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Courses of Study with a link to a PDF are revised or new since 2008.  Any Courses of Study listed without a link are courses that may be offered in our district, but we do not have an revised course of study for them.

 

Arts - Visual and Performing

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3-D Art 1-2

This beginning course introduces students to three-dimensional art forms and processing: creation of 3-D objects; model making, exploration of trends and issues in 3-D Art from historical, cultural and contemporary viewpoints, and development of spatial skills. The course leads to the development of creative thinking, craftsmanship, problem solving and manipulative motor skills.

3-D Game Art and Design

This one-year course is a beginning course on fundamental technical and artistic methods and practices of Computer Graphic artists working in the Film and Game Design Industry.  Students will research, design and create 3D models, and explore a wide range of professional, aesthetic, and story-telling skills while working in individual and team artistic projects. Foundational computer scripting, modeling, rendering, animating, lighting and managing assets in a game engine will be learned  as students prepare verbal and written critiques and reflect on professional game art, published video games, fine art and their own artwork.

3-D Game Art and Design Advanced

This advanced course will build upon the students' experience and knowledge from 3D Game Art and Design 1-2.  Through the process of researching, analyzing and building Game Designs students will continue to dvelop technical, artistic and collaborative skills transferable to many careers.  

Animation 1-2

This course covers the basic concepts and methods of animation as used in traditional and digitally animated films and interactive media. Students will be able to capture the essence of human and animal forms, facial expressions and movement and incorporate it into various cartoon characters. Students will realize that English, math, history, writing, and technology skills are vital when creating animated films.

Advanced Animation

The purpose of this course is to further enlarge students’ understanding of the processes and strategies used in solving art and animation design problems, and expand the drawing, design and artistic skills needed for creating outstanding and original animations. Students will apply prior knowledge of the elements of art, principles of design, history, literature, geometry, math, and computer technology in order to create more complex animated films and interactive media.

Advanced Art of Video

This course provides an opportunity for students to further develop the foundation of film theory, history, and textual analysis and production skills established in the first year of the course. Students will be challenged through hands-on projects utilizing their understanding of the history of film and video communication, composition and movement, the aesthetic use of light, color, and sound, narrative design and storytelling, production design and directing, as well as the technical skills of editing, graphics design and distribution.

Advanced Art & Multimedia

This is an advanced course approach to design theory and visual communication in the contemporary setting using digital art applications.  Students will learn about developing images for multiple applications, explore how media is being developed as an avenue for design communication, and explore creative story-telling and the different roles of members of a design team.  There will be an emphasis on creating a highly refined portfolio art work for a digital or printed presentation portfolio.

Art 1-2

This year-long course is an introduction to art theory and application in the areas of drawing, conceptual design, painting and color theory. Students will appreciate the historical and cultural context that connects the arts and the artist to society, while exploring the connection between art and other fields of study, learning how visual imagery is used to convey thoughts in other disciplines.

Art Advanced

The focus of this course is on the development of students’ creative problem solving skills in art forms such as drawing and illustration. Using their knowledge of the way recognized artists express complex ideas through imagery students will synthesize their own ideas about contemporary issues and reflect those ideas in their work with increasing skill development and conceptual thinking. Students will gain insight into the use of artistic imagery in literature, politics, science, marketing, and communication, and will explore career opportunities available in visual fields (architecture, fashion design, animation, graphic design, and illustration).

Art Appreciation

In this course students explore, study, and examine different artistic media including but not limited to music and paintings. This course is aligned to visual and performing arts standards and emphasizes the necessary skills to provide students with the perceptual base leading to understanding artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context(s), aesthetic valuing and connections, relations and applications of the arts.

 

Audio Production

This is an advanced level course that teaches students to use the software and equipment found in recording studios to capture and disseminate music they have written, arranged, or composed. It will introduce students to techniques used to make electronic music including looping software and midi instruments, providing them with new ways to convey their own voice.

Ceramics 1-2

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of traditional ceramic arts: the basic processes of pottery, construction methods (pinch, slab, coil, and wheel forming) and surface decoration techniques. Through viewing a variety of ceramic forms, discussing their purpose and/ or meanings, creating personal clay forms, students will develop artistic perception, creative expression, and aesthetic judgment, historical and cultural perspectives.

