Academic Programs

Tahoma’s Academic Programs


Advanced Placement

The internationally recognized AP program is a program 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 $103. 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 Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Seminar
  • 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 should check with prospective colleges as to how AP is credited, since college rules vary. Students receive their test results in July.

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 to students. Students should plan carefully before enrolling in multiple AP/UW classes at a time. Send questions about AP courses to Charisse Braun, AP/UW Coordinator, at  More information about the AP program can be found at

AP-Credit Transfer guidelines for various college/universities



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

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Students taking these courses earn THS graduation credit and a THS letter grade. Those who wish to earn U.W. credit must pay a $45 registration fee one time each semester, along with a $325 fee per course for tuition. These fees are subject to change by the university. Students earn both a THS grade and a UW grade.

If the student earns a 2.0 or above for his/her UW grade, he/she receives 5 UW quarter credits, as well as an official UW transcript grade. The grade earned will transfer to UW and to some other colleges and universities. Credit for these courses 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 insure that the credit will be accepted.

Courses are recommended for students who meet the prerequisites, and who are self-directed and committed students willing to put in out-of-class study time of 5-8 hours weekly. University of Washington courses require more homework and are more challenging to students. Students should plan carefully before enrolling in multiple UW/AP classes at a time.

Tahoma’s UWHS Courses
  • College Computer Programming II
  • College French
  • College Lit Analysis
  • College Spanish
  • Advanced College Spanish
  • College Writing

You can read more about the UWHS program at:

CWU College in the High School / Cornerstone

The Cornerstone program allows high school students cwu-logoto take CWU courses from their approved high school instructors without leaving their campus.

Students taking these courses earn THS graduation credit and a THS letter grade. Those who wish to earn CWU credit must pay $55 per credit, or $275 per 5-credit course, for tuition. These fees are subject to change by the university. Students earn both a THS grade and a UW grade. Students must have a 2.0 GPA or higher to participate in the program.

Tahoma’s CWU Courses:

  • College Geology
  • Pre-Calculus

You can read more about the CWU Cornerstone program at: