Course Catalog

 

Mission Hills HIgh School Course Catalog

2021-2022

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History 


5001/5002 WORLD HISTORY P 

Grade level: 10 A-G 

Designation: A - History 


World History focuses on the modern world. Students view essential elements of modern society within the themes of moral and ethical principles, industrialization, imperialism, war and disillusionment, human rights, and ideology and democracy. Students will read and analyze a variety of primary and secondary historical sources. Varying types of assessment, including essays, performance tasks, multiple-choice and short answer tests, and short- and long-term projects, are used to guide instruction. 


5007 AP WORLD HISTORY 

Grade level: 10 

A-G Designation: A - History 


AP World History focuses on world cultures from approximately 1200 C.E. to the present. Students view essential elements of society within the themes of moral and ethical principles, industrialization, imperialism, war and disillusionment, human rights, and ideology and democracy. The course prepares students to meet the Common Core State Standards and Advanced Placement exam in World History. Varying types of assessment, including essays, performance tasks, multiple-choice and short answer tests, and short and long-term projects, are used to guide instruction which is designed to meet the requirements for depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by state gifted standards and the Advanced Placement program. 


5013/5014 UNITED STATES HISTORY P 

Grade level: 11 

A-G Designation: A - History 


US History focuses on the United States, historical documents, and history from the beginning of the development of democratic traditions to the present day. Instruction is guided by essential themes and questions which focus students’ assignments, discussions, and projects. Critical events, literature, and art are placed in geographical and historical context as students gain greater awareness of the political and economic forces that affect their everyday lives. In addition to a focus on US History, writing tasks, projects and assignments align with and focus on Common Core State Standards and prepare students for the statewide assessment they will take in the spring semester. Students will take multiple Performance Tasks each semester to help prepare for this exam. Writing, reading, and critical thinking are integral and required components. 


5015 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY 

Grade level: 11 

A-G Designation: A - History 


AP United States History focuses on the United States from the time of the colonies to the present. Students look at the developing elements of American society within the themes of identity; peopling; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America and the world; environment and geography; and ideas, beliefs, and culture. Assessment is done via essays, multiple-choice and short answer tests, and short-and long-term projects. The course prepares students for the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in U.S. History based on College Board requirements and Common Core State Standard. Instruction is differentiated to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by State gifted standards and the AP program. It is noteworthy that the exam includes various and numerous writing prompts; therefore, the course places special emphasis on frequent and rigorous writing. 


5021/5022 GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS P 

Grade level: 12 

A-G Designation: A - History 


American Government/Economic focuses on the basic concepts and principles of the American political and economic systems from the beginning of the development of democratic traditions to the present. The course covers the structure and function of the American system of government, the roles and responsibilities of citizen participation in the political process, and the relationship of the individual to the law and legal system. Instruction is guided by essential themes and questions which focus students’ assignments, discussions, and projects. The class stresses critical analysis of public issues and current events, as well as integrates and reinforces social studies skills as students gain greater awareness of the political and economic forces that affect their everyday lives today and in the future. 


5023 AP GOVERNMENT 

Grade level: 12 

A-G Designation: A - History 


AP United States Government and Politics is a course that provides students with an analytical perspective on American government and politics, and requires a familiarity with the various and competing institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Students analyze political documents, including the U.S. Constitution, to establish a historical foundation for study. Students become acquainted with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various political behaviors and outcomes. Elections, campaigns, and in-depth analysis of political parties, the media, and public policymakers also drives the course of study. Students employ critical thinking, and reading and writing skills and engage in multiple modes of assessment including multiple choice exams, free response questions, class simulations, debates, and presentations. Students are also expected to stay current with political news and events. 


1401 AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course focuses on the distribution, processes, and effects of human populations on Earth at different scales. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine population demographics, migration patterns, cultural diffusion, political geography, economic and urban development, and land usage. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012). 


4717 LEADERSHIP P (ASB) 

Grade level: 10-12 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Prerequisite: Appointment or election as an ASB officer, class officer, or commissioner, or teacher approval. 

This course provides an opportunity for students to practice democratic leadership in practical school situations. Students share with adults the responsibility of planning and organizing assemblies, meetings, social and recreational gatherings, rallies, elections, and other events. 


5624 MEXICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES P 

Grade level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


The Mexican-American studies course seeks to enhance understanding of the Mexican and Mexican-American experience, as well as the broader Latino experience. As Latinos are currently the fastest growing minority group in the nation and represent a substantial portion of the population in southern California, the focus of this course is on an understanding of the Latino background. The social, historical, political, and cultural history of Mexico is examined as well as Mexican immigration into the United States. Current issues within the Mexican-American community are investigated, including the diversity of the Mexican-American and Latino populations. 


1883 SOCIOLOGY P 

Grade level: 10-12

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Sociology is the study of social groups, institutional structures, and social interaction. This course is designed to enable students to question, discuss and attempt to understand the diversity that exists among various groups in society. Students will gain a knowledge base about human behavior in relation to group mentalities that will assist them in looking at situations and groups objectively. As students research how external factors create a group mentality they will begin to gain an appreciation for diversity. 


5931 PSYCHOLOGY P 

Grade level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This course will provide a basic introduction to Psychology through the exploration of psychological theories and concepts. Students will learn basic skills in psychological research and review while being able to apply these skills to their own lives and the world around them. The course is designed to satisfy its main goals while developing the students’ critical thinking skills, writing, reading and discussion skills. 


5204 AP PSYCHOLOGY 

Grade level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: None

 A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included in the course are facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major fields of psychology and an overview of the methods psychologists use in their research and practice. This course is equivalent to a college course in introductory psychology. Students are expected to successfully prepare for the Advanced Placement test given in the spring. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by State gifted standards and to prepare students for the Advanced Placement program. 

English 


9101 ENGLISH 9 AND GAME DESIGN P 

Grade level: 9 

A-G Designation: B - English 


Students will build a foundational understanding of esports, their history, and their evolution over time, through research in multiple genres and methodologies. They will use critical thinking skills and argumentative, analytical, narrative, expository, and descriptive pieces of writing on self-selected topics within each unit’s main framework to apply their esports enthusiasm to their English study. Students will explore the meaningful and diverse ways to participate in the esports community beyond playing competitively themselves, and will connect the gaming experience to literature, both fiction and nonfiction. Challenging preconceptions of what qualifies as a text, the students will apply their understanding of literary concepts to analyze and critique how writers and game developers both make choices to convey meaning to their audiences. Becoming authors themselves, they will contribute their own characters and worlds to the genre of esports. This course also supports integrated STEM learning and principles with its emphasis on effective oral and written communication, argumentation, design thinking, systems thinking, and effective student engagement with educational technology as a means to collaborate, critically think, and communicate student thinking. https://www.esportsfed.org/learning/curriculum/


9001/9002 ENGLISH 9 P 

Grade level: 9 

A-G Designation: B - English 


ENG 9 (P) focuses on the development of world civilizations and cultures. Students are asked to explore essential elements of human development within the themes of structure, significance, truth, society, interaction, and understanding. Literature, both fiction and nonfiction, classical and modern, illuminates the historical themes that help students meet the Common Core State Standards. Varying forms of assessment include essays, written responses, projects, and academic conversations. 


