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List of college prep courses"a-g" Course Requirements for UC/CSU Admission Eligibility

English

 

English

Information on WHS English Sequences and Pathways

F/S = Semester Course (+) = Honors Point (*) = Possible Course
GRADE 9
GRADE 10
GRADE 11
GRADE 12
 

 

 

 

English 1

Grade Level: 9  |  Term: Yearlong  |  Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "b" requirement

Have you ever composed a piece of writing you are proud of? Have you considered that reading and listening can be both forms of entertainment, and resources for gaining empathy for those who are different from you? Do you know how to write and speak in a variety of ways for different audiences and occasions? Did you know that your use of correct grammar, formatting, spelling, and capitalization can make your message more persuasive and your personal brand more appealing to others? Do you know what digital citizenship really means? In this college prep course, we will be addressing these questions as we improve our reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. In English 1, we will guide you through how to study and produce fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. This course will prepare you for all of your future English courses at WHS and lay the foundation for success in college and your future career.

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to…

  • Write in a variety of ways for different purposes and audiences, while adhering to standard written English conventions.
  • Read and analyze texts that span a wide range of genres, topics, and contexts.
  • Ask critical questions, summarize and analyze texts, and make connections to their own experiences and to the world around them.
  • Participate in small and large-group discussions surrounding course content.
  • Use technology appropriately to both access and create materials related to course content.

 


HONORS ENGLISH 1

Grade Level: 9  |  Term: Yearlong  |  Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "b" requirement

This college-prep course satisfies the “b” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.  

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to….

  • Possess an understanding of an expanded, mature vocabulary necessary for college preparedness.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of genres of literature including both fiction and non-fiction: poetry, short stories, novels, dramas, essays, and speeches.
  • Understand the process of composing essays in the three Common Core modes and demonstrate their ability to produce an appropriate  response controlled by a central idea as directed by a writing prompt.
  • Articulate their ideas in speech, as well as writing, in the classroom setting in forms which may vary from Socratic discussions to small group interaction.
  • Ask critical questions, summarize and analyze texts, and make connections to their own experiences and to the world around them.

 

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendations from the middle schools; A solid background in the basic concepts of grammar: parts of speech, rules of capitalization and punctuation; A sense of maturity, self-discipline, and responsibility are expected.

 


Practical English 1

Grade Level: 9   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: High School Graduation Credit

 

Practical English 1 is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction where students will enhance their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as they study fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Practical English 1 begins to lay the foundation for the rest of a student’s English career at WHS as well as beyond high school. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team

 


ENGLISH 2

Grade Level: 10   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "b" requirement

In this college prep course, students will address essential questions through a variety of written and literary genres. Skills embedded within these units will focus on vocabulary development, reading comprehension, literary response, writing strategies, writing applications, speaking skills/discussions, and grammar. This study is based on the objectives outlined in the Common Core State Standards.

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to…

  • Analyze and communicate effectively through written narratives, expository essays, argumentative essays, on-demand essays, and journal entries.
  • Comprehend textual information in the form of content rich non-fiction articles, short stories, poetry, drama, and novels.
  • Have conversations to engage with grade level topics, build on ideas, and express ideas clearly. Students will present information, findings, and support evidence clearly. They will continuing to adapt their speech to a variety of contents and tasks to demonstrate a command of formal English.Communicate information orally through class presentations and classroom/journal discussions.

 

 

 


AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

Grade Level: 10   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)+  |  UC/CSU "b" requirement

This College Board approved sophomore honors course satisfies the “b” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school and carries a weighted grade point. The course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. 

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to…

  • Understand the methodology of the use of rhetoric in a variety of mediums, including: speeches, informational texts, fiction, visuals, etc. 
  • Write in a variety of genres and understand how their knowledge of rhetoric impacts their own writing.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of resources and how to use a variety of resources to develop arguments.
  • Effectively participate in conversations with their peers both orally and in writing. 
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning, understanding, and applying course content. 

 

Prerequisites: Grade of B or higher in both semesters of English 1 Honors or an A in English 1 with written recommendation of 9th grade English teacher.

 


DIRECTED ENGLISH 2

Grade Level: 10   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: High School Graduation Credit

Directed English 2 is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction where students will enhance their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as they study fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Directed English 2 continues to build a student’s English skills as they progress through their English career at WHS as well as beyond high school. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team

 


AMERICAN LITERATURE

Grade Level: 11   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "b" requirement

 American Literature is a college prep course that satisfies the “b” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school. Students will develop college and career skills through varied analytical and writing tasks focused on essential questions. Students will engage in thematic units that guide them through a range of American literature, with selections from the nation’s foundational documents to its more contemporary works.

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Analyze a variety of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and apply their ideas in both writing and discussion.
  • Complete short-term research relating to argumentative writing
  • Identify, analyze, and incorporate rhetorical devices in their own writing and the writings of others.
  • Lead and contribute to discussions on author’s craft,  literary techniques, and life issues as reflected in literature.
  • Create a draft of a personal essay for college and scholarship applications.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning, understanding, and application of course content.

 

 

 


HONORS AMERICAN LITERATURE

Grade Level: 11   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory/Honors (CP)+ | UC/CSU "b" requirement

This one year course is a survey of American Literature from the beginning of the United States to the present. This class will trace the historical, political, and cultural development of America as reflected in its literature through key movements and authors. The reading for this course covers genres such as fiction, non-fiction, drama, historical documents, poetry, and literary criticism. This course is designed to prepare the student for Advanced Placement Literature, as well as to be successful in a collegiate environment. Honors American Literature is a college prep course that satisfies the “b” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU college. It carries an honors weighted grade point.

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to… 

  • Develop critical thinking and literary analysis skills through the use of active reading strategies
  • Develop effective writing skills within the analytical and argumentative writing domains
  • Represent their level of understanding of the content as well as disciplinary skills through the use of class discussions, presentations, and other formats

 

Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in both semesters of AP English Language Composition or a written recommendation of 10th grade English teacher.

 


Directed Applied Communication

Grade Level: 11   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: High School Graduation Credit

Directed Applied Communication is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, focused on the principles of language: reading, writing, listening, speaking and language. In conjunction with the Read 180 program, students read novels, selections from novels, short stories, poems and real world documents like articles and news stories to increase their reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and word analysis skills with an emphasis on using words in context. Students write a well-structured multi-paragraph essay (introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion) by creating and using graphic organizers for essay development. Students will develop skills to evaluate and edit their essays. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team

 


WORLD LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Grade Level: 12   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "b" requirement

World Literature and Composition is a college prep course that satisfies the “b” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.The course offers a challenging exploration into diverse themes and philosophies that expose students to the ubiquitous human experience. In addition to its literary focus, this course will also prepare students for college writing, with an emphasis on the synthesis and application of ideas from texts, discussions, and analysis.

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to…

  • Examine and appreciate a diverse breadth of literary genres, including nonfiction, from a variety of world cultures and experiences.
  • Create an appreciation for the commonalities between current cultures, events, experiences, and the thematic ideas conveyed in various works of literature.
  • Effectively express and communicate developing opinions, ideas, and perspectives through introspection, collaboration with classmates, and presentation to different audiences.
  • Continue to develop further essential skills and techniques with regard to writing geared toward college and career readiness.

 

 

 


AP ENGLISH LITERATURE

Grade Level: 12   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)+  |  UC/CSU "b" requirement

This College Board approved senior honors course satisfies the “b” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school and has also been approved for extra honors G.P.A credit. An AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. It is an advanced course taught at a collegiate level and designed for students who have demonstrated interest and exceptional ability in analyzing and writing about literature. Through the close reading of selected texts from a variety of genres and time periods, students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. 

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to…

  • Read carefully in order to critically interpret complex literature.
  • Consider a work’s overall structure, style, and themes, as well as elements of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone in order to grasp the complexity and  richness of meaning in literary form.
  • Write frequently in varying formats, from formal, extended analyses to timed, in-class responses.
  • Understand and use the process of pre-composing, writing, revision, and editing.

 

Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in both semesters of Honors American Literature or written recommendation of 11th grade English teacher.

Math

 

Mathematics

 

Information on WHS Math Sequences and Pathways

F/S = Semester Course (+) = Honors Point (*) = Possible Course



 

 

 

 

Math Foundations

Term: Yearlong  

This course is designed to support students through Math I. The course is intended to be concurrently enrolled with Math I by reviewing and supplementing critical Math I standards. 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them – in individual work as well as collaborative work.
  • Connect concepts to the real world by modeling with mathematics. 
  • Show that they can reason abstractly and quantitatively by explaining and justifying the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols. 
  • Develop and extend strategies to transition from knowledge of concepts and skills to theoretical reasoning and application of concepts. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills through various assessments in the form of homework, quizzes and tests.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

Prerequisite: Teacher or counselor recommendation.

 


Math Lab

Term: Yearlong  

This course is designed to support students through Math II and Math III. The course is intended to be concurrently enrolled with Math II and Math III by reviewing and supplementing critical Math II and Math III standards. 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them – in individual work as well as collaborative work.
  • Connect concepts to the real world by modeling with mathematics. 
  • Show that they can reason abstractly and quantitatively by explaining and justifying the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols. 
  • Develop and extend strategies to transition from knowledge of concepts and skills to theoretical reasoning and application of concepts. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills through various assessments in the form of homework, quizzes and tests.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

 

 

Prerequisite: Teacher or counselor recommendation.

 


Math I

Term: Yearlong | Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

Math 1 is the first course in the college preparatory math sequence. It is a study of real numbers and their properties; linear, quadratic and exponential functions; equations and expressions; statistics and probability. This course is aligned with the Common Core state standards. Passing this course is a requirement for graduation.

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them – in individual work as well as collaborative work.
  • Connect concepts to the real world by modeling with mathematics. 
  • Show that they can reason abstractly and quantitatively by explaining and justifying the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols. 
  • Develop and extend strategies to transition from knowledge of concepts and skills to theoretical reasoning and application of concepts. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills through various assessments in the form of homework, quizzes and tests.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

Prerequisite: Teacher or counselor recommendation.

 


MATH II

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

Math II is the second course in the college preparatory math sequence. Instructional time will focus on five critical areas: extending the laws of exponents to rational exponents; comparing key features of quadratic functions with those of linear and exponential functions; creating and solving equations and inequalities involving linear, exponential, and quadratic expressions, including those with complex solutions; extending work with probability; and establishing criteria for similarity. This course is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Connect concepts to the real world using mathematical modeling.
  • Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems.
  • Explain and justify the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs, and symbols. 
  • Develop and extend strategies to transition from knowledge of concepts and skills to theoretical reasoning and application of concepts.
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills through various assessments in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, and performance tasks.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in Math I and teacher recommendation.

 


ENHANCED MATH II

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "c" requirement 

Enhanced Math II is the first course in the rigorous accelerated sequence of high school math courses. Instructional time will focus on five critical areas: extending the laws of exponents to rational exponents; comparing key features of quadratic functions with those linear and exponential functions; creating and solving equations and inequalities involving linear, exponential, and quadratic expressions, including those with complex solutions; extending work with probability and statistics; and establishing criteria for similarity. In addition, students will deepen and extend their understanding in each of these areas, through study of advanced related topics and application to more complex problem solving situations, in order to prepare students for advanced mathematics at an accelerated pace. This course is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Connect concepts to the real world using mathematical modeling.
  • Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems.
  • Explain and justify the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs, and symbols.
  • Develop and extend strategies to transition from knowledge of concepts and skills to theoretical reasoning and application of concepts.
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills through various assessments in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, and performance tasks. 
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

Prerequisite: Placement criteria (must meet 2 of 3): grades of A in all marking periods of prerequisite courses (8th grade Enhanced Math I or 9th grade Math I); 85% or higher on an end of course exam (Enhanced Math I/Math I); teacher appraisal.

 


MATH III

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

Math III is the third course in the college preparatory math sequence. Instructional time will focus on four critical areas: applying methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data; expanding understanding of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions; expanding right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles and trigonometric functions; and consolidate functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems.  This course is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Connect concepts to the real world using mathematical modeling.
  • Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems.
  • Explain and justify the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols. 
  • Develop and extend strategies to transition from knowledge of concepts and skills to theoretical reasoning and application of concepts. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills through various assessments in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, and performance tasks.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or higher in Math II and teacher appraisal.

 


ENHANCED MATH III

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP) +   |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

Enhanced Math III is the second course in the rigorous accelerated sequence of high school math courses. Instructional time will focus on five critical areas: expanding understanding of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions; extending their work with complex numbers; extending trigonometry to general triangles, trigonometric functions, reciprocal functions, and inverse functions; working with parametric and polar curves; and consolidating functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems. In addition, students will deepen and extend their understanding in each of these areas through study of advanced related topics and application to more complex problem solving situations, in order to prepare students for advanced mathematics at an accelerated pace. This course is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Connect concepts to the real world using mathematical modeling.
  • Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems.
  • Explain and justify the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols. 
  • Develop and extend strategies to transition from knowledge of concepts and skills to theoretical reasoning and application of concepts. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills through various assessments in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, and performance tasks.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

Prerequisite: Placement criteria (must meet two of three): grades of B or better in all marking periods of prerequisite course (Enhanced Math II or HS Summer Bridge); 85% or better on End of Course Assessment for Enhanced Math II; teacher appraisal of work habits and mathematical practices.

 


FUNCTIONS, STATISTICS, AND TRIGONOMETRY

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

This course is a college-preparatory mathematics elective. It is designed to follow Math III with extended mathematical concepts that enhance critical thinking skills. This course satisfies the California State Content Standards for Trigonometry and Math Analysis. The course focuses on the development of reasoning and problem solving skills. Topics that students will study include trigonometric functions using the concepts of circular functions, logarithmic functions, series and sequences, probability and statistics, and function transformations.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations, written and verbal explanations
  • Investigate connections and relationships with appropriate use of technology
  • Develop proficiency by analyzing characteristics of models, graphs and properties of function families - linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric
  • Extending understanding of statistics: graphical representations of data, normal approximation, binomial probabilities
  • Investigating transformation of graphs
  • Exploring trigonometric functions, identities, graphs and applications
  • Analyze sequences and series
  • Progress as Complex thinkers by strengthening their ability to investigate, analyze, interpret, and apply information to formulate conclusions and solve problems
  • Progress as effective communicators by fostering understanding and forging connections with applications beyond the classroom.

 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math III

 


R.O.P. ACCOUNTING

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: High School Credit

Accounting is an ROP course, embedded in the Woodbridge High School bell schedule, which grants math credits toward graduation.  The Accounting course introduces students to basic accounting principles and practices along with general business concepts. This study is based on the objectives outlined in the California Career Technical Education Standards. The course focuses on the complete eight-step accounting cycle, the use of financial reports for ethical decision making, cash management and payroll functions as well as personal finance topics such as banking, credit and career planning. This course is part of the business and finance industry sector.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the creation of General Journal entries, General Ledger postings, Worksheets, Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and period-closing entries and reports.
  • Practice and be proficient applying basic math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and concepts (percentages, fractions) to accounting and personal finance topics.  
  • Be able to use technology (calculators, online working papers, internet searches) to facilitate their completion of accounting problems and projects.  
  • Gain life and career-readiness skills by using computerized accounting simulation software, and participating in personal finance simulation activities and mock job skills/interview exercises.
  • Demonstrate proficiency via class work/homework, online problem sets, concept quizzes, unit tests, final exams and tasks and projects.

 

Prerequisite: Open to 11th and 12th grade students.

