Academics

Curriculum

The school offers a wide variety of courses to build a strong educational foundation in language arts, mathematics, social studies, agriscience, science, business education, family and consumer science, industrial technology, fine arts, health and physical education. Students have the opportunity to study world languages, including French, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).

Rigorous Course Opportunities

Stillwater Area High School offers a six-period day (with no zero-hour option). Students may enroll in three enriched (accelerated) courses: Honors English in 9th grade, Enriched English in 10th grade and Accelerated Chemistry and Physics I & II (a two year course that prepares for the Physics I & Physics II AP exams respectively). These enriched courses do not reflect a weighted grade.

Students may enroll in College in the Schools (CIS) or Concurent Enrollment at Century College courses, Accelerated Chemistry and Physics (a two-year course), Project Lead the Way courses including Introduction to Engineering and Design and Principles of Engineering, along with nineteen different advanced placement courses for weighted course options.

Agriscience

Agriscience courses provide career exploration, career development, and leadership skills related to animals, plants, food and natural resouce career pathways.

Art

Stillwater Area High School has a talented staff serving students in the creation, interpretation and understanding of art. 

AVID

The AVID elective is a college readiness system designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance

Business and Marketing Education

Courses in business and marketing provide students with essential skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and are based upon the National Business Education Standards Framework, National Skill Standards and ISTE Standards. Skills in academic and technical areas.

Computer Science

SAHS’s Computer Science courses provide students with a range of opportunities spanning from beginning computer science principles to AP Computer Science. 

Health

Health staff serve students to provide mental/emotional and social aspects embedded in classroom and experiential education. Staff provide instruction on nutrition and mental/emotional health.

Industrial Tech

Students in Industrial Tech courses both explore and prepare for technology based career options in our rapidly changing society. Real world elements present in most courses would include; problem solving, critical thinking, hands-on applications, technological solutions, project managment, and teamwork.  

Language Arts

Students develop skills and strategies as critical thinkers while immersing themselves in literacy and written communication. 

Mathematics

Mathematics as a discipline is an important intellectual discipline worthy of study for its logical form as well as for its ability to help stretch our minds to think in ways we never would have thought.

Music

Students participate in some of the highest quality performance groups where there are opportunities for each individual student to perform, listen, and create music.

Physical Education

Staff provides instruction on fitness, weightlifting, substance education, safety and lifetime physical fitness.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.

Science

Staff serve students seeking to develop knowledge and skills to apply and understand the scientific method of inquiry in their quest to understand living organisms, physical world and properties as well the relationship between all of these areas.

Social Studies

Social studies offerings provide insights about the past, present and future in an effort to develop curiosity about and sensitivity to the environment in which they live.

Special Services

Special education services are provided students who meet the Minnesota eligibility criteria of a student with a disability. 

World Language

Proficiency in a second language is a skill that students will be able to use in various aspects of their lives, both professional and personal. Being a language student will help students broaden their worldview which is essential for success in our global society. World language classes allow students to practice their communication skills, improve their literacy and develop their critical thinking skills as they make cultural comparisons.

The world language department has adopted the guidelines developed by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to measure proficiency. In order to acquire a functional level of a second language, it is recommended that students complete 4-5 years.

To learn more about the ACTFL guidelines, click the following link: https://goo.gl/N1gy5a

At the end of level 4, students will have the option to take a proficiency exam that could qualify them for an official World Language Proficiency Certificate which guarantees college credit at MnSCU schools.