Course List/Description

AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT

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 Britain, Russia, China, Mexico, Iran, and Nigeria. Students take the AP Comparative Government Exam in the spring.

Note: This course does not meet the Government and Economics graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Department criteria, counselor recommendation. A/B in previous college prep Social Studies class, A in English, A/B/C in Honors/AP English.
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
AP EUROPEAN HISTORY

This course is designed for the academically advanced student, as this is a college level course. Satisfies the World History requirement. The principal political, economic, geographic and cultural themes as well as the events, ideas, 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.

Note: Meets World History graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Department criteria and counselor recommendation, plus a passing score on a qualifying exam.
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
AP GOVERNMENT 
This course is designed for academically advanced students. American Government provides a critical perspective on the political process and the origins, structure, and operations of the U.S. Government.
Note: Meets the Government graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Counselor recommendation. A in U.S. History, A in English, A/B/C in Honors/AP English. Academic GPA 3.5 and grades received in English and Social Studies classes.
Grade: 12
Credit: 5
 
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
This course explores how humans have understood, used, and changed the surface of Earth. Students will use the tools and thinking processes of geographers to examine patterns of human population, migration, and land use.
Note: Meets World History graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Department criteria, counselor recommendation.
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
AP US HISTORY

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: A in World History, A in English, A/B/C in Honors/AP English. Academic GPA 3.5 and grades received in English and Social Studies classes.
Grade: 11
Credit: 10
 
ECONOMICS 

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 includes basic graphing for microeconomics and an introduction to macroeconomics including monetary and fiscal policy. It will stress practical solutions to problems and issues students face as consumers and producers. This course meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement.

 
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 12
Credit: 5
 
ECONOMICS HONORS
This course is designed for academically advanced students. Economics Honors provides a thorough understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students take the U.S. Government & Politics AP Examination in the spring.
Note: Meets Economics graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Counselor recommendation. A in U.S. History, A in English, A/B/C in Honors/AP English. Academic GPA 3.5 and grades received in English and Social Studies classes.
Grade: 12
Credit: 5
 
EL WORLD HISTORY 
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.

 

Prerequisites: Instructor recommendation 
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
EL US HISTORY 
This course is designed to teach you, the student, about the history of a great experiment in representative democracy – the United States of America. We will be learning about and discussing the basic principles and core values expressed in our Constitution, and we will also examine how writing these principles down represents only the first step in achieving “liberty and justice for all.” We will be reviewing the structure and function of our government, as well as the cultural heritage that supports our democracy so you may become active, informed, and committed participants in our democratic system. In addition, we will study how individuals and groups, citizens and policy-makers, throughout history have challenged, changed, and influenced our government, our constitution, and our nation. Course objectives are as follows:
Students in grade eleven study the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. Following a review of the nation's beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students build upon the tenth grade study of global industrialization to understand the emergence and impact of new technology and a corporate economy, including the social and cultural effects. They trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events. They learn that the United States has served as a model for other nations and that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are not accidents, but the results of a defined set of political principles that are not always basic to citizens of other countries. Students understand that our rights under the U.S. Constitution are a precious inheritance that depends on an educated citizenry for their preservation and protection.

 

Prerequisites: Instructor recommendation 
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
GOVERNMENT 

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.

 
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 12
Credit: 5
 
US HISTORY 

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
Grade: 11
Credit: 10
 
WORLD HISTORY 

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
Grade: 10
Credit: 10
 
AP LANGUAGE 
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. Approximately 20-30 pages of reading a night (including assigned and independent reading) is expected in AP Language. Essay writing averages 1 essay every other week. A ten page research paper in the second semester includes both research and rhetorical analysis. The AP test is all non-fiction style essays thus the course includes a focus on reading and writing responses to non-fiction. Students take the AP English Language exam at the end of the course. Summer reading is required the summer prior to entering English 11 AP. An in-class essay assessment is given the first week of class.
 
Prerequisites: Department approval
Grade: 11
Credit: 10
 
AP LITERATURE
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. Grammar is taught only in the first semester. Personal statement writing is a focus at the beginning of the fall semester.  Students take a full-length practice test in the Spring and the AP English Literature and Composition exam at the end of the course.  Summer reading is required the summer prior to entering English 12 AP.  An in-class essay assessment is given the first week of class. Approximately 30-40 pages of reading a night is expected in AP Literature. Essay writing averages one essay every other week.
 
Prerequisites: Department approval
Grade: 12
Credit: 10
 
EL 3 

English learners at this level have somewhat to moderately functional receptive (listening and reading) and productive skills (speaking and writing). They can partly or sometimes use English to learn and communicate in meaningful ways in a range of topics and content areas. They need moderate linguistic support to engage in familiar social and academic contexts; they need moderate support to communicate on less familiar tasks and topics.

 

Prerequisites: Summative ELPAC scores of 1301-1450. Initial ELPAC scores of Lower Intermediate.
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
EL 4: 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.
Note: UC/CSU Approved; can only use EL3 or Reading and Writing American English for eligibility, not both.

 

Prerequisites: State mandated testing for placement on all levels and teacher recommendation (CELDT)
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
ENGLISH 9 
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. All freshmen begin the year with an introduction to rhetorical analysis. All students must complete the Library research project and the Freshmen Writing Proficiency exam. 
 
Prerequisites: 8th grade English
Grade: 9
Credit: 10
 
ENGLISH 9 HONORS
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. All students must complete the Library research project and the Freshmen Writing Proficiency exam. Summer reading is required the summer prior to entering English 9 H. 
 
Prerequisites: 8th grade recommendation process. A/B in 8th grade English or teacher recommendation.
Grade: 9
Credit: 10
 
ENGLISH 10 
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry, with an emphasis on British and European literature. Writing focuses on literary response essays (analytical and explanatory), including a unit on rhetorical analysis in preparation for the Sophomore Writing Proficiency Exam. Students also study standard written English and vocabulary. Group projects and presentations build skills in technology and speaking/listening.
 