 


PRE-CALCULUS

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

This course is intended to prepare students for AP calculus AB and other higher level mathematics.  In this course students will use and expand their knowledge and understanding of topics learned in Algebra 2, such as real and complex numbers, functions, equations and expressions, modeling polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and analytic geometry. In addition, students will study trigonometric functions, vector theory, matrices, and sequences & series. Students may take AP Statistics concurrently with this course.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them – in individual work as well as collaborative work.
  • Connect concepts to the real world by modeling with mathematics. 
  • Show that they can reason abstractly and quantitatively by explaining and justifying the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols. 
  • Develop and extend strategies to transition from knowledge of concepts and skills to theoretical reasoning and application of concepts. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills through various assessments in the form of homework, quizzes and tests.Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

Prerequisite: Grades of B or better in all marking periods of Math III.

 


HONORS PRE-CALCULUS

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP) +   |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

This course is intended to prepare students for AP calculus BC and other higher level mathematics.  In this course students will use and expand their knowledge and understanding of topics learned in honors Algebra 2, such as real and complex numbers, functions, equations and expressions, modeling polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, analytic geometry, and sequences & series. In addition, students will study trigonometric topics. These topics include graphing and solving equations involving trigonometric, inverse trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities and their proofs; mathematical induction; basic vector theory and polar coordinates; and an analytic treatment of the conic sections.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols. 
  • Apply verbal, analytical, graphical, and numerical approaches to problem solving in authentic settings. 
  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them – in individual work as well as collaborative work.
  • Connect concepts to the real world by modeling with mathematics. 
  • Show that they can reason abstractly and quantitatively by explaining and justifying the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

Prerequisite: Must meet 2 of 3: grades of A or better in all marking periods of Math III; 85% or better on end of course assessment; teacher appraisal.

 


A.P. CALCULUS AB

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +  |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

In this college-level course, students will study major topics of mathematics outlined by College Board including: limits and continuity, derivatives, integrals, differential equations, and applications. The A.P. exam for this course requires students to use a graphing calculator, the calculator suggested for use is the TI-84+. This course qualifies for the extra honors grade point credit. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them – in individual work as well as collaborative work.
  • Connect concepts to the real world by modeling with mathematics. 
  • Show that they can reason abstractly and quantitatively by explaining and justifying the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols. 
  • Develop and extend strategies to transition from knowledge of concepts and skills to theoretical reasoning and application of concepts. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills through various assessments in the form of homework, quizzes and tests.Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

Prerequisite: Must meet 2 of 3: grades of C or better in all marking periods of Enhanced Math III; 80% or better on end of course assessment; teacher appraisal. OR grades of C or better in all marking periods of Pre-Calculus.

 


A.P. CALCULUS BC

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +  |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

In this college-level course, students will study major topics of mathematics outlined by College Board including: limits and continuity, derivatives, integrals, differential equations, Taylor series, parametric/polar/vector functions, and applications. The A.P. exam for this course requires students to use a graphing calculator, the calculator suggested for use is the TI-84+. This course qualifies for the extra honors grade point credit. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them – in individual work as well as collaborative work.
  • Connect concepts to the real world by modeling with mathematics. 
  • Show that they can reason abstractly and quantitatively by explaining and justifying the processes they use in solving problems.
  • Communicate mathematical understanding and problem solving through the use of multiple representations such as diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols. 
  • Develop and extend strategies to transition from knowledge of concepts and skills to theoretical reasoning and application of concepts. 
  • Demonstrate mastery of concepts and skills through various assessments in the form of homework, quizzes and tests.Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and understanding.

 

Prerequisite: Must meet 2 of 3: grades of B or better in all marking periods of Enhanced Math III; 80% or better on end of course assessment; teacher appraisal. OR grades of A in all marking periods of Pre-Calculus.

 


A.P. STATISTICS

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +  |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

In this college-level course, students will study major topics of mathematics outlined by College Board. The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:  1. Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns;  2. Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study;  3. Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation;  4. Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.

The A.P. exam for this course requires students to use a graphing calculator, the calculator suggested for use is the TI-84+. This course qualifies for the extra honors grade point credit. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Engage in real world problem solving through analyzing the statistics of actual data from complex problems in or society.
  • Clearly articulate the meaning of their solutions in ways that would be understandable to those who are not well versed in statistics.
  • Use technology (mainly graphing calculators and computers) to help break down larger data sets into manageable and understandable summary statistics.
  • We will test after every chapter and have two summative tests.  One at the end of the first semester and one before the actual AP test.  This second test is cumulative for the entire year’s worth of information.

Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Math III or a grade of C or better in Enhanced Math III, Pre-Calculus, or any class higher than these. Student must  also have the ability and desire to complete short, meaningful assignments every night. Good, clear communication skills are a major asset.

 


COLLEGE MATH PREP (FALL)

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Irvine Valley College (IVC) 

Math 353 (Fall Semester) is a college-level course designed for students who desire would like to get an early start on their post high school mathematics.  This course is similar to Math I and Math II. There will be a variety of topics covered in the class with an emphasis on beginning algebra skills.  From the Irvine Valley College catalog:

“This is the first course in algebra. The course introduces signed numbers, equations and inequalities, graphs, linear equations, functions, and polynomials.  Students perform arithmetic operations with a real numbers and algebraic expressions; graph and solve linear equations and inequalities; and perform algebraic operations with polynomials, rational expressions, and equations.”

 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math I.


COLLEGE MATH PREP (SPRING)

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Irvine Valley College (IVC) 

Math 253 (Spring Semester) This course is the continuation of elementary algebra and is intended to prepare students for subsequent math classes. This course is similar to Math II and Math III. From the Irvine Valley College catalog:

 

“This course includes the study of the real number system, open sentences in one variable, polynomials, factoring, systems of linear equations, rational numbers, and functions. The course also covers irrational and complex numbers, quadratic equations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and quadratic relations and systems.”  

 

***The approach to Math 353/253 is through the mymathlab.com computer program.  Students are expected to work to the best of their ability in completing problems online during class time.  Not all work will be able to be completed during class time so homework must be done on your own time (outside of class) to be successful.  Calculator use is encouraged and any scientific calculator, such as the TI-34IIX is highly recommended.  The rigor of the class is not to be underestimated, yet it is designed to be an enjoyable experience.  

 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math I.

 


Practical MATH IAB

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Directed/Not College Preparatory

Pratical Mathematics 1AB is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction designed to meet the California State Framework and Irvine Unified School District Guidelines for graduation.  The course is focused on developing both the procedural skills and conceptual understanding leading to the application of mathematical concepts. Course topics include solving equations for a variable, modeling quantities for equations, inequalities, and compound inequalities, graphing relationships, functions, and lines, using arithmetic sequences, linear functions, statistics and data modeling, solving and modeling linear systems. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.  

 

Prerequisite: Placement based on consultation with the student’s IEP team.

 


Practical MATH ICD

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Directed/Not College Preparatory

Directed Mathematics 1CD is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, focused on developing both the procedural skills and conceptual understanding leading to the application of mathematical concepts. Course topics include  linear and exponential functions, solving equations, expressions, inequalities, graphing, sequences, Statistics, transformations, and Systems. Students develop mathematical understanding and connect Algebra to the world we live in through real-life applications. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Placement based on consultation with the student’s IEP team.  Successful completion of Directed Math I AB.

 


 

Science

 

Science

Information on WHS Science Sequences and Pathways

F/S = Semester Course (+) = Honors Point (*) = Possible Course
Physics in the Universe AP Physics 1 +

 

Science Electives
AP Chemistry +
Honors Science Research + *

 

 

 

Living Earth

Grade Level: 9   |  Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

The Living Earth is a biology-based college prep course that satisfies the “d” lab science requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school. This course is designed to help learners understand the connections between Earth’s changing environment and the organisms that live on it. The course is based on the performance expectations set forth by the NGSS for Life Science as well as a portion of the Earth and Space Science performance expectations. Focus will be on developing a deeper understanding of the nature of science and strengthening science and engineering skills through real-world experiences.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Ask questions about the natural world
  • Define and clarify problems within the community and the world
  • Plan and carry out investigations to provide solutions to a problem 
  • Analyze and interpret data accurately to derive meaning 
  • Develop and use models to represent ideas and explanations 
  • Construct logical explanations and design feasible solutions
  • Engage in argument from evidence utilizing all modes of communication (speaking, listening,   reading, and writing)
  • Use mathematical and computational thinking to illustrate the relationships of variables, predict behavior of systems, and analyze data
  • Research scientific inquiries effectively 
  • Evaluate sources of information for validity 
  • Collaborate effectively with other learners
  • Reflect on science and engineering practices and identifying areas of strength as well as those in need of growth

 

 

 


Honors Living Earth

Grade Level: 9   |  Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

Honors Living Earth is an advanced version of the Living Earth course designed to challenge learners who have demonstrated aptitude in science, and are also genuinely interested in understanding the inner workings of the natural world. Honors level students have demonstrated strong reading, writing, and speaking. This course delves deeper into the scientific concepts than the college prep version. Learners in this course will complete a content-embedded higher level research experiment in the first semester and an engineering research project utilizing content from the year in the second semester.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Ask questions about the natural world
  • Define and clarify problems within the community and the world
  • Plan and carry out investigations to provide solutions to a problem 
  • Analyze and interpret data accurately to derive meaning 
  • Develop and use models to represent ideas and explanations 
  • Construct logical explanations and design feasible solutions
  • Engage in argument from evidence utilizing all modes of communication (speaking, listening,   reading, and writing)
  • Use mathematical and computational thinking to illustrate the relationships of variables, predict behavior of systems, and analyze data
  • Research scientific inquiries effectively 
  • Evaluate sources of information for validity 
  • Collaborate effectively with other learners
  • Reflect on science and engineering practices and identifying areas of strength as well as those in need of growth

 

Prerequisite: Two out of three of the following: (1) recommendation from 8th grade teacher, (2) grade of “A” in two of the three 8th grade science trimesters, and/or (3) an 85% or higher on an end of course assessment.

 

 


Chemistry In the Earth SySTEM

Grade Level: 10   |  Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

This is a laboratory course based on the objectives in the California Science Framework/NGSS and satisfies the “d” requirement for laboratory science to a UC/CSU school. This is a two semester laboratory science course with an emphasis in problem solving. Students will be prepared for more advanced science courses upon completion. Topics include: states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, chemical equations, gas laws, stoichiometry, solutions, acid-base chemistry, thermochemistry, equilibrium, kinetics, and nuclear chemistry.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Use science processing skills which include making observations, taking measurements, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on data.
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve science problems.
  • Communicate science concepts effectively and concisely.
  • Use appropriate technology to collect, organize, represent, and interpret information.
  • Use atomic/molecular models to explain properties of matter and physical and chemical changes.

 

 

 


Honors Chemistry In the Earth System

Grade Level: 10   |  Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP) +   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

Honors Chemistry in the Earth Systems is an advanced version of the Chemistry in the Earth Systems course designed to challenge learners who have demonstrated aptitude in science, and are also genuinely interested in understanding the inner workings of the natural world. Honors level students have demonstrated strong reading, writing, and speaking skills. This course delves deeper into the scientific concepts than the college prep version. Learners in this course will complete a content-embedded higher level research experiment in first semester and an engineering research project utilizing content from the year in second semester. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Use science processing skills which include making observations, taking measurements, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on data.
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve science problems.
  • Communicate science concepts effectively and concisely. 
  • Use appropriate technology to collect, organize, represent, and interpret information. 
  • Use atomic/molecular models to explain properties of matter and physical and chemical changes.

 

Prerequisite: Two out of three of the following: (1) recommendation from LE teacher, (2) grade of A (90%) or higher in both semesters, (3) Demonstrate proficiency on the Living Earth End-of-course exam (Note: this is NOT the final)

 


Intro to Forensic Science

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

This course will explore key topics in forensics science, including the application of scientific processes to forensic analysis, procedures and principles of crime scene investigation including physical and trace evidence. Through a variety of lessons including hands-on and virtual labs and analysis of fictional crime scene scenarios students will learn about forensic tools, technical resources, forming and testing hypothesis, proper data collection, and responsible conclusions. This course applies the many disciplines of science, such as, biology/anatomy, chemistry, and physics to solving crimes. Approved as a UC “g” elective.

 

Prerequisite: Completion or co-enrollment in Physics of the Universe or AP Physics 1.

 


ANATOMY/PHYSIOLOGY

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

Anatomy and Physiology is a college prep laboratory course that satisfies the “d” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

This course is designed to give students a general understanding of the structure and function of the human body. In addition, through discussions of current events in the medical field and laboratory experiments (including dissections), students will develop their analytical thinking skills and begin considering the ethical consequences of science. Field trips to working laboratories and speakers in various scientific and medical professions will expose the students to a variety of career options. Connections will be made among the various fields, including biology, physics, chemistry, athletics and the humanities.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Acquire and enhance science literacy and process skills (observation, measurement, analysis, drawing conclusions, and communicating).
  • See a broader view of how the human body is affected by our modern world.
  • Speak intelligently about concepts relevant to medicine and human health.
  • Apply biological concepts to functions of the human body and use that knowledge to understand the function of pharmaceuticals and other aspects of modern medicine.
  • Question the validity of informational resources.
  • Collect data from labs and use that data to formulate predictions about how the body works.
  • Apply scientific concepts to their everyday life.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of or co-enrollment in Physics of the Universe or AP Physics 1.

 


PHYSICS IN THE UNIVERSE

Grade Level: 11   |  Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

In this course, students will study major topics in physics outlined by the California Science Framework/ NGSS which includes: motion, forces, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, electromagnetism, waves, and astronomy. This course satisfies the “d” requirement for laboratory science for admission to UC schools. This course has a strong emphasis on having students demonstrate mathematical and conceptual understanding through problem solving, laboratory investigations and projects. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate science processing skills through making observations, taking measurements, analyzing data and drawing conclusions based on data.
  • Communicate mathematical and conceptual understanding of physics through solving physics problems in written form and through the use of diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols.
  • Use appropriate technology to collect, interpret, organize, and present information.
  • Demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking and engineering skills through open-ended laboratory experiments and projects.

 

 

 


AP PHYSICS 1

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

In this college-level algebra-based physics course, students will study major topics in physics outlined by College Board AP Physics 1 including: motion, forces, simple harmonic motion, conservation of energy, conservation of momentum, rotational motion, electrostatics, circuits, electromagnetism and waves. This course satisfies the “d” requirement for laboratory science for admission to UC schools. 

This course qualifies for the extra honors grade point credit. This course has a strong emphasis on having students demonstrate mathematical and conceptual understanding through problem solving, laboratory investigations and projects. Through this course, students are encouraged to take the AP Physics 1 exam offered by the College Board.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate science processing skills through making observations, taking measurements, analyzing data and drawing conclusions based on data.
  • Communicate mathematical and conceptual understanding of physics through solving physics problems in written form and through the use of diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols.
  • Use appropriate technology to collect, interpret, organize, and present information.
  • Demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking and engineering skills through open-ended laboratory experiments and projects.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry with a ‘B’ or higher or teacher recommendation as well as concurrent enrollment in Math III or higher.

 


AP PHYSICS 2

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

In this college-level algebra-based physics course, students will study major topics in physics outlined by College Board AP Physics 2 including: fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, and modern physics. This course satisfies the “d” requirement for laboratory science for admission to UC schools.

