High School Course Paths

How to choose the right courses for your high school student

We offer two paths for high school diplomas. Here’s a look at our recommended course paths by grade level for each one:

Traditional High School Diploma in 4 Years

Students seeking a diploma in 4 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
  • Intro to HS Math or High School Math 1
  • Earth Science or Astronomy
  • Physical Education: Elevation or Independent Study PE
  • Fine Arts: Any offering
  • Elective: Any offering

10th Grade

  • Social Leadership
  • U.S. History
  • American Literature
  • High School Math 1 or High School Math 2
  • Biology
  • Physical Education: Elevation or Independent Study PE
  • Fine Arts: Any offering
  • Elective: Any offering

11th Grade

  • College Leadership (Fall) & Financial Leadership (Winter)
  • Government & Economics
  • Political Literature (Fall) & Short Stories (Winter)
  • High School Math 2 or 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 or Independent Studies PE 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 3 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
  • Intro to HS Math or High School Math 1
  • Earth Science or Astronomy
  • Physical Education: 1 credit Elevation or Independent Study PE
  • Fine Arts: 1 credit any offering
  • Elective: 1.5 credits any offering

10th Grade

  • Social Leadership
  • U.S. Government
  • American Literature
  • High School Math 1 or High School Math 2
  • Biology
  • Physical Education: .5 credit Elevation or Independent Study PE
  • 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 2 or High School Math 3
  • Chemistry
  • Mind & Body Stewardship (Self-Paced)
  • Fine Arts: Optional
  • Elective: 2 credits any offering

Steps to Register for Classes

At LAU, parents get to choose the days/times of courses for which their children register. 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 middle school and high school and make a list of your preferred live class meeting times.
  3. Log into SIS by clicking THIS LINK.
  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).

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

High School Course Selection Guidelines

  • Most live courses are offered at multiple days/times. Select the sections that work best for your student.
  • Social Studies, Writing, and Literature courses are available in Classic and Honors. Students in 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.
  • Most 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. High school students must enroll in at least three live courses
  • If your student is advanced in math or writing, you may enroll your child in a more advanced course. If your child has 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.

General 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.