Ceramics Advanced

This course is designed to challenge students to create art forms intended to address a broad interpretation of the elements of art and the principles of design with an emphasis on design and craftsmanship. Students will create three-dimensional ceramic art forms through the additive, subtractive and/or fabrication processes, with an emphasis on developing a personal style in concept and execution of clay art.

Chamber Orchestra

Students perform Grade 3-5 literature from various eras of musical history including: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Neo-Classical, Twentieth Century and Contemporary and non-Western musical traditions. The performance schedule will require a considerable time commitment outside the regular school day including festivals, community performances and tours.

Chamber Singers

The Chamber Singers perform intermediate to advanced literature chosen from various eras of musical history including: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Neo-Classical, Twentieth Century and Contemporary, including non-Western musical traditions. The performance schedule will require a time commitment outside the regular school day.

Chorus 1-2

This “first-tier” ensemble performs beginning to intermediate level literature chosen from various eras of musical history including: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Neo-Classical, Twentieth Century and Contemporary, including non-Western musical traditions. The performance schedule will require a time commitment outside the regular school day.

Concert Band

The Concert Band is the first tier ensemble for intermediate level instrumental musicians  The Concert Band will perform grades 2-4 music from the repertoire of band literature from various eras of musical history including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Neo-Classical, Twentieth Century and Contemporary. The performance schedule will require a time commitment outside the regular school day.

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is a large group that performs intermediate to advanced literature chosen from various eras of musical history including: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Neo-Classical, Twentieth Century and Contemporary, including non-Western musical traditions. The performance schedule will require a time commitment outside the regular school day.

Drama 1-2

This course introduces students to the basic elements of acting, theatre history and design. Students learn the fundamental concepts and terminology of theatre. Students gain experience in varied forms of creative expression including scene study, improvisation, playwriting, direction and design. Students analyze the role and development of theatre in past and present cultures throughout the world.

Drama Advanced

This repeatable course gives students a greater appreciation and understanding of theatre as an art form and as a means of communication. Text readings and performance projects are designed to develop a sophisticated understanding of theatre terms and style. Students analyze theatre text from the perspective of actor, director and designer, collaborating with each other as part of a production team. Students will develop resumes and audition portfolios in preparation for post-graduate study and career opportunities.

Digital Photography 1-2

This course is for students interested in hands-on photography using digital cameras and computers. Students will have an introduction to elements of art and principles of design. This course will familiarize the student will digital photographic equipment, materials, and methods through theory and hands on practice. Students will create a portfolio of original compositions.

Advanced Digital Photography

This course is designed for students who are highly motivated to further develop on the foundations of photography. Throughout the course students will be challenged through group critiques, readings, research projects, museum visits, written self-evaluations, and creating their portfolio on an individual basis.   The advanced course challenges students to demonstrate their understanding of aperture, shutter speed, exposure, lighting, composition, principles of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationship) and elements of art (texture, color, form, space, shape, line). All work must be original; students must develop work beyond duplication.

Guitar 1-2

This course offers beginning instruction for the guitar. Students will learn open chords, power chords, moveable chords, accompaniment techniques and a variety of playing techniques and styles including both the pickstyle and fingerstyle approaches to the guitar. The course also includes music fundamentals, theory, songs, performance, listening, composing, improvising, analyzing, and learning how to read standard notation and tablature.

Advanced Guitar

A one-year course offering intermediate to advanced instruction for the guitar. Students will learn open chords, power chords, moveable chords, extended and embellished accompaniment techniques, and a variety of playing techniques and styles including both the pickstyle and fingerstyle approaches to the guitar.

Jazz Ensemble

This course is for advanced level instrumental musicians, comprised mainly of, but not limited to, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Jazz Ensemble will perform music from the jazz idiom (styles include swing, rock, ballad and Latin).

Marching Band

This is a four-year program that provides students the opportunity to develop musical, physical and social skills as well as an understanding of the distinctly different characters of marching bands in different societies and the important role of marching bands throughout history. The performance schedule will require a time commitment outside the regular school day.

Musical Theatre

This one-year course, repeatable for credit, introduces students to the history, craft and artistry of musical theatre singing and acting. Through practical application, students will learn about the historical development of this art form, the structure of a musical and the part each contributor plays in its creation. Students will take part in a variety of projects, covering all aspects of a production from audition through rehearsals and performance, culminating in students’ preparation for post-graduate study and work.

