2019-2020: COURSE CATALOG DESCRIPTIONS

Please use the document below to help map out your Four-Year Plan and what courses are necessary for high school graduation, A-G eligibility, and meet student interest.  You will use the Course Request Overview and digital Course Request Card to submit your course options.  Follow the links below for direct access to specific buckets:

Table of Contents

Of Note: College courses, community & school service, internship, and portfolio are not included in the course catalog, but are vital components to consider when selecting options.

New Tech High Graduation Requirements

NTHS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Below is an outline of the number of credits required for a student to successful navigate the path to graduation.  For a course to be considered for graduation credits, students must pass the course with the grade of D or higher.

Subject Area

Credits Required

English

40

World History

10

US History

10

American Government

5

Economics

5

Physical Science

10

Life Science

10

Mathematics

30

Foreign Language

20

Visual/Performing Arts

10

Physical Education

20

Community College

  • 12 UC/CSU transferable college units

20 HS credits

Intro to Career & Technical Education

10

Community Service

  • 20 hours by the end of Junior year

School Service

  • 10 hours by the end of Sophomore year

Pass/Fail

Work-based Learning

  • 60 hour industry-based internship experience

Pass/Fail

Electives

20

Portfolio

  • 4 year portfolio sequence

Pass/Fail

TOTAL

220

College Entrance Requirements

COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS (A-G)

Students entering the CSU/UC system must have completed the college prep courses listed below with a grade of “C” or better.

University of California: Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better in these courses with no grade lower than a C.  Must take at least the ACT Plus Writing or SAT with Essay to meet examination requirement.  11 of these 15 courses must be finished prior to the beginning of your senior year.

  1. History/Social Science.......................................................................2 years
  1. U.S. History/Govt.
  2. World History
  1. English .............................................................................................4 years
  2. Mathematics (4 years recommended) .............................................3 years
  3. Laboratory Science...........................................................................2 years
  1. Life Science
  2. Physical Science
  1. Language Other Than English.........................................................2 years
  2. Visual and Performing Arts ..............................................................1 year
  3. Electives ..........................................................................................1 year

California State University System: Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better in these courses with no grade lower than a C.

  1. History/Social Science.......................................................................2 years
  1. U.S. History/Govt.
  2. World History
  1. English .............................................................................................4 years
  2. Mathematics (4 years recommended) .............................................3 years
  3. Laboratory Science...........................................................................2 years
  1. Life Science
  2. Physical Science
  1. Language Other Than English.........................................................2 years
  2. Visual and Performing Arts ..............................................................1 year
  3. Electives ..........................................................................................1 year

Private Universities/Colleges: Generally speaking, requirements met for admission to the University of California satisfy those of private institutions. Refer to specific college catalogues for further information.

New Tech High Course Descriptions

SOCIAL STUDIES

WORLD HISTORY

Course Number: SS836

Course Name: P World History

Grade Level: 10

Graduation Credit: Social Studies
A-G Credit: A

Integrated with English 10 in World Studies

World Studies explores the emergence of the modern world in history and literature in a way intended to help students understand the world.  The primary themes revolve around the political, social, economic and literary changes during this time that have had a lasting impact on the world. In addition to learning historical content – students will also develop important skills needed to study history including the ability to summarize and analyze complex situations and academic text, conduct effective research and apply their knowledge to create presentations, debates, exhibits, and written work. Through projects, students will refine their writing and oration skills and will develop their ability to explore ideas and respond clearly and effectively to the events and ideas of the world around you.

UNITED STATES HISTORY

Course Number: SS801

Course Name: P US History

Grade Level: 11

Graduation Credit: Social Studies
A-G Credit: A

Integrated with Am Lit in American Studies

American Literature and American History are combined to form a series of thematic and chronological projects, Students will explore the various periods in American history and prominent literature (fiction and non-fiction) that supports the progression of American history from the Roaring Twenties, through the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, to the Cold War and current immigration with readings ranging from novels to memoirs to non-fiction pieces and poetry.

GOVERNMENT (SEMESTER LONG)

Course Number: SS802

Course Name: P Government

Grade Level: 12

Graduation Credit: SS
A-G Credit: A

Integrated with Political Lit in Political Studies

Political Literature, Government, and Economics are combined to form two distinct semester experiences.  Students explore the nature of government theory, core components of US government structure, and policy.  In the Spring, students explore entrepreneurism, microeconomics and macroeconomics.  In relation to each semester, students use both nonfiction and fiction-based text to analyze and write about the impact of power, authority, and human rights.

