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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

9th GRADE PHYSICAL EDUCATION (CO-ED)

5-10 Credits / Grade 9

Prerequisite: None

HS (d)
The class stresses fundamental skills in softball, weight lifting, flag football, basketball, tennis, track/conditioning, volleyball, volley tennis, and soccer.
BASKETBALL (CO-ED)

5 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (d)
The class stresses fundamental skills of basketball. Students will experience levels of team competition.


WEIGHTLIFTING/CONDITIONING (CO-ED)

5 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (d)
The fundamental skills, techniques, and terminology of weightlifting are taught. There are opportunities for self-improvement programs.


AEROBIC DANCE (CO-ED)

5 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (d)
This course is structured to strengthen the heart, lungs and circulatory system. Exercises will be done to strengthen the cardiovascular system with vigorous dance movements and strength training.


LIFETIME SPORTS (CO-ED)

5 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (d)
Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of golf, archery, tennis, and volleyball, including skills, techniques, and terminology.


*BEGINNING DANCE (CO-ED)

5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher approval through audition

HS (d), (g), or (h)

This course teaches dance vocabulary, ballet/jazz dance techniques, performance techniques, and choreography techniques at the beginning level. Students are required to participate in one performance per semester. Enrollment will count towards the student’s P.E. graduation requirement. Course may be repeated for credit. Students must register for the class and will receive notification in May regarding a June audition.

*INTERMEDIATE DANCE (CO-ED)

5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher approval through audition

HS (d), (g), or (h); CSU / UC (f)

This course teaches dance vocabulary, ballet/jazz dance techniques, performance techniques, and choreography techniques at varying intermediate levels. Students should have previous dance experience and are encouraged to continue dance training outside of school. Students are required to participate in one performance per semester enrolled. In addition to outside performances, students are required to take a dance vocabulary final and complete written critiques that require attendance at a professional dance performance outside of the school day. Enrollment will count towards the student’s P.E. OR Fine Arts graduation requirement. Course may be repeated for credit. Students must register for the class and will receive notification in May regarding a June audition.
*ADVANCED DANCE (CO-ED)

5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Teacher approval through audition

HS (d), (g), or (h); CSU / UC (f)


This course teaches dance vocabulary, ballet/jazz dance techniques, performance techniques, and choreography techniques at the advanced level. Students must have outside dance experience and must continue training at a dance studio outside of school. Students are required to participate in one performance per semester enrolled. In addition to outside performances, students are required to take a dance vocabulary final and complete written critiques that require attendance at a professional dance performance outside of the school day. Enrollment will count towards the student’s P.E. OR Fine Arts graduation requirement. Course may be repeated for credit. Students must register for the class and will receive notification in May regarding a June audition.



REGIONAL OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAM (ROP)

The North Orange County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) is one of 72 California state-funded programs providing quality job training, career guidance, and job placement assistance for a diverse high school and adult population. These programs and services prepare students for employment, occupational changes, and/or further occupational education, which will enable students to contribute successfully to a rapidly changing society. Besides the community training sites, ROP classes are located on 22 high school campuses and in five centers. New ROP courses are constantly being developed in response to an expressed labor market demand and/or an effort to provide career pathways for high school students.

Courses vary in length from six-week units to two-year certificate programs. High school students receive one credit toward graduation for every fifteen (15) hours of classroom attendance. Thirty (30) hours of paid work experience when attending a CVE class also earns one credit toward graduation. A maximum of 40 credits earned outside the regular school day through ROP may be applied toward high school graduation.