This course qualifies for the extra honors grade point credit. This course has a strong emphasis on having students demonstrate mathematical and conceptual understanding through problem solving, laboratory investigations and projects. Through this course, students are encouraged to take the AP Physics 2 exam offered by the College Board. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate science processing skills through making observations, taking measurements, analyzing data and drawing conclusions based on data.
  • Communicate mathematical and conceptual understanding of physics through solving physics problems in written form and through the use of diagrams, models, tables, graphs and symbols.
  • Use appropriate technology to collect, interpret, organize, and present information.
  • Demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking and engineering skills through open-ended laboratory experiments and projects.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Physics of the Universe with an A or higher with teacher recommendation OR Completion of AP Physics 1 with a B or higher with teacher recommendation.

 

 


AP BIOLOGY

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

This AP course is approved and certified by the College Board. AP Biology is a college-level laboratory course that satisfies the “d” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school and has the possibility to provide college credit dependent on AP test score and individual college requirements. Students earn an extra grade point upon passing of course.

The A.P. Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a general freshman level biology course taken during the first year of college. The course focus will be on the following four ideas based on the California Science & College Board AP Biology Frameworks: 1)The process of evolution drives the diversity and unity of life. 2) Biological systems utilize energy and molecular building blocks to grow, to reproduce, and to maintain homeostasis. 3) Living systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes. 4) Biological systems interact, and these interactions possess complex properties.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Think critically to apply and make connections between interrelated biological topics.
  • Acquire and enhance science literacy and process skills (observation, measurement, analysis, drawing conclusions, and communicating).
  • Acquire analytical application skills through laboratory experiments, experimental design, and projects.
  • Explain the internal structure, function, and regulation mechanisms of the cell.
  • Explain the inheritance of traits and their effect on the phenotype of an organism
  • Explain why and how populations change over time.
  • Explain the interactions between organisms and their environment.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of or co-enrollment in Physics of the Universe or AP Physics 1, with teacher recommendation and a recommended grade of A in Living Earth and Chemistry or a recommended grade of B or higher in Honors Living Earth and Honors Chemistry.

 


AP CHEMISTRY

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

This AP course is approved and certified by the College Board.  The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general inorganic chemistry course usually taken during the first year in college. It is required that all students satisfactorily complete the lab component of this class. Labs are scheduled during after school hours approximately every-other week. Students earn an extra grade point upon passing of course. AP Chemistry students attain a depth of understanding of chemistry fundamentals and of laboratory experiences that go beyond what is covered in first year chemistry. All major topics of chemistry are covered. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be well prepared for the AP Chemistry Exam and also have a solid foundation for a successful career in the sciences, medicine, and engineering.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Use science processing skills which include making observations, taking measurements, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on data.
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve science problems.
  • Communicate science concepts effectively and concisely.
  • Use appropriate technology to collect, organize, represent, and interpret information.
  • Use atomic/molecular models to explain properties of matter and physical and chemical changes.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of or co-enrollment in Physics of the Universe or AP Physics 1, with teacher recommendation and a recommended grade of A in Living Earth and Chemistry or a recommended grade of B or higher in Honors Living Earth and Honors Chemistry.

 

 


AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

This AP course is approved and certified by the College Board.

AP Environmental Science is designed to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world. Environmental science is interdisciplinary and embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study including the earth systems and resources, the living world, population, land and water, energy resources and consumption, pollution, and global change. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made; evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems; examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing these problems.
  • Develop and conduct well-designed experiments, participate in field investigations, and propose further questions for study based on those experiences.
  • Utilize appropriate techniques and instrumentation.
  • Analyze and interpret data, including appropriate statistical and graphical presentations.
  • Think analytically and apply concepts to the solution of environmental problems.
  • Make conclusions and evaluate their quality and validity.
  • Propose further questions for study.
  • Communicate accurately and meaningfully about observations and conclusions.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of or co-enrollment in Physics of the Universe or AP Physics 1, with teacher recommendation and a recommended grade of B or higher in Living Earth and Chemistry.

 


HONORS SCIENCE RESEARCH

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP) + *    |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

Honors Science Research is a course where students (i) learn the basics of scientific research, (ii) learn how statistics fit into scientific research, and (iii) experience the planning, performing, and communicating of original science and engineering research. The general class structure is more free form than a traditional class, therefore, students must be self-disciplined and self-motivated. During the in-class meetings, we will learn about how science works, how to analyze scientific data, and practice interpreting and communicating scientific research.  As we approach the end of Semester I, students will begin an independent research project and more independent work time will be available. However, we will always meet formally as a group unless a student’s research needs require the student to miss class. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Acquire and enhance science literacy and process skills (observation, measurement, analysis, drawing conclusions, and communicating).
  • Develop an understanding of scientific reasoning and the nature of science.
  • Exhibit an understanding of data and error analysis and how to use and interpret some basic inferential statistical tests.
  • Convey an understanding of the structure of primary research articles and learn how to interpret and evaluate them.
  • Participate freely and fairly in class discussions. 
  • Learn how to find credible primary research articles.
  • Plan an investigation or test a design individually and collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence as part of building and revising models, supporting explanations for phenomena, or testing solutions to problems. Consider possible confounding variables or effects and evaluate the investigation’s design to ensure variables are controlled. 
  • Write a properly constructed research proposal that effectively communicates your methods and results.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of or co-enrollment in  Physics of the Universe or AP Physics 1 with teacher recommendation.

 


Makerspace

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

The Makerspace course is a college preparatory course that is approved for the "d" lab science requirement by the UC/CSU. In this course, students will study topics in science and engineering outlined by the California Science Framework/ NGSS, including engineering and design, conservation and recycling, electromagnetism, waves, optics, physical computing, and materials science. Students will master skills including 2D and 3D computer design, 3D printing, and laser cutting. This course has a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary applications of scientific principles.

 


History/Social Science

 

History & Social Science

Information on WHS History/Social Science Sequences and Pathways

F/S = Semester Course (+) = Honors Point (*) = Possible Course
Human Geography AP Human Geography +
World History AP World History +
US History AP US History +
American Government AP Government and Politics +
Economics AP Macro Economics +

 

History/Social Science Electives
Psychology F/S Sociology F/S
AP Psychology + US History through Film F/S
Philosophy 1 F/S
Philosophy 2 F/S  

 

 

 

 

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

Examining current global issues that impact our world today, this course takes a thematic approach to understanding the development of human systems, human understanding of the world, and human social organization. Divided into two semesters, this high school course will challenge students to develop geographic skills, including learning to interpret maps, analyze data, and compare theories. Offering interactive content that will grow students’ understanding of the development of modern civilization and human systems—from the agricultural revolution to the technological revolution—this course encourages students to analyze economic trends as well as compare global markets and urban environments. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Identify various types of maps used in cartographic communication. 
  • Interpret information using data sources such as population pyramids, graphs and charts.  
  • Analyze the complex relationship between people and the environment.
  • Evaluate current issues that impact societies on a local and/or global scale.
  • Characterize the nature of globalization and its effect around the world.

 

 

 


AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

This college level course will acquaint 9th grade students with the expectations of the AP track in Social Science.  The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use and alteration of the Earth’s surface.  Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.  Students will be expected to complete extensive reading assignments and independent study, in addition to the regular classroom work.  Special attention will be given to the writing process and the formulation of arguments through the use of supporting details obtained from content presented through the program of study.  Students will need to anticipate the challenge of a rigorous curriculum.

In this college level course, students will study major topics of human geography, including:  basic concepts of geography; population and migration; cultural patterns and processes; political organization of space; agriculture and rural land use; industrialization and development; and cities and urban land use. 

This course qualifies for the honors level extra grade point credit.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Use and interpretation of maps and spatial data sets.
  • Interpret and analyze the implications of associations among phenomena in places.
  • Identify and interpret at different scales the relationships among patterns and processes.
  • Define regions and evaluate the regionalization process.
  • Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills applied to writing through free response questions. 

 

Prerequisite: Must meet two of the following: earn an A in 8th Grade English and Social Science classes; teacher appraisal; A in 8th grade end of course assessment for Social Science.

 


WORLD HISTORY

Grade Level: 10   |  Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "a" requirement

The tenth grade College Prep World History course is designed to reinforce and broaden the student’s depth of knowledge of world history from the birth of democratic ideas in Greece and Rome up through the contemporary world. Course content extends from the rise of democracy and how the effects of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation change the democratic ideals through time. Revolutionary ideas will be explored through the era of the Enlightenment period where students will analyze how the impact of this era shaped the English Revolution, Glorious Revolution, American Revolution, French Revolution, and Industrial Revolution. Further, students will explore the rise of nations, post-revolutions, and examine their impacts on the world through the rise of imperialism, which leads to worldwide tensions causing World War I, World War II, and ultimately the Cold War. The course of study will close as students bridge connections from past learning to the contemporary world by exploring current day issues in relation to the past as they gain a global perspective of the cause and effects of world history. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Analyze and synthesize opinions on complex historical ideas through a variety of historical evidence: primary sources, secondary sources, media, art, literature, and music. 
  • Cite historical evidence to support claims through writing, discussion, debate, and presentations.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and apply those skills through a variety of products: written works, presentations, music, art, and discussions.
  • Integrate technology to display their knowledge of the content while collaborating with peers.
  • Differentiate various historical perspectives and hypothesize their own account of the topic while supporting their claims with specific textual evidence.

 

 

 


AP WORLD HISTORY

Grade Level: 10   |  Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +  |  UC/CSU "a" requirement

The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies. The course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course requires students to engage with the dynamics of continuity and change across the historical periods that are included in the course. Students will be taught to analyze the processes and causes involved in these continuities and changes. Students will focus on five overarching themes which serve throughout the course as unifying threads, helping students to put what is particular about each period or society into a larger framework. The course includes extensive reading assignments from a college level text, in-depth essay writing assignments, as well as college-level summative exams.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Think historically by defining and framing a question about the past and to address that question through the construction of an argument.
  • Identify, analyze, and evaluate the relationships between multiple historical causes and effects, distinguishing between those that are long-term and proximate, and among coincidence, causation, and correlation.
  • Describe, compare, and evaluate multiple historical developments within one society, one or more developments across or between different societies, and in various chronological and geographical contexts. It also involves the ability to identify, compare, and evaluate multiple perspectives on a given historical experience.
  • Describe, analyze, evaluate, and create diverse interpretations of the past — as revealed through primary and secondary historical sources — through analysis of evidence, reasoning, contexts, points of view, and frames of reference.

 

Prerequisite: Earn an A or B in AP Human Geography or teacher recommendation. 

 


U.S. HISTORY

Grade Level: 11   |  Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "a" requirement

U.S. History is a survey course of the major themes in early American history beginning with a review of the establishment of the United States of America & the Civil War periods continuing through the Roaring Twenties. The second semester focuses on the periods of the Great Depression, World War II, and Cold War to the 21st Century.  The course will place an emphasis on developing critical thinking and writing skills and students will be taught how to write a thesis and support it with historical evidence. Students will be exposed to the material in a variety of ways, including direct instruction, in order to teach the major events and concepts throughout American history that are essential for every American citizen.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Write an argumentative thesis and support claims with historical evidence.
  • Analyze topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant evidence.
  • Write informative and exploratory texts, to examine and convey complex ideas.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing that has been developed, revised, and edited.
  • Develop critical thinking skills through interpretation of documents and primary sources.
  • Use technology to produce and publish writing, and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • Conduct short and sustained research projects to demonstrate an understanding of the topic.
  • Actively and effectively participate in class discussions.
  • Complete written assessments based on course content.

 

 

 


A.P. U.S. HISTORY

Grade Level: 11   |  Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +  |  UC/CSU "a" requirement

The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the events, issues, individuals, and topics in U.S. history.  This course prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by developing the oral and written skills equivalent to those required for full-year introductory college courses.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Learn to assess primary and secondary historical materials and evaluate, through writing and class discussion, the relevance, reliability, and thematic importance of historical scholarship.   
  • Develop the writing and collaborative skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively.  
  • Application of skills through numerous essays, group projects, in-class discussions and writing assignments, weekly quizzes and monthly unit exams.  
  • Development of an organized and self-driven approach to this college-level course. 
  • Create a reasonable and consistent schedule to complete the reading assignments of a college-level textbook. 

 

Prerequisite: Earn an A or B in AP World History or earn an A in World History with teacher recommendation.

 


AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

Grade Level: 12   |  Term: Semester  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "a" requirement

The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of American Government and Politics; particularly the major institutions and processes.  Students will compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government. Further, it aims to develop skills and abilities in analyzing and evaluating issues and public policies in American Politics.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Describe the links between citizens and government. In this, they should articulate key concepts about voting, political parties, elections, and other forms of political participation.
  • Understand the structure and interactions of the presidency, congress, bureaucracy, courts. 
  • To understand the historical and theoretical perspectives of the American federal government.
  • The student will understand the foundations, development, allocation of governmental powers and citizens’ rights that are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution.

 

 

 


AP GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

Grade Level: 12   |  Term: Semester  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +  |  UC/CSU "a" requirement

In American Government and Politics AP, students will develop an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States and study the general concepts used to interpret United States politics and analyze specific examples and various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute United States politics. Students study a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. This course prepares students for the advanced placement examination in American Government and Politics.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  •  Know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U .S. government and Politics.
  •  Understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures).
  • Analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U .S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats).
  • Critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum.

 

Prerequisite: No formal prerequisites, but strongly recommend having taken some AP classes previously.  Higher-level math skills are not required.

 


WORLD PERSPECTIVES ECONOMICS

Grade Level: 12   |  Term: Semester  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

Economics is a course of study that provides the student an opportunity to explore micro and macroeconomic issues. This study is based on the objectives outlined in the California Principles of Economics Standards 12.1 - 12.6. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Defining and using economic terms.
  • Comparing and contrasting economic systems, applying microeconomic concepts of supply and demand.
  • Analyzing fiscal policy, taxation, and monetary policy.
  • Business formation and investing.
  • Study current economic issues.

 

 

 


AP MACROECONOMICS

Grade Level: 12   |  Term: Semester  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +  |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

In this college-level course, students will study major topics of Macroeconomics as outlined by the College Board including: basic economic concepts, measurement of economic performance, national income and price determination, fiscal and monetary policy, economic growth, and international economics.  This course qualifies for the extra honors grade point credit. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  •  Communicate understanding of macroeconomics and problem-solving economic problems in the economy through using statistics and multiple graphs.
  •  Apply verbal, analytical, and graphical approaches to problem-solving in tests, free-response questions, and projects.
  •  Develop and extend strategies for transitioning from knowledge of concepts to apply them in both real-world and hypothetical situations.
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning and applying course content.

 

Prerequisite: No formal prerequisites, but strongly recommend having taken some AP classes previously.  Higher-level math skills are not required.

