Strategic Support Classes
Aragon offers classes to support students in English and Mathematics. English Support classes include Intensive English 1 and Strategic English Support 1 and 2. Mathematics Support is currently limited to Intensive Algebra 1.
Please speak with your Guidance Counselor if you are interested in discussing the possibility of adding any of these courses to your student's schedule.
Support Class Course Descriptions
INTENSIVE ENGLISH 1
Intensive English is a two-period standards-aligned course designed to give students who read and write significantly below grade level the skills they need to meet California State Standards for English Language Arts. The course helps students develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with the goal of moving successfully toward tenth-grade English (combined with an additional support class), high school graduation, and post-secondary endeavors. The intensive class is significantly smaller than the CP classes, moves at a slower place, and allows for more one-on-one support.
In the fall students learn the basics of grammar, study literature-based vocabulary, practice writing well-developed paragraphs, and learn the basics of research. They are also introduced to the format of the multi-paragraph analytical and synthesis essays. These same areas are reinforced during the spring semester as students hone their skills, work more independently, and add sophistication to their writing. Students study the elements of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry throughout the year. In addition to content specific lessons, students learn to take effective Cornell Notes, to use context clues to determine meanings of words, and to employ other study and organizational skills. Each semester students complete a short research project which culminates in an oral presentation with technological visual aid. Students further develop their listening and speaking skills through small group and whole class discussions.
STRATEGIC ENGLISH SUPPORT (SES) 1
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 class. The class will support mastery of the standards for English 1 using materials that are appropriate to the students’ abilities and experience.
STRATEGIC ENGLISH SUPPORT (SES) 2
This course is designed to give students the skills and support they need to meet the California State Standards and be successful in their English 2 class. The class will support mastery of the standards for English 2 using materials that are appropriate to the students’ abilities and experience.
INTENSIVE ALGEBRA 1
This two-semester course is designed to give a foundation in basic algebraic principles. The student learns to work with signed numbers, fundamental operations with algebraic symbols, graphing, radicals, the solution of elementary word problems, factoring, linear and quadratic functions, and solving quadratic equations. Instructional techniques will include manipulatives, and the use of scientific technology. This is a double period of Math with one period of elective credits.