ACHS Course Catalog

                        

2018-2019

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction and Course Selection

 2

High School Graduation Requirements/Standards of Proficiency

 3

Suggested Core Program

 3

California Public College Entrance Requirements

 4

University of California A-G List of Approved Courses

 5

SAT/ACT Exam Dates

 7

AP Exam Dates

10

Applying for Financial Aid

13

Scheduling

14

Grading Procedures

17

Athletic/Activity Participation Requirements

18

Counseling Department

19

College and Career Information

19

College Planning Information

20

Course Descriptions & Information

Career Technical Education

22

Computer Technology

28

9th Grade Humanities (English & Social Science) Classes

30

10th Grade Humanities (English & Social Science) Classes

33

11th Grade Humanities (English & Social Science) Classes

36

12th Grade Humanities (English & Social Science) Classes

39

Mathematics

44

Physical Education & Health

52

School Service/Leadership/Electives

56

Science

61

Social Science

65

Support Services

67

Visual and Performing Arts

70

World Languages

83


Introduction

Our goal is to guide our students toward academic success, college & career readiness and to become a responsible citizen of their school and community in the 21st century.  Sound planning and thoughtful course selection are critical for student success in high school.

The introductory pages of the course catalog outline district graduation requirements and site enrollment requirements. Also included is information about college entrance, state and district requirements.  Course offerings are listed departmentally.  It is intended that students and parents review this catalog together and make informed decisions about an educational program that will interest and challenge their intellect. Students should be encouraged to select an academically rigorous program in order to develop their full potential.  American Canyon High School counselors are available to advise both students and parents regarding course selection and college/career preparation. Please contact your counselor at ACHS at any time during the registration process for assistance.

Counselor

School

Contact #

Student/Level

Email

Tricia Hernandez

ACHS

707-653-1406

12th Grade

tricia_hernandez@nvusd.org 

Mark DeMesa

ACHS

707-653-1409

11th Grade

mdemesa@nvusd.org

Vanna Som

ACHS

707-653-1430

10th Grade

vsom@nvusd.org

Lilliana Zmed

ACHS

707-653-1432

9th Grade

lzmed@nvusd.org

Course Selection 2018-2019

  1. Select courses which meet graduation requirements, college entrance requirements and career pathway requirements.

  1. Select courses for which you are prepared and will challenge you. The more challenging your educational experience is in high school, the more options await you after graduation.

  1. Counselor / Teacher recommendations are critical when considering honors, advanced placement or upper division courses.

The assignment of teaching staff for the 2018-2019 school year will be based on the data gathered from course selections.  The number of students requesting each course offered will determine which courses will be offered and the number of teachers needed to staff these courses.  Students should plan and select their courses carefully.  It will be extremely difficult to change a course once a selection is made.

High School Graduation Requirements/Standards of Proficiency

Students shall receive diplomas of graduation from high school only after completing the prescribed course of study and meeting the standards of proficiency established by the District.

The prescribed course of study for students shall include: (Education Code 51225.3)

Subject Area

Credits Required to Graduate

World History

10

US History

10

American Government

5

Economics

5

English

40

Mathematics (must include Math 1)

30

Physical Science (with Lab)

10

Life Science (with Lab)

10

World Language

20

Visual/Performing Arts

10

Physical Education (including Health)

20

Electives

50

Community Service

40 hours

CREDITS REQUIRED FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

220 credits

Additional Requirements:

Suggested Core Program (* denotes Humanities)

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

English *

English *

English *

English

Big History *

World History *

US History *

Govt / Economics

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics/Elective

Science

Science

Science/Elective

Science/Elective

Physical Education

Foreign Language

Physical Education

Foreign Lang/Elective

Visual / Performing Art

Foreign Lang/Elective

Foreign Lang/Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective


California Public College Entrance Requirements

High School Subject Area

NVUSD Requirements* (EC 51225.3) for 2016 High School Graduation

UC Requirements for Freshman Admissions

CSU Requirements for Freshman Admissions

English

Four Years (40 credits)

Four years of approved courses

Four years of approved courses

Mathematics

Three years, including Math I (EC 51224.5) (30 credits)

Three years, including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra or Integrated Math I, II, III, IV (4 years recommended)

Three years, including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra or Integrated Math I, II, III, IV (4 years recommended)

Social Science

Three years of history/social science including one year of US history; one year of world history, and one semester each of American government and economics. (30 credits)

Two years of history/social science, including one year of U.S. history or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government; and one year of world history, cultures and geography.

Two years, including one year of U.S history or U.S. history and government and one year of other approved social science.

Science

Two years, including biological (life) and physical sciences (20 credits)

Two years with lab required, chosen from biology, chemistry and physics. Three years recommended.

Two years, including one year of biological and one year of physical science with lab. Three years recommended.

World/Foreign Language

Two years of same foreign language (20 credits)

Two years in same language required. Three years recommended.

Two years in same language required. Three years recommended

Visual and Performing Arts

One year of visual and performing arts. (10 credits)

One year of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.

One year of visual and performing arts chosen from the following: dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art.

Physical Education

Two years including Health (20 credits)

Electives

50 credits

One year**

One year**

Exam Requirements

SAT I or ACT. Note: UC will not accept Math 1C.

SAT I or ACT

G.P.A Requirements

3.0 "a-g" GPA (or higher) = eligible for admission regardless of test scores.  (Only two semesters of the ‘g” courses in grades 10-12 will be used in the “a-g” GPA.)

2.0 GPA (or higher) = eligible for admission regardless of test scores. GPA includes all college preparatory courses (except PE) taken in grades 10-12

** Must be chosen from approved academic courses in history, English, advanced mathematics, lab science foreign language, social science, or fine arts. See UC Doorways (Outside Source) for approved courses at your high school.


University of California A-G List of Approved Courses

The following courses meet requirements for admission to the University of California.

Underlined courses denote extra honors credit:   A=5, B=4, C=3

Courses that are marked with an asterisk (*) cannot be used as an elective.

a-HISTORY/ SOCIAL SCIENCE

AP European History

AP World History (pending)

P American Government, P American Government Sheltered

P Big History

P Survey of World History, P World History Sheltered

P U.S. History, P U.S. History Sheltered

 

b-ENGLISH

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

P Literature and Film (pending)

P Composition/American Literature-Themes

P Composition/Search for Meaning

P English 9, H English 9

P English 10, H English 10

P Expository Reading and Writing

c-MATHEMATICS  (*may only be used for the “c” requirement)

AP Calculus A/B

AP Calculus B/C

AP Statistics

P Financial Algebra

P Math 1

P Math 1 Robotics

P Math 2 Robotics

P Math II

P Math III, H Math III

P Pre-Calculus

P Calculus (pending)

P Statistics

d-LABORATORY SCIENCE

P Anatomy/Physiology, H Anatomy/Physiology 

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Environmental Science

AP Physics

P Biology

P Biotechnology 1 (ROP), Biotechnology 2 (ROP)

P Chemistry

P Chemistry in the Community

P Physics

P Sports Medicine (ROP)

e-LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH  (*may only be used for the “e” requirement)

AP Spanish Language and Culture

P Mandarin 1 *

P Mandarin 2

P Mandarin 3

P Mandarin 4 (pending)

P Mandarin 5 (pending)

P Spanish 1 *

            P Spanish 2

            P Spanish 3

            P Spanish 4

P Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 *

P Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2

f-VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS  (*may only be used for the “f” requirement)

            AP Studio Art: Drawing

                   P Art 1

         P Art 2

        P Art 3 *

P Bass Men’s Choir *

                P Ceramics 1 *

                P Ceramics 2

                P Ceramics 3

              P Chamber Choir *

        P Chorus

        P Concert Band *

            P Concert Choir *

                P CTE Digital Media

            P Drama 1 *

                P Drama 2 *

                P Advanced Drama

                P Performing Band *

               P Photography 1 *

               P Photography 2 *

               P Photography 3

               P String Orchestra *

               P Treble Women’s Choir *

               P Wind Ensemble *

               P Jazz Dance 1

               P Jazz Dance 2


g – ELECTIVE COURSES (All courses listed under a-f with the exception of courses marked with an

                                                 asterisk (*), plus the following:                               

           

            AP Psychology

               AP Computer Science Principles (pending)

               P Computing with Robotics

               P Sports Medicine 2 (ROP)

               P Sports Medicine 3 (ROP) (pending)

               P College & Career Readiness (ROP)                                                                      

               P Professionalism & Internship (ROP)                                                          

               P Economics, P Economics Sheltered

               P Culinary 2 / P Farm to Table (ROP)

               P Psychology

               P Construction Technology 1 (ROP)

            P Construction Technology 2 (ROP)

            P Digital Media 2 (ROP)  

           


                

2018-2019 SAT, ACT, and AP Test Dates

Early plans should be made in developing a high school course schedule. Everyone knows that high school courses and grades count for admission to college, but many people do not realize that a college education also builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in each student’s earlier years. In the Napa Valley Unified School District, high school schedule planning begins in middle school.  Your transcript of high school courses and grades is the first prediction of your success in college and your college entrance examination is the second indication. The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) I, SAT II, and ACT (American College Test) are some of the tests required by colleges and universities. These tests should be taken prior to the student’s senior year. Any retesting should be completed by December of the senior year.

Your high school preparation for college entrance begins in the sophomore year with the PSAT 10 (Preliminary Scholastic Ability Test).  Juniors take the PSAT11/NMSQT, which test identifies the National Merit Scholarship candidates in the junior year and predicts the score for your SAT I exam. It tells you your strengths and weaknesses and provides a focus for your SAT I preparation. Please remember that depending upon the advanced level course work students may take certain exams out of sequence. Students are encouraged to discuss college plans and testing with their school counselors and to register using the dates below.  The SAT I is the most commonly accepted college entrance exam by colleges and universities in the west.  Students are encouraged to take the SAT I for the first time in their junior year and then use the test information along with test preparation materials to improve their score.

SAT I

The SAT I changed in March 2015. Some of the changes to the SAT I include:

• A student-written essay

• Analogies eliminated

• Shorter reading passages added

• New content from third-year college preparatory math

• Quantitative comparisons eliminated

The SAT is a three-hour-and-forty-five-minute test that measures the critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills. A student’s SAT I score gives admission officers an idea about how well he or she might perform academically at college. Each SAT section is scored on a scale of 200-800. The average score on the SAT is about 500 on the critical reading portion, 500 on the math portion, and 500 on the writing portion.

SAT Test Dates 2018 – 2019

March 10, 2018

May 5, 2018

June 2, 2018

August 25, 2018

October 6, 2018

November 3, 2018

December 1, 2018

March 8, 2019

May 4, 2019

June 1, 2019

August 24, 2019

October 5, 2019

November 2, 2019

December 7, 2019

Please visit the College Board website for registration deadlines: sat.collegeboard.org/register Contact sat.collegeboard.org/contact or call 866-756-7356 for more information.

SAT Subject Tests (Formerly SAT II)

The SAT Subject Tests (also called the SAT II: Subject Tests) are a series of one-hour, multiple choice, standardized exams that test a student's knowledge of a particular subject. Up to three tests can be required for admission by some colleges while other colleges do not require any. Entrance requirements vary from college to college.

SAT Subject exams are offered in more than 20 different subjects that are concentrated in the following five areas: English, history, mathematics, science and languages. The writing test was administered for the last time in January 2005 due to the recent changes to the SAT.

Like the SAT, scores are based on an 800-point scale with points awarded for correct answers; fractional points subtracted for wrong answers and skipped questions not counted.

While most students take subject tests in their junior and senior year, you can take an SAT Subject Test as early as freshman and sophomore year. Guidance counselors recommend that students take some exams, such as chemistry, biology and world history, as soon as possible after completing the course while the material is still fresh.

Students can take up to three SAT Subject Tests on a single test date. Students must indicate which Subject Tests they plan to take when they register for a test. However, they can change their minds right up to the test date. Consult your guidance counselor to determine which tests you should take. For more information on the SAT Subject Tests including test dates, strategies and sample questions visit the College Board's SAT Subject Tests Learning Center.


ACT

Constructed as an achievement test, the American College Testing, (ACT) Program, consists of four subject tests: English, Math, reading comprehension, and scientific reasoning. ACT offers a 30-minute Writing Test as an optional component to the ACT. Many colleges accept ACT scores in lieu of the SAT I. Check with the postsecondary institutions of your choice to make sure what the testing requirements are. Some colleges may allow for a combination of the ACT, ACT with writing, and SAT II: Subject Tests or SAT I and the SAT II: Subjects Tests. Again, check with the colleges of choice.

ACT Test / Registration Dates: 2018 - 2019

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

September 8, 2018*

August 5, 2018*

August 17, 2018*

October 27, 2018*

September 21, 2018*

October 5, 2018*

December 8, 2018*

November 2, 2018*

November 16, 2018*

February 9, 2019*

January 11, 2019*

January 18, 2019*

April 13, 2019*

March 8, 2019*

March 22, 2019*

June 8, 2019*

May 3, 2019*

May 17, 2019*

Visit www.actstudent.org for more information.

Registering For Exams

Information bulletins with registration information for tests are available in the Counseling Office. Students should consult the bulletins for detailed information regarding application procedures and testing dates. Students typically can register by mail, by phone, or on line. Students must plan carefully to complete their testing by their college application deadlines, which can be as early as October of their senior year.  American Canyon High School’s ACT/SAT school code is: 054406


Advanced Placement Exams

Advanced Placement exams are offered in May at American Canyon High School. The 2018 AP exam fee is approximately $93 dollars per exam. Students register for AP exams in February, paying the fee (per exam) at the Counseling office.

2019 Advanced Placement Exam Calendar - Week 1

Week 1

Morning 8 a.m.

