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Index

Page         3        High School Graduation Requirements

Page        3        a-g Requirements

Page        4        Social Studies

Page        9        Language Arts

Page         14        Math

Page         18        Science

Page         23         Foreign Language

Page        30        Physical Education/Athletics

Page         34        Visual and Performing Arts

Page   43        Digital Photography Pathway

Page        44        Computer Graphic Design Pathway

Page        45        ACE Pathway

Page   48        APPLE Pathway

Page         50        AVID Pathway

Page         51        PLTW Biomedical Science Pathway

Page         54        PLTW Engineering Pathway

Page          56        Sports Medicine Pathway

Page         57      Welding Pathway

Page         60        Public Service Pathway

Page 61        Electives

Page 67        Special Education

High School Graduation Requirements

Students must receive a passing in grade in the following courses:

Additional Elective credits for a total of 220 credits and a 2.0 GPA

a-g Requirements

The a-g requirements qualify a graduate of La Mirada High School to apply to a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC).  Students must earn a C or better in all courses.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

World History

Course Number: 6010

Duration: Year

Grades: 10

Prerequisites:

A survey of problems of the modern world followed by a study of European History from the Enlightenment through World War II. This part of the course deals with the problems of the modern world with units covering the second half of the 20th century in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The students will be utilizing research, critical thinking, writing, map analysis, and presentation skills with geography and world affairs.

(Fulfills “A” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP European History

Course Number: 6050

Duration: Year

Grades: 10

Prerequisites:

An introductory college-level European history course. Students cultivate their understanding of European history through analyzing historical sources and learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as they explore concepts like interaction of Europe and the world; economic and commercial developments; cultural and intellectual developments; states and other institutions of power; social organization and development; national and European identity; and technological and scientific innovation. The course prepares the students to take the AP European exam in May where a student can earn college credit. (Honors Course)

(Fulfills “A” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

U.S. History

Course Number: 6100

Duration: Year

Grades: 11

Prerequisites:

Students study the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century that follows review of the nation’s beginnings. They trace the challenge in the ethic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events.

(Fulfills “A” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP U.S. History

Course Number: 6130

Duration: Year

Grades: 11

Prerequisites:

An introductory college-level U.S. history course. Students cultivate their understanding of U.S. history from c. 1491 CE to the present through analyzing historical sources and learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as they explore concepts like American and national identity; work, exchange, and technology; geography and the environment; migration and settlement; politics and power; America in the world; American and regional culture; and social structures. The course prepares the students to take the AP U.S. History exam in May where a student can earn college credit. (Honors Course)

(Fulfills “A” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

American Government

Course Number: 6320

Duration: Semester

Grades: 12

Prerequisites: “A” or “B” in last AP social science course or an “A” in last regular social science course

This semester course covers the philosophy, organization, and functioning of government in the United States at the local, state, and national levels. It covers the political and decision-making processes and the philosophical basis of the American constitutional system as a form of government.

(Fulfills “A” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP American Government

Course Number: 6320

Duration: Semester

Grades: 12

Prerequisites:

An introductory college-level course in U.S. government and politics. Students cultivate their understanding of U.S. government and politics through analysis of data and text- based sources as they explore topics like constitutionalism, liberty and order, civic participation in a representative democracy, competing policy-making interests, and methods of political analysis.

The course prepares the students to take the AP American Government exam in May where a student can earn college credit. (Honors Course)

(Fulfills “A” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Economics

Course Number: 6200

Duration: Semester

Grades: 12

Prerequisites:

This semester course covers different economic systems and operations of a market economy, and business and labor organization. The students examine the workings of the national economy and international trade. A number of important microeconomics and macroeconomics concepts are introduced through consumer experiences that are already familiar to the students.

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Microeconomics

Course Number: 6220

Duration: Semester

Grades: 12

Prerequisites: “A” or “B” in last AP social science course or an “A” in last regular social science course

An introductory college-level macroeconomics course. Students cultivate their understanding of the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole by using principles and models to describe economic situations and predict and explain outcomes with graphs, charts, and data as they explore concepts like economic measurements, markets, macroeconomic models, and macroeconomic policies. The course prepares the students to take the AP Microeconomics exam in May where a student can earn college credit. (Honors Course)

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Human Geography

Course Number:  6151

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

The AP Human Geography course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis so examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. This course prepares students for the AP Human Geography exam in May where students can earn college credit. (Honors Course)

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

CSULB Ethnic Studies  215  U.S. Diversity and Ethnic Experience - Dual Enrollment

Duration: Semester (Offered on Saturdays)

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:

College Credit - 5 units

This course is a survey of four major ethnic groups (Native American, African American, Chicano/Latino American and Asian American) from the earliest periods of Native American history, through migrations to the Americas, into the present conditions of U.S. society.  Special attention is given to the formation and transformations of each ethnic group and their individual and collective roles in the development of the United States.

CSULB Africana Studies  110  Introduction to Africana Studies - Dual Enrollment

Duration: Semester (Offered on Saturdays)

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Ethnic Studies  215

College Credit - 5 units

A critical survey of the major themes, issues, concepts, current research, schools of thought, theorists and scholars in the discipline of Africana Studies, as well as its historical evolution and academic rationale

CSULB AIS  101  Introduction to te Study of Native Americans - Dual Enrollment

Duration: Semester (Offered on Saturdays)

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Ethnic Studies  215

College Credit - 3 units

 Examines history, culture, religion, art and societies of American Indian. Introduction to historical aspects of Native American experience and discuss these aspects of Native life as applied to contemporary American Indian issues.

CSULB  Latina/Latino Cultural Diversity - Dual Enrollment

Duration: Semester (Offered on Saturdays)

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Ethnic Studies  215

College Credit - 3 units

LANGUAGE ARTS

Language Arts 9

Course Number: 3000

Duration: Year

Grade: 9

Prerequisite: None

Language Arts 9 focuses on creating a strong foundation in the areas of reading, writing, and thinking. Students are brought through the process of writing a multi-paragraph essay, and by the end of the school year have been given the strategies to write a five-paragraph analytical essay. Grammatical and mechanical skills are reinforced through a variety of activities throughout the year.

(Fulfills “B” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Language Arts 9 Honors

Course Number: 3020

Duration: Year

Grade: 9

Prerequisite: None

Language Arts 9 Honors prepares students for the rigorous text analysis expected in other AP Courses and college courses. In alignment with Common Core Standards, students will write a variety of texts - narratives, argumentative, informative and explanatory. They will produce valid research, reading challenging literature and informational texts. Students will also continue to develop grammar and vocabulary skills. (Honors)

(Fulfills “B” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Language Arts 10

Course Number: 3100

Duration: Year

Grade: 10

Prerequisite: None

Language Arts 10 will continue to help students communicate their ideas and emotions through reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will be reading world literature to gain an understanding of different writers and cultures. Assignments will include a variety of tasks, paragraphs and essays. The oral and writing tasks will emphasize an awareness of the social and political world of today. These tasks will lead to an assignment using persuasion as its main focus.

(Fulfills “B” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Language Arts 10 Honors

Course Number: 3120

Duration: Year

Grade: 10

Prerequisite: “A” or “B” in LA 9 Honors or an “A” in LA 9

This course is intended for those students who are preparing for the Advanced Placement English courses in their junior and senior years. Students are given instruction in how to effectively analyze and write about literature, expository text, and research. Honors students are expected to read more words of literature, write more extensively, and present more information to the class orally. (Honors)

(Fulfills “B” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Language Arts 11

Course Number: 3020

Duration: Year

Grade: 11

Prerequisite: None

Language Arts 11 will continue to help students develop ideas through reading, writing, speaking and listening. Assignments, which emphasize our American culture and heritage, will coincide with the reading of literature written by American authors. Students will learn to write and present oral and multimead reports, using the Media Research Center (library) as a way to acquire information.

(Fulfills “B” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP English Language and Composition

Course Number: 3500

Duration: Year

Grade: 11-12

Prerequisite: None

AP English Language and Composition is an introductory college-level composition course. Students cultivate their understanding of writing and rhetorical arguments through reading, analyzing, and writing texts as they explore topics like rhetorical situation, claims and evidence, reasoning and organization, and style. The course prepares the students to take the AP English Language and Composition exam in May where a student can earn college credit. (Honors)

(Fulfills “B” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)

Course Number: 3710

Duration: Year

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: None

The goal of the Expository Reading, and Writing Course (ERWC) is to prepare college bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education Students in this yearlong rhetoric based course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. Students learn skills to assist in reading, comprehending, and responding to nonfiction and literary texts.  

