Academic Programs



DESCRIPTION – South’s award-winning music groups have been at the forefront in presenting innovative projects that enhance students’ understanding of what it means to make music and art in this day and age. 

SKILLS Technical skills (instrumental or vocal) 

Basic knowledge of music theory and history 

Music reading 

Choreography (choir) 

Performance and presentation 

PROJECTS Solo and group performances 

Collaboration with musical/theater 

Support local arts community 

Pep band, games, banquets, tours, etc. 

National competitions, travel 

CLASSES Orchestra (Preparatory, Concert, and 

Symphonic Strings) From collaborating with a touring folk rock group at the Performing Arts Center to presenting evenings of silent film with 

live music, the SAHS Orchestra is a dynamic and exciting musical experience. Performances have included transforming their space into both a 20s 

French cabaret and a 19th century crypt for different events. Find out more at 

Choir (Mixed, Concert, and Swing) Open to everyone, South’s choir has several performance opportunities throughout the year through 

school concerts, community events, and travel out of state. Our top-ranked choir program is always striving for the best and to support our 

school with a live student pit orchestra and full productions onstage through theater. 

Band (Concert, Symphonic, and Jazz) Band at South is fun and challenging! Students perform throughout the year in a variety of formal 

concerts, pep band games, banquets, and tours. There are opportunities to audition for and participate in extracurricular activities, including 

pit orchestra, All-State band, Solo & Ensemble festivals, and the All-Northwest Music Festival! 

COOL FACT! Guitar, Music Keyboarding, Music Appreciation, and other music courses are also offered! 



DESCRIPTION – PLTW Engineering at South empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, 

and make the leap from dreamers to doers. 

SKILLS Problem solving 


Professional communication 

Research and analysis 

3D solid modeling software 

Design process 

Electronic circuitry 


Basic programming 

Tool and equipment safety 

PROJECTS 3D modeling and printing 



Circuit design 


Support SAHS stage production 

CLASSES PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design – 

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to create hands-on projects, like designing a new toy or improving an existing product. 

PLTW Principles of Engineering Students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation, and then apply what they know to new challenges, like designing a self-powered car. 

PLTW Digital Electronics Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory), as electrical engineers do in the industry. 

Applied Technologies This isn’t your dad’s shop class! Students explore engineering and construction experiences, ranging from wood- working to basic programming and 3D design. 

COOL FACT! South has a multi-million dollar engineering lab, complete with computer lab and 3D printer! 


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At SAHS, we pride ourselves on our outstanding music, leadership, technology, engineering, and academic programs. Here is a sample of the programs offered at South Anchorage! 


DESCRIPTION – SAHS Media classes prepare students to enter the ever-growing digital media industry with skills equivalent to many 2-year post-secondary programs, and open new avenues for students to unleash their creativity. 

SKILLS Digital filmmaking and live-streaming 

Graphic design and generation 

Camera operation 



Industry-recognized certification 

PROJECTS Daily announcements 

National commercials 

Live mixing 

Streaming sporting events 

Possible internships 

CLASSES Media & Broadcasting Foundational course where students will explore the use of multimedia to tell a compelling story. 

Production Technology I&II Follows M&B; Students develop skills in audio and video production, using a range of cameras, audio recording, and audio mixing devices. 

Production Studio Students develop leadership and team working skills, while gaining experience running and managing all aspects of a professional broadcast media company. 

Academic Program Applications

 Media and Broadcast Foundations/Aviation Science/Drone

COOL FACT!  South has been recognized locally and nationally for its innovative media program!


DESCRIPTION – The goal of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is to develop citizens of character, dedicated to serving their nation and community. 

SKILLS Leadership 

Team building 

Community service 


Physical training 

Citizenship and patriotism 

PROJECTS Community service Drill, marksmanship, and color guard Possible career training at JBER Participation in assemblies and school events Local and national competitions, travel 

CLASSES AFJROTC I Students develop leadership and management skills, communications techniques, and instruction capabilities in the framework of a 

role-playing leadership laboratory. Drill and ceremony, military bearing, citizenship training, and patriotism prepare the cadets for participation in community

service opportunities. 

AFJROTC II Students learn basic principles of aerodynamics, propulsion, and navigation as they relate to the aerospace environment. Cadets assume greater responsibility in running the corps as assistants to the staff officers. 

AFJROTC III Students learn to interpret the role of the US in international space as man expands his research and travel to other planets. Third year cadets organize and administer the corps through command and staff assignments. 

AFJROTC IV Students learn the relationship between nations of the world, the elements of national power, and the nature and development of the U.S. Air Force doctrine. 

COOL FACTS!  Upon successful completion of one year of AFJROTC, students earn 0.5 PE waiver (up to 1.0)! Upon successful completion of AFJROTC II, students earn 0.5 physical science credit! 


DESCRIPTION – Peer Mentors design and lead experience- based lessons aimed at helping students who are new to the school transition successfully and learn skills instrumental in aiding their future high school experience. It is a national award-winning program aimed at assisting incoming 9th graders to ease the transition from middle school, create bonds with their class, connect with resources at South, and address social-emotional needs. 

SKILLS Leadership 

Team building 

Community service 


Social/Emotional understanding 

Interpersonal skills 

Writing refinement 

Public speaking 

Graphic design 


PROJECTS Adventure course day 

Monthly newsletters 

New student welcome 

Participation in assemblies, school events 

Volunteering at feeder schools 

Monthly freshman presentations 

CLASS Peer Mentorship Open by application to 10th12th graders, this course is for students who are interested in helping others, learning leadership skills, working in teams, and assuming a greater role in making South a welcoming and nurturing place to learn. (When the application window opens, the form will be available on the South website.) 

COOL FACTS!  South’s Peer Mentorship program was recognized in 2016 in a national publication that discusses the necessity for “whole-student” programs around the United States! Dimond, Service, and even Juneau have looked to South’s program model to start and run their own programs. 

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DESCRIPTION – AP Capstone is a distinction promoted by College Board, the guiding institute behind the SAT. This program is built on the foundation of two AP courses—AP Seminar and AP Research—and is designed to complement and enhance the in-depth, discipline-specific study experienced in other AP courses. 

SKILLS Writing refinement 


Time management 

Collaborative learning 


Assessing valid sources 

Application to life outside of school 

Public speaking 

Acclimating to AP studies 

PROJECTS Oral and visual presentations 

Collaborative study 

Research in preparation for scholarly paper 

Academic paper as “capstone” completion 

CLASSES AP Seminar Students investigate real-world issues from multiple perspectives, gathering and analyzing information from various sources in order to develop credible and valid evidence- based arguments. Student learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. 

AP Research Students cultivate the skills and discipline necessary to conduct independent research in order to produce and defend a scholarly academic paper. Students explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest, then design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based investigation to address a research question. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000-5,000 words. 

Academic Program Applications

AP Seminar/AP Capstone

COOL FACT! Upon the successful completion of the AP Capstone program and an additional four AP courses through high school, a student is awarded the distinction of an AP Capstone Diploma!

Academic Program Applications

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