ECONOMICS (SEMESTER LONG)

Course Number: SS823

Course Name: P Economics

Grade Level: 12

Graduation Credit: SS
A-G Credit: A

Integrated with Political Lit in Political Studies

Political Literature, Government, and Economics are combined to form two distinct semester experiences.  Students explore the nature of government theory, core components of US government structure, and policy.  In the Spring, students explore entrepreneurism, microeconomics and macroeconomics.  In relation to each semester, students use both nonfiction and fiction-based text to analyze and write about the impact of power, authority, and human rights.

ENGLISH

ENGLISH 10

Course Number: EN129

Course Name: P English 10

Grade Level: 10

Graduation Credit: English
A-G Credit: B

Integrated with World History in World Studies

World Studies explores the emergence of the modern world in history and literature in a way intended to help students understand the world.  The primary themes revolve around the political, social, economic and literary changes during this time that have had a lasting impact on the world. In addition to learning historical content – students will also develop important skills needed to study history including the ability to summarize and analyze complex situations and academic text, conduct effective research and apply their knowledge to create presentations, debates, exhibits, and written work. Through projects, students will refine their writing and oration skills and will develop their ability to explore ideas and respond clearly and effectively to the events and ideas of the world around you.

AMERICAN LITERATURE

Course Number: EN141

Course Name: P Am Lit

Grade Level: 11

Graduation Credit: English
A-G Credit: B

Integrated with US History in American Studies

American Literature and American History are combined to form a series of thematic and chronological projects, Students will explore the various periods in American history and prominent literature (fiction and nonfiction) that supports the progression of American history from the Roaring Twenties, through the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, to the Cold War and current immigration with readings ranging from novels to memoirs to non-fiction pieces and poetry.

POLITICAL LITERATURE

Course Number: EN168

Course Name: P Pol Lit

Grade Level: 12

Graduation Credit: English
A-G Credit: B

Integrated with Govt/Econ in Political Studies

Political Literature, Government, and Economics are combined to form two distinct semester experiences.  Students explore the nature of government theory, core components of US government structure, and policy.  In the Spring, students explore entrepreneurism, microeconomics and macroeconomics.  In relation to each semester, students use both nonfiction and fiction-based text to analyze and write about the impact of power, authority, and human rights.

MATHEMATICS

INTEGRATED MATH 1

Course Number: MA289

Course Name: P Math I

Grade Level: 9-10

Graduation Credit: Math
A-G Credit: C

Integrated Math 1 is the first in a sequence of three year-long college prep courses designed to integrate number sense, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and modeling. Multiple technologies including applets, manipulatives, calculators, and application software are a requirement to promote a highly engaging collaborative learning environment. Student will experience the development of a branch of mathematics through the use of undefined terms, definitions, postulates and theorems. They will use algebraic models of situations; choose appropriate proof from various possibilities, and then coordinate and transformation techniques as they apply mathematical concepts to real world situations.

INTEGRATED MATH 2

Course Number: MA290

Course Name: P Math II

Grade Level: 9-12

Graduation Credit: Math
A-G Credit: C

Prerequisite: Math 1 or Equivalent

Integrated Math 2 is the second in a sequence of three year-long college prep courses designed to integrate number sense, algebra, functions, geometry and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and modeling. Multiple technologies including applets, manipulatives, calculators, and application software are a requirement to promote a highly engaging collaborative learning environment. Student will experience the development of a branch of mathematics through the use of undefined terms, definitions, postulates and theorems. They will use algebraic models of situations; choose appropriate proof from various possibilities, and then coordinate and transformation techniques as they apply mathematical concepts to real world situations.

INTEGRATED MATH 3

Course Number: MA291

Course Name: P Math III

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Math
A-G Credit: C

Prerequisite: Math 2 or Equivalent

Integrated Math 3 is the third in a sequence of three year-long college prep courses designed to integrate number sense, algebra, functions, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and modeling. Multiple technologies including applets, manipulatives, calculators, and application software are a requirement to promote a highly engaging collaborative learning environment. Student will experience the development of a branch of mathematics through the use of undefined terms, definitions, postulates and theorems. They will use algebraic models of situations; choose appropriate proof from various possibilities, and then coordinate and transformation techniques as they apply mathematical concepts to real world situations.

