Highline High School
615 S 200th St Des Moines, WA 98198

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Course Offerings

The following courses are offered at Highline High School. Course descriptions are provided for elective courses within each subject area. Please contact the Counseling Center if you have questions. 


9th grade English courses:

Literature/Composition 1 (EN3600)

Literature/Composition 1 – Honors (EN3601)

10th grade English courses:

Literature/Composition 2 (EN3620)

Literature/Composition 2 – Honors (EN3621)

11th grade English courses:

Literature/Composition 3 (EN5600)

University of Washington in the High School English 131 (EN8300)

AP English Literature and Composition (EN8400)

12th grade English courses:

College Prep Writing (EN5840)

Creative Writing (EN5200)

Film Analysis (EN5500)

World Literature (EN5720)

University of Washington in the High School English 131 (EN8300)

AP English Literature and Composition (EN8400)

English Collection of Evidence (EN3998)

English elective options:

Journalism  (EN5320)

This course is designed to furnish students with the fundamentals of reporting, writing, using PageMaker (or program of choice for the journalism program), journalistic photography and use of graphics and/or Journalist artwork.  Students will assist in producing the school newspaper.

Yearbook (SD5600)

This course is designed to provide advanced techniques in layout, copywriting, graphic design, advertising, photography, typesetting, and leadership. Students will assume the higher levels of responsibility required of the annual staff to produce and publish the school’s yearbook. The ability to work 6-8 hours per month outside of school is required.

English Language Learners

Beg. Reading & Writing-ELL (EN3110)

Beg. Language Dev. – ELL (EN3190)

Communication (EN4533)

ELL Literature/Composition 1 (EN3230)

Introduction to Science – ELL (SC3060)

Language Essentials (EN3290)

Math – ELL (MT3100)

Science Essentials (SC3070)

Fine Art

Ceramics 1  (FA5503)

Learn how to work with clay; make cups, bowls, and plates on the pottery wheel, and create beautiful sculptures and usable objects by hand in the first year of class. Students will also be taught the basics of kiln firing and glazing, and be encouraged to consider the relationship between form and functionality in their work.

Drama 1  (FA3100)

This course is designed to give the student experience in various facets of the theater: acting/presentation techniques, theatrical design, improvisation, scene work, theatre criticism and theater history. The objective of this course is to enable students to confidently craft and execute presentations to reach varied audiences for various purposes.

Drama 2  (FA3120)

This course is designed to further develop skills in the area of acting so that the student is able to cope with and adapt to various types of acting roles. Includes the preparation which an actor must go through in order to perform.

Drama 3 (FA3140)                                

This class offers the student intensive work in the concepts of acting, improvisation, text study, auditioning, and dramatic structure through play production. Students participate in activities designed to sharpen skills in concentration, communication, collaboration, vocal and physical expressiveness, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.

Guitar 1  (FA5400)

This is a beginning level class where the music fundamentals of reading music, rhythm, pitch and ensemble playing (duets) will be taught. Basic guitar techniques will be taught through melody and chords.

Guitar 2  (FA5420)

Students will work on music selections of their choice and teacher directed assignments with weekly class performances. Students must be self-disciplined, and motivated to improve. Guitar II may only be taken once.

Photography 1 (FA3403)

Have you ever wondered how to take a great photo with your phone? In the photography 1 class you will learn how to take amazing photos using all different types of cameras including your cell phone camera. You will learn about photographic composition and theory as well as lighting and other important aspects of photography to help you improve your photos. You do not need to own a camera for this class, cameras will be provided for use in class. 

Photography 2  (FA3423)

This course builds off of skills acquired in Photography 1. In photography 2 you will continue to learn about using the DSLR in manual settings and exploring things like long exposure photography and stop motion photography. You will learn more about studio lighting and photographing people. We will explore more photo editing and build an online portfolio of your work.

Visual Arts   (FA3443)

In this course students will explore a variety of art materials, with an emphasis on introducing new techniques and processes. Projects may include: painting, printmaking, collage, wood, paper sculpture, jewelry, textiles, and mosaics, and will emphasize an understanding of the elements and principles of design.