The following programs are offered on campus DURING THE SCHOOL DAY:

ROP ACCOUNTING OCCUPATIONS

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Keyboarding / computer skills; 2.0 GPA or better

HS (h); CSU / UC (g)
If you earn money, you will want to keep track of it, and accounting shows you easy ways to do that. You will learn how to prepare income statements and balance sheets. You will also have the opportunity to learn software such as Excel, Word, QuickBooks Pro and Peachtree Accounting. The class prepares students for entry-level employment in office settings and advanced training. Cerritos, Fullerton, and Westwood Colleges grant advanced placement and/or credits to students who complete the course with grades of A or B. Students who successfully complete the one-year class are eligible for one year of UC-approved a-g elective credit. This course meets one of the requirements for the Business Careers Pathway Cord.
ROP CARPENTRY / CONSTRUCTION OCCUPATIONS I - III

5-40 Credits / Grades 9-12

Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA)

Prerequisite: None

HS (h)
Are you happiest working with your hands and creating things that last? You will learn how to use both hand and power tools safely; how to read blueprints, measure and specify materials, and build projects from the ground up. You may participate in contests and community events. The four-year program (BITA) will prepare you for advanced training, jobs, or apprenticeships. This course meets one of the requirements for the Manufacturing Careers Pathway Cord.

ROP COMPUTER ASSISTED DRAFTING (CAD) I-III

5-30 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Strong math background; good visualization and fine motor skills; patience

HS (h)

This course introduces the student to the various areas of drafting that are used in engineering and industry. Basic engineering AUTOCAD skills enable the student to graphically communicate

the shape, size, and structure of objects, parts, and manufactured items found and used in industry. Subsequent semesters of study train students in computer drawing using state-of-the-art CAD software. Areas covered include floor plans, kitchen and bathroom design, roof styles, elevations, foundation details and plans, plot plans, and dimensioning techniques. This course meets one of the requirements for the Engineering Careers Pathway Cord.
ROP INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN (IED)

5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Algebra I recommended

HS (h); CSU / UC (g)


In this course students use a problem-solving model to design solutions to real-world challenges, including improving existing products and inventing new ones. Using sophisticated three-dimensional modeling software, students create designs and communicate product details. Emphasis is placed on analyzing potential solutions and communicating ideas to others. Students who successfully complete the one-year class are eligible for one year of UC-approved a-g elective credit. This course meets one of the requirements for the Engineering Careers Pathway Cord.
ROP PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING (POE)

5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Algebra I or above

HS (h); CSU / UC (g)

This one-year course is part of Project Lead the Way, a curriculum designed by engineers for future engineers! Using activities and projects, students learn how engineers and technicians use math, science, and technology in an engineering problem-solving process. The course addresses social and political consequences of technological change. Students will explore careers in engineering and technology, including technology systems and manufacturing processes. Students who successfully complete the one-year class are eligible for one year of UC-approved a-g elective credit. This course meets one of the requirements for the Engineering Careers Pathway Cord.

ROP CHILD DEVELOPMENT F / S

5-10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (h); CSU / UC (g)

You will study children’s developmental stages from conception through early adolescence. You will focus on the emotional/psychological, cognitive and physical aspects of development, and on the influences on development of heredity and environmental factors. Students who successfully complete two semesters of the Child Development course are eligible for one year of UC-approved a-g credit. This course meets one of the requirements for the Education Careers Pathway Cord.
ROP CAREERS WITH CHILDREN I (Preschool Lab)

5-10 Credits / Grades 10-11

Prerequisite: None; ROP Child Development recommended

HS (h)
Are you patient, inventive, creative, and organized? If so, then you are ready for this real-world setting. You will learn to recognize developmental stages in children ages 2.5 to 5 years of age in the preschool lab. You will learn teaching methods that work to help little children love to learn in a happy, structured environment.

ROP CAREERS WITH CHILDREN II (Preschool Lab)

5-10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: ROP Careers with Children I

HS (h)


This class prepares students for working with young children in preschool and home settings and for advanced training. Orange Coast College grants advanced placement and/or credits at the college to students who complete the course with grades of A or B. See your instructor for details.
ROP EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER

5-10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (h)

Whether you want to be a lifeguard, a firefighter, or a medical worker in any branch of medicine, this class will give you a great introduction. You will learn skills to assist Emergency Medical Services providers at the scene. You will study patient assessment, triage, first aid, emergency responsibilities, and ethical/legal issues and responsibilities. This class prepares you for the EMT class and advanced studies in the field. This course meets one of the requirements for the Medical Careers Pathway Cord.