PRE-CALCULUS

Course Number: MA230

Course Name: P Pre Calculus

Grade Level: 11-12

Graduation Credit: Math
A-G Credit: C

Prerequisite: Math 3 or Equivalent

This year long course combines the trigonometric, geometric, and algebraic concepts needed to prepare students for the study of Calculus. The main topics in the course are (1) complex numbers, (2) rational functions, (3) trigonometric functions and (4) their inverses, (5) inverse function, (6) vectors and (7) matrices and (8) parametric and (9) polar curves.

FINANCIAL ALGEBRA

Course Number: MA292

Course Name: P Financial Alg

Grade Level: 11-12

Graduation Credit: Math
A-G Credit: C

Prerequisite: Math 2 or Equivalent

Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications is a college-preparatory course that will use sophisticated mathematics to give you the tools to become a financially responsible young adult. The course employs advanced algebra, probability, and statistics to solve financial problems that occur in everyday life. Inquiry based problem units involving investing, credit, banking, auto insurance, mortgages, employment, income taxes, budgeting, and planning for retirement are solved by applying the relevant mathematics. Field projects, computer spreadsheets, and graphing calculators are key components of the course. Students will apply the common core mathematical practice standards through a New Tech problem-based learning model when solving problems and completing performance tasks.

SCIENCE

PHYSICS

Course Number: SC362

Course Name: P Physics

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Phys Science
A-G Credit: D

PREREQUISITE: ALGEBRA 1 or Math 1 with a C or better or equivalent.

Students learn at a conceptual level motion and forces, Newton's three laws, conservation of energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, wave theory, and electromagnetics. (This class is a Physical Science)

CHEMISTRY

Course Number: SC350

Course Name: P Chemistry

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Phys Science
A-G Credit: D

PREREQUISITE: ALGEBRA 1 or Math 1 with a C or better or equivalent.

Students investigate the properties of matter and energy, including the characteristics of elements, periodic properties, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, molecular geometry, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, and thermodynamics. This is a lab-based class. (This class is a Physical Science)

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Course Number: SC323

Course Name: P Envirn Sci 1

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Life Science
A-G Credit: TBD

PREREQUISITE: BIOLOGY with a C or better or equivalent

Students will analyze the factors contributing to environmental stability as well as instability with a focus on human impact on the environment. Course activities include several field trips aligned with projects, contribution to the student garden, and projects focused on local environmental action. Content will include basic chemistry, biology, economics, and health. (This class is a Life Science)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

SPANISH 1

Course Number: FL438

Course Name: P Spanish 1

Grade Level: 9-12

Graduation Credit: FL
A-G Credit: E

Students will learn communicative skills by using Spanish daily, with integrated practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. Students will study grammatical structures of Spanish, vocabulary will vary based on project needs. They will use the language to explore Hispanic countries and cultures, and will make comparisons and connections with their own.

SPANISH 2

Course Number: FL440

Course Name: P Spanish 2

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: FL
A-G Credit: E

PREREQUISITE: SPANISH 1 or equivalent

Students will build on communicative skills from Spanish 1 by using Spanish daily, with integrated practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. Students will continue to study grammatical structures of Spanish and vocabulary. They will use the language to explore Hispanic countries and cultures, and will make comparisons and connections with their own.

SPANISH 3

Course Number: FL442

Course Name: P Spanish 3

Grade Level: 11-12

Graduation Credit: FL
A-G Credit: E

PREREQUISITE: SPANISH 2 or equivalent

Students will learn advanced grammar concepts and additional vocabulary. Students will use the language to read and respond to a variety of prompts. This course will build on language acquisition and skills that occurred in levels 1 and levels 2 of the language.  Student will focus on develop speaking, writing, and reading skills in the native language, as well as, contextual application of principles.

SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS 1

Course Number: FL392

Course Name: P Sp/Sp Spkr 1

Grade Level: 9-12

Graduation Credit: FL
A-G Credit: E

This course prepares native Spanish speakers with little or no formal training in Spanish for more advanced communication. It addresses listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students also learn about regional variations in standard Spanish, topics such as Spanglish and code-switching, and the relationship between language and cultural identity.

SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS 2

Course Number: FL420

Course Name: P Sp/Sp Spkr 2

Grade Level: 9-12

Graduation Credit: FL
A-G Credit: E

This course prepares native Spanish speakers with little or no formal training in Spanish for more advanced communication. It addresses listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students also learn about regional variations in standard Spanish, topics such as Spanglish and code-switching, and the relationship between language and cultural identity.

