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Course Catalog

Summer School Course Catalog and Descriptions

Graduation Alliance and Edmonds Course Equivalencies


       Course Name




Category/ Grad Requirement 

Art Foundation/ Fundamentals of Art

In this course, students will study a variety of art tools and materials. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skills, and an appreciation for aesthetics.


Digital Photography

In this course, students will discover the history of photography, practice the basics of photography, and identify different techniques used in the field. They will explore how cameras work, and how to use their phone’s camera. Students will identify and demonstrate the elements and principles of design used in photography. They will also explain their responsibilities as a photographer and copyright laws, explore the safe handling equipment in photography, and practice to prepare for a career in the field of photography. Students will learn about careers, education, business practices, and creating portfolios in photography. They will learn basic and advanced editing techniques. Students will demonstrate progress in the course through discussions and creating their own artwork. 2-S GA 05167 / 11054 Photography / Photo Imaging ART212 Music Aesthetics Art HS In this class, students will explore the use of their own artwork. 


Art in World Cultures/Art History

In this Art course, students will learn about some of the greatest artists while also creating art of their own, including digital art. The course explores the basic principles and elements of art, examines how to critique art, and some of the traditional art of the Americas, Africa, and Oceania in addition to the development of Western art.


Music Aesthetics/Music Appreciation

In this class, students will explore the use of their bodies, voice and instruments as means of musical expression; improvise and compose music; and expand their listening skills and vocabulary to analyze and evaluate music.


Financial Accounting

In this course, students will track, record, summarize, and report a business’s financial transactions. They will develop financial documents, project future income and expenses, and evaluate the accuracy of a business’s financial information. Students will also apply tools, strategies, and systems to evaluate a company’s financial performance and monitor the use of financial resources. Technology, employability skills, leadership and communications will be incorporated in classroom activities. 

Available for CTE Credit/ Credit Recovery Only

Business Foundations

In this course, students focus on specialization within three career fields. Students will obtain knowledge and skills in fundamental business activities. They will acquire knowledge of business processes, economics and business relationships. Students will use technology to synthesize and share business information. Employability skills, leadership and communications and personal financial literacy will be addressed.

Available for CTE Credit/ Credit Recovery Only

Introduction to Programming/Computer Science Foundation

In this course, students will start by exploring programming projects and then they will dive deeper into basic programming concepts. Students will recognize key elements of working on an information technology project so they can be successful in future careers. Students will then learn the basics of programming concepts, including building simple interactive applications, basic units of logic, and algorithmic solutions.

Available for CTE Credit/ Credit Recovery Only

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

Public Speaking/ Speech Communications

In this course, students will explore the art of public speaking. They will examine the foundations of rhetoric, identify speech forms, then write and analyze speeches. Students will focus on how to prepare an effective speech including audience analysis, topic selection, and content organization. Students will practice listening skills, writing skills, and collaboration skills through course assignments and discussions.


Mythology & Folklore

Mighty heroes. Angry gods and goddesses. Cunning animals. Mythology and folklore have been used since the first people gathered around the fire as a way to make sense of humankind and our world. This course focuses on the many myths and legends woven into cultures around the world. Starting with an overview of mythology and the many kinds of folklore, the student will journey with ancient heroes as they slay dragons and outwit the gods, follow fearless warrior women into battle and watch as clever animals outwit those stronger than themselves. They will explore the universality and social significance of myths and folklore, and see how they are still used to shape society today.


Spanish I

In this course, students will listen, read, write, and speak introductory Spanish. They will identify reasons for learning a language and be exposed to cultures of Spanish speaking countries. Students will use basic vocabulary to express and describe themselves and their world. They will communicate about daily activities, friends, food, locations, community, sports, and technology. They will also write scripts in Spanish and record themselves speaking the language. Emphasis will be placed on using correct vocabulary and grammar throughout the course.


Spanish II

Using knowledge from Spanish 1, students will continue to build skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking Spanish. They will compare the Spanish language to their own language and be exposed to cultures of Spanish speaking countries. Students will continue to build on their vocabulary skills set to express and describe themselves and their world. They will communicate information about family members, clothing, rooms in their home, ideal vacations, and daily routines. Students will also learn how to order food in a Spanish speaking restaurant and how to use the Spanish past tenses to talk about their childhood. They will also write scripts/short stories in Spanish and record themselves speaking the language. Emphasis will be placed on using correct vocabulary and grammar throughout the course. 