 


PHILOSOPHY 1

Term: Semester  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

This course is designed as an introduction to philosophy. Philosophy, literally meaning the love of wisdom is the study of the nature of reality, knowledge, and existence. This course will explore life’s big questions people have sought to answer such as: What is the meaning of life? Do you believe in God (why or why not)? What is real? What is truth? What is the self? What is freedom and why is it so important to us? What should we do/not do? What is beauty and how is beauty’s value determined? Using analytical thinking, students will read both primary and secondary sources, write to explanatory/informational/argument assignments, create visual media of course content and students’ conclusions, and listen to and speak with other students and instructors about the knowledge they are seeking, learning, and questioning. Although students will study other philosophers and philosophies, they will ultimately work toward understanding and articulating their own ideas and views.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Identify the fields of philosophy and its major philosophers
  • Identify inductive and deductive reasoning as well as logical fallacies 
  • Explain and critique ideas and views that were given as responses to life’s big questions
  • Write to explanatory/informational and argument assignments
  • Participate in conversations with peers both orally and in writing
  • Articulate their own ideas and views, their own philosophy
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning, understanding, and applying course content

 

 

 


PHILOSOPHY 2

Term: Semester  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

Philosophy 2 will be offered as a semester-long elective course focusing on several moral theories that address questions related to living a morally good life (i.e., Why is morality important? Are moral principles valid only as they depend on cultural approval or are there universal truths? How should I live my life? Are there intrinsic values? Which is the best moral theory? Can we derive moral values from facts? Why should I be moral? Is there a right answer to every problem in life? What is the relationship of religion to morality?). Using analytical thinking, students will read both primary and secondary sources, write to explanatory/informational/argument assignments, create visual media of course content and students’ conclusions, and listen to and speak with other students and instructors about the knowledge they are seeking, learning, and questioning. This course will challenge students to “develop his or her own moral theory” and to “work out his or her own solutions to problems” (Pojman, xii-xiii).

Skills and Assessments: Students will be able to:

  • Identify ethical theories and its major philosophers
  • Use logic to explain and critique ethical theories
  • Write to explanatory/informational and argument assignments
  • Participate in conversations with peers both orally and in writing
  • Articulate their own ideas and views, their own philosophy
  • Use appropriate technology to enhance learning, understanding, and applying course content

 

 

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Philosophy 1. Students must be in 11th or 12th grade.


PSYCHOLOGY

Term: Semester  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

This college prep elective course is designed as an introduction to the world of psychology, and it satisfies the UC/CSU “g” requirement for one semester. Psychology is the science of the mind and the mental processes that control our behavior. Students will learn about numerous psychological topics such as: the beginnings of psychology, biology and the brain, human development, states of consciousness, personality, abnormal psychology (psychological disorders), and social psychology. These concepts will be explored through various methods, such as projects (both group and individual), hands-on activities, videos, and self-reflection assignments.

 

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to...

  • Identify major contributors to the field of Psychology.
  • Compare and contrast perspectives and theories within Psychology.
  • Read and analyze a variety of texts to enhance their understanding of Psychology.
  • Apply major psychological theories to their own lives as well as those around them.
  • Utilize and develop writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking skills

 

Prerequisite: Students must be in 11th or 12th grade.

 


SOCIOLOGY

Term: Semester  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

The Sociology course is a study of social interactions concerning human inter and intra group relationships. The course provides functional practice to students with an emphasis on the development of skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, analysis, and reasoned decision-making.  The course will focus on defining and tracing the historical development of sociology, identifying the scientific method used by sociologists in the sociological experiment, the process of socialization, defining culture and its elements as well as analyzing deviant cultural behavior and current social problems. In addition to direct instruction students will participate in inside and outside experiments and observations, debates, group and individual projects. Finally, building upon the skills in this course will provide leverage and value in other academic areas while providing enduring skills for life beyond high school.  In short, sociology is the analysis of how people and groups interact in a society. This course can satisfy a “g” requirement admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Identify the origins of the field of sociology.
  • Identify and understand major contributors and theories. 
  • Explain basic methods of sociological research.
  • Understand and apply the major sociological perspectives of analysis to the surrounding world.
  • Compare and contrast theories of social structure, cohesion and dysfunction.
  • Understand social norms and compare differences and similarities across cultures.
  • Apply micro and macro level social analysis.
  • Develop and apply critical thinking, reading, and writing skills with a deeper understanding of society.

 

 

 


WORLD RELIGIONS

Term: Semester  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

The World Religions elective course will be offered as a semester long course focusing on several of the world’s major religions (Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and secular perspectives). The course introduces students to the world’s religions and philosophies through the use of both primary/secondary sources and class discussions.  The course requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the religions and philosophies under study and common elements presented within those religions and philosophies. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic philosophical tenets of the religions/philosophies under study. 
  • Apply an understanding of the various philosophies studied to moral and ethical issues. 
  • Identify various applications of religious philosophies to laws that have provided order to human societies. 
  • Compare major religious and philosophical traditions in their attempts to explain human behavior. 
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking in class discussions and written assignments by learning to focus on analysis, interpretation, and evaluation via primary and secondary sources.

 

 

 


U.S. HISTORY THROUGH FILM

Term: Semester  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

This course examines historically-oriented motion pictures as both reliable and unreliable sources to learn about historical events, people, places, and movements in American history. Students critically watch, write about, and discuss and debate historical films based on the premise that the content in films, as with written sources, can (and should) be critically analyzed for its perspectives, interpretive choices, biases, and reliability when attempting to comprehend how individuals lived through the American experience.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Critically examine and evaluate a motion picture’s successes or failures in its attempts to properly portray the past of American history.
  • Access films, through the lens of a student of history, as a source towards an understanding of the past in the same approach as a historian would rely on analysis of traditional sources, such as historical documents or scholarly articles.
  • Consider how the perceptions and prejudices of the present shapes how the film audience approaches an understanding of the past as revealed through film.
  • Supplement their research and writing skills through the assignment of critical essays on selected subjects that use film and traditional sources as evidence.
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking in class discussions and written assignments.

 

 

 


AP PSYCHOLOGY

Term: Yearlong |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)  |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The aim of the course is to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory psychology courses.  Units of study as outlined by the College Board include: psychology’s history and approaches, research methods, biological bases of behavior, states of consciousness, sensation and perception, learning, cognition and memory, testing and individual differences, developmental psychology, motivation and emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Understand and apply concepts in psychology, to their own lives and to the world around them
  • Develop writing skills necessary for free response questions and apply their knowledge to new situations
  • Interpret research and data pertaining to psychological studies

 

Prerequisite: Students must be in 11th or 12th grade.


World Language

 

World Language

Information on WHS World Language Sequences and Pathways

 

World Language Placement Policy

The World Language department welcomes all students with an interest in learning another language.  Students who are heritage, native, or immersion speakers of Spanish or Chinese should meet with the World Language department chair to determine placement in a course.

Incoming 9th graders who have already taken Spanish 1 should continue with Spanish 2.  Students will be evaluated within the first 30 days to monitor their progress.

Placement in any world language course above the introductory level may require teacher recommendation or a placement test.

F/S = Semester Course (+) = Honors Point (*) = Possible Course

 

Spanish
Latin
Chinese

 

 

 

 

SPANISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

This two level course is designed for students who have prior knowledge of Spanish and/or fulfill the prerequisites. This course will build upon the language knowledge that students bring to the classroom. Focus is placed on building vocabulary, reading comprehension, and academic writing skills. Students will be introduced to important authentic texts of various genres and formats from the Spanish speaking world. Topics include literature, history, sociology, technology, global issues and family related to Spanish speaking countries and Latino cultures in the USA. This course is taught exclusively in Spanish. With the completion of level two of this course students will be prepared to move on to Spanish AP. This course satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Communicate effectively at an intermediate advanced level (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in Spanish with grammar and vocabulary appropriate to the level.
  •  Present a point of view with reasons to support
  • Analyze literary pieces and retell stories using present, past, future etc. 
  • Continue to develop insight into the nature of language and culture 

 

Prerequisite: Heritage speakers, Spanish background from home, Previous enrolment in a dual immersion program, Schooling or lengthy period of time in Spanish Speaking Country.

 

 


SPANISH 1

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

In this college-preparatory course, students will focus on the critical skill of communicating in the present tense. Students will build a foundation for their proficiency and comprehension. Our department goal is for students to reach  the ACTFL’s novice-mid level. At this stage, students will be able to communicate by using phrases, introducing and describing themselves and others.

The students will incorporate these concepts into reading, writing, listening and speaking activities, according to thematic topics. In addition, students will gain an understanding of and appreciation for different cultures. This course is not required for graduation but is recommended for those planning to go directly to a 4 year college and satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Communicate effectively (read, write, speak and listen in Spanish with grammar and vocabulary appropriate to level). 
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures. 
  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information (reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines) and recognize the distinctive viewpoints through the Spanish language. 
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture. 
  • Begin to use the language both within and beyond the school setting. 

 

 


SPANISH 2

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

In this college-preparatory course, students will focus on improving their communication skills with an emphasis on using past tenses. Students will apply their previous knowledge and skills from Spanish 1 to increase their proficiency and comprehension. Our department goal is for students to reach  the ACTFL’s intermediate-low level. At this stage, students will be able to communicate by using complete sentences and ask and answer questions on familiar topics. The students will incorporate these concepts into reading, writing, listening and speaking activities, according to thematic topics. In addition, students will gain an understanding of and appreciation for different cultures. 

This course is not required for graduation but is recommended for those planning to go directly to a 4 year college and satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Communicate effectively (read, write, speak and listen in Spanish with grammar and vocabulary appropriate to level). 
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures. 
  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information (reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines and recognize the distinctive viewpoints through the Spanish language). 
  • Use the language both within and beyond the school setting.

 

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in Spanish 1 or teacher recommendation.

 


 

SPANISH 3

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

In this college-preparatory course, students will focus on the critical skill of communicating in a variety of tenses with an emphasis on narration and making requests. Students continue to improve their proficiency and comprehension through reading, speaking, listening and writing. Our department goal is for students to reach the ACTFL’s Intermediate-mid level. At this stage, students will be able to communicate by using strings of connected sentences with elaboration and detail on a variety of topics.

The students will develop and hone their communication skills in thematic units, which will also have a focus on the understanding of and appreciation for different cultures within the target language. This course is not required for graduation but is recommended for those planning to go directly to a 4 year college and satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Communicate effectively at an intermediate level (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in Spanish  with grammar and vocabulary appropriate to level
  • Develop empathy  for and  gain knowledge and understanding of other cultures 
  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information (reinforce and further) their knowledge of other disciplines and recognize the distinctive viewpoints through the Spanish language (ie.  English Literature, History, Health and Psychology, Science and Technology)
  • Show evidence of becoming a lifelong learner by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment both within and beyond the school setting.

 

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in level 2 or teacher recommendation.

 


HONORS SPANISH 4

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP) +  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

This course provides students the opportunity to pursue refinement in listening and speaking skills, essay writing, mastery of advanced grammar concepts, and reading comprehension. This level 4 class will expand and focus on mastering the subjunctive and improving communicative skills. Students will be able to present information by using the four strands of the Common Core communication standards (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational). In support of the literary component in common core, students will be introduced to some of the Canons of Spanish literature. It also seeks to improve students’ ability to read and appreciate literary and non-literary texts in Spanish, deepening students' awareness and understanding of the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world.

Emphasis is placed on analyzing literature texts in Spanish and on discussing character traits, themes, and concepts in the target language. In order to be successful in this course, students must demonstrate perseverance and an appreciation for a challenging curriculum. Most importantly, this is an intense course designed for those who have a love of the language. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Use academic language to do tasks that require multiple steps
  • Can handle a situation that may have a complication
  • Can present a point of view with reasons to support 
  • Ask and answer a variety of questions 
  • Can analyze literary pieces and retell stories using present, past, future etc.

 

Prerequisite: Grade of  C or higher in Spanish 3 or teacher recommendation. 

 


AP SPANISH LANGUAGE

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

A.P. Spanish Language and Culture is a college-level course intended for seniors and is based on the national standards for foreign language.  The course is divided into thematic units designated by the AP College Board (Global challenges, Science and technology, Contemporary life, Personal and public identities, Family and communities, Beauty and aesthetics).  AP requires that students demonstrate knowledge of the target culture and be able to use the language in real-life settings. This class is divided into six areas which support CCSS: speaking/listening, reading, writing (analytical and persuasive essays), grammar, vocabulary and homework.  The course focuses on the integration of authentic resources including online print, audio, and audiovisual resources, as well as traditional print resources that include literature, essays, and magazine and newspaper articles with the goal of providing a rich, diverse learning experience.  Students will be expected to participate in additional practice sessions, as arranged by the instructor, to enhance speaking and listening skills in a small group setting.  Participation, perseverance, a desire to speak in the Spanish language and excellent attendance are required in order to be successful in this course.This course carries an honors point toward GPA. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Communicate effectively (read, write, speak and listen in Spanish with grammar and vocabulary appropriate to level)
  • Gain knowledge, appreciation and empathy for other cultures 
  • Connect with other disciplines and acquire information (reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines and recognize the distinctive viewpoints through the Spanish language)
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture
  • Use the language both within and beyond the school setting
  • Show evidence of becoming a lifelong learner by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment

 

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in Spanish 4 or teacher recommendation.

 


LATIN 1

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

In this college-preparatory course, students will begin learning the fundamental elements of the Latin language.  Students will acquire new vocabulary words in Latin and learn about English words derived from Latin roots.  Students will focus on the critical skill of present tense subject-verb conjugation.  Students will also learn about such key concepts as noun/adjective agreement, relative, demonstrative and personal pronouns, noun and adjective declensions and their uses, perfect, imperfect and pluperfect verb tenses, imperatives, infinitives and the irregular verbs, sum, volo, nolo and possum.  They will incorporate these concepts into their translations as well as in writing, listening and speaking activities.  In addition, students will learn about ancient Romans and their culture.  They will learn about Pompeii and the devastation of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 as well as Roman occupied Britain and Egypt through translations and culture exercises.

This course is not required for graduation but is recommended for those planning to go directly to a 4-year college and satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the Roman culture.
  • Connect with other disciplines by strengthening Latin-based academic language.
  • Communicate effectively, i.e., reading and translating Latin with grammar and vocabulary appropriate to level.
  • Develop insight into the nature of world languages and culture.
  • Use, identify and/or appreciate Latin in the real world.
  • Empathize with characters in the stories and with their ancient culture and customs.
  • Enjoy becoming a life-long learner by using Latin for personal enrichment. 

 

Prerequisite: Recommended grade of  C or higher in previous English class.

 


LATIN 2

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

The Latin 2 course builds on the concepts introduced in Latin 1, expanding on students’ abilities to read Latin. Students work from the same textbook series as in Latin 1 and develop their grammar and vocabulary by reading stories that include cultural content about Roman daily life. This study is based on the objectives outlined in the National Standards for Classical Language Learning (http://aclclassics.org/pdf/standards.pdf). In addition to learning Latin, the course also focuses on learning about Roman culture, mythology, selected historical persons, and English vocabulary through the study of Latin words and basic grammatical structures. Latin 2 supports common core state standards while promoting college and career readiness.

This course is not required for graduation but is recommended for those planning to go directly to a 4-year college and satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Communicate effectively, i.e. reading and translating Latin with grammar and vocabulary appropriate to level.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of western culture.
  • Connect with other disciplines by strengthening Latin-based academic language.
  • Develop empathy and appreciation for world languages and culture.
  • Use Latin both in- and out-side school.
  • Enjoy becoming a life-long learner by using Latin for personal enrichment.

 

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in Latin 1 or teacher recommendation.

 


HONORS LATIN 3

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP) +  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

The Honors Latin 3 course builds on the concepts introduced in Latin 2, expanding on students’ abilities to read Latin. Students read selections from notable (and notorious) Roman writers of prose and poetry including Martial, Ovid, Catullus and Cicero. In addition, this course reads authentic, un-adapted selections Vergil’s Aeneid for the Advanced Placement Exam.The course explores various techniques for understanding and interpreting Latin in the original. The course explores the influence of ancient Rome and its language upon American art, literature and language. Honors Latin 3 supports common core state standards while promoting college and career readiness. This course carries an honors point toward GPA. 