9003 ENGLISH 9 H

Grade level: 9 A-G 

A- G Designation: B - English 


ENG 9 (H) focuses on the development of world civilizations and cultures. Students are asked to explore essential elements of human development within the themes of structure, significance, truth, society, interaction, and understanding. Literature, both fiction and nonfiction, classical and modern, illuminates the historical themes that help students meet the Common Core State Standards. Varying forms of assessment include essays, written responses, projects and academic conversations. This honors level class challenges students through differentiation to provide added depth, complexity, and rigor. In addition, there is an increased amount of independent reading than what is typical in a college prep class. 


4590 ENG10 ENTREPRENEURSHIP P

Grade level: 10

A-G Designation: B - English


This course will achieve rigorous English standards by motivating students to participate in a synergistic experience exploring English together with Entrepreneurship, specifically looking at the exploding entertainment ecosystem of esports. These three diverse areas of study come together around a unifying theme, the importance of decisions. Through literary character analysis, students explore the decisions the protagonists make as they interact with society and the environment with which they operate. In entrepreneurship, decisions are at the heart of the venture and its ultimate success, so students are introduced to an evidence-based framework, Decision Quality, early in the course so that the language and topic of making good decisions can be woven throughout the course. In the rapidly evolving world of esports, students engage with the ecosystem of economic activity that is accelerating in real-time as new technologies and cultures empower new developments. 


Throughout the course, using a district-approved anthology and other diverse literature, students will read a combination of fiction and nonfiction pieces that reflect the themes and ideas related to both entrepreneurship and esports. Through these texts and accompanying assignments, students will deepen their understanding of the world around them and expand their skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 


STEM connections are embedded throughout this year-long course of study. Students will iteratively develop and refine their conceptual model of entrepreneurship. This work requires that they demonstrate proficiency in evidence-based argumentation as a pillar of effective written and oral communication. Entrepreneurship also requires students to purposefully engage in design thinking practices in order to identify, analyze, and meet the needs of consumers. https://www.nasef.org/learning/curriculum/ela/grade10/ 


9009/9010 ENGLISH 10 P 

Grade level: 10 

A-G Designation: B - English 


ENG 10 (P) Through a thematic approach to the study of literature and written composition, students in English 10 P will expand their understanding and knowledge of literature and its essential elements of modern society. They will improve their ability to understand their connection to literature, develop writing and thinking skills, master punctuation and grammar skills,  and further improve listening and speaking skills. Varying types of assessment, including essays, performance tasks, projects, and exams, are used to support and guide instruction.  


9011 ENGLISH 10 H

Grade level: 10 

A-G Designation: B - English 


ENG 10 (H) emphasizes expository expression, both written and oral. Students will read literature spanning world civilizations and cultures. Literature, both fiction and nonfiction, classical and modern, is studied to illuminate historical themes. Students will learn to form a thesis statement, organize support information, and develop an introduction, body and conclusion appropriate for each assignment. Varying types of assessment, including essays, performance tasks, multiple-choice and short answer tests, and short and long-term projects, are used to guide instruction which is designed to meet the requirements for depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing. 

 



9017/9018 ENGLISH 11 P

Grade level: 11 

A-G Designation: B - English 


ENG 11 (P) focuses on nonfiction and fiction from the United States, from the beginning of the development of democratic traditions to the present day. Instruction is guided by essential themes and questions which focus students’ assignments, discussions, and projects. Writing tasks, projects, and assignments align with Common Core State Standards and prepare students for the statewide assessment they will take in the spring semester. Students will take multiple Performance Tasks each semester to help prepare for this exam. Writing, reading, and critical thinking are integral and required components of this course. 


9027 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

Grade level: 11 

A-G Designation: B - English 


AP ENG Language and Composition (AP) is a college-level course centered on analysis and argumentation. Students study texts and issues related to contemporary and historical society to build their critical reading, writing and thinking skills. They will demonstrate these skills through class discussions, writing, and projects in both collaborative and individual settings. Students read classic and contemporary nonfiction texts including speeches, essays, letters, and visuals by diverse authors to explore the relationship between the text’s language and its meaning. Students also use these texts to develop their own arguments with thorough reasoning and support. Students produce timed analytical and argument essays to prepare them for success on the AP Language English exam based on College Board requirements and Common Core State Standards; they also practice reading skills through multiple choice questions that will resemble those on the AP Exam. Upon completion of the course, students will have a deepened understanding of social and global issues and an enhanced ability to use their voice to both analyze and argue their position on these issues; they will also be prepared to challenge the AP Exam through strong reading and writing skills on multiple choice and essay questions. 


9025/9026 ENGLISH 12 ERWC P 

Grade level: 12 

A-G Designation: B - English


Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) prepares college- and career-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education and the workplace. Through a sequence of rigorous instructional modules, students in this year-long, rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The course provides 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 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. Course texts include contemporary essays, periodicals, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, speeches, various media, and other nonfiction texts. Written assessments conclude each unit.  By the end of the course, students will be expected to independently respond to a variety of unfamiliar, complex texts and writing tasks.  


9019 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE 

Grade level: 12 

A-G Designation: B - English 


AP ENG Literature and Composition (AP) is a college-level survey class that spans 500 years of American, British and World literature. Students study the interrelationship of the individual and society in the context of personal, social, cultural, democratic, national, and world themes. Reading classic and contemporary fiction comprised of novels, plays, short stories, poems, and literary criticism by diverse writers from varied cultures, students explore the relationship between the texts’ language and meaning. Students produce timed expository, analytical, and argument essays on a weekly basis -- developing their own writing style and voice -- that prepare them for success on the AP Lit English exam based on College Board requirements and Common Core State Standards. In addition to extensive poetry study, the instructor leads the class in the analysis of  full-length works of fiction, and the students engage in at least one independent study with a classic novel/play and/or contemporary work of their choice. Ultimately, students will leave the course with strong analytical writing skills and greater insight on how literary elements enhance the artistry of fiction. 


4778 AP CAPSTONE SEMINAR 

Grade level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: None, not recommended to be taken as 1st AP course

A-G Designation: B - English (grades 10-12) or G - College Prep Elective (grades 10-12)

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research-based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. 


4780 AP RESEARCH 

Grade level: 11-12 

Prerequisite: AP Seminar 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4000–5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense. 




2801 INTRODUCTION TO POETRY P

Grade level: 10-12

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This year-long introduction to poetry class focuses on the reading and writing of poetry, with emphasis on both classical and contemporary poetics. During the course of instruction, students will use the nuances of language to develop an understanding of lyrical expression through the examination and development of various forms including the following: sonnet, elegy, ode, free verse, blank verse, found poetry, and a number of poetic traditions, including the use of poetry as a vehicle for social justice and awareness and the poetry of witness. Along with the actual writing of poetry, students will read and explore classical and contemporary poems and poets, taking time to analyze and synthesize via verbal and written response. Students will write and read widely, critically examining and reproducing various aspects of poetic craft, including imagery, metaphor, line, stanza, rhythm, diction, meter and scansion, tone, and the history of forms (sonnet, elegy, ode, etc). Through peer critique and collaboration, students will respond closely to the work of fellow writers in a supportive workshop that will culminate in their own "book" of poetry; writers at all levels of experience and comfort with poetry are welcome.


1625 YEARBOOK PRODUCTION P 

Grade level: 10-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Yearbook Production is a two semester course that provides students with multiple opportunities to practice real-world skills while developing and producing the annual yearbook from scratch. Students will be provided with specific training to enhance skills for writing copy, headlines, and captions. Participants will be trained in graphic design using innovative web-based software and Adobe InDesign and PhotoShop, and will put their knowledge into practice by designing layouts and editing digital photos. Students will be required to conduct interviews and research, meet deadlines, work both independently and collaboratively, understand the ethical responsibilities of journalism, hone communication skills, and harness creativity. Some after-school work will be required. 