(Fulfills “B” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP English Literature and Composition

Course Number: 3515

Duration: Year

Grade: 12

Prerequisite: None

AP English Literature and Composition engages students in careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected novels, dramas, poetry and short stories, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The course prepares the students to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam in May where a student can earn college credit. (Honors)

(Fulfills “B” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

ELD 1 (Beginning)

Course Number: 3880

Duration: Year

Year: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Students receive substantial support through structured, integrated and designated academic language skills development as they gradually develop a basic understanding of spoken and written English. A variety of instructional strategies and specialized materials are used to facilitate conceptual understanding, language acquisition, and literacy skill development. The principles of phonetics are applied as needed to help students build confidence and see themselves as being effective participants in a variety of talk structures.

This course can be double blocked in the same school year to provide maximum support for those students who are struggling to access content in their core classes, while progressing toward full proficiency in English at the same time.

ELD 2 (Early Intermediate)

Course Number: 3890

Duration: Year

Year: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Students in Level 2 receive moderate support through structured, integrated and designated academic language skills development as they work to strengthen their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. A variety of instructional strategies and specialized materials are used to facilitate conceptual understanding, language acquisition, and literacy skill development. Students at this level learn to use sequence words to better organize their thoughts and transition words to enhance their presentations.

ELD 3 (Intermediate)

Course Number: 3900

Duration: Year

Year: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Students in Level 3 receive light support through structured, integrated and designated academic language skills development as they improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. Through the use of literary terms and an increased vocabulary, Level 3 students are expected to write more complex paragraphs and speak with fewer errors. Some class time is allotted to working on core classes (especially ELA, History and Science), thus allowing the students extra time to deepen their understanding and fully complete assignments from those classes.

(Fulfills “b” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

ELD 4 (Early Advanced)

Course Number: 3910

Duration: Year

Year: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

As Level 4 students hone their more advanced academic skills of listening critically, speaking with minimal errors, reading more complex literature and writing essays, support through

structured, integrated and designated academic language skills development is offered to them as needed. Some class time is allotted to working on core classes, thus allowing the students extra time to deepen their understanding and fully complete assignments from those classes.

(Fulfills “b” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

MATHEMATICS

CC Mathematics 1

Course Number: 4006

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-11

Prerequisites:

The fundamental purpose of the Mathematics 1 course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. This course includes standards from the conceptual categories of Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Some standards are repeated in multiple higher mathematics courses; therefore instructional notes, which appear in brackets, indicate what is appropriate for study in this particular course. For example, the scope of Mathematics 1 is limited to linear and exponential expressions and functions as well as some work with absolute value, step, and functions that are piecewise-defined.

(Fulfills “c” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

CC Mathematics 2

Course Number:  4008

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-11

Prerequisites: Math 1

The focus of the Mathematics 2 course is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Mathematics 1. This course includes standards from the conceptual categories of Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Some standards are repeated in multiple higher mathematics courses; therefore instructional notes, which appear in brackets, indicate what is appropriate for study in this particular course. For example, the scope of Mathematics 2 is limited to quadratic expressions and functions, and some work with absolute value, step, and functions that are piecewise-defined.

(Fulfills “c” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

CC Mathematics 3

Course Number: 4011

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Math 2

It is in the Mathematics 3 course that students integrate and apply the mathematics they have learned from their earlier courses. This course includes standards from the conceptual categories of Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. More specifically, Math 3 includes topics of functions and their inverses, logarithms, polynomials, rational expressions and functions, modeling with three-dimensional geometric figures, statistics, relationships within triangles and modeling periodic functions.  

(Fulfills “c” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Introduction to Data Science

Course Number: 4500

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: Math 3

The Introduction to Data Science course will emphasize the use of statistics and computation as tools for creative work, as a means of telling stories with data. Its content will prepare students to "read" and think critically about existing data stories. Ultimately, this course will be about how we tell good stories from bad, through a practice that involves compiling evidence from one or more sources and often requires hands-on examination of one or more data sets. It will develop the tools, techniques and principles for reasoning about the world with data. It will present a process that is iterative and authentically inquiry-based, comparing multiple "views" of one or more data sets. Inevitably, these views are the result of some kind of computation, producing numerical summaries or graphical displays. Their interpretation relies on a special kind of computation, simulation, and modeling to describe the uncertainty in each view. This kind of reasoning is exploratory and investigatory, sometimes framed as hypothesis evaluation and sometimes as hypothesis generation. R, the statistical programming language used by academics and industry, will be used to bring data science to life.

(Fulfills “c” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Pre-Calculus

Course Number:  4436

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Math 3

Pre-calculus combines the concepts of algebra and geometry with the principles of trigonometry. The students will learn how to solve triangles, graphs, periodic functions, and prove trigonometric identities. Other topics include vectors, complex numbers, mathematical induction, and infinite series.

(Fulfills “c” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Statistics

Course Number:  4276

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Math 3

AP Statistics is suggested for students who wish to pursue a career in business, science, engineering, and mathematics, or students who want a higher level math course but do not wish to enter a calculus course. The course emphasizes the practical applications of mathematical concepts and introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad themes; exploring data sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. This course prepares students for the AP Statistics exam in May where students can earn college credit.

(Honors)

(Fulfills “c” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Calculus AB

Course Number:  4420

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus

Topics include functions and graphs, limits and continuity, differentiation formulas for elementary functions, composite functions inverse functions, exponential functions and logarithmic functions. Additional topics include: Rolle’s Theorem Mean Value Theorem, L’Hospital’s Rule, and applications of the derivative, Newton’s Method, basic integration formulas properties of the definite integral, integration by substitution, integration by parts, and applications of the definite integral (including finding volumes of solids using the shell and disk/washer methods). This course is equivalent to the first semester of college calculus and prepares students for the AP Calculus AB exam in Math where students can earn college credit.

(Honors)

(Fulfills “c” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Calculus BC 

Course Number: 4430

Duration: Year

Grades: 12

Prerequisite: Calculus AB

Calculus BC is equivalent to the first year of college calculus. The topics of student include: Functions, Graphs, Limits (analysis of graphs, limits of functions, asymptotic and unbounded behavior, continuity as a property of functions, parametric, polar and vector functions), Derivatives (concept of derivative, derivative at a point, derivative as a function, second derivatives, applications of derivatives, computation of derivatives), Integrals (interpretations and properties of definite integrals, applications of integrals, fundamental theorem of calculus, technique of antidifferention, applications of antidifferentiation numerical approximations to definite integrals) and Polynomial Approximations and Series (concept of a series, series of constants, Taylor series) (Honors)

(Fulfills “c” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Cerritos College Math 155  - PreCalculus - Dual Enrollment

Duration: Summer School

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Math 3

College Credit - 5 units

This course is designed to prepare students for calculus. It includes an analysis of linear, absolute value, quadratic, polynomial, rational, radical, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their inverses. Additional topics included are the complex number system, systems of equations and inequalities, conics, sequences, series, the binomial theorem, and mathematical induction. A non-symbolic graphing calculator is required. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC*  

SCIENCE

Physics in the Universe

Course Number: 5818

Duration: Year

Grades: 9

Prerequisites: None

Physics in the Universe is the first in a proposed sequence of three NGSS lab based science courses aligned to the California Science Framework High School Three Course Model where Earth Science is embedded into Physics, Chemistry, and Biology courses. Physics in the Universe builds upon performance expectations that blend the disciplinary core ideas (DCI’s) of physics and earth science with scientific and engineering practices (SEP’s) and crosscutting concepts (CCC’s). By using in depth phenomena central to these fields of science, students develop an understanding of the core ideas related to forces and motion, impulse and momentum, energy, magnetism, electricity, interactions between distant objects, formation of the universe, processes that change Earth, and waves and technology. The performance expectations focus on several SEP’s including developing and using models, planning and conducting investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematical and computational thinking, and constructing explanations and through which students demonstrate understanding of the core ideas.

Chemistry in Earth’s System

Course Number: 5742

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Physics in the Universe

In this course, a range of phenomena on Earth motivate the investigation of fundamental principles in chemistry. The link between combustion and climate change is the theme that integrates the sciences in this course. Combustion exemplifies chemical changes, and the combustion of fossil fuels has profound impacts on Earth’s systems, including its climate and oceans.  The framework also provides examples of how engineering can be incorporated into an integrated chemistry and Earth and space sciences curriculum.

(Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Chemistry 

Course Number: 5760

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Chemistry in Earth’s System strongly recommended

An introductory college-level chemistry course. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based lab investigations as they explore the four Big Ideas: scale, proportion, and quantity; structure and properties of substances; transformations; and energy. This course prepares students for the AP Chemistry exam in May where students can earn college credits. (Honors)

(Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Living Earth

Course Number: 5748

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites:

Living Earth is a college preparatory laboratory science class that will prepare students to be successful in college level lab science courses. The course integrates earth science into standard biology concepts from a phenomenon-based approach. Student-centered laboratory activities  will emphasize the process of inquiry and critical thinking. Earth and space science concepts will be incorporated at logical points in the curriculum to enhance student learning. Students will view these phenomena through the lenses of the crosscutting concepts, such as  Energy and Matter (ecology, biochemistry) or Structure and Function (cells and mitosis and cancer).  Students will demonstrate their knowledge in use through their engagement in the Science and Engineering Practices during hands-on activities and labs.

(Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Biology

Course Number: 5660

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Biology of the Living Earth strongly recommended.

 An introductory college-level biology course. Students cultivate their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics like evolution, energetics, information storage and transfer, and system interactions. This course prepares students for the AP Biology exam in May where students can earn college credits.(Honors)

(Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Anatomy & Physiology

Course Number: 5910

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: None

This course is a preliminary investigation into the study of Human Anatomy and Physiology which requires an understanding of the levels of organization and systemic functionality of the human body. A foundation for the course would include the study of cells, tissue types, and an introduction to homeostatic mechanisms. Building on this foundation, the exploration of each organ system will include the structure and function of organs, the processes within the system, and homeostatic imbalances that may occur. These homeostatic imbalances are not designed to be an all-inclusive list, rather an example of topics that may be discussed. Treatment of homeostatic imbalance may also be addressed. This course will put to use the manipulation of models, physiological probes and data collection, cat and other animal organ dissection, video tutorials, and microscopy, along with lecture, to explain how the functions of the human body are directly related to their structure(s) as well as introduce students to the fields of allied health.  

(Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Physics

Course Number: 5800

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: None

Physics is the study of matter, energy, and their relationships. Topics covered include: force and motion, heat, sound, light, magnetism, electricity, and nuclear energy.

(Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Physics

Course Number: 5825

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites:  None

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a university level introductory physics class. Physics provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics and deemphasizes the development of problem solving ability. Topics include: mechanics, kinetic theory, electricity magnetism, waves, optics, and particle physics. This course prepares students for the AP Physics exam in May where students can earn college credit. (Honors)

(Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Environmental Science

Course Number: 5787

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to be equivalent of a university level introductory environmental science class. This interdisciplinary course incorporates topics of study from geology, biology, environmental studies, environment science, chemistry, and geography. The goal of the course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the inter-relationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environment problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Topics include human population forestry mining, fishing, global economics, land use, agriculture, energy resources and consumption, pollution, and global change. Lab and field experiences in this course give students the opportunity to test concepts that are introduced in the classroom and gain real world experience with the subject matter. This course prepares students for the AP Environmental Science exam in May where students can earn college credits. (Honors)

(Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Human Body Systems (PLTW Biomedical Pathway)

Course Number: 0019

Duration: Year

Grades 10

Prerequisite: Principles of Biomedical Science

In the Human Body Systems (HBS) course, students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases, and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Alignment with NGSS, Common Core, and other standards are available through the PLTW Alignment web based tool. Activities, projects, and problems are provided to the teacher in the form of student-ready handouts, teacher notes, and supplementary materials, including resource documents, student response sheets, and presentations. (Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Medical Interventions Honors (PLTW Biomedical Pathway)

Course Number: 0043

Duration:  Year

Grades:  11

Medical Interventions (MI) allows students to investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. A “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body, the course will explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in our DNA, how to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios students will be exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Each family case scenario will introduce multiple types of interventions, reinforce concepts learned in the previous two courses, and present new content. Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of complex diseases and disorders. These interventions will be showcased across the generations of the family and will provide a look at the past, present, and future of biomedical science. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important role that scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future. Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. (Honors)

(Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Spanish 1

Course Number: 1810

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: None

This course introduces and develops basic conversational Spanish through the practice of useful basic grammar structure vocabulary. It provides opportunities to listen, speak, read, and write. The student is introduced to the Spanish speaking world, customs, literature, and art.

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Spanish 1 Native

Course Number:

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: Placement Exam

This course reviews and expands the understanding of the Spanish language and culture.  Formal grammar is introduced with the expansion of vocabulary.  Class activities include conversations, reading, writing, listening, and detailed discussions about history and Spanish culture. This course is conducted in Spanish 100% of the time.  

Spanish 2

Course Number: 1820

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: Spanish 2

This course reviews and further develops the objectives of Spanish 1 with added emphasis on the grammatical structure of the language. It continues to stress the basic skills of listening, speaking, ready and writing. The student receives additional information pertaining to the life and culture of the people.

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Spanish 3

Course Number: 1830

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Spanish 3

Spanish 3 emphasizes the use and understanding of grammatical structures in context to further develop students’ comprehension and communicative skills in Spanish. In addition to strengthening skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, this course also explores how past and present interactions between cultures shape art and literature, and presents a sampling of the diverse cultures and experiences throughout the Spanish-speaking world.  Pertinent issues such as health and nutrition, the professional world and the future, environmental concerns and conservation allow students to develop an appreciation of the value of a knowledge of Spanish not only in the personal realm, but also in academic and professional settings.

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Spanish 3 Honors

Course Number: 1896

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Spanish 2

Spanish III Honors is the third course in the sequence in preparing students for the Advanced Placement Test through rigorous immersion along with exposure to ever–increasing vocabulary and the intensive study of grammar structures offered by this course. This innovative college preparatory course is designed to provide students with studies that match their home heritage cultures through authentic multicultural grade level assignments that will motivate them and sustain their interest as they work through the rigorous demands of the listening, speaking, reading, and writing process expected at this level. This course will successfully prepare students to meet and excel the challenges of college, career, and life. The linguistic content will include topics of grammar and vocabulary essential for pre-advanced level conversational Spanish, as determined by Foreign Language Standards, with differentiation of instruction provided to challenge the honors-level students. Hispanic culture and current events will be explored through authentic materials, technology-based tasks, readings, video, current events, cultural projects and foods. Oral and written tasks will be implemented at different levels of complexity and with different amounts of teacher support. Communicative activities focus on different levels of higher and more challenging level of linguistic performance. Technology will be used to provide opportunities to extend language practice beyond classroom settings, and for students of all learning styles to excel and succeed in order to prepare them to face the challenges of the 21st century and to enhance the development of lifelong learning skills.                                      (Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses

AP Spanish 

Course Number: 1870

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: Spanish 3

Equivalent to an intermediate level college course in Spanish. Students cultivate their understanding of Spanish language and culture by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and communities, personal and public identities, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges. This course prepares students for the AP Spanish exam in May where students can earn college credits. (Honors)

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

French 1

Course Number: 1510

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: None

This course provides an introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the French Language. Special emphasis is put on mastering the basic structures and a usable vocabulary. Through the use of a variety of everyday situations, students learn to express themselves appropriately in both oral and written work. To deepen their appreciation for the language, students in French 1 also study the history and customs of French speaking countries around the world.

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

French 2

Course Number: 1520

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: French 1

This course reviews and strengthens the student’s understanding of the fundamentals and objectives taught in French 1, with more emphasis being placed on the structure of the language in the present and past tenses. Students also enhance their speaking, writing, and comprehension

skills while at the same time adding to their vocabulary base. Cultural awareness is deepened through the exploration of French music and the history and culture of Paris.

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

French 3

Course Number: 1530

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: French 2

This course continues to reinforce the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in French. Real life situations are used for students to engage in speaking and writing activities where vocabulary is reinforced and language structures are expanded upon. Short stories and poems along with a variety of media supplement the student’s study of French history, artist and writers.

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP French

Course Number: 1550

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: French 3

Equivalent to an intermediate level college course in French. Students cultivate their understanding of French language and culture by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication in real-life situations as they explore concepts related to family and community, personal and public identity, beauty and aesthetics, science and technology, contemporary life, and global challenges. This course prepares students for the AP French exam in May where students can earn college credits. (Honors)

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Korean 1

Course Number: 1712

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: None

Korean 1 is a year long, introductory course which provides students with a clear understanding of the development and structure of the Korean language. The first year Korean course offers the basic elements of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will be able to use orthography (writing system of Hangul) and phonology (sounds system) to understand and produce words and phrases in context. Students will be able to interpret the written and spoken language in highly predictable common daily settings.  In addition, students will develop an appreciation of Korean customs and history appropriate for their course level. By the end of this course, students will have the necessities appropriate for a first-year Korean language learner.