Prerequisites: 9th grade English
Grade: 10
Credit: 10
 
ENGLISH 10 HONORS 
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry, with an emphasis on British and European literature. Writing focuses on literary analysis (analytical and explanatory), and includes a unit on rhetorical analysis in preparation for the Sophomore Writing Proficiency Exam. Honors students are the only sophomores that are required to write a research paper in English. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included. Group projects and presentations build skills in technology and speaking/listening. Summer reading is required the summer prior to entering English 10 H; an in-class essay assessment is given the first week of class. Objective test is given in the first week of school for summer reading.
Note: All reading in this class is classic British. There is no contemporary fiction.
 
Prerequisites: Department recommendation process
Grade: 10
Credit: 10
 
ENGLISH 11 
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry. The emphasis is on American literature and nonfiction units. Students write a variety of essays and complete a 4-6 page topic-based research paper. SBAC preparation and testing are embedded in the 11th grade curriculum. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included. 
 
Prerequisites: 10th grade English
Grade: 11
Credit: 10
 
ENGLISH 12 
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. Grammar is  taught only in the first semester. Personal statement writing is a focus at the beginning of the fall semester.
 
Prerequisites: 11th grade English
Grade: 12
Credit: 10
 
ALGEBRA I 
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
Grade: 9-10
Credit: 10
 
ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY 
Designed for the college-bound student. The course content includes a review of elementary algebra and topics from advanced algebra and trigonometry. The emphasis is on application rather than theory.
 
Prerequisites: C average in Algebra I and Geometry/Geometry Honors
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
ALGEBRA II/TRIGONOMETRY HONORS 
Designed for the college-bound student. The course content includes a review of elementary algebra and topics from advanced algebra and trigonometry. The emphasis is on application rather than theory.
 
Prerequisites: A in Algebra I and Geometry Honors
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
ALGEBRA A
The first semester of Algebra I spread over the full school year. Topics include statistics, number systems, fundamental operations, equations, inequalities and graphing.
 
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9
Credit: 10
 
ALGEBRA B 
The second semester of Algebra 1 spread over the full school year. Topics include systems of equations and inequalities, exponents, exponential equations, quadratics, factors, and graphing.
 
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra A
Grade: 10
Credit: 10
 
AP CALCULUS AB

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 Precalculus
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
AP CALCULUS BC
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 Precalculus Honors or A in Precalculus with teacher recommendation
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
AP STATISTICS
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 Algebra II/Trigonometry, A/B in Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors, or A/B/C in Precalculus or Calculus
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
FUNCTIONS, STATISTICS, & TRIGONOMETRY
This course is designed to prepare Algebra II students for Precalculus. 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: Completion of Algebra II/Trigonometry
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
GEOMETRY
A course designed for the college-bound liberal arts student. Stress is placed 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 or better in Algebra I
Grade: 9-11
Credit: 10
 
GEOMETRY HONORS
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 in Algebra I/Algebra I Honors, or teacher recommendation
Grade: 9-11
Credit: 10
 
PRECALCULUS 
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, algebraic functions, applications of exponential and logarithmic functions, conics, vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and data analysis.
 
Prerequisites: A in both semesters of Algebra II/Trigonometry or C or better in Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
PRECALCULUS HONORS 
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 Precalculus as well as probability limits, areas under curves, and a first look at derivatives.
 
Prerequisites: A in Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
PROBABILITY & STATISTICS
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.
 
Prerequisites: C in Algebra II/Trigonometry or Algebra II/Trigonometry Honors
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
AP BIOLOGY 
The AP Biology course is an introductory college-level biology course. It is a College Board approved course and students are actively prepared for the AP Exam administration in the spring. Students enhance their understanding of biology through inquiry-based investigations. Topics explored include evolution, information storage and transfer, and system interactions.
Note: Meets Biological Science graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: B or higher in Biology Honors or A/B in Chemistry and A in Biology. Overall GPA 3.5 recommended.
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
AP CHEMISTRY 
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.
Note: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: A/B in Chemistry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry. Overall academic GPA 3.5 recommended.
Corequisites: Precalculus or more advanced math class
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
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: A/B in Biology and A/B in Chemistry. Overall academic GPA 3.5 recommended.
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
AP PHYSICS 
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.
Note: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and Chemistry
Corequisites: Calculus (or completed)
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
BIOLOGY 
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.
Note: Meets Biological Science graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
BIOLOGY HONORS 
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.
Note: Meets Biological Science graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Algebra I, Middle School teacher recommendation
Corequisites: Geometry or English Honors
Grade: 9
Credit: 10
 
BIOTECHNOLOGY HONORS - ADVANCED 
This honors, UC approved, Lab Science (D) course is a lab skills course that  introduces students to the fundamental scientific principles of biotechnology, bioethics, careers in biosciences, as well as the commercial and regulatory agencies involved in the field.  The goal of this course is for students to gain scientific literacy, have a deeper understanding of the various biological components, mechanisms and techniques to help solve real-world problems and to connect new practical applications with preexisting knowledge of biological concepts.   A key component of the course is drawing connections among these big ideas to build a comprehensive understanding of this branch of science. The central component of this course is the investigative laboratory work. These labs are hands-on, inquiry-based, student-centered and directed investigations. Students will conduct research presentations and develop skills to formulate scientific questions, perform data analysis, evaluate evidence, and write effective conclusions.

 

Prerequisites: Biology, Introduction to Medical Science
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
CHEMISTRY 
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.
Note: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology/Algebra I/Geometry. C or higher in Geometry recommended.
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
CHEMISTRY HONORS 
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.
Note: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology and Geometry with B or higher
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
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.
 
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
MEDICAL SCIENCE INTRODUCTION 
Introduction to Medical Science is a UC approved Lab Science (D) course and fulfills the Health Education Graduation requirement. This course exposes students to the clinical aspects of medicine, content exclusively related to patients.  Introduction to Medical Science includes medical terminology (particularly Latin and Greek word origins), anatomy, physiology, diseases, conditions, diagnostics, treatments and medical procedures in a variety of specialties within medicine.

 

Prerequisites: Biology
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10 
 
PHYSICS 
This college-preparatory course covers basic topics in physics: kinematics, optics, wave motion, electromagnetism, and modern physics. This course places emphasis on problem solving, experimentation, and preparing students for college physics. This course meets the UC/CSU Laboratory Science requirement.
Note: Meets Physical Science graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: Completion of Biology/Algebra I/Geometry. Completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2/Trigonometry recommended.
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
PHYSIOLOGY 
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: Completion of Biology
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
PHYSIOLOGY HONORS
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. Overall GPA 3.5 recommended.
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
AP FRENCH LANGUAGE 
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
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE 
Emphasis on literary works in their original text, advanced discussion on a variety of topics, and perfecting writing and speaking skills.
 
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
FRENCH 1
Introduction to French language and culture. Student develops the ability to pronounce, read, write, understand, and speak elementary French. Present tense and “futur proche” of the three  basic verb groups are covered, along with a few high-frequency irregular verbs.
 
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
FRENCH 2 
A continuation of skills development: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Passe Compose, Imparfait, Futur Simple, and Conditional tenses will be covered.

 

Prerequisites: Middle School recommendation, C or better in French 1
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
FRENCH 2 HONORS 
An enriched second-year program. Same basic curriculum as French II with greater emphasis on speaking and culture. Students should feel at ease with the use of language.  Present tense and “futur proche” of the three  basic verb groups are covered, along with a few high-frequency irregular verbs. Passe Compose, Imparfait, Futur Simple, and Conditional tenses will also be covered. Students are encouraged to take the National French Exam sponsored by the AATF.

 

Prerequisites: Middle School recommendation
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
FRENCH 3 
This course provides a review of basic skills with greater emphasis on self-expression, orally and in writing. Study of basic elements of grammar is continued. Subjunctive tense will be covered, along with Present tense and “futur proche” of the three  basic verb groups, high-frequency irregular verbs, Passe Compose, Imparfait, Futur Simple, and Conditional tense.
 
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and A or better in French 1
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
FRENCH 3 HONORS
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.  Subjunctive tense will be covered, along with Present tense and “futur proche” of the three  basic verb groups, high-frequency irregular verbs, Passe Compose, Imparfait, Futur Simple, and Conditional tense.

 

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, A in French 2 or B in French 2 Honors
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
FRENCH 4 HONORS
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.
 
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, A in French 3 or B in French 3 Honors
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
HEBREW 1
Introduction to Hebrew alphabet and language. Students develop the ability to speak and pronounce elementary Hebrew.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
HEBREW 2 
A continuation of skills development: comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.

 

Prerequisites: C or better in Hebrew 1
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
HEBREW 3 HONORS
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, A in Hebrew 2
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
HEBREW 4 HONORS
An enriched 4th-year program placing much greater emphasis on conversation, culture, literature, and writing skills.

 

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, A in Hebrew 3
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
SPANISH 1
Introduction to Spanish language and culture. Students develop the ability to speak and pronounce elementary Spanish. Present tense and an introduction to Past Preterite will be covered.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
SPANISH 2 
A continuation of skills development: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Past preterite, imperfect, commands, and an introduction to present subjunctive will be covered.

 

Prerequisites: Middle School recommendation, C or better in Spanish 1
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
SPANISH 2 HONORS
Same as Spanish II with greater emphasis on listening comprehension, 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. Past preterite, imperfect, commands, and an introduction to the present subjunctive will be covered.

 

Prerequisites: A in Spanish 1, Middle School recommendation, teacher recommendation
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
SPANISH 3 
A continuation of skill development and a greater emphasis on self-expression, orally and in writing.  Students will make greater connections with current world issues.  Future, Conditional, Perfect tenses, and a continuation of the Subjunctive tense will be covered.

 

Prerequisites: C or better in Spanish 2
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
SPANISH 3 HONORS
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. A continuation of skill development and a greater emphasis on self-expression, orally and in writing. Students will make greater connections with current world issues. Future, Conditional, Perfect tenses, and a continuation of the Imperfect Subjunctive tense will be covered. Students who excel in this course may enroll in Spanish AP the following year, with the teacher’s recommendation.

 

Prerequisites: A in Spanish 2, B in Spanish 2 Honors, or teacher recommendation
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
SPANISH 4 HONORS 
Curriculum closely follows that of Spanish IV. Students are encouraged to take the National Spanish Exam sponsored by the AATSP.

 

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
ANIMATION - BEGINNING 
Animation 1 is an animation course 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 such as 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 screenwriting 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.
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
ANIMATION - ADVANCED
Advanced Animation is a second year, year-long, class for students who’ve completed the beginning Animation class. This course offers an advanced look into the concepts of 2D Animation building on their foundational year in Animation I. Students will develop and refine their work for a portfolio-reel that is geared towards pursuing both college and career. In this course, students will develop a more sophisticated understanding of character movement, expression, gesture, and lip-synchronization. Components of story, film and sound editing, methods of character movement and rigging, and conceptualization of environments/sets, are topics that are explored. Upon completion of this course, students will have an intermediate to advanced understanding of animation as it relates to storytelling, conveying meaning, filmmaking, and Motion Graphics in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry sector.

 

Prerequisites: Completion of Animation Beginning
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
AP 2D ART & DESIGN 
This course is one of the culminating “capstone” classes for Visual Arts students who’ve focused primarily on 2D Art. Specifically students in Graphic Design and Photography. However, students whose drawing skill and style are more graphic rather than realistic are encouraged to enroll in this class. Students who are interested in careers in creating socially conscious fine art, communication arts and graphic design, motion graphics, social media content management and design, branding, etc. will benefit from this course. For others, completion of the course is a way to successfully boost their transcripts. Students build and develop a portfolio of work around an overarching topical theme and complete 12-15 pieces for submission to the College Board. A strong work ethic is required and much work is done simultaneously at home and in class.  Students are required to purchase 9”x12” spiral bound sketchbooks.

