South Kitsap School District sees the potential in every student and believes all students can be successful. That's why the district is automatically enrolling qualified high school students into advanced programs or courses during the school year.
Benefits for students enrolled in advanced programs
- More likely to graduate high school and attend college
- Better prepared for college course work
- Potential to earn college credit
- Opportunity to advance further and faster
- Competitive advantage in college admission and scholarship processes
- More likely to graduate from college
QUESTIONS? Contact the Office of Student Success at 360-874-7004.
- Advanced Placement
- Running Start
- College in the High School
- International Baccalaureate
- Career & Technical Education
The College Board's Advanced Placement program enables academically-prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.
Classes offered at South Kitsap High School:
- Art History
- 2D Studio Art (Photo/Graphics Tech)
- 2D Studio Art (Drawing)
- Calculus AB
- Computer Science
- Computer Science Principles
- English Language & Comp. (11)
- English Literature & Comp. (12)
- Environmental Science
- European History
- French Language and Culture
- Human Geography
- Japanese Language and Culture
- Music Theory
- Research/AP Seminar/AP Capstone
- U.S. Government & Politics
- U.S. History
For more information contact your high school counselor (360) 874-5600
Running Start provides students an opportunity to enroll at certain institutions of higher education and earn high school and college credit.
Junior- and Senior-year students, as determined by the local public-school district are eligible to participate in Running Start. Second-year Seniors are limited to taking only the classes needed to meet South Kitsap graduation requirements and must have participated in Running Start in either their junior or senior year. Learn more from OSPI website
Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition but do pay college fees and buy their own books, as well as provide their own transportation.
Students earning both high school and college credit can accelerate their progress through the education system. Students taking a full Running Start course load for two years may earn an associate degree by the end of their senior year of high school.
In order to participate in Running Start you must:
- Have a junior or senior standing in high school
- Apply in March prior to the fall quarter you plan to attend
- Enroll in courses that are approved by your high school counselor to meet graduation requirements – does not apply for homeschool students
- Be responsible for transportation, lab fees, and books
- Take the Accuplacer test administered by the college
✓ Tacoma Community College
✓ Olympic College
✓ Clover Park Technical College
✓ Bates Technical College
✓ Pierce College
AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and extends beyond just a program to the "hows" and "whys" to teaching, learning, and supporting students. AVID's mission as a national organization is to close the opportunity gap (the differences in opportunities presented to students - support, access to resources, highly-effective instruction, role models, culturally-relevant instruction, and high expectations) by preparing every student for college readiness and success in a global society. Learn more about AVID.
The purpose of AVID in South Kitsap School District is to ensure that every student, especially students "in the middle" (low-A to high-C) will:
- succeed in rigorous curriculum;
- complete a rigorous college preparatory path;
- enter mainstream activities of the school;
- increase their enrollment in four-year colleges; and
- become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.
AVID South Kitsap's systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase learning and academic performance schoolwide/districtwide.
The AVID Elective is the core of AVID Secondary. The elective class targets students in the academic middle-low A to C students -with the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. Typically, these students will be the first in their families to attend college and come from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Beginning AVID students are capable of completing a rigorous curriculum but need support in reaching their potential.
South Kitsap places students on the college track, requiring them to enroll in their school's toughest courses, such as Honors and Advanced Placement®. To support them in the rigorous coursework, AVID students learn organizational and study skills, develop critical thinking, learn to ask probing questions, receive academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make their college dreams a reality.
The AVID elective focuses on the following skills, which we call WICOR - Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading.
Success of AVID Elective Students:
AVID sends one-third more students to four-year colleges than the local and national average.
African American AVID students, whether they participate in AVID for one or three years, are enrolling in college at rates that are considerably higher than the local and national average.
Students who participate in AVID enroll in college more often than students who don't participate, and the longer students remain in AVID, the better their college enrollment record.
AVID students are staying in college once they enroll; 89% of those who start are in college two years later and on track to graduate.
Students accrue social capital (the skills, knowledge, and personal fulfillment necessary to be successful) while they are in the program.
More than twice the percentage of students with two years of middle school AVID took three or more AP classes compared to students with only one year or no AVID experience in middle school.
The Commitment of an AVID Student
The AVID elective class requires hard work and perseverance and is effective ONLY if participation is voluntary with a commitment to succeed. Although a parent must also agree to support an AVID student, interest must be shown by the student, not just a parent. Students must sign a contract agreeing to do the following:
- Enroll in AVID as an elective class
- Enroll in a rigorous course of study
- Study at least two hours a day and complete all assignments
- Maintain an organized AVID binder that includes class notes, studying material, assignments, and completed work
- Participate in AVID tutorial groups
- Assist teachers and students in maintaining a positive learning environment
- Participate in AVID field trips and activities
- Apply to several colleges and universities in their senior year
CIHS provides college-level academic courses in high school for qualified students. Students enrolled in CIHS are officially enrolled in a dual-credit high school/college or university course. Students must meet college-specific course requirements in order to earn both high school and college credit.
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Current CIHS courses offered at SK High School:
UW in the High School Astronomy
UW in the High School Spanish
UW in the High School German
Tech Prep Courses
Accounting Digital Media - Flash Animation
American Sign Language (ASL), I, II, III Digital Photo
Advanced Athletic Medicine Early Childhood Education
Beginning CAD Engineering CAD 1&2
Child Development Marketing 1
Careers in Education Microsoft Office
Commercial Photo Work-Based/Site Learning-WBL
IB is a non-profit educational foundation with four programs to help students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. IB schools share a common philosophy; a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education. IB courses are for all students. The IB Diploma and Career Related Program is available at South Kitsap High School.
Select CTE classes allow students to earn both high school and community/technical college credit. Class offerings range from accounting to veterinary technology. Students must earn a 3.0 or better to qualify for dual credit.
Visit the CTE Department site for more information.