Academic Programs

Tahoma’s Academic Programs

Advanced Placement

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 Environmental Science (Outdoor Academy)
  • AP English Literature & Composition
  • AP European History
  • AP Government & Politics
  • AP Government & Politics (We the People)
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Research (AP Capstone)
  • AP Seminar (AP Capstone)
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Studio Art-2D
  • AP Studio Art 2D (Digital Graphic Art)
  • AP Studio Art-Drawing
  • AP Studio Art 3D
  • AP United States History

Students earning at least a 3 (on a five-point scale) on this exam generally earn college credit, placement, or a waiver of required courses. Students receive their test results in July. 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/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  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.
Did you miss Post-Secondary Night and Future Freshman Night? See the links below for additional information about AP and College in High School Programs.

Career and Technical Education

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.

Tahoma’s CTE Courses


  • Animal Science
  • Floral Design
  • Plant Science


  • Business Connections
  • Accounting
  • Digital Tools
  • Computer Applications
  • Business Economics
  • Personal and Business Law
  • Personal Financial Management
  • Work-Based Learning

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Skills for Life
  • Choices for Life
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Culinary Arts
  • Child Development
  • Relationships
  • Careers in Education

Health Science

  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Human Body Systems
  • Sports and Health Sciences
  • Sports Medicine


  • American Sign Language


  • Marketing
  • Retail Operations

Information Technology

  • Digital Graphic Art – Illustrator
  • Digital Graphic Art – Photoshop
  • Multimedia Design
  • Video Production
  • AP Computer Science
  • PC Technology

Trades and Industry

  • Auto Maintenance
  • 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- 6299.

Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC)

Currently at PSSC we are offering 19 different programs in Automotive, Health, and Technology. Students have the ability to learn hands on and gain experience while learning. At PSSC students not only learn to gain a 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.

Students interested in PSSC are encouraged to visit the website to learn more about the different programs available.

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-level credit, tuition free.

Students and families interested in the Running Start Program are strongly encouraged to attend College Credit in the High School on March 6, 2014. This informative presentation will best help students and families decide if it is right for them.

College in the High School

UW in the High SchoolThese 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 Green River College. These are courses offered at Tahoma High School that are the same in content 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. These fees are subject to change by the university. cwu-logo

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 that are 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 challengGR_logo_Grning 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

Tahoma’s College in High School Courses
  • UW 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
  • 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
  • GRC ATECH 111, 112, 116, & 117/Advanced Automotive Technology
  • GRC EDUC 205 & 210/Introduction to Educational Careers with Field Experience

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

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