Seattle’s Jesuit College Prep School Since 1891

Curriculum

Seattle Preparatory School emphasizes not only subject matter but more importantly the process by which one "comes to know". We seek to form students who are life-long critical thinkers, who grow in their understanding of content within a global context rather than fact-finding in isolation, who are called to ask critical questions, and who are ultimately called to act as transformational leaders. Rather than passively receiving information and predefined explanations, students actively engage in the learning process. Teachers actively involve students in the art of learning "how to learn".

Our unique curriculum places an emphasis on collaboration, deep understanding of content, analysis and synthesis, and the ability to apply what is learned in a myriad of challenging situations. At Seattle Prep, reflection and action are key components of the learning experience.

“Seattle Prep taught me how to think, rather than what to think.” – Seattle Prep Alumna

Graduation Requirements

Seattle Preparatory School’s graduation requirements exceeds the Washington State Graduation Requirements.

Seattle Prep Credit Requirement = 75 credits
1 semester = 1.5 credits / 1 year = 3.0 credits

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Typical Freshman Curriculum

In the 9th grade year, students take 8 courses (6 year-long courses, 2 semester-long courses). All 9th grade students are enrolled in Collegio, an interdisciplinary course integrating English, Social Studies and Religious values. All students take a math placement exam and are enrolled into a math course based on the placement exam as well as teacher recommendation. Students also choose which World Language they would like to study. If the student has previously taken a World Language, they can elect to take a placement exam and upon passing the exam, they may enroll in the Level 2 of that course. Most 9th grade students take Integrated Physics/Chemistry, but some enroll in Honors Biology based on previously studies in science.

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Typical Sophomore Curriculum

In the 10th grade year, students take 9 courses (5 year-long courses, 4 semester-long courses). All 10th grade students are enrolled in Collegio, an interdisciplinary course integrating English, Social Studies and Religious values. Students continue with the next appropriate math course in the math sequence as well as continue with the next level of World Language. Beginning in the 10th grade, students have the choice to between a variety of Science, Arts, and Health / Exercise Science courses. All students must take a one semester Health class.

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Typical Junior Curriculum

In the 11th grade year, students take 8 courses (6 year-long courses, 2 semester-long courses). All 11th grade students are enrolled in Collegio, an interdisciplinary course integrating English and Social Studies in American Studies. Students continue with the next appropriate math course in the math sequence. Students can continue with the next level of World Language or take a study period. Students in 11th grade have the choice between a variety of Science, Arts, and Health / Exercise Science courses. All students take a year-long Theology course. During the 11th grade, students can elect to take an AP US History course and sit for the exam during the spring AP testing session.

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Typical Senior Curriculum

In the 12th grade year, students are required to take a minimum of six classes each semester; students taking one AP class are required to take a minimum of six classes one semester and five classes the other semester; students taking two or more AP classes are required to take a minimum of five classes each semester. All students take a one-semester integrated course during the second semester called Senior Seminar, which count towards Theology credit. Students may continue with the next appropriate math course in the math sequence as well as science. All 12th grade students take a full year of English course(s).

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Course Catalog

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