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Korean 2

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Korean 1 or Placement Exam

The Korean 2 (second year) course in oral and written Korean will provide further practice in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding Korean, particularly Hangul.  Students will be able to participate in conversation, including asking and answering questions, and interpreting simple speech using present, past, and future tenses, appropriate for a second-year Korean language learner. Students will be able to use sentence-level elements (morphology—rules of word formation—or syntax—principles of sentence structure) to understand concrete and factual topics and produce informal communications. Students will be able to use language in interpersonal settings, using culturally appropriate forms according to age and relationship. Students will be able to interpret written and spoken language, and produce descriptive writing or speech using simple sentences. Students will demonstrate understanding of the relationship between the practices, products, and perspectives of Korean culture.  

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Korean 2 Native

Course Number: 1727

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Placement Exam

The Korean 2 (second year) Native course in oral and written Korean will provide further practice in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding Korean, particularly Hangul. Students will be able to participate in conversation, including asking and answering questions, and interpreting simple speech using present, past, and future tenses, appropriate for a second-year Korean language learner. Students will be able to use sentence-level elements (morphology—rules of word formation—or syntax—principles of sentence structure) to understand concrete and factual topics and produce informal communications. Students will be able to use language in interpersonal settings, using culturally appropriate forms according to age and relationship. Students will be able to interpret written and spoken language, and produce descriptive writing or speech using simple sentences. Students will demonstrate understanding of the relationship between the practices, products, and perspectives of Korean culture.

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Korean 3 Native

Course Number: 1729

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Korean 2 Native

The Korean 3 Native course in oral and written Korean will provide further practice in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding Korean. Students will be able to participate in conversations using appropriate grammar and sentence structure as determined by whether the communication is in a formal or informal setting. Information on Korean culture appropriate for a third-year learner will be taught along with vocabulary and grammatical structures that support understanding and producing paragraphs and strings of paragraphs in conversation and in writing. Students will demonstrate understanding of the relationship between the practices, products, and perspectives of Korean culture. The course will strengthen critical thinking skills through problem solving, conceptualizing, and reasoning, and enhances the ability to see connection between various disciplines.

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Korean 4 Native

Course Number: 1731

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Korean 3 Native

The Korean 4 Native course is designed to continue the development of the Korean language and culture, building on skills acquired in Korean 3 Native with B or higher. Students will expand on the four high-intermediate levels of language and communication-listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with a focus on the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentation modes of learning a language. Students will reinforce and expand their language skills by reading and writing in a variety of genres and interacting with materials from a variety of sources. Students will learn to compose expository passages, to converse on a variety of subjects, and improve reading comprehension via extensive reading assignments in newspapers, magazines, and in classic and modern Korean literature. Students will use 21st century skills to develop proficiency in Korean beyond the classroom. Students will experience a technology-rich course based in interactive media to develop proficiency through digital communication tools, while maintaining collaborative language activities and interaction with peers and instructor. The Korean 4 Native curriculum will interrelate language skills with the common core strategies, requiring students to produce evidence of written and oral abilities using a technology-rich platform in order to connect with other disciplines, gain cultural insight and understanding, and gain an understanding of communities beyond the classroom.Students are expected to be able to use 50 Idiomatic expressions and 25 Korean proverbs by the end of the course. Students are also expected to be bilingual, speaking in Korean in class and out of school.

(Fulfills “E” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education 9

Course Number: 4511

Duration: Year

Grades: 9

Prerequisites: None

This is a required class for students to learn basic skills in team, and individual sports. Fitness and conditioning activities are also emphasized. Fitness for Life classroom component presented covers nutrition, conditioning and lifetime fitness.

Physical Education 10

Course Number: 4516

Duration: Year

Grades: 10

Prerequisites: None

This is a required class for students. It will enhance their basic skills to an advanced level and help master techniques; building their skills from an introduction level, as per their 9th grade PE experience, and advance this skill level towards lifetime skills and carry over value. This will enable students to achieve a skill level to participate in life-long fitness activities.

Aerobics

Course Number: 4755

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: None

An elective course offered for students who wish to improve their overall fitness through exercise and dance type activities done to music. Nutrition and exercise physiology are discussed. Some jogging/running is incorporated into classwork.

Band PE

Course Number: 4761

Duration: Semester

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

Band PE will perform at all home football games. The Band and Color Guard is considered a “Field Show Band” and participates in field show competitions on Saturdays and various weeknights. These field shows and competitions garner and utilize a unified adjudication and scoring system, whereas schools from all of Southern California are given a rating and constructive criticism according to the same judging process. Band PE requirements include participation in after school and evening rehearsals.

Pep Unit

Course Number: 4820

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: Coach Approval

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for pre-selected pep unit members to develop and implement cheerleading skills, to work at assemblies and rallies, and generally to promote school spirit.

Drill

Course Number: 4800

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: Coach Approval

Drill team is the class for anyone who wants to perform as a color guard member. Members will learn to dance and spin/toss flags, rifles, and sabers on the field with the marching band. They will perform at every home game and will compete in field tournaments on Saturdays in October and November with the Band. Second semester the team will compete in Winter Guard competitions throughout March and April.

Dance 1

Course Number: 4641

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: None

In this course, students demonstrate various dance techniques, styles of dance, and use of creativity through choreography. First semester students work on increasing flexibility through stretching and are exposed to basic dance terminology and technique. Second semester students work on intermediate technique and begin to choreograph group dance works.

Dance 2

Course Number: 4648

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Teacher Placement

Dance 3

Course Number:

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: Teacher Placement

Weight Training

Course Number: 4721

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:

A class for students desiring to improve their muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.

PowerWalking

Course Number: 4591

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:

Students will develop knowledge about the importance of cardiorespiratory health.  Students will learn how power walking can contribute to cardiorespiratory health and overall fitness.  Students will learn appropriate stretching and pre-workout conditioning.  Students will participate in fitness goal setting and record daily progress in a fitness journal.  Students will chart their progress, focusing on increasing distance and decreasing mile time.

Athletics

Course Number

Duration: Semester/Year

Prerequisite: Coach Approval

Year Round:

Competitive Dance

Drill Team

Fall Sports:

Football

Girls Volleyball

Girls Golf

Girls Tennis

Boys Water Polo

Cross Country

Cheer - Sideline Comp

Winter Sports:

Soccer

Basketball

Wrestling

Girls Water Polo

Spring Sports:

Baseball

Softball

Boys Tennis

Boys Volleyball

Boys Golf

Swim

Track and Field

Competitive Cheer

 

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Art 1

Course Number: 1010

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: None

Art 1 is a beginning course that explores the elements and principles of art as a framework for each unit covered. This course provides an introduction to the historical and cultural importance of art, develops a visual arts vocabulary, and promotes creative expression and aesthetic valuing. A variety of materials, tools, and techniques will be explored in specific projects. Aesthetic judgement, historical appreciation, cultural awareness and creative skill will be incorporated in this class.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Advanced Art

Course Number: 1026

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Art 1

This class is intended for the advanced art student and provides independent study under the supervision of the instructor. The student is encouraged to select projects and establish criteria for time-lines, medial and subject matter. Emphasis will be on awareness of the functions of the artist in society and art culture. Numerous historical and cultural styles will also be explored. Students will gain the ability to analyze and respond to various works including their own. Through critiques and discussion, the students will be able to develop their ability to display aesthetic judgement, historical appreciation, and cultural awareness.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Studio Art

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites:

This advanced art class is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Students who plan to attend a university or art school that requires a general art course at the freshmen level should take this course. Students will submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the year. This course prepares students to submit a portfolio for the AP Studio Art exam in May where students can earn college credit.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Course Number: 1028

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites:

The AP Art and Design course framework is composed of course skills, big ideas, essential questions and enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge. AP Art and Design skill categories delineate overarching understandings central to the study and practice of art and design. Each of the three skill categories consists of skills that encompass foundational to advanced learning over the span of the course. Students need to develop, practice, and apply these skills in a variety of contexts. This course prepares students to submit a portfolio for the AP Studio Art exam in May where students can earn college credit.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Studio Art: 2-D and 3-D Design

Course Number: 1035/1036

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites:

The AP Art and Design course framework is composed of course skills, big ideas, essential questions and enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge. AP Art and Design skill categories delineate overarching understandings central to the study and practice of art and design. Each of the three skill categories consists of skills that encompass foundational to advanced learning over the span of the course. Students need to develop, practice, and apply these skills in a variety of contexts. This course prepares students to submit a portfolio for the AP Studio Art exam in May where students can earn college credit.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Art History: 

Course Number: 1050

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:

The AP Art History course welcomes students into the global art world as active participants, engaging with its forms and content as they research, discuss, read and write about art, artists, art making, and responses to and interpretations of art. The study of art history invites students to discover the diversity in and connections among forms of artistic expressions throughout history and from around the globe. Students will study 250 works of art which aligns with college and university faculty expectations of the number and types of works students should know. Ultimately, the knowledge and skills students develop in AP Art History can qualify them for college credit and placement into subsequent college coursework in art history and other related options. This course prepares students to submit a portfolio for the AP Art History exam in May where students can earn college credit.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Chicano Art History

Course Number: 1052

Duration: Year

Grades:

Prerequisites:

This two semester lecture/studio course introduces students to the past and present visual art history of Chicano/a artists living in the United States. The course will focus on the analysis of the history of Chicano/a artistic production as expressed through painting, drawing, architecture, photography and film. It will include an examination of the origin of visual motifs and symbols learned through the analysis of ancient Mesoamerican civilizations and modern myths, folklore, history & politics. This course will analyze the variety of ways Chicano/a artists have used and are using, manipulating, and implementing artistic practices in order to create artworks that challenge, transgress and resist the preconceived notions of traditional art and spaces in order to envision a different world. Students will learn about the subject and apply what they have learned in a variety of art projects and assignments as forms of assessments.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Design and Culture

Course Number: 0558

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:

This yearlong course will explore how art can influence social change. Students will learn about the experiences of the United State’s diverse groups and use digital design, photography, video, and page layout to create art in response. In this course, students will research the art and design of historic and overlooked social movements, engage in projects that build cultural self-awareness, design posters, flyers, brochures, and zines to support social causes., and collaborate with grassroots/non-profit organizations to provide design services.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Ceramics

Course Number: 1210

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites:

This is a beginning art course, designed so students can explore the basic ceramic techniques. Hand building, wheel throwing, decoration techniques (glazing and greenware), and the firing processes, will be introduced. Also included will be the historical and cultural importance of ceramics through the ages. Students will develop a working vocabulary for the ceramic art form, and experience creative expression through clay.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Advanced Ceramics

Course Number: 1230

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: Ceramics

Advanced Ceramics builds on the skills and knowledge developed in our beginning Ceramics course. Knowledge in hand building, wheel throwing, and decoration techniques will be expanded. Advanced lessons will include sculptures and molds. Students will explore what it takes to become a working potter in today’s world. Students will continue to develop a working vocabulary for the ceramic art form, and experience creative expression through clay, with more focus on individual choices within  projects.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Drama

Course Number: 1360

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: None

This course is for students who have an interest in developing their dramatic talents. Students work on short scenes and monologues to acquire basic acting skills. Brief overviews of stage terminology stage movement, production techniques, makeup, costumes, lighting and set making are included. Character development and play analysis techniques are also included.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Advanced Drama

Course Number: 1380

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Drama 1

The student has developed and polished his acting skills. Emphasis is placed on students: 1) working independently and 2) demonstrating responsibility as a main character, student, director, or crew head. The activities of this course include class exercises in characterization, group acting, analysis and techniques of staging. All students are expected to participate in play production.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Theater Arts - Film History Appreciation

Course Number: 1384

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: None

Theatre and Film History is a study of the popular art form in performance, from the ancient Greeks to today’s contemporary films. Students trace the development of various movements and cultures through different genres and movies and plays. Using projects and discussions, students demonstrate the knowledge acquired to be informed theatergoers, identifying how the audience is taken on a journey created by the artist.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Guitar

Course Number: 1458

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed for the students who are new to playing guitar. In this course students will learn how to read a chord diagram, guitar tablature, and music notation. Students will learn how to play 15 primary open chords in first position. Students will learn how to play major and minor scales. Students will learn how to play iconic classical rock songs and guitar music from various genres.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Advanced Guitar Ensemble

Course Number: 1453

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: Guitar

This course is designed for the intermediate to advanced guitar student. Students will expand their knowledge on chords, reading music, playing various scales, music theory skills, playing guitar music of various genres.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Wind Ensemble

Course Number: 1444

Duration: Semester

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: None

Wind Ensemble is considered the premier ensemble for legitimate concert and festival style music on campus, for which one semester of Fine Arts credit per season is given. Students will perform musical literature ranging from 4 to 6 on a graded scale of 1-6. Success and advancement in the areas of pitch rhythm, blend, balance, intonation, style, are the ensemble’s main focus, while a student’s primary objective is to become the ultimate performer on his or her primary instrument.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Intermediate Band

Course Number: 1420

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

The Intermediate Band is a traditional concert band type of group with typical and instrumentation. The ensemble will perform music for wind band of Grade 2-3 difficulty level. Students will develop extensive performance and listening skills in order to evaluate their individual performance and how it relates to the whole and be able to make creative choices to artistically and be able to make creative choices to artistically express the music. The emphasis will be on instrumental technique, musical concepts, theory, and individual achievement. Advanced students may be given the opportunity to help prepare and conduct the ensemble. The ensemble will perform at school events and concerts, local community events, and at elementary and middle schools in the district.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Jazz Ensemble

Course Number: 1440

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

The Jazz Ensemble consists of standard jazz instrumentation - saxophone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, bass, piano, drums and percussion. At times there will be opportunity for various Woodwind and Brass doubles. Students will develop extensive listening skills to evaluate their individual performance and how it relates to the whole. There will be an emphasis placed on jazz harmony, improvisation, melodic and rhythmic style and interpretation. Students may perform and understand Swing, Be-Bop, Afro-Latin, Funk, Fusion, Dixieland, and Straight Ahead styles, along with the cultural and historical relation to society and other subjects within the curriculum.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Orchestra

Course Number: 1456

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

String Orchestra is the only strings performance ensemble on campus for which two semester of Fine Arts credits per year are given. Students will perform musical literature ranging from 3 to 5 on a graded scale of 1-6. Success and advancement in the areas of pitch rhythm, blend, balance, intonation, style, are the ensemble’s main focus, while a student’s primary objective is to become the ultimate performer on his or her instrument.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Vocal Music Workshop (Beginning Choir)

Course Number: 1463

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

 This course is offered to students with no singing experience. Students will learn correct singing posture, breathing techniques to improve singing, how to read music, sight read music and how to sing major scales. Students will sing solo and choral music.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Vocal Ensemble 1 (Chamber Choir)

Course Number: 1465

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Teacher Approval

This course is offered to students with singing experience in a previous choir class. Students should have experience singing in a choir setting, know how to read music, sight read, and have basic music theory knowledge before joining Vocal Ensemble. In Vocal Ensemble students will sing solo and various choir music. Students will expand their vocal technique, sight reading skills and music theory knowledge.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Music Theory:  

Course Number: 1472

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:

Learn to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music. You’ll develop skills by listening to, reading, writing, and performing a wide variety of music.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Welding Metal Sculpture and Design

Course Number: 2858

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: Welding 1

Welding/Metal Sculpture and Design will introduce students to art sculpture with an emphasis on fabricated and welded steel designs from a historic and contemporary perspective.  This class will focus on welding and metal fabrication as a fine art medium. The course will consist of guided exercises, studio projects, collaborative learning, group discussions, and the use of critique to expand knowledge of art techniques, medium, artists, art movements, historical periods, and career paths within the creative field of the arts. (Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Digital Photography Pathway

Digital Photography

Course Number: 8827

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

Digital Photography I is a year-long introductory level Visual and Performing Arts class where students in the 9th -12th grade have the opportunity to experiment with digital photographic equipment, digital photographic manipulation computer programs, image making or manipulating equipment, elements and principles of design/art ideas and concepts to create photographic and/or digital art images. Digital Photography 1's course purpose is an introduction to students to critically think, practice and apply the learning and understanding of creating art pieces with the use of the digital camera.  Students can and will be working with smart phone digital phone digital cameras, point and shoot digital cameras and DSLR cameras.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Advanced Digital Photography

 Course Number: 8829

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: Digital Photography

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

This one-year advanced course in digital photography provides students with the opportunity to explore the technical, artistic, and commercial aspects of photography. Through hands-on instruction, students will use digital SLR cameras and related equipment such as lenses, and on and off camera flash. Additionally, students will learn advanced editing techniques with digital design software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Students will create their own website for their photography and be encouraged to promote and market their work through social media. Real world commercial photography will be explored through virtual field trips, guest speakers, and career-based projects. Hands-on experience will be both independent and team based. Career exploration, portfolio preparation, and employability skills in the fields of Photography and Media Arts will be emphasized. This course is aligned with the California High School Academic Content Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards.

