What is a School of Choice?

  • South Sound High School is an Alternative-Choice High School. Alternative-choice high schools work primarily with students ages 16-20 who have struggled in their previous schools and could be considered "at risk" of dropping out if left in that environment. Some of these students may be behind in credits, and, almost always, these students have had attendance problems at their previous schools.
     
    South Sound High School is small with an enrollment of 180 students.  There is a staff of 9 teachers, two counselors, eight support personnel and one principal. Class offerings focus mainly on core graduation requirements.  The advisory program at SSHS is content-based and provides students an opportunity to earn credit for attendance and participation.
     
    The school year is divided into three separate terms rather than two semesters, as are the comprehensive high schools. A student can earn credit every twelve weeks for a total of 6.75 credits possible each year. In addition, SSHS has a program called "GED for Five" which provides an opportunity for students to accelerate their credit retrieval. GED for Five is available to students who are at least 17 years-old, behind their cohort group in credits and are committed to graduating from SSHS. Qualified students who complete the GED advisory and successfully pass all the tests of the GED can earn up to five credits toward graduation in addition to their regular credit attainment.
     
    SSHS also provides a childcare for children (younger than three years old) of students so they may continue their education while balancing the role of being a teen parent. The childcare also provides opportunities for students to gain valuable experience working in a childcare setting. The childcare is staffed with two staff members and student help.

Quick Facts

    • Students choose to be here
    • 180 students; 9 teachers; 2 counselors; 1 principal
    • Most students had attendance issues at previous school
    • Attendance & academics monitored regularly
    • Fewer social issues
    • Four 70-minute periods
    • Three "Terms" rather than two "Semesters"
    • Credit can be earned every twelve weeks (2.25 each term; 6.75 each year)
    • Credit (.25) for advisory each term
    • Focus on core graduation requirements: reading, math, science, social studies
    • Opportunities to attend New Market Skills Center and South Puget Sound Community College, Running Start Program
    • Hours: 7:55am-1:40 pm
    • Transportation provided from each comprehensive high school
    • Graduation ceremony in June
    • Credit earned at SSHS equal to credit earned at comprehensive high schools
    • GED for 5 program: accelerated credit retrieval
    • Students earn a high school diploma upon graduation
    • We are an accredited high school
     

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do your graduates earn a high school diploma?

  • Are you a GED school?

  • Can I take my classes online at home?

  • Are you an online school?

  • Are you a private school?

  • What kind of students attend SSHS?

  • How many students attend SSHS?

  • Is your program self-paced?

  • How do students get caught up in credits?

  • How do you enroll?

  • Why do some students get accepted for enrollment and others do not?

  • What ages do you serve?

  • What grade levels do you serve?

  • Do you enroll freshmen?

  • Do you enroll Super Seniors?

  • Do you enroll students who receive Special Education services (SPED)?

  • Do you enroll students who are outside of the NTPS district?

  • Do you provide transportation?

  • When is graduation? Where is it held? What is it like?

  • How many students graduate from SSHS each year?

  • Do you have an open campus?

  • What are the teachers like?

  • How many staff members work there?

  • Can students be enrolled at SSHS and play sports for Timberline, River Ridge or North Thurston?

  • How many credits do I need to graduate from SSHS?

  • What are the classes like?

  • What is your typical class size?

  • What time does school start?

  • What time does school end?

  • Are there opportunities for extra help after school?

  • Do you provide breakfast and lunch?

  • Can I earn credit for my job?

  • Can I attend classes at New Market Skills Center (NMSC) and SSHS at the same time?

  • How does the ‘GED for 5’ program work?

  • How do APEX classes work for credit retrieval?

  • How can parents/guardians track their student’s progress at SSHS?

  • What is the curriculum?

  • What courses do you offer?

  • What courses do you not offer?

  • What electives do you offer?

  • How many periods in a school day?

  • Is advisory a required class?

  • How many terms do you have?

  • What clubs and activities do you offer?

  • Do you allow cell phones or headphones?

  • Do you have security for your campus?

  • Do you have a school Facebook page?

  • What are you school colors?

  • What is your school mascot?