High School, College, Career

Advanced Level and Alternative Courses

Advanced Level Courses for SPS High School Students

High School Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

The high school Advanced Placement program is a College Board program that allows students to access college-level curriculum. This curriculum assists and prepares students for their college or university coursework.

Students who take AP exams, which are administered annually in May, can earn college credit, depending on their score and the college they plan to attend. Read more about AP at Seattle Public Schools.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma program is a series of college preparation courses developed for juniors and seniors. The IB Diploma follows a two-year comprehensive program that incorporates the best elements of college preparation from a number of countries.

IB courses are offered at three SPS schools:

To learn more about the Seattle Public Schools International Baccalaureate program.

Running Start

Running Start is a recognized course of study offered by community colleges and available to high school students who have earned sufficient credits to obtain at least 11th grade standing.

Eligible students must be enrolled in a Washington state public high school, or meet all applicable requirements for home-based instruction students, and demonstrate readiness for college level or professional/technical coursework in a college environment.

The program provides high school students the opportunity to enroll in college-level courses for credit, with free or reduced tuition, while earning high school credit at the same time for up to six quarters. Students may take up to 18 credits at Running Start regardless of credits taken at student’s home school.

To learn more about Running Start options talk with your high school counselor, the running start coordinator at your local community college and visit OSPI Running Start Program.

Many local Running Start programs have implemented a vaccine mandate for students taking in-person classes on campus. To understand the policy at your local community college, please contact the college directly.

College in the High School

A College in the High School program is a dual credit program in which a college approved eligible high school teacher offers a college course on a high school campus or in a high school environment, and in which eligible students are given the opportunity to earn high school credit to be awarded by a district, charter school, or tribal compact school and college credit awarded by the participating institution of higher education.

There are three main differences between College in the High School and Running Start.

The first is where the course is offered and who teaches the course. College in the High School is taught on a high school campus by an eligible high schoolteacher. Running Start is taught on a college campus by a college faculty member.

Finally, the second difference is funding. Running Start students may enroll tuition free up to the equivalent of a full-time student each term, and for a maximum of the equivalent of two years of full-time enrollment. College in the High School students wanting to earn the available college credit may be responsible for paying a fee to the college. The maximum fee shall not exceed $65 per college credit.

How will my college treat these credits?

Students and families should know that Colleges and Universities receiving and applying these college credits are subject to the that schools’ policies. It is best to review the transfer or dual credit policies for the college you are interested in attending for details on how they apply or treat these types of credits.

Advanced Courses Offered at SPS High Schools

A full list of advanced courses at each high school:

AP AMER GOVERNMENT
AP ART AND DESIGN A
AP ART AND DESIGN B
AP BIOLOGY 1
AP BIOLOGY 2
AP CALCULUS AB A
AP CALCULUS AB B
AP CALCULUS BC A
AP CALCULUS BC B
AP CHEMISTRY
AP CHEMISTRY 2
AP COMPUTER SCI A1
AP ENG LIT COMP 1
AP ENG LIT COMP 2
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 1
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 2
AP FRENCH 5A
AP FRENCH 5B
AP JAPANESE 5A
AP JAPANESE 5B
AP MACROECONOMICS 1
AP MACROECONOMICS 2
AP MUSIC THEORY A
AP MUSIC THEORY B
AP PHYSICS 1A
AP PHYSICS 1B
AP SPANISH 5A
AP SPANISH 5B
AP SPANISH LIT A
AP SPANISH LIT B
AP STATISTICS A
AP STATISTICS B
AP US HISTORY 11A
AP US HISTORY 11B
AP WORLD HISTORY 1
AP WORLD HISTORY 2
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH A
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH B
C LIT 240 FILM AS LIT
ENGL 111 COMPOS LIT
FRENCH 103 FRENCH 3A
FRENCH 103 FRENCH 3B
JAPAN 103 JAPANESE 3A
JAPAN 103 JAPANESE 3B
MAT107 MATH IN SOC A
MAT107 MATH IN SOC B
SPANISH 103 SPANISH 3A
SPANISH 103 SPANISH 3B

AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 1
AP LANGUAGE ARTS 12
AP STATISTICS A

AP CALCULUS AB A
AP CALCULUS AB B
AP CHEMISTRY
AP CHEMISTRY 2
AP CHINESE 5A
AP CHINESE 5B
AP COMP SCI PRINCP 1
AP COMP SCI PRINCP 2
AP COMPUTER SCI A1
AP COMPUTER SCI A2
AP PHYSICS 1B
AP SPANISH 5A
AP SPANISH 5B
AP STATISTICS A
AP STATISTICS B
BIOL 100 INTRO BIOLOGY A
BIOL 100 INTRO BIOLOGY B
MATH146 INTRO STATS A
MATH146 INTRO STATS B

AP AMER GOVERNMENT
AP CALCULUS AB A
AP CALCULUS AB B
AP CHEMISTRY
AP CHINESE 5A
AP CHINESE 5B
AP COMPUTER SCI A1
AP ENG LIT COMP 1
AP ENG LIT COMP 2
AP PHYSICS 1A
AP PHYSICS 1B
AP SPANISH 5A
AP SPANISH 5B
AP STATISTICS A
AP STATISTICS B
C LIT 240 MARGINS CENTERS
ENGL 131 COMPOSITION
MAT107 MATH IN SOC A
MAT107 MATH IN SOC B
MATH141 PRECALC A
MATH142 PRECALC B

AP AMER GOVERNMENT
AP ART AND DESIGN A
AP ART AND DESIGN B
AP BIOLOGY 1
AP BIOLOGY 2
AP CALCULUS AB A
AP CALCULUS AB B
AP CALCULUS BC A
AP ENG LANG COMP 1
AP ENG LANG COMP 2
AP ENG LIT COMP 1
AP ENG LIT COMP 2
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 1
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 2
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
AP MACROECONOMICS 1
AP MACROECONOMICS 2
AP PHYSICS C1
AP PHYSICS C2
AP SPANISH 5A
AP SPANISH 5B
AP STATISTICS A
AP STATISTICS B
AP US HISTORY 11A
AP US HISTORY 11B
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH A
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH B
CSE 142 AP COMP SCI A1
CSE 142 AP COMP SCI A2

AP CALCULUS AB A
AP CALCULUS AB B
AP COMP SCI PRINCP 1
AP COMP SCI PRINCP 2
AP ENG LIT COMP 2
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 1
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 2
AP JAPANESE 5A
AP JAPANESE 5B
AP SPANISH 5A
AP SPANISH 5B
AP STATISTICS A
AP STATISTICS B
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH
ECON120 GENERAL ECON
ENGL 101 ENGL COMP A
ENGL 101 ENGL COMP B
HIST147 US HISTORY 11A
HIST148 US HISTORY 11B
JAPN 121 JAPANESE I
JAPN 122 JAPANESE II
JAPN 123 JAPANESE III
POLS101 INTRO TO POLI SCI