7279 ELD 1 P

7280 ELD 2 P

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisites: Appropriate scores on the ELPAC and/or completion of the preceding ELD class.

A-G Designation: B - English

Both courses are specifically designed for English language development of students who are at the emerging level of English proficiency, and whose first language is not English. The students develop social and academic English language skills in the four domains of language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This include, exchanging information/ideas with others through oral collaborative conversations,  interacting with others in written English in various communicative forms (print, technology, and multimedia), reading closely literary and informational texts to determine how meaning is conveyed explicitly and implicitly through language, selecting and applying varied and precise vocabulary and language structures to effectively convey ideas. Students will learn how English works with focus on structuring cohesive texts, expanding and enriching ideas, and connecting and condensing ideas.

Students with foundational needs will learn print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics, word recognition, and fluency. (ELD 1 and 2 - 2 periods per day – 20 credits) 




7281 ELD 3 P

7285 ELD 4 P

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisites: Appropriate scores on ELPAC and/or completion of the preceding ELD class. 

A-G Designation: B - English 


Both courses are specifically designed for English language development of students who are at the expanding or bridging level of English proficiency to prepare them for reclassification as English fluent proficient. ELD 3 and 4 build upon ELD 1 and 2. Students will continue to increase proficiency in academic English language skills in the four domains of language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This includes, analyzing and evaluating how well writers and speakers use language to support ideas and opinions with details or reasons depending on text type, purpose, audience, topic and content area, offering and supporting opinions and negotiating with others in communicative exchanges, writing literary and informational texts to present, describe, and explain ideas and information using appropriate technology, support own opinions, evaluating others opinions in speaking and writing. Students will with increased sophistication learn how English works and how to structure cohesive texts, expanding and enriching ideas, and connecting and condensing ideas to comprehend and produce academic texts in various content areas.  (ELD 3 and 4 – 1 period per day – 10 credits) Students will take ELD 3 or ELD 4 in conjunction with their grade level ELA course.


Mathematics 


7532 ALGEBRA I P 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: Grade of D or better in Essentials of Algebra or a grade of a C or better in Math 8 (Intermediate Algebra/Geometry). 

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics 


The Algebra 1 course is the first course in the high school sequence aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M). The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities for students to gain fluency with linear, quadratic and exponential functions. Students will engage in contrasting linear, quadratic and exponential functions, in addition to analyzing, solving and using these functions to model real-world situations. Throughout the course, students will gain understanding and use the formal definition of functions and their notation, and will use them to interpret and build functions. Students will also discover the analogous nature of polynomials with integers, and will begin their study of statistics, focusing on interpreting categorical and quantitative data. In addition to the CCSS-M standards content standards for Algebra 1, students will experience and gain fluency with the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice. 


7534 GEOMETRY P 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: Grade of D or better in Algebra I 

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics 


The Geometry course is the second course in the high school sequence aligned with the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M). The purpose of this course is to introduce students to formal geometric proofs and the study of plane figures, culminating in the study of right triangle trigonometry and circles. Throughout the course, students will gain experience in proving results about the plane formally, using previously defined terms and notions. Students will explore transformations, proving geometric theorems, congruence and similarity, right-triangle trigonometry and probability. In addition to the CCSS-M content standards for Geometry, students will experience and gain fluency with the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice. 


0214 GEOMETRY H 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: Grade of A in Algebra I or grade of A or B AND teacher recommendation in Accelerated Algebra or, teacher recommendation. 

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics 


This course covers the same topics as listed in Geometry in addition to enhanced (+) standards outlined in the California Mathematics Framework for the Geometry course. Students will gain greater understanding of trigonometry through deriving formulas and proving, using, and understanding the application of laws of sines and cosines. In addition, students in honors Geometry will gain a deeper understanding of using probability models and probability experiments to make decisions. 


7538 ALGEBRA 2 FOR STRATEGIC BUSINESS MANAGEMENT B

Grade level: 11–12 

Prerequisite: Grade of D or better in algebra and Geometry or teacher’s recommendation 

A-G Designation: Pending NCAA approval UC/CSU 


Coming Fall 2021! Students explore and interpret the behavior of different functions (linear, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, rational) by modeling real-world relationships found in the finance and business sectors. Through lessons based on consumer finance, students deepen their understanding of linear and polynomial functions while comparing income types, investments portfolios, and planning for retirement. Students use real case studies to create, analyze, and interpret functions that influence business decisions. Students investigate the algebra involved in managing a business, using model data from real case studies and applying these findings to create a business of their own. 


7537 ALGEBRA 2 P 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: Grade of D or better in Geometry. 

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics 


The Algebra 2 course is the third course in the high school sequence aligned with the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M). The purpose of this course is to extend and deepen students' understanding of numbers and functions. Throughout the course, students will explore polynomial and rational functions, and their relationship to integers and rational numbers respectively. Students will examine the relationship of a function and its inverse, through exponential and logarithmic functions. Students will study trigonometric functions and expand their knowledge of statistics to include understanding of the normal distribution. In addition to the CCSS-M content standards for Algebra 2, students will experience and gain fluency with the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice. 


9874 ALGEBRA 2 H 

Grade Level 9-12 

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Geometry (H) or Grade of A or better in Geometry (P) and teacher recommendation

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics 


This course covers the same topics as listed in Algebra 2 in addition to enhanced (+) standards outlined in the California Mathematics Framework for the Algebra 2 course. Students will examine polynomial identities to include complex numbers and know and apply the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra and the Binomial Theorem. Students will also extend their knowledge of rational expressions by graphing more complex functions and identifying their key features. Students will gain greater understanding of trigonometry by utilizing additional identities and further investigating patterns of the unit circle. In addition, students in honors Algebra 2 will extend their understanding of probability by analyzing decisions and strategies in more complex situations. 


7501 Data Science P (equivalent to Algebra 2 P)

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: Grade of D or better in Geometry. 

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics 


Answering real questions in the world involves analyzing data. This course will teach students to think critically about and with data, developing the tools, techniques, and principles for reasoning. Students form their own questions about the world around them, analyze data using multiple methods, and present their findings through project-based units. Students will be introduced to basic computer programming skills using the language, Python and Tableau, during the research. At the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of their data science work to showcase their newly developed knowledge and understanding.  Throughout the course, students will experience and gain fluency with the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice. 


7369 CALCULUS

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: Algebra 2 

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics OR G - College Prep Elective 


The major purpose of this course is to provide a year-long study of an entry level pre-calculus course and an introduction to calculus. Topics include trigonometry, limits and continuity, differentiation, applications of derivatives, integration, and applications of the integral. This course is appropriate for a college-bound student.

 

2223 AP CALCULUS AB 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics OR G - College Prep Elective 


AP Calculus AB is roughly equivalent to a first semester college calculus course devoted to topics in differential and integral calculus. The AP course covers topics in these areas, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. 


2225 AP CALCULUS BC 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics OR G - College Prep Elective 


AP Calculus BC is roughly equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses and extends the content learned in AB to different types of equations and introduces the topic of sequences and series. The AP course covers topics in differential and integral calculus, including concepts and skills of limits, derivatives, definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and series. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally, and to make connections amongst these representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. 