Afternoon 12 noon

Monday,
May 6

Chemistry
Environmental Science

Psychology

Tuesday,
May 7

Computer Science A
Spanish Language and Culture

Art History

Physics 1: Algebra -Based

Wednesday,
May 8

English Literature and Composition

Japanese Language and Culture

Physics 2: Algebra-Based

Thursday,
May 9

United States Government and Politics

Chinese Language and Culture

Seminar

Friday,
May 10

German Language and Culture

United States History

Computer Science

Principles

Studio Art – last day for Coordinators to submit digital portfolios (by 8 p.m. EDT) and to gather 2-D Design and Drawing students for physical portfolio assembly.

Teachers should have forwarded students’ completed digital portfolios to Coordinators before this date.

2019 Advanced Placement Exam Calendar - Week 2

Week 2

Morning 8 a.m.

Afternoon 12 noon

Afternoon 2 p.m.

Monday,
May 13

Biology
Music Theory

Physics C: Mechanics

Physics C:
       Electricity and Magnetism

Tuesday,
May 14

Calculus AB

Calculus BC

French Language and Culture

Spanish Literature and Culture

 

Wednesday,
May 15

English Language and Composition

Italian Language and Culture

Macroeconomics

 

Thursday,
May 16

Comparative Government and

       Politics

World History

Statistics

 

Friday,
May 17

Human Geography
Microeconomics

European History

Latin


Fee Waivers

Fee waivers for SAT and ACT testing are available. There are strict guidelines regarding financial need. If you think you may be eligible, see your counselor.  For AP exams, students are eligible for a fee waiver if they qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP) at American Canyon High School.  Students who qualify for the FRLP pay $15 per exam, with no additional fees.  Students who qualify for FRLP should see their counselor regarding a fee waiver.


What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is a free application that college or career school students must complete to apply for federal student aid, which includes Pell Grants, federal student loans, and work-study opportunities. In addition to determining eligibility for federal student aid, FAFSA information is used by many states, colleges, career schools, and private organizations to determine eligibility for non federal student aid. Completing the FAFSA is the gateway to accessing funds for college for approximately 20 million students each year.

Why should you fill out the FAFSA?

You could miss out on a lot of financial aid! The reality is, everyone who is getting ready to go to college or career school should fill out the FAFSA. Go to fafsa.gov and see what you get!

When do you fill out the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is currently available for applicants to complete anytime between October 1st and June 30th for the upcoming application cycle. However, many deadlines for state aid are as early as March. For some students, the current FAFSA application cycle is not aligned with college admissions application deadlines, which typically occur in the fall prior to the FAFSA launch. As a result, time is a critical factor for applicants qualifying for aid. Finally, in addition to the timing of the launch of the FAFSA, the availability of an applicant’s income and tax information may lead students—and, where applicable, their parents—to mistakenly think they are not able to file a FAFSA until they file their tax return. This may cause students to miss out on some federal, state and/or institutional financial aid.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, applicants will provide income information from one tax year earlier—the “prior-prior” year. This means that the 2019-2020 FAFSA will collect 2017 income information. As a result, more students and families will be able to complete their FAFSA using income information imported electronically from the IRS, rather than submitting applications with income estimates that may need correcting, or worse, waiting until the previous year’s tax return has been filed.

When a Student is Attending

College (School Year)

When a Student Can Submit FAFSA

Which Year’s Income

Information is Required

July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018

October 1, 2016-June 30, 2018

2015

July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

October 1, 2017-June 30, 2019

2016

July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020

October 1, 2018-June 30, 2020

2017

July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021

October 1, 2019-June 30, 2021

2018

You must report the information the FAFSA asks for. If your family’s income has changed substantially since the prior-prior tax year, talk to the financial aid office at your school about the family’s situation.

How do I fill out the FAFSA?

Online at fafsa.gov is fastest and easiest, but you can submit a paper copy, too. Ask the financial aid office at your college or career school if you can file it there. Some schools use special software to submit your FAFSA for you. You have to fill out the FAFSA each year you’re in school to stay eligible. Go to fafsa.gov for more information, tips and help. College Board is also another excellent online resource for filing the FAFSA and staying informed with the steps for applying to college.


Scheduling Procedures

The following information outlines the process through which student schedules are determined.  The most important factor in completing the scheduling process successfully is ensuring the accuracy in the information that the student provides the counseling department regarding the courses they would like to take. In January of each year, students are asked to talk with their parent/guardian and teachers to determine which courses they would like to enroll in the following school year.   Students are then asked to complete a Course Request Card (CRC) obtain their parent/guardian’s signature, and obtain teacher initials, where applicable.  

The Scheduling Process

  1. Parents/guardians of incoming 8th graders will be invited to Future Wolf Night at American Canyon High School on January 30th, 2018 at 6:30PM. Students rolling up may attend the Curriculum Fair January 30th, 2018 at 7:00-9:00 PM.
  2. American Canyon High School Course Catalog will be posted online at www.amcanhs.nvusd.org.
  3. ACMS will distribute a copy of the Course Request Card (CRC) to each student and the counselor will contact those students attending other feeder schools.
  4. After students have submitted their Course Request Card (CRC) indicating their required courses, elective courses and one alternate elective course, they will input their courses into computer.  This information will be used to determine the number of sections and courses to be offered.
  5. As a reminder, SOME STUDENTS MAY NOT RECEIVE THEIR FIRST CHOICE OF CLASSES.
  6. After the master schedule is built, students are sorted into the courses they requested, to the best of our ability. The computer program allows for maximum scheduling flexibility, and aids in balancing classes so students have the optimum chance to learn in as small a class as possible.  


Scheduling Changes

To provide students with the best opportunity to take courses that interest them, the master schedule is built around student choices.  Staffing is based on these choices, so student schedules cannot be changed, even if they are unhappy with their selections.  Therefore, students must select courses carefully!

Student or parent / guardian initiated changes will only be made for one of the following reasons:        1. Duplicate classes, incomplete schedule or class already completed.

2. Student is inappropriately placed in a core class, non-elective.

3. Medical condition documented by a physician.

No schedule changes will be made for the purpose of requesting specific teachers or specific periods. ALL CHANGES should be completed BY THE END OF THE TENTH DAY OF EACH SEMESTER.

NO DROPS WILL BE PERMITTED AFTER THE 20TH INSTRUCTIONAL DAY OF EACH SEMESTER. After the 20th instructional day, an Add/Drop Form must be completed along with a student/counselor/teacher meeting. Fall 2018 semester’s 20th day is September 12, 2018. Spring 2019 semester’s 20th day is February 4, 2019.

Teacher initiated course changes may be made only up to receipt of the 1st progress report of the semester, providing that the change involves no other disruption in the student’s schedule and is approved by the new teacher.  

Students who change classes will carry their “grade to date”, attendance and discipline records to the new class to be included in final grade computation.

Recommended Prerequisites

Students should check carefully to see that they have taken the proper recommended prerequisites for courses and have received the recommended grades and/or have the skills to succeed. Note:

A student must be a junior or senior to enroll in School Service and must be pre-approved by counselor and teacher.

Repeating Courses

If a student wishes to retake a course to improve his/her grade, both old and new grades appear on the transcript.  Both grades figure into the student’s grade point average.  Some colleges use the higher grade in determining admission.  Some courses may be repeated during the school year, summer school, Adult School, or any NVUSD pre-approved programs. Please see counselor for more details.


Course Project Materials/Annual Costs

A number of courses at American Canyon High School have required project materials or an annual costs. Students wishing to enroll in these courses need to review these details. (See specific course in this catalog.) The project material/annual cost needs to be paid at the beginning of each semester. Student transcripts will not be released if there is an outstanding balance on the student’s account.  Additionally, ACHS offers a number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. A textbook will be provided for use while student is enrolled in the course.  Students are strongly encouraged to purchase their own textbook so they can highlight & take notes.  School issued textbooks cannot be written in and must be returned at the end of the course.  Textbook information will be available in May.  Advanced Placement exams, prepared by the College Board, are offered to students in May of each year at a cost of approximately $100.00 dollars per examination.  Fee waivers and/or payment plans are available to those students who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch Program. AP exams are graded on a 1 to 5 scale with 3 representing a passing score. College credits can be earned with a passing score of 3 or higher.  Check collegeboard.org for specific college requirements or contact your specific college of interest for details on the amount of credit they will award for passing AP exams.

Honors and Advanced Placement Courses

American Canyon High School offers courses designated as Honors and Advanced Placement that are open to academically curious and self-motivated students who desire a greater challenge, an accelerated pace, and deeper exploration of the course content than is available through regular college preparatory curriculum. Honors/AP courses demand that students manage difficult course material, engage in higher-level thinking, and discuss ideas at length to form connections between academic disciplines. Students enrolling in these classes should expect to be held accountable for a variety of advanced readings, analysis of complex ideas, and different types of assessments. Excellent time-management, organizational, and study skills are vital to student success in our Honors/AP program. 

Lastly, students enrolling in an AP course are expected to take the corresponding AP exam administered near the end of the course (See course fees above).  Students wanting to take the AP/Honors courses will be required to sign a contract. Most competitive colleges consider an AP class as incomplete without the exam.

Post-Secondary Courses

Credit toward graduation may be awarded for completion of a college course.  Prior approval to enroll in a college course is mandatory. An appropriate program must be approved by a counselor and signed by an administrator. For credit, the student must submit a transcript of the completed work to the registrar at American Canyon High School. Arrangements for transfer of this credit are the responsibility of the student.  


Grading Procedures

Students are graded on the following basis: A, B, C, D or F. School Service classes receive credit/no credit and do not influence GPA. Students receive credit for all marks except “F”. During each semester, students receive two progress reports, both are sent home with the student.  Final grades are assigned twice a year, at the end of each semester, and are mailed home.  Semester grades are recorded on the official transcript/permanent record.  Parents/Guardians should contact the appropriate teacher or counselor when students are having academic, attendance or behavioral difficulties. We strongly encourage direct communication with the teacher. 

The principal or designee may assign a withdrawal (W) after the 13th week of instruction if the student has made a sincere effort but is unable to successfully complete the class and has the permission of his or her teacher. The withdrawal must be initiated by the student AR6146.1 (a).  

An Incomplete grade (I) is assigned when work has not been completed, a student has suffered extensive illness, or the transfer grade from another school has not been received. Students have six (6) weeks to replace the Incomplete before the “I” turns into an “F”.

 

Finals Policy

No final shall be given early/prior to the date on the schedule. If a student is leaving school early before the final, they must wait until they return to school to take their final (after winter break). They will be assigned an “incomplete” (without final) or a letter grade that reflects a zero on the final. Teacher(s) may submit a grade change request once the student has made up the exam, (if their grade changes.) 


Athletic and Activity Participation - Eligibility Requirements

An extra-curricular activity is defined as a program held for out of class pursuits, usually supervised and/or funded by the school.  Students maintaining a 2.0 GPA (grade point average) will be entitled to participate in extra-curricular school activities.  Students participating in any extra-curricular activity may be removed by the faculty advisor/coach if their GPA falls below the 2.0 requirement or they violate code of conduct policies.  The grade scale is a 4.0 system, A=4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0; (W=0 and P=0 which do not factor into the GPA).

In order to participate in athletics, cheerleading, school service or clubs/activities students must meet the following criteria:

  1. It is the student’s total GPA for the grading period that determines eligibility.                   There are six grading periods, one every six weeks during the school year:

         Fall Semester = Two six week progress reports and Semester Grades.

 

         Spring Semester = Two six week progress reports and Semester Grades.  

2. Students must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 25 semester credits. (Five Classes per semester)

3. Students must be making progress toward graduation and exhibiting positive behavior.

District policy regarding athletics clearly states the use of Academic GPA (4.0 scale).  Athletic eligibility is based upon most recent grading period (1st and 2nd semester fall/spring six week progress reports and fall/spring semester grades). If a student takes a class in summer school to replace a failing grade, the summer school grade replaces the previously earned grade providing the student completed the same course in summer school with the same course number.  In the instance that the failed course is not offered in summer school, the student’s summer school grade will be added to the formula and then divided by the total number of classes including the summer school course.  

We give incoming 9th grade students a fresh start so 8th grade does not determine eligibility for Fall Sports and Cheerleading.


Early Graduation

Occasionally, students may benefit by graduating early from American Canyon High School either during the middle of their senior year (the conclusion of the fall semester) or at the end of their junior year.  In each case, the student and his/her parent/guardian must meet with the school counselor, well in advance, to allow for needed scheduling.  Students wishing to graduate at the end of the fall semester of their senior year must declare their intent with their counselor no later than the beginning of the spring semester of their junior year.  Students wishing to graduate from American Canyon High School in three years must declare their intentions with their counselor no later than the end of the fall semester during their sophomore year.  Once a student elects to graduate early, he/she is expected to fulfill the graduation requirements in the specified time period.  Any deviation requires the consent of the student’s counselor and the approval of an administrator.

Counseling Department (for 2018-2019 school year)

Students and parents are encouraged to contact the counselors at American Canyon High School. If they have questions or concerns. While counselors are available for drop-in visits, it is suggested that parents and students make appointments to see their child’s counselor. Please visit: http://achsstudentservices.wixsite.com/guidingthewolfpack for more resources on counseling/student services at ACHS.

Counselor

School

Contact #

Student/Level

Email

Tricia Hernandez

ACHS

707-653-1406

12th Grade

tricia_hernande@nvusd.org 

Mark DeMesa

ACHS

707-653-1409

11th Grade

mdemesa@nvusd.org

Vanna Som

ACHS

707-653-1430

10th Grade

vsom@nvusd.org

Liliana Zmed

ACHS

707-653-1432

9th Grade

lzmed@nvusd.org

Guidance and Counseling Services facilitate parent, student, and/or teacher conferences


College Planning - Freshmen Year

College Planning - Sophomore Year


College Planning - Junior Year


College Planning - Senior Year

* Please refer to the ACHS Counseling website: Guiding the Wolfpack for more detailed information.