This course is not required for graduation but is recommended for those planning to go directly to a 4-year college and satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Communicate effectively, i.e., reading and translating Latin with grammar and vocabulary appropriate to level.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the Roman culture.
  • Connect with other disciplines by strengthening Latin-based academic language.
  • Develop insight into the nature of world languages and culture.
  • Use, identify and/or appreciate Latin in the real world.
  • Enjoy becoming a life-long learner by using Latin for personal enrichment.

 

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in Latin 2 or teacher recommendation.

 


A.P. LATIN (VERGIL-CAESAR)

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

In this college-preparatory course, students will read the required AP course readings from Vergil’s Aeneid and Caesar’s de bello Gallico in preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam.  Throughout the course students will review vocabulary and grammar constructions and they will use their prior knowledge of the Latin language to analyze, identify, interpret, read and translate the course readings.  Students will also explore other Latin authors and tie in their literary concepts and vocabulary with those of Vergil and Caesar.  Through the reading of these literary works, students will also learn about the Roman empire, culture, history, mythology, propaganda and the glorification of Rome.

This course carries an honors point toward GPA.  

This course is not required for graduation but is recommended for those planning to go directly to a 4-year college and satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the Roman culture.
  • Connect with other disciplines by strengthening Latin-based academic language.
  • Communicate effectively, i.e., reading and translating Latin with grammar and vocabulary appropriate to level.
  • Develop insight into the nature of world languages and culture.
  • Use, identify and/or appreciate Latin in the real world.
  • Empathize with the characters/people in the literature, their authors and with their ancient culture and customs.
  • Enjoy becoming a life-long learner by using Latin for personal enrichment.

 

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in Latin 3 Honors or teacher recommendation.

 


CHINESE 1

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

Chinese 1 introduces students to the language and culture of modern Chinese. The goal is to develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Mandarin Chinese, and to understand the unique customs and aspects of the Chinese culture. This course is designed to help students develop foundational language skills that prepare them to continue in a Chinese Level 2 course, and to develop empathy and appreciation for cultures around us.  Chinese 1 is a college prep course that satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Master the Romanized phonetic pronunciation system “Pinyin” 
  • Build Chinese word processing computer skills
  • Integrate interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive language skills through interactive activities
  • Develop the ability to comprehend and produce formulaic language (memorized words, phrases and sentences; in some instances paragraphs)  
  • Learn about 350 vocabulary items and essential grammatical structures that are used on essential daily life topics such as greetings, dates and times, family, and hobbies both orally and in writing

 

Prerequisite: Recommended grade of C or higher in previous English class.

 


CHINESE 2

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

Students in Chinese 2 continue the second year of study with about 350 more vocabulary items.  Students build communicative skills as they discuss topics and learn sentence structures on elements close to their life such as weather, dining, birthday party, and travel.  With more sentence structures introduced, students will construct compound and complex sentences both orally and in writing.  This course also helps the students to develop empathy and appreciation for cultures around us.  Chinese 2 is a college prep course that satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Continue building their Chinese word processing computer skills
  • Integrate interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive language skills through interactive activities
  • Develop the ability to comprehend and produce created language (sentences and strings of sentences)
  • Deal with topics related to self and the immediate environment in some informal settings
  • Increase proficiency through task-based, communicative language applications in all areas of language learning - listening, speaking, reading and writing

 

Prerequisite: Grade of C (70%) or higher in Chinese 1 or teacher recommendation.

 


HONORS CHINESE 3

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP) +  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

This advanced class covers topics ranging from elements close to everyday life, to cultural studies such as college life, travel, Chinese regional cuisines, shopping habits, etc.  Besides reviewing fundamental sentence structures mastered in Level 1 to 2, students will further develop their skills in reading contemporary Chinese literature and writing essays at an intermediate level.  This course places a particular emphasis on effectively listening and speaking, and also be confident presenting information to the class in Chinese.  An increased amount of authentic materials in the target language, such as newscasts, movies, newspapers, and magazines, will be used to help students practice listening, reading, and speaking skills.  The objectives are to continue strengthening the students’ language skills, and to encourage students to express their own opinions through group discussions, presentations and writing.  This advanced class is in support of the Common Core State Standards for literacy, and reinforce college and career readiness.  Students are expected to show ability of perseverance in order to attain higher level of language proficiency throughout the course.  Honors Chinese 3 is a college prep course that satisfies the “e” requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Master Chinese word processing computer skills
  • Integrate interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive language skills through interactive activities
  • Understand a variety of oral presentations at normal speaking speed
  • Read authentic materials such as letters, newspaper articles, advertisements and books intended for young adult readers
  • Understand essential Chinese heritage culture

 

Prerequisite: Grade of C (74% or above) in Chinese 2 or teacher recommendation.  This course is intended for non-heritage speakers, or native speakers who came to the U.S. prior to sixth grade.

 


AP CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +  |  UC/CSU "e" requirement

The AP Chinese Language and Culture is an advanced level course equivalent to a regular fourth-semester college level of study.  Topics mainly focus on the culture and social aspects of study such as the Chinese festivals, education, gender equality, environmental protection, etc.  At this level, the students are immersed in Chinese language and culture studies that further develop the proficiency levels of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  The course focuses on developing communicative and cultural proficiency and literacy in the Chinese language and culture.  The students are to engage in meaningful learning activities to enhance their learning strategies and problem-solving skills.  A wide range of authentic materials will be introduced to maximize the students’ exposure to the language and culture.  The AP course also prepares students for the National Advanced Placement (AP) Exam offered at the end of the academic year.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Solidify important linguistic structures to build and refine their understanding of Chinese grammar and syntax

  • Communicate in linguistically and culturally-appropriate manners in a wide range of situations

  • Read authentic short compositions, and write with accuracy and sophistication on topics pertaining to daily life, social events, and cultural studies

  • Review and practice different sections of the AP Chinese exam

 

Prerequisite: Grade of C (74% or above) in Chinese 3 Honors or teacher recommendation.  This course is intended for non-heritage speakers, or native speakers who came to the U.S. prior to sixth grade. 

 


VAPA & CTE

 

Visual and Performing Arts

Information on WHS VAPA Sequences and Pathways

F/S = Semester Course (+) = Honors Point (*) = Possible Course
Fine Arts
Vocal Music
Instrumental Music
Theater
Dance
Advanced Painting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Career and Technical Education

Information on WHS  CTE Sequences and Pathways

F/S = Semester Course (+) = Honors Point (*) = Possible Course
Digital Media
Computer Programming Automotive
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Fine Arts

ART STUDIO

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Studio Art is a prerequisite for all other art courses. Elements of art and principles of design will be introduced in this course. Students will explore and apply fundamental design concepts using a variety of materials including graphite pencils, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, tempera paint, watercolor paint, collage, scratch board and paper mache. Students will combine, evaluate and apply new knowledge and life experiences to create original works that demonstrate newly acquired skills, information and insights. This course contains brief elements of art history as it applies to the curriculum. Students will be introduced to creative thinking and critical problem solving skills. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Understand the principles of design (balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity) as well as art elements (line, shape, form, color, texture, space, and value).
  • Create original works of art using a variety of media.
  • Justify their creative decisions both verbally as well as written using appropriate terminology.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of composition.
  • Utilize problem solving skills related to artistic creations.

 

 

 


PAINTING/DRAWING 

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Painting/Drawing is an intermediate level course intended to give students a variety of art experiences. This course will also give students the opportunity to develop personal expression and creativity. Emphasis is placed on building artistic skills and knowledge of the art elements and principles of design. Students will work toward improving their use of a variety of media that may include graphite, colored pencils, marker, scratch board, pen and ink, watercolor pencils, charcoal, mix media, watercolor, pastels and acrylics. Throughout this class, students will be introduced to professional practices such as, collaboration, deadlines, and presentations. Students will build on their creative thinking and critical problem solving skills.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Apply the principles of design and art elements to create original works. 
  • Demonstrate an intermediate skill level and knowledge of a variety of media.
  • Justify their creative decisions both verbally as well as written.
  • Demonstrate an intermediate level composition in their work.
  • Identify, compare and contrast multiple styles and genres of art.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Studio Art or teacher approval.

 


ADVANCED PAINTING    

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Advanced Painting is a continuation of Painting/Drawing. Art elements and principles of design will continue to be emphasized while students work independently on higher level and more conceptual projects. Students will continue to be introduced to professional practices. Improving skills, and building a portfolio for future art study will be additional challenges for students. Students will expand their creative thinking and critical problem solving skills. Instruction will focus on composition and professional practices.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Apply the principles of design and art elements to create original works. 
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of variety of media.
  • Justify their creative decisions both verbally as well as written.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level composition.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Painting/Drawing or teacher approval.

 


AP DRAWING    

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Advanced Placement Drawing is a very rigorous course that will enable students to develop a portfolio of college level work. Participating students will exhibit high level of art skills, a working understanding of the art elements and principles of design, personal depth, time management skills and great organizational skills. Students will be required to spend at least 1-2 hours working outside of class every day to fulfill the College Board’s portfolio requirements. This work will be submitted to the College Board in early May and requires that an exam fee be paid in early spring. Students who pass the exam (have their artwork scored as passing) will receive college credit from participating colleges. 

 

This course will focus on professional practices such as deadlines and preparation and presentation of a portfolio. Students will demonstrate a high level of creative thinking and critical problem solving skills. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Apply the principles of design and art elements to create original works.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of variety of media.
  • Justify their creative decisions both verbally as well as written.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level composition. 
  • Demonstrate effective time management skills.
  • Prepare an original body of work showing breadth in material and content. 
  • Prepare and additional original body of work that focuses on one area of concentration.
  • Participate in whole class critiques.
  • Utilize problem solving skills related to artistic creations.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Advanced Painting/Drawing and teacher approval.

 


BEGINNING CERAMICS    

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Beginning Ceramics is an introductory studio course, consisting of both hand-building and potter’s wheel methods. The course includes an examination of clay, glaze, decoration methods, and firing processes. Hand-building methods will include pinch, coil, and slab. Students will create both functional and sculptural works of art. Students will participate in individual and group critiques of student projects. Elements of three-dimensional design will be introduced; including volume, mass, light, shadow, and texture.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate proper mechanics working with the medium of clay.
  • Demonstrate proper practice strategies and  techniques.
  • Develop cooperative work habits and leadership skills.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small group and individual critiques.

 


INTERMEDIATE CERAMICS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Students in Intermediate Ceramics will build on concepts and skills acquired in Beginning Ceramics, and demonstrate an intermediate skill level and individual style. Students in Intermediate Ceramics will expand upon the hand-building techniques, such as pinch, coil, and slab learned in Beginning Ceramics, and continue to develop more technical skill on the potter’s wheel. This class emphasizes creating both sculptural and functional works with clay, while also including art criticism and art history. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate creativity and individual style.
  • Demonstrate and master skills working with clay.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small group critiques.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Beginning Ceramics or teacher recommendation.

 


ADVANCED CERAMICS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

This class is intended to prepare students for the development of a college-ready portfolio. Students will work on developing more technical skills and aesthetic sensibilities. This includes the use of historic and contemporary references in ceramics and other arts, criticism, and expression of personal concepts in works. Students will investigate choices in materials to express a personal direction. A research concept will be identified by the student for each semester’s investigation. Students are expected to participate in critiques to identify strengths and weaknesses and promote the growth and exchange of ideas.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate proper mechanics working with the medium of clay.
  • Demonstrate and master skills working with the medium of clay.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small group and critiques.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Intermediate Ceramics or teacher recommendation.

 


AP 3-D DESIGN PORTFOLIO

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

The AP Studio Art (3-D Design Portfolio) is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. This course is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP 3-D Design Portfolio course is intended to address sculptural ceramics involving purposeful decision-making, using the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Students are asked to demonstrate understanding of design principles as they relate to the integration of depth and space as well as volume and surface. For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 3-D design through any three-dimensional approach, including, but not limited, figurative or non-figurative sculpture, architectural models, metalwork, ceramics, glass work, installation, assemblage, and 3-D fabric/fiber arts.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Recognize quality in his or her work.
  • Concentrate on a sustained investigation of a particular visual interest or problem.
  • Master a range of approaches to the formal, technical, and expressive means of the artist.
  • Think independently about art and design, and contribute inventively and critically to their culture through art making.

 

Prerequisite: Permission from the Instructor.

 


AP ART HISTORY    

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

The AP Art History course explores topics such as the nature of art, its uses and meanings, art making, and responses to art. Through investigation of diverse artistic traditions of cultures from prehistory to the present, this course develops an in depth and holistic understanding of the history of art. Students will learn and apply skills of visual, contextual, and comparative analysis, as they investigate works of art and architecture from around the globe.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Analyze and answer questions such as: What is art and how is it made? Why and how does art change? How do we describe our thinking about art?
  • Investigate how humans respond to the world and communicate their experiences through art making.
  • Develop an understanding of the functions and effects of art, while considering the influential forces of belief, class, gender, ethnicity, patronage, and politics.
  • Identify works of art and architecture, spanning prehistory to the present.

 

Prerequisite: Success in art and/or social science classes. Open to 10th-12th grade.

 


Vocal Music

CONCERT CHORALE

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Concert Chorale is a performing ensemble that studies music written and arranged for mixed voices.  Students will study beginning music theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques, and historical concepts used in performing literature from a wide array of musical periods and styles. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate appropriate vocal, rehearsal and performance techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate practice strategies and techniques.
  • Analyze vocal and music terminology through written and oral tests.
  • Develop cooperative work habits and leadership skills.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Evaluate class work and public performance through the use of video and audio recordings.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques.
  • Write basic music notation.

 


BEL CANTO

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Bel Canto is a performing ensemble that studies music written and arranged for advanced female voices. Students will study intermediate theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques and historical concepts used in performing literature from a wide array of musical periods and styles. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate appropriate vocal, rehearsal and performance techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate practice strategies and techniques.
  • Analyze vocal and music terminology through    written and oral tests.
  • Develop cooperative work habits and leadership skills.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through self-evaluation.
  • Evaluate class work and public performance through the use of video and audio recordings.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques.
  • Write intermediate level music notation.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only - For female singers of intermediate to advanced ability.

 


CHAMBER SINGERS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Chamber Singers is a performing ensemble that studies music written and arranged for advanced mixed voices. Students will study advanced theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques and historical concepts used in performing literature from a wide array of musical periods and styles. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate appropriate vocal, rehearsal and performance techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate practice strategies and techniques.
  • Analyze vocal and music terminology through     written and oral tests.
  • Develop cooperative work habits and leadership skills.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through self-evaluation.
  • Evaluate class work and public performance through the use of video and audio recordings.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques.
  • Write advanced level music notation.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only – For singers of intermediate to advanced ability.

 


ENTERTAINERS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Entertainers is a performing ensemble that studies music written and arranged for advanced mixed voices. Students will study advanced theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques and historical concepts used in performing literature from the genres of pop, rock, and musical theatre. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate appropriate vocal, rehearsal and performance techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate practice strategies and techniques.
  • Analyze vocal and music terminology through   written and oral tests.
  • Develop cooperative work habits and leadership skills.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through self-evaluation.
  • Evaluate class work and public performance through the use of video and audio recordings.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques. 
  • Write intermediate level music notation.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


ADVANCED ENTERTAINERS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

A highly advanced performing ensemble consisting of 16-18 members that studies music written and arranged for advanced a cappella mixed voices and vocal percussion. Students will study advanced theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques and historical concepts used in performing literature from the genres of pop, rock, and musical theatre. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate appropriate vocal, rehearsal and performance techniques.
  • Demonstrate appropriate practice strategies and techniques.
  • Analyze vocal and music terminology through written and oral tests.
  • Develop cooperative work habits and leadership skills.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through self-evaluation.
  • Evaluate class work and public performance through the use of video and audio recordings.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques. 
  • Write advanced level music notation.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


Instrumental Music

MARCHING BAND

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Marching Band is a performance course in which students perform at football games, pep rallies, community events and compete in marching band competitions.  Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course. Marching Band is a 0 Period course that offers 1 semester of P.E. credit. (Students enrolled in Marching Band must also take a Concert Band, Orchestra or Percussion class).