String Orchestra

The String Orchestra performs Grade 2-4 literature from various eras of musical history including: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Neo-Classical, Twentieth Century and Contemporary, including non-Western musical traditions. The performance schedule will require a time commitment outside the regular school day.

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band will perform grade 3-5 music from the repertoire of band literature from various eras of musical history including: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Neo-Classical, Twentieth Century and Contemporary. While learning the techniques of rehearsal and performance, the students analyze compositional elements in cultural and historical context, gaining a deeper aesthetic understanding of music. The performance schedule will require a time commitment outside the regular school day.

Technical Theatre

This course is designed to introduce the student to the world of theatre through study and practical application of technical elements. Students work with authentic projects and assessments to evaluate and apply theatre history, color psychology and various principles of design.

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble will perform grades 4-6 music from the highest level repertoire of band literature from various eras of musical history including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Neo-Classical, Twentieth Century and Contemporary. The performance schedule will require a time commitment outside the regular school day.

 

Advanced Drawing 3-4

Advanced Placement Studio Art

Art History 1-2 AP

Art & Multimedia 1-2

Beginning Drawing 1-2

Cinema & Society: The Art & Analysis of Film

The Art of Video

3-D Art 3-8

 

Advanced Band

Advanced Choir

Advanced Dance

Advanced Orchestra

Advanced Technical Theater

Advanced Placement Music Theory

Beginning Folkloric Dance Class (also P.E. credit)

Dance

Intermediate Band or Intermediate Orchestra 1-2

Intermediate Dance

Career Technical Education

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Architectural Design 1-2

This is a one-year sequential course that studies the principles and concepts of Architectural Design. This course is designed for University/College programs that prepare students for professional careers in Architecture, Engineering, Design, City Planning, Construction Management, and related fields of study. This course is a comprehensive study of the history of Architecture and Styles, the concepts of architectural planning, and the fundamentals of drawing and design.

Architectural Design 3-4

This is an advanced course that develops mastery of the skills employed in technical illustration and Computer Aided Drafting, that builds upon the student's understanding of the language and concepts of visuals arts acquired in Architectural Design 1-2.This course is designed for university/college programs that prepare students for professional careers in Architecture, Engineering, Design, Project Management, City Planning, and related fields of study as well as employment in industries where CAD skills and critical thinking are essential.

Child Development and Guidance 3-4

This course is an advanced study that focuses on cognitive development of children. Through a study of early childhood learning theories, the students will understand the techniques used to foster learning at the preschool level. Additionally, the course emphasizes the supervisorial skills necessary to run a preschool or ECE center.

Culinary Arts 1-2

This course is designed to help students expand their food preparation, menu planning, cost and nutritional skills beyond the basics. Special emphasis will be given to use and care of specialized cooking equipment through meal planning and food preparation, including budgeting, shopping, and meal presentation. Students will make connections to the careers related to the food service and hospitality industry.

Foods and Nutrition 1-2

This comprehensive course is designed to help students understand how food choices impact health. Students learn fundamental scientific principles of nutrients and foods. This applied laboratory-based course is designed to educate students about the functional components of foods and food preparation including nutrient composition, analysis and preservation in addition to food safety, sensory evaluation, and quality control.

Green Energy and Conservation 1-2

This course is an overview of the scientific, technical, economic, and social issues that drive energy production and use. While introducing students to the physics of energy, the course will teach students to measure and monitor electricity consumption and to understand the principles behind emerging power-generating technologies. Students will learn to build simple circuits and low-power generators and be able to describe their devices using appropriate technical terms.

Introduction to Healthcare Science & Medical Technology

This course will provide a solid foundation for the medical, science, reading, writing, and math skills that are used in the allied health professions, while exploring the many career opportunities in the healthcare industry.  Topics of study include medical terminology, human body systems and diseases, as well as medical ethics, conduct, legal responsibilities, and general medical safety.

Advanced Healthcare Science & Medical Technology

The course will provide a solid foundation for the medical, science, reading, writing and math skills that are used in the allied health professions as well as explore, in depth, the emergency medical services industry.  Students will develop manipulative and problem solving skills necessary for the initial evaluation and stabilization of victims of emergency illness or trauma as well as First Responder level training for fire service, emergency, law enforcement, civil, and industrial personnel.

Construction 1-2

This is a one-year course includes units on the use of tools, materials, and processes to build structures.  Home remodeling and renovation, major emphases in this program, rely on an integration of the academic core.  Math and science concepts are infused throughout the course as are language arts skills through the use of a notebook, report writing, and speeches of demonstration.  Thinking and listening skills, peer teaching, and outlining skills will be used in appropriate phases on the course.

Advanced Construction

This is a one-year course designed to increase the student's knowledge of constructing residential and light commercial structures.  The topics covered build on the foundation material introduced in Construction 1-2.  The emphasis of the course is on advanced construction techniques, finished carpentry, project management, and sustainable building (green building).

Conservation Strategies

This course highlights those careers related to Energy and Conservation that require skills related to marketing, promotion, sales, public relations, and finance including skills needed for the sales of photovoltaic systems, energy retrofits, and efficient vehicles.  Students will learn the skills to build and present effective sales campaigns as well as the essential computer and analytic skills used to develop and evaluate programs that lead to behavioral changes that reduce carbon footprints.

Advanced Engineering Technology

An advanced course that develops a mastery of the design and construction skills taught in Engineering Tech 1-2, with a focus on ways to reduce waste and energy use in the construction/production process.  Students will be challenged to design and redesign products in a way that makes them more efficient or use sustainable or recycled / recyclable materials.  Students will also learn to communicate effectively using the terminology and symbolism that is common in the produce design, manufacturing, and construction industries.  

 

Child Development & Guidance 1, 2

Engineering Technology 1, 2

Exploring Technology 1, 2

FEAST - Food Education and Service Training

Woodwork 1, 2

Woodwork Advanced

English

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English 5-6

This is a rigorous college preparatory course designed to ensure college success. Students read novels, short stories, drama, poetry, and nonfiction with an emphasis on American literature. They analyze literature with a critical eye, forming opinions based on evidence in the text. Students expand speaking, listening, research, and presentation skills within the context of studied literature.

English 7-8 College Prep 

This is a rigorous college preparatory course designed to ensure college success. Students read novels, short stories, drama, poetry, and nonfiction with an emphasis on world literature. Students produce a variety of writing: analytical essays, a personal essay, journal writing, summary and response to nonfiction. They expand speaking, listening, research, and presentation skills within the context of studied literature.

Publications

Students will combine high-level critical thinking, reading and writing skills of print journalism with emphasis on desktop publishing, design, and marketing.  The artistic, creative and aesthetic skills of the visual and graphic arts and mastery of the writing and editing of the most common forms of journalistic stories will be included.  Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical responsi­bilities and communications law as well as sales and marketing.

Strategic English Support (SES) 1-2

This course is designed to give students the skills and support they need to meet the California English Language Arts Standards and be successful in their English 1-2 class. Additionally, the class is focused on giving students the skills and support needed to score at the proficient level on the ELA section of the California High School Exit Exam. The class will support mastery of the standards for English 1 and English 2 using materials that are appropriate to the students’ abilities and experience.

Strategic English Support (SES) 3-4

This course is designed to give students the skills and support they need to meet the California English Language Arts Standards and be successful in their English 3-4 class. Additionally, the class is focused on giving students the skills and support needed to score at the proficient level on the California High School Exit Exam. The class will support mastery of the standards for English 3 and English 4 using materials that are appropriate to the students’ abilities and experience.

Intensive English 1-2

This is a standards-aligned course designed to give students who are significantly below grade level the skills they need to meet the California English Language Arts Standards. Students read, write, speak, and listen with the goal of moving successfully toward tenth-grade English with an additional support class, high school graduation, and post-secondary endeavors. Additionally, the class is focused on giving students the skills needed to score at the proficient level on the ELA section of the California High School Exit Exam.

Expository Reading and Writing

Through a sequence of eight to ten rigorous, Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy (CCSS for ELA/Literacy) aligned instructional modules, students in this yearlong, rhetoric-based course will develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.

 

Advanced Placement Language and Composition

English 1 - 2, 3 - 4, 7 - 8

Honors in American Literature

Journalism

Advanced Journalism

Journalistic Writing

English Language Development (ELD)

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English Language Development 1-2

This class is designed for students who are beginning and early intermediate English Learners (ELs). Students will develop and improve their English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

English Language Development 3-4

This is an intensive language development course designed to prepare intermediate and early advanced English language learners for mainstream English. The course emphasizes academic reading and writing and provides an experience equivalent to English 1-2 CP. Students in this course also continue their English development in the areas of speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary.

 

English Language Development Reading 1 - 2

English Language Development Reading 3 - 4

Transitional English Language Development

Transitional 9 English Language Development

Mathematics

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Integrated Math 1-2

This class is designed to provide a balance of problem solving, skill development, and conceptual understanding. The course is based on strengthening algebraic skills while introducing geometric skills.

Integrated Math 3-4

This class is designed to provide a balance of problem solving, skill development, and conceptual understanding. The course is based on strengthening algebraic and geometric skills in preparation for Algebra 3-4.

Multivariable Calculus 1-2 Honors

This is a second year university level calculus course. It is the calculus of functions of several variables. This course begins with the study of the basic objects of multidimensional geometry: vectors and vector operations, various coordinate systems, and the elementary differential geometry of vector functions and space curves. It then extends the tools of differential and integral calculus to multidimensional problems.

Strategic Algebra Support 1-2

Strategic Algebra Support (SAS) is a standards-aligned course designed to give students the skills and support they need to meet the California Algebra I Standards and be successful in the Algebra 1-2 class. Additionally, the class is focused on giving students the skills and support needed to score at the proficient level on the California High School Exit Exam. On a regular basis, SAS teachers will engage in meaningful collaboration with the Algebra 1-2 teachers at their school site to guide the pre-teaching and re-teaching throughout the year. The class will support mastery of the standards for Algebra I using materials that are appropriate to the students’ abilities and experience.

Strategic Geometry Support

This course is a standards-aligned course designed to give students the skills and support they need to meet the California Geometry Standards and be successful in the Geometry 1-2 class.  The class will support mastery of the standards for Geometry using materials that are appropriate to the students' abilities and experience.

Intensive Algebra 1-2

 Intensive Algebra 1-2 (IA) is a standards-aligned course designed to give students who are significantly below grade level the skills they need to meet the California Algebra I Standards. The class is focused on giving students the algebra skills needed to score at the proficient level on the Math section of the California High School Exit Exam and the California STAR Test for Algebra 1. The course mirrors the Algebra 1-2 curriculum with a more appropriate pace, more accessible problem selection, more scaffolding, conceptual mathematics building, practical and real world applications, unit theme problems and more time built in to re-teach.

Advanced Placement Computer Science

This is a computer programming course.  The major emphasis is on programming methodology, algorithms, and data structures.  The programming language used will be JAVA.  This course provides hands on skills for students to apply to future technical certification programs.  Treatments of computer systems and the social implications of computing are integrated into the course.

 

Algebra .5 and 1.0

Algebra 1.5 and 2.0

Algebra 1-2

Algebra 3-4

Advanced Placement Statistics

Applied Geometry and Statistics

Calculus 1-2 (Advanced Placement)

Finite Math and Statistics

Geometry 1-2

Precalculus 1-2

Non-Departmental

Academic Peer Tutoring

This elective course for 11th and 12th graders is designed to strengthen students' verbal skills, listening skills, leadership skills, and content area skills while practicing empathy within a structure academic setting.  Peer tutoring offers tutors the opportunity to engage in authentic content area discussions.  In addition, the tutors will present struggling students the opportunity to practice content specific vocabulary in context.

Functional Math

This course is designed for high school students in the Special Day M/S classes on a non-diploma track.  This course is based on the California Alternative Performance Assessment (CAPA).  Topics of instruction include: computation, money skills, telling time, counting, classifying, sorting, budgeting, using a calendar, and following a schedule.

 

Health Education

This course provides a comprehensive, sequentially planned program to positively influence the knowledge, attitude, skills and behaviors of individuals related to health. This comprehensive health education program embraces the vision of health literacy emphasized throughout the health curriculum by establishment of goals in four levels of development. These four levels are personal responsibility, respect for and promotion of health of others, understanding the process of growth and development, and informed use of health-related information.

Independent Living Skills

This course is designed for high school students in Special Day M/S classes on a non-diploma track.  Topics for instruction include food preparation and nutrition, care of clothing including laundry, grocery shopping, comparison shopping, kitchen/home safety and cleanliness, reading bus schedules/maps/recipes/menus and other functional texts as well as budgeting, personal hygiene/safety and health care issues, competitive employment skills and leisure time options.

Literacy Development

This course is designed for high school students in Special Day M/S classes on a non-diploma track.  Instruction will be based on the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA).  Topics of instruction will include: reading comprehension, main idea, vocabulary development, sequencing events in a passage or story, fact and opinion, cause and effect, true/false, and making simple predictions.

Work Experience

This course develops career awareness and employment skills which includes a minimum of 9 hours per week in the field and the equivalent of one hour per week in the classroom. This course covers job-seeking strategies, labor and employment law, workplace relations and success, economic literacy and career development.

Advancement via Individual Determination - AVID Senior Seminar

College Study Skills

Global Communications

Leadership

 

Physical Education

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Elective Physical Education

Students are expected to meet performance and content standards throughout the course. During this course, students will demonstrate knowledge and competency in motor skills, movement patterns and strategies needed to perform a variety of physical activities.  Students will achieve a level of physical fitness for health and performance.

Introduction to Yoga

This course is designed to introduce students, safely, to the basic postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and relaxation methods of yoga. It will also introduce students to the historical roots of yoga, and give them an understanding of anatomy and physiology as it applies to this discipline.

 

Adaptive Physical Education

Physical Education 1, 2, 3, and 4

Science

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Anatomy & Physiology 1-2

The course builds upon the scientific foundations developed in Biology 1-2 and Chemistry 1-2 by spiraling and integrating topics and key themes in the context of the human body.  The course content is primarily organized around the organ systems of the vertebrate body - skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, and so on - and their interaction in maintaining a functioning, homeostatic organism.  The course is laboratory-based, drawing equally on experimental and observational studies as the major instructional methodologies.

Biology 1-2

Students will have a fundamental understanding of science as a process and how it relates to society.   This understanding includes: cell structure and function, cell regulation, cell reproduction and cell energy processes; classical genetics and human inheritance; the theory of evolution, evidence for evolution, and modern scientific contributions to the theory. Students will have the opportunity to explore biotechnology applications.

Chemistry 1 - 2

Students will develop critical thinking skills, communication skills, laboratory skills, and mathematical skills through the study of the nature and behavior of matter and energy. Students will apply fundamental concepts in Atomic and Molecular Structure, Chemical Bonds, Conservation of Matter and Stoichiometry, Gases and their Properties, Acids and Bases, Solutions, Chemical Thermodynamics, Reaction Rates, Chemical Equilibrium, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nuclear Process and Investigation and Experimentation.

Environmental Science 1-2

This is a course dedicated to understanding the interactions between earth’s natural systems and the demands placed on them by the human population. This course examines the scientific principles behind natural phenomena and resource cycles, explores how we utilize these systems and our impact, and potential solutions for the resulting consequences of resource mismanagement and exploitation. Concepts can be explored through inquiry based laboratory exercises, environmental health assessment techniques, student presentations and projects.

Physics 1 - 2

This is a study of Motion and Forces, Conservation of Energy and Momentum, Heat and Thermodynamics, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Phenomena, and Investigation and Experimentation.  The course will use some combination of algebra, geometry, graphing, vector algebra and trigonometric functions.

  

Advanced Placement Environmental Science 1 - 2

Applied Biology 1 - 2

Applied Chemistry 1 - 2

Astronomy 1 - 2

Biology 3 - 4

Biology: Advanced Placement 3 - 4

Biotechnology 1 - 2, 3 - 4

Chemistry 3 - 4 Advanced Placement

Earth Science

Integrated Science 1 - 2

Integrated Science 3 - 4

Introduction to Biotechnology & Independent Research

Physics: Advanced Placement 3 - 4

Social Science

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Contemporary World Studies

This one-semester course examines contemporary issues facing the non-European regions of the world. The central topics of globalization, nation-building and social justice will all be taught. A fourth unit, Current Event, allows teachers the flexibility to address breaking issues of the day.

Advanced Placement Comparative Government

Introduces students to the fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings.  The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes.

Modern History 1-2

Develops a background to the study of the history of the United States.  Sections include Transition to Modern Times, Democracy and Nationalism, The Post-War World, and American Society Today.

Modern World History

Students will study themes to help make sense of our historical past and the world we live in.  A wide variety of basic study skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking skills will be stressed.

 

Advanced Placement European History

Advanced Placement Psychology

American Goverment

Facing History and Ourselves

Advanced Placement Economics

International Relations

Psychology

Sociology

United States History 1 - 2

United States History 1 - 2 Advanced Placement

Special Education

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Basic Cooking 1-2

Basic Cooking Functional Life Skills (FLS) is designed for Special Day Class students with moderate to severe handicaps. This beginning cooking course introduces students to basic nutrition, meal planning, kitchen safety, proper use of equipment and utensils, standard measurements in the kitchen, following a recipe, shopping, proper clean-up, hygiene for the kitchen, and simple table setting. Through cooking labs students will be able to demonstrate and practice the basic skills they learn within the classroom. This course is aligned with the Basics Curriculum and Framework for Students with Severe Cognitive Disabilities (BASICS).

Understanding the Social World 1-2

This is an elective course in the Special Education Department. Students with Asperger's/High Functioning Autism/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) can benefit greatly from a social skills class with others their age. These groups can also help reduce isolation, teach empathy and role play social lessons. This course is designed to help these students gain the necessary skills for social and academic success in high school and beyond.

World Language

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Chinese 1-2 Advanced Placement

This course is designed to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills within a cultural frame of reference reflective of the richness of Chinese language and culture, in preparation for the Chinese 1-2 AP exam.

Chinese 5-6

This is a continuation of Chinese 3-4. In this course, students will further develop their communication skills in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Rigorous emphasis will be placed on students’ speaking and writing skills in Chinese and appreciation of Chinese culture. The instruction is conducted mostly in Chinese.

French 5-6

This is a third-year French course in which students will continue to develop their proficiency in the language together with their understanding of Francophone culture. The course will help students develop the productive, receptive, and cultural skills useful in communicating with native speakers. Students will also be able to speak and write with more complexity, including conversations, journals, letters, interviews, and short essays.

Italian 5-6

This is a third year Italian course in which students will continue to develop their proficiency in the language together with their understanding of Italian culture. The course will help students develop the productive, receptive, and cultural skills useful in communicating with native speakers. Students will also be able to write with more complexity, including journals, letters and short essays.

Italian 7-8 Honors

This course seeks to further the student’s linguistic skills within a cultural frame of reference reflective of the richness of Italian language and culture. The course, conducted exclusively in Italian, will help students to demonstrate the productive, receptive, interactive, and cultural skills necessary to communicate with native speakers of Italian.

Japanese 5-6

This course is designed for students who have already studied Japanese language for two years, and have more advanced functional communication skills in Japanese as well as a working knowledge of the writing systems. In this course, students will further develop their communicative ability in Japanese. Emphasis will be placed on reading and listening comprehension, conversation, short essay writing and appreciation of Japanese culture. This course is designed as a pre AP course to prepare students who are planning to take the Japanese AP Exam in the following year. The instruction is conducted mostly in Japanese.

Spanish 5-6

This is a third-year Spanish course in which students will continue to develop their proficiency in the language together with their understanding of Spanish-speaking culture. Building on the vocabulary and grammar learned in Spanish 3-4, this course will help students develop the productive, receptive, and cultural skills useful in communicating with native speakers. Students will also be able to speak and write with more complexity, including conversations, journals, letters, interviews, and short essays. The instruction is conducted mostly in Spanish.

Spanish for Native Speakers 3-4

This course is tailored to build upon the existing skills of students who have Spanish as a primary language. Students will refine and expand their linguistic abilities. Areas of focus will include basic and advanced grammatical structure and orthography through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Through a variety of media, students will also explore culture, geography, history, current events, and literature of the Spanish-speaking world.

 

Advanced Placement Japanese Language and Culture

Chinese 1 - 2, 3 - 4, 5 - 6, 7 - 8,

French 1 - 2, 3 - 4, 7 - 8

French AP

Italian 1 - 2, 3 - 4, 5 - 6

Italian 7 - 8

Italian AP

Japanese 1 - 2, 3 - 4, 5 - 6

Spanish 1 - 2, 3 - 4, 5 - 6

Spanish 7 - 8

Spanish for Native Speakers 5 - 6

World Languages for 9th Graders 2013 – 2014

 

 

Aragon

Burlingame

Capuchino

Hillsdale

MIlls

San Mateo

French

 

 

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Italian

 

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Japanese

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   X

 

Mandarin

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       X

 

      X 

   X

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Spanish

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   X

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Spanish for Native Speakers

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