7368 STATISTICS P 

Grade level: 9 -12 

Prerequisite: Grade of D or better in Algebra 2 

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics OR G - College Prep Elective 


This is a college level introduction to statistics. Students are introduced to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. The course has four broad conceptual themes: 1) exploring data; 2) planning a study 3) anticipating patterns in advance, and 4) statistical inference. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by state gifted standards and to prepare students for the Advanced Placement program. 


7367 AP STATISTICS 

Grade level: 9-12 

Recommended Prerequisite: strong algebra 2 students 

A-G Designation: C - Mathematics OR G - College Prep Elective 


This is a college level introduction to statistics. Students are introduced to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. The course has four broad conceptual themes: 1) exploring data; 2) planning a study; 3) anticipating patterns in advance, and 4) statistical inference. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by State gifted standards and to prepare students for the Advanced Placement program. 


Science 


Life Science 


7550 BIOLOGY OF THE LIVING EARTH P 

Grade level: 9 

A-G Designation: D - Science 


This is a college prep lecture/laboratory course based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that includes the following instructional segments: Ecosystem's Interaction, Stability and Response to Climate Change, Photosynthesis and Respiration, Evolution, Growth, Structure and Function of Cells. Students will carry out investigations, use computational skills to analyze data, design solutions using engineering practices, and use language skills to relate relevant information. This class is a graduation requirement. As students achieve the Performance Expectations (PEs) within the unit, they uncover Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) from Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering. In each unit students engage in multiple Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) and Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) as tools to make sense of their observations and investigations.


7556 BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY P

Grade level: 9

A-G Designation: D - Science 


During the academic year, students will learn how to apply scientific processes to analyze and solve problems by interpreting scientific data and drawing logical conclusions. The class will be unique in that it integrates the sciences (marine biology, earth science, chemistry, and physics), presenting them as a single area of study in Oceanography.  Emphasis will be on developing process laboratory skills including data collection and analysis, evaluation of information, and oral and written communication of experimental results.  Students will begin learning about oceans by first being introduced to our planet Earth and plate tectonics.  Oceanography topics covered will include basic navigation, marine provinces, marine sediments, bathymetry (including erosional features due to submarine rivers and turbidite deposits, seamounts vs. guyots, and coral reef evolution), the properties of water including ocean currents, and the oceans and climate change (with subtopics that include waves, tides, and coastal geology).  Marine biology topics covered will include cells, genetics and traits, evolution and natural selection as well as adaptations of some pelagic and benthic organisms, and ecosystems interactions including marine food webs.  The course will conclude with students evaluating how climate change may impact the oceans, coastlines, and marine organisms and habitats.  


3030 AP BIOLOGY 

Grade: 10-12 

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Biology and a B or better in Chemistry recommended. 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This is a university level lecture/laboratory course taught in accordance with College Board standards. Topics covered include biochemistry, ecology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, evolution, animal behavior, molecular and cell biology, and plant and animal physiology. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by State gifted standards and to prepare for the Advanced Placement Program. Students are expected to take the AP Biology test in the spring and have the opportunity to receive college credit. 


7552 FORENSIC SCIENCE P 

Grade level: 11-12 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of physical science, and one year of life science 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Forensic science is the application of multiple scientific disciplines to the investigation of criminal or civil questions of the law. Forensics science utilizes the principles, facts, and lab techniques from the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, earth science, anatomy and physiology to analyze and interpret evidence within the realm of our legal system. We will begin with an introduction to scientific inquiry and the process of forensic investigation. We will then apply our knowledge of investigation to the analysis of trace evidence (hair, fiber, fingerprints, etc.), DNA, blood, bodies, ballistics, toxicology, entomology, botany and anthropology. Students will actively participate in labs and activities relating to the investigation of crime scenes and the analysis of evidence while developing their writing, problem solving and critical thinking skills. In addition, the ethical, legal, and social concerns surrounding forensics will be discussed. This course meets the University of California and California State University entrance requirements. 


5401 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY H 

Grade level: 11-12 

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Biology (H, P, or Biomed) and C of better in Chemistry recommended. A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors is a course for students who are interested in an in-depth understanding of the structures and functions of the human body. It was significantly greater depth than college preparatory anatomy and Physiology requiring application, analysis, and evaluation of the material, the understanding and use of concepts as well as facts regarding the interrelatedness of the human body systems. This course is recommended for those pursuing a career in the health science field in college. It has a substantial laboratory component, including several dissections, which will complement lectures, discussion and demonstrations. This course has been approved for a weighted grade through the University of California (UC). 


Physical Science 


3646 CHEMISTRY IN THE EARTH SYSTEM P 

Grade level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: none 

A-G Designation: D - Science OR G - College Prep Elective 


This is a college prep lecture/laboratory course based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that includes the following instructional segments: Combustion, Heat and Energy in the Earth System, Atoms, Elements, and Molecules, Chemical Reactions, Chemistry of Climate Change, Dynamics of Chemical Reactions and Ocean Acidification. It is recommended that students have a scientific calculator. This class is a graduation requirement. As students achieve the Performance Expectations (PEs) within the unit, they uncover Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) from Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering. In each unit students engage in multiple Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) and Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) as tools to make sense of their observations and investigations.


3548 AP CHEMISTRY 

Grade level: 10-12 

Recommended: Grade of C or better in Chem 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


AP Chemistry is a comprehensive, college level chemistry course taught in a high school setting. AP Chemistry provides students with a foundation to support future advanced coursework 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 such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium. A special emphasis is placed on developing scientific skills through the planning and conducting of laboratory investigations. As preparation for the AP exam, chemistry students will work toward mastery of the following skills: 

● Solve problems mathematically and conceptually 

● Design and describe experiments 

● Perform data and error analysis 

● Explain, reason, or justify answers 

● Interpret and develop conceptual models. 


3886 PHYSICS OF THE UNIVERSE P 

Grade level: 11-12 

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Geometry or Algebra II recommended. 

A-G Designation: D - Science OR G - College Prep Elective

 

Physics of the Universe is a laboratory-based college preparatory course. The course is defined in the 2016 California Science Framework, integrating Physics and Earth and Space Science standards from the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The course is divided into six units (instructional segments) centered on questions about observations of a specific phenomenon. As students achieve the Performance Expectations (PEs) within the unit, they uncover Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) from Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering. In each unit students engage in multiple Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) and Crosscutting Concepts (CCCs) as tools to make sense of their observations and investigations.


3564 AP PHYSICS 

Grade Level: 11–12 

Recommended Prerequisite: Grade B or better in geometry, concurrent enrollment in algebra II or higher A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This is a university level lecture and laboratory science course taught in accordance with the College Board standards. In this algebra based, intensive, fast paced class, we will cover the following topics: linear motion, forces, particle motion and circular motion. Further topics include gravitation, momentum and energy as well as rotational motion, simple harmonic motion, waves and electricity. 


4495 BIOCHEMISTRY H

Grade level: 11-12 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Chemistry 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Students can receive 5 units college credit and co-enroll with CSUSM for a fee. The 5 units college credit are transferable to any college in the US. This course provides a foundation for students pursuing a degree in a health or science related field: Medicine, nursing, pharmacy or research. This class can also count as a general education physical science requirements at a lower division college level. Biochemistry is a rigorous laboratory science course that focuses on the basic principles of general, organic, and biochemistry as needed to understand the physiology and pharmacology of the human body. Students are introduced to foundational organic and biochemistry and its correlation to human physiology, health, medicine, and nutrition. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by CSUSM. This course has been approved for a weighted grade through the University of California (UC). 


