Course Offerings

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COURSE OFFERINGS
Listed on the following pages are the courses offered at Beverly Hills High School. Courses listed are not necessarily taught every year.
 
VISUAL AND TECHNICAL ARTS
ART FOUNDATION (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
This is an introductory course into the fundamentals of art. Students will be exposed to a variety of art making methods and materials by analyzing art through historical references and applying similar methods to create their own student work. Students will explore and use both 2D and 3D art production processes. Topics from Fine Art, Commercial Art, Graphic Art and Design, Architecture, and Sculpture will be explored. Connections between art history, aesthetic valuing, career paths, and communication through visual media will also be covered. This is the recommended prerequisite for all classes in Visual or Technical Arts. Meets the UC/CSU Visual Performing Arts (VPA) requirement. Prerequisites: none.
 
DRAWING AND PAINTING (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This is a yearlong course designed for students interested in advancing their artistic skills, improving their creative solving abilities, increasing their creative expression and developing individual style, all with an emphasis in illustration. This illustration course emphasizes the production of artwork, acquisition of knowledge, communication of ideas and critical analysis. Students will be creating artwork in both large and small scale as they explore a wide variety of media and techniques which are viewed through art history and culture. This is an excellent class for students who are interested in continuing in the arts and wish to build an AP portfolio. This class is recommended for students, grades 10-12, with a strong interest in creating art. Meets the UC/CSU Visual Performing Arts (VPA) requirement. Prerequisites: Art Foundation or art portfolio submission. This class is open to 9th graders with a strong work ethic, who are also academically sound.
 
ANIMATION (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
This animation course is designed for students interested in traditional hand drawn animation, or students who are looking to learn about visual communication with moving imagery. Students will study the Elements and Principles of Art and Design, will be introduced to basic drawing skills, beginning animation techniques, and multiple animation methods. Students who are interested in careers like, video game design, animation, advertising, motion graphics, film and video, etc., are encouraged to take this course. Students will view films and discuss the use of the camera as a narrative subject matter, learn the basics of screen writing and storyboarding. Students should be prepared to purchase a 9”x12”, spiral bound, 100 page sketchbook and a 4GB or higher flash drive to store their work. Meets the UC/CSU Visual Performing Arts (VPA) requirement. Prerequisites: It is recommended that students take a beginning level art class prior to this one, but it is not required. This class is open to 9th graders with a strong work ethic, who are also academically sound.
 
SCULPTURE AND CERAMICS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Beginning Ceramics is a one-year course that introduces students to sculpture mostly through the medium of clay while at the same time introducing them to different methods of visual expression. Students will learn how to sculpt by hand, create in 3 dimensions, as well as how to throw a vessel on the pottery wheel. Students will increase their technical and creative abilities while enhancing their skills of visual design. The emphasis for this course is on 3D design. Students who are interested in a career in sculpture, special effects makeup artistry, prop-making, production design, special effects modeling, or claymation will benefit from this course. This course meets the UC/ CSU Visual Performing Arts (VPA) requirement. Prerequisites: Prior art experience is suggested, but not required. 
 
ADVANCED SCULPTURE AND MODELING (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Advanced Ceramics is a one-year advanced course with a goal of providing students with a more intensive examination of the artistic skills and concepts learned in Beginning Ceramics. Students will focus on developing their own personal artistic style and finding appreciation in artistic expression. Students will look at various artists and artistic styles to improve their skills. In addition, students will further explore methods of reductive and additive sculpture and pottery. Students will review handbuilding techniques, wheel throwing, firing, and glazing techniques while continuing to a more in depth study of sculpture and ceramics and all of its uses. Students who wish to continue studying art past high school may also use this class for portfolio development. This course gives students the opportunity to create, enhance, and produce works in their own distinct artistic styles while giving them the tools to understand how art can be decorative and functional. Students who are interested in a career in sculpture, product design, special effects makeup artistry, prop-making, production design, special effects modeling, or claymation will benefit from this course. This course meets the UC/ CSU Visual Performing Arts (VPA) requirement. Prerequisites: Beginning Ceramics.
 
STUDIO ART - HONORS (1ST YEAR), AND AP (2ND YEAR) (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Both levels work toward the development of a comprehensive portfolio that may meet requirements for entry into college-level classes. The objective is to complete the portfolio in one year if possible. This class is designed for students who intend to submit a portfolio to the College Board for consideration for college credit upon entry. Students will investigate all three portfolio components—Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. Students will be expected to develop mastery in concept, composition and execution of ideas. Most importantly, students who wish to design a portfolio for specific colleges and not just the AP College Board Exam may greatly benefit from the exploration of media and technique. Students are striving to develop a personal voice and style with their content and method. Students are required to purchase a 100 page spiral bound sketchbook, and a 4GB or higher Flash Drive. Students may need to purchase some other materials as well. Meets the UC/CSU Visual Performing Arts (VPA) requirement. Prerequisites: Two years previous art class and portfolio submission.
 
ARCHITECTURE – BEGINNING (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Students experience architecture by creating original designs for clients. They design a vacation house and plot for a particular family, and complete drawings, drafting plans, renderings, or a model building. Students will be introduced to historical and modern architecture and the techniques used to create a design for a real home. The emphasis is on 3D design and an understanding of space. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: none.
 
ARCHITECTURE – ADVANCED (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Students will continue with the skills learned in beginning architecture. This course is based on residential design, as is the beginning course, but without as many project limitations. Students will make a large scale residential design with more freedom, space, and less restrictions. Students will complete drawings, drafting plans, renderings, or a scale model. Emphasis is on 3D design and an understanding of space. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: Beginning Architecture.
 