AP CALCULUS AB A
AP CALCULUS AB B
AP CALCULUS BC A
AP CALCULUS BC B
AP COMPUTER SCI A1
AP COMPUTER SCI A2
AP STATISTICS A
ENGL 113 INTRO POETRY
IB 20 CEN WRLD HIS 1
IB 20 CEN WRLD HIS 2
IB BIOLOGY 1 SL
IB BIOLOGY 2 SL
IB BIOLOGY 3 HL
IB BIOLOGY 4 HL
IB CHEMISTRY 1 SL
IB CHEMISTRY 2 SL
IB COMPUTER SCI A
IB COMPUTER SCI B
IB ECONOMICS 1 SL
IB ECONOMICS 2 SL
IB ENV SYST SOC A
IB ENV SYST SOC B
IB FILM HL A
IB FILM HL B
IB FILM SL A
IB FILM SL B
IB FRENCH 4A
IB FRENCH 4B
IB FRENCH 5A
IB FRENCH 5B
IB HIST OF AMERICA 1
IB HIST OF AMERICA 2
IB JAPANESE 4A
IB JAPANESE 4B
IB JAPANESE 5A
IB JAPANESE 5B
IB JAPANESE 6A
IB JAPANESE 6B
IB LANG LIT 12A SL
IB LANG LIT 12B SL
IB LITERATURE 11A
IB LITERATURE 11B
IB LITERATURE 12A HL
IB LITERATURE 12B HL
IB MATH ANAPP HL A
IB MATH ANAPP HL B
IB MATH ANAPP HL C
IB MATH ANAPP HL D
IB MATH ANAPP SL C
IB MATH ANAPP SL D
IB MATH APPS SL C
IB MATH APPS SL D
IB MUSIC 1 SL A
IB MUSIC 1 SL B
IB MUSIC 2 HL A
IB MUSIC 2 HL B
IB PHYSICS 1 SL
IB PHYSICS 2 SL
IB PHYSICS 3 HL
IB PHYSICS 4 HL
IB PSYCHOLOGY 1
IB PSYCHOLOGY 2
IB PSYCHOLOGY 3
IB PSYCHOLOGY 4
IB SPANISH 4A
IB SPANISH 4B
IB SPANISH 5A
IB SPANISH 5B
IB SPANISH 6A
IB SPANISH 6B
IB THEORY KNOWLDG 2
IB VISUAL ART HL A
IB VISUAL ART HL B
IB VISUAL ART SL A
IB VISUAL ART SL B

AP ART AND DESIGN A
AP ART AND DESIGN B
AP BIOLOGY 1
AP BIOLOGY 2
AP CALCULUS AB A
AP CALCULUS AB B
AP CHEMISTRY 2
AP COMPUTER SCI A1
AP COMPUTER SCI A2
AP ENG LANG COMP 1
AP ENG LANG COMP 2
AP ENG LIT COMP 1
AP ENG LIT COMP 2
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 1
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 2
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
AP JAPANESE 5A
AP JAPANESE 5B
AP PHYSICS 1A
AP PHYSICS 1B
AP SPANISH 5A
AP SPANISH 5B
AP SPANISH LIT A
AP SPANISH LIT B
AP STATISTICS A
AP STATISTICS B
AP US GOVT AND POLITICS 1
AP US GOVT AND POLITICS 2
AP US HISTORY 11A
AP US HISTORY 11B
ENGL 101 ENGL COMP A
ENGL 101 ENGL COMP B
MAT107 MATH IN SOC A
MAT107 MATH IN SOC B
MATH141 PRECALC A
MATH142 PRECALC B

ATM 111 GLOBAL WARMING A

BUS130 BUSINESS MATH A
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH B
IB 20 CEN WRLD HIS 1
IB 20 CEN WRLD HIS 2
IB BIOLOGY 1 SL
IB BIOLOGY 2 SL
IB BUSINESS MGT A
IB BUSINESS MGT B
IB CHINESE 4A
IB CHINESE 4B
IB FILM HL A
IB FILM HL B
IB HIST OF AMERICA 1
IB HIST OF AMERICA 2
IB LANG LIT 11A HL
IB LANG LIT 11B HL
IB LANG LIT 12A HL
IB LANG LIT 12B HL
IB MATH ANAPP HL C
IB MATH ANAPP HL D
IB MATH ANAPP SL A
IB MATH ANAPP SL B
IB MATH ANAPP SL C
IB MATH ANAPP SL D
IB MATH APPS SL A
IB MATH APPS SL B
IB MATH APPS SL C
IB MATH APPS SL D
IB SPANISH 3A
IB SPANISH 3B
IB SPANISH 4A
IB SPANISH 4B
IB SPANISH 5A
IB SPANISH 5B
IB SPORTS MEDICINE A
IB SPORTS MEDICINE B
IB THEORY KNOWLDG 1
IB THEORY KNOWLDG 2
IB VISUAL ART HL A
IB VISUAL ART HL B

