2016/2017 Courses Offered
|ADAP PHYS ED||CC MATH 6A||JROTC ARM 3A|
|ADV BAND A||CC MATH 6B||JROTC ARM 3B|
|ADV BAND B||CC MATH 7A||JROTC ARM 4A|
|ADV COMP||CC MATH 7B||JROTC ARM 4B|
|ADV COND||CC MATH 8A||WLD HIST A EDGL|
|ADV ELD SH 2A||CC MATH 8B||L & L EL SH 2A|
|ADV ELD SH 2B||CC PRECALC A EDGL||L & L EL SH 2B|
|ADV ELD SH A||CHEMISTRY A||L & L EL SH A|
|ADV ELD SH B||CHEMISTRY B||L & L EL SH B|
|ADV PE 1A||COMP PROG 2A||LAT AM STU|
|ADV PE 1A ROTC||COMP PROG 2B||LEADER SH A|
|ADV PE 1B||COMP SCI 1A||LEADER SH B|
|ADV PE 1B ROTC||COMP SCI 1B||LIFE SKLS 21ST|
|ADV PE 2A||CONF/PREP PER||LIT MINOR AMER|
|ADV PE 2A ROTC||CONTEMP COMP||MEDIA SH|
|ADV PE 2B||DECATHLON||MUSEUM STUDY A|
|ADV PE 2B ROTC||DEV ELS SH A||MUSEUM STUDY B|
|ADVT DES 1A||DEV ELS SH B||PAINTING 1A|
|AM LIT COMP||DEV MATH SH A||PAINTING 1B|
|ADAP PHYS ED||COMP SCI 1A||LIT MINOR AMER|
|ADV BAND A||COMP SCI 1B||MEDIA SH|
|ADV BAND B||CONF/PREP PER||MEX AM LIT|
|ADV COMP||CONTEMP COMP||MEX AM STU|
|ADV COND||DECATHLON||MUSEUM STUDY A|
|ADV ELD SH 2A||DEV ELS SH A||MUSEUM STUDY B|
|ADV ELD SH 2B||DEV ELS SH B||OTHER INSTR CO|
|ADV ELD SH A||DEV MATH SH A||PAINTING 1A|
|ADV ELD SH B||DEV MATH SH B||PAINTING 1B|
|ADV PE 1A||DRAWING A||PAINTING 2A|
|ADV PE 1A ROTC||DRAWING B||PAINTING 2B|
|ADV PE 1B||ECONOMICS||PEER COUNSELING|
|ADV PE 1B ROTC||ELD 1A||PHYSICS A|
|ADV PE 2A||ELD 1B||PHYSICS B|
|ADV PE 2A ROTC||ELD 2A||PHYSIOLOGY A|
|ADV PE 2B||ELD 2B||PHYSIOLOGY B|
|ADV PE 2B ROTC||ELD 3A||PRACT ENG A|
|ADVT DES 1A||ELD 3B||PRACT ENG B|
|AM LIT COMP||ELD 4A||PRACT MATH A|
|AP ART HIS A||ELD 4B||PRACT MATH B|
|AP ART HIS B||ELD ALT CUR A||PRACT SCIENC A|
|AP BIO A||ELD ALT CUR B||PRACT SCIENC B|
|AP BIO B||ENGLISH 10A||PRACT SOC ST A|
|AP CALCULUS A||ENGLISH 10B||PRACT SOC ST B|
|AP CALCULUS B||ENGLISH 6A||PRECALC A|
|AP CALCULUS B||ENGLISH 6B||PRECALC B|
|AP CALCULUS C||ENGLISH 7A||PRIN AM DEM EDGL|
|AP CHEMISTRY A||ENGLISH 7B||PRIN AM DEM EDGP|
|AP CHEMISTRY B||ENGLISH 8A||PRIN AM DEMOCR|
|AP COMP SC A A||ENGLISH 8B||PRINCIPAL|
|AP COMP SC A B||ENGLISH 9A||ROBOTICS SH A|
|AP ENG LANG A||ENGLISH 9B||ROBOTICS SH B|
|AP ENG LANG B||EXPLOR COMP SCI A||SCI/HLTH 6A|
|AP ENG LIT A||EXPOS COMP||SCI/HLTH 6B|
|AP ENG LIT B||FILMMAKING 1A||SCIENCE 7|
|AP ENV SCI A||FILMMAKING 1B||SCIENCE 8A|
|AP ENV SCI B||FILMMAKING 2A||SCIENCE 8B|
|AP GOVT & POL||FILMMAKING 2B||SERVICE LEARN|
|AP HUMAN GEO A||FOOTBALL FR/SO||SERVICE SH|
|AP HUMAN GEO B||FOOTBALL, VAR||SM BUS OWN/MGM|
|AP MA ECO APXL||GEN WRK EXP||SOCCER|
|AP MACRO ECONO||GR DES AD DES||SOCCER, V BOYS|
