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Course Descriptions

AVID

AVID 1 (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

Prerequisite(s):  Teacher recommendation, GPA, Academic Potential and Interview.  Other: Students must be entering 9th grade and be from minority or low income families to enter the program.  They must demonstrate academic potential and have teacher recommendations.  Although students may have low scores in language due to the fact that they have English as a second language, they should have math scores that are average or above.  Students should at least have at least a 2.0 GPA at the 8th grade level and be highly motivated to attend a four-year college.

AVID is an academic elective class that attempts to prepare minority and economically disadvantaged students for college through a rigorous, tutorial program that focuses on writing skills, collaborative learning techniques, standardized test preparation, and note-taking, as well as awareness of college admissions and application procedures.  Other major components of the program include parental support and input, classroom tutors, and various motivational activities.  The selected students will have demonstrated academic potential which is determined by the AVID coordinator(s), teacher(s), counselor(s) and administrator(s), but may not, to this point, have the GPA that reflects this potential.

 

AVID 2,3 (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

Prerequisite(s):  Previous AVID class or Teacher / Counselor recommendation, GPA, Academic Potential and Interview. 

AVID is an academic elective class that attempts to prepare minority and economically disadvantaged students for college through a rigorous, tutorial program that focuses on writing skills, collaborative learning techniques, standardized test preparation, and note-taking, as well as awareness of college admissions and application procedures.  Other major components of the program include parental support and input, classroom tutors, and various motivational activities.  The selected students will have demonstrated academic potential which is determined by the AVID coordinator(s), teacher(s), counselor(s) and administrator(s), but may not, to this point, have the GPA that reflects this potential.

 

AVID 4 (P) (UC Elective Credit)

Prerequisite(s):  Previous AVID class or Teacher / Counselor recommendation, GPA, Academic Potential and Interview. 

AVID is an academic elective class that attempts to prepare minority and economically disadvantaged students for college through a rigorous, tutorial program that focuses on writing skills, collaborative learning techniques, standardized test preparation, and note-taking, as well as awareness of college admissions and application procedures.  Other major components of the program include parental support and input, classroom tutors, and various motivational activities.  The selected students will have demonstrated academic potential which is determined by the AVID coordinator(s), teacher(s), counselor(s) and administrator(s), but may not, to this point, have the GPA that reflects this potential.

CTE & PLTW

Class offerings subject to sufficient enrollment.

 

ACCOUNTING 1 (P)

Prerequisite(s): Algebra 1 with a grade of “C” or better

The focus of Accounting I is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of accounting—the language of business.  Students will understand the basic accounting principles and procedures affecting today’s businesses.  They are expected to record, analyze, and interpret accounting data for a service business organized as a sole proprietorship and merchandising business organized as a partnership and a corporation.  They will work with journals, ledgers, financial reports, and payroll records.  Throughout the course, students will learn how to make connections between accounting data and sound business decisions.  In addition, students will be exposed to financial literacy through participation in the Stock Market Game and various lessons from the National Endowment for Financial (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program.

 

ACCOUNTING 2  

Prerequisite(s):  A grade of "C" or better in Accounting 1

This course deals with more advanced accounting situations met in business.  The student will make advanced applications of fundamentals of journalizing, posting, and making reports and records.  The uses of software will be studied.  The student who plans to continue the study of accounting in college should take this course.  Students will use computers to solve business problems in accounting at EMHS, RHS and SEMHS.

 

BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 

Prerequisite(s):  Business Tech Core with a “C” or better OR an equivalent course with teacher’s approval

Business Information Technology (formerly Computer Applications) is a semester or year course designed to reinforce keyboarding and application software skills. Students will be introduced to the various types of microcomputer applications such as advanced features of Microsoft Word, spreadsheet basics, and advanced features for Microsoft Excel, graphics, database, and presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint. Through the information processing concepts presented in this class, students will learn how to gather, create, and analyze data for a rapidly changing technological and global society. Students are expected to perform multiple tasks required to process data effectively and produce usable information in support of management for a business in a global society.

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP (P)

Prerequisite(s): Business Information Technology or with permission of teacher.

Entrepreneurship is designed to introduce students to the world of entrepreneurship as a means of understanding business principles and concepts. Besides learning the basic principles, students will also have an opportunity to apply them by organizing and managing a specific business during the course of the class. Students will learn the areas of planning, accounting, finance, marketing, management, business ethics, social responsibility, and the legal and economic environment in which a business operates.  Virtual business simulations are used in this class as a training tool.

 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (P)

Prerequisite(s): Business Information Technology or with permission of teacher.

International Business is designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of international trade.  Besides learning the basic principles of business, students will have a better understanding of how geographic, cultural, political, legal, historical, and economic factors influence how U.S. companies do business in the global marketplace.  Students will learn the role of information technology in modern global trade and explain the logistics of importing and exporting products and services.

 

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (PLTW)

Prerequisite(s):  Aerospace Engineering is a high school level course that is appropriate for 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students interested in Aerospace. It is recommended that students are concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science courses and have successfully completed the Principles of Engineering (POE) course.

Aerospace Engineering (AE) is the study of the engineering discipline which develops new technologies for use in aviation, defense systems, and space exploration.  The course explores the evolution of flight, flight fundamentals, navigation and control, aerospace materials, propulsion, space travel, orbital mechanics, ergonomics, remotely operated systems and related careers. In addition the course presents alternative applications for aerospace engineering concepts.  This course is designed for 10th, 11th, & 12th grade students.

 

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Art 1 recommended

Architectural Design is a fine arts class where young men and women will blend art with architecture.  Students will learn about architectural design using the principles and elements of design.  Students will learn about architectural history, sketching, drawing, and computer-aided design by constructing two-dimensional and three-dimensional models of houses and other structures.