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate proper marching, rehearsal and performance techniques.
  • Demonstrate proper practice strategies and techniques.
  • Develop cooperative work habits and leadership skills.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Promote school spirit and camaraderie.

 

 

 


CONCERT BAND

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Concert Band is a performing ensemble that studies class II and III music literature. Students will study beginning theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques and historical concepts used in performing concert literature. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course. (Students enrolled in Concert Band must also take Marching Band 1st semester).

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate well-developed rehearsal and performance skills.
  • Play independently and expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing and interpretation.
  • Analyze basic music terminology and music theory through written and oral tests.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques.
  • Write basic music notation.

 

 

 


SYMPHONIC BAND

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Symphonic Band is a performing ensemble that studies class III and IV music literature. Students will study intermediate theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques and historical concepts used in performing concert literature.Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course. (Students enrolled in Symphonic Band must also take Marching Band 1st semester).

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate well-developed rehearsal and performance skills.
  • Play independently and expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing and interpretation.
  • Analyze intermediate level music terminology and music theory through written and oral tests.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques.
  • Write intermediate level music notation.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


WIND ENSEMBLE

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Wind Ensemble is a performing ensemble that studies class IV and V music literature. Students will study advanced theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques and historical concepts used in performing concert literature. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course. (Students enrolled in Wind Ensemble must also take Marching Band 1st semester).

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate well-developed rehearsal and performance skills.
  • Play independently and expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing and interpretation.
  • Analyze advanced level music terminology and music theory through written and oral tests.
  • Read and synthesize musical notation and terminology from various classical periods and popular forms of music.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques.
  • Write advanced level music notation.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Percussion Ensemble is a performing ensemble that studies advanced level literature with an emphasis on the development of proper percussion technique and skills. Fall semester activities include Marching Band half-time shows, parades, community events and field show competitions. Spring semester activities include performances at Percussion competitions and festivals. Performances and practices outside the regular school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of this course. (Students enrolled in Percussion Ensemble must also take Marching Band 1st semester and a concert ensemble 2nd semester.)

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate well-developed rehearsal and performance skills.
  • Play independently and expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing and interpretation.
  • Analyze advanced level music terminology and music theory through written and oral tests.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through music performance critiques.
  • Read advanced level music notation.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


ADVANCED JAZZ ENSEMBLE (I)

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Advanced Jazz Ensemble (I) is a performing ensemble that studies class AA and A music literature in the jazz idiom. Students will study advanced theory, music improvisation and musical vocabulary used in preparation and performance of jazz literature. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Improvise solos on their instrument.
  • Identify various styles and genres of jazz music.
  • Play independently and expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing, technique and interpretation.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.


JAZZ ENSEMBLE (II)

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Jazz Ensemble (II) is a performing ensemble that studies class B and C music literature in the jazz idiom. Students will study basic theory, music improvisation and musical vocabulary used in preparation and performance of jazz literature. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Improvise solos on their instrument.
  • Identify basic styles and genres of jazz music.
  • Play independently and expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing, technique and interpretation.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


CONCERT ORCHESTRA

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Concert Orchestra is a performing ensemble that studies class II and III music literature. Students will study beginning theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques and historical concepts used in performing concert literature. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate well-developed rehearsal and performance skills.
  • Play independently and expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing and interpretation.
  • Analyze basic music terminology and music theory through written and oral tests.
  • Demonstrate basic fundamental bowing techniques.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques.
  • Write basic music notation.

 

 

 


SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Symphonic Orchestra is a performing ensemble that studies class III and IV music literature. Students will study intermediate theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques and historical concepts used in performing concert literature. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course.

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate well-developed rehearsal and performance skills.
  • Play independently and expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing and interpretation.
  • Analyze intermediate level music terminology and music theory through written and oral tests.
  • Demonstrate fundamental bowing techniques.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques.
  • Write intermediate level music notation.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Philharmonic Orchestra is a performing ensemble that studies class IV and V music literature. Students will study advanced theory, vocabulary, styles, techniques and historical concepts used in performing concert literature. Performances and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate well-developed rehearsal and performance skills.
  • Play independently and expressively with appropriate dynamics, phrasing and interpretation.
  • Analyze advanced level music terminology and music theory through written and oral tests.
  • Read and synthesize musical notation and terminology from various classical periods and popular forms of music.
  • Demonstrate advanced fundamental bowing techniques.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Show aesthetic valuing through live music performance critiques.
  • Write advanced level music notation.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.


THEATRE

BEGINNING DRAMA

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

This is a primary course designed to introduce students to the many aspects of Theatre Arts: play analysis, scene preparation, improvisation, acting. directing, and theater styles. Upon completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of movement on stage, terminology of the stage, and performance techniques.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Perform pantomime.
  • Produce and perform scenes and monologues.
  • Participate in various exercises essential to acting.
  • Participate in improvisation performances and exercises.
  • Connect the importance of history and culture in their performance.
  • Prepare, dissect and analyze a script for presentation.
  • Identify various theater styles and movements.
  • Connect the importance of history and culture in their performance.Prepare, dissect and analyze a script for presentation.
  • Identify various theater styles and movements.

 

 

 


INTERMEDIATE DRAMA 

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Students will continue to explore the world of theater through the eyes of the playwright, actor, designer and director. Through active participation in theater, students learn to make artistic choices and critique dramatic works. Students will present a one-act play showcase and produce the full production. Intermediate students will study significant acting teachers and acting styles to formulate the best techniques for them. Intermediate students are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances of the Intermediate Drama class.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Character study
  • Audition techniques
  • Demonstrate acting techniques in class and performances.
  • Create and sustain characters that communicate with an audience.
  • Construct imaginative scripts.
  • Collaborate with actors to refine scripts so that they convey a meaningful story to an audience.
  • Develop criteria for evaluating basic playwriting techniques, such as character, structure and style.

 

Prerequisite: Audition and teacher recommendation. Recommended to take Beginning Drama.

 


ADVANCED DRAMA

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

This class is offered for the dedicated theatre student. These students will be required to be leaders and directors of their own projects, as well as those assigned by the instructor.  Students will have the opportunity to perform for various events such as campus events and California Theatre competitions.  Students will be able to display advanced level skills relating to particular styles of world theatre and modern contemporary drama.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Take charge and be a leader of a group.
  • Organize productions and shows. 
  • Exhibit mastery of vocabulary.
  • Display directorial skills and rehearsal technique.
  • Illustrate an understanding of aesthetic principles inherent to a theatre production.
  • Confidently put together theatre audition pieces to be used at the college level.

 

Prerequisite: Audition and teacher recommendation.

 


MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION 

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

This course is designed for actors, musicians, and stage crew, who have auditioned, and have been cast for a play or a musical at Woodbridge High School.  Theatre is a highly collaborative art that requires effort by an ensemble, a group whose individuals function together to create a whole.  This is a “hands on” approach to learning about theatre.  It is practical and performance based.  Rehearsals are held after school in addition to evening weekday and weekend performances.  Technical work hours for the backstage crew coincide with the production’s rehearsal and performance schedule.  Attendance and participation is mandatory for all scheduled rehearsals, performances and production work sessions.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Basic-proficient aspects in producing a theatre production or show.
  • Theatre etiquette and rehearsal practices.
  • Proper use of basic tools, equipment and techniques used in production.
  • Proper safety procedures in production for both actors and stage crew.
  • Produce a play or musical for public performance.
  • Identify and discuss genre and artistic style from both acting and technical standpoint.
  • Analyze the different production elements that   contribute to the overall production concept.
  • Work collaboratively with the actor’s ensemble, the design team and the director(s).
  • Demonstrate proper safety procedures in theatre production.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


TECHNICAL THEATER

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

This course is designed to provide knowledge of the basic aspects of technical theater production.  Students will study the theory of scenery design, and basic use and design of theatrical lighting and sound equipment. Performance and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a school day are an integral co-curricular part of the course, and participation in them is required for a successful completion of the course. This course is part of the arts, media, and entertainment industry sector pathway.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Identify and use basic levels in set construction.
  • Identify, place and operate stage lighting instruments.
  • Select sound effects for theatrical performance.
  • Construct, assemble and paint scenery for plays, concerts and special events at WHS.
  • Basic stage makeup application techniques.
  • Study different time periods of costume design.
  • Identify stage vocabulary.

 

 

 


ADVANCED TECHNICAL THEATER

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

This course is designed to provide a working knowledge of the advanced aspects of technical theatre production.  Technical theatre is a hands on course in which students are creating all technical aspects of all Woodbridge productions.  Technical Theatre are required to provide back stage assistance for WHS play productions, musical theatre productions, and vocal, instrumental, and dance stage productions. Students will accomplish levels of certification to qualify the student for different jobs/duties for school productions. Performance and rehearsals outside the regular hours of a school day are an integral co-curricular part of the course, and participation in them is required for a successful completion of the course. This course is part of the arts, media, and entertainment industry sector pathway.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Be crew leaders for all technical areas of a production.
  • Practice the various stage manager skills.
  • Use advanced level scenery construction techniques.
  • Design scenery, lighting and sound for productions.
  • Compete at local theatre competitions with their designs.
  • Use computer aided drafting techniques for the theatre.
  • Operate moving light programming.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Technical Theatre and teacher recommendation.

 


Dance

COLOR GUARD

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Color Guard is a performance course open to all students through competitive tryouts. Fall semester performance activities include Marching Band half-time shows, parades, community events and field show competitions. Color Guard also includes the JV and Varsity Guard, which is auditioned for placement during the winter quarter. Spring semester performance activities include performances at Color Guard Competitions, Solo & Ensemble Festivals and School Productions. Performances and practices outside the regular school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of this course. Color Guard is a 0 Period course that offers P.E. credit. (Students enrolled in Color Guard must also take Dance Production.)

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate proper dance, rehearsal and performance techniques.
  • Demonstrate proper flag, rifle and sabre techniques.
  • Develop cooperative work habits and leadership skills.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Promote school spirit and camaraderie.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


DANCE TECHNIQUE 1

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

This is a beginning level dance course that introduces and reviews the basic techniques and principles of Jazz, Modern/Contemporary/Lyrical, Ballet and Hip-Hop, along with basic studies in Improvisation, Choreography, Production, Anatomy, Dance History, and Fitness. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness.

This course fulfills the requirement for PE.  If all PE credits are fulfilled, the course fulfills VAPA requirements.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Execute proper warm up exercises for jazz, ballet, and modern dance
  • Demonstrate simple dance combinations, center work and across the floor using techniques in jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance
  • Develop use of basic dance vocabulary and terminology
  • Choreograph dances solving problems involving parameters within counts, ideas and patterns
  • Experience performing hip hop, modern/contemporary/lyrical, and/or jazz in a theatrical performance
  • Demonstrate Dance vocabulary knowledge through written and oral assessment Techniques: written and oral analysis of student dances by the teacher, written tests on dance terminology.

 

 

 


DANCE TECHNIQUE 2

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

This is an intermediate dance course that includes intermediate level terminology and execution of classic skills in Jazz, Modern/Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Ballet. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness.

This course fulfills the requirement for PE.  If all PE credits are fulfilled, the course fulfills VAPA requirements.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Execute proper warm up exercises for jazz, ballet, and modern dance.
  • Demonstrate complete dance combinations, center work and across the floor, using techniques in jazz, ballet, and modern/contemporary/lyrical dance.
  • Critique self, peer, and professional performances, with classroom discussions.
  • Choreograph dances solving problems involving set parameters within set parameters in rhythmic organization, unity and space
  • Demonstrate knowledge performing ballet, modern/contemporary/lyrical, jazz dance and world dance in a theatrical setting
  • Write a paper on the history of dance including world cultures, historical periods and its relationship to other arts
  • Demonstrate Dance vocabulary knowledge through written and oral assessment Techniques: written and oral analysis of student dances by the teacher, based on choreography technique, written tests on dance terminology and history, oral critiques, by students of professional and amateur dance concerts.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


DANCE TECHNIQUE 3

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

This is an intermediate/advanced dance course that includes intermediate/advanced level terminology and execution of classic skills in Jazz, Modern/Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Ballet. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness.

This course fulfills the requirement for PE.  If all PE credits are fulfilled, the course fulfills VAPA requirements.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Execute proper warm up exercises for jazz, ballet, and modern dance.
  • Demonstrate complete dance combinations, center work and across the floor, using techniques in jazz, ballet, and modern/contemporary/lyrical dance.
  • Critique self, peer, and professional performances.
  • Choreograph dances solving problems involving set parameters within set parameters in rhythmic organization, unity and space
  • Show aesthetic valuing with written critiques on live and taped dance concerts
  • Demonstrate knowledge performing ballet, modern/contemporary/lyrical, jazz dance and world dance in a theatrical setting
  • Demonstrate Dance vocabulary knowledge through written and oral assessment Techniques: written and oral analysis of student dances by the teacher, based on choreography technique, written tests on dance terminology and history, written and oral critiques, by students of professional and amateur dance concerts.professional and amateur dance concerts.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


DANCE PRODUCTION

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Dance Production is the study of dance as an art form. Students will learn advanced dance techniques and vocabulary used in jazz, ballet, world dance, modern dance and choreography. Performances and practices outside the regular school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of this course. 

This course fulfills the requirement for VAPA.  If all VAPA credits are fulfilled, the course fulfills PE requirements.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate proper dance, rehearsal and performance techniques.
  • Execute advanced technical skills in different dance genres including ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern.
  • Perform complete dance combinations with a sense of theme and style.
  • Create and teach dance choreography in different dance styles.
  • Establish and use rigorous standards of quality through written and oral critiques of professional dance concerts.  
  • Develop cooperative work habits and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and execution of dance terminology.
  • Develop an appreciation and knowledge of dance history and choreographic principles through written, oral, and performance assessments.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


DANCE TEAM

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

Dance Team is a performance course open to all students through competitive tryouts.  Fall semester performance activities include Marching Band half-time shows, parades, community events and field show competitions. Spring semester performance activities include performances at Dance Competitions and school Dance Productions. Performances and practices outside the regular school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of this course.

Dance Team is a 0 Period course that offers P.E. credit. (Students enrolled in Dance Team must also take Dance Production).  Dance Team also includes the All-Male Hip Hop Crew, which is a Spring semester class only.  Auditions for groups take place in May of the preceding year.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate proper dance, rehearsal and performance techniques.
  • Execute advanced technical skills in a variety of dance genres including ballet, jazz, contemporary and modern. 
  • Develop cooperative work habits and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate self-discipline through daily assessments of effort and participation.
  • Assess strengths and weaknesses through small ensemble and individual assessments.
  • Promote school spirit and camaraderie.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.