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

ART 2

Course Number: FA605

Course Name: P Art 2

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: VPA
A-G Credit: F

PREREQUISITE: ART 1

Art 2 is an opportunity for interested students to further develop their techniques and thinking around art. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills ranging from observational drawing to exploring their own interests and meaning-making in art. This course challenges students to step outside their comfort zone and learn to see as an artist. Students are exposed to art history and contemporary artists and issues throughout the year. Students will further their skills in critique and in creating both written and verbal artist statements of their work. This course is open to sophomore, juniors, and seniors who have completed Art 1 or have completed a portfolio review and test. Art 2 is a college prep A-G approved course.

ART 3

Course Number: FA606

Course Name: P Art 3

Grade Level: 11-12

Graduation Credit: VPA
A-G Credit: F

PREREQUISITE: ART 2 or teacher approval through portfolio submission

Art 3 is an advanced course that focused on portfolio development. The first semester is a study focusing on meaning-making and honing skills in artistic technique. The second semester allows for student choice as students select a visual idea or problem to investigate in their own way. Students will have support in researching artists, submitting community proposals, and documenting their work. This course is for the serious Art student and places heavy emphasis on independent work. This course is open to juniors and seniors after completing Art 2, or to students who complete a portfolio review and test.

ART 4

Course Number: FA602

Course Name: P Art 4

Grade Level: 11-12

Graduation Credit: VPA
A-G Credit: F

PREREQUISITE: ART 3 or teacher approval through portfolio submission

The Art 4 course is for the serious art student who has completed Art 1, 2, and 3 or who has completed a portfolio review and test. Students will create a professional portfolio of their work and have support in researching artists, submitting community proposals, and tackling visual problems. Students must be independently motivated and will complete professional artist statements and high level critiques while reviewing skills and studio habits of mind.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PE 10-12

Course Number: PE265

Course Name: Phys Education

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: PE
A-G Credit: NA

Students will develop and design physical fitness plans that will support and enhance their individual fitness goals. They will assess their personal needs, abilities, and interests while experiencing various opportunities in the area of fitness. The program will emphasize the physiological, psychological, and social benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle.

INDEPENDENT STUDIES PE

Course Number: PE273

Course Name: ISPE

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: PE
A-G Credit: NA

This course fulfills the second year PE requirement for graduation. Students develop and complete their own physical activity plan done on their own time. Health journals and timesheets are submitted throughout the semester to show completion of requirements.  (Note: Students not passing this class in any semester will be required to take on-campus PE.)

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE)

DIGITAL DESIGN PATHWAY

GAME DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Course Number: CTE552

Course Name: P CTE Game Dsgn & Spec Effects

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: VPA
A-G Credit: F

Pathway: 111

PREREQUISITE: CTE Level 1

Students have the opportunity to explore the principles of game design and development, 3D rendering in Maya, Augmented and Virtual Reality, as well as the creation of Special Effects and Motion Graphics. This is a course for both video and non-video game players alike. Concentration is on game design principles that apply to ALL games across many genres and platforms. The course covers understanding genres and game design documents as a means for pre-production of Video games. Students will apply game design principles to 2D and 3D printing of board games. In addition they will explore technical skills needed to create compelling motion graphics and special effects including explosions, laser shots, 3D movie titles and more. Students will work with industry leaders to, students explore what specific skills are currently needed in today’s interactive media marketplace. Prerequisite: DCS Level 1.

INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL DESIGN LAB

Course Number: CTE551

Course Name: P CTE Int Digital Dsgn

Grade Level: 11-12

Graduation Credit: VPA
A-G Credit: F

Pathway: 111 (111A)

PREREQUISITE: CTE Level 2

This course will emphasize the manipulation of artistic elements, media and competencies in and beyond the two-dimensional plane as well as in broadcast media including motion graphics, podcasting, film, Virtual Reality and emerging technologies. Students will create, manipulate, and analyze elements and media used to express feelings and communicate ideas. Students will become familiar with current practices and applications that include computer design and career focused digital design disciplines.  This course is meant to give students a very broad understanding of the tools and techniques that can be employed in any field of Digital Design and all projects will be student chosen.  Prerequisite is Design and Computer Science.

