LANGUAGE ARTS

English 9 (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

English 9 expands upon the fundamentals of reading and writing. Through exposure to a variety of texts, students will construct coherent writing pieces that help them develop their own perspective on different topics. Key concepts: Foundations of reading and writing; fiction and non-fiction text analysis; research skills; literary terms and devices; short stories, poems, epics, and myths; informational, persuasive, synthetic, and narrative writing; media analysis; grammar and punctuation.

English 10 (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

English 10 develops literacy skills for college and career readiness through reading and analyzing different texts that prompt critical thinking, comprehension, and application throughout various styles of reading and writing. Key Concepts: Foundations of reading & writing; literary text analysis, research, terms, & devices; short stories, poetry, & drama; exploring novels & non-fiction; informational, persuasive, synthetic, & narrative writing; grammar & punctuation.

English 11 (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

English 11 builds on student literacy and language arts skills to promote effective writing, critical thinking, and analysis of literature. Using American History, students will analyze various fiction and non-fiction texts, and express opinions orally and in writing. Key Concepts: Reading skills & the writing process; literary text analysis & research; short stories, poetry, & drama; exploring novels, non-fiction, and American History documents; informative, persuasive, expository, & narrative writing; grammar & punctuation.

English 12 (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

English 12 promotes effective writing, critical thinking, and literary analysis. Material includes British literature as well as examining historical and cultural concepts in order to develop and express their own perspectives in spoken and written arguments. Key Concepts: Reading skills & the writing process; literary text analysis & research; short stories, poetry, & drama; British poems, novels, & plays; informative, persuasive, expository, & narrative writing; word choice & tone; grammar & punctuation.

English Foundations (2 Semesters)

English Foundations aims to familiarize students with the various styles of writing expected of them throughout high school through reading and analyzing selected works and developing their own writing skills. Fiction and non-fiction work will be used to develop students analysis and critical reading skills and to serve as models for writing assignments.

Honors English 9 (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

This Honors English course focuses on an in-depth analysis of all forms of literature and uses said literature as a model and source for developing students own writing skills. The course weaves the four skills of English (reading, writing, listening and speaking) together in each unit by explicitly and implicitly presenting information, practice and production assignments. The course objectives and content are aligned with Common Core Standards but aim to prepare these (honors) students for Advanced Placement English in 10th or 11th grade. The course makes connections between literary genres and how we write and the function and beauty of language.

 

Honors English 10 (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters.)

English 12 promotes effective writing, critical thinking, and literary analysis. Material includes British literature as well as examining historical and cultural concepts in order to develop and express their own perspectives in spoken and written arguments. Key Concepts: Reading skills & the writing process; literary text analysis & research; short stories, poetry, & drama; British poems, novels, & plays; informative, persuasive, expository, & narrative writing; word choice & tone; grammar & punctuation.

Honors English 11 (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters.)

This course is intended for students who are highly skilled and motivated in language arts, including both reading and writing. It is designed to cover areas of literature, writing, and vocabulary development. Students will be exposed to a variety of literary forms as well as various kinds of writing experiences, from reading long-form narratives, essays, primary sources, and poetry. Critical thinking is emphasized, and complex writing assessments, including a research paper, are required. This course builds on the skills developed in the tenth-grade year and includes exercises in vocabulary building, close reading, and literary analysis are designed to engage the student in the learning process and take ownership of their own progress. This course explores literature from many different time periods and geographical areas. 

Honors English 12 (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters.)

Honors English 12 aims to broaden and stretch already competent readers and writers to attain higher standards of writing and gain a deeper appreciation of the written and spoken word. The course is designed to give students the opportunity to track the development of literary movements and developments over time, in a variety of forms from non-fiction to short stories. The course is populated with work from predominantly British writers which explore a wide range of themes and styles. The course incorporates the common core standards and promotes college and career readiness. It prepares the students to be active and engaged citizens with the ability to understand complex texts and ideas and to compose valid and supported arguments.

AP English Language (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters.)

The AP  English Language and Composition course are designed to give students frequent opportunities to work with the rhetorical situation, examining the authors’ purposes as well as the audiences and the subjects in texts. Students write in a variety of modes for a variety of audiences, developing a sense of personal style and an ability to analyze and articulate how the resources of language operate in any given text. 

AP English Literature (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters.)

The AP  English Literature and Composition course are characterized by all those things you were wishing fervently for last year when you signed up for it: lots of reading from books that will either make your head spin or clog you up with questions such as: “What was that about?” There will be lots of writing; lots of vocabulary; and grammar instruction as the need dictates. 

