying geographic knowledge to social and political events in history and the modern world.

World History 9/Elective

World Civilizations/World History 10

In this course, students will investigate the interrelationships, over time, of the world's peoples, including the impact of “colliding” areas of the world and the political, economic, social, philosophical, religious, scientific, technological and artistic contributions of many of the world’s most influential civilizations. Units of study will include ancient and classical civilizations; the Middle Ages; the ages of revolution, imperialism and industrialism; and the modern world.

World History 10/Elective

US History

In this course, students will study the role of and investigate the relationship between events of different time periods in American history; beginning with an exploration of the nation’s pre-reconstruction period. Learners will further study the significance of the American Revolution in the industrial development of the United States; understand the structure and function of the United States government established by the Constitution; explore the territorial growth of the United States before the Civil War; examine the expansion of the political system and social rights before the Civil War; and understand the significance of the Civil War Era to the United States. 

US History/Elective

Civics and Contemporary World Problems

This course explores major issues facing our world today, including social, economic and political issues. Students have the opportunity to conduct research and open-mindedly consider all sides of an issue. Students will study the causes and effects of global issues as they cross cultures and span across time. Students will write informal reflection journals as well as more formal proposals. Students will also create presentations that show a clear understanding of the complexity of various issues.

Senior History/ Elective