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Classes overview

All there is to thinking is seeing something noticeable which makes you see something you weren't noticing which makes you see something that isn’t even visible.

– Norman Maclean

All SLOCAHS students, regardless of grade level, follow the same four-year history and literature cycle. Students take history and literature courses concurrently to reinforce cross-disciplinary learning. Course rigor is scaled to grade level and students are offered CANON and HONORS options.

Because we are preparing students for a future that is largely unknown, students must learn to think clearly, critically, and honestly across a variety of domains and disciplines. Below is a brief overview of our courses and an explanation of each course’s core values and educational goals. Keep in mind that course offerings will expand along with our population.

In addition to our University Model 3-day program—where students attend a full load of classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with independent study at home on Tuesdays and Thursdays—we also offer a five days/week on-campus option with additional teacher support and electives.

Students in the new 5-day program will experience increased community building with their peers, supported independent study and mentorship with teachers, and added enrichment opportunities. This new addition will follow our proven University Model with students attending their full class load on M/W/F and with T/Th also being on campus with teacher-directed mornings, student-directed afternoons, as well as an optional enrichment elective (examples include art classes, physical education, or study skills). Our program expansion envisions supporting more students in becoming independent, collaborative leaders equipped with the life skills for high school and beyond.

History + Literature

Ancient World

Middle Ages, Renaissance + Reformation

Early Modern US + Europe

Modern World


Algebra 1 + 2



Calculus, Statistics

Science w/ Labs


Anatomy + Physiology



Foreign Language

Latin 2 + 3

Honors Latin Literature (translation)

Spanish 1, 2, 3

Honors Spanish Literature


Studio Art

Computer Science

Inner + Outer Nature


Sacred Reading 

Military History

Beyond SLOCA: Life Skills

Digital Animation

Film Studies


Oral Rhetoric

Food: We Are How We Eat

The World of Tolkein

History of Baseball




Survey of Zoology

2D + 3D Design

Marine Biology

Steinbeck’s California

SLOCA Survivor

Graphic Design

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Textile Arts

Music Appreciation

Shakespeare + The Globe

Mesoamerican Studies

Study Skills


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