|AP MICRO ECONO||GR DES DIG IMA||SOCCER, V GIRL|
|AP PHY:C E&M A||GR DESIGN FUND||SOFTBALL|
|AP PHY:C E&M B||GREAT BOOKS||SOFTBALL, VAR|
|AP PHYSICS 1A||GUITAR SH 1A||SPAN 1A APX|
|AP PHYSICS 1B||GUITAR SH 1B||SPAN 1A EDG|
|AP SPAN LIT A||GUITAR SH 2A||SPAN 1B APX|
|AP SPAN LIT B||GUITAR SH 2B||SPAN 1B EDG|
|AP SPAN LNG A||GUITAR SH 3A||SPAN 2A APX|
|AP SPAN LNG B||GUITAR SH 3B||SPAN 2A EDG|
|AP STATSTICS A||H ACC CC ALG 1A||SPAN 2B APX|
|AP STATSTICS B||H ACC CC ALG 1B||SPAN 2B EDG|
|AP US HIST A||H ADV BIO A||SPAN 3A APX|
|AP US HIST B||H ADV COMP||SPAN SP 1A|
|BAND SH A||H AM LIT COMP||SPAN SP 1B|
|BASEBALL, JV||H BIOLOGY A||SPAN SP 2A|
|BASEBALL, VAR||H BIOLOGY B||SPAN SP 2B|
|BASKETBALL||H CC ALGEBRA 2A||SPANISH 1A|
|BIOLOGY A||H CC ALGEBRA 2B||SPANISH 1A EDGL|
|BIOLOGY B||H CC GEOMETRY A||SPANISH 1B|
|CC ALG 1A EDGL||H CC GEOMETRY B||SPANISH 1B EDGL|
|CC ALG 1A EDGP||H CHEMISTRY A||SPANISH 2A|
|CC ALG 1B EDGL||H CHEMISTRY B||SPANISH 2A EDGL|
|CC ALG 1B EDGP||H CONTEMP COMP||SPANISH 2B|
|CC ALG 2A EDGL||H ECONOMICS||SPANISH 2B EDGL|
|CC ALG 2A EDGP||H ENGLISH 10A||SPANISH 3A|
|CC ALG 2B EDGL||H ENGLISH 10B||SPANISH 3B|
|CC ALG 2B EDGP||H ENGLISH 9A||STAT & PROB A|
|CC ALGEBRA 1A||H ENGLISH 9B||STAT & PROB B|
|CC ALGEBRA 1B||H EXPOS COMP||STRATGC LIT 1A|
|CC ALGEBRA 2A||H GEOG B||STRATGC LIT 1B|
|CC ALGEBRA 2B||H HUMANITIES A||THEA INTRO A|
|CC ENG 10A EDGL||H HUMANITIES B||THEA INTRO B|
|CC ENG 10A EDGP||H PRIN AM DEMOCR||US HIST 20TH A|
|CC ENG 10B EDGL||H US HIST 20TH A||US HIST 20TH B|
|CC ENG 10B EDGP||H US HIST 20TH B||US HIST A EDGL|
|CC ENG 11A EDGL||H WHG: MOD WLD A||US HIST A EDGP|
|CC ENG 11A EDGP||H WHG: MOD WLD B||US HIST B EDGL|
|CC ENG 11B EDGL||HEALTH JH||US HIST B EDGP|
|CC ENG 11B EDGP||HEALTH SH||US HIST G&C A|
|CC ENG 9A EDG||HOMEROOM||US HIST G&C B|
|CC ENG 9A EDGL||INSTRUMENTS A||VIDEO PROD/1|
|CC ENG 9A EDGP||INSTRUMENTS B||WHG M A EDGP|
|CC ENG 9B EDGL||INT PE A||WHG M B EDGP|
|CC ENG 9B EDGP||INT PE B||WHG: ANC CIV A|
|CC GEOM A EDGL||INTCOOR SCI 1A||WHG: ANC CIV B|
|CC GEOM B EDGL||INTCOOR SCI 1B||WHG: MED/MOD A|
|CC GEOM A EDGP||INTRO COMP||WHG: MED/MOD B|
|CC GEOM B EDGP||INTRO PE A||WHG: MOD WLD A|
|CC GEOMETRY A||INTRO PE B||WHG: MOD WLD B|
|CC GEOMETRY B||JOURNALISM 1A||WLD HIST B EDGL|
|JOURNALISM 1B||YEARBOOK SH A|
|JOURNALISM 2A||YEARBOOK SH B|
Grades: 10-12 Annual Course
Course Description: This competency-based course introduces students to the fundamentals of computer graphic production and design. This course includes instruction in the use of a variety of hardware, software, and peripherals used in the creation and manipulation of still, two-dimensional images. The course will also cover the use of electronic input and output devices.