 

Prerequisites: 10th Grade Students: Recommended concurrent enrollment in a second year art course and portfolio review and successful completion of a beginning level art course.
11th-12th Grade Students: Recommended 2 years of high school art, and a portfolio review.
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
AP 3D ART & DESIGN 
This portfolio class is designated for work that focuses on the use of three-dimensional (3-D) elements and principles of art and design, including point, line, shape, plane, layer, form, volume, mass, occupied/unoccupied space, texture, color, value, opacity, transparency, time, unity, variety, rhythm, movement, proportion, scale, balance, emphasis, contrast, repetition, connection, juxtaposition, and hierarchy. Students should consider how materials, processes, and ideas can be used to make work that involves space and form. Students can work with any materials, processes, and ideas. Figurative or non-figurative sculpture, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, glasswork, installation, performance, assemblage, and 3-D fabric/fiber arts are among the possibilities for submission

 

Prerequisites: ?
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
AP DRAWING 
This course is one of the culminating “capstone” classes for Visual Arts students who’ve focused primarily on drawing and painting skills. Specifically students whose work is rooted in realism with regard to shape, form, value and rendering skills with light and shadow, and proportions and perspective, i.e. students who’ve completed Drawing and Painting previously and are looking to develop more sophistication and expression in their mark making. Students who are interested in careers in fine art, storyboarding, animation, illustration, communication arts, set design, etc. will benefit from this course.  For others, completion of the course is a way to successfully boost their transcripts. Students build and develop a portfolio of work around an overarching topical theme and complete 12-15 pieces for submission to the College Board. A strong work ethic is required and much work is done simultaneously at home and in class.  Students are required to purchase 9”x12” spiral bound sketchbooks. 

 

Prerequisites: 10th Grade Students: Recommended concurrent enrollment in a second year art course and portfolio review and successful completion of a beginning level art course.
11th-12th Grade Students: Recommended 2 years of high school art, and a portfolio review.
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
AP MUSIC THEORY 
This course is comparable to a college-level introductory course in music theory and prepares students to take the AP Music Theory Exam. It focuses on musicianship skills, including aural training, sight-singing, and music notation, as well as theoretical skills in counterpoint, voice leading, melodic and harmonic analysis, and compositional structures.

 

Prerequisites: Department approval plus two full consecutive semesters of high school Band, Choir, or Orchestra
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
ARCHITECTURE - BEGINNING 
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
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
ARCHITECTURE - ADVANCED 
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: Completion of Architecture Beginning
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
ART FOUNDATION 
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
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
AUDIO PRODUCTION - INTRODUCTION
This is an introductory course into music production. Using the latest software and hardware, students will learn the basics of creating, mixing and mastering music of any genre and will be exposed to a variety of culturally relevant music styles, musicians, production and engineering techniques. Students will learn and implement music creation techniques such as MIDI editing, drum sequencing, music theory, audio recording and song structure.  Students will apply sound mixing strategies such as dynamic and frequency manipulation, sound imaging, and microphone recording.  This class offers students a real world look at the music industry with a wide range of industry guest speakers, case studies and music releases.  

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
BAND - CONCERT 
Band at Beverly Hills High School enables the developing Brass/Winds/Percussion student to further advance their musicianship and performance skills on their instrument.  Students must have a prerequisite experience 2-3 years of training on their particular instrument.  Student musicians will grow in their understanding of musical expression, priorities for ensemble performance, and individual performance concepts.  The BHHS Band performs at football games, school assemblies, parades, as well as music festivals and concerts.  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: Minimum of 1 year of instruction
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
BAND - SYMPHONIC 
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
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10 
 
BROADCAST STUDIES - INTRODUCTION (KBEV)
This course begins the student’s activities and skills development in the KBEV Media Center and provides an overview of current aspects of television and digital media. Students learn to identify characteristics of talk shows, digital, media social networking, podcasting and television programming. Students also learn to operate television and audio 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 Spectrum  channel 6 and KBEV Youtube channel. This class meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement.

 

Prerequisites: Admission by audition or participation in KBEV Middle School Enrichment
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
COMMERCIAL BUILDING AND URBAN PLANNING 
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: Completion of Architecture Advanced
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
CONCERT - CHOIR 
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 singing 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
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
DANCE PRODUCTION - ADVANCED 
Dance Production Advanced is a year-long advanced dance class.  Casts for the annual Dance Company concert are taken from this class.  The class is recommended only for those students who possess extra interest in dance, have adequate time for rehearsals daily after school, and are interested in performing for the community. The first semester focus is on choreography, auditioning, and performance.  Students are required to participate in tech rehearsals, lighting rehearsals, and 3-4 performances in January.  The second semester focus is on technique and choreography. Students interested in a career in dance, choreography, and/or musical theater will benefit from this course. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement or can be taken to meet the physical education requirement. This course may be repeated for four years and students are required to re-audition yearly in the spring. 

 

Prerequisites: Modern/ Jazz Dance 2 or consent of instruction in addition to a week-long audition process including the showing of a self-choreographed solo
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
DRAMA LAB 
Recommended for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who have successfully completed Introduction to Theater 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 Theater Arts Introduction or consent of instructor
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10  
 
DRAWING & PAINTING
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: Completion of Art Foundation or submission of art portfolio. This class is open to 9th graders who are academically sound and have strong work ethic.
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
FILM AND VIDEO - ADVANCED (NORMAN NEWS) 
Students who have previous TV production experience create and shoot the Norman News, The Norman Update, 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 Adobe Premiere. Completed programs are aired on the Spectrum Digital Cable channel 6 and the KBEV Youtube Channel.

