High School Course Paths

How to choose the right courses for your high school student

To see our recommended course paths by grade level, please select the tab with the course delivery format that applies to your student:

Course Delivery Format:

The following course paths are for students who wish to register for LAU online-only courses. We offer two high school diploma options, a diploma in four years and a diploma in three years:

Traditional High School Diploma in 4 Years

Students seeking a diploma in four years should plan to complete at least 6 credits per year, but may take up to 8 credits. 24 credits are required.

9th Grade

  • Personal Leadership (includes Computer Tech & Fitness for Life)
  • Social Studies: None
  • Writing & Rhetoric
  • High School Math 1
  • Earth Science or Astronomy
  • Physical Education: Elevation, Independent Study PE, or Outdoor Adventures
  • Fine Arts: Any offering
  • Elective: Any offering

10th Grade

  • Social Leadership
  • U.S. History
  • American Literature
  • High School Math 2
  • Biology
  • Physical Education: Elevation, Independent Study PE, or Outdoor Adventures
  • Fine Arts: Any offering
  • Elective: Any offering

11th Grade

  • Professional Leadership (Fall) & Financial Leadership (Winter)
  • Government & Economics
  • Political Literature (Fall) & Short Stories (Winter)
  • High School Math 3
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Education 1
  • Fine Arts: Any offering
  • Elective: Any offering

12th Grade

  • World Civilizations (Fall) & Geography & World Events (Winter)
  • World Literature
  • Pre-Calculus 2
  • Physics 3
  • Mind & Body Stewardship (Self-Paced)
  • Fine Arts 4
  • Electives: 2.5 credits any offering

1 Optional if 2 years of Elevation, Independent Studies PE or Outdoor Adventures are complete

2 Optional if 3 years of math completed

3 Optional if 3 years of science completed

4 Optional if 2 years of fine arts completed

High School Diploma in 3 Years

Students seeking a diploma in three years should take 8+ credits per semester. 24 credits are required.

9th Grade

  • Personal Leadership (includes Computer Tech & Fitness for Life)
  • Social Studies: US History
  • Writing & Rhetoric
  • High School Math 1
  • Earth Science or Astronomy
  • Physical Education: 0.5 credit Elevation, Independent Study PE, or Outdoor Adventures
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit any offering
  • Elective: 1.5 credits any offering

10th Grade

  • Social Leadership
  • U.S. Government
  • American Literature
  • High School Math 2
  • Biology
  • Physical Education: .5 credit Elevation, Independent Study PE, or Outdoor Adventures
  • Fine Arts: .5 credit any offering
  • Elective: 2 credits any offering

11th Grade

  • College Leadership (Fall) & Financial Leadership (Winter)
  • Word Civilizations (Fall) & Geography & World Events (Winter)
  • Political Literature (Fall) & Short Stories (Winter) and World Literature (Fall & Winter); or a Concurrent Enrollment course
  • High School Math 3
  • Chemistry
  • Mind & Body Stewardship (Self-Paced)
  • Fine Arts: Optional
  • Elective: 2 credits any offering

Steps to Register for Online Classes

At LAU, parents get to choose the days/times of online courses for which their student registers. The course selection process is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Consult the appropriate course path above and make a list of the courses your student needs to take in Fall and Winter semesters.
  2. Consult the live course schedules for high school and make a list of your preferred live class meeting times.
  3. Log into SIS.
  4. In SIS, under My Students > Registration, find the courses you need and complete the registration process. You can ignore the tuition prices unless you’re planning to self-pay for a course (e.g. those that LAU doesn’t pay for, like summer classes or a second Elevation session).

Note: These steps are for parents of students who have already applied and been accepted to Leadership Academy of Utah.

High school students enrolled at ILCs take a block of courses: science, leadership, and two electives. High school courses at the ILCs operate on a 2-year rotation cycle. The path to graduation for students choosing ILCs does not follow the traditional path laid out for online-only students. For students who wish to register for in-person ILC courses and plan to graduate, please refer to the following recommended course paths:

The paths below represent a traditional ILC schedule and other required online courses by grade level. However, as we transition to a 2-year rotating schedule, the “Grade Block” for your student may look a bit different. Please see our Year-to-Year ILC Block Schedule as an additional guide if your student is entering an ILC during the 2021-22 school year.

