Course Descriptions

We are proud to offer a wide variety of classes to our students. From Algebra 2 and Chemistry to Web Design and Film Analysis, our A-G UC and NCAA approved courses prepare students for post-secondary success.

Math

Math 7 A/B
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Using the tools in this course, you will learn more about how to solve problems using expressions and equations. When you understand how to work with numbers in equations, and how to manipulate equations, you can more easily solve problems you encounter in everyday life.
Math 8 A/B
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In this course, you will study and interpret functions that can help you solve problems you encounter in everyday life. During the second term, you will study the use of scientific notation and learn to use roots appropriately. You will also plot and compare irrational numbers and simplify expressions with irrational numbers.
Algebra 1 A/B (A-G Approved)
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A comprehensive study of all of the concepts of Algebra I required to meet state and Common Core standards. With multiple opportunities for practice and review, students easily master skills including variables, linear equations, quadratic equations, function notation, and exponential functions.
Geometry A/B (A-G Approved)
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A comprehensive examination of geometric concepts, each lesson provides thorough explanations and builds on prior lessons. Step-by-step instruction and multiple opportunities for self-check practice develop skills and confidence in students as they progress through the course. The course features animations, which allow students to manipulate angles or create shapes, such as triangles, engage students in learning and enhance mastery. Labs extend comprehension by giving students hand-on experiences.
Algebra 2 A/B (A-G Approved)
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Algebra 2 expands on the algebraic functions learned in Algebra I by bringing in concepts of linear, quadratic, and simultaneous equations; laws of exponents; progression; binomial theorems; and logarithms. The course units are competency-based. Learners experience new situations which they practice in a real-world environment and match to previous learning.
Precalculus A/B (A-G Approved)
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Precalculus builds on algebraic concepts to prepare students for calculus. The course begins with a review of basic algebraic concepts and moves into operations with functions, where students manipulate functions and their graphs. Precalculus also provides a detailed look at trigonometric functions, their graphs, the trigonometric identities, and the unit circle. Finally, students are introduced to polar coordinates, parametric equations, and limits.
Business & Consumer Mathematics
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Explore practical mathematics skills that can help you in your everyday life. Learn budget, manage bank accounts, and figure the cost of a good or service. You will also learn about taxes, payroll deductions, and how to invest and borrow money. This course will help you make informed decisions about buying or renting a home or car and teach you how to protect your purchases and investments with insurance. Finally, you will study economics, or the science of the creation, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. You’ll see how economics affects you as an individual and how it affects the country as a whole.
Personal Finance
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Personal Finance is a real world applicatrion for basic math skills that will cover a wide range of topics. This course will give students a basic understanding of personal finance management by covering topics such as gross pay, net pay, taxes, budgeting, and types of bank accounts. Students will also learn how to shop by comparing base price, unit price, and net price. In addition, this course shows students how interest can be used for the consumer (in the case of savings) or against them (in the case of credit card debt). Students will also gain an understanding of the monetary considerations when buying a house or car.