ROP FIRE TECHNOLOGY

5-10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (h)
If you are very physically fit, self-disciplined and highly ethical, the firefighting service may be a good match. You’ll learn about careers within the fire service, about fire behavior, firefighting tactics, ethics, legal issues and history of the fire service. This class trains you for further education. This course meets one of the requirements for the Medical Specialties Pathway Cord.


ROP HEALTH FITNESS / SPORTS MEDICINE TECHNICIAN I - II

5-20 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (h)
Love sports and fitness? You will learn to prevent sports injuries by the use of proper body mechanics in exercise. You will learn to recognize and evaluate sports injuries when they occur. You will also learn rehabilitation methods and current treatment modalities. By the end of class, you will be able to assess health fitness and develop an exercise regimen to maintain and promote physical well-being. The class prepares you for advanced training and for working under supervision with your school’s sports teams’ members. This course meets one of the requirements for the Medical Specialties Pathway Cord.


ROP VIDEO PRODUCTION I – III (GRIFFIN NEWS)

5-20 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: None

H.S. (h)

This course prepares the student to work in a production or post-production facility. Advanced students will be taping school events, sports, classroom activities, etc. to create the Griffin News student broadcast, a campus news show that is aired weekly to all students at LAHS. Students will plan stories, learn filming techniques, and use editing software. This course meets one of the requirements for the Communications Careers Pathway Cord.

ROP VITAL LINK

5-10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (h)

This class is for students who want to be prepared to enter the workforce either upon graduation from high school or during/after postsecondary education. Students will learn skills that business has identified as necessary for success in the workplace. Students will learn how to set up and run a small business which includes marketing, personnel, accounting, and business management. Students will also learn how to manage personal finances: setting up a budget, balancing a checkbook, and identifying savings and investment options. Students will leave the class with a resume, a portfolio, and job shadowing experience to assist in the college and career search process. This course meets one of the requirements for the Business Careers Pathway Cord.


ROP ENTREPRENEURSHIP

5-10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (h)
Are you a motivated, independent thinker? Does the idea of being your own boss sound great to you? This course teaches you the skills necessary for starting and operating a small business. You will learn how to develop a business plan, create a marketing strategy, choose and maintain an accounting system, and complete paperwork necessary for developing and operating a new business. This course meets one of the requirements for the Business Careers Pathway Cord.



The following program is offered off campus AFTER SCHOOL for students who need to earn credit while employed:
ROP RETAIL CAREERS (CVE)

Variable Credit / Grades 10-12 (15 class hours = 1 credit)

Prerequisite: None

HS (h)

This course allows you to use the hours that you are employed in a retail setting toward elective high school credit. Earn ½ credit each week if you work at least 15 hours at your job. An additional 1 credit is given for each 15 hours of class attendance. This class is offered at a local high school for 2.5 hours, one day each week. This course meets one of the requirements for the Business Careers Pathway Cord.

You might also enjoy the following nearby ROP classes:
Aquatics, Marine Diving Masonry

Culinary Arts Institute/Chef and Baker Manicurist

Dental Assistant Medical Core

Design and Fabrication for Engineering Careers Nursing Assistant

Esthetician Pharmacy Technician

Financial Services/Banking Retail/Merchandising Careers

Hospitality/Knott’s Berry Farm Water Safety Instructor


For complete ROP course catalog and enrollment information, contact:
Mrs. Eatmon or Mrs. Davenport,

Counselor / Career - OR - North Orange County ROP Education Guidance Specialist 385 N. Muller Street

Los Alamitos High School Anaheim, CA 92801

Phone: (562) 799-4780, ext. 82240 (714) 502-5874

Fax: (562) 799-4802 www.nocrop.us

Students who choose to enroll in an on-campus ROP class which is offered during the regular school day should see their high school counselor. For classes offered after the regular school day, enrollment forms are available from the Career Guidance Counselor in the College and Career Center.

North Orange County ROP is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.