MATHEMATICS

Algebra I (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Algebra I is a comprehensive presentation of algebra that includes solving, writing, and plotting equations and functions. Key Concepts: Equations & functions; real numbers; equations of lines; graphs of equations & functions; writing linear equations; linear inequalities; solutions using the discriminant; solving systems of equation and inequalities; exponential functions; polynomials; quadratic functions & equations; algebra & geometry connections; rational equations & functions; probability & statistics.

Algebra II (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Algebra II expands upon equations and functions, with a focus on solving and simplifying complex algebraic expressions. Key Concepts: Equations & inequalities; linear equations & functions; systems of linear equations & inequalities; matrices; quadratic functions; polynomial functions; roots, radicals, & function operations; exponential & logarithmic functions; trigonometry; introduction to probability; sequences & series; conic sections; rational functions.

Geometry (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Geometry connects algebraic concepts to geometric relationships related to the characteristics of shapes. Key Concepts: Basics of geometry including lines, distance, & angles; reasoning & proof; parallel & perpendicular lines; triangles & congruence; relationships with triangles; polygons & quadrilaterals; ratios & proportions; right triangle trigonometry; circles; perimeter & area; surface & area volume; symmetry, reflections & rigid transformations.

Precalculus (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Precalculus is a thoughtful introduction to advanced studies leading to calculus. Scaffolding rigorous content with clear instruction, the course leads students through an advanced study of trigonometric functions, matrices, and vectors. Key Concepts: Functions & graphs; polynomials; rational functions; logs & exponents; trigonometry; vectors; systems & matrices; conics; polar & parametric equations; probability & statistics.

Integrated Math I (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Integrated Math I is the first course of a three-course sequence that satisfies the California Common Core Standards. Integrated Math I builds and strengthens students’ conceptual knowledge of Algebra and Geometry. Key Concepts: Functions; equations; inequalities; systems of linear equations & inequalities; one variable descriptive statistics; correlation & residuals; analyzing categorical data; mathematical modeling; coordinate & transformational geometries.

Integrated Math II (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Integrated Math II is the second course of a three-course sequence that satisfies the California Common Core Standards. Integrated Math II builds and strengthens students’ conceptual knowledge of complex algebraic and geometric relationships. Key Concepts: Triangular relationships; similarity; polygons; circles; areas; volumes; right triangle trigonometry; functions; imaginary numbers; higher order polynomials; graphing of functions; irrational expressions; probability & statistics.

Integrated Math III (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Integrated Math III is the third course of a three course sequence that satisfies the California Common Core Standards. This course utilizes a problem-centered approach to advanced relationships across Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Statistics. Key Concepts: Graphs; functions; geometry & trigonometry analysis; polar coordinates; vectors; equations & inequalities; sequences; the Binomial Theorem; probability & statistics.

Algebra Foundations (2 Semesters)

This course prepares students for Algebra 1 by introducing them to variables, algebraic expressions, equations, functions, inequalities, and their graphical representation. The students develop the ability to explore and solve mathematical problems, think critically, work cooperatively and communicate mathematical ideas clearly.

Honors Algebra I (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Honors Algebra 1 is a foundational course for the college-bound student. In this yearlong course, students will learn to read, define, and apply algebraic concepts.  Topics include Equations and Inequalities, Functions, Extension of Linear Concepts, Exponents, Radicals and Polynomials, Quadratic Functions, and Probability and Statistics.

Honors Algebra II (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Honors Algebra 2 is an extension of skills and concepts learned in Algebra 1 Honors. The goal of the course is to prepare students for successful completion of precalculus. This second semester of this course covers an introduction to trigonometry.  Topics include functions, radical functions, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometry, geometry, conic sections, systems of equations, trigonometric graphs, identities and equations, and trigonometric ratios and functions.  

Honors Geometry (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Geometry (Honors) builds on concepts learned in Algebra 1 and developed an in-depth understanding of Geometric concepts, theorems, and postulates through the use of proofs and the application of trigonometry. Coursework emphasizes proofs and application of skills learned in Algebra 1 (Honors) as preparation for advanced math courses through Precalculus. Students apply algebraic principles and formulate proofs utilizing the following concepts: parallel and perpendicular lines, the coordinate plane, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circles, congruence and similarity, surface area, volume, and transformations.

AP Calculus AB (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

The overall goal of this course is to help students understand and apply the three big ideas of AB Calculus: limits, derivatives, and integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Embedded throughout the big ideas are the mathematical practices for AP Calculus: reasoning with definitions and theorems, connecting concepts, implementing algebraic/computational processes, connecting multiple representations, building notational fluency, and communicating mathematics orally and in well-written sentences. Applications, in particular to solid geometry and physics, will be studied where appropriate.

AP Statistics (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

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SCIENCE

Biology (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Biology introduces students to the study of living organisms and their environment, engaging them to connect their learnings to everyday life. Students will investigate the roles and dependencies of organisms within populations, communities, ecosystems, and the biosphere. Key Concepts: Introduction to the scientific method; cytology; genetics; botany; zoology; ecology; taxonomy; evolution; chemistry; microbiology.

Engineering (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Engineering helps students understand what engineers do, as well as the processes and skills required. Throughout the duration of the course, students will work in an Engineering lab onsite twice a week for hands-on application in engineering projects. Key Concepts: Engineering techniques and practices; engineering careers; engineering in society; engineering design process; math in engineering; history of engineering; problem-solving with engineering (graphing, programming, loops, & conditionals).

Earth Science (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Earth Science introduces scientific investigations and methods, observations, tools, and methods used for understanding Earth and its characteristics in the atmosphere, on land, and in water. Key Concepts: Principles of science, earth science tools, materials of the earth’s crust; plate tectonics; geological activity; surface processes & landforms; water; atmospheric processes; life on earth; earth’s history; natural resources; the solar system & beyond. 

*This class is UC a-g approved as the elective (g) category only.

Physical Science (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Physical Science introduces scientific investigation and the scope of physical science. This course will explain how scientific investigation is performed, as well as how technology and science go hand-in-hand. Key Concepts: The world of science; matter; atoms; periodic table; chemical bonding & reactions; chemistry of carbon; Newton’s Laws of Motion; forces; work & machines; energy; waves; sound; electromagnetic radiation; visible light; electricity. 

*This class is UC a-g approved as the elective (g) category only.

AP Environmental Science (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, and to evaluate the risks associated with these problems and examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. 

*This class is UC a-g approved as the elective (g) category only.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

U.S. History (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

U.S. History provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the United States, surveying the major events and turning points of U.S. history as it moves from the America’s cultural roots through modern times. Key Concepts: Foundations of U.S. democracy; territorial expansion; nationalism & sectionalism; religion & reform; manifest destiny; the Civil War; industrialization; Progressive era; The Great Depression; World War II; Civil Rights Movement; post-World War II.

World History (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

World History examines human development from the dawn of civilization to the present day. Using primary and secondary sources, students conduct an inquiry- based research to examine historical events, cultural developments, and social structures. Key Concepts: Early civilization; regional civilizations; The Renaissance & early modern times; The Enlightenment; industrialism & a new global age; world wars & revolution; the world since 1945.

American Government (UC/NCAA/1 Semester)

American Government provides students with an understanding of civic life, politics, and government, along with a short history of the American government’s foundation and development. Key Concepts: Foundations of American government; political behavior; legislative, executive, & judicial branches; comparative political & economic systems; powers & procedures of national, state, tribal, & local governments.

Economics (UC/NCAA/1 Semester)

Economics introduces students to the basics of economic principles and economic systems within the context of today’s economy. Key Concepts: Basics of economics; supply & demand; production technology & costs; monopoly, price discrimination, market entry, monopolistic competition, & oligopoly; external benefits & costs; labor market & distribution of income; money & banking systems.

*This class is UC a-g approved as the elective (g) category only.

Honors U.S. History (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

In this Honors U.S. History course, the focus is on an in-depth analysis of major turning points in American History and how philosophies, events, policies and people have helped shape the America we live in today. The twentieth century is the period highlighted for analysis but in order to truly analyze that time period, the students must first review the foundations of the nation and trace the changes over time. 

 

AP U.S. History (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

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AP World History (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

World History requires the development of thinking skills using the processes and tools that historians employ in order to create historical narrative. Students will also be required to think on many different geographical and temporal scales in order to compare historical events over time and space. AP World History is structured around the investigation of five themes woven into 19 key concepts covering six distinct chronological periods. History is a sophisticated quest for meaning about the past, beyond the effort to collect and memorize information. 

AP American Government (UC/NCAA/1 Semesters)

This AP U.S. Government and Politics class is a one-semester course. It introduces students to the Foundations of American Democracy. Emphasis is placed on the Interactions Among Branches of Government and Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. Students also spend time learning about the importance of political participation.