English

English 07 A/B
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English is the study of the creation and analysis of literature written in the English Language. In English 7, students will explore different elements of fiction, improve their writing, evaluate how change affects society and an individual’s personal growth, examine various poetic devices and elements of drama, and analyze elements of writing.
English 08 A/B
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English is the study of the creation and analysis of literature written in the English language. In English 8, you will explore the features of different forms of literary writing such as diaries, memoirs, informative essays, and fictional narratives. You will also improve your writing by learning about persuasive writing techniques. You will compare and contrast a literary piece across different mediums, including drama. You will engage in a dramatic reading of poetry and learn how to give multimedia presentations. In the latter part of the course, you will analyze informational texts to understand the history of the Civil War. You will also analyze various types of literary works to better understand literary elements such as point of view, conflict, theme, structure, and setting.
English 09 A/B (A-G Approved)
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English 9 introduces the elements of writing poems, short stories, plays, and essays. Grammar skills are enhanced by the study of sentence structure and style and by student composition of paragraphs and short essays. Topics include narration, exposition, description, argumentation, punctuation, usage, spelling, and sentence and paragraph structure.
English 10 A/B (A-G Approved)
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This course focuses on using personal experiences, opinions, and interests as a foundation for developing effective writing skills. Skills acquired in English I are reinforced and refined. Literary models demonstrate paragraph unity and more sophisticated word choice. A research paper is required for the completion of course. Topics include grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, organizing compositions, and the research paper.
English 11 A/B (A-G Approved)
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English 11A explores the relation between American history and literature from the colonial period through the realism and naturalism eras. English 11B explores the relation between American history and literature from the modernist period through the contemporary era, and presents learners with relevant cultural and political history. Readings are scaffolded with pre-reading information, interactions, and activities to actively engage learners in the content. The lessons in both semesters focus on developing grammar, vocabulary, speech, and writing skills.
English 12 A/B (A-G Approved)
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In keeping with the model established in English 11, these courses emphasize the study of literature in the context of specific historical periods, beginning with the Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods in Britain. Each lesson includes tutorials and embedded lesson activities that provide for a more engaging and effective learning experience. Semester B covers the romantic, Victorian, and modern eras. End of unit tests ensure mastery of the concepts taught in each unit, and exemptive pretests allow students to focus on content that they have yet to master.

Social Science

U.S. History A/B (A-G Approved)
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This course not only introduces students to early U.S. History, but it also provides them with an essential understanding of how to read, understand, and interpret history. While uncovering historical events and principles of the United States through contemporary events, the course also promotes a cross-disciplinary understanding that promotes a holistic perspective of U.S. History.
World History A/B (A-G Approved)
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World History A and B provide a robust and comprehensive overview for your students. Beginning with early civilizations in the Middle East, India, and China, the combined eight units conclude with a survey of the world since 1945. Other topics include a review of the Byzantine empire, the resurgence of Europe, and the impacts of nationalism and democracy. The courses are flexible, offering optional topics, an array of learning resources, and a variety of engaging activities.
U.S. Government
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The interactive, problem-centered, and inquiry-based units in U.S. Government emphasize the acquisition, mastery, and processing of information. Units include study of the foundations of American government and the American political culture, with units 2 and 3 covering the U.S. constitution, including its roots in Greek and English law, and the various institutions that impact American politics.
Economics (A-G Approved)
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This course leverages diverse resources from the National Council on Economic Education in partnership with the National Association of Economic Educators, and the Foundation for Teaching Economics. It begins with providing a basic understanding of the U.S. economy and its relationship to the world economy. It then covers macro issues such as government and the economy and micro issues such as entrepreneurship and consumer issues.

Science

Biology A/B (A-G Approved)
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Students develop a clear understanding of the sometimes complex concepts at the root of life science. Course units cover genetics and evolution, cell structure, multiple units on the diversity of life and on plant structure and function. For example, the unit on cell structure and specialization drills down into mitosis, meiosis, and cancer and carcinogens.
Chemistry (A-G Approved)
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The course surveys chemical theory, descriptive chemistry, and changes in matter and its properties. Students learn how to classify different states of matter as well as how atoms and compounds are structured. Additional areas of discussion include chemical energetics, measurements, bonding, stoichiometry, ionization, hydrocarbons, oxidation and reduction. A variety of simple lab experiments are included.
Earth Science A/B
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You will study the earth as a dynamic system of related parts and how you play an important role in the system. In addition, you will also explore the the Solar System, including the characteristics of stars, sun, moon, and the structure of the galaxies. Using the scientific method, you’ll uncover answers to important questions. By studying the makeup of Earth and its surroundings, you’ll gain an understanding of the significant impact that you can have on tomorrow’s world.
Physics A/B (A-G Approved)
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Physics introduces students to the physics of motion, properties of matter, force, heat, vector, light, and sound. Students learn the history of physics from the discoveries of Galileo and Newton to those of contemporary physicists. The course focuses more on explanation than calculation and prepares students for introductory quantitative physics at the college level. Additional areas of discussion include gases and liquids, atoms, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics.