SCIENCE



COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
LIFE SCIENCE

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (e)

Life Science is a one-year program designed to meet the biological science part of the high school science graduation requirement. This survey course will include units in the following topics: characteristics of living organisms, life processes of plants and animals, ecology, genetics, and human biology.

SDAIE LIFE SCIENCE

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: CELDT Proficiency Level

HS (e)
Life Science is a one-year program designed to meet the biological science part of the high school science graduation requirement. This survey course will include units in the following topics: characteristics of living organisms, life processes of plants and animals, ecology, genetics, and human biology. Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.


PHYSICAL SCIENCE OF THE EARTH

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: None

HS (e)
This is a one-year course designed to meet the physical science requirement to earn a high school diploma. This survey course will focus on the CST Earth Science content standards. Topics of study include measurement, earth’s chemistry, California Geology, earth’s resources, earth’s surface, earth’s water, mapping, earth’s forces, earth’s history, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and physics.


SDAIE PHYSICAL SCIENCE OF THE EARTH

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: CELDT Proficiency Level

HS (e)
This is a one-year course designed to meet the physical science requirement to earn a high school diploma. This survey course will focus on the CST Earth Science content standards. Topics of study include measurement, earth’s chemistry, California Geology, earth’s resources, earth’s surface, earth’s water, mapping, earth’s forces, earth’s history, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and physics. Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.




COLLEGE PREP COURSES
BIOLOGY

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Grade of B- or higher in 8th Grade Math for incoming freshmen

HS (e); CSU / UC (d)

Biology is a college preparatory course designed to familiarize the student with the diversity and processes of life. This course emphasizes the classification and ecology of organisms, the role that evolution has played in life on earth, ecological change and stability, the molecular, cellular and organism levels of life, and energy production and flow within living systems. General topics in Biology include units such as Introduction to Biology, Cell Structure, Cell Function, Taxonomy and Evolution, Viruses, Diversity of Life, Ecology, Genetics, and Animal Physiology. Students develop the ability to think and express themselves in a scientific manner by focusing on the importance of laboratory skills, experimentation, and analysis. The biology curriculum meets or exceeds

state-mandated standards.

SDAIE BIOLOGY

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: Grade of B- or higher in 8th Grade Math for incoming freshmen

HS (e); CSU / UC (d)

SDAIE Biology is a college preparatory course designed to familiarize the student with the diversity and processes of life. This course emphasizes the classification and ecology of organisms, the role that evolution has played in life on earth, ecological change and stability, the molecular, cellular and organism levels of life, and energy production and flow within living systems. General topics in Biology include units such as Introduction to Biology, Cell Structure, Cell Function, Taxonomy and Evolution, Viruses, Diversity of Life, Ecology, Genetics, and Animal Physiology. Students develop the ability to think and express themselves in a scientific manner by focusing on the importance of laboratory skills, experimentation, and analysis. The biology curriculum meets or exceeds

s/tate-mandated standards. Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.


CHEMISTRY

10 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: For Grades 10-12, completion of year-long Algebra I with a grade of B or better or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II; for Grade 9, concurrent enrollment in Geometry Honors or higher level math. Recommended in Grade 9 only for students planning to take AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Biology.

HS (e); CSU / UC (d)


Chemistry covers the California Content Standards in Chemistry. Principles of chemistry are developed from laboratory observations of physical properties and chemical reactions. The language, formulas, and equations of chemistry are used in interpreting atomic structure and chemical bonding; periodic behavior of elements; rates and energies of chemical and nuclear change; equilibrium of gaseous systems, acids and bases, and organic functional groups.

CONCEPTUAL CHEMISTRY IN THE LABORATORY

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Algebra I, grade of C or better, or Algebra C and D, grade of C or better, and Biology, grade of C or better

HS (e); CSU / UC (g) – This course does NOT meet the science requirement for the UC (d). This course does meet the physical science requirement for the CSU.