DRAWING AB Annual Course
A basic drawing class with an emphasis on learning basis drawing skills through a variety of subject matter and drawing materials.
Prerequisite: Recommended Completion of Drawing AB
A course that develops the student’s competence in observing the environment and interpreting it creatively. Subject matters include the figure, till life, and landscape. The course develops skills in use of media as watercolor, tempura, acrylics, and oils.
Film 1 Grades 10-12 Annual
Students are introduced to the basics of filmmaking. Students begin their semester by being handed a camera and an assignment. Once the first assignment is finished (a 90second film) they have learned how to operate a camera, create storyboards and edit a film on iMovie, which includes sound, music and titles. Students view films beginning with silent movies up to the most recent. Students review films commenting on film elements such as lighting, acting, cinematography and screenwriting. Students collaborate on films with either a literary or historical source as the base. In the second semester student are introduced to Final Cut Pro to edit their films. Students also begin to explore which area of film they want to specialize in.
Film 2 Grades 10-12 Annual Course
Prerequisites: Film 1 or permission of Instructor
This course will be two courses in one. Film 2 will focus on production and postproduction. The first semester will further explore cinematography, lighting and pre-production activities. Students will make shot by shot analysis of master filmmakers to re-create certain effects and shots. Students will analyze shooting scripts and explore structure and interpretation. The second semester will focus on editing and post-production. Students will deepen their technical skills in Final Cut Pro and Aftereffects. Students will analyze the effect music has on storytelling in film. Students will make films that encompass all these elements.
Yearbook Grade 10-12 Annual Course
Function as part of a team to produce the yearbook, promote, design, photograph and facilitate all levels of production.
Students learn how to take an idea from the drawing board to the business plan. Students will learn how to develop market and run a business. Students will learn about profit and cost of goods. Students enter a business plan competition and the winner receives a $5000 scholarship.