 

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN (P) (PLTW)

Prerequisite(s): Algebra 1 or Intermediate Math 1; Co-requisite: Geometry, Algebra 2 or Calculus

Introduction to Engineering Design is an introductory course which develops student problem solving skills with emphasis placed on the development of three-dimensional solid models. Students will work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying a solid modeling computer software package. They will learn a problem solving design process and how it is used in industry to manufacture a product. The Computer Aided Design System (CAD) will also be used to analyze and evaluate the product design. The techniques learned, and equipment used, is state of the art and are currently being used by engineers throughout the United States.  Student receives A-G elective credit.

 

INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

Prerequisite(s):  Passing Industrial Technology Core.  Introduction to Engineering Design recommended but not necessary.

The Introduction to Production Technology class will introduce females and males to activities and careers in construction and manufacturing. This class combines the best of woodshop, metal shop and plastics into one class.  Students who have an interest in how products are manufactured or constructed will use tools, machines and computers to process materials such as wood, metal and plastic into a usable product. An example of a manufactured product using processed materials may be a computer table that is manufactured with a wood core, plastic laminated top and metal legs. A lab fee is required for take-home projects. Students will learn where they can continue their education after high school at various trade schools, community colleges and universities.

 

LEAN MANUFACTURING

Prerequisite(s):  Passing Industrial Tech Core or Introduction to Engineering Design.

This 180 hour course trains student to measure, design and produce parts using various manufacturing techniques using various machine tools including computer controlled machine and 3D printers.  Students learn essential skills in design and manufacturing, including industry standard vocabulary, and basic manufacturing skills.  Students develop skills through performance based projects in computer design, robotics, and production (CAD/CAM), computer numerical control (CNC), Rapid Prototyping (3D Printing), and engineering design through solid modeling.

 

PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING (P) (PLTW)

Prerequisite(s):  Algebra 1; Co-requisite: Geometry, Algebra 2 or Calculus

Principles of Engineering is a project-based course that introduces students to the profession of engineering and engineering technology, by exploring various technologies related to manufacturing processes, and engineering systems. Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze, synthesize, and design engineering systems. Students will apply skills and knowledge of math, science, communication, and technology in complex problem solving activities.  The course also includes risk analysis and engineering reliability impact on social, political and liable consequences of technological advancements.  Principles of Engineering is one of the courses in the Project Lead the Way sequence.

 

ENGLISH

ENGLISH 1 (P)/ACCELERATED (P)

Prerequisite(s):  A freshman level course; For Accelerated courses, the following criteria may be used: Teacher recommendation, and/or student choice.

English 1P is designed to continue the development of student skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course is college preparatory, with the curriculum based on the English Language Arts California State Content Standards and the CA Common Core State Standards. The course incorporates the various genre found in literature: short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. In addition, informational text and workplace documents are embedded in the chapter organization of the text. Strategies such as AVID, Marzano, and STRP (The Strategic Reading Project) are used to increase reading and critical thinking skills.

 

ENGLISH 2 (P)/ACCELERATED (P)

Prerequisite(s):  A sophomore level course: Successful completion of English 1P is recommended. For Accelerated courses, the following criteria may be used: Teacher recommendation, completion grade in English 1 Accelerated, and/or student choice.

English 2P is designed to continue the development of student skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course is college preparatory, with the curriculum based on CCSS Common Core State Standards.  The course incorporates the various genres found in literature: short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. In addition, informational and workplace documents are embedded in the chapter organization of the text. Strategies such as AVID, Marzano, and STRP (The Strategic Reading Project) are used to increase reading and critical thinking skills.

 

ENGLISH 3 (P)

Prerequisite(s): A junior level course:  Successful completion of English 2P is recommended.  

English 3P focuses on a historical approach to the study of American literature and the continued development of student skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The course is college preparatory, with the curriculum based on the California State Content Standards-English Language Arts and the CA Common Core State Standards. The course incorporates the various genre found in literature: short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. In addition, informational texts and workplace documents are embedded in the chapter organization of the textbook. All students will write an editorial, an autobiographical/reflective narrative, a descriptive essay, an expository essay, a literary response, and a major research paper following MLA guidelines.

 

ENGLISH 4 (P)

Prerequisite(s):    A senior level course:  Successful completion of English 3P is recommended.

English 4P focuses on a historical approach to the study of British and World literature and the continued development of student skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  The course is college preparatory, with the curriculum based on the California State Content Standards for English Language Arts (CSCS-ELA) and the CA Common Core State Standards.  The course incorporates the various genres found in literature:  short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction.  In addition, informational texts and workplace documents are embedded in the chapter organization of the textbook.  All students will write a descriptive essay, a literary analysis, compare/contrast essay, a reflective essay, and a major research project.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION AP (P)

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English 2P Accelerated or English 2P.

This class is designed to aid students in developing an individual writing style adaptable to different occasions for writing in college.  Included in the course will be examination and practice of specific kinds of writing and writing styles appropriate for various assignments.  Students will study examples of recognized American authors as a basis for different writing experiences.  One goal of Junior English Seminar AP is to enable students to pass the Language and Composition AP Exam at the end of the year. A high score on this exam makes it possible for student to receive freshman English credit for this course at many universities and colleges around the United States.

Although the work is demanding, that fact is recognized in the grading system; most colleges allow a 25% bonus for all Advanced Placement grades (e.g., A=5 points; B=4 points; etc.)  Emphasis is placed upon English literature and analytical writing.

 

ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION AP (P)

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of English Language and Composition AP or an "A" or "B" in Eng 3P is recommended

This course is intended primarily for those students who plan to attend highly competitive colleges and universities.  One of the important purposes of the course is to enable participants to improve the skills necessary to succeed on the Advanced Placement Literature & Composition Examination.  A high score on this exam makes it possible for student to receive freshman English credit for this course at many universities and colleges around the United States.