COMMERCIAL BUILDING & URBAN PLANNING (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10 Commercial Building and Urban Planning is the 3rd year of Architecture and it continues to build upon the previous years but by extending into the commercial and urban realm. Students will be involved with the study of commercial buildings, which range from restaurants to high-rise buildings, and urban planning by designing for a city block. Each student will design a commercial building or block plan and will produce drawings, drafting plans, a rendering, or a complete model. Emphasis is on 3D design and preparing for a college setting in architecture. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: Advanced Architecture.
 
GRAPHIC DESIGN (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Introduces students to the elements of design and communication arts, using both computer graphics applications and hand techniques. The emphasis is 2-D design, typography, layout and digital illustration. Students increase their technical knowledge and develop their creative eye. Students are introduced to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign among other software programs to explore the world of design and communication arts. Basic Computer skills required. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: none.
 
VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN – ADVANCED (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
The second course in the Communication Arts series pursues advanced concepts in Visual Communications. Students apply their design and typography knowledge to Editorial Illustrations, Poster Art, Printed Media, Business Systems, Magazine Layout, Motion Graphics and Digital Portfolios. More challenging techniques are covered in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign for print and Macromedia Flash for motion graphics. While focusing on the creative process for commercial use this course is rooted in historically influential art movements integral to the Communication Arts field. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: “B” or better in Graphic Design and the approval of instructor.
 
JOURNALISM – BEGINNING (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-11 Credits: 10
This course is an introduction to all aspects of newspaper production, what determines news and how to report it. Students learn interviewing techniques as they write a variety of articles and columns. Students also edit photographs and graphics using Photoshop and create newspaper layouts using InDesign. Journalism ethics, copy editing, headline writing, broadcast journalism and advertising are covered as well. Required for students who want to be on the Highlights newspaper staff. Meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement. Prerequisites: “B” or better in English and teacher recommendation.
 
JOURNALISM – ADVANCED (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This advanced journalism course publishes Highlights, Beverly’s student newspaper. Students handle all aspects of the publication, including developing and assigning stories, covering school and community events, and creating layouts and shooting photographs. Students use Photoshop and InDesign to create graphics, edit photos and design layouts. Meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement. Prerequisites: “A” or “B” in Beginning Journalism and teacher recommendation.
 
BROADCAST JOURNALISM Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Students will learn skills required to produce a television news program. Students will write scripts and perform on camera for a weekly 30-minute school news program carried on Channel 6 in Beverly Hills. Prerequisites: “B” or better in English; Beginning Broadcast or Beginning Journalism.
 
PUBLICATIONS JOURNALISM (Formally YEARBOOK) (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
The yearbook serves as a record of the school’s academic and extracurricular activities. Students are responsible for all aspects of the book’s production: art work, page layout and design, copy writing, photography, and theme. The Yearbook Staff also produces the Watchtower DVD yearbook. Meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement. Prerequisites: Photography, Graphic Design or Journalism. “B” or Better in English. Teacher Recommendation. Application process begins every April for the following year.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY – BEGINNING (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
This course emphasizes the basic procedures involved in photographic image making, film and print processing, presentation, and critical analysis. Photographic compositions, the principles of the camera and film, and the history of photography are also covered. Additionally, this course covers creative uses of the camera, accessories, and darkroom techniques. Students will maintain a portfolio consisting of a series of original photographic artworks and a photo journal of reflective writing and critique. Students must provide their own camera and materials cost approx. $100-$125. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: none.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY – ADVANCED (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This course is designed for students interested in the advanced study of traditional black and white photography and black and white and color digital photography. The emphasis is on procedures of photographic image making, film and print processing, presentation and critical analysis. Photographic composition, the principles of camera and film, and the history of photography are covered. This course also covers various camera types, formats, and provides further exploration of accessories and darkroom techniques. Students maintain a portfolio of original photographic artworks and a journal of reflective writing, photographic procedures, record keeping, and critique. Students will become more selective as to critical issues involving history and ethics of photography and begin to develop an individual style and master personal techniques. Students must provide their own camera and materials cost approx. $100-$125. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: Beginning Photography with a “B” or better.
 
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION (cte)
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE), CTE classes offer students a chance to explore and experience a career field before making a commitment to a college major. More information regarding these and other courses is available in the Career Center, Room 290.
 
ARTS, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT PATHWAY/AUDIO PRODUCTION AUDIO PRODUCTION INTRO. (UC/CSU Approved/VAPA Eligible) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
In this introductory course, students will learn audio production, terminology, techniques and produce music on state-of-the art audio editing software and in a state-of-the art recording studio.
 
MUSIC INDUSTRY CAREERS ADVANCED (UC/CSU Approved/VAPA Eligible) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
In this advanced course that combines business with music, students will continue to learn and demonstrate audio recording techniques, and begin exploring the basic components of careers available in the music industry.
 
ARTS, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT PATHWAY/BROADCAST PRODUCTION INTRODUCTION TO BROADCAST COMMUNICATION STUDIES (UC/CSU Approved/VAPA Eligible) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
This course begins the student’s activities and skills development in the high school media center and provides an overview of current aspects of television and radio in the Los Angeles area. Students learn to identify characteristics of talk shows, soap operas, situation comedies, episodic drama, and contemporary radio and television programming. Students also learn to operate television and radio production equipment, how to create and edit materials for audio and video format, and how to operate television cameras and audio workstation equipment. Media projects will be created and shown on the school district cable television channel. This class meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: none.
 
FIELD VIDEO PRODUCTION Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Students who have previous TV production experience shoot and edit sports events, Norman News, field stories, school plays and dance events, elementary school presentations, high school and district promotional pieces and events in and around the Beverly Hills community. The students shoot and edit extensively to make finished programs. Prerequisites: Advanced TV or Telecommunications and instructor approval.
 
FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION/ADVANCED (UC/CSU Approved/VAPA Eligible, SMC Dual Enrollment College Credit) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Students who have previous TV production experience create and shoot Norman News, Press Conferences, interview programs, and short spots for the school cable channel. They also form the core of the crew for televised sports coverage. They edit video programs on both linear and nonlinear editing equipment. Completed programs are aired on the school cable TV channel. Meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: Intro or Telecommunications and instructor approval.
 
TELECOMMUNICATIONS Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Students learn the complexities of remote and out-of-studio production and broadcast by working one afternoon and evening each week shooting School Board Meets and similar productions. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.
 
T.V. PRODUCTION WORKSHOP Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Students receive preparation for entry level jobs in the television production industry. Hands-on-training includes: camera use, lighting techniques, audio systems, engineering duties, news casting, producing, and directing. Students will learn how to use related equipment, graphics, and techniques of filming and taping. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.
 
TV TECH Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10 Students learn how to maintain the TV studio and media center in top condition and assume responsibility for production preparation, cable channel operations, and broadcast and management of media and audio visual activities. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.
 
BUSINESS AND FINANCE PATHWAY PERSONAL AND BUSINESS, INTRO. FINANCE (UC/CSU Approved/SMC Dual Enrollment College Credit) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 5
This course presents essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about real world financial issues. Students will learn the fundamentals of personal finance and business finance. Personal finance topics include money management, investing and saving, and planning for a strong financial future. Business Finance topics include financing a business, forecasts and financial statements, and basic accounting. The course content is designed to help the learner make wise spending, saving, and credit decisions and to make effective use of income to achieve financial success.
 
BUSINESS & BRANDING ADVANCED (UC/CSU Approved/SMC Dual Enrollment College Credit) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This course explores the world of 21st Century marketing concepts through, practical and engaging hands on projects, guest lectures, and research. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.
 
ROBOTICS/BUSINESS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Learn how to run a successful engineering and robotics business. Students will learn about fundraising, gaining sponsorship, how to make a business plan and organizational handbook, accounting and money management, how to manage a website, how to make a winning proposal, and the importance of marketing. Students will work regularly with the Robotics Club. Meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.
 
HOSPITALITY, TOURISM & RECREATION PATHWAY INTRO TO CULINARY ARTS Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
This course trains students on the occupation of Culinary Arts which includes learning and cooking gourmet cuisine as well as covering all the basics of the art including baking, ordering, presentation, etc.
 
ADVANCED CULINARY ARTS Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Comprised of students who have excelled in Intro to Culinary Arts, this class gives students a more in depth look at the industry. Topics include cooking techniques, knife cuts, plating, gardening, and customer service skills. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.
 
CATERING Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
This dynamic “Capstone” class is for students who have completed Culinary (Intro) and Culinary (Advanced). It will involve hands on catering opportunities on and off campus. Through these experiences students will study advanced culinary techniques and practice the types of skills utilized in the area of catering, such as menu planning, purchasing, time management, customer service, communication, etc.
 
ENGINEERING PATHWAY ROBOTICS/ENGINEERING/INTRO (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Study engineering concepts, CAD and learn to apply those skills through participation in the National FIRST program’s regional and national competitions.
 
ROBOTICS/ENGINEERING ADVANCED (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This class is for students who have completed the introductory Robotics course. Study engineering concepts, CAD and learn to apply those skills through participation in the National FIRST program’s regional and national competitions.
 
OTHER TEACHER’S AIDE Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful teacher’s aides in a variety of school environments. Students will learn to assist with motivation and guidance of other students, arrange classroom bulletin boards, record attendance, and maintain other student records. Students will create a personal portfolio, participate in an informational interview, and establish career goals. Prerequisites: Instructor approval.
 
WE CAN WORK (DOR) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
This specialized work training program provides learning improvement students with paid or non-paid on-the-job training in the community. Jobs are developed according to student interest and ability. Related classroom workshops emphasize job seeking skills, expected job behavior, and skills for the transition from school to work. Prerequisites: Learning Improvement students.
 
ENGLISH
ENGLISH 9 (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 9 Credits: 10
Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of literary genres, a variety of writing experiences, sentence structure and punctuation, spelling and vocabulary study. Students also experience a variety of learning techniques including cooperative learning groups, independent projects, and multimedia presentations. Active learning is encouraged as students expand their capacity to respond to language and to increase their communication skills. Prerequisites: 8th Grade English.
 
ENGLISH 9 HONORS Grade: 9 Credits: 10
This is the first course in a sequence leading to the Advanced Placement English courses. Students are introduced to various types of literature from Homer, Sophocles, and Greek mythology through the Bible, Shakespeare, contemporary novels, short stories, plays and poetry which expose them to the literary traditions which form the foundations of Western Civilization. Students also study literary concepts and write in a variety of domains, including expository, narrative, and creative. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are also included. Prerequisites: Department approval.
 
ENGLISH 10 (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 10 Credits: 10
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry. The emphasis is on British and European literature. Writing focuses on the expository and narrative essay forms, with emphasis on analytical writing domains in preparation for the Sophomore Writing Proficiency Exam. Students also study standard written English and vocabulary. Prerequisites: 9th Grade English.
 
ENGLISH 10 HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 10 Credits: 10
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry with an emphasis on British and European literature. Students write a variety of essays and complete a research paper. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included. Prerequisites: Department approval.
 
ENGLISH 11 (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 11 Credits: 10
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry. The emphasis is on American literature. Students write a variety of essays and complete a research paper. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included. Prerequisites: 10th Grade English.
 