 

Prerequisites: Admission by audition or participation in KBEV Middle School Enrichment
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10 
 
GRAPHIC DESIGN - BEGINNING 
Introduces students to the elements of design and communication arts, using both computer graphics applications and manual 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, Adobe Dimensions, among other software programs to explore the world of design and communication arts. Career paths and foundations related to Advertising, Animation, Web and Print Publications, Gaming and iOS Android App development will be explored.  Basic Computer skills required. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
MADRIGALS 
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
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10 
 
MINNESINGERS 
Specializing in music for soprano and alto voices, Minnesingers is open to experienced 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 recommended. Audition and teacher recommendation is required.
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
MODERN/JAZZ DANCE 1 
Modern/Jazz Dance 1 is a  one-year survey  course  designed  to  introduce  students  to  the  many  aspects of dance: modern and jazz technique, creative expression, improvisation and composition/choreography.  Students will also analyze works of dance and learn about how other aspects of the arts influence dance (music, costumes, lighting, and props/sets).  Students interested in a career in dance, choreography, and/or musical theater will benefit from this course. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement or can be taken to meet the physical education requirement.  An audition is required. After a year in this course, students are encouraged to audition for Modern/Jazz Dance 2.

 

Prerequisites: An interest in dance in addition to an audition
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
MODERN/JAZZ DANCE 2 
Modern/Jazz Dance 2 is a year-long course and expands on knowledge gained in Modern/Jazz Dance 1. It is recommended for students with some dance experience and an audition is required.  The class will offer extensive training in necessary dance skills: technique (modern, jazz, ballet), improvisation, and choreography. Students will also analyze works of dance and learn about how other aspects of the arts influence dance (music, costumes, lighting, and props/sets).  Students interested in a career in dance, choreography, and/or musical theater will benefit from this course. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement or can be taken to meet the physical education requirement. After a year in this course, students are encouraged to audition for Dance Production Advanced/Dance Company.

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Modern/Jazz Dance 1 or consent of instructor in addition to an audition
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
MUSIC INDUSTRY CAREERS - CAPSTONE 
This is an advanced course and is to provide students a framework in understanding the complexities of the music industry and its components of music production, music promotion, agent/management, and music technology/audio engineering. Students will learn how to think critically and reflectively about the roles within the music industry and their possible place within it. Students will understand the career paths within the music industry, will perform within several simulations/shadowing opportunities (music production, music promotion, management, and music technology/audio engineering), will peruse primary contacts from the music industry (i.e. radio stations, music blogs, music platforms, artists, studios, music labels), and will use music technology and audio engineering software and hardware to create produce, mix and master music. This class offers students a real world look at the music industry with a wide range of industry guest speakers, case studies and music releases. 

 

Prerequisites: C or better in Audio Production Advanced
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10 
 
ORCHESTRA - CONCERT 
The Concert Orchestra provides the developing string (violin, viola, cello, & bass) students to further advance their musicianship and performance skills on their instrument.  Students must have a prerequisite experience 2-3 years of training on their particular instrument.  Student musicians will grow in their understanding of musical expression, priorities for ensemble performance, and individual performance concepts.  The Concert Orchestra performs at annual school concerts and music festivals in the spring.  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: Minimum of 1 year of instruction
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
ORCHESTRA - CHAMBER
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 permission of instructor
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
PHOTO ART - BEGINNING 
This is a year-long, 10-credit VAPA approved course. In this class, we explore the art of photography using film cameras, digital cameras, and iPhone apps to make works of art. We will study traditional photography by learning to use a Single Lens Reflex Camera, develop film, and make prints in the darkroom. We will use state-of-the-art computers to manipulate images in Photoshop and Lightroom. This course is great for students interested in improving their photographic skills and very good for students who want to possibly pursue careers in freelance photography, commercial photography, graphic design, and many other fields that use photographic processes.  The course is designed to meet the California Visual and Performing Arts  Framework. This class covers the 5 components of Discipline-Based Art Education as  stated in the California State Standards Framework: Aesthetic Valuing, Artistic, Perception/Criticism, Production/Creative Expression,  Historical/Cultural Context, Connections/Applications. 

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
PHOTO ART - ADVANCED 
This is a year-long VAPA approved course. In this class, we will continue the study of the traditional film process, explore more advanced techniques in digital photography using Photoshop and Lightroom, enter nationally recognized contests, and start to make a professional portfolio and website. We will continue to use the single-lens reflex camera along with some larger format cameras. We will also explore lighting techniques in our state-of-the-art lighting room.  This course is good for students who want to continue improving their photographic skills and even possibly pursue careers in freelance photography, commercial photography, graphic design, and many other fields that use photographic processes.  The course is designed to meet the California Visual and Performing Arts  Framework. This class covers the 5 components of Discipline-Based Art Education as  stated in the California State Standards Framework: Aesthetic Valuing, Artistic, Perception/Criticism, Production/Creative Expression, Historical/Cultural Context, Connections/Applications. 

 

Prerequisites: Completion of Photo Art Beginning
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
SCULPTURE AND CERAMICS
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.
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
SCULPTURE AND MODELING - ADVANCED
This 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 Sculpture and 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: Completion of Sculpture and Ceramics
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
STAGE DESIGN PRODUCTION 
Produces all stage events in both high school theaters: 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 theater 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
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
STAGE DESIGN PRODUCTION - ADVANCED 
Advanced instruction in all aspects of stage and production events in both high school theaters: 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.