9th Grade

9th Grade Block (required):

  • Leadership1
  • Science2
  • 2 ILC Electives

Online courses (required):

  • Writing and Rhetoric
  • HS Math 1

PE course (optional):

  • Elevation, Independent Study PE, or Outdoor Adventures

10th Grade

10th Grade Block (required):

  • Leadership
  • Science
  • 2 ILC Electives

Online courses (required):

  • U.S. History
  • American Literature
  • High School Math 2

PE course (optional):

  • Elevation, Independent Study PE, or Outdoor Adventures

11th Grade

11th Grade Block (required):

  • Leadership
  • Science
  • 2 ILC Electives

Online courses (required):

  • Government & Economics
  • Political Literature (Fall) & Short Stories (Winter)
  • HS Math 3

PE course (optional):

  • Elevation, Independent Study PE, or Outdoor Adventures

12th Grade

12th Grade Block (required):

  • Any missed Leadership
  • Science
  • Geography & World Events
  • 2 ILC Electives

Online courses (required):

  • Pre-Calculus3

PE course (optional):

  • Elevation, Independent Study PE, or Outdoor Adventures

1 Personal & Social Leadership are offered in grades 9 & 10. Professional & Financial Leadership are offered in grades 11 & 12.

2 Earth Science & Biology are offered in grades 9 & 10. Astronomy & Chemistry are offered in grades 11 & 12.

3 Optional if 3 years of math completed

Steps to Register for ILC Classes

At LAU, students can attend in-person courses one day a week at one of our ILC locations. Ogden and Pleasant Grove locations have class on Tuesdays; Logan has class on Thursdays. Follow these easy steps to register:

  1. Decide which ILC location works best for your student.
  2. Consult the appropriate course path above and note which block your student should take as well as any other online courses your student wishes to take in Fall and Winter semesters.
  3. Log into SIS.
  4. In SIS, under My Students > Registration > Leadership, select the block of courses you need.
  5. Visit the other program tabs and select any online courses your student would like to take.
  6. Complete the registration process. You can ignore the tuition prices unless you’re planning to self-pay for a course (e.g. those that LAU doesn’t pay for, like summer classes or a second Elevation session).

Notes:

These steps are for parents of students who have already applied and been accepted to LAU.

Students are expected to attend the full day of classes. Flexibility is offered to older high school students who cannot fit the whole course load of ILC classes into their schedule. Site coordinator approval is required for exceptions.

Other High School Course Selection Guidelines

  • High school students must enroll in at least five courses.
  • Most live online courses are offered at multiple days/times. Select the sections that work best for your student.
  • For the most engaging school experience, LAU recommends students registered in online-only courses take a minimum of 2 live courses per semester.
  • Online Social Studies, Writing, and Literature courses are available in Classic and Honors. Both Classic and Honors students in the these courses meet together in the same live class sessions but Honors courses are roughly 30% more challenging. Students have 28 calendar days from the first day of the semester to move from one version to another.
  • Many online high school courses are offered in both “live” and “self-paced” formats. Most Fine Arts, PE, and Electives are offered exclusively in the self-paced format.
  • If your student is advanced in math or writing, you may enroll them in a more advanced course. If they have already earned accredited high school credit for a recommended course, they should work with an academic counselor to decide which course to take instead. If you have already developed an official graduation plan, simply stick to that plan when enrolling in courses.
  • Students considering split or dual enrollment, see this Q&A page on the LAU website.
  • Students may choose from live online, ILC, self-paced, and/or funded and non-funded courses. Please contact a school counselor if you have any questions.

State Core Requirements for Grades 9-12

Grade 9:

  • Language Arts (Writing & Rhetoric A/B)
  • Mathematics (High School Math 1 A/B)
  • Science Foundations (Earth Science A/B)

Grade 10:

  • Language Arts (American Literature A/B)
  • Mathematics (High School Math 2 A/B)
  • Science Foundations (Biology A/B)
  • Social Studies Foundations (US History A/B)

Grade 11:

  • Language Arts (Political Literature/Short Stories)
  • Mathematics (High School Math 3 A/B)
  • Science Foundations (Chemistry A/B)
  • Social Studies Foundations (Government & Economics A/B)

Grade 12:

  • Language Arts (World Literature A/B)
  • Mathematics (Pre-Calculus A/B)
  • Science Foundations (Physics A/B)
  • Social Studies Foundations (World Civilizations/Geography & World Events)

 

*Courses in parenthesis satisfy the state requirement

You can view specific high school course descriptions on the Williamsburg Learning website.