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 plays an essential role in realizing the mission of Summit Public Schools by offering engaging, relevant, and meaningful electives, enrichment opportunities, and experiences to prepare our students for success in college, career, and life.  For eight total weeks during the school year, students experience expeditions. Students immerse themselves into subjects about 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 the strands of

  • Community contribution,
  • College readiness,
  • Career readiness,
  • Cultural awareness,
  • Visual, dramatic, and media arts,
  • Health and wellness,
  • Internships.

(At this same time, teachers undergo 40 days of intensive professional development, preparation and planning focused on improving student performance. Everyone returns to the classroom reinvigorated and prepared to tackle the challenges ahead).


2017-18 Expeditions Courses

This year we are proud to offer 23 different Expeditions course options for our students. Please refer to the 2017-18 Expeditions Course Catalog to see all of our course offerings!

Also see:

Rainier Course List
Master Course Catalog
Survey: (students need to log in with mysummitps.org accounts to access)