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE 5/6 (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 11 Credits: 10
This college-level course covers in-depth analysis of plays, short stories, novels, poetry and non-fiction. The emphasis is on American literature. Students complete a research term paper. Students work to develop and improve writing skills. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included. Students take the AP English Language exam at the end of the course. Prerequisites: Department approval.
 
ENGLISH 12 (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 12 Credits: 10
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry from American, British and world literature. Students write a variety of essays. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included. Prerequisites: 11th Grade English.
 
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 7/8 (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 12 Credits: 10
This college-level course covers in-depth analysis of plays, short stories, novels, and poetry. Students work to develop and improve writing skills. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included. Students take the AP English Literature and Composition exam at the end of the course. Prerequisites: Department approval.
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
FRENCH I (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Introduction to French language and culture. Student develops the ability to pronounce, read, write, understand, and speak elementary French. Prerequisites: none.
 
FRENCH II (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
A continuation of skills development: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisites: FLES recommendation or “C” or better in French I.
 
FRENCH II HONORS Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
An enriched second-year program. Same basic curriculum as French II with greater emphasis on speaking and culture. Student should feel at ease with use of language. Students are encouraged to take the National French Exam sponsored by the AATF. Prerequisites: FLES or high school teacher recommendation and/or a grade of “A” in French I.
 
FRENCH III (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This course provides a review of basic skills with greater emphasis on self-expression, orally an in writing. Study of basic elements of grammar is continued. Prerequisites: “C” or better in French II.
 
FRENCH III HONORS Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Same as French III with greater emphasis on cultural material and writing. Students should feel at ease with use of language and should demonstrate fluency within the confines of their vocabulary knowledge. Students are encouraged to take the National French Exam sponsored by the AATF. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and/or an “A” in French II or a “B” in French II Honors.
 
FRENCH IV (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
All the language skills are addressed at this level. French short stories, newspaper articles, and excerpts from French novels are used to increase reading comprehension, as well as to promote discussion and written expression. The students study advanced grammar, and French history and art as they relate to the language and culture. Prerequisites: “C” or better in French III.
 
FRENCH IV HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
Same core curriculum as French IV, but an enriched 4th -year program in preparation for the SAT II Test usually taken at the end of this year and for the French Language Advanced Placement Examination taken the following year. Students are also encouraged to take the National French Exam sponsored by the AATF. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and/or an “A” in French III or a “B” in French III Honors.
 
FRENCH AP (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
Completion of the Advanced Placement Examination and French Language Curriculum. Students study the French point of view as related to current social, political, and economic questions. Students write essays and read news and literary texts in the original version. Prerequisites: Teacher approval.
 
HEBREW I (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Introduction to Hebrew alphabet and language. Student develops the ability to speak and pronounce elementary Hebrew. Prerequisites: none.
 
HEBREW II (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
A continuation of skills development: comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisites: “C” or better in Hebrew I.
 
HEBREW II HONORS Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
An enriched second year program with greater emphasis on conversation and culture. Students should feel at ease with the language. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and/or grade of “A” in Hebrew I.
 
HEBREW III (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
This course provides a review of skills with greater emphasis on self-expression, both orally and in writing. Basic introduction to Hebrew literature. The study of grammatical structures is continued. Prerequisites: “C” or better in Hebrew II.
 
HEBREW III HONORS Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
An enriched third year program with greater emphasis on conversation, culture, and literature. Students should feel at ease with the language and should demonstrate fluency within the confines of their vocabulary knowledge. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and/or a grade of “A” in Hebrew II.
 
HEBREW IV (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
This course emphasizes fluency in all language skills. Israeli newspaper articles, short-stories, and short poems are used to increase reading comprehension, discussion, and written expression. Prerequisites: “C” or better in Hebrew III.
 
HEBREW IV HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
An enriched 4th -year program placing much greater emphasis on conversation, culture, literature, and writing skills. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and/or grade of “A” in Hebrew III.
 
SPANISH I (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Introduction to Spanish language and culture. Student develops the ability to speak and pronounce elementary Spanish. Prerequisites: none. SPANISH II (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10 A continuation of skills development: comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisites: FLES recommendation or “C” or better in Spanish I.
 
SPANISH II HONORS Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Same as Spanish II with greater emphasis on speaking. Cultural material is introduced. Students should feel at ease with use of the language. Students have many opportunities to produce original oral and written work. More advanced grammar in preparation for the next level. Students are encouraged to take the National Spanish Exam sponsored by the AATSP. Prerequisites: FLES or high school teacher recommendation and/or an “A” in Spanish I.
 
SPANISH III (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
A continuation of skill development and a greater emphasis on self-expression, orally and in writing. Oral presentations will be made by students. Students will create conversational situations. Prerequisites: “C” or better in Spanish II.
 
SPANISH III HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Same core curriculum as Spanish III with a greater emphasis on oral and written expression, incorporating all indicative and subjunctive modes of grammar. Greater exploration of the Spanish-speaking world. Students who excel in this course may enroll in Spanish AP the following year, with the teacher’s recommendation. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and/or an “A” in Spanish II or a “B” in Spanish II Honors.
 
SPANISH IV (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
Overall review of previous years of grammar, supplemented with short literary readings by Peninsular and Latin-American authors. Expands students’ views of the Spanish-speaking world. The audio-visual miniseries “La Catrina” is used in addition to the core curriculum. Prerequisites: “C” or better in Spanish III.
 
SPANISH IV HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
Curriculum closely follows that of Spanish IV. Cultural activities primarily based on the series “American Family” or “La Familia Gonzalez”. Students are encouraged to take the National Spanish Exam sponsored by the AATSP. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation.
 
