Academic Programs

Tahoma's Academic Programs

Information about Dual Credit Programs in Washington


Advanced Placement

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The internationally recognized AP program is administered by the College Board with the purpose of exposing high school students to college-level coursework while still in high school. For each AP course, students can elect to take an optional exam in May for a fee. Fee reductions are available for those qualifying for the district's free and reduced lunch program. Other funding may also be available for those in financial need students should see Charisse Braun, AP Coordinator, if finances are an issue.

Tahoma's AP Courses

  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP United States Government and Politics (We the People)
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Literature and Composition
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Capstone 1: Seminar
  • AP Capstone 2: Research
  • AP Statistics
  • AP 2D Art and Design
  • AP 3D Art and Design
  • AP Drawing
  • AP United States History

Students receive their test results in July.

Students earning at least a 3 (on a five-point scale) on this exam generally earn college credit, placement, or a waiver of some required college courses (does not apply to Running Start). Because college policies vary, students should check the AP College Credit Search link below to see the AP credit policy at their chosen college or university.

Students taking these courses earn THS graduation credit. While the AP classes are not required prior to taking the optional AP test, the courses help to better prepare students for the tests and for college coursework. Courses are recommended for students who meet the prerequisites and who are self-directed and committed students. Advanced Placement courses require more homework and are more challenging than general high school courses. Students should plan carefully before enrolling in multiple AP and College in High School classes at a time. Please send questions about the AP program to Charisse Braun, AP/College in High School Coordinator, at cbraun@tahomasd.us. More information about the AP program can be found at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com.

Visit AP College Credit Search to see the AP credit transfer policies for colleges and universities across the United States. 


Career and Technical Education at THS 

Career and Technical Education is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports basic academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, preparation for industry-defined work, and advanced and continuing education.
 

Agriculture Education and Science

  • Animal Science
  • Plant Science
  • Veterinary Science

Business and Marketing

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Advanced Marketing
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • Business Economics
  • Financial Algebra
  • Intro to Computer Programming
  • IT Microsoft Academy I
  • Journalism
  • Marketing 
  • Multimedia Design
  • Personal and Business Law
  • Personal Finance I & II
  • Professional Communications
  • Retail Operations
  • Social Media for Business
  • Sports/Entertainment Marketing
  • Yearbook

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Child Development I
  • Child Development II
  • EWU ASL 101, 102, 103
  • Fashion Design and Merchandising I
  • Fashion Design and Merchandising II
  • Intro to Early Childhood Development
  • L.I.F.E. (Living Independently and Financially Efficient)
  • Relationships

Health Science

  • Biomedical Innovations
  • Human Body Systems
  • Medical Interventions
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Sports Medicine I, II and III

Skilled and Technical Sciences

  • 3D Commercial Sculpture
  • Advanced Auto Service Technology
  • Advanced Metals
  • Advanced Video Productions V - VI
  • AP Studio Art: 3D Design
  • AP Studio 2D Design Digital Graphics
  • Auto Service Technology
  • Digital Graphic Art-Photoshop
  • Freshman/Sophomore Video Productions
  • Introduction to Auto Service Technology
  • Graphic Design-Illustrator
  • Metals I, II
  • Video Productions I - II
  • Video Productions III - IV

STEM

  • Advanced Robotics with CNC Manufacturing
  • Engineering Computer Aided Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Product Design and 3-D Modeling
  • Robotics

 

Get involved as an advisory committee member!

The vocational programs offered at Tahoma High School depend on community and business members to serve on advisory committees. The purpose of these committees is to ensure that the programs offered at the high school prepare students for specific careers or higher education.

With the approximately 10 hours per year time commitment, advisory committees are a time-efficient way for community members to impact learning at the high school.

If you are interested in lending your expertise and knowledge, please contact the high school at 425-413-6357.


Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC)

PSSC offers 19 different programs in Automotive, Health, and Technology. Students gain experience while engaging in hands on learning. At PSSC, students not only develop their passion for a career in the future, but they learn other skills of life. With all of the work that goes with each program's curriculum, students still manage to develop a portfolio, and complete several writing assessments throughout the year. While at PSSC, students earn high school credit and may have the option to earn college credits.

Students interested in PSSC are encouraged to visit their website to learn more about the different programs available. They should also schedule an appointment with their counselor to review credits and determine if they can earn all their graduation credits while participating in the PSSC program of their choice.

Click here to get more information about how PSSC works, including sample student schedules.


Running Start

The Running Start program was created by the state legislature in the early 1990's as an opportunity for eligible high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit at community and technical colleges, tuition free. Books, fees, and transportation are the student's responsibility.

Students and families interested in the Running Start Program are strongly encouraged to attend our Running Start Information Event to learn more about the program. At this event, college Running Start staff will provide an overview of Running Start and explain the process to get enrolled. Click here to register and get Zoom link.

To enroll in Running Start, students must complete these steps in this order: 1) apply to the college 2) determine eligibility by taking English and math placement tests; these must be scheduled with the college 3) meet with their THS counselor 4) submit Enrollment Verification Form (EVF) obtained from the HS counselor to college 5) complete orientation and registration. 

Running Start Agreement - turn in to counseling office after you have completed steps 1 and 2 above

Students are encouraged to visit the Running Start webpages of the college they wish to attend. Colleges periodically host Running Start information events for students and their families.
Bellevue College
Green River
Renton Technical College
Highline College

Students who are currently enrolled in Running Start can get information relevant to them here


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College in the High School

These courses allow Tahoma students the opportunity to take college classes without leaving the high school campus. Tahoma offers College in High School (CHS) courses through the University of Washington, Central Washington University, and Eastern Washington University. These are courses offered at Tahoma High School that are the same in content and expectations as those taught at the host college or university. Students taking these courses earn THS graduation credit and a THS letter grade. Those who wish to earn college credit must pay tuition to the host college or university, whose fees are subject to change.

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If the student earns a 2.0 or above for their college grade, they receive receive college credits, as well as an official transcript grade from the host college or university. The grade earned will transfer to the host college and to some other colleges and universities. Courses listed in the Washington 45 will be accepted at all Washington public colleges and universities, and at the majority of public and private universities in the U.S. Students are encouraged to check with the colleges and universities they are considering prior to paying the fee for these courses to ensure that the credit will be accepted.

College courses require more homework than general high school requirements and are more challenging to students. Students who are self-directed and committed to putting in out-of-class study time of up to 8 hours weekly will be the most successful. Careful planning is necessary before enrolling in multiple AP/CHS classes at a time. If you have questions or want more information about Tahoma's College in High School courses, please contact Charisse Braun, AP/College in High School Coordinator, at cbraun@tahomasd.us.

Tahoma's College in High School Courses

  • CWU ENG 101/College English I
  • CWU ENG 102/College English II
  • CWU GEOL 101/College Geology
  • CWU MATH 153/Pre-Calculus I
  • CWU MATH 154/Pre-Calculus II
  • CWU PHYSICS 111/College Physics I
  • CWU PHYSICS 112/College Physics II
  • CWU TH 107/Introduction to Theater
  • EWU ASL 101, 102, 103/College ASL I, II, III
  • UW CHEM 110/College Chemistry
  • UW CL 240/Comparative Literature: Film as Literature
  • Eastern Washington Univ logoUW ENGL 111/College Literary Analysis
  • UW ENGL 131/College Writing
  • UW French 103/College French
  • UW SPAN 103/College Spanish
  • UW SPAN 203/Advanced College Spanish

You can read more about our College in High School programs at:

Did you miss High School and Beyond Night and Future Freshman Night? See the links below for additional information about AP and College in High School Programs.

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