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?

• When are you really happy and why?

• When do you feel the most successful?

• What are your signature strengths?

• What activity or theme do you keep coming back to?

• What do you want to learn more about?

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

• In what way do you wish the world were different?

• When do you seem most like yourself?

• How do you want to be known?

• 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 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 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 2025.
9th Grade Forecasting 2021-2022

Your Forecasting Events (ATTEND THIS)

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. Our counselors are hosting drop-in sessions from February 11-19 to help answer your questions about forecasting, and a Curriculum Showcase the following week will allow you to meet teachers in each of our various subject areas. These are opportunities you won't want to miss.


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

Your Course Selections (COMPLETE THIS)

On February 26--after our middle school presentations, office hours appointments, and course showcase events have all ended--you'll have the opportunity to begin selecting classes for the upcoming year. This is where you'll tell us what combination of core and elective courses you want on your freshmen year schedule.


In a few days you will be able to choose your classes on a Google Form that looks like the preview version below. Feel free to use this as a "rough draft" to help you think through your options for next year.

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 March 4 and April 1 for a live on-screen walk around Sunset's campus. The Zoom link for these meetings can be found here. The Meeting ID is 871 1045 7786 and the Passcode--if you need it--is 839815.

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.

YOUR FEEDBACK (WRITE THIS)

We've tried to make this a space where you could learn learn everything you might want to know about the freshmen year experience at Sunset High School. We know that we've likely missed a few things, however, and we welcome your feedback on how we might improve.


Please take a moment to leave a question, comment, or suggestion in the space below. We'll attempt to provide answers in the days ahead.