SPANISH LANGUAGE AP (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
Emphasis on literary works in their original text, advanced discussion on a variety of topics, and perfecting writing skills. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation.
 
MODIFIED SPANISH I (A) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
A year-long course designed to teach the first semester of Spanish to those students needing more time to complete the material with adequate proficiency and affords them an additional opportunity to meet the district graduation requirements in Foreign Language. Those students who are not seniors will enroll in the second year of Modified Spanish and complete the second semester of Spanish during the course of the following year. Prerequisites: Teacher and counselor recommendation. 
 
MODIFIED SPANISH I (B) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
For those students completing the Modified Spanish I (A) program. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Modified Spanish 1.
 
ENGLISH LEARNER PROGRAM (EL) Grades: 9-12 Credits: Variable
The EL program has two primary objectives: to bring the English learner to English language competency as rapidly as possible, and to provide support in a nurturing environment which recognizes the student’s individuality as a person. After assessment of the student’s language proficiencies in reading, listening, writing, and oral competency, the student is placed in the appropriate level of EL with the use of the CELDT exam. Students are allowed to progress through the program in an individualized manner and flow into the mainstream of classes as they attain the necessary language proficiencies.
 
EL 2: A course for students who are limited speakers and have beginning skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing English. (Early Intermediate on the CELDT)
 
EL 3: A course for students who have intermediate language proficiencies in reading, listening, speaking, and writing English. (Intermediate level on the CELDT) (UC/CSU Approved)
 
EL WORLD HISTORY (UC/CSU Approved)
This course emphasized the major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late 18th century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars.
 
EL US HISTORY (UC/CSU Approved)
This course is designed to survey the basic political, economic, geographic, social, intellectual, and cultural themes in U.S. history. Focusing on the 20th Century, EL students will gain an understanding of American ideals, traditions, and institutions.
 
READING AND WRITING AMERICAN ENGLISH:
A transitional course designed to sharpen listening skills, reading, writing and oral proficiencies to prepare the student for mainstream English classes. (UC/CSU Approved; can only use EL3 or READ-WRT-ENGLISH for eligibility, not both) Prerequisites: State mandated testing for placement on all levels and teacher recommendation (CELDT).
 
MATHEMATICS
ALGEBRA I (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-11 Credits: 10
A course designed for students with strong interest in math and/or science. Topics include number systems, fundamental operations, equations, inequalities, factors, exponents, radicals, polynomials, rational expressions, and graphing. Prerequisites: none.
 
GEOMETRY (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
A course designed for the college-bound liberal arts student. Stress is place on application of geometric concepts with some simple proofs. Algebraic skills are reviewed throughout the course. Topics include congruences, similarity, triangles, perpendiculars, parallels, coordinate geometry, circles, areas, volumes, right triangle trigonometry and transformations. Prerequisites: “C” in Algebra I.
 
GEOMETRY HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Designed for students with strong interest in math and/or science. Topics include proofs, congruences, similarity, triangles, perpendiculars, parallels, coordinate geometry, transformations, circles, spheres, areas, and volumes. Algebraic techniques are used extensively and formal proofs of theorems are required. Prerequisites: “A” or “B” in Algebra I or teacher recommendation. NOTE: Because of the difference between Algebra and Geometry, some teachers may make recommendations that are not consistent with these prerequisite guidelines.
 
ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Designed for the college-bound student. The course content includes a review of elementary algebra and topics from advanced algebra. The emphasis is on application rather than theory. Prerequisites: “C” average in Algebra I and Geometry or Geometry Honors.
 
ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-11 Credits: 10
A course designed for students planning on 4 or 5 years of math in high school. Topics include algebraic proofs, systems of equations, polynomials, rational and irrational expressions, functions, complex numbers, logarithms, analytic geometry, and elementary trigonometry. Prerequisites: “B” or better in Geometry Honors; “B” or better in Algebra I with teacher recommendation.
 
FUNCTIONS, STATISTICS & TRIGONOMETRY (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This course is designed to prepare Algebra II students for Math Analysis. Topics include exploring data, functions and models; graphical transformations; power, root, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and circular functions; probabilities and simulations; sequences, series, and combinations; binomial and normal distributions; and matrices. Prerequisites: “A” or “B” in Algebra II/Trig. or “C” in Algebra II/Trig. Honors.
 
PROBABILITY/STATISTICS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This course introduces the student to fundamental concepts of probability and statistics. It proceeds from an experimental, intuitive approach to the systemization and theoretical explanation of probability as it applies to game theory and decision making. Finite topics also include election theory and fair division. This course also reviews algebra concepts, including basic functions and transformations, and emphasizes applying mathematics to real-life problems. Systems of equations and inequalities are solved using matrices. Prerequisites: “C” or better in Algebra II/Trig. or “C” in Algebra II/Trig. Honors.
 
PRE-CALCULUS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
A course designed for students with strong interest in math and/or science and a desire to proceed to AP Calculus AB. Topics include analytic trigonometry, sequences, series, math induction, algebraic functions, applications of exponential and logarithmic functions, conics, vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and data analysis. Prerequisites: “C” or better in Algebra II/Trig or Algebra II/Trig. Honors.
 
PRE-CALCULUS HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
A course designed for students with a strong interest in math and/or science and a desire to proceed to AP Calculus BC. Topics include all those listed in Math Analysis as well as probability limits, areas under curves, and a first look at derivatives. Prerequisites: “A” or “B” in Algebra II/Trig. Honors and teacher recommendation.
 