 

Prerequisites: Stage Design Production Introduction and teacher recommendation
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10  
 
STUDIO ART - HONORS 
Honors 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. Coursework for both levels consists of developing the two main sections of the AP Portfolio: Selected Works and Sustained Investigation. The objective is to develop mastery and a synthesis between materials and ideas through the process of investigation, revision, and reflection. The Honors Level of this class is perfect for students who wish to design a portfolio for specific colleges and not just the AP College Board Exam. 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. 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
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
THEATER ARTS - INTRODUCTION
A survey course designed to introduce students to the many phases of theater:  acting, improvisation, creative dramatics, stage movement, speech, dramatic literature, and technical theater. The course will be team taught. This course meets the UC/CSU VPA requirement.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
THEATER ARTS WORKSHOP - ACTING 
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
Grade: 11
Credit: 10 
 
THEATER ARTS WORKSHOP - COLLEGE PREPARATION 
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
Grade: 12
Credit: 10 
 
VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS & DESIGN 
The second course in the Graphic Design 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 teacher approval
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
ACADEMIC DECATHLON
This course focuses on an interdisciplinary curriculum in which a selected theme is integrated across six different subject areas: art, economics, literature, music, science, and social science. Students also study mathematics and participate in essay-writing, speech, and interview events, besides content assessments. The culmination of their studies are a variety of regional, state and national competitions focused on these skills and content. Students should be prepared for outside study sessions. This course is weighted as honors credit.
 
Prerequisites: Core teacher recommendation
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
AP COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING 
AP Computer Science A introduces students to computer science through programming. Fundamental topics in this course include the design of solutions to problems, the use of data structures to organize large sets of data, the development and implementation of algorithms to process data and discover new information, the analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing systems. The course emphasizes object-oriented programming and design using the Java programming language.
 
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation or completion of Intro to Coding
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES
AP Computer Science Principles is an introductory college-level computing course that introduces students to the breadth of the field of computer science. Students learn to design and evaluate solutions and to apply computer science to solve problems through the development of algorithms and programs. They incorporate abstraction into programs and use data to discover new knowledge. Students also explain how computing innovations and computing systems—including the internet—work, explore their potential impacts, and contribute to a computing culture that is collaborative and ethical. 
 
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation or completion of Intro to Coding
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
AP PSYCHOLOGY
The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as:  the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatments of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas.
 
Prerequisites: A/B/C in Biology
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
AUDIO PRODUCTION - ADVANCED 
This is an advanced course into music production with the prerequisite of Audio Production Intro.  This course offers students advanced musical creation capabilities with a wide variety of the latest professional and industry standard software and hardware to independently and collaboratively create complete original musical compositions.  Students will explore, identify and implement advanced manipulation of dynamics and frequencies including compression, equalization and modulation effects.  Students will learn and use professional sound recording equipment and techniques involved with microphones, editing and arrangement.  This class offers students a real world look at the music industry with a wide range of industry guest speakers, case studies and music releases. 

 

Prerequisites: 9th graders with approval of the teacher. C or better in Audio Production Introduction or teacher approval.
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10 
 
BIOMEDICAL INNOVATIONS HONORS - CAPSTONE 
Biomedical Innovations is the capstone course for the Medical Science pathway. Students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve unique problems related to biomedical sciences, medicine and healthcare. Students design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century as they work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health. Students will work systematically through required problems before developing and implementing an independent project where they may have an opportunity to work with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, physician’s office, or industry. This course exposes students to current issues in biomedical science, provides skills-based instruction in research and experimentation and utilizes tools to design innovative solutions to real-world problems. Additionally, students are trained by medical residents at Cedars Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills in a series of sessions.  

 

Prerequisites: Biology, Introduction to Medical Science, Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in Biotechnology
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
BUSINESS 100 - INTRODUCTION 
This course introduces basic literacy in the language of business.  You’ll learn the fundamentals of marketing, accounting, operations, and finance. Topics include marketing research; consumer behavior; target marketing; green marketing; and product, pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies. Business Finance topics include financing a business, writing a business plan, and the marketing basics. 
Note: Meets Personal Finance graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP - ADVANCED 
This course consists of topics and practical activities to prepare students for a career as an entrepreneur. Students will learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship including business management, marketing, finance, operations, and leadership. The course content is designed to enable students to gain practical knowledge and apply it to business scenarios. 

Note: Meets Personal Finance graduation requirement.

 

Prerequisites: A/B in Personal Finance Introduction or Business 100 Introduction
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - CAPSTONE 
Third year students will take on leadership roles within the program, mentoring peers and pathway projects.  Student leaders will manage applied practical activities that prepare students for careers as entrepreneurs. Students will apply concepts and principles of entrepreneurship including business management, marketing, finance, operations, and leadership. The course content is designed to enable students to gain practical knowledge and apply it to business scenarios.
Note: Meets Personal Finance graduation requirement.
 
Prerequisites: A/B in Personal Finance Introduction or Business 100 Introduction, and Business & Entrepreneurship Advanced.
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
CODING - INTRODUCTION 
Introduction to Coding is an introductory computer science course for 9 - 12th grade students. Mapped to CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) standards, the course takes a wide lens on computer science by covering topics such as problem solving, programming, physical computing, user centered design, and data, while inspiring students as they build their own websites, apps, animations, games, and physical computing systems. The curriculum was written using both the K-12 Framework for Computer Science and the 2017 CSTA standards as guidance.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
CODING - ADVANCED
Advanced Coding is an intermediate computer science course.  It covers the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges students to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. More than a traditional introduction to programming, it is a rigorous, engaging, and approachable course that explores many of the foundational ideas of computing so all students understand how these concepts are transforming the world we live in. The curriculum was written using the AP CS Principles Framework and has also been aligned to the newly revised 2017 CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) standards.
 
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation or completion of Intro to Coding
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
COSTUME DESIGN - ADVANCED 
Costume Design - Advanced continues to build upon and expands on the skills developed in the Introduction to Fashion Design and Merchandising course. Students will build on foundational skills for sketching, apparel draping, pattern making, elements of design development, product development, and portfolio building. Second year students will collaborate with Advanced 3rd year students throughout the year and/or work an integral position or capacity to support the Theater program by participating in the creation of costumes for stage productions. 
 