5408 AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 

Grade level: 11-12 

Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of one year of life and physical science. 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Advanced Placement Environmental Science is designed to be a college level lecture/laboratory course. The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, and to evaluate the risks associated with these problems while examining alternative solutions for resolving and/ or preventing them. 


4716 LEADERSHIP P (Laboratory Technician) 

Grade level: 11 – 12 

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Chemistry or Honors Chemistry and Teacher Recommendation 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Science Department Laboratory Technicians are assigned to teachers to assist in the preparation of laboratory supplies for the various courses offered at Mission Hills. Lab Techs need to be aware of common laboratory techniques and scientific processes in order to properly assist a teacher. 


Language other than English 


AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 


6852 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 1 P 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language 


American Sign Language 1 is an introduction to ASL emphasizing basic communication skills in receptive, expressive, and writing. The focus of the class will include receptive and expressive skills (basic signs, grammar, fingerspelling) and awareness of Deaf Culture. 


6853 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 2 P 

Grade level 10-12 

Prerequisite: Grade D or better in American Sign Language 1 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language 


American Sign Language II is an intermediary course to American Sign Language as it is used within the Deaf Community. Instruction includes new vocabulary, construction of complex sentences, as well as a deeper look into the history and culture of Deaf people. 


6854 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE 3 P 

Grade level 11-12 

Prerequisite: Grade D or better in American Sign Language 2 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language OR G - College Prep Elective 


Develop vocabulary, conversational competence, and grammatical knowledge with a total immersion approach. Introduces increasingly complex grammatical aspects including those unique to ASL. Discusses culture and literature. Contact with the Deaf Community is encouraged to enhance linguistic and cultural knowledge. 


FRENCH 


4071 FRENCH 1 P

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language 


This course provides an introduction to speaking, understanding, reading, and writing French language, as well as to the variety of cultures in the French-speaking world. 


4085 FRENCH 2 P

Grade level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: Grade D or better in French 1 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language 


Conversation, vocabulary, writing conventions, and developing fluency are the foci of this course, with emphasis on real-world skills students can apply in the French-speaking world. Learners will work with a variety of authentic written, audio, and video resources.


4111 FRENCH 3 H

Grade level: 11-12 

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in French 2 recommended 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language OR G - College Prep Elective 


French III Honors is creative and fun, yet rigorous. Students build upon communicative and grammar skills learned in previous levels of French. Learners improve their ability to communicate through speaking, reading, writing, and listening, all while learning more about the culture of French-speaking regions around the world. The course is designed to prepare confident, proficient communicators and critical thinkers who desire to continue their studies in the French language. Emphasis is also placed on the exploration of Francophone culture, history, cuisine, music, film, and art. This course is conducted in French. It has been approved for a weighted grade through the University of California (UC).  


SPANISH 


4352 SPANISH 1 P

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language 


This course provides an introduction to the language, culture, geography, and lifestyles of people throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Emphasis is on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills which provide the foundation for the following years of world languages study. 


4365 SPANISH 2 P

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: Grade D or better in Spanish 1 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language 


In this course, students continue to expand their Spanish-language skills in the areas of grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. 


4379 SPANISH 3 P

Grade level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: Grade D or better in Spanish 2 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language OR G - College Prep Elective


This course places a strong emphasis on advanced grammar, the acquisition of sophisticated vocabulary, and the ability to communicate fluently in Spanish. The class consists of reading, speaking, listening comprehension, writing, and synthesis of previously learned concepts. 


4901 SPANISH 3 H 

Grade level: 10-12 

Prerequisites: Grade B in Spanish II recommended. 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language OR G - College Prep Elective 


This course emphasizes the vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, writing and aural skills necessary for Spanish 4 (AP). The ability to think and respond in the language is stressed along with increased oral and written expression. The class is conducted mainly in Spanish. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by state gifted standards. This course has been approved for a weighted grade through the University of California (UC). 


6744 AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 

Grade level: 10-12 

Recommended Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Spanish III (P) or Spanish III (HP), or Advanced Spanish for Spanish Speakers and/or appropriate score on a placement test recommended. 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language OR G - College Prep Elective 


This course focuses on the refinement of all skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in order to improve students’ abilities in these areas and prepare them to succeed on the AP exam. The class requires lengthy homework assignments, frequent compositions and presentations, the addition of much new vocabulary, and oral participation. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by State gifted standards and to prepare students for the Advanced Placement program. Class will be conducted in Spanish. 


0162 AP SPANISH LITERATURE 

Grade level: 10-12 

Recommended Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in Spanish for Spanish Speakers III or Spanish Language (AP), or equivalent. 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language OR G - College Prep Elective 


This course covers selected authors and works from the literature of Spain and Latin America. Focus is on the understanding and analysis of literary texts. The course prepares students to understand lectures and participate in discussions conducted in Spanish, do close reading of Spanish texts of all genres, and analyze both orally and in writing the form and content of works, including poetry. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by State gifted standards and to prepare students for the Advanced Placement program. 


3181 SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS 1 P 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language 


Students who already speak and understand Spanish will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in their native language. The course provides a more formal command of the native language, a higher level of proficiency in communication, and an appreciation of the Hispanic cultures and social heritages. 


6220 SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS 2 P

Grade level: 9-12 

A-G Designation: E - Foreign Language 

Prerequisite: Appropriate score on placement test or C or better in Spanish for Spanish Speakers I 


In this course, students continue to develop and enhance listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in their native language. Critical thinking skills and appreciation of the Hispanic cultures also are emphasized. 

 

Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA) 


6602 ART HISTORY P

Grade level: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts or G - College Prep Elective


This course connects global cultures from all time periods through art production by introducing students to cultures from all around the world and varying time periods.  Students conduct research on art pieces, artifacts, and architectural structures as representations of cultural beliefs, values, civic proceedings, as well as universal life experiences that connect all humans, regardless of culture or time periods.  Additionally, students will  explore art as it applies to all of these areas, and connect it personally by creating and producing art in the same style and/or technique as exemplars studied.


3725 AP ART HISTORY 

Grade Level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


This is a college level class on the history of art, painting, sculpture and architecture, from the earliest cave paintings to the most modern creations. Class work includes identification and analysis of artwork and writing of evaluations and critiques. Instruction is differentiated in order to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by College Board and to prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination 


7126 AP MUSIC THEORY 

Grade Level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: Digital Music 1 P AND/OR Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion, & Wind Ensemble, or instructor approval 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


This one-year course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement Examination. The course will develop the students' ability to recognize, understand and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a musical score. Students will develop their aural, sight-singing, compositional, and analytical skills through the study of diatonic & chromatic harmony, counterpoint, melody, meter, score reading, ear training (recognition, dictation & error detection), sight-singing and the terminology used in music. Elements of jazz and 20th century classical music will also be discussed. 


CERAMICS 


7813 CERAMICS 1 P

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


This course includes a broad foundation of ceramic techniques including hand-built as well as wheel-thrown methods. Creating functional and sculptural forms, students learn glazing and decorating techniques that are applied with the elements and principles of visual design. This is a standards-based curriculum that places an emphasis on creativity and abstract problem solving with the ceramic medium. 