        


CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Course Title: P Biotechnology 1

Course Number: CTE972

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective – 10 credits

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

In this course, students will be introduced to the scientific concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of Biotechnology. Students will develop laboratory skills, critical thinking and communication skills needed in the field of Biotechnology and will evaluate career opportunities through extensive laboratory work, reading and workplace experiences.

Recommended Prerequisites: to have passed Biology and Math 1 with a “C” or higher; Chemistry is highly recommended. Concurrent enrollment in the above classes and Biotechnology is not permitted. Teacher approval is needed.

Student Consumable Cost: $5.00

Career Pathway: Biotechnology 1 -> Biotechnology 2

Course Title: P Biotechnology 2

Course Number: CTE856

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

Biotechnology 2 is designed to give students an introduction to the scientific concepts and advanced laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology. Students will develop laboratory skills, critical thinking and communication skills currently used in the biotechnology industry. Through extensive reading, laboratory work and workplace experiences, students will evaluate career opportunities in the field of biotechnology. Biotechnology 2 is articulated with Biotech 161 at Solano Community College. Students will be eligible for 5 SCC credits upon successful completion of the class with a “B” or better and a Credit by Exam test with a “C” or better.

Recommended Prerequisites: to have passed Biotechnology 1 with a “C” or better. Teacher approval is required.

Student Consumable Cost: $5.00

Career Pathway: Biotechnology 1 -> Biotechnology 2

Course Title: P Construction Core Technology 1

Course Number: CTE560

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (g) Elective

This course will introduce and train students in the basic skills necessary to pursue a career in construction. This course covers safety, hand and power tools, blueprint reading and construction math. Models are constructed in the shop. Upon completion of units in this course, students who successfully pass the NCCER examinations can earn certifications.

Student Consumable Cost: $10.00

Career Pathway: Construction Core Technology 1 -> Construction Core Tech 2

Course Title: P Construction Core Technology 2

Course Number: CTE561

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (g) Elective

This course will introduce and train students in the basic skills necessary to pursue a career in construction. This course covers foundations, flooring, framing, plumbing electrical, sheet rock, windows, doors, cabinetry, blueprint reading, use of hand tools and construction math. Models to full sized partitions are constructed in the shop. Projects at actual job sites are included. Upon completion of this course, students will have the opportunity to apply for summer work with several industry partners.

Student Consumable Cost: $10.00

Career Pathway: Construction Core Technology 1 -> Construction Core Tech 2

Course Title: Culinary Arts 1

Course Number: CTE975

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

Students will be introduced to a variety of techniques used in the preparation of food, including knife skills, basic cooking and baking techniques and conversion of recipes. Safe food handling and sanitation practices are a key component of this hands-on course. Students will learn to prepare food within Napa County’s food growing seasons. This class operates as a small catering business, allowing the students to experience the complexities of running a small business, including finance and marketing.

Student Consumable Cost: $60.00

Career Pathway: Culinary Arts 1 -> Culinary Arts 2 / Farm to Table

Course Title: P Culinary Arts 2 / Farm to Table

Course Number: CTE863

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (g) Elective

 In this course students integrate sustainable agricultural practices of farmers who grow our food and the people who prepare and consume it.  The movement away from highly processed foods and the chronic diseases caused by them toward farmer’s markets and Community supported Agriculture (CSA) programs to obtain fresh, locally grown food is now common at even larger supermarkets due to demand. Students will examine the opportunities and challenges faced by farmers, chefs, and consumers, explore effects on farming and natural resources, implement farm to table culinary techniques, and experiment with different recipes in preparing food utilizing local seasonal ingredients.  Students will develop culinary skills through nutritional analysis and recipe costing and development.  They will learn the correct use of food service equipment and food and kitchen safety; with an emphasis on local, organic and seasonal products. Students will learn and apply knowledge through standards and project-based curriculum, both in the field, the lab class setting and in a working food service kitchen. This course is designed to present theory, delivery systems, and procedures of management, implementation, and evaluation as applicable to the Farm to Table movement.

Recommended Prerequisites: to have completed Culinary Arts 1 with a “C” or better.

Student Consumable Cost: $60.00

Career Pathway: Culinary Arts 1 -> Culinary Arts 2 / Farm to Table

Course Title: P Sports Medicine 1

Course Number: CTE992

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective (z)

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

This class provides an introduction to medical careers. We learn about anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, common diseases and disorders, as well as common musculoskeletal injuries.  This knowledge would benefit any student looking to pursue a career in a medical field even though a lot of our discussion is from the perspective of Sports Medicine professionals. Students have the opportunity to get their Red Cross certification in First Aid and CPR. They will learn basic injury evaluation tests as well as taping and wrapping skills. The course also requires students to explore various medical careers they might be interested in to learn the educational requirements for that career and what the roles and responsibilities are. Students will also create a resume.

Career Pathway: Sports Medicine 1 -> Sports Medicine 2 -> Sports Medicine 3

Course Title: P Sports Medicine 2

Course Number: CTE816

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective (z)

UC/CSU Credit: (g) Elective

This course is to be taken after Sports Medicine 1.  After learning about injuries and injury management this course allows students to learn more about the injury cycle and how an athlete can recover.  This is done through the exploration of therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation methods, and continued practice of taping and wrapping skills. The students will learn about nutrition and general pharmacology.  They also will explore budgeting and facility management through the creation of facility model. Students will practice interview skills and continue to investigate potential medical careers.

Recommended Prerequisite: Sports Medicine 1

Career Pathway: Sports Medicine 1 -> Sports Medicine 2 -> Sports Medicine 3

Course Title: P Sports Medicine 3

Course Number: CTE817

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective (z)

UC/CSU Credit: (g) Elective (pending)

This Sports Medicine III course is designed as a capstone course within a Sports Medicine CTE pathway. In this course, students will more deeply explore their college, career, and life path within the Health Science and Medical Technology industry sector. Students will research and evaluate apprentice, intern, employment, industry certification, and secondary schooling opportunities. Leadership skills will be embedded throughout the course, preparing students to be leaders in their field of choice after high school.

Recommended Prerequisite: Sports Medicine 1 and Sports Medicine 2

Career Pathway: P Sports Medicine 1 -> P Sports Medicine 2 -> P Sports Medicine 3


Course Title: P CTE College and Career Readiness (Work Study)

Course Number: CTE501

Grade Level: 11-only

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective (Z)

UC/USC Credit:  (g) Elective

This is a yearlong course designed to prepare students to enter the college and/or career of their choice.Students will acquire the necessary skills and resources for effective career, educational, and life planning. Students will gain an understanding of their skills, values, interests and personality style based on a variety of assessments and learn how to apply them to career decision making and goal setting. Students will also learn job search techniques such as how to complete employment applications, develop a resume and learn professional strategies to be successful in a job interviews. Students will also participate in financial literacy activities, including but not limited to developing and managing a personal budget, long-term financial planning and how to manage personal credit. They will also learn how to gather and analyze educational, occupational and labor market information to assist in post-secondary planning. Successful completion in this course results in 10 graduation credits and 3 college credits, as the course is aligned to Napa Valley College’s COUN 110 Career/Life Plan course.

Career Pathway: College and Career Readiness -> Professionalism & Internship

Course Title: P CTE Professionalism & Internship

Course Number: CTE866

Grade Level: 12-only

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective (Z)

UC/USC Credit:  (g) Elective

This course is designed to empower professionalism among high school students through a project-based learning approach. Students will work with local businesses around entrepreneurship, marketing, management, and leadership. Students will successfully apply concepts regarding the human characteristics (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking) vital for entrepreneurial thinking in a 21st century global world. Students will also complete an internship as part of the course, providing an opportunity to apply the career and academic skills gained in the pathway in a practical setting.

Students will participate in a 60 hour 12 week internship. Students in the internship course will need to provide personal transportation to and from internship.

Recommended prerequisites: completed CTE College and Career Readiness Work Study with a “C” or better and teacher recommendation.

Career Pathway: College and Career Readiness -> Professionalism & Internship

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

Course Title: P Digital Media 1

Course Number: CTE528

Grade Level 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This year long course is a beginning study in digital media design and criticism. The class is structured around projects emphasizing the art elements of line, shape, form, color, space and texture. It will introduce students to the principles of design as well as typography, perspective, color theory and layout. Students will develop an appreciation of traditional artistic expression as well as an understanding of the role of contemporary media as a verbal and visual means of communication in today’s society. After introduction to hardware and software common in the industry, students work together to design, create, critique and present digital media art projects. The course is directly integrated with geometry for an overarching class entitled Spatial Studies. The two subjects are intertwined, exposing students to the vast array of correlations between math and art. Furthermore, cross-curricular connections are made with history, English Language Arts and science. This course will include computer programming and robotics.

Recommended Prerequisite: Basic keyboarding skills

Course Title: P Digital Media 2

Course Number: CTE547

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (g) Elective

The course builds on the fundamentals of digital media design and criticism that are taught during the first year of the two-year sequence. Year 2 emphasizes “real world” application of the skills learned in Digital Media Design 1 (the prerequisite for the course). The course is a year-long fine arts offering worth 10 credits. Curriculum is geared toward students who want to use and develop their creative expression skills in conjunction with professional level media software techniques to create digital media. Products and product reflections must be developed and reviewed under the supervision of an outside group (business, educational institution, community organization) before credit is given. Curriculum is designed as a spiral: material presented in initial instructional units is revisited and reinforced in subsequent units. After brief teacher led introductions to hardware and software standard in the media industry, students work together to evaluate, design, create, and present digital media projects. Students work in 2-4 person teams on assignments designed to create a digital media product for an outside “client” (rather than the teacher). Students rotate through creative positions to maximize skill acquisition. Curriculum is designed as a spiral: material presented in initial instructional units is revisited and reinforced in subsequent units. After brief teacher led introductions to hardware and software standard in the media industry, students work together to evaluate, design, create, and present digital media projects. Students work in 2-4 person teams on assignments designed to create a digital media product for an outside “client” (rather than the teacher). Students rotate through creative positions to maximize skill acquisition

Course Title: P Robotics 1 (Computing with Robotics)

Course Number: MA298

Grade Level: 9-10

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/USC Credit: (g) Elective

This course introduces students to the working principles and foundational knowledge of robotics. Students learn to control a single robot and multiple robots by graphical user interface, pose teaching, and computer programs in C/C++. Students write robotics programs to perform various tasks based on the sensory information of robots. Robots are used as platforms to engage students in both personalized and collaborative learning computing, science, technology, engineering, and math concepts. This course emphasizes hands-on robotics activities with a concentration on mathematical modeling and computer programming for solving problems in math and science. As term projects, students will participate in regional and statewide C-STEM RoboPlay Video and/or RoboPlay Challenge Competitions, which not only enhance their learning of robotics, math, and engineering, but also allow them to explore their creativity in writing, art, music, choreography, design, video editing, and film production. Through these project-based team activities, students develop critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, and teamwork skills.

Course Title: AP Computer Science Principles

Course Number: MA214

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/USC Credit: (g) Elective (pending)

AP Computer Science Principles is a one-year, college level, non- calculus based introduction to the central ideas of Computer Science. The course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.

Student Consumable Cost: $60.00

Recommended Prerequisites: B or better in Math 1. Knowledge of basic algebra and experience in problem solving. Overall comfort and competence with written communication.


9TH GRADE HUMANITIES (ENGLISH & SOCIAL SCIENCE) CLASSES

9TH GRADE HUMANITIES

Course Title: P English 9

Course Number: EN137, EN135 Honors

Grade Level: 9

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: (b) English

The students will strengthen reading, speaking, listening, writing and study skills. Students will become familiar with all genres of literature: poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction – with an overall emphasis on critical thinking, collaboration, public speaking, technology and interpretative skills in the language arts area.

Placement Criteria: Multiple Measures

Course Title: P Big History

Course Number: SS882

Grade Level: 9

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (a) History

This is a history course covering 13.7B years that looks at the past from the Big Bang to modernity, seeking out common themes and patterns that can help us better understand people, civilizations and the world we live in. Big History arose from a desire to go beyond the specialized and self-contained fields that emerged in the 20th century and grasp history as a whole, looking for common themes across the entire time scale of history. By sharing “the big picture” and challenging students to explore the relationship between key events over time, big history ultimately helps young people develop key critical thinking skills and the ability to better synthesize complex information. These are skills vital not only to more advanced, discipline specific work in the sciences and humanities, but also to help students understand and evaluate individual and collective impact – and potential.


Course Title: English Plus 9 (Strategic Support Class)

Course Number: EN234

Grade Level: 9

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

In this freshman English course, students will increase skills in the five language arts areas of grammar, reading, writing, speaking, listening and study skills, supplemented by literary genres. Students in English Support have been assessed through CST assessments which indicate the need for additional support in reading and writing. Also, students’ grades in previous English classes indicate that the student would benefit from an English Support class.

Placement Criteria: Multiple Measures

Course Title: English Bridge 9

Course Number: EN205

Grade Level: 9

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: (b) English (pending)

English Bridge provides instruction in the four communication skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking, for students whose proficiency is below what is needed for successful performance in a regular college prep classroom. The course covers topics such as Basic English grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, conversation and pronunciation, academic writing, and reading strategies. Skills taught in the class include organizing essays, analyzing selected literary texts, writing about literature, recognizing literary devices, taking vocabulary quizzes, taking notes, and doing research. This course is designed to be a taught as a smaller intensive class to prepare students for successful entry into P English 10.

Students are recommended for this class who would not be successful in a team-taught Humanities 9 double class (60 students) model.