This course is designed to help the student understand the nature and kinds of today’s laws. Emphasis is placed on business and consumer law: torts, crimes, law for the minor, law for the business firm, offer and acceptance, legal agreement, consideration, void and voidable agreements, contractual forms, discharge of contracts, and breach of contracts. Hypothetical cases and actual court cases are used to help develop the student’s ability to analyze and discuss the issues presented.
Introduction to Computers
The course is designated for students to complete assignments that demonstrate competency in knowledge and skills related to basic computer literacy. Successfully completed demonstration projects will show that students can use current computer hardware, storage media, desktop publishing, multimedia, e-mail, and internet software.
Students will learn how to create professional websites using Macromedia Dreamweaver. They will also learn how to create animation for their websites and also learn the basics of HTML.
Students are introduced to the basics of wired and wireless networking. Students will also learn spreadsheets by using Microsoft Excel. Using this program they will also learn how to create loans and investments.
Educational and Career Planning
Life Skills Grade 9th Semester Course
Acclimates primarily freshmen students to the Franklin community, discussing the available resources, programs, and activities that are offered for learning, enrichment, and support. The students are acquainted with the SLC’s on campus as well as the magnet program for the purpose of selection in the spring. Behavioral strategies, and skills are also analyzed and role played in order to assist the students in the handling of the stresses and situations that commonly occur in an adolescent’s life. Post secondary options of college and career are also introduced and discussed.
The major emphasis of the course is to promote the communication skills of ninth-grade students through a balanced language arts program which provides growth through appropriate practice in listening, reading, speaking, writing, and thinking. The literature based units provide a framework in which students use English skills to relate to the worlds of past, present and future, including ideas, attitudes, ideals, and values.
English 10 AB
Meets basic English requirements and extends the communication skills of reading, discussing, listening, and writing. Stresses reinforcement of grammar and writing skills. Students learn to structure paragraphs and short essays, read the major forms of literature-biography, drama, novel, short story, and mass media and relate ideas in them to their own experiences and to those of others.
Prerequisites: Recommended completion of English 9AB, 10AB or equivalent courses
The major emphasis of these courses is to provide for further acquisition of and practice in communication skills through instruction centering on literature written or published in the United States. The content of the courses presents literary interpretations of multicultural experiences and values in the United States and encourages extensions of reading, writing, speaking, listening and critical thinking skills for effective reception and expression of ideas. Writing is based of the standards and include a balance program in the domains of writing.
Prerequisites: Recommended completion of English 9AB, English 10AB or equivalent courses
The major emphasis of this course is to provide a balance program in the domains of writing. Instructions may offer differentiated assignments so that students achieve success at their ability level and progress to more difficult accomplishments. The course includes writing for personal, vocational, and academic purposes; the reading for information, enjoyment and inspiration; and listening and thinking critically.
AP English Language:
The major purpose of this course is to engage students in becoming skilled readers of prose in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.
AP English Literature AB
Prerequisites: AP English Language strongly recommended
Develops comprehension of literary forms and content through reading, discussion and composition. Certain colleges may accept AP course credit or advance placement of students who qualify. This course replaces Expository Composition and English Elective Requirement
Emphasis is on expository writing and essentials skills of editing. Prepares practice in and completion of all essential elements of senior portfolio.
Required course. Alternatives are Advanced Comp.(honors level expos) or AP Literature.
Provides basis for understanding the spiritual resources of minority people through a study of representative literature by authors from various ethnic groups, the historical, social and cultural forces that influence writers, and their contributions to American literature.
Meets English requirement for High School graduation and entry into US and CSU system.
ESL 1A Grades: 9-12 Semester Course
Prerequisites: ELD Level 1
This is a two-hour class which develops the skills at the beginning level. The focus is on the development of ACADEMIC LANGUAGE across the content areas, along with everyday vocabulary and emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing. The textbook used is HIGHPOINT-BASIC (Elective)
ESL 1B Grades: 9-12 Semester Course
Prerequisites: SL 1A or ELD Level 2
This is a two-hour class which develops and expands the skills at the beginning level. The focus is on the development of ACADEMIC LANGUAGE across the content areas, along with everyday vocabulary and emphasis on listening, speaking, reading and writing. The textbook used is HIGHPOINT-BASIC
ESL 2A Grades: 9-12 Semester Course
Prerequisites: ESL 1B or ELD Level 3
This is a two-hour class which continues to develop and expand upon the skills introduced at the beginning level. The focus is on meeting the ELD standards in developing ACADEMIC LANGUAGE across the content areas. The textbook used is HIGHPOINT-LEVEL A (Elective)
ESL 2B Grades: 9-12 Semester Course
Prerequisites: ESL 2A or ELD Level 4
This is a two-hour class which continues to develop and expand upon the skills introduced in ESL 2A. The focus is on meeting the ELD standards in developing ACADEMIC LANGUAGE across the content areas. The textbook used is HIGHPOINT-LEVEL A (Elective)
ESL 3 Grades: 9-12 Semester Course
Prerequisite: ESL 2B or ELD Level 5
This is a two-hour class which continues to center on meeting the ELD standards in the development of ACADEMIC LANGUAGE. The emphasis is on reading, writing and critical thinking across the content areas. The textbook used is HIGHPOINT LEVEL C Units 1-3. This course is equivalent to English 9A.
ESL 4 Grades: 9-12 Semester Course
Prerequisite: ESL 3 or ELD Level 5
This is a two-hour class which continues to develop and expand upon the skill introduced in the earlier level. The focus is on the development of ACADEMIC LANGUAGE across the content areas, with an emphasis on advanced vocabulary development, reading, writing and critical thinking. The textbook used is HIGHPOINT-LEVEL C-Units 4-5. This course is equivalent to English 9B.
Foreign Language Department
The Spanish 1A/B provides for the student an attractive introduction to the literature of Spain and the Hispanic nations. Nuevas Vistas 1 encourages speakers’ continued development of Spanish; to promote awareness of cultural heritage through Cultura y lengua, interviews with native speakers; and literary selection. Nuevas Vistas 1 also challenges the students with rich interdisciplinary content, such as literature, art, and history; encourage individual expression in oral and written activities; validates use of region-specific vocabulary and authentic expressions and Modismos y regionalismos; develops students’ writing skills with ongoing process-writing assignments.
The textbook is divided in six collections, each of which focuses on a different literary genre: fable, short story of Spain and Latin America, the letter, the novel, poetry, biography, the essay, and drama.
Prerequisite: Spanish 1AB
The course will provide a general introduction to the literary genre to be studied, and several readings by diverse authors from the Spanish-speaking world. Each contains a brief introduction or biographical sketch of the author whose work follows. Both classic and contemporary authors are presented as well as remarks that explain the author’s purpose, accomplishments, and the importance of his/her contributions to that particular genre.
The Spanish 2A/B provides for the student an attractive introduction to the literature of Spain and the Hispanic nations. Nuevas Vistas is designed for the student who has reached an advanced level of linguistic development and who now stands on the threshold of a world of fable and fantasy, of love and beauty, of poetry and emotion. With the teacher as a guide the student will travel through the various periods of Spanish and Latin American literature and will become part of the theater upon whose stage the Latin people s have presented their history, their philosophies, their social behavior and their political thought. The student will witness the influence of the mother country on the nations of Latin America, and will see how the branches spring forth from the family tree, which is Spain.
Spanish 3a Grades: 11-12 (Annual/Semester Course)
Prerequisites: Spanish I & II (not appropriate for students with background in spoken Spanish)
Methodical presentation of structure of the language through hearing, speaking, reading, writing of Spanish. By the end of the course, students should be able to converse in Spanish on a diversity of topics related to their daily life, write short compositions using the vocabulary and the main grammatical structures study throughout the semester, and understand authentic reading materials in the target language. They should also be able to discuss elements of the culture of the Spanish speaking countries, and compare these elements to their knowledge of the American culture.
