SUNSET HIGH SCHOOL

DISCOVER THE POSSIBILITIES

YOUR LIFE. YOUR DREAMS. YOUR SCHOOL.

At Sunset High School we believe our job is to create a school where you can learn, grow, and thrive. We aspire to be a place where you can discover who you are and who you want to be, and want for nothing less than to come alongside you on this journey.


We say "all are welcome here" at SHS, a short phrase that signals our commitment to each and every one of you. We live this out by listening intently to your unique story, honoring your individuality, and shaping your school experience to fit your interests.


We've created spaces for all of you--the thinkers, creators, makers, and doers who will be your generation's leaders and difference makers. There is a home for you here in our classrooms, fine and performing arts spaces, technology labs, IB courses, clubs, activities, and athletic programs.


Welcome to Sunset. We're glad you're here.

YOUR DAYS. YOUR CELEBRATIONS.

Your experience at Sunset will include daily reminders of what it means to be part of a community that values your contributions and celebrates your accomplishments. Our days here are challenging, collaborative, creative and filled with affirmations big and small.


But don't just take our word for it. The Apollo story is best told by 2017 Sunset graduate Josh Muir, whose "A Day in the LIfe" video captures the manic joy of a typical day at SHS.

A Day In The Life Submission Draft

YOUR CURIOSITY (EMBRACE THIS!)

Everything you do here will be shaped by your curiosity. We encourage you to embrace new ideas and spend time asking yourself some big questions:


• What things or ideas are you interested in?

• What do you love to do?

• What's one new thing you'd like to try?

• What impact do you want to have?


When you lean into this thing we call school we all know what happens next. Your questions get answered or, perhaps more accurately, you answer them on your own because you want to know more, and do more, every day. Your classes here will help stoke your interests, foster original and critical thinking, and fuel your discovery of new and original ideas. This is what "taking charge of your learning" really means.

YOUR SCHOOL LIFE (LIVE THIS!)

It's not easy to describe everything that happens at SHS, but Sunset's counselors do a great job of identifying the things you'll need to know to thrive in your new school. Their overview of your 9th grade year includes information about course options, but also features suggestions for how to get the most out of your high school experience.

YOUR CHOICES (READ THIS!)

Sunset's student-centered courses are the result of you telling us what you want to learn. Over the years we've listened to our students when they've told us they wanted the most challenging international curriculum we could find. They shared with us their passion for the fine and performing arts, for computer science and engineering, for marketing and business. They let us know that a wide range of subjects was important to them and that we should have fun and challenging classes in English language arts, social studies, science, world languages, and health and physical fitness.


We've created something for everyone here. We've built this thing called school with you in mind.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM PLANNING GUIDE

Click here to learn more about every one of Sunset's academic offerings. This is the place to find out about the IB diploma program, Honors options, graduation requirements, and just about everything else you need to know about our school.

Your 9th Grade Options (WATCH THIS!)

Your 9th grade schedule includes a balanced mix of core and elective courses. Kristin Heintz, Sunset's 9th Grade Success Coordinator, talks about all of your options in the video below and includes important information about credits, transcripts, and how all of this builds toward your SHS graduation in 2026.
Forecasting 9th

Your Forecasting Events (ATTEND THESE!)

Any successful school puts people and relationships first. In the coming days Sunset is setting up a variety of events to get to know you and your family better. These opportunities to meet and interact with our teachers and counselors are invaluable ways to get connected to SHS and learn about our classes and programs.


Check out the dates, times, and Zoom links for these different events here.

YOUR CAMPUS (JOIN THIS!)

COVID and distance learning have forced us all to live under a different set of rules. In almost any other year we would have invited you into our school building to see where you will spend your days. We would have shown you around so that you could become just a little more familiar with your new home.


We know how important it is to "get a feel for a place" and with that in mind we've created a series of virtual tours on Thursday afternoons. Please join Principal John Huelskamp at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 24 for a live on-screen walk around Sunset's campus. The Zoom link for these meetings can be found here.

YOUR INVOLVEMENT (DO THIS!)

In school we tend to spend most of our time talking about courses and grades and it can sometimes feel like that's the only stuff that matters. But here's the thing: A full high school experience also includes a wide variety of activities that take place outside of our classrooms; real learning also takes place after the bell rings.


One of the great things about Sunset is that our student-led clubs offer you the opportunity to pursue interests and passions on your terms and on your own time. You can join an existing group (or start your own!) and learn new skills, meet new people, and serve your community in a way that makes sense to you.


We think you'll find that involvement makes school interesting and engaging and relevant. Examples of how to make this happen are in the Spark Page below.

SHS CLUBS & ACTIVITES

Click here to learn more about the student-run clubs and activities that are at the center of the SHS experience. There is something here for each and every one of you.