Digital Marketing and Design  Pathway

 

Digital Marketing and Design 1 (Formerly called Computer Graphics and Design 1)

Course Number: 8351

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

The course prepares students for the computer graphic and design field by employing computer and Web-based software toward advanced courses in the design, visual, and media pathways.  Emphasis will be placed on technical and creative skills in the manipulation of digital imagery in preparation of a portfolio. Students will learn to identify and apply the visual design elements to artistic products, identify and describe the purpose of historical and cultural impact on professional industry standards, and formulate a position regarding the aesthetic value of artistic products.  Job skills, such as critical-thinking, communication, and collaboration will prepare students for multimedia career opportunities.

 (Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Digital Marketing and Design 2 (Formerly called Computer Graphics and Design 2)

Course Number: 8353

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:

This course provides advanced skills for students in the computer graphic and design field by employing computer and web-based software toward post-secondary courses in the design, visual, and media pathways. Students are given technical instruction and practical experience in the use of a variety of design industry software for the creation and manipulation of graphic images. Advanced techniques will be used throughout the layout and design process, and students will be given challenging graphic tasks and assignments. Activities will include problem solving, analyzing, and formulating real world solutions to industry-relevant products. Career exploration, portfolio preparation, and employability skills in the fields of Design, Visual and Media Arts will be emphasized. This course is aligned with the California High School Academic Content Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards.

(Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

ACE PATHWAY

The ACE Entrepreneurship Academy was developed for students wanting to begin their career education in high school. The ACE academy is for students who are entrepreneurial in their thinking or want to become entrepreneurial in their thinking.  The ACE Academy teaching staff consists of 8 dedicated teachers. Many of the ACE teachers travel to the competitions with the students as well as help them prepare for the competitions. The ACE academy also uses a “looping” format where possible this gives the ACE students the benefit of having the same teacher two years in a row. LA11 and ERWC will be the same teacher as will World History and US History.

Entrepreneurship

Course Number: 0157

Duration: Year

Grades: 9

Prerequisites: None

Entrepreneurship is the freshman class of the ACE Entrepreneurship academy. Students will learn the basics of business from start-up to operations. This class is a “Youth Entrepreneur” sponsored class (youthentrepreneurs.org) and is infused with hands on activities designed to teach the basic concepts of Entrepreneurship. Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) provide for an in-class economy based on YE Bucks. Students earn YE Bucks and then participate in monthly auctions for REAL prizes.  This class also focuses on the use of Social Media as a marketing tool and students participate in a Social Media Marketing Simulation where they take on the role of Social Media Marketing Director. The simulation provides a platform for students to make marketing posting and includes weekly analytics from the simulation that the students break down and use to adjust their plan.  This class will participate in YE’s annual “The Big Idea” contest. YE awards over $20,000 in prize money (real money not YE bucks). Students will develop a concept for a new product or service, prepare a 5-minute pitch as well as develop support materials for their concept.  Final Project – Students will develop a business plan for a business idea of their own as well as a Shark Tank style pitch.  This class also has a personal finance simulation where the kids take the role of recent college graduate and make financial decisions within the simulation. To develop technology skills students will use Google Docs and Google Drive, Adobe Spark and Canva extensively in class.

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Marketing, Sales and Service

Course Number: 8324

Duration: Year

Grades: 10

Prerequisites: Entrepreneurship

Marketing, Sales, and Service (MSS) is the sophomore class for the ACE Entrepreneurship academy. Students learn the basics of Marketing as a function of a business. Focus on developing a marketing plan around a sound marketing strategy. Developing and defining the marketing mix for a product as well as researching and performing a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis. This course is also sponsored by Youth Entrepreneurs (YE). and is infused with hands on activities designed to teach the basic concepts of Marketing and Sales. Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) provide for an in-class economy based on YE Bucks. Students earn YE Bucks and then participate in monthly auctions for REAL prizes. This class will participate in YE’s annual “The Big Idea” contest. YE awards over $20,000 in prize money (real money not YE bucks). Students will develop a concept for a new product or service, prepare a 5-minute pitch as well as develop support materials for their concept. Final Project – Students will work in small teams to develop a marketing strategy and write a marketing plan for a business or sports franchise. (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Business Design and Development

Course Number: 8347

Duration: Year

Grades: 11

Prerequisites: Marketing, Sales and Service

The ACE Entrepreneurship academy has a 2-year capstone course. Students will be in the same class with the same teacher for both years. “Virtual Enterprise” is the name of the organization that provides the virtual business world that the students get to experience. Virtual Enterprise (VE) provides an economy with over 1,000 businesses worldwide. Students work as a team to develop a business; all students will have a role from CEO to associate within the enterprise. Students will develop all of the same things that a real business would, web site, business plan, catalog, sales materials and many, many more. VE hosts several conferences during the school year where students participate in several business competitions similar to Shark Tank. At the conferences students also participate in trade shows where they get to “sell” their products to other students, teachers, judges, and community members in attendance. Conferences take place in San Diego, Bakersfield, Pasadena, and the Bay Area and the class will travel and stay overnight at 3 of the events.  Business Design and Development is the junior class for the ACE Entrepreneurship academy. During this year the students develop their business idea, create the company structure and focus on the start-up phase of business development including, start-up costs, legal aspects, business license and permits, advertising, sales, company uniforms, and branding. (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Econ. Virtual Enterprise

Course Number: 6240

Duration: Year

Grades: 12

Prerequisites:

A Virtual Enterprise is a simulated business that is set up and run by students to prepare them for working in a real business environment. With the guidance of a teacher (coordinator) and real-world business partners, the students determine the operations of running a business. Emphasis is placed on using current business software, communications and the Internet for business transactions. (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

APPLE ACADEMY

A.P.P.L.E. Academy- supports students who are interested in careers working with children. Examples include- teachers, psychologists, social workers, and other children oriented fields. APPLE begins freshman year with cross-curricular lessons, California Technical Education courses (CTE), and later includes mentorship and internship at local elementary and middle schools. Students gain college preparedness, 250 hours of career readiness training, compete in the SkillsUSA competition, participate in community service, project based learning, and build relationships with fellow students, teachers and counselors that support them throughout their high school career.

Child Development

Course Number: 1402

Duration: Year

Grades: 11

Prerequisites:

Child Development is a course in which students learn and apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the development, care and guidance, of children including cultural diversity, and careers with children. Students study the developmental ages and stages of children throughout the lifespan. Focus is on the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development and the influence of heredity and environmental factors. Studies also include child growth and development, safety and emergency procedures, nutrition and health practices, positive interaction and guidance techniques, learning theories, and developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum activities. (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Introduction to Education

Course Number:

Duration: Year

Grades: 12

Prerequisites: Child Development

This course provides students with an introduction to teaching as a profession.  Students will explore the qualities of an effective teacher; reflect and critique upon their educational experiences; articulate their own values and beliefs of an effective teacher; develop components and purposes for an effective professional portfolio; and explore critical issues in diverse contemporary classrooms.  In addition, students will learn about the historical, cultural, and philosophical foundations of our American public education. The final project consists of the initiation of their Teacher TRAC professional portfolio for 1st semester and a community service project 2nd semester.  Students will acquire over  250 hours of hands-on experience working in the field as interns. Students are Dual Enrolled into Cerritos College; thus, students who earn a B or higher in this course may waive the EDEL 100 course at Cerritos College for the Teaching TRAC Program.  (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Careers with Children

Course Number: 8172

Duration: Year

Grades: 12

Prerequisites:

AVID

AVID

Course Number: 6946 (9th Grade)

Course Number: 6948 (10th Grade)

Course Number: 6956 (11th & 12th Grade)

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID system supports student learning through research based methods of effective instruction, and giving students the support they need to achieve success in higher level courses (AP and Honors). The elective course assists students with organization and management, inquiry and research, collaboration skills. Students are also assisted with college applications, financial aid, and visit colleges and universities. (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

PLTW Biomedical Science

PLTW Bio Medical – Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program is a rigorous sequence of classes that allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study concepts of human medicine, physiology. Genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in investigation (Like the investigation of a fictional person.) to learn in the context of real world scenarios.