Prerequisites: C or better in Fashion Design Intro
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
CULINARY ARTS - INTRODUCTION 
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.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
CULINARY ARTS - ADVANCED 
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
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
CULINARY ARTS - CAPSTONE 
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. 

 

Prerequisites: Instructor approval
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
ENGINEERING DESIGN - INTRODUCTION 
Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like designing a new toy or improving an existing product.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
FASHION DESIGN - INTRODUCTION 
This introductory course provides students a basic understanding of fashion, textiles, design and construction. Emphasis of instruction is placed on fashion design and construction, fashion merchandising, fashion illustration, history of fashion, apparel and appearance, wardrobe and budgets. It includes units on the elements of art and principles of design and the application of these concepts to the fashion design process.  The lessons presented in this course of study will allow students to explore their interest in fashion design while also providing them the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills necessary to understand and work in this professionally diverse global industry. Students will apply their learned skills to construct a portfolio or body of work that is professionally displayed as well as afford them the ability to take further advanced courses.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
FASHION DESIGN - ADVANCED 
Fashion Design - Advanced continues to build upon and expands on the skills developed in the Introduction to Fashion Design and Merchandising course. Students enrolled in Fashion Design and Merchandising II include the history of fashion during the 19th and 20th centuries, research and trend forecasting, fashion sketching, visual merchandising and marketing, apparel draping, introduction to pattern making, elements of design development, product development, and introduction to portfolio building. Second year students will collaborate with Advanced 3rd year students throughout the year and/or work an integral position or capacity to plan an end of the year fashion show produced during the Spring semester. The collaboration will improve the students' understanding of developing a capsule seasonal collection project, and the planning for a runway fashion show.

 

Prerequisites:C or better in Fashion Design Introduction
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
FASHION DESIGN - CAPSTONE 
Fashion Design - Capstone continues to build upon and expands on the skills developed in the Introduction to Fashion Design and Merchandising course. Students enrolled in Fashion Design and Merchandising II include the history of fashion during the 19th and 20th centuries, research and trend forecasting, fashion sketching, visual merchandising and marketing, apparel draping, introduction to pattern making, elements of design development, product development, and introduction to portfolio building. Second year students will collaborate with Advanced 3rd year students throughout the year and/or work an integral position or capacity to plan an end of the year fashion show produced during the Spring semester. The collaboration will improve the students' understanding of developing a capsule seasonal collection project, and the planning for a runway fashion show.
 
Prerequisites: ?
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
FIELD VIDEO PRODUCTION 
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. Drone flight training opportunities.

 

Prerequisites: Advanced TV or Telecommunications and instructor approval
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
GUITAR 
This class would be an introduction to playing the acoustic guitar. It would include the fundamentals of the instrument, how to play chords, strumming patterns, and beginning music theory. 

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM - INTRODUCTION 
Students will learn how to use Photoshop, InDesign, film and produce their own video content, record podcasts, implement skills for digital photography, design interactive graphics and more. Using these various multimedia tools, students will become stronger communicators and storytellers. This class serves as a foundation for the skills needed to be part of Highlights, Watchtower and the Norman News.  Meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement.

 

Prerequisites: B or better in English and teacher recommendation
Grade: 9-11
Credit: 10
 
MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM - ADVANCED
This course is intended for students who are interested in applying the tools and techniques learned in Multimedia Journalism - Introduction.  Students will create content for and publish their multimedia on the student-run website beverlyhighlights.com, in addition to running the Highlights social media accounts, YouTube channel, etc. At the end of the school year, students will compile their best work into a digital resume and portfolio. As students gain more experience, they will be able to apply for various leadership and editorial positions on the team. Meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement.

 

Prerequisites: A/B in Multimedia Journalism Introduction and teacher recommendation
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM - CAPSTONE 
This course is intended for students who are interested in applying the tools and techniques learned in Multimedia Journalism - Introduction and Advances.   Capstone students take on  various leadership and editorial positions on the team and manage peers in the creation of content for and publication of their multimedia on the student-run website beverlyhighlights.com, in addition to running the Highlights social media accounts, YouTube channel, etc. At the end of the school year, students will compile their best work into a digital resume and portfolio. Meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement.

 

Prerequisites: A/B in Multimedia Journalism Advanced and teacher recommendation
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
PERSONAL FINANCE - INTRODUCTION 
This course presents essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about real world financial issues. Students will learn the fundamentals of personal finance. Topics include aspects of money management including saving, borrowing, investing, and budgeting as well as planning for a strong financial future. 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.
 
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 5
 
PSYCHOLOGY 
This course introduces psychology to students as a data-based subject that seeks to understand human behavior, emotions, and thought processes. Students will explore the scientists and the research that have advanced the field to the present day. Students will review key concepts and psychological phenomena, and evaluate competing psychological perspectives and theories. They will review a wide range of topics about the biological and cultural bases of psychology, as well as topics in subfields such as developmental psychology, social psychology, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Throughout the course, the importance of experimentation will be emphasized, including data collection, analysis, and research ethics. Students will also be able to make practical applications to their own lives from what they have learned about sleep, dreams, drugs, and exercise, etc.
 
Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
PUBLICATION JOURNALISM - INTRODUCTION 
In this course, students will use photography, design and writing to create and publish the school’s yearbook, the Watchtower. In addition to creating and publishing content for the student-run yearbook, students will also manage the social media accounts, and launch sales campaigns. At the end of the school year, students will compile their best work into a digital resume and portfolio. As students gain more experience, they will be able to apply for various leadership and editorial positions on the team. Meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement.

 

Prerequisites: Application process begins every April for the following year.
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
PUBLICATION JOURNALISM - ADVANCED
In this course, students will use photography, design and writing to create and publish the school’s yearbook, the Watchtower. In addition to creating and publishing content for the student-run yearbook, students will also manage the social media accounts, and launch sales campaigns. At the end of the school year, students will compile their best work into a digital resume and portfolio. As students gain more experience, they will be able to apply for various leadership and editorial positions on the team. Meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement.

