Academics

Desired academic outcomes

The integrative curriculum students experience at WMHS is recognized and rewarded by colleges and universities alike. WMHS students have applied to schools across the United States and Canada with great success and are attending institutions that excite their passions and move them toward their career goals.

Graduation requirements

  • English—8 semesters/4 credits
  • Social Studies—8 semesters/4 Credits
  • Math—8 semesters/4 credits
  • Science—6 semesters required/3 credits, 8 semesters recommended/4 credits recommended
  • World Language—4 continuous semesters required/2 credits required, 6 continuous semesters recommended/3 continuous semesters recommended
  • Fine Arts—4 semesters/2 credits
  • Health & Fitness—4 semesters/2 credits
  • Occupational Education—4 semesters/2 credits
  • Electives—8 semesters/4 credits

Total credit requirements—26

Washington state credit requirements Class of 2019 and beyond—24

Non-credit graduation requirements: Documented Community Service 60 hours over four years; Washington state History; Self-construction

Senior Thesis and Junior Research Project

Each year, a semester-long weekly class is dedicated to providing students with the means, opportunity and support to develop a fully-formed, drafted, revised and critically appraised paper that meets high academic standards while also fulfilling an individually-driven interest. Students choose topics, formulate guiding questions, carry out research and follow multiple steps in the writing process to craft a final paper and companion presentation that they then share with a panel of adults and peers. Past topics have included economic and social issues in Appalachia, voting rights and access, and the contemporary immigration controversy over a wall on the U.S. southern border.

In 2020, our senior chose to research the planning for the City of Bothell, and through interviews, documents and photos wrote a journalistic piece for the high school newsletter, The Raven Review, that you may read online.

The terrain for choice is wide; the driver is the student.