Principles of Biomedical Sciences

Course Number: 0001

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-10

Prerequisites:

This course provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting “hands-on” projects and problems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bio-informatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. A theme through the course is to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After determining the factors responsible for the death, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Key biological concepts including: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. Engineering principles including: the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics, and the relationship of structure to function are incorporated in the curriculum where appropriate. The course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses. (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Human Body Systems

Course Number: 0019

Duration: Year

Grades: 10

Prerequisites: Principles of Biomedical Science

In the Human Body Systems (HBS) course, students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases, and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. The following is a summary of the units of study that are included in the course for the 2014-2015 academic year. Alignment with NGSS, Common Core, and other standards are available through the PLTW Alignment web based tool. Activities, projects, and problems are provided to the teacher in the form of student-ready handouts, teacher notes, and supplementary materials, including resource documents, student response sheets, and presentations. (Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Medical Interventions

Course Number: 0043

Duration: Year

Grades: 11

Prerequisites: Human Body Systems

Medical Interventions (MI) allows students to investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. A “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body, the course will explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in our DNA, how to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios students will be exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Each family case scenario will introduce multiple types of interventions, reinforce concepts learned in the previous two courses, and present new content. Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of complex diseases and disorders. These interventions will be showcased across the generations of the family and will provide a look at the past, present, and future of biomedical science. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important role that scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future. Students practice problem solving with structured activities and progress to open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. (Fulfills “D” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Biomedical Innovation

Course Number: 8913

Duration: Year

Grades: 12

Prerequisites: Medical Interventions

Students will build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Medical Assistant Clinic

Course Number: 8470

Duration: Year

Grades: 12

Prerequisites: Medical Interventions

Medical Assisting Clinical/Administrative course is the capstone in LMHS medical pathway. Prerequisite courses are required.  Need-to-know information in order to succeed as an Administrative or Clinical Medical Assistant are covered in this course.  Upon successful completion the student will have attained and demonstrated requisite competencies that prepare them for a smooth transition into the workplace. These competencies are: Critical Thinking through problem solving, analyzing issues and exercising sound reasoning, ability to make decisions and solve problems.  Each student will be competent in the following skill sets:

        

PLTW Engineering

Introduction to Engineering

Course Number: 0005

Duration: Year

Grades: 9

Prerequisites:

Through individual and collaborative team projects students will learn to use the engineering design process to solve unique problems and improve existing products. Students will learn skills such as problem analysis, idea generation, decision making, 3-D and physical model creation, peer review, group presentation and proper notebook documentation. Students will use various modeling programs and have access to 3-D printing, CNC cutting, VEX Robotics, wood and metal working machinery, and an 80watt laser.

College Credit: Cerritos College Credit  transferable

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Principles of Engineering (Honors)

Course Number: 0017

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: IED highly recommended (or instructor approval)

Through rigorous problems that engage and challenge, students further reinforce the engineering design process, applying Math, Physics and Engineering standards to hands-on group projects. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. Strong study skills are recommended for this course.

College Credit: Cerritos College Credit  transferable

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Aerospace Engineering (AE) Honors

Course Number:

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: IED & POE highly recommended (or instructor approval)

This course propels students’ learning into the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. As they explore the physics of flight, students bring the concepts to life by designing airfoils, gliders, composite materials, rockets, propeller systems, and remote control VEX satellites and rovers. They also learn the basics of flight control, navigation, airframe design, and orbital mechanics using industry standard software.

College Credit: Cerritos College Credit  transferable

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Digital Electronics DE (Honors)

Course Number:

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: IED & POE highly recommended (or instructor approval)

Students explore the foundations of computing by engaging in the circuit design process to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry. Through theory and practice students will work individually and in teams to design (on paper), model (software simulations), and build (physically) digital solid-state devices that complete the assigned tasks. Attention to detail is highly stressed in this class.

College Credit: Cerritos College Credit  transferable

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

SPORTS MEDICINE PATHWAY

Health and Fitness Management

Course Number: 8361

Duration: Year

Grades: 11

Prerequisites:

This course ia an articulated course with Cerritos College. Students who successfully complete this course will earn high school credit as well as college credit.

This course is designed to cover topics related to health and wellness including principles of fitness, nutrition, coronary heart disease, and stress management.  An exercise lab will include pre-and-post assessment of each student’s fitness components such as cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition.  Individualized exercise prescription is provided for each student to improve his/her fitness components.

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

 

 

Intro. to Athletic Training (Kin 102)

Course Number:

Duration: Semester

Grades: 12

Prerequisites:

A semester course which provides instruction in the prevention, assessment, management, and reconditioning of athletic injuries.  Taping and bandaging, protective padding, and modalities used for treatment will be presented. This is a  Dual Enrollment course, held on the La Mirada High School campus and taught by Cerritos College Professors.

 

Community First Aid and CPR (Kin 110)

Course Number:

Duration: Semester

Grades: 12

Prerequisites:

A semester course which introduces the skills required to provide basic life support in an emergency illness or injury.  The course includes adult, infant and child CPR and First Aid.  Upon successful completion of all tests, students will be issued an American Red Cross card for Community First Aid (3 years) and CPR (1year). This is a  Dual Enrollment course, held on the La Mirada High School campus and taught by Cerritos College Professors.

WELDING

Welding 1

Course Number: 3850 (OXY Acetylene)

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

Oxy-Acetylene Welding is designed as an introductory welding course. Students will learn the safety of working in a welding shop. Also students will learn how to safely operate a Oxy-Acetylene torch. Students will learn how to cut and prepare metal. By the end of the course students will be able to produce an Oxy-Acetylene welded project.

Welding 1

Course Number: 2852 (Shield Metal Arc)

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

Course Number: 2852 (Shield Metal Arc)

In Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) students will learn the Shielded Metals Arc Welding process. They will learn all safety aspects of Arc welding and be able safely operate arc welding equipment. Students will learn to weld through industry standards and possible receive an American Welding Society Entry Level Welder certificate.

Welding 2

Course Number: 2852 (Gas Metal Arc)

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Completion of both Welding 1 Courses

In Gas Metal Arc Welding students will learn the Gas Metals Arc Welding process. They will learn all safety aspects of Wire Feed welding and be able safely operate arc welding equipment. Students will learn to weld through industry standards and possible receive an American Welding Society Entry Level Welder certificate.

Welding 2

Course Number: 2357 (Gas Tungsten Arc)

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:Completion of both Welding 1 Courses

In Gas Tungsten Arc Welding students will learn the TIG Welding process. They will learn all safety aspects of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding and be able safely operate arc welding equipment. Students will learn to weld through industry standards and possible receive an American Welding Society Entry Level Welder certificate.

Advanced Welding

Course Number: 2830

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites:

This course will develop an understanding of the manufacturing and industrial maintenance techniques and the welder’s job environment. This course will help develop skills necessary to become a professional welder and provide a basic understanding of related occupations.

Welding Fabrication

Course Number: 2853

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites:

Students will build on the knowledge and skills relating to the transfer of matter and energy through electrical, fluid, thermal and mechanical systems. They will also study more advanced fundamentals of mechanical and structural systems and facilities. Students will explore professional opportunities in the field of agricultural engineering and welding. Integral to this will also be the opportunity to participate in activities developed through a student leadership organization/Skills USA. By participating in this program, students will prepare to matriculate into post-secondary welding & Engineering programs. This course provides students with an understanding of manufacturing processes and systems common to careers in welding and related industries. Topics include the interpretation and layout of welded and assembled part prints, mechanical bonding, joining, cohesive bonding, adhesive bonding, and mechanical fastening. Students will learn the safety of fabrication welding. Additionally, this course may be a gateway program for those students interested in pursuing a post-secondary study in mechanical or structural engineering. Skills USA involvement and leadership are a required part of this course and will expose students to careers, leadership skills and achievement opportunities. (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Welding Certification

Course Number: 2855

Welding 1

Duration: Year

Grades: 12

Prerequisites:

This course prepares students to take the welding certification examination. The course is designed for students with some basic welding skills. The course will include classroom and in-depth practical instruction in oxy-acetylene, metal inert gas and wire feed welding. Students that achieve competency in this course have an excellent opportunity for entry-level employment in the welding field and be prepared to take the welding certification examination. The CTE standards in this course are to prepare students for technical training, entry-level position, American Welding Society certification post-secondary education and entry to a career.

Welding Metal Sculpture and Design

Course Number: 2858

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: Welding 1

Welding/Metal Sculpture and Design will introduce students to art sculpture with an emphasis on fabricated and welded steel designs from a historic and contemporary perspective.  This class will focus on welding and metal fabrication as a fine art medium. The course will consist of guided exercises, studio projects, collaborative learning, group discussions, and the use of critique to expand knowledge of art techniques, medium, artists, art movements, historical periods, and career paths within the creative field of the arts. (Fulfills “F” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses.

Public Safety Pathway

Student and Law

Course Number: 8340

Duration: Year

Grades: 11

Prerequisites: None

Student And The Law is an introductory course designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills in the American Justice system and Government, to begin their path toward a career in Law Enforcement or The Greater Justice System. Students will understand the concept of federalism and the levels of Government in The United States. They will have a cursory understanding of the basis and applications of Federal, State, and Local Laws as well as how laws are enforced throughout The Criminal Justice Process. Students will also understand how laws have changed in The United States throughout history, and the impact this has had on our society. Students will learn how to create reports, handle simple investigations, and how to respond to citizens needing Law Enforcement assistance.

