Summit Denali Curriculum

Summit Denali’s curriculum focuses on college and career readiness.

Our academic program exceeds the requirements to apply for a 4-year university and college, include the University of California’s A-G requirements. While most students take the same courses in the same grade level, we deeply value personalized learning and each course supports students individually and aligns their daily work with their long-term goals. Students often have the opportunity to choose topics that interest them within a project, and teachers help them engage with activities that balance support and challenge so that every student is growing every day.

Middle School


  6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Social Science Social Science 6 Social Science 7 Social Science 8
English English 6 English 7 English 8
Math* Math 6 Math 7 Math 8
Science Science 6 Science 7 Science 8
P.E. Physical Education
Expeditions 2 half-year Expedition Electives in each grade, including Health & Wellness in 6th grade. 2 half-year Expedition Electives 2 half-year Expedition Electives

High School


  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Social Science World Studies I World Studies II AP US History AP Government
English English 9 English 10 AP English Language and Composition AP English Literature and Composition
Math* Math I Math II Math III AP Statistics and/or AP Calculus
Science Biology Physics Chemistry AP Environmental Science
Spanish Spanish 1, 2, 3, & AP Spanish (minimum of 2 years)
Expeditions 2 Expedition Electives, OR Internship, OR Independent Study 2 Expedition Electives, OR Internship, OR Independent Study College Readiness & 1 Expedition, OR Internship, OR Independent Study 2 Expedition Electives OR Internship, OR Independent Study
* * While the vast majority of 9th graders will be appropriately challenged by Math I, students may accelerate to Math II if they demonstrate proficiency in Math I through a placement test at the start of the school year. In 12th grade, students have the option to take AP Statistics and AP Calculus concurrently if they demonstrate their ability to meet the demands of the course load.

Expeditions at Denali


Expeditions are elective courses taught in immersive two-week segments four times each school year. They empower students to identify and cultivate their unique human potential through skill-building opportunities and perspective-changing experiences, leading each student to conviction in their purpose.
Expeditions courses generally fall into these categories:

  • Arts & Design
  • Health & Well-Being
  • Leadership & Society
  • Media & Business
  • Technology
  • Future Planning