7814 CERAMICS 2 P 

Grade Level: 10 – 12 

Prerequisite: Ceramics (P) 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 

Strongly Recommended: Passing Ceramics 1 with a C or better 


This course will build upon the technical foundation of handbuilding and wheel-throwing processes learned in beginning ceramics. This course will teach more advanced clay forming and decorating techniques. An emphasis will be placed on the representation of students’ ideas in sculptural pieces as well as on historical roots and the balance of form and function in making useful pieces. Students will be allowed more independence creating projects that capture their interests. This course is repeatable with teacher recommendation. 


4246 AP STUDIO ART: 3-D DESIGN 

Grade Level: 10-12 Recommended 

Prerequisite: Ceramics (P) 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This is a rigorous, college level course for advanced students seeking concentrated exploration in the field of art. Students will create a portfolio of -original artwork 3D Design (Ceramics). 


DANCE 


0395 DANCE 1 P 

Grade level 9-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


In this co-ed course, students learn dance at the beginning and intermediate levels. Many styles are explored with an emphasis on ballet basics, jazz, modern, and musical theater. Improvisation and choreography are introduced. Performance, although not required, students have opportunities to perform during the year onstage in our productions. Students wear all black dance or athletic attire. This course may be taken to meet physical education or fine arts graduation requirements. 


1099 DANCE 2 P 

Grade level 10-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Dance I or teacher’s permission

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


In this co-ed course, students study dance at the intermediate to advanced levels. Ballet, jazz, modern, and musical theater dance are emphasized, and improvisation and choreography are explored. Performance is required, and students have opportunities to perform throughout the year. This class emphasizes creativity, problem-solving skills, and collaboration Students are expected to concentrate on technique and performance skills. Black dance attire is worn. The course may be taken to meet physical education or fine arts graduation requirements. 


7549 DANCE PRODUCTION P 

Grade level: 10-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Completion of Dance I and/or teacher’s approval; audition required. 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


This advanced dance class is a performing group which focuses on dance technique and gives students the opportunity to choreograph and perform their own work. Performance is required. Course work includes dance studies emphasizing creativity, problem-solving skills, collaboration and application of techniques of ballet, jazz, and modern performance skills. All black dance attire is worn. This course may be used to meet either fine arts or physical education requirement. 


2522 CHOREOGRAPHY P 

Grade level: 9-12, Repeatable (This class meets 7th period) 

Co-requisite: Must be concurrently enrolled in Dance I, Dance II or Dance Production class. 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This advanced repertory course is a choreography making class in which students create and rehearse work for performance. Choreography strategies are discussed and applied to making movement. Students will also work with guest choreographers, as well as learning to apply technical and choreographic studies. Students should come dressed in dance or athletic attire. 


Digital Music 


4301 DIGITAL MUSIC 1 P (CTE)

Grade Level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective


The Music Theory and Technology course prepares students for careers in music ranging from performer to producer; from composer to recording engineer; from musicologist to music executive. It is designed to give students the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of music through technology, performance, theory, and history. The course is taught in a state-of-the-art digital music studio and students are given hands-on experience with software, instruments, and equipment. Students will develop technical and creative skills through composing, analyzing, performing and recording music. This course meets or exceeds standards in the Visual and Performing Arts framework 


4302 DIGITAL MUSIC 2 P (CTE)

Grade Level: 10-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Basic piano skills/Consent of instructor or completion of Digital Music I (P) 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Students in digital music will focus on composition techniques and songwriting skills while learning elements of computer based music and digital editing. Students will learn how to use Garageband software, Reason music synthesis, Pro Tools editing and Logic music creation programs. 



7131 ROCK BAND P (CTE)

Grade level: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 

Rock Band is designed for students who are interested in playing the guitar, bass, piano, drums, or singing, and want to learn about live performance and recording. Students begin with a focus on the theory of how music is constructed and written. Students progress to learning how to coordinate the instruments for the purpose of forming a performance band. They will learn about how to organize a live performance and programming music effectively, as well as the basics of recording in a live setting and in a studio setting. Rock Band is designed to build the music skills of a novice musician all the way to an experienced musician - prior experience is not required, but would be beneficial. Rock Band culminates in the students performing in at least one show each semester and recordings of the best songs from the year. 


DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 


2093 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 1 P (CTE)

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective


An introduction to digital photography using digital cameras and basic image editing software. This course explores the elements of art, principles of design, and photographic composition. This course also explores lighting techniques, digital image manipulation, and career skills. Students will learn to analyze visual media critically and to communicate with intention through their photographs. 


2094 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 2 P (CTE)

Grade level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: Digital Photography 1 (P) 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 

Strongly Recommended: Passing Digital Photography 1 with a C or better 


This course takes the skills and knowledge introduced in Digital Photography 1 to help students refine their photography and design skills using industry standard computer programs and equipment. Through several creative projects and on the job training, students will solve visual problems and explore careers in the visual media arts. Students will develop their personal voice and style as a photographer and will produce a final portfolio of work. 


4248 AP STUDIO ART: 2-D DESIGN (CTE)

Grade Level: 10-12 

Recommended Prerequisite: Photography (P) A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This is a rigorous, college level course for advanced students seeking concentrated exploration in the field of art. Students will create a portfolio of original artwork in 2-D Design (Photography, Graphic Design, and/or Digital Art). 



DRAMA/THEATER 


0778 DRAMA 1 P 

Grade level: 9-12, Repeatable Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


This course covers an introduction to acting on-stage. Provides introduction to basic acting techniques, improvisation, theater history, play analysis, and musical theater. The primary focus of this class is performance and students will perform various scenes and monologues throughout the year. Principles of drama criticism are also introduced, and students write critiques of dramatic literature.

 

0779 DRAMA 2 P

Grade level: 10-12, 

Repeatable Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 1 and consent of instructor. 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This course provides an increasing amount of on-stage time with scene assignments and improvisation. Provides a greater focus on advanced acting methods, audition techniques, and dramatic criticism. Principles of directing are introduced and there is an increased emphasis on written critiques of dramatic literature and theatre history. Student-directed one-act plays are rehearsed and performed. 


0398 DRAMA PRODUCTION P (7th Period)

Grade level: 10-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Audition and/or consent of instructor. 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


In this course, acting and technical theatre skills are applied in the production of a full-length play performance. This class is offered after school and has attendance requirements beyond the traditional school day. 


4257 TECHNICAL THEATER P

Grade level: 9-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


This course covers the basics of Technical Theatre which include set and prop design and construction; lighting and sound design and implementation; and costume and makeup design for the theatre. Students work with a variety of power and hand tools as well as lighting and sound equipment to create the technical elements for scenes and plays they have read and analyzed in class. 


6609 VIDEO PRODUCTION P 

Grade level: 10-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


This course covers the processes used to create video segments for TV news, websites, and other media. Skills addressed include producing, editing, and directing as well as on-screen presentation and effective camera work. Students will work together to produce segments for our on- campus TV News show (ONE TV) as a primary focus. However this class encompasses much more than just the news show, and encourages creativity and artistry in producing any video project. Planning, writing, gathering information and reporting will be a regular duty for each member of the class. 


DRAWING AND PAINTING 


8340 DRAWING AND PAINTING 1 P 

Grade level: 9-12 Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


In this introductory, standards-based course, students learn to explore, create, understand, evaluate and critique art. Students learn to see as an artist sees, using right-brain drawing techniques to improve drawing and painting skills. The emphasis is on drawing and painting from observation. 


