About CHS

Test Scores

In 2017, 645 AP exams were given to students in 15 subject areas. Over 76.6% of exams received a passing score.

SAT mean scores for Class of 2017 were:

580-Evidence Based Reading & Writing

576-Math

ACT mean scores for Class of 2017 were:

21.8-English

22.7-Math

22.4-Reading

22.0-Science

22.3-Composite


Administration & Counseling

Principal: Tom Adams

Assistant Principals: Kelsey Parke, T.J. Purdy

District Athletic Director: Suzanne Vick

Dean of Students: Jackie Thomas

Counselors: Beth Edwards, Barnaby Fletcher, Lisa Marsh, and Michael Tompkins


Accreditation

Curtis High School is accredited by the NCA Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement; the Northwest Accreditation Commission; and the SACS Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.


Post High School Attendance History

In 2017, 54% of our seniors indicated their plan to attend a four-year college, and an additional 31% planned to attend a two-year college or technical college.


School

Curtis Senior High School opened in 1962 for grades 10th through 12th. It is the only high school in the University Place School District located in a suburb of Tacoma, Washington. It is a public school with a population of approximately 1,358 students, reflecting the ethnic diversity of the surrounding community; 9.1% African American/Black, 11.9% Asian, 0.8% Pacific Islander, 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 10.4% Hispanic/Latino, 53.5% White/Caucasian, and 13.8% Multiracial.

Although vocational/technical programs are available, the majority of students prepare to enter college directly from high school, nearly 54% into 4-year colleges/universities, 28% to our community colleges and about 3% to the technical college system.


Staff

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


School Organization

There are six, 55 minute periods per day. All classes meet every day. The year consists of four, 10 week grading periods. Students take six classes per semester. (0.5 credit each).


Grading System

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

Designation of high level coursework, as indicated on our transcript (AP):

Advanced Placement Courses available in: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Spanish, European History, US History, Government and Politics, English Language, English Literature, Psychology, Environmental Science, Computer Science Principles, and Studio Art 2D

HNRS-Honors English 10 and Honors Biology 10 are available for sophomores.


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.


High School & Beyond Plan

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.

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