Runnels | Independent School, Baton Rouge

Jr./Sr. High Curriculum

More than 140 classes are available at the high school level, all of which meet the Louisiana State Board of Regents Standards. Junior high students have approximately 40 classes from which to choose, including many honors courses. The transition between junior high and high school at Runnels is usually accomplished smoothly. Junior and senior high classes meet for 50 minutes five times per week, and students have the option of taking up to 8 classes in a school day. Our emphasis is on personal integrity and responsibility of our students, rather than on a multitude of detailed regulations covering every aspect of student life.

Our students receive a strong foundation in the core subject areas of English, History, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Languages. Students can also choose from a wide range of honors and AP courses.

Runnels has outstanding programs in the visual and performing arts. Our teachers are trained professionals, excited about sharing their talents and guiding students to find expression in the arts. Our beautiful performing arts classrooms and a 500-seat theatre support our arts programs and provide opportunities for students to share their talents and express their creativity. Students choosing to study a musical instrument have lessons every school day of the year.

Strong AP Program

We encourage students to maximize their learning by taking advantage of our expansive Advanced Placement (AP) program. Runnels provides 20 different AP courses, giving us the distinction of offering one of the most comprehensive AP curricula in the city. Traditionally, Runnels has been well represented in the AP Scholar program. In 2015, 31 Runnels students were named AP Scholars, with four earning the National AP Scholar award, the highest available in the AP Program. In 2016, one of the two AP State Scholars was a Runnels graduate. 

“I think Runnels has one of the best AP programs around.  We offer small class sizes so teachers have more one-on-one time to teach skills, many teachers have advanced degrees in their subject areas, and all teach with approved AP audits.”

Norma Marsh, History and English Department Head (grades 7-12)
AP Reader (national AP Exam evaluator)

Download Junior High Course Descriptions

Download Senior High Course Descriptions

Electives Chart

7th Grade Scheduling Form

8th Grade Scheduling Form

9th Grade Scheduling Form

10th Grade Scheduling Form

11th Grade Scheduling Form

12th Grade Scheduling Form

Example Schedules, Grades 7 through 8

7th Grade 8th Grade
English English
Life Science Earth Science
Pre-Algebra or Algebra I Algebra I or Geometry
American History Louisiana Studies
Health and Physical Education Health and Physical Education
Two Electives Two Electives


Example Schedules, Grades 9-12

9th Grade 10th Grade
English I English II
Algebra I or Geometry Algebra I or Geometry
World Geography World History
Physical Science Physical Science
Foreign Language Biology
Health and P.E. Foreign Language II
One Elective Health and P.E. II
  One Elective


11th Grade 12th Grade
English III English IV
Algebra II or Advanced Math Advanced Math - Precalculus, Advanced Math-Functions and Statistics, or Calculus AB AP
American History Civics
Chemistry Advanced Science Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective/Study Hall
Elective Elective/Study Hall

Example Schedules, Grades 9-12 - Honors/Advanced

9th Grade (Honors/Advanced) 10th Grade (Honors/Advanced)
English I Honors English II Honors
Geometry or Algebra II Algebra II or Advanced Math Pre-calculus
AP Human Geography World History AP
Biology Honors Chemistry Honors
Foreign Language Foreign Language II
Health and P.E. Health and P.E. II



11th Grade (Honors/Advanced) 12th Grade (Honors/Advanced)
English III Honors, AP, American Studies English IV AP
Advanced Math Pre-calculus or Calculus AB AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or Statistics AP
American Studies or American History AP Civics or US Government AP
Physics Honors or Other Science Advanced Science Elective
Foreign Language III Honors Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective


Bell Schedule, Junior and Senior High (Grades 7-12) 

Zero Hour 7:30 - 8:20
First Hour 8:30- 9:20
Second Hour 9:20 - 10:10
Third Hour 10:10 - 11:00
Fourth Hour 11:00 - 11:50
Lunch 11:50 - 12:30
Fifth Hour 12:30 - 1:20
Sixth Hour 1:20 - 2:10
Seventh Hour 2:10 - 3:00

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