Although the work is demanding, that fact is recognized in the grading system; most colleges allow a 25% bonus for all Advanced Placement grades (e.g. / A=5 points; B=4 points; etc.)  Emphasis is placed upon English literature and analytical writing.

 

 

EXPOSITORY READING AND WRITING COURSE (ERWC) (P)

Prerequisite(s): A grade of “C” or better in English 1P, 2P, and 3P. A selection process will be followed which includes:

  • student interest
  • student GPA of 2.0 or better
  • completion of “a-g” requirements appropriate for grade level

The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course is to prepare college-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education. Through a sequence of fourteen rigorous instructional modules, students in this yearlong, rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The cornerstone of the course—the assignment template—presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to nonfiction and literary texts. Modules also provide instruction in research methods and documentation conventions. Students will be expected to increase their awareness of the rhetorical strategies employed by authors and to apply those strategies in their own writing. They will read closely to examine the relationship between an author’s argument or theme and his or her audience and purpose; to analyze the impact of structural and rhetorical strategies; and to examine the social, political, and philosophical assumptions that underlie the text. By the end of the course, students will be expected to use this process independently when reading unfamiliar texts and writing in response to them. Course texts include contemporary essays, newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, assorted public documents, and other nonfiction texts. The course materials also include modules on two full-length works (one novel and one work of nonfiction).  Written assessments and holistic scoring guides conclude each unit. 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

SPANISH 1 (P)

Prerequisite(s):  None  

Spanish 1P is a standards based course intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of the Spanish language.  Spanish 1P is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture.  The four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are taught throughout the course. Students will develop the necessary skills for basic communication in Spanish.  Students will be able to listen to and understand, speak, read, and write simple statements, questions and answers in Spanish. Communication skills, cultural and linguistic awareness are emphasized with the use of total physical response (TPR), CDs, videos, DVDs, music, research, and other culturally related assignments and projects.  This course can be used for partial fulfillment of the University of California college entrance requirement.

 

SPANISH 1X (P)

Prerequisite(s): Students must be native speakers of Spanish and must have received an appropriate score on a Spanish Challenge Exam.

Spanish 1X is a first year course for native Spanish speakers who have an oral/ aural command of Spanish, but need to refine and further develop reading and writing skills.  A special emphasis will be given to academic vocabulary, culture, and in helping students improve their ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formal and informal situations. This class is taught entirely in Spanish. This course can be used for partial fulfillment of the University of California college entrance requirement.

 

SPANISH 2 (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Spanish 1P or placement by Spanish Challenge Exam

Spanish 2P is a standards based course intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of the Spanish language.  Spanish 2P is an introduction to the Spanish language and culture.  The four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are taught throughout the course.  Communication skills, cultural and linguistic awareness are emphasized with the use of total physical response (TPR), CDs, videos, DVDs, music, research, and other culturally related assignments and projects.  Spanish 2P fulfills the "E" A-G college requirements for 1 year of a foreign language at a high school. 

Students will develop the necessary skills for basic communication in Spanish.  Students will be able to listen to and understand, speak, read, and write simple statements, questions and answers in Spanish. This course can be used for partial fulfillment of the University of California college entrance requirement.

 

SPANISH 2X (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Grade of “C” or better in Spanish 1X is recommended or appropriate placement on Spanish Challenge Exam.

This accelerated class in Spanish is designed for students who speak and understand Spanish and have writing and reading skills.  Students in this class will become more proficient in all aspects of Spanish reading, writing, speaking and understanding.  This is the second course in preparation for the Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish course.  This class is taught entirely in Spanish. This course can be used for partial fulfillment of the University of California college entrance requirement.

 

SPANISH 3 (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Grade of "C" or better in Spanish 2 and/or instructor’s approval.

The third year course offers the advanced student a concise, but thorough review of Spanish grammar.  Considerable emphasis is placed upon an expanded Spanish vocabulary, fluency of speech, and accuracy of writing.  The student is introduced to representative examples of the literature of the Spanish-speaking people including plays, short stories and/or full-length novels.  The student may be given opportunities for original work from reports, both oral and written, to the creation of short plays and skits for classroom presentation.  This course can be used for partial fulfillment of the University of California college entrance requirement.

 

SPANISH LANGUAGE AP (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Performance of "B" or better in Spanish 2, 2X, or 3 and recommendation of Spanish 2 or 3 teacher, or placement by Spanish Challenge Test. Students are expected to take the AP test if enrolled in the AP class.

The course will be conducted with a higher degree of expectation than a regular Spanish 3 class.  The level of this course work is above the California State Model Curriculum Standards.  The goals are: listening--the skills will be at a level to comprehend normal conversation of the media (radio, T.V., movies, etc.); speaking--student will be able to communicate with a pronunciation and intonation acceptable to a native speaker and to participate in a conversation or group discussion; reading--the student will be able to read newspapers, magazines and selected words with comprehension; writing--the student will be able to create organized persuasive essays using correct grammatical tenses and cite resources; culture--the student will develop a sensitivity to other culture's value systems and behavior patterns.  Students may take the Advanced Placement Spanish language test at the end of the course. AHS and SEMHS require students to take the Advanced Placement Spanish language test at the end of the course.  This course can be used for partial fulfillment of the University of California college entrance requirement.

 

SPANISH LITERATURE AP (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Grade of "B" or better in Spanish Language and Composition AP and recommendation by Spanish Language and Composition teacher.  AP students are expected to take the AP test.

