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 develops literacy skills for college and career readiness through reading and analyzing different texts that prompt critical thinking, comprehension
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
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 is the third course of a
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; logic
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
World History examines human development from the dawn of civilization to the present day. Using primary and secondary sources, students conduct an
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 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 focuses on four modes of expression in French,
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.
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 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 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.
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).
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 &
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.
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
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.
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.