About CHS

CHS teachers and staff


Located on the picturesque Puget Sound, the City of University Place is home to more than 31,500 residents. Halfway between the state capital of Olympia and the state’s largest city, Seattle, the city boasts beautiful scenic views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and the Puget Sound, and is the ideal launching point to the Pacific Northwest. The University Place School District boundary area includes most, but not all of the City of University Place, and a small portion of the City of Tacoma. Our student population reflects the ethnic diversity of the surrounding community.


Curtis Senior High School is a comprehensive, public high school that opened in 1962 for grades 10 through 12. Ninth grade students attend Curtis Junior High School. We are the only high school in the University Place School District. The district consists of four primary schools (K-4), two intermediate schools (5-7), and the Junior and Senior High Schools. We are accredited by the NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, the Northwest Accreditation Commission, and the SACS Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Student Demographics

Enrollment: 1357 students Free and Reduced Lunch: 34.1% Special Education: 8.9% English Language Learner: 3.3% Student Ethnicity: 8.6% African American/Black, 0.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 12.5% Asian, 12.5% Hispanic/Latino, 1.6% Pacific Islander, 49.1% White/Caucasian, and 15.1% Multiracial.

Administration & Counseling

Principal: Tom Adams
Assistant Principals: Kelsey Parke, Jackie Thomas
District Athletic Director: Suzanne Vick
Dean of Students: Stu Dodge
Counselors: Beth Edwards, Barnaby Fletcher, Lisa Marsh, and Michael Tompkins

Faculty and Staff

The teaching faculty consists of 74 certified staff. There are 39 classified staff members.


Curtis runs on a six period schedule, with 55 minute classes. The year consists of two-18 week semesters. Students earn .5 credit per semester-long class. We require 24 credits for graduation.

Advanced Placement courses (A): Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Computer Science Principles, Calculus AB, Statistics, European History, US History, US Government and Politics, Psychology, English Language, English Literature, Japanese Language, Spanish Language and 2-D Art and Design

Honors courses (H)
: Honors English 9, Honors Science-Chemistry, and Honors World Studies are available for freshmen. Honors English 10 and Honors Science-Biology are available for sophomores.

College in the High School (C): French 103

High School & Beyond Plan and Volunteer Hours:
All students attending Curtis High School will participate in the CHS High School & Beyond Plan. The High School & Beyond Plan is a formal process designed to help students think about their future goals and how to accomplish those goals. Students must also complete a minimum of 50 volunteer hours over four years.

Grading and Ranking

Grade Point Average: Covers grades 9 to 12, all courses weighted equally.

A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
D+ = 1.3
D = 1.0
F = 0.0

Class Rank

All classes are weighted equally in computing the grade point average. Class rank is determined by the cumulative GPA. Total class enrollment is used in computing the class rank.

Test Scores

In 2019, 734 AP exams were taken by 360 students in 16 subject areas. 70% of exams received a passing score.

SAT mean scores for Class of 2019:
575-Evidence Based Reading & Writing

ACT mean scores for Class of 2018:

Post High School Attendance History

The majority of students prepare to enter college directly from high school. In 2019, 54% of our seniors indicated they plan to attend a 4-year college/university, and 23% plan to attend a 2-year or technical college. An additional 4% indicated they plan to join the military, and 4% plan to go straight into the workforce.

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