The goal of the Advanced Placement Spanish literature class is to help students read and analyze Spanish literature while maintaining or improving their writing skills, aural comprehension, grammar use, and depth of vocabulary.  The course is based on a required reading list of the works of at least five authors from different time periods and countries of the Spanish speaking world in accordance with the requirements for the AP Spanish Literature Exam.  This course is intended to replace a third-year college "Introduction to Hispanic Literature" course.

Mathematics

CALCULUS (P)/CALCULUS AB AP (P)/CALCULUS BC AP (P)

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Pre-Calculus or teacher recommendation.  For Calculus BC AP (P) successful completion of Calculus AB AP (P).

The topics this course covers will include limits, continuity, derivatives and integrals of polynomials, trigonometric and log exponential functions, curve sketching, infinite series, and applications.  Students will prepare for the Advanced Placement Test.

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES AP

Prerequisite(s):  Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1

The course introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world.  The AP Program designed AP Computer Science Principles with the goal of creating leaders in computer science fields and attracting and engaging those who are traditionally underrepresented with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities.

 

 INTEGRATED MATH I (P) 

Prerequisite(s):  None

This UC approved college preparatory course follows an approach typically seen internationally (integrated) that consists of a sequence of three courses, each of which includes number, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics.  The fundamental purpose of Integrated Math I is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learn in the middle schools.  The critical areas, organized into units, deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend.  Integrated Math I uses properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades.  The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studied.  The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful and logical subject that make use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

 

INTEGRATED MATH II (P) 

Prerequisite(s): C or better in Integrated Math 1 or C or better in Algebra 1 and Bridge 2 course. 

Integrated Math 2 focuses on six primary critical areas:

  • Extending the Number System
  • Quadratic Functions and Modeling
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Applications of Probability
  • Similarity, Right Triangles, Trigonometry, and Proof
  • Circles With and Without Coordinates
  • Absolute Values

This course is designed to meet the Common Core State Standards for high schools following the Integrated Math Pathway.  Standards for the 8 mathematical practices are also addressed throughout the course.

 

INTEGRATED MATH III (P)

Prerequisite(s): C or better in Integrated Math 2 or equivalent.

Integrated Math 3 students integrate and apply the mathematics they have learned from their earlier courses.  This course includes standards from the conceptual categories of Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.  Instructional time should focus on four critical areas:

  • Apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data
  • Expand understanding of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions
  • Expand right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles
  • Consolidate functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems

This course is designed to meet the Common Core State Standards for high schools following the Integrated Math Pathway.  Standards for the 8 mathematical practices are also addressed throughout the course.

 

PRECALCULUS (P)

Prerequisite(s): “C” average in Integrated Math III (P), teacher’s recommendation, and/or placement test.

This course is to be taken following the completion of Integrated Math III.  The course deals with trigonometric function of angles, solution of triangles, inverse functions, complex numbers, and hyperbolic functions.

 

STATISTICS AP (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Integrated Math III with teachers’ recommendation/ or Precalculus or Algebra 3 (P).         

This course comprises four central topics: exploration of data, the planning of a study, probability as it relates to the distribution of data, and inferential reasoning.  These tasks will be accomplished first by traditional methods, and then by using current technology. Technology that will be integrated into the curriculum includes graphing calculator, computers with statistic software, and the World Wide Web.

 

STATISTICS (P)

Prerequisite(s): “C- “or better in Integrated Math III or equivalent.         

This course provides an introduction to statistics and probability that will prepare students for a college-level statistics course and life in a world filled with data.  Major topics include:  analyzing distributions of univariate data; analyzing relationships in bivariate data; collecting data using sampling and experimentation; probability and random variables; sampling distributions/ and confidence intervals and significance tests for means and proportions from one or two samples, along with chi-square tests and inference for the slope of a least-squares regression line.  Use of technology, including online applets and the graphing calculator will be prominent in the course.

Physical Education

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 9

Prerequisite(s):  None

Physical Education 9 is a required survey class for freshmen.  It is designed to expose freshmen to the many different types of activities in physical education.  Units may be taught from the following: archery, golf, badminton, pickle ball, dance, tumbling, softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, speed-ball, physical fitness, self-defense, gymnastics, wrestling, disc games, handball, swimming, tennis, football, or track and field.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 10

Prerequisite(s):  None

Physical Education 10 is a required survey class for sophomores.  It is designed to expose sophomores to the many different types of activities in physical education.  Units may be taught from the following: archery, golf, badminton, dance, tumbling, softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, speed-ball, physical fitness, self-defense, gymnastics, wrestling, handball, swimming, football, cricket, lacrosse, or track and field.

 

WEIGHT TRAINING

Prerequisite(s):  Grades 10-12 

Attaining and maintaining an individual level of physical fitness is emphasized in the class.  Programs for the development of strength, endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning are encouraged

 

ATHLETICS

Prerequisite(s):  Coach or athletic director’s permission. 

The athletic program offers opportunities for students who desire a superior level of skill development and competition in interscholastic sports.  Teams are organized to ensure the opportunity for all levels of competition.

Science

BIOLOGY 1 (P)

Prerequisite(s): None.  Available to all students.

This course is based on the California State Standards for Biology. To provide a well-rounded background in science, this course gives insight into the living world.  The course provides demonstrations and experiments with all forms of life from the smallest, single-celled organism to humans, their health, heredity, reproduction and future.  This is a lab science class which fulfills the University of California lab science college entrance requirement.

 

BIOLOGY 1 ACCELERATED (P)

Prerequisite(s): The course is recommended for advanced students with ELA CST performance level of 4 or 5.  

The course is a one-year lecture/laboratory course emphasizing life science.  The course provides demonstrations and experiments with all forms of life from the microscopic to the multicellular.  Topics include cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and physiology.  The course is designed to instill a knowledge of the facts, principles and processes of biology.  This is a lab science class which fulfills the University of California lab science college entrance requirement. Instruction is at a much faster pace and exams test for much more in-depth knowledge.

