Our Curriculum

Our curriculum prepare all students for success in college and career.


Our academic program exceeds the requirements to apply for a 4-year university and college, include the University of California’s A-G requirements. 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.


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 1 through various tests at the start of school. In 12th grade, students have the option to take both AP Statistics and AP Calculus if they meet requirements that show their ability to meet the demands of the course load.


Expeditions at Summit Rainier

Expeditions are elective courses taught in immersive two-week segments four times each school year. They empower students to identify and cultivate their unique human potential through skill-building opportunities and perspective-changing experiences, leading each student to conviction in their purpose.
Expeditions courses generally fall into these categories:

 

  • Arts & Design
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Leadership & Society
  • Media & Business
  • Technology
  • Future Planning
    • Some courses are UC-approved, meaning your grade will be part of your UC GPA
    • Non-UC-approved are Pass/Fail on your transcript
    • All students must take at least one VPA (Visual/Performing Arts) to meet graduation requirements
    • All 11th grade students take College Readiness as one of their two courses.

Arts & Design

  • Intro to Visual Arts (VPA/ UC)
  • Advanced Art (VPA/ UC)
  • Video Production (VPA/UC)
  • Advanced Video Production (VPA/UC)
  • Graphic Design
  • 3D Art
  • Stage Combat (VPA pending)
  • Creative Writing

 

Technology

  • Video Game Programming
  • Intro to Programming (UC)
  • Robotics

 

Media & Business

  • Journalism (UC)
  • Advanced Journalism (UC)
  • Entrepreneurship (UC)

 

Health & Well-Being

  • Human Sexuality
  • Health and Fitness

 

Leadership & Society

  • Ethnic Studies
  • Human Rights

 

Future Planning

  • College Readiness (UC)
  • Life after Rainier
  • Internship (Full Day)
  • Independent Study (Full Day)
  • Adulting 101