8341 DRAWING AND PAINTING 2 P 

Grade Level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: Grade C or better in Drawing and Painting 1 and teacher recommendation. 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 

Strongly Recommended: Passing Drawing and Painting 1 with a C or better 


This rigorous, upper-level coursework is designed to further challenge students who have already completed a year of high school level Drawing and Painting. Students will refine skills in observational drawing and develop a portfolio of works that explore original ideas using a variety of media and forms of expression. This course will serve as a pre-AP course to AP Studio Art/Drawing portfolio. 


4247 AP STUDIO ART: DRAWING 

Grade Level: 10-12 

Recommended Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting 1 or Drawing and Painting 2 (P) 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This is a rigorous, college level course for advanced students seeking concentrated exploration in the field of art. Students will create a portfolio composed of original artwork using mixed-media. 


JOURNALISM


5862 JOURNALISM 1 P

Grade level: 9-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


Journalism 1 is a course that focuses on developing and strengthening students’ understanding of the practices and purposes of American Journalism and learning to write for publications. Students will learn about the history, roles, rights, and responsibilities of the modern journalist and will apply this understanding in a variety of journalistic endeavors. An emphasis on critical thinking, research, ethics, communication, and the structure and craft of different styles of journalistic writing will be paramount. Students will read and write on a daily basis, and through a variety of mediums. They will strive for accuracy, objectivity, and truth in all that they do. They will work to contribute to their community, and they will regularly reflect on the value of that impact while developing critical thinking skills. They will use technology and digital media to enhance and extend their understanding and creations, and to listen to and reach a broader population. They will work alone and in groups, and will foster independence, agency, communication, and collaborative skills throughout the course.


5863 JOURNALISM 2 P

Grade level: 10-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Journalism 1 P

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 

Journalism 2 is a year-long course for students in grades 10-12 that concentrates on media skills in Design, Visual, and Media Arts. The course produces weekly online journalism, quarterly print media, audio-visual projects, photography, and advertising for a readership of several thousand persons. Journalism 2 trains students to design projects rich in facts, photography, standards-based writing, visual appeal, and rich media (infographic, video, photo galleries, online links). Students may employ DSLR cameras, Adobe Creative Suite software, Wordpress, online production tools as they collaborate and submit their projects to media competitions at county, state, and national events. Design training throughout the year teaches students in color, typography, photography composition, layout, and classic design principles (balance, alignment, space, and flow, etc). Students also analyze professional journalism and media throughout the year and adapt their work after such professional visual designs.  

METALSMITHING 


6114 METALSMITHING 1 P 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


This course is designed to introduce techniques and processes in metalsmithing and jewelry. Students will develop a skill-set in working with non- ferrous metals such as sawing, soldering, hammering, and riveting. Through applying the elements and principles of art, students will create small scale sculpture and jewelry. This is a standard-based curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and self-expression using metal. 


6115 METALSMITHING 2 P 

Grade level: 10-12, Repeatable Prerequisite: Metalsmithing (P) 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 

Strongly Recommended: Passing Metalsmithing 1 with a C or better 



This course is a deeper exploration of using non-ferrous metals to create small sculpture, functional objects, and jewelry. The course is intended to refine skills and introduce advanced metalsmithing techniques and processes such as casting, forming larger hollow forms, and forging. Concept development and sophisticated design is greatly emphasized. Students will be given some freedom in developing these ideas to cultivate their own artistic style and aesthetic. This Standard-based curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and self-expression using metal. 


4245 AP STUDIO ART: 3DM 

Grade Level: 10-12 

Recommended Courses: Metalsmithing (P) 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This is a rigorous, college level course for advanced students seeking concentrated exploration in the field of art. Students will create a portfolio of -original artwork in 3D Design (Metalsmithing). 


MUSIC 


1181 CONCERT BAND, SYMPHONIC BAND, PERCUSSION AND WIND ENSEMBLE P 

Grade level: 9-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble require audition and/or consent of instructor. 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


Concert band students work to develop strong fundamental skills in the performance of wind and percussion instruments. Elements of music theory, harmony, and rhythm are covered and an emphasis is placed on individual as well as ensemble musicianship. Some required rehearsals and performances may take place outside of the normal school day. All 9th graders will be required to concurrently enroll in Marching Band (exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis pending approval from the band director(s) and site administration after a written request documenting legitimate and compelling reasoning for exemption has been submitted). 

 

7129 WIND ENSEMBLE H 

Grade level: 10-12

Prerequisite: 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


Honors Wind Ensemble is an advanced performance ensemble available to 10-12 grade students by audition only. Wind Ensemble students develop advanced skills in the performance of wind and percussion instruments. Elements of music theory, harmony, and rhythm are covered and an emphasis is placed on individual as well as ensemble musicianship. Some required rehearsals and performances may take place outside of the normal school day. This course offers weighted honors credit.

 

0875 JAZZ ENSEMBLE P 

Grade Level: 9-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Audition and/ or consent of instructor

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


Enrollment in the jazz ensemble will be limited to students who perform on the following instruments: saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drums, bass, guitar, and auxiliary percussion. Students will audition at the beginning of the school year. 


5915 COLOR GUARD P 

Grade level: 9-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Audition and/or consent of teacher. 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


Color Guard participants learn to perform dance routines with equipment such as flags and simulated rifles. During fall semester, students perform with the marching band at home football games and in competitions. In the spring, students perform at competitions sponsored by the Winter Guard Association of Southern California. 


1584/1585 MARCHING BAND P

Grade level: 9-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor & concurrent enrollment in Concert Band, Color Guard, or Percussion Ensemble 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Fall semester of Marching Band counts as 5 credits of PE. Students enrolled in the marching band will be required to attend after school rehearsals, performances, and competitions. Attendance at band camp prior to the beginning of the school year will be required of all who enroll in the marching band. Students may fulfill the physical education graduation requirements through participation in the marching band for four years. All 9th grade band students are required to participate in marching band (exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case-by-case basis pending approval from the band director(s) and site administration after a written request documenting legitimate and compelling reasoning for exemption has been submitted).


6427 CHORUS P 

Grade level: 9-12, Repeatable 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: F - Visual and Performing Arts OR G - College Prep Elective 


This class explores all styles of vocal music. Elements of harmony and theory are covered. The class is a performing group appropriate for both experienced and inexperienced singers. 


AVID 

3140 AVID 9 P

Grade level: 9 

Prerequisite: Make written application to the program. Student must be “A-G” eligible. 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to support their academic growth. Some students will have previous experience with AVID at the middle grades, and some students will be experiencing AVID for the first time. Either way, the ninth grade AVID Elective course will serve as a review of the AVID philosophy and strategies. Students will work on academic and personal goals and communication, adjusting to the high school setting. Students will increase awareness of their personal contributions to their learning, as well as their involvement in their school and community. There is an emphasis on analytical writing, focusing on personal goals and thesis writing. Students will work in collaborative settings, learning how to participate in collegial discussions and use sources to support their ideas and opinions. Students will prepare for and participate in college entrance and placement exams, while refining study skills, note-taking, and research techniques. They will take an active role in field trips and guest speaker preparations and presentations. Their college research will include financial topics and building their knowledge on colleges and careers of interest. 