Course Title: English 9

Course Number: EN228

Grade Level: 9

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: None

English 9 is a non-college preparatory English class required for all students at the intensive intervention level (ELA CST score of 299 or below) and taken concurrently with Academic Reading Development 9. This course uses the READ 180 instructional model, a state-approved comprehensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level.

Students placed by teacher team based on ELA/CST scores.

Course Title: Academic Reading Development 9 (Intensive Support Class)

Course Number: EN231

Grade 9

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

Academic Reading Development is a non-college preparatory elective class required for all students at the intensive intervention level (ELA CST score of 299 or below) and taken concurrently with English 9 (EN228). This course uses the READ 180 instructional model, a state-approved comprehensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level.

Placement Criteria: Multiple Measures


10TH GRADE HUMANITIES (ENGLISH & SOCIAL SCIENCE) CLASSES

10th Grade Humanities

Course Title: P English 10

Course Number: EN129, EN130 Honors

Grade Level: 10

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: (b) English

This course prepares students for the challenges of college and the workplace. Students will read a variety of literature (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) and learn to identify and discuss universal themes, such as “Coming of Age” and “Tolerance”. Students are taught and encouraged to explore these themes in personal, thoughtful ways. The course includes extensive writing that sharpens and extends students’ repertoire of writing skills; students do many different kinds of writing, including analytical and reflective. Also included is a speech component to help students develop public speaking skills.

Placement Criteria: Multiple Measures

Course Title: P World History

Course Number: SS836, SS8474 Honors, SS876 Sheltered,

Grade Level: 10

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: World History

UC/CSU Credit: (a) History

Among the topics covered are political thought, democracy, industrialization, imperialism, World War I, totalitarianism, World War II and the Cold War. Students will develop an understanding of and make considered judgments regarding the historical roots of contemporary world issues, especially as they relate to international relations. Major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, are the focus of this year long course.


Course Title: English Plus 10 (Strategic Support)

Course Number: EN235

Grade Level: 10

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

This course is designed to assist students who demonstrate strategic reading, writing, listening and/or speaking difficulties in their classes and on state and local standardized tests. In addition, the class aims to help students understand the concept of literacy.

Placement Criteria: Multiple Measures

Course Title: English Bridge 10

Course Number: EN206

Grade Level: 9

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: (b) English (pending)

English Bridge provides instruction in the four communication skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking,

for students whose proficiency is below what is needed for successful performance in a regular college prep

classroom. The course covers topics such as Basic English grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions,

conversation and pronunciation, academic writing, and reading strategies. Skills taught in the class include

organizing essays, analyzing selected literary texts, writing about literature, recognizing literary devices,

taking vocabulary quizzes, taking notes, and doing research. This class is designed to be taught as a smaller

intensive class to prepare students for successful entry into P English 11.

Course Title: English 10

Course Number: EN229

Grade Level: 10

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: None

This course uses the READ 180 instructional model, a state-approved comprehensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level. Students receive direct instruction in phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling and writing using the core textbook.


Course Title: Academic Reading Development 10 (Intensive Support)

Course Number: EN232

Grade Level: 10

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

This class directly addresses individual needs through instructional software, high-interest literature and direct instruction in reading skills.

Placement Criteria: Multiple Measures

Course Title: P World History Sheltered

Course Number: SS876

Grade Level: 10

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: World History (B)

UC/CSU Credit: (a) History/Social Science

World History Sheltered is a year-long college preparatory course designed for English Language Learners (placement criteria will include overall CELDT score, re-designation status as well as teacher recommendation). Instruction will be presented in a sheltered manner providing students access to the curriculum. Major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, are the focus of this year-long course. After tracing the development of Western political thought, students compare and contrast the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution and their worldwide effects. They study the effects of the Industrial Revolution and patterns of change in the era of New Imperialism, as well as the causes, course, and effects of the First World War. The rise of totalitarian governments after World War I is analyzed; so are the causes and consequences of World War II. An emphasis is placed on the international developments in the post-World War II world, including the consideration of nation-building in the contemporary world from a variety of perspectives. Students develop an understanding and make considered judgments regarding the historical roots of contemporary world issues, especially as they relate to international relations


Course Title: World History

Course Number: SS842

Grade Level: 10

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: World History (B)

UC/CSU Credit: None

This course one year course provides a survey of the events and people who influenced the development of the modern world. COURSE TOPICS • The Industrial Revolution • The rise of Imperialism and Colonialism • World War I and its consequences • Totalitarianism and the modern world: Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia • World War II - its causes and consequences • Nationalism in the contemporary world • the Soviet Union and China • the Middle East: Israel and Syria • Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana and South Africa • Latin America - Mexico and Brazil.

11TH GRADE HUMANITIES (ENGLISH & SOCIAL SCIENCE) CLASSES

11TH Grade Humanities

Humanities 11 provides you with the opportunity to actively explore complex issues of power, rights, liberties, justice, race, gender, and class through the lenses of American literature and Social Science. Specifically, we apply American literature and a social scientific approach to examine the connection between ideas, behavior and values of individuals and society--as well as the associated ethical outcomes and consequences we experience today.

Throughout Humanities 11 we have various projects that allow for you to participate in local, state and national competitions. In addition to competing for scholarships, prizes, and recognition, our projects are designed to develop and enhance your skills in the areas of writing (storytelling, poetry, journalism, etc.), audio and video production, art, visual design, and more

Course Title: P Composition & Themes in American Literature

Course Number: EN194, EN195 Honors

Grade Level: 11

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: (b) English

This thematically organized course features intensive reading of American literature, non-fiction and expository text. Style, form, literary techniques, historical relevance and an awareness of culture will be examined. Students will be evaluated on oral contributions, group work, tests, short and long writing assignments, including critical essays. Instruction focuses on all stages of the writing process: extensive writing assignments will be required. Assignments will grow out of the text studied. Students are encouraged to develop voice and fluency.


Course Title: P United States History

Course Number: SS801, SS873 Sheltered

Grade Level: 11

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: US History

UC/CSU Credit: (a) History

This course is designed to introduce students to the major turning points in American history during the twentieth century. Major topics covered in the class include the development of the U.S. as a world power, World War I, the 1920’s, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, the 1950’s and the development of civil rights. The class emphasizes the major social problems and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society, helping students understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

Course Title: P United States History Sheltered

Course Number: SS873

Grade Level: 11

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: US History

UC/CSU Credit: (a) History

This year-long course is designed to introduce students to major turning points in American history during the twentieth century. United States History Sheltered is a year-long college preparatory course designed for English Language Learners (placement criteria will include overall CELDT score, re-designation status as well as teacher recommendation). Instruction will be presented in a sheltered manner providing students access to the curriculum. A review of significant events associated with the founding of the nation and the goals and ideals described in its founding documents is followed by an analysis of how new technology, demographic trends and shifts, and ideologies led to the rise of the United States as a world power. Students study events, concepts and personalities associated with the 1920s, the Great Depression and New Deal, and America’s participation in World War II. They analyze the economic boom, social transformation, and foreign policy of post-World War II America, as well as the development of federal civil rights and voting rights. An emphasis is placed on the major social problems and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society so that students achieve an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.

Course Title: English 11

Course Number: EN138

Grade Level: 11

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: None

In grades 11 students are increasingly sophisticated in their thinking and performances displaying a critical

and thoughtful stance toward their coursework and the problems of the day. Their reasoning and debating

skills never better, they welcome the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions and debates.

Expectations for the volume, pace, and depth of reading and writing increase to new levels.

Course Title: United States History

Course Number: SS804

Grade Level: 11

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: US History ©

UC/CSU Credit: None

This will be a year-long course in United States History designed for non college prep students. It is designed to fulfill the US History requirement paralleling the curriculum used in the regular US History classes, but being presented at a level that is appropriate for the special education student. GOALS OF THE COURSE The primary goal of the course is to help the students see the relationship between the past and the present in the development of the United States. Students will be asked to question how we became what we are today, both as individuals and as a nation. Major events and prominent individuals will be studied in order to help students answer this question.


12TH  GRADE  HUMANITIES (ENGLISH & SOCIAL SCIENCE) CLASSES

12TH Grade Humanities option available to fulfill English & Social Science requirement

Course Title: P Expository Reading and Writing (available in Humanities)

Course Number: EN272

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: (b) English

This CSU designed course helps students develop the reading and writing skills expected of a student preparing to enter college. Course assignments emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical and argumentative reading and writing. Each unit includes a sequence of integrated reading and writing experiences that develop students’ rhetorical skills. In addition, each unit will explore from different angles the struggle to find meaning and coherence in modern culture. Students will examine how their life choices are shaped and defined by contemporary culture, and will seek to define the central values of their own lives, through intensive study of a wide range of texts, including fiction, nonfiction, journalism, drama film and multimedia texts. Students with a Reading Inventory (RI or Lexile) score between 1180-1350 are recommended for placement in ERWC.  Students who earn a “C” or better in this course will earn placement in college-level English courses at CSU and community college campuses.

Course Title: P American Government (available in Humanities)

Course Number: SS802, SS867 Sheltered

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Semester

Graduation Credit: American Government

UC/CSU Credit: (a) History

The successful completion of American Government is required for graduation. This one semester course studies American political institutions, political processes and key political documents. It examines the values underlying our governmental system. Included is a study of the conflicts and problems facing the American political system in the modern world. The structure and function of our federal government is of primary concern in this course; however, state and local government is also studied. This course helps the student to understand the ways in which human beings govern themselves and helps cultivate habits of democratic citizenship.


Course Title: P Economics (available in Humanities)

Course Number: SS823, SS870 Sheltered, SS831

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Semester

Graduation Credit: Economics

UC/CSU Credit: (g) Elective

This one semester course will deepen students’ understanding of the economic issues and institutions of the nation and world in which we live. Students will first understand common economic terms and concepts and then compare and contrast economic systems with a focus on the market system. Students will then take an in-depth look at microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students will complete the semester concentrating on issues of international trade and will consider what factors, conditions and policies help developing nations sustain economic growth.

Course Title: P Composition/Search for Meaning (Man’s Search for Meaning)

Course Number: EN169

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: (b) English

This course will help students develop the skills necessary for writing clear, well-reasoned prose expected of a student preparing to attend a four year college. Students will write essays in a number of modes; argumentation will be emphasized. The course will explore in literature and film the theme of the human struggle to discover what gives meaning to life. Students will seek to define the central values of their own lives through an intensive study of literature in various genres, including non-fiction, biography, novel, play, film and poetry. Course includes a required e-Portfolio for each semester.

Course Title: P Literature and Film 1

Course Number: EN004

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (g) elective approved and (b) English -pending

This thematically-organized course is for college bound students and is intended to acquaint students with recurrent themes found in literature and the cinema. Students explore ideas through the study of a variety of genres from the silent film era to the present. The literature used will reflect the themes found in the films studied and the course includes varied and frequent writing assignments which will give students an understanding of the works studied and reinforce the use of the writing process. Grammar review, mechanics, vocabulary development, and sentence variety will be taught in the context of writing assignments and works studied. This course is designed to familiarize students with American and foreign cinema and its relationship to literature and impact on society. Through regular and structured writing, students will continue to develop higher level thinking skills.

Teacher recommendation required.

Course Title: AP Literature and Composition

Course Number: EN140

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: (b) English

This course prepares students for the AP English Literature & Composition Exam. During the fall semester, students read dramatic literature in both the tragic and comic modes. The major writing assignment during the fall semester is an author study, the reading for which is begun during the summer. In the spring semester, students read novels, including two by a major writer and a thematic grouping of three novels. Poetry and non-fiction selections are read both semesters. Frequent in class essays are written, particularly during the spring semester.

Course Title: AP English Language and Composition

Course Number: EN218

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: (b) English

An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

Course Title: English 12

Course Number: EN143

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: None

A year-long, ten credits, non-college preparatory, general course open 12th graders explores the works and themes of 20th Century writers from World War II to the present through novels, short stories and plays. Students will study common themes and historical connections of modern literature while improving basic composition and grammar through intensive writing. Some course emphasis will be on vocabulary development, grammar and usage skills.


Course Title: P American Government Sheltered

Course Number: SS867 Sheltered

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Semester

Graduation Credit: American Government

UC/CSU Credit: (a) History/Social Science

The course will be a semester study of the nature of the American political system, how it developed over the last 250 years, and what it has evolved into today. American Government Sheltered is a one semester college preparatory course designed for English Language Learners (placement criteria will include overall CELDT score, re-designation status as well as teacher recommendation). Instruction will be presented in a sheltered manner providing students access to the curriculum. It will focus on how the various components of the system were designed to work together and how the inter-relations have changed causing the system to work better at times than others.

Course Title: American Government

Course Number: SS815

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Semester

Graduation Credit: American Government

UC/CSU Credit: None

This course will be a semester study for students of the American Political institutions, political processes and key political documents. The course will also examine the values underlying the American governmental system with that of other governments. Included in the course is a study of the conflicts and problems facing the American political system in the modern world. This course will stress student mastery of the critical skills that will enable them to question the validity and meaning of what they read, hear, think and believe.


Course Title: P Economics Sheltered

Course Number: SS870 Sheltered

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Semester

Graduation Credit: Economics

UC/CSU Credit: (g) Elective (pending)

This is a comprehensive course in economics based upon the California Model Curriculum Standards (1984), which will incorporate problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as their application to economic theory. Economics Sheltered is a one semester non-college preparatory course designed for English Language Learners (placement criteria will include overall CELDT score, re-designation status as well as teacher recommendation.) Instruction will be presented in a sheltered manner providing students access to the curriculum. The course will enable the student to understand how limited resources are used to satisfy man’s wants. They will understand that most economic problems arise from the fact that there are limited resources but unlimited wants. They will learn how goods and services are produced, distributed, and consumed. Prerequisites: Twelfth grade standing and successful completion of United States History

Course Title: Economics

Course Number: SS831

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Semester

Graduation Credit: Economics

UC/CSU Credit: None

A systematic and functional opportunity for students to develop understanding of the economic problems and institutions of the community and world in which they live. GOALS OF THE COURSE to enable students to make reasoned decisions on economic issues as citizens, workers, consumers, business owners and managers, and members of civic groups.