CSI/Forensics

Course Number: 8012

Duration: Year

Grades: 12

Prerequisites:  Student and Law

This course is designed to give students both theory and experience in a fast- paced , rigorous , multi - disciplinary course that provides an association between the inquiry process and The Criminal Justice System. Emphasis is on understanding the underlying theories of Forensic Science , with particular emphasis on public safety. This class will contribute to the students knowledge of chemistry by utilizing laboratory techniques and procedures to analyze and identify trace physical evidence. Students will use their academic and laboratory skills to develop a deeper understanding of Public Safety and its relation to crime scene investigation in the field of Criminal Justice.

ELECTIVES

AP Seminar 

Course Number:

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in AP Language Arts

An interdisciplinary course that encourages students to demonstrate critical thinking, collaboration, and academic research skills on topics of the student’s choosing. To accommodate the wide range of student topics, typical college course equivalents include interdisciplinary or general elective courses. (Fulfills “B” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Economics

Course Number: 6200

Duration: Semester

Grades: 12

Prerequisites:

This semester course covers different economic systems and operations of a market economy, and business and labor organization. The students examine the workings of the national economy and international trade. A number of important microeconomics and macroeconomics concepts are introduced through consumer experiences that are already familiar to the students.

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Microeconomics

Course Number: 6220

Duration: Semester

Grades: 12

Prerequisites: “A” or “B” in last AP social science course or an “A” in last regular social science course

An introductory college-level macroeconomics course. Students cultivate their understanding of the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole by using principles and models to describe economic situations and predict and explain outcomes with graphs, charts, and data as they explore concepts like economic measurements, markets, macroeconomic models, and macroeconomic policies. The course prepares the students to take the AP Microeconomics exam in May where a student can earn college credit. (Honors Course)

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Human Geography

Course Number:  6151

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

The AP Human Geography course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis so examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal psychology, treatment of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. This course prepares students for the AP Human Geography exam in May where students can earn college credit. (Honors Course)

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Psychology

Course Number: 6440

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:

This course is designed for the academically oriented college prep students. The student will be expected to demonstrate critical thinking in the use of reference skills, reading, and writing. The first semester covers methods, the biological basis of behavior, thinking and learning, and personality theory. The second covers mental disorders, human development and social psychology.(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Psychology:  

Course Number: 6460

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites:

An introductory college-level psychology course. Students cultivate their understanding of the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes through inquiry-based investigations as they explore concepts like the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. This course prepares students for the AP Psychology exam in May where students can earn college credit.

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Computer Science Principles:

Course Number: 8027

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:

An introductory college-level computing course. Students cultivate their understanding of computer science through working with data, collaborating to solve problems, and developing computer programs as they explore concepts like creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the internet, and the global impact of computing. This course prepares students for the AP Computer Science Principles  exam in May where students can earn college credit.  (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

AP Computer Science A: 

Course Number: 1285

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites: AP Computer Science Principles

An introductory college-level computer science course. Students cultivate their understanding of coding through analyzing, writing, and testing code as they explore concepts like modularity, variables, and control structures. This course prepares students for the AP Computer Science exam in May where students can earn college credit.

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

 

Computer Applications

Course Number: 2370

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

Computer Applications is a one-year course introducing students to Microsoft Office and Google Docs.  Students learn through an exercise-oriented approach that allows learning by doing.  From this course, students will be able to identify the parts of the personal computer, diagnose/repair hardware, and evaluate the purchase of equipment. The fundamentals of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, and Powerpoint) are core topics covered. Google Docs equivalents are explored as well, and students are exposed to practical examples of the computer as a tool.  Students are acquainted with proper procedures to create documents, worksheets, databases, and presentations suitable for coursework, professional purposes, and personal use.  In short, students will enhance their productivity through a functional knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Docs.  (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Accounting

Course Number: 0210

Duration: Year

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisites:

Accounting I provides students a strong foundation in accounting principles, both in theory and practice. It gives a head start to our college-bound student planning to major in Accounting or any Business Administration degree program. The Generally Accepted Accounting Principles will provide the foundation for the students’ introduction to accounting as a process for measuring and recording the financial value of a business. In addition, the course will demonstrate the importance of monitoring the company’s financial value to better evaluate and make timely and accurate decisions. Students will learn accounting practices for both proprietorships and partnerships in the service and merchandising sectors. Activities will include transaction analysis, journalization, payroll processes and financial statement preparation and interpretation.  Students will also learn how to utilize the industry preferred QuickBooks accounting software. There will be opportunities to become a QuickBooks Certified User for interested students. (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

 

Finance

Course Number: 0270

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

Personal Finance is a one-year course introducing students to personal finance.  The course initiates students into the methodology of financial decision-making and the use of budgets.  The curriculum encourages students to learn how to make sound financial decisions based on research, cost-benefit analysis, and the time-value of money.  Current events and business ethics are integrated into the curriculum to enhance relevance.  Investments are extensively researched, and the students compete in stock-market competitions.  Saving strategies, retirement planning, real estate, precious metals, checking account management, taxes, and responsible credit use are core aspects of the curriculum as well.  Technology is integrated into the curriculum. The course is recommended for all students, but especially those who plan to enter college and major/minor in business administration.

 (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

 

Sports Writing and Media

Course Number: 0033

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

Sports Media and Writing is a year-long course, incorporating the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills of print and video journalism. Students explore the significance

of sport in society by analyzing literature, film, and biographies based around sports and common themes in sports reporting, including overcoming adversity, prejudice, and the cultural significance of sports. As part of the video journalism component, students

foster the growth of oral communication by learning how to conduct interviews with sports-related figures and participating in formal discussions requiring analysis of various topics. The course culminates with students utilizing their understanding of sports

media and communication to develop and create an audiovisual presentation of their own mock broadcast/podcast. Additional skills developed within the course include evaluation of multiple sources, argument construction and use of appeals, research, and the

presentation of information to support an opinion. (Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

 

Creative Writing

Course Number: 3400

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

This course gives students strategies and practice in writing narratives, prose, and criticism. Through large and small groups we will discuss the aesthetic values of word choice, the importance of criticism, and the demands of finding one’s own voice. Students will also acquire tools for both writing well and for creative writing. The course aims to provide opportunities to practice acquired knowledge and skills through writing groups, demonstrate the ability to deliver constructive criticism, revise, and potentially submit their work to a professional forum.

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

 

Journalism

Course Number: 7290

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites:

In this course, students will produce El Toro, the La Mirada High School newspaper Students will define their potential roles as members of the staff and understand and practice the skills necessary to produce a newspaper. These include writing headlines and captions for photographs, designing and preparing newspaper layout for the printer desktop publishing system.

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Leadership

Course Number: 7351

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites:

This course is required of all elected and appointed officers of the Associated Student Body and carries elective credit. The meetings of the ASB cabinet are held during this class period and are part of the class experience. Many  other important skills are incorporated: communication, parliamentary procedure, planning, timelines, and goal setting. Guest speakers, conference and community involvement are part of the class curriculum.

(Fulfills “G” Subject Requirements and Approved for all UC and CSU campuses)

Yearbook

Course Number: 7281

Duration: Year

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisites: Teacher Approval

In this course, students will learn publishing skills needed for production of a school yearbook. As members of the yearbook staff, students will be required to obtain photographs, conduct interviews, write narratives, navigate publishing software, and meet strict deadlines. Requirements for the class include: strong writing skills, knowledge of Google Docs, the ability to work independently and remotely, a prerequisite writing sample, and teacher approval.

Special Education

Academic Enrichment

Course Number:

Duration: Year

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisites: IEP Alignment

This course is designed for 9th-12th grade high school students in a Resource Specialist Program. The students enrolled in this course are identified as 9th-12th graders needing RSP support in a variety of skill and academic areas. In order for students to benefit from classroom teaching, they must exhibit certain appropriate and effective learning and school behaviors. Appropriate learning and school behaviors, such as organizational skills and study skills are best established by direct instruction. Various

components of direct instruction include continuous communication of expectations, instructional objective and targeted instruction of a behavior or strategy, modeling, guided practice, checking for understanding, independent practice and feedback. Instruction should include extension or immediate application of skills to learning activities/assignments. In addition to approximately 20 minutes of daily direct skills instruction in various support areas, this course will introduce learning strategies that students will use to complete assignments in academic classes. Students will receive additional pull-out support for their academic classes by having an RSP teacher pre-teach, re-teach and review concepts, model and teach strategies that give students tools to access and successfully complete the work required of them in general education classes. These strategies are designed to provide students with systematic procedures for completing common school tasks (i.e., projects, essays, daily assignments) to increase their academic success in general education classes.