AP CALCULUS AB (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
This course is essentially the first semester college course in Calculus. It prepares students for the AP Calculus exam. Topics include functions and their properties, differentiation and integration and applications of derivatives and integrals. Prerequisites: “C” or better in Pre-Calculus.
 
AP CALCULUS BC (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
This course is essentially the first year college course in Calculus. It prepares students for the AP Calculus exam. Topics include differentiation and integration, applications of derivative and integral, vectors, infinite series, and elementary differential equations. Prerequisites: “B” or better in Pre-Calculus Honors or “A” in Pre-Calculus with teacher recommendation.
 
AP STATISTICS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
This course is essentially a college course in beginning statistics which prepares students for the AP Statistics Exam. Topics include one and two variable statistics; regressions; correlations; sampling technique; inference models, techniques, and tests. Prerequisites: “A” in IAT, “A” or “B” in AAT, or “A”, “B”, or “C” in Pre-Calculus or Calculus.
 
PERFORMING ARTS
CHOIR TENOR/BASS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Choir performs throughout the year both on and off campus, combines with Madrigals and Minnesingers for larger works, and serves as pit chorus for the Spring Musical. The class is open to singers with training and to those just beginning to develop their skills. Help is given on improving the signing voice, learning to read music, and performing music in all styles from classical to musical comedy and popular. This course meets the UC/CSU Visual Performing Arts (VPA) requirement. Prerequisites: none.
 
CHOIR SOPRANO/ALTO (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Choir performs throughout the year both on and off campus, combines with Madrigals and Minnesingers for larger works, and serves as pit chorus for the Spring Musical. The class is open to singers with training and to those just beginning to develop their skills. Help is given on improving the signing voice, learning to read music, and performing music in all styles from classical to musical comedy and popular. This course meets the UC/CSU Visual Performing Arts (VPA) requirement. Prerequisites: none
 
MINNESINGERS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Specializing in music for soprano and alto voices, Minnesingers is open to experience singers. While they sing music of all styles, they are best known for performing pop, jazz, and doo-wop. The chorus performs off and on campus and takes a trip each year to compete in a music festival. Singers learn vocal and choral techniques and work on sight-reading and musicianship skills. This course meets the UC/CSU Visual Performing Arts (VPA) requirement. Prerequisites: Concert Choir is recommended as a prerequisite for Minnesingers. Audition and teacher recommendation is required.
 
MADRIGAL SINGERS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
A select choral group for the experienced singer. Madrigals perform music in all styles-jazz, renaissance, classical, popular, and musical comedy. They participate in over 50 performances in the community each year, and frequently tour the country. Students learn advanced choral techniques, improve their singing voices, and build musicianship skills through a challenging course of rehearsal and performance. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: Audition and teacher recommendation.
 
BAND (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
The Beverly Hills High School Band performs at events throughout the school year. Football games, assemblies, concerts and parades are just some of the places you will find the Band. Students must play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument and have had a minimum of one year of instruction to qualify for membership in this ensemble. The focus of the class is to help the student continue to develop performance skills and expose the student to various styles of music. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: A minimum of one year of instruction.
 
SYMPHONIC BAND (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
The Symphonic Band is an advanced level ensemble which studies advanced level wind ensemble literature and requires an audition to become a member. The majority of the students in this ensemble have played for at least three years and many are taking lessons outside of school on their instrument. The ensemble performs throughout the community and at special events throughout the year. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: Audition and permission of instructor.
 
CONCERT ORCHESTRA (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
The orchestra is open to all orchestral string players (violin, viola, cello, bass) who have had a minimum of one year of performance experience. This ensemble studies several different styles of music and focuses on the continuing development of performance skills. This group performs several concerts each year. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: Minimum of one year of instruction.
 
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Advanced level string players may audition to be a member of the Chamber Orchestra. This ensemble studies challenging music by many different composers in a variety of musical styles. The Chamber Orchestra performs several concerts each year both at school and in the community and becomes the “Pit” orchestra for our annual musical production. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: Audition and recommendation of instructor.
 
PIANO WORKSHOP (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
For the beginning piano student. Working in our new Music Lab with digital pianos and computers, you CAN learn to play the piano. Students work on piano skills and musicianship with regular time allowed for practice. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: none.
 
INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE ARTS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
A survey course designed to introduce students to the many phases of theatre: acting, improvisation, creative dramatics, stage movement, speech, dramatic literature, and technical theatre. The course will be team taught. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: none.
 
DRAMA LABORATORY (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Recommended for 10th , 11th, and 12th grade students who have successfully completed Introduction to Theatre Arts. The class will offer extensive workshop training in necessary acting skills: movement, voice, improvisation, rehearsal techniques, play structure, and character analysis. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Introduction to Theatre Arts or consent of instructor.
 
FILM/CINEMA (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Emphasizes viewing and analyzing films from a literary and historical perspective, as well as the creation of original student works on video. Films are shown to illustrate the evolution of the motion picture as an art form and a means of communication emphasizing film within the context of the humanities. Students also write, cast, shoot, and edit original films for presentation. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: none.
 
STAGE DESIGN/PRODUCTION (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
Produces all stage events in both high school theatres: lighting, stage sets, sound design, costumes, etc. Students will receive training in all areas and learn to operate all theatrical equipment and will be eligible for paid employment on the District’s theatre rental staff. It is wise to confer with the instructor before enrolling because of the time commitment required. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation plus staff interview.
 
ADVANCED STAGE DESIGN/PRODUCTION (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
Advanced instruction in all aspects of stage and production events in both high school theatres: lighting, stage sets, sound design, costumes, etc. Students will receive advanced training in all areas of theatrical equipment. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement.
 
