About CHS

CHS teachers and staff

Community

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.

School

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 (A-G), Stu Dodge (H-N), Jackie Thomas (O-Z)
District Athletic Director: Suzanne Vick
Administrative Intern: Patricia Bieber
Counselors: Beth Edwards, Barnaby Fletcher, Lisa Marsh, Karen Sissom and Michael Tompkins

Faculty and Staff

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

Curriculum

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

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

A school year is divided into two semesters of 18 weeks each. Final grades are given at the end of each semester. These are posted on the student’s transcript and determine his/her grade point average (GPA). In addition, a mid-term grade is issued after the first nine weeks of a semester to indicate the student’s progress toward earning credit in each course.  Students must complete 18 weeks in a course with a minimum D grade to earn .5 credits.  Students who pass six classes each semester earn 6.0 credits for the year (3.0 credits a semester).

GPAs are computed using the following numerical equivalents of letter grades:

 

GRADE SCALE

A

=

4.0

 

A

=

93 & above

A-

=

3.7

 

A-

=

90 up to 93

B+

=

3.3

 

B+

=

87 up to 89

B

=

3

 

B

=

83 up to 86

B-

=

2.7

 

B-

=

80 up to 82

C+

=

2.3

 

C+

=

77 up to 79

C

=

2

 

C

=

72 up to 76

C-

=

1.7

 

C-

=

70 up to 72

D+

=

1.3

 

D+

=

67 up to 69

D

=

1

 

D

=

60 up to 66

F

=

0

 

F

=

59.9 and below

IP

=