Conceptual Chemistry is a two-semester course aligned with the California Content Standards in Chemistry. The emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding (less rigor and less emphasis on mathematical applications); however, basic algebraic and graphing skills will be used to analyze data and reinforce concepts. Conceptual Chemistry builds a foundation of vocabulary and conceptual

knowledge in the basic areas of chemistry: atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic behavior of elements, chemical and nuclear change, equilibrium, gaseous systems, and acids and bases. Principles of chemistry are developed from laboratory observations and teacher-led demonstrations.


PHYSICS

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or higher level math

HS (e); CSU / UC (d)


Physics covers the California Content Standards in Physics. This is an introductory one-year college preparatory course based on lecture, demonstrations, and laboratory experiments. Topics studied include: mechanics, heat, waves, energy, and electro-magnetism. Emphasis is on building a strong foundation in principles of physics and how they apply to daily life.
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Biology, grade of C or better, or completion of science graduation requirements with grades of C or better

HS (e); CSU / UC (d)


This course is designed as a science enhancement class for students interested in the human body. The course will address each body system including an emphasis on care and wellness. Common abnormalities or pathologies will also be discussed with coverage of disease prevention and medical treatments. Numerous laboratory exercises will support the lecture presentations and facilitate practical physiological analysis.

MARINE BIOLOGY/OCEANOGRAPHY

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Biology, grade of C or better, and completion of the physical science graduation requirement

HS (e); CSU / UC (d)

This course is designed as a science enrichment course for students interested in pursuing additional knowledge in the science area. To familiarize students with the marine environment (an integral part of Southern California), topics such as physical oceanography, marine organismic biology, and marine ecology will be presented. Numerous laboratory exercises will be incorporated throughout the curriculum.


HONORS COURSES
BIOLOGY ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Biology or AP Chemistry, grade of A, and Chemistry, grade of A, and teacher approval

HS (e); CSU / UC (d)


This is a demanding course presented at the college level and is designed to meet the needs of students who want a thorough training in biology. This course will emphasize biochemistry, genetics, evolution, physiology, ecology, and behavior. This is a study of biology on a molecular level. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement test in Biology, and students enrolling in the course are expected to sit for the exam in May.
CHEMISTRY ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Chemistry, grade of A both semesters, teacher approval

HS (e); CSU / UC (d)


Advanced Placement Chemistry is a rigorous one-year course provided for students who desire further study in chemistry during high school. The course is designed to examine the principles and properties of matter and to investigate the changes in energy accompanying chemical change. The course is presented at college level. If the student is planning to take both AP Chemistry and AP

Biology, enrollment in AP Chemistry is recommended first. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement test in Chemistry, and students enrolling in the course are expected to sit for the exam in May.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Biology, grade of B or better both semesters, and Chemistry, grade of B or better both semesters; teacher approval

HS (e); CSU / UC (d)

The goal of the AP Environmental Science 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, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Students will enter the debate about man’s effect on the environment, the current scientific theories about man’s effect on the environment, and the diverse political positions associated with these theories. Environmental science is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. Yet, there are several major unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the many topics included in the study of environmental science. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement test in Environmental Science, and students enrolling in the course are expected to sit for the exam in May.
PHYSICS B ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Algebra II/Trigonometry, grade of B or better, or concurrent enrollment Pre-Calculus

HS (e); CSU / UC (d)


AP Physics is a one-year college-level course covering the same topics as our regular physics class but with more depth and rigor. An emphasis on problem solving to prepare for the noncalculus Advanced Placement Physics B test is balanced with post-exam projects. Students enrolling in the course are expected to sit for the exam in May.
PHYSICS C (MECHANICS) ADVANCED PLACEMENT (pending school board approval)

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Physics or AP Physics B preferred and concurrent enrollment or successful completion of AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC

HS (e); CSU / UC (d) pending

This is the first semester of a one-year college-level, calculus-based physics class spread out over one year at Los Alamitos High School. This would be the college course taken by students majoring in science or engineering and requires concurrent enrollment in or successful completion of calculus. The sequence is more intensive and analytical than that in the B course. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems, some requiring calculus. This course requires previous exposure to physics. Students enrolling in the course are expected to sit for the exam in May.