THEATRE ARTS WORKSHOP (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
This is advanced drama. Casts for the Fall Play are taken from this class. The class is recommended only for those students who possess extra interest in drama, have adequate time for rehearsal, and are willing to work on all aspects of production. It is mandatory to do crew work as well as perform. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement. STUDENTS MUST FULFILL HOURS’ REQUIREMENTS. Prerequisites: Drama Lab or teacher approval plus audition.
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
HIGH SCHOOL COURSE 1 Grade: 9 Credits: 10
Students will learn to demonstrate knowledge of and competency in motor skills, movement patterns and strategies needed to perform the following state mandated physical activities: aquatics, rhythms/dance, fitness, and individual and dual activities. Students will participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least four days each week. Health related fitness activities are an integral part of the PE curriculum. Each class will emphasize cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Prerequisites: none.
 
HIGH SCHOOL COURSE 2 Grade: 10 Credits: 10
Students will learn to demonstrate knowledge of and competency in motor skills, movement patterns, and strategies needed to perform the following state mandated physical activities: combative, gymnastics/tumbling, fitness, and team activities. Students will participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least four days each week. Health related fitness activities are an integral part of the PE curriculum. Each class will emphasize cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Prerequisites: none.
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
Students will learn to demonstrate knowledge of and competency in motor skills, movement patterns, and strategies essential to perform a variety of the following individual, dual, and team activities; (two activities per semester)- Aerobics, Basketball, Flag Football, Golf, Modern & Jazz dance, Paddle Tennis, Pilates, Soccer, Softball , Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Weight Training, Yoga. Students will participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity at least four days each week. Health related fitness activities are an integral part of the PE curriculum. Each class will emphasize cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Prerequisites: none.
 
CONTRACT Grades: 10-12
Students who are working with an off-campus coach in an activity or at a skill-level not offered in the regular program may apply for an independent study learning contract after the 9th grade. No more than 10 credits of Contract Physical Education may apply towards the 20 credits required for graduation. Prerequisites: Teacher approval.
 
MEDICAL EXEMPTION
Students who have a major disability that will last for 5 weeks or longer must have the physician complete school forms to apply for exemption from Physical Education. Students are required to make up at a later date the Physical Education credits required for graduation. Prerequisites: Teacher approval and an official doctor’s note.
 
ATHLETICS
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SCIENCE
BIOLOGY (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
This college-preparatory course utilizes a laboratory approach to introduce the student to the main concepts and principles of modern biology. Such topics as biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, reproduction, evolution, heredity and ecology are explored. Emphasis is placed not only on biological theories, but also on the evidence for such theories and the methods by which this evidence is gathered. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisite: none.
 
BIOLOGY HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 9 Credits: 10
This challenging course is designed for ninth grade students who have the recommendation of their middle school science teachers. The intent of this course is to prepare each student for the Advanced Placement Science sequence. The course covers the same material covered in the regular biology course only more in depth and at an accelerated pace. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisites: Algebra 1/2, recommendation of 8th or 7th-grade science teacher. Co-requisites: Geometry 3/4 or Honors English
 
BIOLOGY AP (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Major goals of this course are to pursue modern ideas, topics, and lab techniques in the field of biology at the college level. It is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Biology examination. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisites: Biology Honors (B or higher) or Chemistry (A, B or higher) and Biology (A,A) Recommended: Overall GPA 3.5.
 
CHEMISTRY (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This laboratory-based, college-preparatory course is designed to present an integrated and relevant approach to basic scientific principles regarding the nature and activity of matter. Areas studied are atomic structure, kinetic theory, the periodic table, the mole concept, chemical bonding, reaction rates, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisites: Completion of Biology, Algebra and Geometry; Recommended: Completion of Geometry with a C or higher.
 
HONORS CHEMISTRY (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This course is designed to meet college requirements as a lab science. It is for students who have a high ability level and interest in a rigorous exploratory class designed to present an integrated and relevant approach to advanced scientific principles. Some of the areas studied include physics and the quantum mechanical model, Bonding theories, Limiting reagents, and Heterogeneous aqueous systems. Honors Chemistry requires a higher level of both analytical and mathematical work. The coverage of the material in this course will be more in-depth and emphasize more problem–solving skills relative to the College Preparatory Chemistry. Experiments, mathematical calculations and models are used to attain an understanding of the concepts, principles and theories of chemistry. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and completion of Geometry, with a B or higher.
 
CHEMISTRY AP (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the first year college general chemistry course. This course covers and investigates the periodic table, atomic structure, chemical reactions, bonding, conservation of matter and energy, stoichiometry, gases, liquids and solids, acids, bases, solutions, chemical thermodynamics, rates of reactions, equilibrium, electrochemistry, nuclear processes, and introduces organic and biochemistry. Laboratory experiences are stressed to promote students' understanding of chemistry concepts. This course prepares students for taking the Advanced Placement Chemistry examination. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisites: Chemistry (B,A or higher) and Intermediate Algebra/Trigonometry; Recommended: Overall academic GPA: 3.5. Co-requisites: Math Analysis Regular or more advanced mathematics class.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 9-12 Credits: 10
This Environmental Science course discusses the world around us. Students will study the biogeochemical cycles, fossil fuel extraction and use, air and water pollution, global warming, ozone depletion, and many other physical science topics relevant to their lives. This course meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement. Prerequisite: none.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AP (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
Advancement Placement Environmental Science is one of the newest and most diverse courses offered by the College Board. This laboratory science course has elements from a number of disciplines. The main focus covers the physical and life sciences, but there are also aspects from earth science, economics, geography, geology, law, and sociology. Environmental Science covers many current environmental topics such as human population growth, water and air pollution, soil erosion, fossil fuel usage, global warming, and the hole in the ozone layer. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisites: Biology with a B or higher and Chemistry with a B or higher; Recommended: Overall academic GPA: 3.5.
 
