Grade 10 Planning Guide

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Sophomore year for many of our students may be their first entry into AP classes. As you build your four-year plan, we encourage those who plan to go to college to try at least one AP or IB class before you graduate. The majority of our students will take multiple AP or IB courses.

The research is clear: students who complete AP or IB courses during high school are more likely to complete their college degree. It's about gaining a strong foundation in how to learn and how to manage the demands of a college-level course. Some students will choose to try this sophomore year, others will wait until senior year. Every student is unique!

To receive a Minnetonka High School diploma, students must fulfill certain requirements. View the MHS Graduation Requirements here.


Choose from these year-long courses:

  • English 10
  • American Studies 10 Honors 
    • This class closely mirrors the learning activities of the IB Programme. If you are thinking ahead to IB, this class is a great way to try the IB-like experience before making the decision to do the programme.
  • AP Language and Composition 10

Social Studies

Choose from:

  • Contemporary U.S. History
    American Studies 10 Honors
    • Combines 10th grade American Literature with 10th grade American history (see English section)
  • AP U.S. History


  • For math, you should follow the recommendation of your current math teacher. Our math teachers are exceptionally skilled in placing students at the correct level.


Choose from:

  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Honors
  • AP Chemistry 
    • If you are on the fence about AP Chemistry, there is a Summer Pre-AP Chemistry class available through Tonka Online.


  • Design + Marketing (open to sophomores), Marketing I and II (one elective business credit) and Graphic and Product Design I and II (one art credit)
  • VANTAGE Computer Science (open to sophomores), AP Computer Science Principles (elective credit) and Digital Interface Design (fulfills the Arts credit)


  • To fulfill the recommended 6 credits during your sophomore year, complete you course schedule with a selection of electives. Review the Skipper Log for current course options.
Student Activities

Tonka Online

By taking advantage of Tonka Online, you can complete required or prep courses during the summer, flex your daytime schedule or pick up an additional class during the school year. With Tonka Online, you can:

  • Use a summer Prep course to help you prepare for advanced class like AP Calculus or AP Chemistry the following school year
  • Take two music classes during the year
  • Pursue electives that align with your passions
  • Ensure time for specialty programs during your junior and senior year
  • Take a summer PE or other required course to create more flexibility in your school year schedule

With more than 300 courses offered at Minnetonka High School—including programs like VANTAGE, International Baccalaureate, Project Lead the Way, and a world-class fine arts program— students occasionally have a hard time making it all fit. Tonka Online can help!