 

Prerequisites: Application process begins every April for the following year.
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
PUBLICATION JOURNALISM - CAPSTONE 
In this course, students will use photography, design and writing to create and publish the school’s yearbook, the Watchtower. In addition to creating and publishing content for the student-run yearbook, students will also manage the social media accounts, and launch sales campaigns. At the end of the school year, students will compile their best work into a digital resume and portfolio. As students gain more experience, they will be able to apply for various leadership and editorial positions on the team. Meets the UC/CSU College Prep Elective requirement.

 

Prerequisites: Application process begins every April for the following year.
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
ROBOTICS - INTRODUCTION
Study engineering concepts, CAD and learn to apply those skills through participation in the National FIRST program’s regional and national competitions.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
ROBOTICS - ADVANCED 
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.

 

Prerequisites: Instructor approval
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
ROBOTICS - CAPSTONE 
The highest level of study of engineering concepts, CAD.  Apply those skills as a student leader, mentoring Advanced students through participation in the National FIRST program’s regional and national competitions.
 
Prerequisites: Completion of Robotics Intro and Advanced
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
TELECOMMUNICATIONS (BOARD MEETINGS) 
Students learn the complexities of remote and out-of-studio production and broadcast by working two afternoons and evenings twice a month shooting School Board Meets and similar productions. Daily studio check-in and periodic studio training.

 

Prerequisites: Instructor approval
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
TV TECH
Students learn how to maintain the TV studio and KBEV Media Center in top condition and assume responsibility for production preparation, cable channel operations, broadcast, management of media archive, cable programming and server updates. Hall Monitor programming and bulletins.

 

Prerequisites: Instructor approval
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY (ASB)
ASB is the governing body of BHHS. Students in ASB plan and oversee all student activities (i.e. Homecoming, Club Rush, Winter Formal, Prom, Color Wars, etc.) and serve as the students responsible for overseeing all money spent on campus by clubs, athletics, staff, students, etc. Students in ASB get hands-on experience in leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication. Not only does it look great on college applications, but the skills learned in ASB prepare students for life outside of high school. ASB is also a great way to meet and work with a diverse group of students across grade levels and to become an active member of the BHHS community.

 

Prerequisites: Application and instructor approval. Must have 2.0 GPA or higher.
** The ASB application for the 2022-2023 school year is officially open. This application is to be filled out by any student, new or returning, who wishes to join ASB and become a member of the 3rd period class next year. The deadline to submit the application is Friday, April 8th and you can access the application by clicking HERE. **
Corequisites: Maintain 2.0 GPA or higher
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
ATHLETICS
Boys Athletic Program
Season Sport Start Date
Fall
Cross Country
Football
Spirit
Water Polo
August
Winter
Basketball
Soccer
Wrestling
November
Spring
Baseball
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track & Field
Volleyball
Lacrosse
February
 
Girls Athletic Program
Season Sport Start Date
Fall
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Spirit
Tennis
Volleyball
August
Winter
Basketball
Soccer
Water Polo
Wrestling
November
Spring
Softball
Swimming
Track & Field
Lacrosse
February
 
Prerequisites: All sports tryouts take place the 1st week of August. For more information click HERE
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 2.5
 
EL 2 
English learners at this level have beginning levels of language proficiency. They can use English to meet some immediate communication needs but often are not yet prepared for the English language to learn and communicate about academic content areas. Beginner to Early Intermediate learners may tend to rely on learned words and phrases to communicate meaning at a basic level. They need linguistic support to engage in familiar social and academic contexts as well as  less familiar tasks and topics. This test performance level corresponds to the “Emerging” proficiency level to the beginning range of the “Expanding” proficiency level as described in the CA ELD Standards.

 

Prerequisites: Summative ELPAC scores of 1150-1300. Initial ELPAC scores Beginner to Early Intermediate.
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
HEALTH 
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.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
INTEGRATED MATH 
This course is designed to prepare students for success in Algebra 2. It covers major Algebraic concepts to build a stronger foundation for success in later math classes. Main topics include algebraic representation of patterns, Equations and Inequalities, Linear Relationships and systems, Exponential relationships, Polynomial functions, Quadratic relationships, and Probability and Statistics
 
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra I and Geometry
Grade: 10-11
Credit: 10
 
MODIFIED SPANISH 1A
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 World 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
Grade: 10-12
Credit: 10
 
MODIFIED SPANISH 1B 
For those students completing the Modified Spanish I (A) program.

 

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Modified Spanish 1A
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 10
 
PE CONTRACT 
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: PE Department approval
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
PEER COUNSELING 
Peer counseling is a year-long elective class. NormanAid Peer Counselors are an important part of the NAWC wellness team.  Peer Counselors work in the NAWC and help assure that students are connected  to a counselor. They help create and host the Today Well Lived Podcast and they plan and implement the MonthlyAid Wellness Program. 

 

Prerequisites: Please see Mrs. Norman-Franks if you are interested in applying to be in the Peer Counseling class. 
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1 
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
Grade: 9
Credit: 10
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2 
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
Grade: 10
Credit: 10
 
SERVICE LEARNING
This course provides students with experiential learning where they develop knowledge and critical thinking skills while addressing genuine community needs. The Service-Learning course is designed to provide a comprehensive service-learning approach focused on ethical, social and intellectual skill development.

 

Prerequisites: None
Grade: 9-12
Credit: 10
 
TEACHER'S AIDE (TA)
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: By teacher request only. Students may not ask or choose a specific teacher. Must be approved by the Assistant Principal of Instruction.
Grade: 11-12
Credit: 5
 
Note: "Other Electives" are courses that do not meet A-G requirements however, do count towards elective credits for graduation. These courses are not UC/CSU approved.