 

BIOLOGY AP (P)

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Biology 1P.  Chemistry 1P recommended.       

This is a one-year lecture/laboratory course, which emphasizes the investigative approach to the study of living systems, their chemistry, structure, function, genetics, origins, ecology and behavior.  The course will involve special projects and research.

The course is designed to instill a knowledge of the facts, principles and processes of biology.  Biology will help the student to become more aware of the implications and application of science and technology so that he or she may learn to live more efficiently; to develop increased scientific literacy, and meet the Biology Science Content Standards for California public schools.  This course uses a college text.  Students are required to take the AP exam given in the spring semester.  This is a lab science course, which meets the University of California lab science requirement.

 

CHEMISTRY 1 (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Grade of “C” in Integrated Math 1(P)

Laboratory experience will be combined with class work in order to study materials and the principles by which materials may undergo change.  The students will be expected to do problem solving based on scientific principles.  The major topics include: the organization and use of the Periodic Table; conservation of matter; theory of atoms; principles of chemical reactions; study of liquids, solids and gases; kinetic theory; solutions, solubility and ions; chemical bonding; equilibrium and energy effects in chemical reactions; and acids, bases and salts.  Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry are introduced as well. This class fulfills the University of California lab science requirement and covers the California Content Standards for Chemistry.  A scientific calculator is recommended.

 

CHEMISTRY 1 HONORS (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Grade of “B” or higher in previous 10 units of science and high school teacher’s recommendation is suggested.  Grade of “B” or higher in Integrated Math 1(P) is suggested.

This one-year lecture/laboratory course will investigate the composition of materials and the principles of change.  The topics will include those of the Chemistry 1 (P) course.  A college text may be used.  Depth of understanding and independent thinking are emphasized. This course fulfills the University of California laboratory science requirement. A scientific calculator may be required.

 

CHEMISTRY AP (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Grade of “C” in both semesters of a high school chemistry course Students should be taking Integrated Math II (P) or an equivalent course concurrently with AP Chemistry. A scientific calculator is recommended.

This course provides students with a foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry.  Through inquiry-based learning, students develop critical thinking and reasoning skills.  Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry and science practices as they explore topics including:  Atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics and equilibrium.  This course requires extensive laboratory work including a minimum of 16 hands-on investigations, as least six of which are inquiry based.  These college level laboratory investigations may require more than allotted single high school class period; therefore, time outside of class may be required to complete come labs.  This course fulfills the University of California lab science requirement. 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AP (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Successful completion of one year of Biology and one year of Chemistry with a grade of a B or better.

This is an interdisciplinary course, which will involve the fields of, but not be limited to ecology, biology, ocean and atmospheric science, climatology, chemistry, geology, toxicology, geography, statistics, economics, politics and ethics. This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory environmental science course.  The goals of the AP Environmental Science course are to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships in the natural world and to identify and analyze environmental problems or challenges (both natural and manmade).  This course will also teach students how to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine the alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

While this course explores many different topics, the following themes serve as a foundation for the course. They include the following:  Interconnectedness - Earth is one interconnected system, Sustainability - The environment functioning indefinitely without decline due to overuse, Energy Conversions - Underlie all ecological processes, Environmental Challenges - Problems often have a social and cultural context, Human Beings Affect/Alter Natural Systems, and Environmental Science as a Process – Experimental Design.

This course follows the AP College Board course outline and is a college equivalent course.  Students will be required to take the AP exam in Environmental Science.

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE 1 (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Algebra 1

This is a one-year introductory physical science course covering physics, earth and chemistry standards outlined in the California Science Content Standards as well as the physics, earth and chemistry standards included in the Science & Engineering Common Core Next Generation Standards.  In addition to providing students a strong foundation in the fundamentals of physical science, this course, will also emphasize measurements, unit analysis, data analysis and computational skills necessary for students to be successful in subsequent chemistry and physics courses.  Labs will be emphasized to help develop critical thinking and problems solving skills.  Students wishing to apply to UC/CSU must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in this course to meet P elective credit.

 

PHYSICS 1 (P)

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of previous science course.  Integrated Math II (P) recommended.

Physics is an elective course offered to all that meet the prerequisite.  The course will be useful to those who plan to study any science or engineering. The course will include studies of measurement, forces and machines, sound, light, electricity and electronics, nuclear physics, and heat and wave mechanics.  This course fulfills the University of California lab science requirement in Physical Science.  A scientific or graphing calculator is recommended.

 

PHYSIOLOGY (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Grade of “C” or higher in both semesters of Biology 1P or a grade of “B.” Grade of “C” or higher in Chemistry, or Chemistry Honors is recommended.

Physiology is for upper division students in grades 11 or 12 that meet the prerequisites. The human body and its functions are studied from the anatomical and physiological aspects through use of animal dissection, lecture, discussion, research, films, and charts. Fetal pigs, cats, and body parts may be dissected.  This is a lab science course which fulfills the requirements of the University of California for college applications.

Social Science

ECONOMICS (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Grade 12 

Economics is the study of how people and countries use their resources to produce, distribute and consume goods and services.  By understanding economics, students will be helped to make better economic decisions in a modern world.  Students will learn fundamental economic concepts and terminology, be exposed to the various economic systems in the world, and be fully acquainted with the U.S. economy and the forces that influence it.

 

EUROPEAN HISTORY AP (P)

Prerequisite(s):  None.  Recommended pass English 1 Accelerated and English Teacher recommendation.

The AP European History course meets the EMUHSD graduation requirement for World History and develops an understanding of the main themes in modern European History.  The course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in European history.  The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses.  Students should learn to assess historical materials-their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance-and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.  An AP European History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. The covers European history from 1450 to the present.