ADVANCED DIGITAL DESIGN LAB

Course Number: CTE565

Course Name: P CTE Adv Digital Dsgn Lab

Grade Level: 11-12

Graduation VPA
A-G Credit: F

Pathway 111 (111A)

Prerequisite: 2 years Digital Design

This course will emphasize the manipulation of artistic elements, media and competencies in and beyond the two-dimensional plane as well as in broadcast media including motion graphics, podcasting, film, Virtual Reality and emerging technologies. Students will create, manipulate, and analyze elements and media used to express feelings and communicate ideas. Students will become familiar with current practices and applications that include computer design and career focused digital design disciplines.  In this capstone class students will be expected to specialize in one industry area and go deep in exploring and utilizing  the tools and techniques that can be employed in that specific field. Prerequisite is Intermediate Digital Design Lab (Level 3).

COMPUTER SCIENCE PATHWAY

EXPLORING COMPUTER SCIENCE

Course Number: CTE553

Course Name: P CTE Comp Sci

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Digital Media (or VPA)
A-G Credit: G

Pathway: 174

Introduction to computer programming is a first course in the design and implementation of computer programs to solve real world problems. No prior computer programming experience is required. Students will design, write, and test solutions to problems using the Java programming language. Basic programming concepts such as input and output, variables, logic, decision making, iteration, searching, storing, and retrieving data will be emphasized. Students will be taught object oriented design. Students will become adept at a wide variety of computer tasks and will develop familiarity with computer systems in general. The course is taught through projects though not "project based". Students must be self-motivated and able to work both independently and in groups. The most successful student will exhibit the characteristics of creativity, perseverance, patience, and attention to detail.

CS INVENTIONEERING

Course Number: CTE865

Course Name: P CTE CS - Inventioneering

Grade Level: 11-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: G

Pathway: 174

Pre-requisite is Exploring Computer Science

Inventioneering is an advanced computer science course with an emphasis on understanding computers, computer language, and how to create solutions to problems using various computer hardware as appropriate tools. This is an advanced level course in a Computer Science pathway and builds on what was learned in previous coursework. Students will learn algorithmic and design thinking, and be able to express new ideas and creative solutions using computer hardware and software. Students will learn to communicate complex ideas simply and solve problems logically. 

ENTREPRENEURIAL SOFTWARE

Course Number: CTE746

Course Name: P CTE Ent Software

Grade Level: 11-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: G

Pathway: 174

Pre-requisite is Exploring Computer Science

In this class, you will create software just as if you were working for or starting a software company. You will gather requirements by listening to the needs of a potential client. You will then design, code, and test your software to meet one or more of those stated or implied needs. During this time you will find, fix and report bugs using a bug database and you will track your code changes using a version control system. You will also learn what it takes to start a software company and create the related business plan.

ELECTIVES

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Course Number: MS908

Course Name: Sdnt Ldrshp

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: NA

Student Leadership is for students who want to improve their leadership skills. Leadership Students are expected to conduct classroom activities, student forums, student body activities and events, on-campus programs, clubs, and school and community service programs. They develop leadership skills by participating in the planning and implementation of student activities, analyzing various leadership styles, reflecting on their personal growth as student leaders, and developing school-wide leadership projects. Students who apply for the Leadership Class must have outstanding citizenship and no discipline referrals during the school year; students who do not meet these criteria may be removed from the course.

PSYCHOLOGY

Course Number: SS825

Course Name: P Psychology

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: G

This is a college prep elective that qualifies for the UC “g” elective requirement. The curriculum for this course engages students in the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students examine problems that challenge individuals and our society today and how the science of psychology contributes to the solutions of society’s problems. Through the study of scientific psychology, students learn to distinguish between science and pseudoscience.

MAKER LAB

Course Number: MA297

Course Name: P Comp Robotics

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Math
A-G Credit: G

In this course, students will explore complex problems through the use of design thinking and the art of making.  The Maker Lab course will challenge students to tackle authentic problems faced by  our community and world.

CREATIVE WRITING

Course Number: EN178

Course Name: P Crtv Wrtng

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: NA

The art of writing fiction and/or nonfiction; includes individual conferences; in-class reading, discussion, and student evaluation of student writing; and reading and criticizing various types of writing techniques of selected writers.