SOCIAL SCIENCE




COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

REQUIRED COURSES
WORLD HISTORY, CULTURES, & GEOGRAPHY (or see Advanced Placement World History, Cultures, & Geography)

10 Credits / Grade 10

Prerequisite: None

HS (b); CSU (g); UC (a)


World History, Cultures, and Geography covers the California Content Standards in World History. This is a one-year course designed to introduce students to the study of geographic, political, economic, and social aspects of selected time periods and nation states. After a review of the social sciences, the course will focus on unresolved problems, the rise of democracy, the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, and totalitarianism, and concludes with Nationalism in the Contemporary World.
SDAIE WORLD HISTORY, CULTURES, & GEOGRAPHY

10 Credits / Grade 10

Prerequisite: CELDT Proficiency Level and Student Study Team (SST) recommendation

HS (b)
SDAIE World History, Cultures, and Geography covers the California Content Standards in World History. This is a one-year course designed to introduce students to the study of geographic, political, economic, and social aspects of selected time periods and nation states. After a review of the social sciences, the course will focus on unresolved problems, the rise of democracy, the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, and totalitarianism, and concludes with Nationalism in the Contemporary World (see course outline). Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.

UNITED STATES HISTORY (or see Advanced Placement U.S. History)

10 Credits / Grade 11

Prerequisite: None

HS (b); CSU / UC (a)

United States History covers the California Content Standards in History. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of the United States in the world, linking the past to the present. The course is designed in a two-semester format to be taken in the junior year. Emphasis will be placed on skills development (critical thinking, essay writing, map skills). The focus of the course will be from 1880 to the present.
SDAIE UNITED STATES HISTORY

10 Credits / Grade 11

Prerequisite: CELDT Proficiency Level and Student Study Team (SST) recommendation

HS (b)
SDAIE United States History covers the California Content Standards in History. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of the United States in the world, linking the past to the present. The course is designed in a two-semester format. Emphasis will be placed on skills development (critical thinking, essay writing, map skills). The focus of the course will be from 1880 to the present. Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.


AMERICAN POLITICAL TRADITION

5 Credits / Grade 12

Prerequisite: None

HS (b); CSU / UC (a)


American Political Tradition is a one-semester required course that covers the California Content Standards in American Government. As such, it covers features of our United States political systems - national, state, and local. The intent has been to provide a course which is conceptual and interdisciplinary in approach. While emphasizing political science, it includes insights from psychology, anthropology, sociology, history, and economics.

SDAIE AMERICAN POLITICAL TRADITION

5 Credits / Grade 12

Prerequisite: None

HS (b); CSU / UC (a)

SDAIE American Political Tradition is a one-semester required course that covers the California Content Standards in American Government. As such, it covers features of our United States political systems - national, state, and local. The intent has been to provide a course which is conceptual and interdisciplinary in approach. While emphasizing political science, it includes insights from psychology, anthropology, sociology, history, and economics. Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.
ECONOMICS

5 Credits / Grade 12

Prerequisite: None

HS (b); CSU / UC (g)


Economics is a one-semester required course that covers the California Content Standards in Economics. It is designed to provide students with the tools of economic analysis in order to better understand personal, community, national, and international economic issues. The student will be provided an overview of macro economic and micro economic principles, as well as relevant consumer economic information.
SDAIE ECONOMICS

5 Credits / Grade 12

Prerequisite: CELDT Proficiency Level and Student Study Team (SST) recommendation

HS (b); CSU / UC (g)


SDAIE Economics is a one-semester required course that covers the California Content Standards in Economics. It is designed to provide students with the tools of economic analysis in order to better understand personal, community, national, and international economic issues. The student will be provided an overview of macro economic and micro economic principles, as well as relevant consumer economic information. Sheltered instructional strategies are utilized.

ELECTIVE COURSES
PSYCHOLOGY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: 3.25 GPA or teacher approval

HS (b); CSU (g); UC (g)

Advanced Placement Psychology provides the student with an introduction to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior. The course covers the basic facts, principles and methods of the major subfields of psychology including human development, biological bases of behavior, learning, emotion, mental health and illness, forms of therapy, sensation and perception, personality theory, and social psychology. Students will also practice several of the research methods psychologists use in their science practice. Students who complete this course are expected to sit for the AP exam in May.