Health Education Grade: 9 Semester
Develops understanding of basic health concepts. Encourages attitudes and skills that lead to effective decisions and life styles in regard to individual, family, and public health. Fulfills requirements of the California Education code considering the teaching of safety and first aid, the effects of narcotics, dangerous drugs, alcohol and tobacco on the human body. Parent permission required for the sex education component.
GRAPHIC DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS
Grades: 10-12 Annual Course
This competency-based course is designed to provide ROP students with training in methods, tools and materials, media of commercial art. This course also helps prepare students for employment as illustrators, or as Layout, Paste-Up, or Production Artist. Students will also build a portfolio of their work consisting of ads, posters, magazine pages, record covers and cassette cover art, typography, logos, and illustrations. The competencies in this course are aligned with the California High School Academic Contest Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards.
Grades: 10-12 Annual Course
This competency-based course introduces students to the fundamentals of computer graphic production and design. This course includes instruction in the use of a variety of hardware, software, and peripherals used in the creation and manipulation of still, two-dimensional images. The course will also cover the use of electronic input and output devices.
Algebra 1AB GRADE: 9-12
Prerequisites: Pre Algebra
Develops the students’ competence in symbolic reasoning and calculations with symbols. Student develops understanding of the symbolic language of math and sciences. Algebraic skills and concepts are developed and used in wide variety of problem solving situations.
CPM Geometry AB Grades: 9 Annual Course
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 AB
Students work in study teams to solve problems and perform investigations that build spatial visualization skills, conceptual understanding of geometry topics, and an awareness of connections between different ideas. (C)
Geometry AB Grades 9 – 12 Annual Course
Successful completion of Algebra 1A and
Algebra 1B with a C grade or better.
Geometry is the study of the properties of points, lines and planes and the geometric figures they form. Emphasis is placed on the study of geometry as a logical system based on deductive reasoning. The logical system is built on undefined terms, definitions, postulates and theorems. Aspects of trigonometry, solid geometry, and coordinate geometry are also included. ( C )
Algebra 2AB Grades:10-12 Annual Course
Prerequisites: Algebra 1AB, Geometry AB
This course complements and expands the mathematical content and concepts of Algebra 1 and Geometry. Students who master Algebra 2 will gain experience with algebraic solutions of problems in various content areas, including the solution of systems of quadratic equations, logarithmic and exponential functions, the binomial theorem, and the complex number system. Algebra 2 meets the UC/CSU admission requirement. Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 meet the three year requirement for the UC or CSU system.
Math Analysis AB Grades: 11-12 Annual Course
Prerequisites: Geometry and Algebra 2
This discipline combines many of the trigonometric, geometric and algebraic techniques needed to prepare students for the study of calculus and other advanced courses. Trigonometry is covered in the first semester. Precalculus is covered in the second semester. Topics emphasized on the analysis of function. Graphing calculators are used throughout the course.
AP Statistics AB Grades 11-12 Annual Course
Prerequisites: Algebra 1AB, Geometry AB, Algebra 2, Math Analysis
All students use the TI-84 in class and at home extensively throughout the course and MINITAB output is encountered for the analysis of particular problems involving large data sets. Much of the course is activity based and simulations are run frequently to understand probabilities and distributions. Statistics are regularly practiced using projects that students do outside class individually or in groups and the results are professionally written up and presented to the class. A project will involve a research question, a literature review, sample design, methodology, conclusion based on statistics and recommendation for future research.
AP Calculus AB Grades 11-12 Annual Course
Prerequisites: Algebra 1AB, Geometry AB, Algebra 2, Math Analysis
This course is intended for students who may have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics, including algebra, integrated mathematics, axiomatic geometry, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. The course stresses concepts and then techniques. Each concept is looked at graphically, numerically, analytically, algebraically and verbally. Students will learn how to express answers using the technical vocabulary of calculus and organize their solutions professionally so that the reader will clearly understand what the student has determined while solving the problem. The TI-84 calculator is used daily. Students who score 3 or more(out of 5) on the AP exam for Calculus AB may receive university calculus credit for the first semester of college-level calculus.
