High School

High School: Grades 9 – 12

High school teachers at UMA understand the importance of these four years both academically and socially. Teachers collaborate across subjects to break down traditional silos, and students learn to work together and take charge of designing and discovering their own learning.

Course Offerings

Credits for high school classes are earned by semesters. Each semester class is worth 1/2 credit. Courses listed below state whether the class is offered as a year-long class (1) or a semester class (.5). For more information regarding high school graduation requirements, see the information bar to the right.

High school students are required to take four years of Language Arts. The specific year during which each course is offered can vary.


Rhetoric, Speech, and Storytelling (.5)


World Literature: The Immigrant Experience (.5)


American Literature (1)


Scientific Ethics through Literature (1)


Science Fiction and Dystopian Literature (1)

When students join UMA, they are placed into the appropriate math classes based on records and requests received. High school students are required to take four years of Mathematics.


Algebra B (1)


Geometry (1)


Algebra II (1)


Pre-Calculus (1)


Calculus (1)


Statistics (1)

High school students are required to take four years of Social Studies. The specific year during which each course is offered can vary.


Human Geography (1)


American History (1)


World History (1)


Economics (.5)


Government (.5)

High school students are required to take four years of Science. The specific year during which each course is offered can vary.


Physical Science 9 (1)


Biology (1)


Chemistry (1)


Physics (1)

While all classes incorporate UMA Pathways, ninth-grade students are enrolled in stand-alone Pathway classes. Each student takes two Pathways per semester during their ninth-grade year.


Design & Engineering (.5)


Edible Schoolyard (.5)


Essential Ingredients (.5)


River to River (.5)

At UMA, we consider the Visual Arts to be an integral part of our curriculum. For this reason, we encourage all students to take at least one semester of Visual Arts each year.

Visual Arts classes count toward 8 required elective courses. The following list is a sampling of classes offered throughout a student’s high school journey.


Studio Arts: Experimental Painting (.5)


Social Justice: Art with a Purpose (.5)


Darkroom Photography (.5)


Ceramics (.5)


Advanced Printmaking (.5)

At UMA, we consider Music to be an integral part of our curriculum. For this reason, we encourage all students to take at least one semester of Music each year.

Music classes count toward 8 required elective courses. The following list is a sampling of classes offered throughout a student’s high school journey.


Vinyl Appreciation (.5)


Guitar Workshop (.5)


The Entrepreneurial Musician (.5)


Recording Arts (.5)


Performance Skills (.5)


World Music (.5)


Percussion Techniques (.5)

High school students are required to complete two years of a world language.

UMA offers Spanish at four different levels. As our program grows, we plan to expand our world language offerings.


Spanish I-IV (.5)

UMA’s elective offerings also include many taught by “core” teachers. Each of these classes counts toward 8 required elective courses. The following list is a sampling of classes offered throughout a student’s high school journey.


Field Biology (.5)


Introduction to Project-Based Learning (.5)


Introduction to Psychology (.5)


Research in Life Sciences (.5)


Robotics (.5)


Senior Capstone (required) (.5)


Senior Internship (required) (.5)


Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (.5)


Transitions (.5)


Uncovering the Past (.5)


Visual Communications (.5)

For More Information

The following downloads provide further details about UMA High School.