11th Grade Courses

U.S. History and Geography 1H/2H

COURSE DESCRIPTION: a two-semester course with instruction of U.S. History in the 20th century designed for the academically talented 11th grade student. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills such as hypothesis formation, data gathering, and analytical questioning. In addition, students are also expected to pursue specialized areas of study designed to give them depth and perspective and to enhance their understanding, appreciation, and sense of responsibility to the values of the American way of life. The course utilizes varied textual and resource materials exposing the students to many different interpretations and hypotheses of American history.

This course meets the University of California "a" and "g" requirements.

5H/6H Language and Composition

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Junior Honors English at GMCHS is an honors level course equivalent to a college-level freshman rhetoric class with a focus in argumentation and composition. We will be focusing on American Literature and nonfiction sources throughout the year. The goals of this course are to provide intellectual challenges and prepare students for college level writing and discourse. The course meets the University of California "a" and "g" requirements.

12th Grade Courses

Economics 1H

COURSE DESCRIPTION: a one-semester course designed for academically talented  students in which the principles of economic analysis, economic institutions, and issues of public policy are examined. The student will be encouraged to develop critical thinking and communication skills through study. The course will include allocation of resources, distribution of income, money and banking, economics, as well as practical applications to consumer economics. In addition, students will be expected to explore various conflicting theories of economic thought, national and international issues, measurement concepts, and methods of analysis.

This course meets the University of California "g" requirements.

American Government 1H 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: a one-semester course designed for academically talented 12th grade students. It combines a study of American political, economic, and social institutions with a comparison of democratic and totalitarian institutions found in today's world. The course concentrates on American national, state, and local governments and analyzes other democratic and totalitarian political systems. A depth of concentration in one of the various areas of the course is expected, as is outside reading and in-depth research.

The course meets the University of California "a" and "g" requirements.

7H/8H Literature and Composition

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Senior Honors English at GMCHS is an honors level course equivalent to a college-level freshman literature class with a focus in literary analysis and composition. The goals of this course are to provide intellectual challenges and prepare students for college level writing and discourse. The course meets the University of California "a" and "g" requirements.

11th & 12th Grade Courses

Critical Thinking & College Readiness

This course was designed and created by the staff at GMCHS. It is team taught by the English teacher, Social Science teacher, and the Counselor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This four-semester course for juniors and seniors includes examination and evaluation of ideas and philosophies designed to prepare the student for real world decision-making information, through and beyond college. Students learn effective communication, study and time management skills, learning and memory, test taking and preparation for high school assessments and college entrance exams including tutorial. The curriculum focuses on post-secondary planning including career and college exploration, college admissions and financial aid.

In the Social Science classes, students focus on

In the English classes, students focus on

The Counselor teaches weekly guidance lessons that focus on

Internship

All students complete an internship of at least 70 hours each semester of their choice that is related to their career pathway.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Career Pathway is a continuum along which GMCHS students progress as they become more directly connected with the world of work. The goal is that they will ultimately be engaged in a paid or unpaid internship related as nearly as possible to their identified career pathway.

Students begin by identifying short- and long-term career and educational goals. They then pursue internships that relate as nearly as possible to those goals. One student volunteered at the on-campus Child Care Center where her infant daughter was placed. Several others learned about the inner workings of the library volunteering in the Learning Resource Center and another student interested in science worked in the physics lab. A student interested in the law might work as a receptionist in a law office, volunteer for a candidate running for election, or intern in a government office. Learning basic, transferable workplace skills such as punctuality and reliability are within each student’s grasp.

Because of the unique nature of this course, and of our school and our students, decisions regarding the appropriateness of each placement are made on an individualized, one-on-one basis with the Counselor.