Health and Physical Education

Health Education (PE3500)

Fitness Foundations (PE5300)

Net Sports (PE5960)

Physical Education (PE5600)

Team Sports (PE5950)

Weight Training (PE5700)

Yoga Fitness (PE5800)

Inclusive Education and Supports

Learning Lab: Math 1 (MT3120)

Learning Lab: Math 2 (MT3140)

Learning Lab: Reading and Writing (EN3340)

Learning Lab: Reading and Writing 2 (EN3360)

Learning Strategies (SD3300)

Reading For Meaning (EN3040)

Transition Pathways (SD5320)


Algebra 1 (MT3500)  

Geometry (MT3600)

Algebra 2 (MT5500)

Algebra 2 Applications (MT5550)

Pre-Calculus (MT5600)

AP Calculus AB (MT8200)

AP Statistics (MT8300)

Math Collection of Evidence (MT5100)


A+ Technologies  (CT3450)

The Seattle area is well known for being home to some of the largest tech companies in the world. Now you can train to be the elite team that helps support and run these giants of industry by pursuing your A+ certification. You’ll get into the computer’s guts of hardware and software, learning networking and security techniques, troubleshooting, and professionalism.

Aerospace Engineering  (CT4780)

Filled with projects where you design, build and test aircraft, engines, rockets, satellites and planetary rovers, Advanced Aerospace Engineering will let you explore the skies and pursue the dream of every would-be superhero…learning to fly.

AP Computer Science Principles  (CT7400)

Learn and understand the big pictures throughout the world of information systems. Learn to answer questions such as: How deos the internet work? How do computers interpret information? What is programming? What is big data?

Computer Science Discoveries  (CT5727)

Have you ever wondered what goes into making the world’s most popular website or apps? What did it take to build Twitter, Instagram or Facebook? In CS Discoveries, we learn about the user-centered design process and then create our own website and apps.

Financial Fitness  (CT4170)

Now is the time to take charge and start understanding finances. Through this course you will gain an understanding of financial concepts, through activities and projects, that will enable you to leave this course with applicable, useful skills for life. 

Graphic Arts  (CT4543)

This course will introduce you to many of the processes used in the Graphic Design and Multimedia world. You will learn about Adobe’s Premiere Pro, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. You will complete many fun projects worthy of a portfolio.  

Introduction to Engineering Design  (CT3810)

This course uses problem-solving skills and understanding the design process to help design and build hands on projects. This course lays the foundation for further study in the Engineering pathway.  This class will also use computers, robotics and electronics as project components to reinforce the engineering design concepts.

Introduction to Robotics  (CT3720)

Avoid becoming batteries for an army of mechanized revolutionaries.  This course will give you the basic knowledge and skills to design, build and operate robots that do exactly what you tell them to do.  Learn to be the master of your own future in Introduction to Robotics Engineering.

Marketing 1 (DECA)  (CT3100)

This class is perfect for the student who is interested in the way businesses operate and make decisions. Students learn the nature of problem solving in the business world. They also learn how to market themselves, build confidence, and introduce new products and services in highly competitive business environments. 

Microsoft IT Academy 1-2  (CT3140)

The world’s most popular productivity software is Microsoft Office, and using it effectively is an indispensable skill for the work place. In this class you get to learn about the three core programs, Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and potentially earn dual credit by passing the Microsoft Office Specialist tests.

Retail Management (Student Store) (CT4150)

The main emphasis of the class is learning employability skills and the skills necessary to manage a retail store. Students actively participate in the operations of the student store, including everything from cash-handling and inventory control to pricing and promotion.

Sports and Entertainment Marketing  (CT5000)

Students will be given insight to Marketing through hands-on experience developing promotions in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing field. The student will be introduced to the marketing, management and legal functions and tasks that are applied to amateur and professional sports and entertainment events.

Sports Medicine (CT5850)

This course will provide an overview of the field of sports medicine and is designed for students who have a special interest in pursuing a career in medical or health-related fields. Sports Medicine is a double course that requires a practicum in addition to the classroom work. The practicum component involves students working with the course instructor/district athletic trainer as she/he works with interscholastic teams at school district athletics events. The practicum is a hands-on experience where students learn to evaluate, treat, tape and rehab injuries. This requirement is equivalent to one hour per day to be arranged with the instructor. The student is not required to work each day but instead may work events that fit his/her schedule in order to satisfy the equivalent of one hour per day. Note: Student-athletes can turn out for a sport AND take sports medicine as it is possible to complete practicum hours outside of practice/contest times of the sport being played.