MATHEMATICS

Course Title: Basic Math

Course Number: MA189 A

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: None

Basic Math is a one-year course that may be repeated for credit in grades 9-12. Course Goals: Students will continue to develop their arithmetic and pre-algebra skills within the context of reaching a level of proficiency that enables a successful transition into Pre General Algebra.

Course Title: Math 1A

Course Number: MA191

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: None

Math 1A is a one-year course that may be repeated for credit in grades 9-12. Course Goals Students will develop pre-algebra, pre-geometry, and pre-statistics skills within the context of reaching a level of proficiency that enables a successful transition into Intro to Math 1.

Course Title: Intro to Math 1

Course Number: MA192

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: None

Intro to Math 1 is a one-year course for grades 9-12 Course Goals: Students will develop pre-algebra, pre-geometry, and algebra skills within the context of reaching a level of proficiency that enables a successful transition into P Math 1


Course Title: P Math 1

Course Number: MA289

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics

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

Recommended: C- or higher in Math 8 course.

Course Title: P Math 1 with Computing and Robotics

Course Number: MA296

Grade Level: 9-10

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Math

UC/USC Credit: (c) Mathematics

The course guides students through topics in Integrated Mathematics 1 in Common Core State Standards for Mathematics while simultaneously teaching students programming and computational thinking. Students use programming in C/C++ interpreter Ch to reinforce and extend their knowledge of mathematical concepts by analyzing real life situations, identifying given information, formulating steps that a computer program could calculate to find a solution, analyzing the results for accuracy, and revising/modifying the programming solutions as necessary. Integrated Mathematics I focuses on six critical areas: (1) extend understanding of numerical manipulation to algebraic manipulation; (2) synthesize understanding of function; (3) deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships; (4) apply linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend; (5) establish criteria for congruence based on rigid motions; and (6) apply the Pythagorean Theorem to the coordinate plane. Topics covered include solving one-variable equations with multiple steps, solving and plotting absolute value equations and inequalities, linear equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities, polynomial functions, exponential and radical functions, evaluating, multiplying, and factoring polynomial functions, probability, statistical data analysis and visualization, arithmetic and geometric sequences, and geometric transformations, including translations, rotations, reflections and dilations. Robotics activities allow students to reenact physically derived mathematical problems through robotics technologies to visualize situations, associate linear and exponential graphs with physical phenomenon, predict and identify key features of the graphs with robotic systems, and solve robotics problems through mathematical modeling and programming.


Course Title: P Math 2

Course Number: MA290

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics

Integrated Math 2 will use algebraic models of situations: chose appropriate proofs from various possibilities; coordinate and transformation techniques as students learn to  apply mathematical concepts to real world situations. During the first semester students will study quadratic functions and equations. The second semester will be spent on learning: conditional probability and geometric concepts such as: undefined terms, proofs, postulates, theorems, triangles and circles.

Recommended: C- or higher in Math 1 course.

Course Title: P Math 2 with Computing and Robotics

Course Number: MA299

Grade Level: 9-10

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Math

UC/USC Credit: (c) Mathematics (pending)

The course guides students through topics in Integrated Mathematics 2 in Common Core State Standards for Mathematics while simultaneously teaching students programming and computational thinking. Students use programming in C/C++ interpreter Ch to reinforce and extend their knowledge of mathematical concepts by analyzing real life situations, identifying given information, formulating steps that a computer program could calculate to find a solution, analyzing the results for accuracy, and revising/modifying the programming solutions as necessary. Topics covered include recognizing and developing patterns using tables, graphs and equations. Mathematical modeling is stressed as a methodology for approaching the solution to problems. Students will explore operations on algebraic expressions, and apply mathematical properties to algebraic equations. Students will problem solve using equations, graphs and tables and investigate linear relationships, including comparing and contrasting options and decision-making using algebraic models. Reinforcement of topics from two- dimensional geometry is integrated into this curriculum. This includes applications from the areas and perimeters, the Pythagorean Theorem and its applications, as well as geometric proportion. Finally, introductory instruction in the area of mathematical probability is provided to reinforce numerical modeling. Robotics technology will be used to introduce and expand upon the areas of study listed above. Robotics activities allow students to reenact physically derived mathematical problems to visualize situations, associate linear and exponential graphs with physical phenomenon, predict and identify key features of the graphs with robotic systems, and solve robotics problems through mathematical modeling and programming.
Teaching resources contain robotics activities.

Recommended Prerequisite: C- or higher in P Math 1 or P Math with Computing and Robotics.


Course Title: P Math 3

Course Number: MA291, MA295 Honors

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics

Integrated Math 3 is the third in a sequence of three yearlong college prep courses designed to integrate number sense, algebra, functions, geometry and statistics. Mathematics III focuses on four critical areas: (1) apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data; (2) expand understanding of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions; (3) expand right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles; and (4) consolidate functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems. They will use algebraic models of situations; choose appropriate proof from various possibilities and then coordinate and transformation techniques as they apply mathematical concepts to real world situations.

Recommended: C- or higher in Math 1 and Math 2 courses.

Course Title:H Math 3

Course Number: MA295 Honors

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics

Honors Mathematics III represents extension, acceleration and enrichment of the Common Core State Standards for Math III. Curriculum indicates depth,rigor, accelerated pacing, complexity, challenges, and creativity beyond the standard level course. This course will satisfy college entrance requirements and prepare students for Honors Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, and Advanced Science courses. In Math 3 Honors, students will expand upon the mathematics they
have learned in Math 1 and 2, as well as learn about and apply new concepts such as, but not limited to advanced algebra, probability, statistics, trigonometry, and precalculus..Topics covered will include modeling, manipulating, and interpreting exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, rational, and trigonometric functions and graphs. Students will reason abstractly to prove conjectures, explaining their reasoning and critiquing the reasoning of others.
Prerequisites: A/B in Math 1 and Math 2, and passing score on the Honors Math 3 placement exam.


Course Title: P Math 3 with Computing & Robotics

Course Number: MA300

Grade Level: 11

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics (pending)

The course guides students through topics in Integrated Mathematics 3 in Common Core State Standards for Mathematics while simultaneously teaching students programming and computational thinking. Students use programming in C/C++ interpreter Ch to reinforce and extend their knowledge of mathematical concepts by analyzing real life situations, identifying given information, formulating steps that a computer program could calculate to find a solution, analyzing the results for accuracy, and revising/modifying the programming solutions as necessary. Students focus on applying methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data, expanding understanding of functions to include square roots, cube roots, absolute values, piecewise, step, polynomial, exponential, rational, radical, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions, expanding right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles, and consolidating functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems. Robotics technology will be used to introduce and expand upon the areas of study listed above. Robotics activities allow students to reenact physically derived mathematical problems to visualize situations, associate linear and exponential graphs with physical phenomenon, predict and identify key features of the graphs with robotic systems, and solve robotics problems through mathematical modeling and programming.

Teaching resources contain robotics activities.

Recommended Prerequisite: C- or higher in P Math 2 or P Math 2 with Computing and Robotics.

Course Title: P Pre-Calculus

Course Number: MA230, MA234 Honors

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics

This course extends the study of Math 2/Math 3 and provides preparation for calculus. Topics included are polynomial functions, theory of equations, trigonometric functions, sequences and series, exponential and logarithmic functions, parametric equations, vectors and polar coordinates. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and modeling. Multiple technologies including applets, manipulatives, calculators and application software are a requirement to promote a highly engaging collaborative learning environment.

Recommended: Multiple Measures; grade of B or better in both semesters of Math 2/Math 3


Course Title: P Calculus

Course Number: MA240

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics (pending)

P Calculus is an alternative Calculus course to the AP Calculus course.   This is a one-year course designed for students to have the chance to sample college mathematics at a slower pace.  Students enrolled in this course are not required to take the AP Calculus Exam.  However, students who are likely to be science, technology, engineering, or mathematics majors are encouraged to take the AP course.  The purpose of this course is to cover differential and elementary integral calculus at an introductory level. After acquiring this fundamental understanding of calculus, our students will be well prepared for the rigor of college level mathematics. They will have the conceptual and applicable knowledge of Calculus, and its relationship to the world around them. They will have gained insight regarding concepts they have previously learned and understand the relevance of future mathematical training. Technology will be used regularly in this course primarily with Graphing Calculators. Topics to be covered in this course include, but are not limited to: limits, derivatives, definite integrals, indefinite integrals, and applications of these topics. These topics will be explored graphically, numerically, algebraically, and verbally. Within the above listed topics are subtopics which include: products, quotients, the calculus of logarithmic functions, growth and decay, plane and solid figures, algebraic calculus techniques, and the calculus of motion.    

Prerequisites:   Grade of C or better in Precalculus or Honors Math 3.

Course Title: P Statistics & Probability

Course Number: MA205

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics

Statistics introduces students to the concepts of statistics and statistical analysis. The non-calculus based curriculum focuses on collecting and analyzing data, as well as probability. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and modeling. Multiple technologies including applets, manipulatives, calculators and application software are a requirement to promote a highly engaging collaborative learning environment. Students successfully completing the course will have the opportunity to earn college credit by passing the AP Statistics Exam, given at the end of the second semester.

Recommended: Multiple Measures; grade of B or better in Math 2/Math 3; teacher recommendation


Course Title: AP Statistics & Probability

Course Number: MA206

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics

AP Statistics is a college level course which introduces student to the main concepts found in an introductory statistics course. The non-calculus based curriculum focuses on collecting and analyzing data, as well as probability. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and modeling. Multiple technologies including applets, manipulatives, calculators and application software are a requirement to promote a highly engaging collaborative learning environment. Students successfully completing the course will have the opportunity to earn college credit by passing the AP Statistics Exam, given at the end of the second semester.

Recommended: Multiple Measures; grade of B or better in Math 2/Math 3; teacher recommendation

Course Title: AP Calculus A/B

Course Number: MA209

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics

AP Calculus AB is a one-year course designed to give students the chance to learn college-level material in a high school environment. Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the AP Calculus AB Exam.  This course is especially well suited for students who are likely to be science, technology, engineering, or mathematics majors.  The purpose of this course is to cover differential and elementary integral calculus at a college level. Students will gain exposure to the conceptual and applicable knowledge of Calculus, and its relationship to the world around them. They will have gained insight regarding concepts they have previously learned and understand the relevance of future mathematical training. Technology will be used regularly in this course and as such Graphing Calculators will be required.  Topics to be covered in this course include, but are not limited to: limits, derivatives, definite integrals, indefinite integrals, and applications of these topics. These topics will be explored graphically, numerically, algebraically, and verbally. Within the above listed topics are subtopics which include: products, quotients, the calculus of logarithmic functions, growth and decay, plane and solid figures, algebraic calculus techniques, and the calculus of motion.

Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in Precalculus,  or Grade of B or better in Honors Math 3 & passage of the Calculus Placement Exam.


Course Title: AP Calculus B/C

Course Number: MA210

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics

Calculus B/C is a one year course designed for students that have completed the normal course of mathematics study offered at a four year high school. The class gives the students a chance to learn college-level material in a high school environment. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and modeling. Multiple technologies including applets, manipulatives, calculators and application software are a requirement to promote a highly engaging collaborative learning environment. The class offers both the chance to sample college mathematics and the chance to receive one year of math college credit by passing the AP Calculus B/C exam. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to take the Advanced Placement exam.

Recommended: Multiple Measures; grade of B or better in both semesters of Pre-Calculus

Course Title: P Financial Algebra

Course Number: MA292

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Mathematics

UC/CSU Credit: (c) Mathematics

Financial Algebra is an algebra-based, technology-rich A-G UC aprroved course that uses Algebra 1 skills in a financial setting. It also introduces students to selected topics from Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus in an ability-appropriate way, while covering the study of taxes, insurance, banking, budgeting, investing, home ownership, auto ownership, credit and more. It offers all students the opportunity to extend and practice problem-solving skills in an age-level interest scenario.Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and modeling to promote a highly engaging collaborative learning environment.

Recommended: C- or higher in Math 3 course.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

Course Title: Physical Education, Fitness & Your Health

Course Number: PE298

Grade Level: 9

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Education

UC/CSU Credit: None

This year long course is required for all freshmen and is part of a two year program. Ninth grade students will develop and design physical fitness plans that will enhance their individual fitness goals. They will assess their personal needs, abilities and interests while experiencing various opportunities in the area of fitness. The course will emphasize the physiological, psychological and social benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. Students will engage in activities that promote lifelong values of a healthy, active lifestyle during and after the school years. Class activities will include individual and dual sports, tennis, badminton, self-defense, rhythms aquatics and various small sided games. Students will progress toward developing characteristics of a physically educated person as defined by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education included in the California Physical Education Framework/Standards.

Student Consumable Cost: PE Lock $8.00

                                           PE Shirt $15.00

                               PE Shorts $15.00

                                         

Course Title: Physical Education 10

Course Number: PE265

Grade Level: 10-11

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Education

UC/CSU Credit: None

This year long course is for students in grade 10. This course engages students in activities covering a broad range of interests, including combative, gymnastic/tumbling, team activities and physical fitness activities. Students will participate in the state fitness test, and strive to meet standards beyond the minimum requires. The curriculum is designed to allow students to examine the benefits gained from regular exercise and to stimulate the desire to participate in lifetime physical activity.