 

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

 

Digital Media

DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Digital Media Arts is a prerequisite for all other digital art courses. This course will introduce students to art elements and principles of design. Students will explore and apply fundamental design concepts using programs such as Illustrator, Premiere, and Photoshop. Students will spend equal amounts of time creating print and motion materials. Students will be encouraged to explore the role and function of imagery, language and presentation using digital media. This course is part of the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry sector pathway.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Identify the principles of design (balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis and unity) as well as art elements (line, shape, form, color, texture, space and value).
  • Create original works of art using a variety of programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere).
  • Discuss and defend their choices using appropriate terminology.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of composition.

 

 

 


COMPUTER GRAPHICS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Computer Graphics is an intermediate level course intended to expand on the skills and concepts learned in Digital Media Arts. Students will use lllustrator and Photoshop to create original pieces of ad that demonstrate their knowledge of art elements and principles of design. Students will be introduced to professional practices such as presentations and critiques. Students will also be introduced to careers in marketing, production and packaging. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and the creative process. Students will also be introduced to screen printing as it applies to the design process and will explore professional concepts such as marketing, advertising and product branding. This course is part of the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry sector pathway. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Create original works of art using lllustrator and Photoshop.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Adobe work environment as well as the screen printing process.
  • Justify their creative decisions both verbally and in written form.
  • Apply their knowledge of art elements and design principles to digital media.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of typography.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Digital Media Art.

 


ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

Advanced Computer Graphics is an advanced level class. Students will apply their knowledge of art elements and design principles in real world design scenarios. Projects will include projects in the fields of: packaging, marketing, branding, advertising set design and apparel design. This course is part of the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry sector pathway. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Complete and present projects in a professional and timely manner.
  • ldentify emerging technologies such as, vinyl plotters, large format printers and screenprinting.
  • Demonstrate a proficient knowledge of typography. 
  • Participation in group design projects.

 

Prerequisite: Passing of Computer Graphics with C or higher or teacher recommendation. 

 


AP 2-D ART & DESIGN 

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

AP Studio Arts 2D is a rigorous course that will enable students to create a portfolio of college level work. Students will be asked to create original images based on prompts provided by the instructor. Students will be required to spend 3-5 hours a week working outside of class to fulfill the College Board’s portfolio requirements. Students that pass the exam will receive college credit from participating colleges.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Exhibit a high level of digital art skills and a working knowledge of art elements and principles of design.
  • Demonstrate effective time management skills.
  • Prepare an original body of work showing breadth in skills and content.
  • Participate in whole class critiques.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of composition.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Advanced Graphic Design Studio and teacher recommendation. 

 


VIDEO PRODUCTION

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

This course is designed to give students an introduction into the field of video production. Students will receive training in the operation of a digital video camera and a non-linear video editor. In addition the student will write scripts for video production projects utilizing standard script formats. Storyboard techniques will be used for preplanning video projects. Students will produce a minimum of four video projects in the semester. Students will also analyze critique and construct meaning from film, television, and electronic media productions as a way to develop their own media literacy and awareness. This course is part of the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry sector pathway.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Basic use of digital video camera equipment to record and playback images. 
  • Basic use of non-linear digital editing equipment to arrange video images and sound. Script writing formats. 
  • Write a script for video production. 
  • Develop a pre-production storyboard using both line drawing and digital camera images. 
  • Create a production shooting schedule. 
  • Collaborate with other students in the completion of a video project. 
  • Operate a video camera. 
  • Use the Casablanca editing system. 
  • Select music and sound effects for video project.
  • Critique film, television and electronic media for content, camera and editing techniques. 
  • Students will progress as Effective Communicators by utilizing multiple forms of communications to express understanding of content. 
  • Students will progress as Complex Thinkers by learning to access, analyze, interpret, and synthesize information to formulate conclusions and solve problems. 
  • Students and teachers will assess an ongoing video project portfolio.

 

Prerequisite:  Teacher approval required.

 


ART OF TV AND VIDEO PRODUCTION

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to continue their study of video production. Students will receive advanced training in operating a digital video camera, the non-linear video editor, and studio lighting techniques. In addition the student will create dramatic scripts for video production projects utilizing standard script formats. Students will produce a minimum of four video projects in the semester. Students will continue to analyze critique and construct meaning from film, television, and electronic media productions as a way to develop their own media literacy and awareness. This course is part of the Arts, Media, and Entertainmnet industry sector pathway.  

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Advanced techniques using the digital video camera to record and playback images.
  • Advanced techniques using non-linear digital editor to arrange video images, soundtracks and special effects.
  • Studio lighting techniques.
  • Script writing formats.
  • Create imaginative scripts through collaboration. 
  • Create a preproduction storyboard and produce a production-shooting schedule. 
  • Collaborate with other students in the completion of a team video project. 
  • Operate a video camera. 

 

Prerequisite: Teacher approval required.

 


YEARBOOK

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "f" requirement

This class produces the WHS school yearbook.  Students will be working online to design, edit and produce pages for the yearbook. Students will learn elements of digital photography in this course.

Grades 9 through 12 are allowed to participate with teacher approval. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Learn to use the elements of Art and Design in page design. 
  • Work in a web-based program to upload and edit images to be used in the book.
  • Specific students will shoot and contribute photos to be used in the yearbook as well as select specific fonts to use in specific sections of the book.
  • Specific students will function as editors of yearbook sections and be responsible for art and design, as well as edit those sections.
  • All students will participate in setting up and editing class sections of their own grade level.  

 

Prerequisite: Teacher approval required.

 


Computer Programming

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

Introduction to Computer Programming is an elective course that introduces students to a diverse variety of programming languages such as Visual Basic, HTML, C++, and Java. The course will address the basic elements of programming, including control flow, object-orientation, introductory robotics and the use of algorithms for various tasks. Students will be working independently with teacher support, and must be motivated to work when unsupervised. This course will prepare students for a more rigorous course in programming, such as AP Computer Science. This course fulfills the “G” requirement in the A-G UC admissions. This course is part of the information and communication technologies industry sector pathway. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Write programs using the correct language syntax.
  • Develop algorithms to accomplish tasks and problem solve.
  • Create programs that demonstrate understanding of the curriculum.
  • Control and operate robots using code.

 

Prerequisite: Recommended Math I with a C+ or higher.

 


AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to creative aspects of programming, using abstractions and algorithms, working with large data sets, understandings of the Internet and issues of cybersecurity, and impacts of computing that affect different populations. Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use current technologies to solve problems and create meaningful computational artifacts. This course fulfills the “d” requirement in the a-g UC admissions. This course is part of the information and communication technologies industry sector pathway. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Use computing tools and techniques to create artifacts. 
  • Develop multiple levels of abstraction for computation.
  • Develop, express, and evaluate algorithms
  • Analyze computing in the context of impact and problem solving
  • Communicate, collaborate, and connect computing within economic, social, and cultural contexts. 

 

Prerequisite: B+ or higher in Introduction to Computer Programming and/or teacher recommendation or B- or higher in Math II.

 


AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP) +   |  UC/CSU "c" requirement

AP Computer Science is a college-level course that covers the design, development, testing, and debugging of computer programs using the Java programming language. The course is designed to serve as a first course in computer science for students with no prior computing experience. Emphasis will be placed on the study of Java syntax, object-oriented programming, problem solving, and algorithmic development. This course will prepare students for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Computer Science A examination. This course fulfills the “c” requirement in the UC a-g admissions. This course is part of the information and communication technologies industry sector pathway. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Apply programming tools. 
  • Solve complex problems through programming.
  • Understand core aspects of computer science.
  • Create solutions that are understandable, adaptable, and appropriately reusable.
  • Design and implement computer programs.
  • Develop and analyze algorithms and fundamental data structures. 

 

Prerequisite: Math III or higher with a grade of B+ or better and/or B+ or higher in AP Computer Science Principles.

 


COMPUTER SCIENCE: DATA STRUCTURES

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP) +   |  UC/CSU "d" requirement

Computer Science B: Data Structures is a college level course that covers the design, development, testing, and debugging of computer programs using abstract data types in the Java programming language. The course is designed to serve students who have prior computing experience equivalent to AP Computer Science A. Emphasis will be placed on the study of following abstract data types: lists, stacks, queues, linked structures, binary search trees, graphs, searching and sorting using recursive algorithms. UC approved “d” elective. This course is part of the information and communication technologies industry sector pathway. 

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Apply programming tools.
  • Program in Java.
  • Understand concepts and theory of data structures.
  • Design and implement programs that use data structures.
  • Develop and analyze algorithms using data structures.

 

Prerequisite: AP Computer Science A; a 3 or higher score on the AP Computer Science A exam; or teacher recommendation.

 


Automotive

ROP AUTO TECH

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

This course is recommended for students with a deep interest in the operation of the automobile or for those who wish to pursue an automotive field as a career. The student will be introduced to the design, function, and operation of the various systems within the automobile. The systems may include (but not limited to) the electrical system, cooling system, fuel system, braking system, and lubrication system. The course will be about 40% lecture- demonstration and 60% practical lab experience. This course is part of the transportation industry sector pathway.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate how to use safe shop practices.
  • Demonstrate cooperative and leadership skills within a group interaction.
  • Develop the necessary skills to maintain, fix or repair a vehicle back into daily service.
  • Know the basic purpose and operational functions of the various systems of a vehicle.

 

 

 


AUTO MLR I

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

Auto MLR I is the next level of auto courses (following Tune Up, Brakes & Suspension) designed to enhance and specialize the students’ knowledge in the automotive field. This course will be lecture-demonstration and provide equal practical lab experience. This course will include more on the brake system, suspension and steering, tires and wheels, starting and charging system and additional maintenance. This course is part of the transportation industry sector pathway.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Further develop and hone their safe shop practices and skills.
  • Continue to develop cooperative and leadership skills within a group interaction.
  • To learn the newest technology in the modern brake and suspension and applications within the automotive industry.
  • To develop the proper techniques and practices in servicing the battery and electrical system of the automobile.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of ROP Auto Tech.

 


AUTO MLR II

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)   |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

This course is designed to further expand the serious advanced auto student’s knowledge, talent, and interest through refinement of engine and transmission service, chassis service and repair, emissions service, engine diagnostics and performance. Students will be given opportunity to use more sophisticated computer Scan tools and electronic diagnostic equipment. This course is part of the transportation industry sector pathway.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Continue to Further develop and hone their safe shop practices and skills.
  • Continue to develop cooperative and leadership skills within a group interaction.
  • To develop higher level thinking skills to safely diagnosis and repair various electrical and computer operated systems of a modern car.
  • To learn and develop new higher level skills using the newest electronic inspection and detection devices in the industry.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Auto MLR I.

 


ROP ADVANCED AUTO

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

This course will continue to build the student’s interest, their skills and increase their knowledge base in the automotive industry. Students may be involved with major engine, transmission, chassis repair or replacement. Continual use & practice with computer diagnostics and electronics. Career opportunities and choices may be provided through guest speakers or other outside sponsored events.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Continue to further develop and hone their safe shop practices and skills.
  • Continue to develop cooperative and leadership skills within a group interaction.
  • Continue to build and develop higher level thinking skills and safe practices to correctly diagnosis and repair the various Electrical and computer related systems in the modern car of today.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of Auto MLR II.

 


PE and Health

 

Physical Education and health

Information on WHS Physical Education Sequence and Pathways

F/S = Semester Course (+) = Honors Point (*) = Possible Course
Physical Education
Dance
 

 

 

 

 

PE COURSE 1

Term: Semester |   Level: High School Credit (HS)

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to explore, learn and participate in a variety of healthy physical activities aligned with the California Content Standards for Physical Education. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on students analyzing skills for effective movement. Units of instruction could include: fitness, weight training, individual/dual activities, team activities/sports, gymnastics/tumbling, and aquatics.

 

 

 


PE COURSE 2

Term: Semester |   Level: High School Credit (HS)

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to explore, learn and participate in a variety of healthy physical activities aligned with the California Content Standards for Physical Education. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on students analyzing skills for effective movement. Units of instruction could include: fitness, weight training, individual/dual activities, team activities/sports, gymnastics/tumbling, and aquatics.

 

 

 


PE YOGA

Term: Semester |   Level: High School Credit

This class will combine the power of the mind, body, and spirit in yoga. Students will participate in strength building and core building exercises, as well as breathing techniques. Student will practice a variety of techniques from yoga, pilates, as well as teach students meditation and concentration. Student will see improved skeletal alignments as well as increased muscular strength and increased flexibility.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • A series of physical postures.
  • Strong body alignment.
  • Proper breathing methods.
  • A strong core.

 

Prerequisite: Grades 10-12 only. 

 


HEALTH

Term: Semester  |   Level: High School Credit 

Health is an IUSD graduation requirement.

 

The Health course is a study of the physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of health. This study is based on the objectives outlined in the California State Standards. Guest speakers from community organizations are also invited to make classroom presentations.

 

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to…

  • Knowledge and understanding of nutrition, disease, mental health, drugs, injury prevention, growth and development and family living.
  • Knowledge and understanding of dating, assertiveness and refusal skills
  • Understanding of reproductive anatomy, the process of conception including risks and responsibilities, prevention of pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Discuss and identify components of mental health including positive strategies to manage stress and emotions.
  • Understand the social, physical, and psychological effect of drugs and alcohol.

 

Prerequisite: 11th and 12th grade students.

 


DANCE TECHNIQUE 1

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is a beginning level dance course that introduces and reviews the basic techniques and principles of Jazz, Modern/Contemporary/Lyrical, Ballet and Hip-Hop, along with basic studies in Improvisation, Choreography, Production, Anatomy, Dance History, and Fitness. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness.

This course fulfills the requirement for PE.  If all PE credits are fulfilled, the course fulfills VAPA requirements.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Execute proper warm up exercises for jazz, ballet, and modern dance
  • Demonstrate simple dance combinations, center work and across the floor using techniques in jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance
  • Develop use of basic dance vocabulary and terminology
  • Choreograph dances solving problems involving parameters within counts, ideas and patterns
  • Experience performing hip hop, modern/contemporary/lyrical, and/or jazz in a theatrical performance
  • Demonstrate Dance vocabulary knowledge through written and oral assessment Techniques: written and oral analysis of student dances by the teacher, written tests on dance terminology.

 

 

 


DANCE TECHNIQUE 2

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is an intermediate dance course that includes intermediate level terminology and execution of classic skills in Jazz, Modern/Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Ballet. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness.

This course fulfills the requirement for PE.  If all PE credits are fulfilled, the course fulfills VAPA requirements.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Execute proper warm up exercises for jazz, ballet, and modern dance.
  • Demonstrate complete dance combinations, center work and across the floor, using techniques in jazz, ballet, and modern/contemporary/lyrical dance.
  • Critique self, peer, and professional performances, with classroom discussions.
  • Choreograph dances solving problems involving set parameters within set parameters in rhythmic organization, unity and space
  • Demonstrate knowledge performing ballet, modern/contemporary/lyrical, jazz dance and world dance in a theatrical setting
  • Write a paper on the history of dance including world cultures, historical periods and its relationship to other arts
  • Demonstrate Dance vocabulary knowledge through written and oral assessment Techniques: written and oral analysis of student dances by the teacher, based on choreography technique, written tests on dance terminology and history, oral critiques, by students of professional and amateur dance concerts.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 


DANCE TECHNIQUE 3

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is an intermediate/advanced dance course that includes intermediate/advanced level terminology and execution of classic skills in Jazz, Modern/Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Ballet. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness.

This course fulfills the requirement for PE.  If all PE credits are fulfilled, the course fulfills VAPA requirements.

