With an emphasis on college preparation, we have established a challenging academic curriculum that combines intellectual rigor, high academic standards, and a multicultural perspective. Students gain a solid foundation in core subjects such as mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, and foreign language (Spanish), and they also have the opportunity to take support courses in the visual and performing arts. Our teachers—experts in their respective disciplines—model a strong work ethic, a passion for education, and a love of learning that is contagious.
Every student is unique with their own strengths and learning style. Because of this, we offer various options—from tutoring groups and directed studies courses to our Advanced Placement program—to reach students across the developmental spectrum. We work with each student to ensure they are on the path for educational and personal growth, and we regularly monitor each student’s progress.
We offer many AP, CITS, and Honors options for students who would like to pursue a more advanced track (see the Honors Credit section below); and we offer directed studies for students who need additional guidance and support.
In addition to our core offerings, we boast a variety of elective courses to cater to the varied interests of our students. Students have a choice as to the elective courses they pursue, and we encourage them to participate in a broad variety of subjects and immersion experiences while they are at HCIS.
Students may enroll in AP/CITS courses, post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO), and HCIS honors courses for high school honors credit. In order to be eligible for honors curriculum, students should have a strong passion for the course content as well as evidence of previous exemplary work in the subject matter. Our honors program closely matches college credit curriculum, and teachers will expect students in these advanced courses to rise to the challenge of rigorous study and high performance. You can find prerequisites for all courses by reviewing the course descriptions in the course catalog.
Our AP courses include the following:
More AP courses will be added next year!
Our academic courses at HCIS give our students a strong educational footing that will serve them well throughout their lives. Some of our basic offerings are:
*Weighted grades apply to AP classes only.
Academic Honors = 3.25 – 3.74 GPA
At HCIS, we value other cultures, and we seek out partnerships with schools and organizations around the world. We encourage our students to take advantage of international opportunities to enrich their education (through pursuing studies abroad or through other cultural experiences). We also welcome foreign exchange students to HCIS each year.
We believe in providing our students with opportunities to serve in the community, and we use service learning as an educational strategy. Our teachers integrate curricular learning objectives with service experiences so students can learn in a real-world setting while meeting real needs in the community. Students also initiate their own service experiences, both individually and as part of a group or student club.