Finance Foundations /Personal Finance

In this course, students will consider their values, personality, aspirations, and interests to see how these aspects of their lives may inform their career decisions. Specifically considering the MSSC industry credential in the field of manufacturing, the NCCER credential, which is based in the construction industry, and the Caregiver credential in the healthcare field. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the possibilities offered by these careers and make an action plan to pursue their goals.

Available for CTE Credit/ Credit Recovery Only

Child Development for Caretakers/Family Sociology

This course offers a basic introduction to the emotional, physical, and psychological development of a child. Students will explore several developmental models. Students will study the biological and chemical changes in children as they age as well as look into parenting resources. 

Available for CTE Credit/ Credit Recovery Only

Adult Roles and Responsibilities

Adult Roles and Responsibilities helps students prepare for independent living. This course prepares students to understand the nature, function, and significance of human relationships involving individuals and families. Topics include: family living, parenting, household and money management, decision-making skills, communication skills, self-awareness, crisis management, and the individual roles and responsibilities within the family and community.


Child Development Psychology

This course offers a basic introduction to the emotional, physical, and psychological development of young children. Students explore several developmental models and theories, along with biological, chemical, and behavioral changes children go through as they grow. Parenting and Caregiver resources are explored, along with the roles of various family members and support systems.

Available for CTE Credit/ Credit Recovery Only

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


In this course, students will expand their knowledge of quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions to include power, polynomial, rational, piece-wise and trigonometric functions. Students will investigate and explore mathematical ideas, develop multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations and use graphing calculators and mathematical software to build understanding and solve problems.

Math 3rd Year/ Elective


In this course, students will study the branch of mathematics that deals with rates of change in continuous and varying quantities. The class will include exercises in the graphical, numerical, analytical and verbal representation of functions; derivative rates of change and the use of derivatives to solve a variety of problems; and derivative and definite integrals as expressed in both parts of the

Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will communicate mathematical solutions both orally and with the written word; use technology to help solve problems, interpret results, and verify conclusions; and determine the reasonableness of solutions.

Math 3rd Year/ Elective

Teen Living

In this course, students will learn to understand and cope with personal, 

family and social challenges common during transitionary teenage years, with an emphasis on communication, decision-making skills and building stable relationships with family and peers. Students will identify and recognize personal communication styles and discuss the importance of quality communication skills as they relate to issues that impact teenagers, including self-concept, substance abuse, personal loss, dating, pregnancy and child abuse.


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.


Environmental Science

This course presents relationships between organisms and how these relationships relate to the functioning of ecosystems. Students learn the key concepts and

processes of nutrient cycling, biomes, pollution, energy resources, and habitat destruction. The course also covers ways to promote biodiversity and create a

sustainable future.



In this course, students will study matter, energy, electricity, magnetism, momentum and motion. Lessons will focus on how to measure the motion of

an object in terms of position, time, velocity and acceleration; determine the relation between force, mass, and acceleration; determine the strength of

gravitational and electric forces; and understand the properties and applications of waves.


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

Current World Issues/Civics, Economics, 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

US Government

In this course, students will be introduced to the concept of government, politics, and civic life. They will examine the origins, functions, and structure of our government and discuss the principles and values that the U.S. Constitution promotes. They will study political structure and process, including political parties, voting, and foreign policy. Students will also describe and evaluate the civic and

personal responsibilities of citizens, including what it means to be a member of a state and the nation. They will research a public issue, evaluate how to make a reasoned argument, and propose solutions. They will also examine the impact of media on the political process and on social opinion. As a final project, they will research a local community service project and describe how the experience relates to the American ideal of participation. 

Senior History/ Elective

Washington Economics

In quarter one of this course, students will be introduced to the economic way of thinking and the role of economists, markets, and entrepreneurs in the economy. Students will analyze economic systems and market structures and will learn more

about labor relations. In quarter two, students will learn about economic indicators, banking, and personal finance. Students will complete activities related to banking and economic basics as well as their personal economics. 

Senior History/ Elective

Introduction to Health Care Careers/ Healthcare Professions

In this course, students will discover different careers in the health care field. They will identify past and current trends in health care by reviewing the history of medicine. Then, they will explore the different health care pathways and learn about the different possibilities offered by this growing field. They will analyze the skills needed for a health care career and consider themselves in one of these roles. After taking this class, students are invited to enroll in the Medical Terminology course so they can start their career in a health care pathway.

*Available for CTE Credit/ Credit Recovery Only