LA PROMESA

Course Number: MS888

Course Name: P La Promesa

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: NA

This Future S.T.E.M. Educators class was designed by Sonoma State University’s School of Education to help prepare interested high school students to train and work as future teachers.  Future Educator students gain a comprehensive overview of and experience with teaching and learning practices, managing safe and organized classrooms, child and adolescent development, the history of schools in the United States, and social and cultural influences in education.  Future Educator students also spend 30 or more hours observing and assisting in an assigned neighborhood, public school elementary or middle school classroom.  Students who earn a C or better in this course will earn 3.0 units from Sonoma State University that are transferable to any California State University. 

SPEECH & DEBATE

Course Number: EN220

Course Name: Speech & Debate

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: NA

This course explores concepts in public speaking, critical thinking, argument and debate. Students will study different styles of speeches, learn rhetorical strategies and practice the art of debate. A major focus of the class will be the elements of rhetoric as it pertains to information, persuasion and debate. Mock Trial plays a key role in Speech & Debate and a large majority of the course activities revolve around Mock Trial preparation.

ETHNIC STUDIES

Course Number: EN146

Course Name: P Ethnic Studies

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: English

A-G Credit: B & G

This course will challenge students to thoughtfully analyze the relationship of ethnicity in American identity, culture, politics, and community. Projects will feature major California ethnic groups including Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and African Americans. Students will read and interpret literature and a variety of other sources/materials including historic artifacts, nonfiction, photography, music, film, and art.

HISTORY THROUGH FILM/LIT

Course Number: SS855

Course Name: P History Through Film/Lit

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective

A-G Credit: G

This course will provide students the opportunity to view and analyze films and documentaries related to the study and exploration of history.  Students will also study historical novels and biographies.  Both United States and world history topics will be studied.  This course will complement and enrich the knowledge gained in other history courses.   This course meets the “G” requirement of the University of California.

JOURNALISM

Course Number: EN180

Course Name: Journalism 1

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: No

This elective course is an introduction to journalism, emphasizing basic writing skills students need to know to publish a hard news, feature, editorial, sports, or entertainment story. Assignments and activities are designed to help students find pathways towards accurate reporting and effective research methods, ultimately analyzing and synthesizing and presenting information for an audience of their peers. After basic skills are taught, students are expected to work successfully individually and as a team to show application of knowledge.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Course Number: MS275

Course Name: P Public Speaking

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective

A-G Credit: No

This elective course will focus on the development of public speaking skills in a project-based setting.  Students will learn different techniques and delivery styles in multiple formats.  Some formats might include persuasive, argumentative, and informational.  Students taking this course will learn skills that transcend beyond the walls of the classroom.

SUPPORT CLASSES (PER RECOMMENDATION ONLY)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Course Number: EN173

Course Name:

Grade Level: 9-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: No

ELD supports students in developing language and writing skills.  Students explore the nature of the English language, as well as, gain fundamental skills for success in project-based learning.

DIRECTED STUDIES

Course Number: MS881

Course Name: Directed Studies

Grade Level: 9-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: No

Directed Studies provides a structured place for students to get individual support for all classes. Directed Studies also provides a space and time for students to work on other New Tech graduation requirements that are not linked directly to other New Tech classes (ie. Portfolio, School and Community Service hours). Course restrictions apply—not available to all NTHS students.

PEER SUPPORT

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Course Number: MS859

Course Name: Teacher Assist

Grade Level: 10 - 12

Graduation Credit: Elective

A-G Credit: No

Limited positions are available to help individual instructors with routine clerical and technical work in various departments throughout the school.

STUDENT LEADER MENTOR

Course Number: MS942

Course Name:

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: No

A one year elective course, Student Leader Mentors are involved in a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Student Leader Mentors are members of the sophomore, junior and senior classes. As positive role models, Student Leader Mentors are motivators, leaders and teachers who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.

ACADEMIC TUTOR

Course Number: MS941

Course Name:

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: No

One-year elective course for students wishing to be tutors during lunch or after school. Tutors will receive credits based on the number of hours per semester they tutor. Tutors will build their tutoring schedule at the beginning of the semester. Tutors will work one-on-one or in small group settings with 9th and 10th grade students who are academically at risk. Tutors will help students with note-taking and organizational skills. Tutors will also serve as role models by demonstrating good behavior and attendance. Tutors will be expected to have successfully completed the course they are assigned to. Tutors will receive instruction and training using the inquiry method that encourages higher level thinking by students. Student tutors will need to be able to work independently and show initiative when interacting with students.