AP Macroeconomics (UC/1 Semesters)

AP  Macroeconomics is a one-semester, college-level course. AP Macroeconomics emphasizes economic principles as applied to the economy as a whole. Topics discussed will reflect the material included in the booklet AP Economics Course Description from the College Board. 

*This class is UC a-g approved as the elective (g) category only.

AP Microeconomics (UC/1 Semesters)

AP Microeconomics is a one-semester course that focuses on how economic decisions are made by individuals, firms, and organizational structures. Supply-and- demand analysis is developed to demonstrate how market prices are determined, how those prices determine an economy’s allocation of goods and services, how factors of production are allocated in the production process, and how goods and services are distributed throughout the economy.

*This class is UC a-g approved as the elective (g) category only.

WORLD LANGUAGE

Spanish I (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Spanish I is an introduction to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish, as well as the cultural influences of Spanish and Latino heritage at home and abroad. Key Concepts: Introductions; descriptions; school; food; hobbies; families; home; shopping; expressions; cultural comparisons; adjectives.

Spanish II (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Spanish II continues language development skills for comprehension, reading, and writing using cultural presentations and interactive activities that reinforce common grammar patterns. Key Concepts: Special events; community; TV; news; cooking; affirmative & negative commands; common & irregular verb tenses.

Spanish III (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Spanish III equips students to interact verbally and in writing in varied social and business situations through discussion and analysis of complex topics using irregular grammar structures. Key Concepts: Vocab includes special events, Spanish art & literature; complex grammar (e.g., preterite, imperfect, subjunctive); commands; pronouns.

Spanish IV (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

Students will build on their Spanish knowledge by learning more complex grammatical structures and become equipped to read and understand a variety of literary selections. Key Concepts: Vocab includes art, self-expression, relationships, & careers; complex verb tenses & grammar (e.g., preterite, imperfect, subjunctive).

French I (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

French I focuses on basic skills for listening, speaking, reading, and writing in French. Each lesson introduces new vocabulary and grammar concepts through various comprehension activities. Key Concepts: Vocab includes introductions, dates, personal & family life, city life, & time; present-tense verbs & grammar.

French II (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

French II uses authentic cultural resources, such as movies and songs, to expand reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills so students can communicate effectively in French. Key Concepts: Vocab includes greetings, family, friends, hobbies, shopping, food, travel, & restaurants; complex verb & grammar.

French III (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

French III focuses on four modes of expression in French, including: listening, speaking, writing and reading. The main goal of this course is for students to develop receptive and productive skills that will allow them to communicate efficiently in French. Key Concepts: Vocab includes personal relationships, friendships, family life, city and city life, hotels, places to stay, health, media, & careers; complex verbs & grammar.

French IV (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

French IV reinforces the skills and linguistic tools learned in previous French courses. Students will develop receptive and productive skills that will allow them to communicate extensively in French and understand the language through cultural experiences. Key Concepts: Vocab includes science & technology, family & communities, medical care, the arts, & the outdoors; complex verbs & grammar.

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

Art Appreciation (UC/2 Semesters)

Art Appreciation is an art survey course designed to increase knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts. Students focus on interpreting and evaluating works of art within formal, cultural, and historical contexts, including a deep look at global artwork. Key Concepts: Elements of art; principles of design; art making; art in early civilizations; early Christian to Gothic art; renaissance to Rococo; early modernism; exploring world art; art careers.

Music Appreciation (UC/2 Semesters)

Music Appreciation is an introductory course to music’s various functionalities. Throughout the course, students apply their understanding through music composition to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for all types of music. Key Concepts: Music literacy; musical instruments; sacred music; music for stage, screen, beat, & rhythm; music for social entertainment; vocals; music genres; media & Western, romantic & 20th century classical music.

ELECTIVES/CAREER EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY (CTE)

Advanced Business (2 Semesters)

This course provides students with a comprehensive study of the topics and skills required to succeed as leaders in business, entrepreneurship, and life. Students will build upon the lessons and skills learned in the Entrepreneurship Course. Topics in this course include advanced accounting, advanced marketing, advertising, business law, human resource management, international business, professional communications, public speaking, and marketing practices.

AP Psychology (UC/NCAA/2 Semesters)

This course in AP Psychology prepares students for the AP Psychology exam. The course begins with the study of the history and approaches of study in psychology. It provides students with a solid foundation of research methods in psychological science. The course will cover the biological bases of behavior, sensation, perception, and states of consciousness.