 

Skills and Assessment:  Students will be able to…

  • Execute proper warm up exercises for jazz, ballet, and modern dance.
  • Demonstrate complete dance combinations, center work and across the floor, using techniques in jazz, ballet, and modern/contemporary/lyrical dance.
  • Critique self, peer, and professional performances.
  • Choreograph dances solving problems involving set parameters within set parameters in rhythmic organization, unity and space
  • Show aesthetic valuing with written critiques on live and taped dance concerts
  • Demonstrate knowledge performing ballet, modern/contemporary/lyrical, jazz dance and world dance in a theatrical setting
  • Demonstrate Dance vocabulary knowledge through written and oral assessment Techniques: written and oral analysis of student dances by the teacher, based on choreography technique, written tests on dance terminology and history, written and oral critiques, by students of professional and amateur dance concerts.professional and amateur dance concerts.

 

Prerequisite: Audition only.

 

 

 


Non-Departmental

 

non-departmental offerings

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LEADERSHIP

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit (HS)

The Leadership course is a study of the basic concepts of leadership skills. This course is required both semesters for any student holding an ASB position (elected positions or appointed positions).  
Activities and events outside the regular hours of a normal school day are an integral, co-curricular part of this course and participation in them is required for successful completion of the course.

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to…

  • Communicate and collaborate with other students, faculty, parents, and the community, through meetings, written communication, interviewing, and public speaking.
  • Solve problems and issues through creative thinking, developing vision, and evaluation.
  • Plan and implement a variety of programs and events that address school and community goals, utilizing business skills such as marketing, budgeting, and customer service.
  • Demonstrate developing personal and social skills such as self-esteem, self-awareness, interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, and group dynamics.

 

Prerequisite: Election or appointment to Associated Student Body government.

 


BEGINNING JOURNALISM

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Prep (CP)   |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

This course offers an introduction to the field of print and journalism with students starting as contributing writers to the Woodbridge High School quarterly student newsmagazine, the Golden Arrow. Students will have the opportunity to compete at local and national levels in write-off competitions and learn from professionals currently working in the field of journalism. This course gives students elective credit towards graduation.

 

Skills and Assessments: Students will be able to...

  • Write professional news stories for print in journalistic style (using leads and the inverted pyramid format) and meet strict time deadlines.
  • Adjust writing style for different sections of the newspaper, including: News, Features, Arts & Entertainment, In-Depth, Opinion and Sports, and make sure all stories adhere to AP style.
  • Use techniques such as interviewing, note taking, photography and credible research to produce factually sound and interesting stories.
  • Use appropriate technology to research, produce and edit stories.

 

Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in previous year’s English course or teacher recommendation.

 


ADVANCED JOURNALISM

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Prep (CP)   |  UC/CSU "g" requirement

This course is for advanced writers with a strong grasp in journalistic writing from Beginning Journalism and advanced photographers who will be covering events on campus. The majority of the students in this course will hold leadership roles as Editors for the Woodbridge High School quarterly student newsmagazine, the Golden Arrow. Students will have the opportunity to compete in local and national levels in write-off competitions and learn from professionals currently working in the field of journalism. This course satisfies the “g” elective requirement for admission into a UC/CSU school.

Skills and Assessments: Students will be able to...

  • Write articulately and independently revise and edit their own stories and the stories of others.
  • Write professional news stories for print under strict time deadlines, conduct professional interviews, and proofread articles for mistakes in grammar, spelling and AP style.
  • Use InDesign and/or Photoshop software (depending on leadership role) to layout and design pages or edit photos.
  • Use appropriate technology to research and produce stories, as well as provide continuous feedback to beginning journalists and communicate professionally with others.
  • Instruct beginning journalism students on best prac- tices and guide them through the process of writing for each section of the paper and taking photographs.

 

Prerequisite: Beginning Journalism or Journalism Adviser approval; portfolio and interview for photographers.

 


FALL COMMUNITY WORK EXPERIENCE/
SPRING COMMUNITY WORK EXPERIENCE

Term: Semester  |   Level: Variable

Community Work Experience is a program combining a systematic plan of student part-time employment with school supervision. The part-time job held by the student need not be related to the occupational goal of the pupil. Community Experience is a district program, requiring independent, reliable work habits of the students. Students are allowed regular work permit hours, but not extended hours.

 

Skills and Assessments: Students will be able to...

  • Credits for the program are determined by comple- tion of the related instruction and number of hours worked. Variable credit may be issued to students, with a maximum of ten credits per semester.
  • Students in Community Experience are also required to do related instruction assignments.

 

Prerequisite: Student must be in 12th grade and at least 16 years of age. The maximum number of allowable credits is ten per semester. No more than 20 credits of Community Work Experience are allowed toward graduation.

 


PEER TUTOR

Term: Semester  |   Level: High School Credit (HS)

This course is designed to provide students with first hand tutor experience, and development of teaching skills. Tutors will work in the Academic Seminar class and other courses where requested.

 

Skills: Students will be able to...

  • Understand and motivate other students
  • Assist students with organization, time managements, and prioritizing
  • Teach test preparation and test taking skills
  • Explain/reteach new content in a new way
  • Identify sources of difficulty in student learning
  • Recognize complex tasks that can be broken into smaller steps
  • Recognize roadblocks in learning and building de- tours around them
  • Create mnemonics to improve automatic recall
  • Evaluate students’ understanding and provide supportive feedback

Prerequisite: Open to grades 10-12; A/B Average in courses or recommendation from counselor (advanced level courses recommended).Pursuant to Education Code Section 51228.1; 5 CCR section 1700, Peer Tutor does not contain educational content required for graduation from a California High School. Student will receive elective credit that counts towards total credits required for graduation. Please consult individual information from teachers and courses regarding this policy.

 


STUDENT ASSISTANT

Term: Quarter  |   Level: High School Credit (HS) up to 10 credits maximum

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to assist administration, counseling, teaching, or other certificated staff during a period of the school day. The student will provide daily support required by staff, but will not be expected to complete curricular assignments. Students are limited in enrollment to one period of aiding at any one time.

The student will adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Arrange his/her student assignment with a certificated staff member
  • Complete WHS student assistant application
  • Complete daily tasks as required
  • Be prompt and attend daily

Prerequisite: WHS student assistant application required; student must obtain permission to aid for chosen certificated staff member during a teaching period; 2.0 GPA or higher; final  approval from administrator. Pursuant to Education Code Section 51228.1; 5 CCR section 1700, Student Assistant does not contain educational content required for graduation from a California High School. Student will receive elective credit that counts towards total credits required for graduation. Please consult individual information from teachers and courses regarding this policy.

 


PEER MODELING

Term: Quarter  |   Level: High School Credit (HS) up to 10 credits maximum

The Peer Modeling class focuses on creating positive interactions between students with and without disabilities. Students will support a student with an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) in both academic and social settings with adult supervision. Over the course of the school year, students will have opportunities to develop leadership skills, problem solving skills, and increase their diversity awareness. Opportunities for relation- ship building, self-advocacy, and positive behavior are supported.

The student will adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Facilitate interactions with students in the class
  • Serve as a good role model and positive influence
  • Complete reflection activities on their experiences

Prerequisite: WHS student assistant application required; student must obtain permission to aid for chosen certificated staff member during a teaching period; 2.0 GPA or higher; final approval from administrator.

 


Support Services: EL & SPED

 

Support Services: English language learners and special education

English Language Learner Services

Information on WHS English  Language Learner Sequences and Pathways

F/S = Semester Course (+) = Honors Point (*) = Possible Course
English
Social Science
 
Science
Reading

 

Moderate to Severe Special Education

Information on WHS Support Continuum

F/S = Semester Course (+) = Honors Point (*) = Possible Course
Moderate to Severe Special Education
Directed Studies Functional Communications
Transition Skills Functional Life Skills
Vocational Skills Functional Technology
Functional English Functional Art

 

 

 

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 1

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

The ELD I course is for students whose language abilities in reading, writing, listening, and speaking are in the “emerging” zone of the English Language Level Continuum as measured by the California English Language Development Standards and the initial English Language Proficiency Assessment of California (ELPAC). The class uses specially designed instruction to provide a foundation in academic English for non-native speakers.

 

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to...

  • Clearly communicate needs and questions to peers and to the teacher, advocating for them- selves with confidence.
  • Recognize the basic parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs) and understand how different parts of speech have different functions which follow different patterns of usage.
  • Expand in writing skills, moving from writing simple sentences to writing paragraphs following the pattern of topic sentences, detail sentences, and concluding sentences.
  • Write effective summaries of materials they read or watched.
  • Learn and use new vocabulary words (“tier two words” - high frequency academic language) effectively, understanding word roots and word partners.
  • Speak with confidence in informal and formal situations, using proper presentation skills and incorporating technology (ie. Google Slides).

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IUSD Language Development Program based on initial ELPAC assessment.

 


ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 2

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

This English language development course is for students whose language abilities in reading, writing, listening, and speaking are transitioning from emerging to expanding as measured by the California English Language Development Standards and the IUSD Program Placement Assessment. The class uses specially designed instruction to provide a foundation in academic English for non-native speakers.

 

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to...

  • Practice speaking and listening skills that will support them to effectively communicate in various social and academic settings.
  • Describe, explain, and summarize a variety of texts in both spoken and written English.
  • Learn and practice conventions and vocabulary skills that will support them in academic speaking and writing.
  • Write informative, argumentative, and narrative texts collaboratively and independently.
  • Use technology in practical and creative ways to monitor and accelerate language development.

 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ELD 1 in an IUSD newcomer program and/or recommendation from IUSD Language Development Program based on initial ELPAC assessment.

 


ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 3

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This college preparatory English course is for students whose language abilities in reading, writing, listening, and speaking are transitioning from expanding to bridging as measured by the California English Language Development Standards and the IUSD Program Placement Assessment. The class is designed to provide continued  development of the academic English skills necessary to be successful in content classes across the curriculum, with special attention given to collaboration, and interpreting and producing a variety of texts across a multitude of genres.

 

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to...

  • Contribute to class, group, and partner discussions.
  • Describe, explain, and summarize a variety of texts in both spoken and written English.
  • Explain ideas and relationships within and across texts in both spoken and written English.
  • Produce clear and coherent writing and speech in which development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • Write informative, argumentative, and narrative texts collaboratively and independently.
  • Use technology in practical and creative ways to monitor and accelerate language development. 

 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ELD 2, appropriate level on the ELPAC, and/or teacher recommendation.

 


SHELTERED WORLD HISTORY

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Sheltered World History uses specially designed academic instruction in English (SDAIE) to provide English Learners with additional support so that they can access the same content taught in our World History A & B classes. Students taking the course will study World History beginning with the birth of democratic ideas in ancient Greece and Rome and ending in the present day. Students taking the course will explore the rise of nations, causes and effects of revolutions, and the impact of different historical events on the modern geopolitical landscape today.

 

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to...

  • Understand and analyze primary and secondary source documents from different periods in history with appropriate staff support
  • Cite historical evidence to support and develop arguments while completing a variety of written, spoken, and presentation tasks to demonstrate understanding of historical content while building on existing English-language skills
  • Identify and explain events from different historical perspectives.
  • Use technology in practical and creative ways to assist with and demonstrate understanding and knowledge of historical content

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from ELD Coordinator and counselor

 


SHELTERED U.S.HISTORY

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Sheltered United States History uses specially designed academic instruction in English (SDAIE) to provide English Learners with additional support so that they can access the same content taught in our U.S. History A & B course. Students taking the course will study U.S. History beginning with the colonial era of the 1500s and 1600s and ending with the present day. Students taking the course will trace the growth and changes experienced by the United States as well as their causes and effects.

 

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to…

  • Understand and analyze primary and secondary source documents from different periods in history with appropriate staff support
  • Cite historical evidence to support and develop arguments while completing a variety of written, spoken, and presentation tasks to demonstrate understanding of historical content while building on existing English-language skills
  • Identify and explain events from different historical perspectives.
  • Use technology in practical and creative ways to assist with and demonstrate understanding and knowledge of historical content

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from ELD Coordinator and counselor

 


ELD SCIENCE

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

Newcomers Science provides students who already have a background knowledge of science with the English vocabulary and skills necessary to succeed in college-preparatory science classes. This is a survey course, broadly covering life science, chemistry, physics, and environmental science. There is an emphasis on interaction between the students to promote oral language development, and much of the course entails science experiments.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IUSD Language Development Program based on initial ELPAC assessment.

 


READING TECHNIQUES

Term: Yearlong  |   Level:Term: High School Credit

ELD Reading Techniques is an elective course focused on helping students improve their acquisition of the English language through reading, writing, listening and speaking. Student efforts in this course will help support them in all of their other academic classes, as language skills are important for success in all courses. This course will be using the Read 180/System 44 computer-based curriculum, which has been proven to help students improve their reading skills at a pace specific to their needs. Unlike a typical English class, much of the material in this course will specifically target reading strategies, targeted phonics instruction, and vocabulary acquisition. Students will learn to build independence as readers, speak confidently and listen critically, write critically and effectively, and encounter a variety of worldviews.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IUSD Language Development Program based on initial ELPAC assessment.

 


READ/WRITE

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

Read/Write is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, focused on two of the principles of language: reading and writing. In conjunction with the Read 180 program, there is a focus on phonics and decoding, vocabulary using literature based words and using words in context, grammar, and composition to support students in their reading and writing skills. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team 

 


TRANSITION SKILLS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

The Transition Skills course is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction. Course topics include Community, Daily Life, Personal Life and Vocational. Students will learn the skills necessary to live as independently as possible, and prepare for coursework at the adult transition program. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team

 


VOCATIONAL SKILLS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

The Vocational Skills course is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction. Students enrolled in Vocational Skills develop job readiness skills. Students participate in on-campus and off-campus Job Development. Prior on-campus job development opportunities include recycling, cafeteria, copy room and coffee/tea cart. Prior off-campus job development opportunities have included local restaurants and grocery stores. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team

 


FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

The Functional English course is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, focused on functional forms of reading and writing. Students will learn how to write letters, weekly goals, record information in their planner. Students will be able to read articles and answer WH questions. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team

 


FUNCTIONAL MATH

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

The Functional Math course is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, focused on math skills used in daily living. Sample topics include creating a balanced budget, reading and recording receipts, determining the “Next Dollar Up” for an item cost, learning how to tell time, and calculating elapsed time. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team

 


FUNCTIONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

The Communication Skills course is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction, focused on helping students develop the skills necessary to start and maintain social connections with peers and adults at school and in the community. Course topics include emotions, “Social Thinking” and the “Zones of Regulation” which involves recognizing how students are feeling, and how the people around them are feeling. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team

 


FUNCTIONAL LIFE SKILLS

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

The Life Skills course is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction. The Life Skills course helps students develop skills necessary to become as independent as possible, based on their own unique needs. Students will learn skills associated with shopping in the community, staying within a budget, cooking, hygiene and community safety. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team

 


FUNCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

The Functional Technology course is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction. Students will learn how to safely access technology and the internet. Course topics include writing and sending emails, using Google Maps to plan trips, using the internet to research desired topics / careers, and practicing keyboarding skills. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team

 


FUNCTIONAL ART

Term: Yearlong  |   Level: High School Credit

The Functional Art course is a special education class, consisting of specialized academic instruction. Students will learn the fundamentals of art, and complete art projects following step-by-step guides. Enrollment in this class is based on a student’s IEP team decision that this class is appropriate. The curricular focus is based on the student’s individual needs (accommodations/modifications and identified goals) agreed to by the IEP team.

 

Prerequisite: Recommendation from IEP Team