Khan Lab High School’s mastery-based curriculum provides students a project-based, student-focused, and collaborative learning environment with a focus on college readiness. Our mastery-based learning model requires students to demonstrate understanding multiple times in multiple contexts with the goal of giving them agency and ownership for their education.
We provide a rigorous curriculum requiring credits that go beyond the University of California A-G requirements in each of our five core disciplines - English, history, mathematics, science, and world language. Our students are also encouraged to explore interests through an array of elective offerings in the arts, an approach that prioritizes each student’s pursuit of their personal passions. Students must earn Foundational Credit in all of their required 22 core courses, and are expected to demonstrate a deep understanding of all competencies and skills identified in every course.
High School Course Offerings
Khan Lab High School’s academic schedule is divided into semesters. During each semester, students' schedules are made up of offerings from within our core curriculum while allowing time and space within their schedules to choose options from our electives. Most students will take 5 or 6 courses each trimester. Some courses will run for the entire academic year, while others are offered for individual semesters.
Students have the opportunity to take dual-enrollment courses at nearby Foothill College. While students receive foundational credit for courses taken at Foothill College, they are evaluated using an A-F grading scale that is not translated into our model. Academic schedules for newly enrolled students are created in consultation with their Advisor. Returning Khan Lab High School students select courses with their Advisor with guidance provided by our Director of College Counseling.
At Khan Lab High School, our students further develop their skills and apply their learning within contexts that are meaningful to them, and quite often develop expertise at a far younger age than many would expect. Graduation requirements are thus simplified in order to create the time and space for students to pursue what matters most to them.