Student Consumable Cost: (unless has from previous year)

       PE Lock $8.00

                                           PE Shirt $15.00

                               PE Shorts $15.00


Course Title: Aquatics

Course Number: PE251

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Education

UC/CSU Credit: None

This year long course is designed to offer the student a variety of aquatic experiences including basic water rescue, basic aquatic skills and activities, competitive aquatic performance, synchronized swimming, lifeguard training, kayaking and water polo. Students must have met the “healthy fit zone” standards on 5 of 6 components of the State Physical Fitness Test (Fitness Gram) in order to enroll.

Recommended Prerequisite: grade of “B” or better in P.E. 9*, maintain a “B” or better at the semester.

(* or previous physical ed. Course)

Student Consumable Cost: (unless has from previous year)

       PE Lock $8.00

Course Title: Fitness for Life – Challenge

Course Number: PE300

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Education

UC/CSU Credit: None

This one year course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for obtaining optimal fitness. Students will benefit from a challenging comprehensive fitness training and cardio respiratory endurance activities. Students will learn the advanced fundamentals of strength training, aerobic training, flexibility, and overall fitness and conditioning (kickboxing, cross fit, step, cardio, spin). This course will include both lecture and activity lessons. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors that promote lifetime wellness.

Recommended Prerequisite: students must have met the “healthy fit zone” standards on 5 of 6 components of the State Physical Fitness Test (Fitness Gram).

Student Consumable Cost: (unless has from previous year)

       PE Lock $8.00

                                           PE Shirt $15.00

                               PE Shorts $15.00


Course Title: Fitness for Life – Low Impact

Course Number: PE299

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Education

UC/CSU Credit: None

Designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for obtaining lifetime wellness. Students will benefit from comprehensive fitness training, cardio respiratory endurance and life time physical activities (yoga, Pilates, walking/hiking, etc.). Students will continue to learn the basic fundamentals of strength training, aerobic training and overall fitness and conditioning. The course includes both lecture and activity sessions. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors that promote lifetime wellness.

Recommended Prerequisite: open to all students and those who have not met the “healthy fit zone” standards on 5 of 6 components of the State Physical Fitness Test (Fitness Gram).

Student Consumable Cost: (unless has from previous year)

       PE Lock $8.00

                                           PE Shirt $15.00

                               PE Shorts $15.00

Course Title: Aerobics (Walking)

Course Number: PE260

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Education

UC/CSU Credit: None

An Aerobics class which consists of fifty minutes executing low-impact Aerobics. The class includes warm up, pre-cardio, post-cardio, and stretching. The course will emphasize proper body alignment and execution of cardio-vascular exercise moves to music for the purpose of muscle tone and general fitness.

Student Consumable Cost: (unless has from previous year)

       PE Lock $8.00

                                           PE Shirt $15.00

                               PE Shorts $15.00


Course Title: Weight Training & Conditioning

Course Number: PE256

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Education

UC/CSU Credit: None

This year long course is designed to encourage student-athletes to develop high levels of strength and conditioning through free-weight training. Olympic-style lifting, plyometrics, multiple joint movements, agility exercises, speed drills and sport specific training. This course is designed to support student athletes in developing the physical characteristics necessary to compete and reduce the risk of serious injuries. Students will also learn about proper nutrition and the importance of hydration.

Recommended Prerequisites: grade of “B” or better in last P.E. class. Students must have met the “healthy fit zone” standards on 5 of 6 components of the State Physical Fitness Test (Fitness Gram).

Student Consumable Cost: (unless has from previous year)

       PE Lock $8.00

                                           PE Shirt $15.00

                               PE Shorts $15.00

Course Title: Advanced Weight Training

Course Number: PE303

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Education (P)

UC/USC Credit: None

This year-long course is designed to advance the students’ development of a higher level of strength and conditioning through free-weight training, Olympic-style lifting, plyometrics, multiple joint movements, agility exercises, speed drills and athletic specific training. Students will utilize an independent web based platform to monitor daily workouts, achievements, and set goals.  Students will earn 10 credits with the completion of the year long course.

Student Consumable Cost: (unless has from previous year)

       PE Lock $8.00

                                           PE Shirt $15.00

                               PE Shorts $15.00


SCHOOL SERVICE/LEADERSHIP / ELECTIVES

Course Title: ASB Student Leadership

Course Number: MS908

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

This course is for students elected to an ACHS student body office or students interested in student government. Students will develop the skills to plan and implement a variety of student lead activities. The course focuses on student government which includes parliamentary procedures, management, leadership and implementation of government in a school setting. Students will have actual experience in developing platforms and bringing key issues before the larger student body.

Prior to Enrollment:


Course Title: AVID 9, AVID 10  and AVID 11

Course Number: MS927 – AVID 9, MS928 – AVID 10, MS929 – AVID 11

Grade Level: 9-11

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) meets five hours per week. Students receive two hours of instruction per week in college entry skills, two hours per week in tutor-led study groups, and one hour per week in motivational activities and academic survival skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading to support their growth academically. The AVID curriculum, which is based upon the following books in the AVID library – The Student Success Path, and the Writing Curriculum –lays the groundwork for the lessons taught in the AVID elective. In The Student Success Path, AVID students learn skills such as time management, note taking, textbook reading, library research, and maintaining the AVID binder. Students are expected to maintain an organized binder, including an assignment calendar, class and textbook notes, assignments and homework, which is graded regularly. Through the Writing Curriculum, AVID stresses the importance of “writing as a tool for learning”. This strategy forms the basis of all assignments. Writing preparation revolves around the improvement of writing in all subject areas because writing clarifies thought. In AVID, students learn that writing is a process. Students are expected to use this process in all grade level writing assignments. On tutorial days, students work with college tutors, many of whom are former AVID students and graduates of the schools in which they work. Tutors assist students in small groups with student generated academic questions with the process of learning through inquiry. Students are required to take notes during tutorial and use class and textbook notes to inform their discussions. In AVID, students also participate in motivational activities including college and career research, college and career outreach speakers, field trips to colleges and businesses and other educational opportunities in their communities, and service learning experiences. These activities provide students with the resources they need to learn about many positive opportunities available to them in the community that will impact their future.


Course Title: P La Promesa – Future STEM Educator

Course Number: MS888

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (g) elective (pending)

La Promesa–Future STEM Educators is a class designed for high school students who want to
teach in elementary, middle or high school classrooms or would like a closer look at what a career
in education may entail. Future STEM Educator students will gain a comprehensive overview of
and experience with teaching and learning practices, managing safe and organized classrooms,
child and adolescent development, the history of schools in the United States, and social and
cultural influences in education. Future STEM Educator students will work throughout the school
year to improve their career and college readiness skills in reading, writing, speaking and
presenting. They will also spend 30 or more hours observing and assisting in an assigned
neighborhood, public school elementary or middle school classroom.
This Future Educators class was designed by Sonoma State University’s Education Department to
help prepare interested high school students to train and work as future teachers. Between 2010
and 2020, over 97,000 California teachers are expected to retire. In addition, California
experiences severe shortages of qualified teachers in the areas of STEM (science, technology,
engineering, and math) as well as art, world language, and special education. As a result, this
class will have a special focus on STEM teaching in elementary and middle school classrooms
throughout the year. All La Promesa students will create and design an individual and class
project to showcase at the Global International Youth Summit, hosted by SSU and present to the
STEAM symposium a project focused on STEAM lessons and education.
Students who earn a C or better in La Promesa–Future STEM Educator’s course will have the
opportunity to earn 3.0 units from Sonoma State University that are transferrable to any California
State University (per agreement between Sonoma State University and NVUSD).

NOTE: Students in the La Promesa course will need to provide personal transportation to and from their assigned neighborhood school.

Course Title: Yearbook

Course Number: MS865

Grade Lever: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

The yearbook class is for students who would like to work as a team in a business atmosphere, where the staff is responsible for planning, designing, marketing and distributing the yearbook. Students gain real-life experience in photography, writing, editing, interviewing and marketing. Meeting deadlines is of critical importance. Students have the opportunity to work within their school and within the community as they attend events, take pictures, interview key people and write stories for publication. The yearbook is 100% student-designed. Seniors who have been on staff for two years are eligible for Editor status. Staffers also earn bonuses and discounts (on senior ads) when taking the class both semesters of senior year.

This course does not fulfill the English graduation requirement. Selling ads in the community to support yearbook sales is a course expectation.

Course Title: Library Practice

Course Number: EN857

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

A limited number of students are assigned as a student library assistant to learn the elements of librarianship and to serve as members of the library staff. Students are given an opportunity to develop research skills needed to succeed in college. This course is offered as credit/no credit.

Students must meet with their Counselor prior to signing up for Library Practice.

Course Title: Office Practice

Course Number: MS858

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

This course offers experience in general office work, as of Office Assistant, in various business offices throughout the school or a classroom setting as a Teacher’s Assistant. There are a limited number of positions available. This course is offered as credit/no credit.

Students must meet with their Counselor prior to signing up for Office Practice

Course Title: Teacher Assistant

Course Number: MS859

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

This course offers experience to help individual instructors with routine clerical and technical work in various departments throughout the school. Tasks include using various business offices throughout the school. There are a limited number of positions available. This course is offered as credit/no credit.

Students must meet with their Counselor prior to signing up for Office Practice


Course Title: Student Tutor

Course Number: MS940

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

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

Course Title: Bilingual Tutor

Course Number: MS933

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

Bilingual Tutor is a one year elective course for students wishing to be tutors in any of the sheltered English classes that have either beginning or intermediate EL students enrolled. The tutor will help with translation during the class such as directions to an assignment or putting context into the student’s primary language. Tutors will help EL students with their English language, note-taking, and organization skills. Tutors will also serve as role models to the EL students by demonstrating good behavior and attendance.

Students need consent of Counselor in charge. Students should have a 2.5 GPA (or Administrator discretion), good attendance and clean discipline record for the past two years.

Course Title: Avid Tutor

Course Number: MS932

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: None

AVID tutor is a one year elective course for students wishing to be tutors in the AVID elective program. Students will tutor 5-7 AVID students twice a week during the tutorial portion of the AVID elective class, and assist the teacher in providing academic and organizational skills to students. The tutors are expected to be able to help in at least three academic subjects in which they themselves have been successful at an Honors or Advanced Placement level. These would could include, but are not limited to : World Languages, Language Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Tutors will receive instruction and training using the inquiry method that encourages higher level thinking by students.


SCIENCE

Course Title: P Human Anatomy and Physiology

Course Number: SC316, SC321 Honors

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

This rigorous course is preparation for advanced biological studies, pre medical studies, nursing, physical therapy, dentistry, sports medicine and other health field based careers. This course examines the inner workings of the human body in terms of structure and function along with systemic relationships. Units of study will include focus of the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems: cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, integumentary, lymphatic muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal, and

urinary systems. Case studies, including diseases, genetic disorders, and bioethical issues of the human systems, will be used as a supplementary key to integrating knowledge through application. Laboratory work will be required and heavily emphasized, including anatomical dissection of representative organs from each major organ system studied.

Student Consumable Cost: $10.00

Recommended Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry with grade C+ or better and Integrated Math 1.

Course Title: H Honors Anatomy and Physiology

Course Number: SC321

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

This advanced course is preparation for advanced biological studies, pre medical studies, nursing, physical therapy, dentistry, sports medicine and other health field based careers. This course examines the inner workings of the human body in terms of structure and function along with systemic relationships. Units of study will include focus of the anatomy and physiology of the following organ systems: cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, integumentary, lymphatic muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal, and

urinary systems. Case studies, including diseases, genetic disorders, and bioethical issues of the human systems, will be used as a supplementary key to integrating knowledge through application. Laboratory work will be required and heavily emphasized, including anatomical dissection of representative organs from each major organ system studied. Differences between the regular Anatomy/Physiology course and this honors level course include  regular writing of scientific research papers about advanced topics, additional reading/writing assignments, formal laboratory reports, and a year end summative exam. If this exam is passed with 80% or better and if the student has 80% or higher grade (entire year), student will earn 3 units of transferrable early college credit from Napa Valley College.

Student Consumable Cost: $10.00

Recommended Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry with grade C+ or better and Integrated Math 1

Course Title: AP Biology

Course Number: SC312

Grade Level: 10*-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Life Science

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

AP Biology is a course designed to provide students with an opportunity to study the broad themes and interconnections of biology at c college level. Current research and discoveries will be emphasized for the purpose of providing a realistic understanding of the scientific methods and the importance of continuous scientific investigation. Direct application of laboratory work will be emphasized. Extensive reading, research papers and group work is required of all students. The general content areas include: 1) Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2) Genetics and Evolution and 3) Organisms and Populations. The Advanced Placement test is given in May. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to take the AP exam.

Student Consumable Cost: $10.00

Recommended Prerequisites: pass Biology with a “B” or better. Teacher approval is required.*

Course Title: P Biology

Course Number: SC303

Grade Level: 9

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Life Science

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

This course will provide students with the introductory concepts necessary for successful completion of AP biology, chemistry, physics and other upper level high school science courses. It is a study of biochemistry, genetics, evolution, human impact on the environment, ecology, and the structure and function of living things. Reading, collaborative activities, laboratory investigations and reports are required of all students. This course is required for all 9th graders.

Course Title: Life Science

Course Number: SC306

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Life Science

UC/CSU Credit: None

This course is designed for the non college prep student and offers students with a broad base of knowledge and opportunities for exploration in the area of life science, including human, plant and animal biology, and Earth’s ecology. A hands-on as well as an academic approach will be implemented.

By teacher placement only.


Course Title: AP Chemistry

Course Number: SC356

Grade Level: 10*-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Science

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

This course is designed for college-bound students who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in mathematics and science. The course includes laboratory work where the students will develop skills in efficient data collection, analysis and reasoning. Topics include atomic theory, matter and energy, gas laws, bonding, solutions, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. AP Chemistry is based on a first year college chemistry course. The Advanced Placement test is given in May. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to take the AP exam.

