A Complete List of All High School Classes

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The ultimate list of all high school classes you will need!

For high school students, you must have wondered which classes you should take in high school or what class will be the most beneficial for your college journey. While your school may not offer some of these classes, having a checklist can come in handy when making your four-year college plan.

High school classes are typically divided into three types of classesGeneral academic classes / Honors classes, AP classes, and electives. If possible, make sure to register for classes every year in Math, Science, Social Sciences, and a world language. High school students also can sign up for AP or IB classes to further advance their knowledge and receive college credit. Besides the core classes, taking elective classes is also a great way to discover your interests and try out if you like them or not.   

To learn more about the course system, please read our Guide to the American curriculum. Students should also read more about the Common Core standard to learn more what knowledge is covered in the curriculum. 

What will be covered in the article?

  • English Literature
  • American Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Debate
  • English language and composition
  • English literature and composition
  • Journalism
  • Speech & Debate (some schools call this Communications) 

Many schools breakdown introductory English classes by grade level. For example English 9 (for Grade 9) and English 10 (Grade 10), or English 1 for Grade 9 and English 2 for Grade 10, and more. 

History & Social Science
  • World History
  • U.S. History
  • European History
  • Economics (Macroeconomics and Microeconomics)
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • Human Geography 
  • Psychology 
  • Women’s Studies
  • Algebra 1 and 2
  • Geometry
  • Pre-calculus  
  • Calculus 
  • Probability
  • Statistics 
The Arts
  • Dance (Tap dancing, Choreography, etc.) 
  • Music (Choir, concert band, jazz ensemble, string ensemble, music technology/production, theater technology, etc.)
  • Theater (Drama, theater technology, technical theater, etc.
  • Visual Arts (Painting, Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, etc.) 
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Astronomy 
  • Marine Science
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Zoology 
World Languages
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • French
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Italian
  • American Sign Language
  • Ancient Greek
  • Japanese
  • Korean 
Philosophy & Religion
  • Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • World Religions 
  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Business Management
  • Consumer Education
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Introduction to Business
  • Marketing    
  • Personal Finance 
Computer Science
  • App development
  • Audio production
  • Computer programming
  • Video game development
  • Web design
  • Web programming
  • Programming with Python 
Physical Education
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
AP Capstone
  • AP Research 
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Art History
  • AP Music Theory 
  • AP 2-D Art and Design 
  • AP English Language and Composition 
  • AP English Literature and Composition 
History and Social Science
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP European History 
  • AP Human Geography 
  • AP Macroeconomics 
  • AP Microeconomics
Math and Computer Science
  • AP Calculus AB 
  • AP Calculus BC 
  • AP Computer Science A 
  • AP Computer Science Principles 
  • AP Statistics 
  • AP Biology 
  • AP Chemistry 
  • AP Environmental Science 
  • AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based 
  • AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based 
  • AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics 
World Languages and Cultures
  • AP Chinese Language and Culture 
  • AP French Language and Culture 
  • AP German Language and Culture 
  • AP Italian Language and Culture 
  • AP Japanese Language and Culture 
  • AP Latin 
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture 
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture 

For the full list of classes, please refer to your own high school’s curriculum/class listing for more information. If you’re a high school student who is not sure about what courses to take, or are interested in receiving small group or 1-on-1 tutoring sessions with our expert high school teachers, please feel free to send us an email/give us a call and we can map out a four-year actionable class plan for your high school journey!

Aralia’s tutors are inspired teachers and professors who are committed to student success. They are recognized in their field or are currently teaching at top high schools and colleges/universities in the US. 

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