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT (pending school board approval)

10 Credits / Grades 9, 11, 12

Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA

HS (b); CSU (g); UC (g) pending


The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Students who complete this course are expected to sit for the AP exam in May.
WORLD HISTORY, CULTURES, & GEOGRAPHY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grade 10

Prerequisite: (1) Student must earn an A or B in English; (2) 3.0 GPA or teacher approval; (3) Writing sample submitted by student to AP teacher for evaluation

HS (b); CSU (g); UC (a)

The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence. The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an organizing principle for dealing with change and continuity throughout the course. Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with the consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study. Students enrolling in this course are expected to sit for the AP exam in May.

UNITED STATES HISTORY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grade 11

Prerequisite: (1) Student must earn an A or B in both World History and English; (2) 3.0 GPA or teacher approval; (3) Writing sample submitted by student to AP instructors for evaluation

HS (b); CSU / UC (a)


The purpose of this course is to provide an intensive study of United States history to prepare the student for the advanced placement test in this field. The student may take a test at the end of the course and receive college credit. This course meets the U. S. History requirement or may be taken as an elective by 12th grade students. Students are prepared for the Advanced Placement test and are expected to sit for the exam in May.
EUROPEAN HISTORY, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

10 Credits / Grade 12

Prerequisite: 3.25 GPA or teacher approval

CSU (g); UC (a)


The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary

institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse.  In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of AP European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing. Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement test and are expected to sit for the exam in May.

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

5 Credits / Grade 12

Prerequisite: Teacher approval

HS (b); CSU / UC (a)


This course gives students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Topics of study may include constitutional underpinnings of United States Government, political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; institutions of national government; public policy; and civil rights and civil liberties. Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement test and are expected to sit for the exam in May.
MACROECONOMICS, ADVANCED PLACEMENT

5 Credits / Grade 12

Prerequisite:

HS (b); CSU / UC (g)

Advanced Placement Macroeconomics gives students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. This course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.  Topics of study may include basic economic concepts; measurement of economic performance; national income and price determination; financial sector, inflation, unemployment, and stabilization policies; economic growth and productivity; and open economy. Students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement test and are expected to sit for the exam in May.

CRIMINAL LAW

5 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: None
Who are the criminals? What are they like? Why do people commit crimes? Is it their past, greed, passion? What are the criminal laws, what happens as you go through the criminal legal system? Criminal Law examines these questions and challenges you to participate using your own values in a variety of methods of learning including simulated criminal trials. Students who wish to try out for the Criminal Law Mock Trial Team are strongly urged to take this course.
HISTORY AND THE FUTURE

5 Credits / Grades 9-12

Prerequisite: None

CSU / UC (g)


History and the Future involves the study of topics like space, technology, social media, bio-medicine, the environment, and globalization, as well as an analysis of their future implications. Emphasis is placed on understanding the concept of change, problem-solving, and looking at options for the future (both societal and personal) through critical thinking, class discussion, and developing creative projects.

MILITARY HISTORY

5 Credits / Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: None

CSU / UC (g)
This course will present to the student the military history of the United States by studying wars, campaigns, and battles. It will also include the critical developments in tactics, generalship, doctrine, and technology used in war.
PSYCHOLOGY

5 Credits / Grades 11*-12

Prerequisite: A junior/senior-level course; *juniors will be admitted with counselor approval

CSU / UC (g)

This course is designed to offer the student an opportunity to gain greater insight into human behavior. The course stresses the growth and development of personality. Attitudes and their effect on learning are included in the study.

SOCIOLOGY (2nd semester only)

5 Credits / Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: None

CSU / UC (g)


Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior. Students learn to view society as a set of related and interacting groups. In doing so, they develop an intellectual process of dealing with social problems. Major concepts covered in Sociology are socialization, institutions, and stratification.



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