Student Consumable Cost: $12.00

Recommended Prerequisites: completion of Biology and Chemistry with a “B” or better and teacher recommendation (or completion of AP Biology with a “C” or better), completion of Math 2.*

Course Title: P Chemistry

Course Number: SC350

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Science

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

This course introduces the student to fundamental chemical concepts such as atomic structure, gas laws and acid-base reactions. The student has an opportunity to explore molecular and atomic structures and behavior, substantially supported by laboratory activities. Strong algebraic skills are necessary in this course. There will be a replacement fee charged for any broken glassware.

Student Consumable Cost: $5.00

Recommended: Math 2 or higher.

Course Title: Physical / Earth Science

Course Number: SC327

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Science

UC/CSU Credit: None

Designed for the non-college prep student, this is a one-year Earth Science course that meets the state and district standards for Earth Science as well as high school graduation requirements. The course will focus on Astronomy, Geology, Oceanography, and Meteorology, as well as investigate the recent changes to our environment. Students will learn to use the Internet for research and author a web page to inform future students and our community of current science issues.


Course Title: P Physics

Course Number: SC362

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Science

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

This is a laboratory course investigating forces, work and energy, and matter. Topics covered will include: the laws of motion; forces in nature (gravitational, electric and magnetic); heat; wave motion; sound; and light.

Student Consumable Cost: $10.00

Recommended Prerequisites: concurrent enrollment in Math 2 or higher.

Course Title: AP Physics 1

Course Number: SC361

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Physical Science

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

Physics is the study of the interaction of matter, energy and the fundamental forces of nature. This course provides a systematic introduction to the principles of physics and emphasizes the development of problem solving ability in preparation for the National Advanced Placement Physics exam. The course of study is modeled on a one year college level course, providing a foundation in physics for students planning a college major in science or engineering. Areas of study include light, sound, motion, electricity, magnetism, atomic structure, nuclear reactions, gravity and heat. Strong emphasis is placed on applied mathematics, laboratory work and computer modeling.

Student Consumable Cost: $10.00

Recommended Prerequisites: completion of Biology and Chemistry with a “B” or better (or completion of AP Biology or AP Chemistry with a “B” or better) and completion of Math 2 or higher.


Course Title: AP Environmental Science

Course Number: SC317

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Life Science

UC/CSU Credit: (d) Laboratory Science

Step out of the classroom and explore the natural world! In Advanced Placement Environmental Science you will investigate the interrelationships of living things, identify and analyze environmental problems and examine solutions for resolving or preventing them. Working with environmental professionals, you will participate in hands-on laboratory and field investigations to better understand our natural systems and to learn about leading edge green careers. Students will be expected to take the AP exam in May. Those who pass the exam will earn college credit.

Student Consumable Cost: $5.00

Recommended Prerequisites: successful completion of Chemistry and Biology.

Social Science

Course Title: AP European History

Course Number: SS834

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (a) History

This course covers 500 years of European history, its people, their forms of government, their conflicts with one another, their traditions and beliefs regarding love, their changing tastes in art and architecture, and how they came to control nearly 90% of the world’s wealth and territory. In the exploration of these themes, a great deal of emphasis is placed on one’s ability to assess and utilize historical documents for the construction of original and provocative arguments. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the advanced placement exam in May.


Course Title: AP World History

Course Number: SS840

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: World History

UC/CSU Credit: (a) History

AP World History is a class for studious high school juniors that covers 10,000 years of human history and allows students to make connections between different civilizations in the areas of economics, ideas, politics, society, technology and religion. If you are interested in learning about China, India, Japan, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, as well as Europe and the US, this may be the course for you. This class will prepare you to succeed in college by emphasizing critical reading, analysis, study skills and writing. Class activities include nightly reading assignments, frequent in-class essay writing, class discussions, and mock trials of major historical figures. All students enrolled in AP World History are expected to take the AP World History exam in May.

Course Title: AP Psychology

Course Number: SS854

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (g) Elective

This is an Advanced Placement elective that qualifies for the University of California “G” requirement. The course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychosocial theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as 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

Course Title: P Psychology

Course Number: SS825

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

UC/CSU Credit: (g) Elective

This course will act as an introduction to the world of Psychology by examining a wide variety of topics and is highly recommended for careers needing interpersonal communication skills, including human and public service, psychology, social work and education.


SUPPORT SERVICES – LIVING SKILLS

Course Title: Functional Computer Application SDC

Course Number: MS912

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

This course is a continuum designed to familiarize developmentally disabled students with the basic operating practices, usage’s and functions of a classroom computer and to independently use the computer and various peripherals within their functioning ability for communication and leisure applications. Course content includes practical exercised to enable the student to identify components of computer systems commonly found in an SDC setting, to operate the various hardware components and to sue the computer system as a communication tool, a leisure aid and for tutorial and practice.

Teacher recommendation/placement.

Course Title: Functional Consumer Math SDC/SH

Course Number: MS923

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Math

This course is a continuum designed to meet the intense needs of developmentally disabled students facilitating their independent functioning on campus and in the community and their transition to post-secondary settings. The goals of the course are to prepare students to make informed consumer decisions, to enable students to manage their resources and to relate math concepts to activities of daily living. Course of study includes instructional units on numeration, ordination, operations, applications and measurement. Instruction is individualized and students move at their individual pace.

Teacher recommendation/placement.

Course Title: Functional Health Education SDC

Course Number: MS911

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

This course has been designed to meet the needs of developmentally disabled students in the special education program. The intent is to teach students the things they need to know for their own safety and wellbeing. Course content includes instructional units on social distance and appropriate social behavior with strangers, acquaintances, friends, family members and significant others. Instructional units on anatomy, public/private behavior, puberty, emotions and family life are also included.

Teacher recommendation/placement.

Course Title: Functional Living Skills SDC

Course Number: MS904

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

A continuum course for developmentally disabled students with intense needs. The focus is to provide practical experiences to facilitate independent functioning in community and in the home. Course content includes practical training experiences in community mobility, leisure and recreation skills and domestic skills to develop the student’s self-sufficiency and to enable the student to function more independently in these areas.

Teacher recommendation/placement.        

Course Title: Functional Reading Lab SDC

Course Number: MS914

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

Designed to prepare students for learning new vocabulary and communication skills, this course will be a continuum class for students, as long as they remain at the secondary level. It has been developed for special education students with more intense needs to develop skills in reading that extend from reading readiness to the reading le el that a student is able to attain, to develop communication skills and to maximize the student’s independent functioning in the community. Course content includes the areas of reading readiness, reading and communication skills emphasizing functionality.

Teacher recommendation/placement.

Course Title: Functional Vocational Skills

Course Number: MS913

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

This course develops specific work habits, work skills, and helps students learn to adapt to social adjustments and develop writing skills. This class will prepare students for post-secondary programs and will enable them to reach their maximum potential. This course is supported by the student’s Individual Education Plan.

Teacher recommendation/placement.


Course Title: Physical Education Adaptive

Course Number: PE269

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

The purpose of Adaptive Physical Education class for the physically handicapped minors is to provide a physical education program that meets the individual needs of handicapped pupils within the school. GOALS OF THE COURSE • understand and accept the body as a part of the total self • develop socially acceptable ways of behaving as an individual and as a member of a group • develop interest and skill in worthwhile recreational activities • accept all physical limitations and recognize the need for being as active as possible with them • overcome or compensate handicaps when possible • develop a spectator interest and understanding in popular sports

SUPPORT SERVICES/LEARNING CENTER/RESOURCE

Course Title: Directed Studies

Course Number: MS881

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

This one year Directed Studies course is designed to assist the special education or 504 Plan, students’ progress in his/her general education classes and to prepare them for the exit exam. The student is responsible to bring in assignments or homework to work on, and the staff (Resource Teacher and Instructional Assistant) will be available to assist him/her in understanding the material and completing the work. The students who need assistance with all or part of the exit exam will be given materials specifically designed for this purpose.

Teacher recommendation/placement.

Course Title: Vocational Skills

Course Number: MS883

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Elective

This course provides ten elective credits toward high school graduation or completion. Prevocational skills taught include filling out forms, dressing for success and job interview skills. Students complete inventories to become more aware of their career interests, values and learning styles. Instruction in computer keyboarding, PowerPoint and the Internet are also provided. As a final project, students will make a PowerPoint presentation to the class on a career interest of their choice.

SDC teacher signature required on course card.


SUPPORT SERVICES / ELD

Course Title:  English 1, 2, 3 & 4 ELD

Course Number: EN171, ELD1,

                            EN172 ELD2,

                            EN173 ELD3,

                            EN174 ELD4

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: English

UC/CSU Credit: None

The focus of the English Language Development (ELD) course for students in grades 9 – 12 is to provide an articulated system of instruction that enables English Language Learners to gain proficiency in English so they are prepared to achieve mastery of the state standards for English Language Arts (ELA). The intent of the course is to provide instruction in ELD at just above the student’s English proficiency level with the aim of having students progress through the ELD levels to acquire the English language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking necessary to function proficiently at their grade level on the ELA standards. The ELD standards follow a research-based progression of second language acquisition from beginning to advanced language skills. The ELD standards are considered an onramp to the ELA standards. While the ELD/ELA standards map shows the grade 9-12 ELA standards next to the ELD standards, teachers will use the strategies, skill development, and cognitive rigor of the ELA standards as a tool in teaching the ELD standards at the student’s level of English proficiency

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

Course Title: P Art 1

Course Number: FA607

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This one year college prep art course is designed for the beginning student of any ability interested in developing a foundation in drawing and painting. The course explores art fundamentals with emphasis on the elements of are: line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color, and an introduction to the principles of art. The development of aesthetic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connecting and applying learned art knowledge toward careers in the arts and fundamental components of all instruction in visual arts.

Student Consumable Cost: $30.00


Course Title: P Art 2

Course Number: FA605

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This second year art course, designed for students who wish to expand their artistic abilities beyond the beginning year, emphasizes innovative approaches to drawing and painting by increasing knowledge of the elements and principles of design. A broad range of media and subject areas are presented to challenge the students’ creative and expressive abilities. Students will continue developing their portfolios. Some reading and writing is required.

Student Consumable Cost: $30.00

Recommended Prerequisite: grade of “B” or better in Art 1 (both semesters) or a portfolio review and instructor recommendation.

Course Title: P Art 3

Course Number: FA606

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This advanced art course is designed for the 3rd year student who is seriously interested in art in higher education or career training. This course involves an in depth study and application of advanced artistic skill and knowledge. It promotes a high level of creativity, style development and imaginative thinking. Students will explore and practice techniques from selected modern art styles

Student Consumable Cost: $40.00

Recommended Prerequisite: grade of “B” or better in Art 1 & Art 2 (both semesters each) or a portfolio review and instructor recommendation.

Course Title: AP Studio Art

Course Number: FA646

Grade Level 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This course is for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art and who wish to pursue college level studies while still in high school. Students have the choice of producing a Drawing or 2D Design Portfolio. Requirements include submitting five (5) quality original works and 24 slides of artwork for the Breadth and Concentration sections. Portfolios are sent to the AP College Board in May.

Prerequisite: Art 1 & 2 and Teacher Recommendation

Student Consumable Cost: $40.00

Course Title: AP Art History

Course Number: FA608

Grade Level 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

AP Art History curriculum is modeled after to be an introductory college level survey course and it is approved by College Board. This course gives students the opportunity to examine, appreciate and immerse themselves into the world of art history through the ages.This course will amuse, amaze, shock, challenge, and astonish you. No experience in art is needed and it is open to 10th, 11th and 12th graders; however, it does require a mature contemplation of the human condition and a serious commitment to academic work. The course crosses into literature, anthropology, philosophy, science, music, religion, and politics to understanding what art means, how art means and why art means. To study art is to study the art of being human.The course involves critical thinking and extensive writing (analysis/argumentative) as students learn to examine and analyze major forms of artistic expression from diverse cultures around the world in order to understand the major contributors of the arts. A combination of materials will be used such as selected readings, visual presentations, videos, written critiques, student lead discussions (seminar), lectures, reading, guest speakers and museum visits. Assessments will include multiple-choice, short and long essay writing (synthesis, analysis, comparison, critique), based on slide comparisons and readings

Course Prerequisites: This class targets disciplined 11th and 12th grade students with a high degree of commitment to academic work. Some prior knowledge of literature, religion, history is helpful. Reading is extensive and challenging so strong reading and writing skills is recommended. A self-disciplined approach towards learning including preparedness for class, nightly reading, note taking, essay writing and active class participation is ideal. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the AP Art History examination in the spring.

Student Consumable Cost: $40.00

Course Title: P Ceramics 1

Course Number: FA610

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This is a college prep introductory course in sculpture and ceramics. It is designed for the beginning art student, of any ability level, interested in developing his or her artistic knowledge and skills for recreation, higher education or careers related to the arts. In a split year format students will start with the fundamentals of the sculptural arts, its history and various techniques. Students will create projects utilizing additive and subtractive processes and learn fabrication and finishing techniques in a variety of materials. The second term will focus on ceramics and its particular tools, techniques and finishing possibilities. Students will utilize hand-building techniques in creating projects that they will ultimately decorate with glazes.

Student Consumable Cost: $50.00

Course Title: P Ceramics 2

Course Number: FA613

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This course provides a focused opportunity for students to further explore and expand upon their introduction to ceramics. Students will expand on hand-building techniques to create projects of greater depth, complexity and scale. Students will also utilize the wheel and learn pottery techniques. The class will emphasize aesthetic and design principles while expanding students’ knowledge of clay bodies and glazing/firing techniques.

Recommended Prerequisites: grade of “B” or better in Beginning Sculpture and Ceramics.

