Tempe High School Academics
The Tempe High School faculty values the entire educational experience. Through educationally rich opportunities, our students become life-long learners. We offer a variety of academic options for all grade and ability levels. Our mathematics program includes both IB and AP courses. In the natural sciences, students may study Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, and Sustainability; Biology and Chemistry can be studied at the IB level. Our Social Studies and English departments also offer honors level and IB courses. For vocational programs, we offer courses in Business, Culinary Arts and Computer Technology. So that students may study other languages, Spanish, Chinese, and American Sign Language are available. We also believe that the arts are an important part of every student’s education; therefore, we offer courses in Music, Visual Arts, Dance, and Theater. To complete a well-rounded education, students also take courses in physical education.
In addition to IB, Tempe High School offers special programs such as HOPE, AVID, Dual Enrollment, and JAG. HOPE, the Health Occupation Preparatory Education Academy, is a partnership between Tempe High, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital and Mesa Community College and presents core courses (Math, Science, Social Studies, and English) with a medical focus. AVID is a college-prep curricular program for students in the academic middle in which students take an elective class held within the regular school day that provides support, academic monitoring, and tutoring. In addition to the AVID elective class, each AVID student is required to take at least one honors or IB course. Dual Enrollment is offered as a partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges; students can take college level math, science, and English courses that will count both for high school and college credit.