The major emphasis of this course is on the beginning activities of playing orchestral or band instruments. The course will develop skills on reading music notations. It will provide the opportunities of growth in understanding of musical elements.
The emphasis of this course is to prepare the students to perform at football games, competitions and other appropriate functions. A certain amount of out-of-school time is required for rehearsal and events.
Advanced Physical Education 1AB/2AB
The major emphasis of this course is to enable the student to experiment and refine further the skills needed in one or more activities in their choice. The course covers the physical and mechanical principles of movement, their interrelationship, and their effects. The course provides for acquisition of skills necessary to participate on an advance level team and or sport.
Adaptive Physical Education
Prerequisite: Per IEP
The major emphasis of this course is to provide an individualized course for students who are approved by an Individualized Program Team (IEP). The course stresses movement activities planned to promote maximum optimum motor development.
Prerequisite: Approval required
Provides competition for students who demonstrate abilities and skills and desire to compete. Includes advanced skills, techniques, athletic training and conditioning for interscholastic competition. Sports may include the following:
Basketball (Varsity, JV)
Baseball (Varsity, JV)
Football (Varsity, JV)
Soccer (Varsity, JV)
Softball (Varsity, JV)
Tennis (Varsity, JV)
Track and Field
Volleyball (Varsity, JV)
ICS Grades: 9 Annual
This course emphasizes an experimental approach to the four major sciences at Franklin HS. It starts with a general introduction to Earth Science, including such topics as plate tectonics, volcanoes, and California geology. Next is an introduction to Physics, including such topics as waves, optics and electricity. Chemistry follows with an introduction to such topics as the periodic table and the structure of matter. Finally, Biology wraps up the course with an introduction to ecology and evolution
Biology AB Grade:10 Annual Course
Biology AB is a laboratory science course which meets the life science requirement for graduation from LAUSD and the University of California requirement. In Biology A, the first semester the topics are the cell and genetics. Particular attention is given to human biology. In Biology B, the topics are evolution, ecology and physiology, which covers all living things and touches on the place of humanity.
Chemistry AB Grade: 10 Annual Course
Prerequisites: Algebra 1AB, Biology AB, Geometry strongly recommended.
Fundamental concepts include: periodic law; atomic/molecular structure; properties and laws of matter/energy; stoichiometry; behaviors of acids/bases; solutions chemistry; thermo chemistry, entropy/enthalpy; gas laws; types of chemical reactions; chemical equilibrium; organic chemistry; nuclear chemistry. Chemistry curriculum includes laboratory investigation apropos to concepts under discussion. Chemistry AB is required to enter most advanced science fields including medicine, nursing, biology, engineering and computer science. (Science)
Physics AB --Grades: 11-12 Annual
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra 2AB or Math Analysis concurrently
Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences and serves as the underpinning of all other branches of science. Physics is about how the basic constituents of nature move and interact. Physics
seeks to explain how the universe is structured from the smallest particles to the largest galaxies by
discovering consistent mathematical descriptions of how nature behaves.
This chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. AP Chemistry provides the students an opportunity to develop their ability to think clearly and to express their ideas, orally, and in writing with clarity and logic. A strong emphasis is place on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulations of principles. AP chemistry covers an increased number of topics and variety of experiments done in the laboratory. This course will prepare students for the Advance Placement Chemistry test.
AP Environmental Science AB
The AP Environmental Science course is designated to be the equivalent of one semester introductory college course in environmental science. AP Environmental science is a year long course, taught at the college level that examines the human relationship with the environment. The course focuses on, among other topics, energy conversions, science as a process, sustainability and the human impact and interrelationship with the environment.