Student Consumable Cost: $50.00

Course Title: P Ceramics 3

Course Number: FA615

Grade Level: 12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This course is designed for the serious student who wishes to create in-depth work and prepare for the 3D AP coursework in their upcoming senior year. Students will be expected to plan and execute bodies of work that reflect both a growing competency in ceramic techniques and an increasing awareness of the thinking and influences of culture, politics, race and gender in the arts. Students will maintain journals and create portfolios to aid in documenting their processes and progress. Additionally, students will participate in group activities and shows to share their work with the greater community.

Recommended Prerequisites: grade of “B” or better in Intermediate Sculpture and Ceramics.

Student Consumable Cost: $50.00


Course Title: P Digital Photography 1

Course Number: FA631

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

Students will learn the technical use of the digital camera, photo and graphic art software and scanner technology. Students will learn techniques and the creative approach to quality photography using the rules of composition, the principles of design and elements of art. Throughout the year students will learn the history of photography and the photographers responsible for its development.

Student Consumable Cost: $40.00

Course Title: P Digital Photography 2

Course Number: FA635

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

Students will learn advanced techniques, theories and application. Emphasis is on photo journalism (documentary, magazine, newspaper and yearbook photography for illustrative purposes). Assignments and demonstrations will be done in class and on location. Students will study lighting, exposure, development variations, contrast control and color printing. Working photographers will be brought in as guest lecturers to acquaint students with the real world of a professional photographer.

Recommended Prerequisites: grade of “B” or better in Digital Photo 1 (both semesters) or a portfolio review and instructor recommendation.

Student Consumable Cost: $40.00


Course Title: P Digital Photography 3

Course Number: FA636

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

Photography 3 is an advanced one year course that follows Photography 2. The course provides opportunities to research the methods, materials and techniques used in photography and to experiment with applications of the subject. The student will study photographic works of art to make comparisons between works and will observe various samples of aesthetic styles. Outside class work in the form of reports and papers on techniques, materials and individual photographers, contemporary or historical, will be required. The course will include the use of current computer technology both in academic research and production of photographic work.

Recommended Prerequisites: Photography 2 with a grade of “B” or better.

Student Consumable Cost: $40.00

Course Title: P Drama 1

Course Number: FA630

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This college prep drama course is designed for the beginning student in any ability group interested in developing a foundation in the theater arts. The course includes the study of acting, improvisation, voice and diction, scenic and costume design, scene study and analysis, character development, the history of theater, and the study of different types of live performance art. Plays and other types of live performance art will be watched and analyzed to demonstrate learning. Small scenes will be performed in class and a one-act project will be collaboratively designed and performed publicly. The viewing of two staged plays and performing/backstage work in public performances are required.

Student Consumable Cost: $25.00


Course Title: P Drama 2

Course Number: FA627

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This one-year course is a continued study of acting and the play production process. Students further their skills and develop advanced techniques in the area that interests them: acting, set/costume/lighting design, directing, or marketing and fundraising. Students in this course produce one one-act and one full-length play within the school day. This course may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. Students who did not take Drama 1 but want to be in this class can take this course with the consent of the instructor. The viewing of two staged plays is required. Public performance/backstage work is required.

Student Consumable Cost: $25.00

Course Title: P Advanced Drama

Course Number: FA629

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts (pending)

This one year drama course is designed for the advanced theatre arts student interested in continuing their development in theatre performance and technology. The course content involves the study of pantomime, improvisation, voice and diction, scene study and analysis, character development and directing. There is a continued development of aesthetic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing and connecting and applying learned theatre arts knowledge toward careers in the arts. Students in this course produce two mainstage productions during the course of the school year. This course may be repeated with the consent of the instructor. Viewing and critiquing two plays outside of school is required. After-school rehearsals and public performance/backstage work are required.

Student Consumable Cost: $25.00


Course Title: P Jazz Dance 1

Course Number: FA614

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This one year, college prep course is for students with little or no dance training. The fundamentals of jazz dance will be emphasized. Each class will begin with a warm-up, including isolation exercises in which students move various body parts: head, shoulders, rib cage and hips. Basic ballet and jazz dance technique will be taught “center-barre” and “across the floor”. Students will be tested on isolated skills and several dance routines choreographed by the teacher throughout the year. Students will also have the opportunity to experiment with choreography in groups and create their own dances. Written summaries of supplemental readings or relevant internet searches are required, as well as critiques of outside professional dance performances or telecasts. Dance develops expressive and intellectual skills with benefits that spill into other artistic and academic disciplines. The interpretation of concepts and ideas through physical and rhythmic expression give the right and left brain an opportunity to balance the demands of academia. Recognizing the symbolism in dance helps to recognize the deeper meanings in all of the arts - literary, visual and performing.

Course Title: P Jazz Dance 2

Course Number: FA616

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This one year, college prep course is for students with moderate dance training, who have successfully completed Jazz Dance 1. The fundamentals of jazz dance will be emphasized. Each class will begin with a warm-up, including isolation exercises in which students move various body parts: head, shoulders, rib cage and hips. Basic ballet and jazz dance technique will be taught “center-barre” and “across the floor”. Students will be tested on isolated skills and several dance routines choreographed by the teacher throughout the year. Students will also have the opportunity to experiment with choreography in groups and create their own dances. Written summaries of supplemental readings or relevant internet searches are required, as well as critiques of outside professional dance performances or telecasts.

Dance develops expressive and intellectual skills with benefits that spill into other artistic and academic disciplines. The interpretation of concepts and ideas through physical and rhythmic expression give the right and left brain an opportunity to balance the demands of academia. Recognizing the symbolism in dance helps to recognize the deeper meanings in all of the arts - literary, visual and performing.


Course Title: P Concert Band

Course Number: FA719

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This course is an entry level instrumental music group at ACHS and is intended for incoming freshmen musicians (woodwind, brass or percussion) as well as other students not enrolling in Wind Ensemble. The Concert Band explores both modern and classic concert band music, while exposing students to a variety of concepts in music theory, music, history, form, style, multicultural music and many other concepts. In the Fall students take part in the ACHS Wolf Pack Marching Band, performing at ACHS football games and other performances in the community. In November students begin studies in concert repertoire, later performing at concerts, festivals and a variety of additional performing opportunities, including trips.

Prerequisites: enrollment in the ACHS marching band. At least two successful years of instrumental instruction, recommendation of previous teacher or adequately demonstrated proficiency on their instrument.

Student Consumable Cost: $50.00

Annual Cost: $200 (based on materials already purchased)

Course Title: P Performing Band

Course Number: FA726

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This class is a yearlong, college prep class intended for the intermediate music students. The course content involves a remedial review of instrumental music fundamentals with the emphasis on the elements of musical performance; concepts of pitch, rhythm, tone production, harmony, form, texture, dynamics, tempo, timbre. Student must have prior experience on their chosen performing instrument. Private lessons are encouraged. Prearranged auditions and Directors signature is required. This class acts as the "Junior Varsity" Band and will be participate in the Marching Band activities. Seasonal as well as other public performances will be part of this class.

Student Consumable Cost: $225.00 (based on materials already purchased)


Course Title: P Wind Ensemble

Course Number: FA737

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This audition-only course is open to all upperclassmen who have previous ensemble. Freshmen can be asked to audition based on instrumental needs. This course explores advanced concert band literature and allows students to perform at concerts, festivals and other community events. AS ACHS’s top performing band the Wind Ensemble will have frequent performances (5-6 per school year). In the Fall students also take part in the ACHS Wolf Pack Marching Band, performing at football games and a variety of other performances in the community. A fee is bundled into the cost of the course to cover marching band uniform and tuxedo or concert gown.

Prerequisites: audition or demonstrable mastery of intermediate-advanced instrumental concepts. At least one year in Concert Band and enrollment in Marching Band.

Student Consumable Cost: $50.00

Annual Cost: $200 (based on materials already purchased)

Course Title: P Color Guard

Course Number: FA599

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

The color guard class offers instruction for all beginning and intermediate level members of the school’s Color Guard. Instruction will include movement basics, equipment basics on flag, rifle, and sabre, and performance observation and analysis, and basic design and choreography. Course Goals and Objectives The goals and objectives of the color guard class will be met through instruction on a daily level and through larger units of study.

Prerequisites: sufficient background to permit student to pursue his/her goals with minimum assistance or supervision.

Annual Cost: $100 (travel and student owned equipment)


Course Title: P Jazz Ensemble

Course Title: FA736

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This college prep course is intended for advanced instrumental music students. The course involves an advanced promotion of instrumental music fundamentals, emphasizing the jazz elements of musical performance, including pitch, rhythm, tone production, harmony, form, texture, dynamics, tempo and timbre. The development of aesthetic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, and connecting and applying learned performance toward careers in the performing arts are fundamental components of all instruction in the performing arts. This is a traditional jazz band. Trombone, saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass, guitar and drums are standard personnel in the ensemble. Public performances are required as are some afterschool and evening rehearsals.

Prerequisite: audition

Annual Cost: $200 (based on materials already purchased)

Course Title: P String Orchestra

Course Number: FA727

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This course is for students of orchestral string instruments having approximately grade 3 or better level of musical skill on the standard musician’s scale of 1 to 6. Late to midyear enrollment is possible in cases of demonstrated ability.

Prerequisite: audition

Student Consumable Cost: $50.00

Annual Cost: $200 (based on materials already purchased)


Course Title: P Chamber Choir

Course Number: FA707

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

A small but select group of mixed voices who study and perform advanced a cappella choral literature. Frequent outside performances are required. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: must be a member of another choral performing group, consent of instructor and audition.

Student Consumable Costs: new ladies $50

                                             returning ladies $50

                                             men $50

Course Title: P Concert Choir

Course Number: FA702

Grade Level: 11-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This large but select group of mixed voices, chosen by audition, studies music theory and performs choral literature. Public performances are required. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor and audition.

Student Consumable Costs: new ladies $100

                                             returning ladies $30

                                             men $50

Course Title: P Men’s Choir

Course Number: FA703

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This college prep course meets the equivalent of a five period per week class and is designed for the beginning music student of any ability. Students study and perform various styles of choral music for bass and tenor voice ranges. Course includes practical singing technique, music performance practices and basic music reading skills. Students will develop aesthetic perception, creative expression and aesthetic valuing. They will study the historical and cultural context of music and learn to connect and apply learned music skills toward a career. Public performances are required. May be repeated for credit.

Student Consumable Cost: $30.00

Course Title: P Treble Choir

Course Number: FA704

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Fine Arts/Foreign Language

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This college prep course meets the equivalent of a five period per week class and is designed for the beginning music student of any ability. Students will study and perform various styles of choral music for soprano and alto voice ranges. Course includes practical singing technique, music performance practices and basic music reading skills. Students will develop aesthetic perception, creative expression and aesthetic valuing. They will study the historical and cultural context of music and learn to connect and apply learned music skills toward a career. Public performances are required. May be repeated for credit.

Student Consumable Costs: new ladies $100

                                             returning ladies $30

                                           

Course Title: P Chorus

Course Number: FA708

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Visual Performing Arts

UC/CSU Credit: (f) Visual & Performing Arts

This intermediate level class is designed for those with at least one year of singing experience. Students will continue to learn vocal/choral techniques while studying a wide variety of choral literature for performance. The class provides a foundation for even more advanced vocal music courses in the program. Public performances are required. May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor and audition.

Student Consumable Costs: new ladies $100

                                             returning ladies $30

                                             men $50


WORLD LANGUAGES

Course Title: P Spanish 1, 2, 3 & 4

Course Number: FL438 Level 1

                            FL440 Level 2

                            FL442 Level 3

                            FL443 Level 4

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Foreign Language

UC/CSU Credit: (e) Language Other Than English

Students will have the opportunity to develop their communicative skills by using Spanish daily, with integrated practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will use the language to explore Spanish speaking countries to enrich their cross-cultural awareness. This course is taught primarily in Spanish and requires daily preparation and practice.

Recommended Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher to move up to the next level.

Course Title: P Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1

Course Number: FL392

Grade Level: 9-11

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Foreign Language

UC/CSU Credit: (e) Language Other Than English

The Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 class is designed for students who have a command of basic grammatical concepts and speak Spanish at home. The class will be conducted entirely in Spanish to further develop student language and cultural abilities. Throughout the year students will engage in the analysis of grammar, literature, history and culture. Students taking this class will be expected to continue on to Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2.

Recommended Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher to move up to the next level.

Course Title: P Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2

Course Number: FL420

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Foreign Language

UC/CSU Credit: (e) Language Other Than English

This is a one year college prep literature and content based course designed for students who are proficient in Spanish. Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2 is an immersion class. This course will continue to integrate history, geography, culture and literature giving the students a global perspective of their culture and heritage.

Recommended Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher in Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 or consent of instructor.

Course Title: AP Spanish Language and Culture

Course Number: FL393

Grade Level: 10-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Foreign Language

UC/CSU Credit: (e) Language Other Than English

Advanced Placement Spanish will be a comprehensive, year-long, accelerated course covering all facets needed for a successful completion of the AP exam at the conclusion of the year. Consistent with other AP classes, it will be intensive as well as carry high standards and expectations.

Recommended Prerequisite: a grade of “B” or higher in Spanish 3 or Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2.

Course Title: P Mandarin 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Course Number: FL460        Level 1

                    FL461        Level 2

                    FL462        Level 3

                    FL463        Level 4

                            FL001          Level 5

Grade Level: 9-12

Length of Course: Year

Graduation Credit: Foreign Language

UC/CSU Credit: (e) Language Other Than English

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to learn the structure and vocabulary necessary to communicate in Chinese about the following: greetings, counting and arithmetic (addition, subtraction, and multiplication), identities of people, restaurants, and foods, sports, the house, people, family, and likes and dislikes. Their positive attitude toward learning Chinese will help them to improve their comprehension, speaking, reading, writing skills, and cultural awareness.

Recommended Prerequisite: a grade of “C” or higher to move up to the next level.