 

MACROECONOMICS AP (P)

Prerequisite(s):  12th grade and instructor’s approval.  A grade of “C” or better in the following courses:  World History P, AP World History, US History P, and AP US History. 

This two-semester course in macroeconomics will include a simulation which will tie in microeconomic concerns through individual economic decision making.  This course is intended to give the student an in-depth view of the economic issues and processes which are of vital importance to our world.  Students will analyze such issues as competition, supply and demand, unemployment and inflation, income and spending, and many more.  We will also examine the role of the Federal Reserve System, the process by which money is created, and the challenges to capitalist economic systems.  This intensive course will be comparable to a college economics class in reading levels and conceptual content.

Macro Economics is a study of how economic decision-makers affect the economy as a whole in terms of employment, price stability, and economic growth.  After defining and analyzing tools and models that describe the conditions of our national economy, our fundamental purpose will be to analyze how fiscal and monetary policies may be used to promote full employment, price stability, and economic growth.  Competing economic theories and models will be used to test the conventional Classical and Keynesian conclusions.  While international economics formally concludes the study in Macro Economics, an integration of international topics through the entire course will complete the study of economy in dealing with macro problems.  Moreover, throughout the course, learning emphasis is placed on reasoned, logical argument.  As the quote by Keynes suggests, the purpose of this course is not to develop or solicit a normative or political point of view, but rather use economics as a method and model for decision-making.  Since this is the students’ first introduction of any kind of economics; both micro and macro concepts will run throughout the school year. This course will help students understand the concepts tested in the Advanced Placement Exam in economics. It will teach students to think like an economist and gain some very crucial insights into human behavior. You should never forget that economics is, first and foremost, a study of human behavior. An understanding of human behavior is a necessary prerequisite to attaining your personal goals and to fulfilling any goals that you might have of helping other people.

This course follows the AP College Board course outline and is a college equivalent course.  Students will be required to take the AP exam in Macroeconomics.

 

PSYCHOLOGY AP (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Recommendation by teacher

The advanced placement course in psychology will introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.  Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology.  They also learn about the methods psychologists’ use in their science and practice.  Students are expected to take the psychology AP exam for which they may receive college credit.  The aim of the course is to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory psychology courses.

 

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT (P)

Prerequisite(s):  12th Grade

All three aspects of the American governmental system--federal, state, and local--are studied in this course.  Particular emphasis is given to the development of responsible active citizenship.  This class fulfills one semester of the senior social science requirement.  

 

UNITED STATES HISTORY (P)

Prerequisite(s):  11th grade.

A study of the development of our nation during the 19th and 20th Centuries, the course fulfills the junior social science requirement.

 

 

UNITED STATES HISTORY AP (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Students must have completed World History with a grade of “C” or better and be of junior standing.  Students who earned an “A” or “B” in their regular World History course will require a teacher recommendation.  Students who have taken World History AP and received a “C” also need teacher recommendation, while students who received an “A” or “B” do not. 

The two-semester AP course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with historical materials.  In addition to the historical content, students will interpret primary sources, including documentary material, maps, and statistical tables to better understand historical events.  Students will learn to assess the relevance of these events to a given interpretive problem and weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.  The course follows the AP College Board course outline and is a college equivalent course.  Students will be required to take the United States History AP Exam.

 

 

WORLD HISTORY (P)

Prerequisite(s): Grade 10

This course presents an accurate reflection of the world’s past.  The course is designed to give students the widest panorama of world history with a greater emphasis devoted to modern times.  World History and Geography covers traditional societies in the West and societies in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.  The course is presented chronologically and permits the study of parallel developments in different parts of the world during each major period of history.  This course gives a balanced presentation of political, economic, social, and cultural history, while describing how people lived in other times and places by in-depth focus units.

Specialized Electives

SPORTS THERAPY

Prerequisite(s):  None.  

This course is designed to introduce students to terminology, theories, principals, and skills involved with the fast paced growth of sports medicine.  The emphasis of this course will be on anatomy and physiology of the human body.  The goal is to implement the lessons learned in a classroom setting and apply them out on the sports field or arena (field experience). Attention will be focused on use of protective equipment, prophylactic tapping, wrapping and bracing as well as acute injury management such as emergency medical care, safety precautions, and administrate basic health care to the athlete professional.

 

SPEECH 1

Prerequisite(s):  Consent of the instructor/counselor

Speech 1P is a year-long course which is designed to give students practical speaking skills, particularly in the development and presentation of speeches to be given publicly in the English language, to English speaking audiences. The course aim is to help students develop excellent speaking habits, reduce speaking anxiety, emphasize critical thinking skills and hone the skills of organization, speech writing and the use of research in speaking. The course also prepares students to compete at the Novice level with the school’s interscholastic speech and debate team, which is a member of the Southern California Debate League and the National Forensics League.

 

COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (CIT)

Prerequisite(s):  None

CIT is a semester course that will encompass the technology skills that students need to complete the required overall curriculum of the EMUHSD.  The course emphasizes acquiring proper keyboarding technique as well as mastering basic computer concepts, word processing, database, spreadsheet, desktop publishing, and presentation skills.  Students will also learn how to determine the validity and relevance of Internet sources and sites.  Student will also read contemporary non-fiction technology related articles covering such topics as cyber-bullying, proper and effective use of social media, and ethical use of software.

 

HEALTH                                          

Prerequisite(s):  None

Health is a semester course that is a requirement for high school graduation.  The goals and objectives of the course are based upon the Health Framework for California Public Schools and Education Codes for instruction in substance abuse, human sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, including AIDS education. The course also includes California state legislation, SB 1165- Pupil instruction:  Law and HIV Instruction as per SB 2817.  This course offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers major concepts in health, safety, and first aid.  Health class connects with everyday real-life issues and situations such as, drug abuse, sexually active teens, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, contagious and non-contagious diseases, alcohol and tobacco use, drunk driving, accidents, injuries, violence, physical abuse, date rape, and other pertinent health and safety issues. 

