Summer Courses

WANIC Summer

After several months of uncertainty from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), WANIC received approval to offer summer semester.  We were pleased to announce in early June that we would be able to offer summer semester courses online for the first time ever. High quality remote learning programs were quickly put in place to accommodate approximately 500 students. We were overwhelmed with more than 1,500 applications. Through tireless efforts during the application window week, WANIC was able to secure an additional 700+ spots for a total of 1,200+ enrollments. Not only is this the largest WANIC summer semester ever, it is one of the largest skill center summer program in Washington State! Unfortunately we were unable to enroll about 300 applicants (in addition to a very large number of students who asked to apply after the application window closed), but we are hopeful they can join us next summer.

July 14, 2020 Update

WANIC Summer Semester Grading will be A/W (not A/I)

Dear WANIC Summer Semester Students and Parents/Guardians,

As you know, we recently received an updated grading policy directive from OSPI based on ongoing COVID-19 conditions: Instead of students earning a grade of A, B, C, D or F, they are to earn an A or I. The “A” represents a grade of 60% or higher and the “I” stands for “Incomplete”. In a regular high school during a regular school year, when a student earns an “I” they get two weeks into the following semester to catch up on missed work and turn in late assignments. In other words, they get additional time to turn the “incomplete” into a grade so they can earn credit for the class. However, in WANIC Summer Semester this is not feasible because after July 17th students will no longer be enrolled in WANIC and we cannot accept any late work or change grades.

For this reason, WANIC will be using an “A/W” grading policy: If the student earns a grade of 60% or higher they will earn an “A”. But if they do not earn at least 60% we will withdraw the student with a “W”. Each student’s official high school transcript will show either “A” or “W”. An “A” earns credit for the class and counts favorably toward GPA. With a “W” the student does not earn credit, but there is no negative effect on GPA.

We hope all students aim to achieve their best possible score and make the most of their learning during this time. At minimum, it is in the student’s best interest to strive to achieve at least 60% on their final grade. If a student does not achieve this 60% minimum we will withdraw the student with a “W”.

We are hearing from teachers that the vast majority of students are remaining engaged, working hard, and turning in assignments. There is a lot of very positive learning going on. We admire all students, and their families who support them, for managing this WANIC Summer Semester under quite different circumstances than we are all used to.

Unfortunately, we are also hearing there are a few students who are not upholding the conditions of enrollment. They are not checking in with their lessons and teachers during school hours and not turning in assignments. We understand there may be many reasons for this, some out of the students’ control. Nevertheless, these students are at risk of being withdrawn and not earning credit for the class. If you are in this situation, please contact your class teacher right away. If there is a way we can support you and get you on track to earn that A we really want to do so.

There are only three days left of this WANIC Summer Semester – we encourage you to aim high and finish strong!

Please let us know if you have any questions.


WANIC Summer Semester 2020

July 6-17 Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Online Classes Only

  • APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED (Applications were accepted online June 11 through June 18)
  • Daily Online Attendance Required Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The instructor will determine a daily schedule for online learning, student check-ins, independent study, and work submission.
  • This is a fast-paced class that covers a lot of material in a short time. The student must be prepared to work hard and commit to a total of approximately 60 hours of online and independent work in order to satisfy requirements to earn the 0.5 high school credit.
  • Application is not a guarantee of enrollment. Rising seniors will be given priority enrollment - all remaining spots will be filled by lottery.
  • Students will earn grades A, B, C, D or F (subject to change per OSPI guidelines)
  • Credit and Grade earned will appear on students’ permanent high school transcript
  • Students may enroll in one class only
  • College Credit not available
  • NEW THIS YEAR  - NO Class supply fee! NO cost to the student!


  • Students must be enrolled in 9th-12th grade and registered in Bellevue, Everett, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts for fall 2020. No exceptions.
  • Students must have Computer and Internet Access. WANIC does not have laptops for students – check with your home high school who may be able to provide a laptop

Class Descriptions

Computer Science Intro  
This introductory course is focused on teaching the principles, logic, and big ideas that are key to understanding how most programming languages work. Students will create many programs in order to explore these concepts. 
High School credit: 0.5 CTE or 0.5 Lab Science
DigiPen Art & Animation Intro 
Through a variety of creative projects, students are exposed to the tools and techniques of professional artists while creating their own 2D animations. This course focuses on art and animation methods and techniques with an emphasis on strengthening foundational art skills. Art topics covered include perspective, line, form, value, design, and drawing from both observation and imagination. Animation principles are taught with a variety of methods. For those who are serious about learning about art, this is the place for you.  
High School credit: 0.5 CTE or 0.5 Fine Art 

DigiPen Music & Sound Design Intro 
This class offers a fascinating introduction to creating music, sound effects, and soundtracks for games or animations. Students produce unique, engaging soundscapes while learning about the fundamentals of music and sound design and their use in the video game and animation industries. Musical background is not required but is helpful.  
High School credit: 0.5 CTE or 0.5 Fine Art 

DigiPen Video Game Development Intro 
This workshop is ideal for any student who wants to take an idea for a 2D video game and make it a reality. This workshop examines basic programming techniques, but also looks at other disciplines needed to create a game including game design, art production, and sound design.  
High School credit: 0.5 CTE 

DigiPen Video Game Programming Intro 
This class launches you into the world of computer programming through the practice of writing code for video games. The emphasis of this class is learning the foundational programming concepts that form the basis of video games and other programs including variables, conditional statements, and loops. You are also introduced to concepts in physics and math such as 2D coordinate systems, vector math and trigonometry. By the completion of this course students will have a basic understanding of programming logic and as it pertains to video game programming.  
High School credit: 0.5 CTE 

DigiPen World Building Intro 
What do Bilbo Baggins, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson have in common? They live in complete worlds filled with rich detail about their respective geographies, cultures, economies, and bestiaries. Building these worlds is an essential element of game design, art, writing, and filmmaking. In Worldbuilding, you will create a complete setting that could be the basis of a future novel, film, or game. We will research real and fantastical worlds that you can use to create a unique setting of their own. Build fantastic, but believable, villages, cities, and whole nations!  
High School credit: 0.5 CTE 

Financial Planning 
This course will empower, equip, and entertain while building confidence in the student’s own financial decision-making. Students are facing tremendous financial challenges without the basic knowledge needed to thrive in today’s economy. Fewer than half of high school seniors qualify as financially literate, and more than 7 million borrowers are in default on student loans for college. Learn the skills to navigate the day to day reality of personal finance.  
High School credit: 0.5 CTE 

Fire & EMS Intro  
Find out more about the exciting and high-demand world of fire-fighters and emergency responders. Learn about fire prevention, inspection, investigation, alarm systems, dispatching, and emergency medical services. 
High School credit: 0.5 CTE 
Learn about personal, family & community health issues. Meets health credit graduation requirement.  
High School credit: 0.5 Health