Computer Literacy (UC/1 Semesters)

Computer Literacy is the study of how computers work. Computer system design and electronic/logic design are studied with the aim of providing a mental picture of how data is treated by a computer. Computer maintenance and repair are integral parts of this course.

Early Childhood Education (UC/2 Semesters)

This course is designed to prepare students for work in a variety of instructional areas that involve working with children including preschool/daycare and primary grades. This course will focus on the areas of physical, cognitive and social-emotional child development from birth to age nine. Students will learn and apply theoretical knowledge and developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom.

Entrepreneurship (UC/2 Semesters)

Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary course designed to teach students how to start-up and operate a business while in school. The course integrates inquiry-based learning and business tools that enable students to analyze, create, develop and pilot small businesses in a safe campus environment. Key Concepts: Entrepreneurship; entrepreneur roles in society; types of businesses and ownership; business planning; marketing & sales; managing finances; obtaining investment.

Environmental Science (UC/2 Semesters)

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Forensic Science (UC/1 Semester)

Forensic Science focuses on the skills and concepts behind evidence in crime scene investigation. Whether students desire to be forensic pathologists or medical scientists, this course will help them hone their investigative skills. Key Concepts: Observation, investigation, & evidence collection; death examination; trace evidence; fingerprints & DNA; drug identification & toxicology; blood & blood splatter analysis; forensic anthropology; document & voice examination.

Introduction to Teaching (1 Semester)

This course focuses on teaching as a profession, along with the use of technology in education. Students will explore the qualities of an effective teacher, components and purposes of an effective professional portfolio, and critical issues in diverse contemporary classrooms. The course is designed to prepare future teachers with an understanding of how to utilize computers in the educational environment.

Marketing 1 (UC/2 Semesters)

Students learn the foundations of functions needed to successfully market goods, services, and ideas to consumers. Professional development, customer service, and social media are presented as keys to students' success. While students study business, economics, selling, human relations, communications, logistics, promotion, product planning, and pricing. They also see marketing as a career choice.

 

Marketing 2 (UC/2 Semesters)

In this course, students will investigate, evaluate and create various marketing and communication strategies for the internet. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation and website planning, development, design and creating content for effective online marketing campaigns.

Personal Finance (UC/1 Semester)

Personal Finance provides students with basic financial tools and knowledge that will enable them to build the lives they envision. The course will help students to understand how to plan for the future by planning for today. Key Concepts: American credit industry; stock market; consumerism; saving & budgeting; credit & debit; financial planning & insurance; investing & retirement; social security benefits; income, taxes, & giving; goal setting.

Psychology (UC/1 Semester)

Psychology focuses on individual behavior and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. Emphasis will be placed on research methods, how the brain works, altered states of consciousness, and psychological disorders. Key Concepts: Introduction to psychology; intelligence & learning; sleeping & dreaming; developmental psychology; stages of childhood & adolescence; nature vs. nurture; personality theory; psychological disorders.

Study Skills (2 Semesters)

This course is designed to strengthen general study skills for the high school in order to better prepare them for the rigor of high school courses. The course covers topics from time management to taking notes and can help students develop the study skills to be successful in high school and beyond. 

Sustainable Energy & Renewable Technology (2 Semesters)

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Web Design (UC/1 Semester)

Web Design teaches methods, theories, and principles of design through web design projects that help students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, artistic perception, critique and self-reflection. All experiences will be project-based, culminating in the development of their own website. Key Concepts: HTML, CSS, & JavaScript; color & contrast; elements of design including line, space, uniformity, repetition, contrast, alignment, & proximity; typography.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH

Physical Education 1 & 2

Physical Education I focuses on the principles of fitness, including competency in motor skills and movement. Students enrolled in this course are required to complete 36 hours of physical activity that are signed off by an approved fitness professional. Key Concepts: Principles of fitness including balance, agility, coordination, power, & speed; consumer fitness products; occupational fitness requirements; disease prevention; designing a fitness program; evaluating fitness program elements.

Health

This high school Health course helps students develop the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions that allow them to stay active, safe, and informed. Students learn about the components of a healthy lifestyle and learn strategies for making healthy choices. Instructional material introduces students to the concepts of mental health, emotional health, social health, consumer health, and physical health. It presents opportunities for students to apply their value systems to decisions concerning their own health. Students develop communication skills in this one-semester course that allow them to demonstrate healthy choices with respect for self, family, and others.