In 10th grade, students turn their focus outward and use an interdisciplinary approach to explore networks and complexity, learning about and connecting with the communities in which they live. Students gain an appreciation for the nuances and complicating factors that accompany problem-solving in the real world. Over the course of the year, they move beyond theory to understand how organizations, businesses, and governments actually work. Through civic engagement, students develop empathy and an appreciation for the interconnectedness of our world.

Opening Intensive

ID 200 - What is the Good Life?
In this interdisciplinary class, 10th graders ask: What is the good life? And what does it mean to live a good life as an individual, as a member of a family, a culture, a nation, the world? Students explore ideas about the good life from sources including science, literature, philosophy, and religion. Students participate in Socratic seminars to unlock the keys of such texts as Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy and Voltaire’s Candide. Using the city as a lab, students take their questions to Seattle-area residents, museums, and service organizations to understand the depth and breadth of thinking on this topic. Drawing on their increasing understanding of the city and its inhabitants, students work in teams to explore answers to the complex question: What is the good life? This three-week class culminates in a triptych representation of their understanding of the good life--as it applies to them now and in the future.

History and Social Sciences

H 200 - American History
This course offers an introduction to the themes, texts, and content of United States history. Students explore issues of equality, justice, and power, and consider how different, and often conflicting, ideas about America have shaped this nation. They are expected to develop an understanding of various disciplinary modes of thought and analysis, and actively participate in discussions, projects, and presentations.


E 200 - American Literature
This course builds upon the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills introduced in E100, but within the framework of “America.” By analyzing a number of texts--including essays, poems, plays, novels, narrative nonfiction, and autobiography--students explore how differing voices have shaped the concept of “America.” Guiding questions include: “What is ‘America’?”; “How do different individuals relate to the concept of ‘America’”?; “What does ‘America’ mean in a country of so many diverse viewpoints and life experiences?” Students hone their speaking and writing skills through essays, research projects, creative fiction, personal reflections, Socratic seminar, and debate. Texts include Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, August Wilson’s Fences, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Grammar and vocabulary instruction are woven throughout.


M 200 - Algebraic, Geometric, and Computational Thinking II
Students strengthen their algorithmic thinking and ability to fluidly connect concepts in this follow-up to Algebraic, Geometric, and Computational Thinking I. Students expand their programming skill set, learning to use expressions, variables, conditionals, and loops to approach problems computationally. A major underlying emphasis of this course is patterns in reasoning, including formal proof, visual analysis, and problem-solving. The course uses experiential projects during, and skills-based assessments after each thematic unit, and a year-end, comprehensive, skills-based assessment to offer students feedback on content mastery.

Students cover the use of algebraic functions, trigonometric relationships, discrete and inferential statistics, vector analysis, linear algebra, combinatorics, and probabilistic reasoning along the eight central thematic units - Financial Literacy, Travel, Census, ArtEast, Food, History, Coding, and Ethnomathematics. Culminating projects under each thematic unit give students the opportunity to creatively apply their skills to highly relevant, real-world problems that are important to them.   


S 200 - Chemistry
This lab-based chemistry course builds students’ conceptual understanding of chemistry, effective laboratory techniques, quantitative problem-solving, and critical thinking through a variety of activities, including project-based approaches. Much of the course revolves around students’ developing the ability to use macroscale observations to infer nanoscale events. Major topics include, but are not limited to, atomic theory, molecular structure, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, equilibrium, thermochemistry, acids, and bases. Students use qualitative and quantitative data gathered during experiments to independently explore these topics. Laboratory work, independent research, and experimental design are emphasized and provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding.


L 200 - Your World and the Future
Students expand their skills in reading, writing, listening to, and speaking Spanish through an exploration of themes related to networks and complexity, including society, health, communication, science, technology, and innovation. They explore a wide range of cultural production (films, short stories, cultural practices) from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Classes are fully immersive; students use exclusively Spanish as they learn vocabulary and grammar through projects such as designing a house of the future and creating a cultural guide to a specific city. 

Closing Intensive: Art

A 100 - Foundations in Digital Media
This three-week intensive begins with an overview of the foundational skills used in digital media, including digital music production, photography, and video production. Students may also explore animation, film scoring, and related skills. In the second part of the course, students learn 2D design and 3D modeling through experimenting with aspects of video-game production. They end the intensive with several game-ready assets and a strong understanding of the artistic process in video-game development.