3141 AVID 10 P 

Grade level: 10 

Prerequisite: Make written application to the program (continuing AVID students need not re-apply). Students must maintain "A-G" eligibility. 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic success skills. In AVID, students participate in activities that incorporate strategies focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading to support their academic growth. During the tenth grade AVID Elective course, students will refine the AVID strategies to meet their independent needs and learning styles. Students will continue to refine and adjust their academic learning plans and goals, increasing awareness of their actions and behaviors. As students increase the rigorous course load and school/community involvement, they will refine their time management and study skills accordingly. Students will expand their writing portfolio to include: analyzing prompts, supporting arguments and claims, character analysis and detailed reflections. Students will also analyze various documents, in order to participate in collaborative discussions and develop leadership skills in those settings. Students will expand their vocabulary use, continuing to prepare for college entrance exams and preparation. Text analysis will focus on specific strategies to understand complex texts. Lastly, students will narrow down their college and careers of interest, based on personal interests and goals. 


3142 AVID 11 P 

Grade level: 11 

Prerequisite: Make written application to the program (continuing AVID students need not re-apply). Students must maintain "A-G" eligibility. 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic survival skills. The course emphasizes rhetorical reading, analytical writing, collaborative discussion strategies, tutorial inquiry study groups, preparation for college entrance and placement exams, college study skills and test-taking strategies, note-taking and research. The eleventh grade AVID Elective course is the first part in a junior/senior seminar course that focuses on writing and critical thinking expected of first- and second-year college students. In addition to the academic focus of the AVID seminar, there are college-bound activities, methodologies and tasks that should be undertaken during the junior year to support students as they apply to four-year universities and confirm their postsecondary plans. Students are required to take the SAT and/or ACT. 

 

5910 AVID SENIOR SEMINAR P 

Grade level: 12 

Prerequisite: Prior AVID enrollment in 11th grade and concurrent enrollment in an Honors or AP class, as well as “A-G” eligibility must be evident on the student’s transcript. 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an academic elective course that prepares students for college readiness and success, and it is scheduled during the regular school day as a year-long course. Each week, students receive instruction utilizing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor-facilitated study groups, motivational activities and academic survival skills. The course emphasizes rhetorical reading, analytical writing, collaborative discussion strategies, tutorial inquiry study groups, preparation for college entrance and placement exams, college study skills and test-taking strategies, note-taking and research. The AVID Elective twelfth grade course is the second part in a junior/senior seminar course that focuses on writing and critical thinking expected of first- and second-year college students. Students will complete a final research essay project from research conducted in their junior year in AVID. In addition to the academic focus of the AVID senior seminar, there are college-bound activities, methodologies and tasks that should be achieved during the senior year that support students as they apply to four-year universities and confirm their postsecondary plans. All AVID seniors are required to develop and present a portfolio representing their years of work in the AVID program, as well as complete the requirements for the seminar course. All AVID seniors are required to take an AP/H/CC course, a math course, and apply to at least one four-year university. Students are assisted with the college application process, FAFSA, financial aid, letters of recommendation, and scholarship applications. 


4717 AVID STUDENT TUTOR (LEADERSHIP)

Grade level: 11-12, repeatable 

Prerequisite: Tutor must be approved by the AVID program director. 

A-G Designation: G 


This is a one-year elective course for students whose primary responsibility will be tutoring in the AVID program. AVID student tutors are expected to have mastered core academic subjects such as AP or honors English, social science, advanced math, and science. Student tutors will tutor small groups of AVID students twice a week during a portion of the AVID class, and assist students with their binders to enhance academic skills. Tutors will receive training prior to assignment. 


Career & Technical Education (CTE) 


Computer Science


2892 COMPUTER SCIENCE ESSENTIALS P 

Grade level: 9 – 12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Computer Science Essentials is designed to offer an introduction to computer science. Students will learn the basics of computer programming along with the basics of computer science. The material emphasizes computational thinking and helps develop the ability to solve complex problems. This course covers the basic building blocks of programming along with other central elements of computer science. It gives a foundation in the tools used in computer science and prepares students for further study in computer science, including AP Computer Science A. The course allows students to work independently in text-based Python.  The course also includes a career focus, where at the end of units, students meet individuals from different industries who work in coding (medicine, music, etc.).


2727 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE  

Grade level: 10 -12 

Prerequisite: POE (Principles of Engineering) or CSE (Computer Science Essentials) A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Computer science embraces problem solving, hardware, algorithms and perspectives that help people utilize computers to solve real-world problems in everyday life. The AP Computer Science A course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design. These techniques represent proven approaches for development solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. Concepts are taught using the Java programming language. 


Culinary Arts

 

The Culinary Arts Academy is a two-year program designed to prepare students for career opportunities in various areas of the hospitality and foodservice industry, whether through immediate employment or transfer to a two-year or four-year college or professional culinary school. 


The Academy combines culinary theory with practical hands-on cooking laboratory experiences in a state-of-the-art instructional kitchen. Although the focus is on food preparation and production, the program includes an introduction to the hospitality industry, the principles of food safety and sanitation, culinary nutrition, purchasing and inventory control, menu planning, dining room service, and basic management concepts.  Students will be required to purchase the basic academy uniform, which consists of a chef’s coat, hat and apron, which must be worn for lab activities. Students will also need to have closed toe shoes and long pants separate from the uniform. The cost of the uniform is approximately $45. 


3517 CULINARY ARTS 1 P 

Grade level: 9-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This course provides first-year training in a two-year culinary arts academy designed to prepare students for a variety of culinary positions. Instruction includes: safety, sanitation, basic principles of food preparation, baking, cooking, portion control, service and presentation. The curriculum has been designed to align with the educational CTE state standards, ProStart and the American Culinary Federation. Students will work with professional grade equipment including stoves, radiant and convection ovens, broilers, grills, mixers, hand tools, utensils, and other commercial kitchen equipment. Students will learn how to cook and bake a variety of dishes and recipes throughout the year. Students will create, plan and cook a 3 course menu for at least 8 people as a culminating project. Students will take the San Diego County Food Handler Test. This course meets the UC “G” requirement.


3518 CULINARY ARTS 2 P 

Grade level: 10-12 

Prerequisite: Culinary Arts 1 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


This course is the second year of study in culinary arts. Building on the foundational  knowledge and skills acquired in Culinary 1, instruction includes advanced culinary skills, culinary nutrition, banquet and catering, and the basics of foodservice management and business operations. The course has been designed to align with the educational state standards of CTE, the Prostart curriculum and the American Culinary Federation. Students will work with professional grade equipment including stoves, radiant and convection ovens, broilers, grills, mixers, hand tools, utensils, and other commercial kitchen equipment. Students will learn how to cook and bake a variety of recipes throughout the year. Students will be engaged in written assignments including the capstone restaurant project where they will create and plan a restaurant from concept to full development. Students will learn advanced cooking techniques and food preparation. Opportunities to compete in state and national cooking and hospitality competitions will be available This course meets the UC “G” requirement. 


4775 HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT (P) 

Grades: 10-12 

Prerequisite: None 

A-G Designation: G - College Prep Elective 


Students will study the evolution of the hospitality industry and how it is currently stratified. Organizational systems, management and career opportunities/salaries will be examined. Hospitality service management is viewed from both a consumer and business perspective. This introductory course provides an overview of the hospitality and tourism industry, its growth and development, industry segments and their distinguishing characteristics, trends and current concerns. Students are introduced to career opportunities and hard and soft skills needed to succeed in the hospitality industry. Students will participate in field trips to local hospitality operations including hotels, resorts and private and public clubs. Students will tour the facilities and speak with corporate management about how the operation delivers its guest service and how they make every guest feel important and happy. Class will also feature in class guest speakers talking about what it takes to be successful in the industry. Students will research a top hospitality company and present their findings to the class. This course meets the UC “G” requirement. 


Education & Child Development 


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