STUDENT TUTOR

Course Number: MS940

Course Name: Student Tutor

Grade Level: 10-12

Graduation Credit: Elective
A-G Credit: No

Student Tutor is a one-year elective course for students wishing to be tutors in classrooms. Tutors will work one on one or in small group settings with students in the classroom. Tutors will help students with note-taking, and organization skills. Tutors will also serve as role models by demonstrating good behavior and attendance. Tutors will be expected to have successfully completed the course they are assigned to. Tutors will receive instruction and training using the inquiry method that encourages higher level thinking by students. Students will need to be able to work independently and show imitative when interacting with students in the class.

The section below is meant for incoming 9th graders only.  Current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders should only use the course descriptions above when making course selections.

9TH GRADE INTEGRATED PROJECT EXPERIENCE

PE & HEALTH

Course Number: PE298

Course Name: P PE/Fit/Health

Grade Level: 9

Graduation Credit: PE
A-G Credit: NA

This is an introductory survey course on contemporary biology, physical education, and health education, which fulfills the college entrance laboratory science requirements for the University of California, physical education and health standards. Students will be able to recognize, discuss and correctly apply fundamental biological principles influencing his or her personal relationship with other living things. Furthermore, students will be able to apply their knowledge of basic biological principles to the problems humans face in a modern technological society. The students will also be able to develop their own personal fitness and nutrition plan with a deep understanding of the biology that makes their plan relevant. (Biology is a Life Science.)

ENGLISH 9

Course Number: EN137

Course Name: P English 9

Grade Level: 9

Graduation Credit: English
A-G Credit: B

BIOLOGY

Course Number: SC303

Course Name: P Biology 1

Grade Level: 9

Graduation Credit: Life Science
A-G Credit: D

ART 1

Course Number: FA607

Grade Level: 9

Graduation Credit: VPA
A-G Credit: F

Art 1 is a college prep A-G course in which students explore art through a multimedia lens. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of art. Students will begin to use the Studio Habits of Mind to create original works, begin to develop an understanding of art history and visual literacy, and work to develop skills in critique. Student will learn the vocabulary of art through speaking of their work and writing about their process.

EXPLORING COMPUTER SCIENCE

Course Number: CTE553

Course Name: P CTE Exploring Computer Sci

Grade Level: 9

Graduation Credit: Digital Media (or VPA)
A-G Credit: G

Pathway: 172

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DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN 1

Course Number: CTE528

Course Name: P CTE Digital Media Design & Criticism 1

Grade Level: 9

Graduation Credit: Digital Media (or VPA)
A-G Credit: F

Pathway:

Introduction to computer programming is a first course in the design and implementation of computer programs to solve real world problems. No prior computer programming experience is required. Students will design, write, and test solutions to problems using the Java programming language. Basic programming concepts such as input and output, variables, logic, decision making, iteration, searching, storing, and retrieving data will be emphasized. Students will be taught object oriented design. Students will become adept at a wide variety of computer tasks and will develop familiarity with computer systems in general. The course is taught through projects though not "project based". Students must be self-motivated and able to work both independently and in groups. The most successful student will exhibit the characteristics of creativity, perseverance, patience, and attention to detail.

This year long course is a beginning study in digital media design and criticism. The class is structured around projects emphasizing the art elements of line, shape, form, color, space, and texture. It will introduce students to the principles of design as well as typography, perspective, color theory, and layout. Students will develop an appreciation of traditional artistic expression as well as an understanding of the

role of contemporary media as a verbal and visual means of communication in today’s society. After introduction to hardware and software common in the industry, students work together to design, create, critique, and present digital media art projects.

Napa Valley Unified School District prohibits unlawful discrimination based on actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or any other legally protected status; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics  (BP/AR 5145.3)

El Distrito Escolar Unificado del Valle de Napa (NVUSD) desea proporcionar un entorno escolar seguro que permita a todos los estudiantes tener un acceso y oportunidades igualitarias en los programas, servicios y actividades académicas y de apoyo educativo del distrito. El NVUSD prohíbe, en cualquier escuela o actividad escolar del distrito, la discriminación ilegal, el acoso, la intimidación y el abuso de cualquier estudiante en base a la realidad de su raza, color, ascendencia, origen nacional, identificación con grupo étnico, edad, religión, estatus   marital o parental, discapacidad física o mental, sexo, orientación sexual, género, identidad de género, expresión de género, la percepción de una o más de estas características o la asociación con una persona o grupo con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. (BP/AR 5145.3)