HEALTH EDUCATION Grades: 9-12 Credits: 5
Health Education is a one semester course required for graduation. Topics discussed are: emotional health, nutrition/fitness, cancer, sex education, environmental health, and tobacco, alcohol, and drug education. Prerequisite: none.
 
PHYSICS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This college-preparatory course covers basic topics in physics: kinematics, optics, wave motion, electromagnetism, and modern physics. This course places on emphasis on problem solving, experimentation, and preparing students for college physics. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisites: Completion of Biology, Algebra and Geometry; Recommended: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Intermediate Algebra/Trigonometry
 
PHYSICS AP (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
Calculus-based, in depth study of Newtonian mechanics. This course prepares the student to take the Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics Exam. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry Co-requisites: Calculus (or completed); Students may not take an out-of-district, co-requisite Calculus course at the same time as AP Physics C.
 
PHYSIOLOGY (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10 This course develops an understanding of the human body and the basic biochemical concepts underlying life processes. It introduces modern concepts concerning the interdependence of structure and function, biochemical nature of metabolism, and control mechanisms of the body. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisites: Biology.
 
PHYSIOLOGY HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
Students in Honors Physiology study the human body and its systems. This course, however, covers the systems much more extensively than the Regular Physiology course. Honors Physiology is a first-year Physiology course and is not intended to be an extension of the Regular Physiology curriculum. Students who have earned credit for Regular Physiology are not eligible to take this course. Students are expected to dissect laboratory specimens in order to fully participate in this course. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement. Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and either Chemistry or Physics. Recommended: Overall GPA 3.5.
 
The Medical Science Academy is a 3-year multi-disciplinary program incorporating college preparatory academics as well as exposure to careers in the Medical, Science and Health care fields. This program begins in the 10th.grade. The program offers opportunities to job shadow various health care professionals at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Students will experience real-life situations within the health care setting. In addition, the program offers internships, field trips and guest speakers from the Medical and Science community. Click here for more information. 
 
SOCIAL STUDIES
WORLD HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 10 Credits: 10
This course emphasized the major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late 18th century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. Students will draw upon their earlier study of ancient and medieval history to trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Prerequisites: none.
 
WORLD HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 9 Credits: 10
In addition to the material covered in World History/Geography 1/2 as described above, students will develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives. Critical thinking and writing skills will be developed throughout the year to prepare students for European History AP. Prerequisites: At least a 3.5 grade point average in the 7th -8 th grade English and Social Studies courses and the recommendation of the student’s teacher or counselor.
 
EUROPEAN HISTORY AP (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 10-12 Credits: 10
This course is designed for the academically advanced student, as this is a college level course. The principal political, economic, geographic and cultural themes as well as the events, idea, and people that have shaped modern European history are identified from the period 1500 to the 1990”s. Students are expected to take the AP examination in the spring. Prerequisites: Department criteria and counselor recommendation plus a passing score on a qualifying exam.
 
UNITED STATES HISTORY (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 11 Credits: 10
This course is designed to survey the basic political, economic, geographic, social, intellectual, and cultural themes in U.S. history. Focusing on the 20th Century, students will gain an understanding of American ideals, traditions, and institutions. Prerequisites: none.
 
UNITED STATES HISTORY AP (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 11 Credits: 10
This course is designed for the academically advanced student, as this is a college level course. The basic political, economic, geographic, social, intellectual, and cultural themes in U.S. history from colonization to the present are identified with an emphasis on the various interpretations of important events. Advanced texts and supplemental readings are used to give the student an understanding of these interpretations as well as American ideals, traditions, and institutions. Students take the AP U.S. History examination in the spring. Prerequisites: Department criteria and counselor recommendation plus a passing score on a qualifying exam.
 
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 12 Credits: 5
This course is designed to survey the workings of the political process and to familiarize the students with the origins, structure, and operations of American institutions. Students analyze some of the conflicts confronting the nation to enable them to become effective decision makers and responsible citizens. Prerequisite: none.
 
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AP & ECONOMICS HONORS (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 12 Credits: 10
This course is designed for academically advanced students. The American Government portion provides a critical perspective on the political process and the origins, structure, and operations of the U.S. Government. The Economics-Honors portion provides a thorough understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students take the U.S. Government & Politics AP Examination in the spring. Prerequisites: Department criteria and counselor recommendation plus a passing score on a qualifying exam. Note: Meets the Government and Economics graduation requirement.
 
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AP (UC/CSU Approved) Grades: 11-12 Credits: 10
This course will introduce students to the foundations of US government and politics by placing them in a comparative context with other countries. The course aims to illustrate the theories, concepts, institutions, and processes of US government and politics by investigating the rich diversity of political life around the globe. By showing available institutional alternatives, differences in political processes and policy outcomes can be explained here in the United States and abroad. Other countries studied in the course include the Britain, Russia, China, Mexico, Iran, and Nigeria. Students take the AP Comparative Government Exam in the spring. Prerequisites: Department criteria and counselor recommendation plus a passing score on a qualifying exam. Note: DOES NOT meet the Government and Economics graduation requirement.
 
ECONOMICS (UC/CSU Approved) Grade: 12 Credits: 5
This course provides an introduction to the most basic principles of economics, with a dual emphasis on the application of economic principles for the consumer and producer, as well as the saver, investor, and voter. The course will stress practical solutions to problems and issues students face as consumers and producers. This course meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement. Prerequisite: none.