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. Exam fees are waived for those students who apply for and qualify for the district's free and reduced lunch program. Other funding for class fees may also be available for those in financial need; students should see the AP Coordinator, if finances are an issue.
AP Coordinator: Joscelyn Strasser, [email protected], room 209

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 Human Geography
  • AP Literature and Composition
  • AP Music Theory
  • 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 Joscelyn Strasser, AP Coordinator, at [email protected]. More information about the AP program can be found at

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

Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC)

PSSC offers 19 different programs. 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 held in late February/early March of each year at High School & Beyond Night.

Click here to learn more about the steps a student needs to take to enroll in Running Start.

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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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 Kathryn Strojan, Future Ready Specialist, [email protected].

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 SPAN 103/College Spanish
  • UW SPAN 201/Advanced College Spanish

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

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