 

LEADERSHIP

Prerequisite(s):  Elected ASB or Class Officer or teacher approval.

This class is composed of the officers of the Associated Student Body and teacher-approved students and meets one period every other day.  The Leadership course develops the qualities and skills needed for effective student government.  Emphasis is placed on learning through study, discussion, and direct experience in such areas as parliamentary procedure, group leadership, student activities, and the Associated Student Body budget.  It is an opportunity for the class members to learn more about themselves as well as others.

 

JOURNALISM 1 (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Grade of "C" in Regular English.

The first year of journalism covers the techniques of writing news articles, editorials, feature articles, and headlines.  The general makeup of a newspaper is studied.  Students who hope to help produce the school paper should take Journalism 1 to gain background for Journalism 2, the class which trains the staff and produces the paper.  Sophomores (and AHS Freshmen) are urged to enroll in Journalism 1 if they wish to be on the staff later.  Students should check with their counselors to see how journalism counts towards college entrance requirements.

 

YEARBOOK PRODUCTION

Prerequisite(s): "C" grade average and instructor's permission

This course is concerned with the planning of the school yearbook. 

There is practical experience in planning layouts, design, organization and photography.  Leadership experience is gained in the positions of managing editor, layout editor, copy editor and section leaders.

 

LIFE DESIGN FOR 21ST CENTURY

Prerequisite(s):  Counselor/Teacher/Parent recommendation.  Students eligible would be non-AVID and non-Accelerated students

The strategies and activities within this course provide an integrated career decision-making methodology that hinges on education plan development and the completion of academic/life goals that support the successful launch into a career path.  Life and occupational preparation; establish a dynamic 10-year plan which integrates goal setting, identity formation, decision making, budget projection, online career research, skills identification, and life-long learning.

 

STUDENT TUTOR

Prerequisite(s):  Teacher recommendation.  Junior or senior student plus a “B” grade or better in the subject to be tutored.

The student tutor will perform duties which will assist other students, under the direct supervision of a teacher, with basic skills development and refinement.  The tutor will work daily in small groups or on an individual basis.  A maximum of ten (10) elective credits may be earned in this class.  Student must be enrolled in a 6-period day.  Enrollment must be completed within the first 2 weeks of the semester.

 

LIBRARY SCIENCE 1/LIBRARY SCIENCE 2

Prerequisite(s):  Permission of the Librarian.  Grades 10, 11 and 12 and a “B” grade or better in English is required.

A one or two year course in Library Science designed to give students a thorough understanding of how to use and appreciate books and libraries as well as to promote skills that parallel those needed in many other occupations and life situations.  Students learn skills that prepare them for future jobs requiring accuracy and attention to detail.  Students will be exposed to a variety of subjects and materials that will promote library skills including information literacy, personal reading, computer literacy, and life-long learning.

Visual & Performing Arts

Class offerings subject to sufficient enrollment.

 

ART 1 (P) (Any grade level eligible)

Prerequisite(s): None

This course is designed to provide the beginning art student with an understanding and an appreciation of traditional and contemporary art forms. The course will emphasize the basic Elements of Art and Principles of Design while addressing the five California Visual and Performing Arts Standards: 1) Artistic Perception, 2) Creative Expression, 3) Historical and Cultural Context, 4) Aesthetic Valuing and 5) Connections, Relationships and Application. The students will be introduced to artistic experiences utilizing a variety of media and techniques. Historical aspects and an appreciation of the arts are incorporated into each area of study.

 

ART 2 (P)

Prerequisite(s): Art 1 P or teacher recommendation.

This course is designed to provide the continuing art student with an understanding and an appreciation of traditional and contemporary art forms. The course will emphasize the basic Elements of Art and Principles of Design while addressing the five California Visual and Performing Arts Standards: 1) Artistic Perception, 2) Creative Expression, 3) Historical and Cultural Context, 4) Aesthetic Valuing and 5) Connections, Relationships and Application. The students will continue to develop their artistic experiences utilizing a variety of media and techniques. Historical aspects and an appreciation of the arts are incorporated into each area of study.

 

ART 3 (P)

Prerequisite(s): Art 2 P or teacher recommendation       

This course is designed to provide the continuing art student with an even deeper understanding and an appreciation of traditional and contemporary art forms. The course will emphasize the basic Elements of Art and Principles of Design while addressing the five California Visual and Performing Arts Standards: 1) Artistic Perception, 2) Creative Expression, 3) Historical and Cultural Context, 4) Aesthetic Valuing and 5) Connections, Relationships and Application. The students will continue to be introduced to new artistic experiences as well as utilizing their artistic repertoire. Historical aspects and an appreciation of the arts are incorporated into each area of study.

 

ART HISTORY AP (P)

Prerequisite(s): None.  Strongly recommended to have completed World History or its equivalent with a grade of B or better.   

The AP Art History course is equivalent to a two-semester introductory art history survey course in college.  Designed to prepare students for the AP Art History exam late Spring semester, the course covers the entire span of human history through a rigorous and critical engagement with the artifacts our species has created.  Through reading, writing, listening, and speaking, coupled above all with critical perceptual analysis, students will be immersed in the entirety of artistic expression of the world’s diverse cultures.  The AP Art History exam and course have been completely redesigned for 2015-2016, with the inclusion of diverse cultural traditions other than the western and European being the primary reason for the change.  All cultures make art, and all students should have access to it in a variety of meaningful and appropriate ways.

