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 Shasta

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.

2017-18 Expeditions Courses


How do I pay taxes? How does the stock market work? What’s a mortgage? How do I vote? How do I buy a car? Got questions about becoming an adult? We’ve got answers! In this course students will explore all the things adults wish they had learned BEFORE they turned 18.

College Readiness

Each and every Summit student will have the opportunity to apply to, attend, and succeed at a 4-year institution. During this course, students will explore and learn about countless colleges and find best fit schools, create college lists, learn about financial aid and how to be financially fit, research and apply to scholarships, prepare for standardized tests, and write application essays. All of this will culminate in a portfolio that will be used during the college application process in 12th grade. This course is required for all 11th grade students.


Do you lack skills for everyday cooking? Do you feel lost and confused in the kitchen? Fundamentals of Cooking will build student confidence, equip them with necessary techniques, and provide abundant inspiration in the kitchen! Students will learn basic cooking techniques, planning and preparation in the kitchen, basic knife skills, and meal planning and recipe building.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a course designed to inspire young women to be joyful, healthy and confident through teamwork, relationship-building and exercise. This course will include running and physical activity, and is only available to anyone who identifies as female. Students will build confidence in who they are, develop greater strength of character, be able to respond to others with care and compassion, be able to develop positive connections with others, and positively contribute to community.

Human Sexu

Human Sexuality is a course all about relationships. In this course students will learn all about healthy and unhealthy relationships as well as everything you really need to know about sex and sexuality. Students will be engaging in a lot of healthy discussions, meeting and listening to some amazing guest speakers on the topics of sexual orientation and gender identity, sexual assault, and teen pregnancy. The projects are often based in video and are intended to inform and entertain both peers and parents about sex and how to talk to teens about it, respectively.

Human Rights

Human Rights introduces students to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Human Rights Law. Students focus on human rights violations in the United States and internationally focusing on issues of racial discrimination, housing, police brutality and immigration. Through field trips and guest speakers, students are introduced to human rights career pathways and avenues for advocacy.

Independent Study

Independent study is a unique expedition opportunity, designed for self-initiating students whose special interests are most robustly met outside of a traditional Summit Internship.The Independent Study (IS) Course is designed as an opportunity for students to engage in deep personalized experiences about their passions. IS experiences are ideal for students who are highly motivated, passionate about unique skills, and who find constructing their own learning experiences deeply satisfying. Altogether, this program is designed to deepen student’s expeditions and core class experiences in student-selected, authentic, and professional work world experiences.


The goal of the Internship Program is to provide students with the opportunity to learn professional workplace skills and to explore a career option, through project-based learning in a real-world work environment. Through this program students will be able to grow their professional network and add work experience to their resume. Seniors especially, will be making decisions that will influence majors, college decisions, and careers. We hope to provide a sneak peek at what the future holds so students can make informed decisions about your pathways.

Intro to Computer Science

This course is a UC approved, academic course. Students will dig into computer science through the lense of Web Development. They will begin to learn HTML/CSS/JavaScript while creating a website portfolio. Students work independently and hone their self motivation skills to dig into how they learn best, and begin to prepare themselves for the type of experiences they will encounter in college. Students will create pages that dig further into their understanding of their own work, and write detailed pages describing what they created.

Intro to Design Thinking

Design thinking is applied creativity. It is a framework for Solving Problems & Developing Innovations. As a designer, students will observe the world, identify problems, think about solutions, build sample products, test products, revise and refine their own products, and share their products. Throughout the course, students will identify design in the world and learn about the different disciplines of design, design solutions for challenges in their community, create graphic design elements, and design their own project.

Introduction to Visual Art

At this very moment, artists are making their mark and adding the finishing touches to their pieces. Some paintings will be mounted to refrigerators with magnets and others will be hung in pristine white-walled museums. Who decides what types of art will be seen by thousands of visitors and priced at millions of dollars? This course will offer a few theories and the chance to explore art from cultures across the globe and engage in the art world outside the classroom. Students will discover what styles of art inspire them as they learn the history of art and explore different techniques of art making. Hands-on projects in several forms of media, class discussions on the practices of art making and lively debates on subjects such as graffiti will inspire creative self-expression and critical thinking. Students will build tools with which to share their observations as they broaden their perspective on art. The challenge will ultimately be deciding what message they want to share through your art!


In this course, students will learn about the composition of photos, discover the conventions of various genres of photography, discover various production techniques, take their own photos, and workshop the photos of others. By the end of the course, students will have developed a keen understanding of photography that they will use in creating their own portfolio.

Psychology I

In this course, students will learn the study of human behavior and thought, examine controversies from multiple levels of analysis, investigate human genetics, neuroscience, human evolution and brain physiology, explore behaviorism, cognitive science, developmental and social psychology and psychodynamics. By the end of this course, students will have developed a broad perspective on the course’s essential question, “Why do people behave and think the way we do?” through group activities, “hands-on” assignments, projects, case studies and more.

Psychology II

In this advanced psychology course, students will deepen the knowledge gained in Psychology I.

Teaching Assistant (requires teacher permission)

If students are interested in serving as a teaching assistant for any of these courses, they should reach out directly to that Expeditions teacher.

Video Game Programming

In this course, students will learn Blockly and Javascript using both Scratch and Phaser and create a game of their own design using either Scratch or Phaser. No programming experience is needed for this course. The course will start slow and focus on programming concepts and students will learn by following tutorials and reading instructions on how the different tools work. By the end of the course, students will have created a fun, addictive game of their own.

Video Production

Video Production is an Expedition that is designed for students to engage in collaborative high quality video production. This Expedition is offered to give students the skills to create high quality videos from idea to completion – whether it be a stop motion, documentary or advertisement. In this UC approved VPA class, students create a video project each week with a diverse set of group member. These creative in nature projects are designed for students to see how much goes into videos students see every day.


Wilderness provides students a chance to connect with the outdoors! This course will be ALL DAY and the majority of class will be spent outdoors – rain or shine. In addition to developing a strong community and building physical hiking endurance, students will be learning outdoor survival skills such as navigation, shelter building, fire building, camp cooking, plant identification, and wilderness first aid. Since we will spend so much time hiking in the area surrounding the Summit school, our final project will be an area hiking guidebook, where each student compiles an informative entry on the hiking destination including a hike description, wildlife, plant life, history, and suggested activities.