World History AB Grade: 10 Annual Course
The major emphasis of this course is upon continuing the study of the changing world begun in grade 7 and briefly reviewing the area studies presented in that grade. This course is designed to give students both an historical outlook on and a contemporary view of the world. Students will become more knowledgeable about significant historical events, ideas, and forces that have shaped and are shaping our world. The focus of the course is from the late eighteenth century to the present. Political, geographic, economic, social, and cultural events are emphasized. Equivalent course is Honors World History AB.
United States History AB Grade: 11 Annual Course
Emphasis of this course is the study of the United States in the Twentieth Century. After a brief review of the US History from discovery to the end of the nineteenth century this course focuses on the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the United States. The course is standards based covering eleven standards which analyze separate strands of US History. Each standard is chronologically based covering a separate strand of US History. A state exam is given in May based on the standards. Students need to use their critical thinking skills as they analyze each standard in the course of study. This course is a requirement of the state and the district for graduation.
AP United States History AB Grade: 11 Annual Course
Prerequisite: Recommended Completion of World History AB
The major emphasis of this course is upon providing an intensive study of the political, economic, social intellectual, diplomatic, and cultural development of the United States. The course emphasizes a variety of themes and approaches to the United States and encourages an awareness of the nature of history in its broadest definition and a sense of the alternative to any given explanation. Students are helped to develop college level social skills through essay examinations through note taking from both printed materials and lectures and through presentations of research reports. This course will prepare the students for the Advance Placement Examination.
Principals of American Democracy Grade: 12 Semester Course
Prerequisite: Recommended Completion of United States History AB
Examines our system of government, covering the purpose, structure, and functions of federal, state, county, and local governments and the political and economic principles that underlie our system. United States institutions, ideals, and practices are compared and contrasted with those of other nations. Explores the complex political and economic problems confronting national, state, and local governments and related current affairs and examines taxation and the effect of government policy on the economy. Examines types of elections, voting procedure, campaign techniques, political organizations, and the importance of participation in the democratic process.
Economics Grade: 12 Semester Course
Prerequisite: Recommended Completion of United States History AB
The major emphasis of this course is upon studying the basic principles of economics to help students understand the "demand" economic system within which they live and to learn to analyze objectively the wide range of problems that confront their society. Identifies the growing problem caused by unlimited demands on limited natural resources and by socioeconomic desires for a balanced ecology on the one hand and an increased standard of living on the other. Enables students to gain a better of how and why the United States economic system work, how they fit into the economy and influence it by their decisions, and how they can help it to serve them better. Equivalent course Honors Economics.
H Economics Grade: 12 Semester Course
Prerequisite: Advance Placement American Government with a “C” or better grade.
The major purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive study of the basic institutions, concepts, principles, and practices of economics. Instruction covers basic economic concepts that underlie the United States market system and its operations. Instructional units apply these concepts at both the micro and micro levels; promote informed voter and consumer decision making; provide information about major economic theories and prominent economists; and emphasize how economics influences the lives of ordinary citizens. In addition, the course investigates the complex political and economic issues confronting national, state, and local governments. The course also includes an analysis of the American free enterprise system through a study of comparative economics. Included is instruction on the international dimensions of economics and the “global” economy. Throughout this course, measurement concepts and methods involving tables, charts, graphs, ratios, percentages, and index numbers are introduced to understand the relationship between economic variables, thus adding to their mastery of economic thought and method.
General Work Experience
This course allows supervised part-time paid employment of students with the intent of assisting them to acquire desirable work habits and attitudes in real jobs. Students must attend work-related instruction meetings as prescribed by the coordinator.
This class provides the development of skills through activities such as care, preparation, office work which may include typing, filing. No more than 10 credits may be applied towards graduation.
This course caters to the United States Academic Decathlon, scholastics for high schools to showcase their best students by preparing for and participating in a rigorous ten subject competition at the district, state and national level.