Video Production  (CT4310)

In this course you will learn various aspects of video production including filming, editing, pre and post production and cast recruitment. You will learn the importance of proper lighting and sound as well as the use of camera and angles for dramatic purposes. You will create video illusions, stop-motion, a PSA and begin a Youtube channel. Teamwork is a big part of this course.

Wood Technology  (CT4760)

The class is all about woodworking and construction by learning the technology and tools for this trade.  Traditional wood working tools and techniques are at the core of the program and are combined with learning the power tools that allow for more efficient completion of projects. 


Anatomy and Physiology  (SC5700)

How does the human body work? What is the relationship between the structure and function of body parts and systems? In this course students explore the human body and biological systems in more detail. May include dissections. 

Astronomy  (SC5700)

Astronomy is a lab based course that includes the study of the solar system, stars, constellations, galaxies, and interstellar bodies. The use of astronomic instruments will be introduced. 

Biology (SC3100)

Biology – Honors (SC3101)

AP Biology (SC8100)

Chemistry (SC5800)

Physics (SC5900)

Social Studies

AP Psychology (SS8600)

AP Psychology will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students in this class explore different subfields of psychology such as developmental psych, abnormal psych and social psych. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. This is a college-preparatory class and teaches students not only about the brain and behavior, but also how to take a freshman survey course that will require effective note-taking, memorization, and study strategies. Depending on the college/university, students can earn college credit for a high score on the AP Exam in May.

AP U.S. History (SS8200)

AP World History (S8150)

Civics (SS5450)

Contemporary Global Issues (SS3190)

Contemporary Global Issues-Honors (SS3290)

Current Event Debate   (SS5995)

Do you want to learn more about current events? Maybe how you can be more convincing? This course provides students the opportunity to learn more about the world around them by research, discussing and debating current controversial issues. This course counts as a CWP graduation credit or take it as an elective.

Introduction to Economics       (SS5600)

IF trees don’t grow money, where does it come from? This course is a comprehensive introduction to basic economic concepts designed to help students understand today’s economic problems and choices and decisions involved in solving them. This course counts as a CWP graduation credit or take it as an elective.

Introduction to Psychology (SS5620)

This introductory course deals with the study of human behavior and thinking. It includes an overview of theories, concepts, and practices common to the study of psychology. Highlights include a scientific approach to the study of learning and thinking, motivation, emotion, personality growth and development. Application of the concepts and an understanding of current events and career development are included.

Introduction to Sociology (SS5640)

This introductory course deals with a scientific study of social behavior. It includes an overview of theories and concepts. Highlights include the study of culture and social conformity, social and economic stratification, and techniques for measuring demographic trends. Also included is a study of social institutions, along with a study of social change and social movements. Current events and career development are explored.

Modern World History (SS3300)

U.S. History (SS5200)

Other Electives

Clerical Assistant  (MX5200)

Students gain practical, hands-on experience in office operations by working in the school’s attendance office, counselors’ office or library. A staff member acts as “employer,” and jointly evaluates the student “employee” with the supervising classroom teacher. Completion of the on-the-job training with a positive evaluation provides a valid entry in a student’s resume, making him/her a more competitive candidate for employment.

COURSE NOTE: Clerical Assistant TA form required. You can pick up a form in the Counseling Office. Must be a junior or senior, have good attendance & passing classes.

Leadership  (SD3660)

Leadership course uses various curricula to teach leadership skills.  The class is primarily experientially based and emphasizes the importance of communication, character, personal growth, social and emotional learning, team building, relationship building and how to be a Servant Leader. Also covered will be listening skills, synergy, perceptions, conflict styles, personality, and group formation with the ASB officers to plan and implement assemblies and activities for the school. A variety of media and initiatives will be used to facilitate the learning of these skills.

Peer Tutor  (MX3600)

Students gain practical, hands-on experience by assisting teachers in the classroom.  Exact duties may vary depending upon which teacher and classroom students are paired with.  Expectations may include: tutoring small groups of students, helping students with their English skills, helping students with basic life and social skills, safely setting up and taking down science labs. Classrooms that typically have peer tutors are: ELL, ILC, Math and Science.

COURSE NOTE: Peer Tutoring form required. You can pick up a form in the Counseling Office. Must be a junior or senior, have good attendance and be passing classes.

World Languages

French 1 (WL3020)

French 2 (WL4020)

French 3 (WL5020)

Spanish 1 (WL3010)

Spanish 2 (WL4010)

Spanish 3 (WL5010)

AP Spanish Language and Culture (WL8010)