AP AMER GOVERNMENT
AP ART AND DESIGN A
AP ART AND DESIGN B
AP CALCULUS AB A
AP CALCULUS AB B
AP CALCULUS BC A
AP CALCULUS BC B
AP COMPARATIVE GOV
AP ENG LANG COMP 1
AP ENG LANG COMP 2
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 1
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 2
AP FRENCH 5A
AP FRENCH 5B
AP HUMAN GEO INTG A
AP HUMAN GEO INTG B
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
AP PHYSICS 1A
AP PHYSICS 1B
AP PHYSICS C1
AP PHYSICS C2
AP SPANISH 5A
AP SPANISH 5B
AP SPANISH LIT A
AP SPANISH LIT B
AP STATISTICS A
AP STATISTICS B
AP US HISTORY 11A
AP US HISTORY 11B
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH A
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH B
C LIT 240 FILM AS LIT
C LIT 240 MARGINS CENTERS
CSE 142 AP COMP SCI A1
CSE 142 AP COMP SCI A2
FRENCH 103 FRENCH 3A
FRENCH 103 FRENCH 3B
LATIN 307 LATIN 5A
LATIN 307 LATIN 5B
PSYCH 101 AP PSYCH 1
PSYCH 101 AP PSYCH 2

AP SPANISH 5A
AP SPANISH 5B
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH A
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH B
IB 20 CEN WRLD HIS 1
IB 20 CEN WRLD HIS 2
IB 20 CEN WRLD HIS IMMER 1
IB 20 CEN WRLD HIS IMMER 2
IB BIOLOGY 1 SL
IB BIOLOGY 2 SL
IB BIOLOGY 3 HL
IB CHEMISTRY 1 SL
IB CHEMISTRY 2 SL
IB CHEMISTRY 3 HL
IB CHEMISTRY 4 HL
IB CHINESE 4A
IB CHINESE 4B
IB CHINESE 5A
IB CHINESE 5B
IB DSGN TECHN SL A
IB DSGN TECHN SL B
IB HIST OF AMER IMMER 1
IB HIST OF AMER IMMER 2
IB HIST OF AMERICA 1
IB HIST OF AMERICA 2
IB JAPANESE 4A
IB JAPANESE 4B
IB JAPANESE 5A
IB JAPANESE 5B
IB LANG LIT 11A HL
IB LANG LIT 11A SL
IB LANG LIT 11B HL
IB LANG LIT 11B SL
IB LANG LIT 12A HL
IB LANG LIT 12B HL
IB MATH ANAPP HL A
IB MATH ANAPP HL B
IB MATH ANAPP HL C
IB MATH ANAPP HL D
IB MATH ANAPP SL C
IB MATH ANAPP SL D
IB MATH APPS SL A
IB MATH APPS SL B
IB MATH APPS SL C
IB MATH APPS SL D
IB MUSIC 1 SL A
IB MUSIC 1 SL B
IB PRSN PRO SKILLS 1
IB PRSN PRO SKILLS 2
IB PSYCHOLOGY 1
IB PSYCHOLOGY 2
IB SPANISH 4A
IB SPANISH 4B
IB SPANISH 5A
IB SPANISH 5B
IB SPANISH 6A
IB SPANISH 6B
IB SPORTS MEDICINE A
IB SPORTS MEDICINE B
IB THEORY KNOWLDG 1
IB THEORY KNOWLDG 2
IB VISUAL ART HL A
IB VISUAL ART HL B
IB VISUAL ART SL A
IB VISUAL ART SL B

AP AMER GOVERNMENT
AP ART AND DESIGN A
AP ART AND DESIGN B
AP BIOLOGY 1
AP BIOLOGY 2
AP CALCULUS AB A
AP CALCULUS AB B
AP CALCULUS BC A
AP CALCULUS BC B
AP ENG LANG COMP 1
AP ENG LANG COMP 2
AP ENG LIT COMP 1
AP ENG LIT COMP 2
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 1
AP ENVIRONMNTL SCI 2
AP FRENCH 5A
AP FRENCH 5B
AP PHYSICS 1A
AP PHYSICS 1B
AP SPANISH 5A
AP SPANISH 5B
AP STATISTICS A
AP STATISTICS B
AP US HISTORY 11A
AP US HISTORY 11B
AP WORLD HISTORY 1
AP WORLD HISTORY 2
BUS130 BUSINESS MATH