 

STUDIO ART 2D DESIGN AP (P)

Prerequisite(s): Grade of "A" in Art 1 and instructor's approval

This portfolio is intended to address two-dimensional (2-D) design issues. Design involves purposeful decision-making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 2-D design through any two-dimensional medium or process, including, but not limited to: graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, drawing, painting, and printmaking.

 

A CAPPELLA CHOIR (P)

Prerequisite(s): Admission to this group is granted only by the instructor. At least one year of previous choir experience is preferred.

A Cappella Choir is the large advanced vocal ensemble of the Music Department.  Its repertoire includes all advanced choral literature from four to eight-parts. This choir performs both for the school and the community. There are performances and rehearsals that take place after school hours.  Performances include assemblies, festivals, and several concerts.

 

AEOLIAN CHOIR (P)

Prerequisite(s):  This course is open to all students.

Beginning unison, medium and difficult two and three part music will be studied for performance at assemblies, concerts, and music festivals.  

 

CHAMBER CHOIR (P) 

Prerequisite(s): Admission to this group is granted by the instructor only. At least one year of previous choir experience is preferred.

The choir is the major performing ensemble of the Music Department. Its repertoire includes all advanced vocal material, including four part music.  This choir is a performing group both for the school and the community.  This group has many extra-curricular activities including regular and individual practices after school hours and numerous social events.  Performances include assemblies, festivals, and several concerts.

 

GLEE (P)

Prerequisite(s):  This class is open to all students who have vocal ranges in the bass clef.  This class is preparatory for other advanced choral groups.  Continued participation may be granted upon approval of instructor.

The members of this singing group will study choral music in one to three parts. Vocal tone production and music literacy is emphasized.  Performances include assemblies, programs, and musical festivals.

 

TREBLE CHOIR

Prerequisite(s):  Open to all students who have a vocal range from middle C and above. Continued participation may be granted upon approval of instructor.

Members of Treble Choir will study choral music in one to three parts.  Vocal tone production and music literacy are emphasized.  Performances include assemblies, concerts and festivals.  This group might participate in assemblies or music events as determined by site.  It is a preparatory class for the advanced performing groups in Vocal Music.

 

DRAMA 1 (P)

Prerequisite(s):  None

Drama 1 provides students with an opportunity to develop poise and personality by engaging in dramatic activities.  The course includes studying dramatic literature as well as giving sound training in the techniques of good acting, listening and theatrical design.

 

DRAMA 2, 3, 4, (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Drama 1 or instructor's approval.

These courses are open to students who show promise of further improvement in their dramatic ability.  In these courses more extensive reading of plays is done, and play production is practiced.  In addition to the regular class schedule, the class has extra-curricular requirements, especially during all-school play productions.  These intensive rehearsal periods require the actors' and staff members' after-school time.

 

BEGINNING INSTRUMENTS / JUNIOR BAND

Prerequisite(s):  None.

Class instruction begins with the very basic fundamentals of note reading and instrumental techniques; also a small amount of music theory is gradually introduced. It is advisable to own or rent your own instrument.  However, the Music Department has a few instruments which may include Sousaphones, double basses, percussion and French horns, which may be used in class.  After school practices and activities may be scheduled.

 

SENIOR BAND (P)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor

Although this course meets on a regular class schedule, it has extra-curricular activities that require after-school time.  Individual and group practices before or after school are scheduled. Performance is essential.  Attendance to rehearsal and performance is required.

 

CHAMBER JAZZ ENSEMBLE (P)

Prerequisite(s): Two years high school performance experience or successful audition.

Jazz Ensemble is a performance based class in instrumental music. Only highly advanced students would be eligible, as the repertoire is technically very demanding. Students cover jazz styles including: ragtime, Dixieland, blues, swing, big band, be-bop, techno, fusion, rock, Latin, funk and popular styles of today. Students are encouraged to solo and work on improvisations modeling famous artists studied in class. Students take a written final on Jazz History and present an oral presentation along with a written paper on a famous artist covered in class that they then have to research further. Performances are numerous and attendance to all events is mandatory.

 

PIANO 1 (P)

Prerequisite(s):  None

Piano 1 is designed to provide musical experiences in keyboard performances and appreciation for excellent piano literature and performance through listening.  For those students participating in other musical groups, this course offers an opportunity to further musical training.  Emphasis is placed on reading music notation and is structured on individual teaching sessions. Access to a piano for individual practice outside of class time is suggested.

 

GUITAR

Prerequisite(s):  None.

Guitar is a two-semester course which gives students a foundation in guitar performance with a strong emphasis on reading and interpreting music notation.  Students will have in-class performance opportunities and will learn to appreciate music from a wide variety of styles and cultures.

 

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (P)

Prerequisite(s): Class is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as the class requires comfortable navigation of the internet and school loop.

This is an introductory course that exposes students to basic music concepts and applies them to real-world applications of music technology using digital audio and multimedia applications.  GarageBand, Audacity, GoogleDocs, iPhoto, iMovie, and Noteflight are studied.  Students learn the skills necessary to orchestrate a commercial, develop film scoring skills, create a podcast, work with live musicians to mic and record, and maintain a listening journal.

 

DANCE PROP PRODUCTION (P)

Prerequisite(s):  Successful audition or instructor approval

Dance Prop Production involves student participation in various aspects of movement and equipment techniques. The student will obtain aesthetic perception and valuing, creative expression, and will study the heritage and history of dance. Those goals will be accomplished by various activities and performance throughout the course. Expression of movement style, equipment techniques and forms will take place through creative development of space, time, and force. The students will also focus on the ability to work in a group situation while developing performance and composition skills. This course is for members of Flags, Tall Flags, Drill Team, Drum Majors, Banners, and/or Rifles. This course is aligned to the State of California Visual & Performing Arts Standards.