Electives

Spanish 1 A/B (A-G Approved)
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Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in U.S. homes, even among non-Hispanics, according to the Pew Research Center. There are overwhelming cultural, economic, and demographic reasons for students to achieve mastery of Spanish. Spanish 1A and B engage students and use a variety of activities to ensure student engagement and to promote personalized learning. These courses can be delivered completely online, or implemented as blended courses, according to the unique needs of the teacher and the students.
Spanish 2 A/B (A-G Approved)
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Spanish 2A and B utilize three assessment tools that are designed specifically to address communication using the target language: Lesson Activities, Unit Activities, and Discussions. These tools help ensure language and concept mastery as students grow in their understanding and use of Spanish. Learning games specifically designed for language learning are used and can be accessed on a wide variety of devices.
Spanish 3 A/B (A-G Approved)
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Spanish 3A and B take a unique approach by setting the lessons in each unit in a specific Spanish-speaking locale, immersing students in the language and in a variety of Hispanic cultures and issues. For example, Unit 5 in Semester B includes a discussion of the environmental issues in Argentina. Concluding the three-year cycle of Spanish courses, Spanish 3A and B effectively combine group and individual learning.
French 1 A/B (A-G Approved)
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These courses are based on a researched scope and sequence that covers the essential concepts of French. Class discussions provide an opportunity for discourse on specific topics in French. A key support tool is the Audio Recording Tool that enables students to learn a critical skill for French: listening and speaking. Beginning with learning personal greetings and continuing through practical communications exchanges, French 1B introduces students to the skills necessary to make the most of traveling to French-speaking countries.
Sociology (A-G Approved)
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In this course, students will explore the evolution of sociology as a distinct discipline while learning about sociological concepts and processes. They will learn how the individual relates to and impacts society. Students will also learn about the influence of culture, social structure, socialization, and social change on themselves and others. The course combines a variety of content types, including lessons, activities, discussions, and games to engage learners as the discover sociology as a subject and as a career.
World Geography A/B (A-G Approved)
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In an increasingly interconnected world, equipping students to develop a better understanding of our global neighbors is critical to ensuring that they are college and career ready. These semester-long courses empower students to increase their knowledge of the world in which they live and how its diverse geographies shape the international community. Semester A units begin with an overview of the physical world and the tools necessary to exploring it effectively. Subsequent units survey each continent and its physical characteristics and engage students and encourage them to develop a global perspective.
Health A/B
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These courses are based on a rigorously researched scope and sequence that covers the essential concepts of health. Students are provided with a variety of health concepts and demonstrate their understanding of those concepts through problem solving. The five units explore a wide variety of topics that include nutrition and fitness, disease and injury, development and sexuality, substance abuse, and mental and community health.
Child Development & Parenting
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This one-semester course is intended to help you familiarize yourself with various fundamental concepts of parenting and child rearing. It also covers essential communication skills related to parent-child interaction, including recent trends in parenting. In addition, the course introduces workplace skills, such as positive work ethics, integrity, and resource management.
Driver's Education
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This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of the laws and practices they will need to drive a vehicle safely. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with how weather conditions, other drivers, and different traffic situations can be navigated safely and efficiently. In addition to general rules that govern all drivers in the United States, student will also learn rules specific to laws of the State of California. Upon completion of the entire course, students should be prepared to take their Class C
Professional Photography (A-G Approved)
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This one-semester course is intended as a practical, hands-on guide to help you understand the skills required to achieve success in photography careers. This course will cover various topics in photography, such as history of photography, types of photography, types of camera, camera support equipment, types of camera lenses, exposure, lighting setups, rules of composition, color photography, storing and manipulating images, copyright laws and fair use, printing photos, and creating portfolios. 
Film Analysis A/B (A-G Approved)
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Film Analysis Semester offers students the opportunity to become familiar with the elements of film and the diversity of cinema through viewing and analyzing a selection of films from the most important genres. Genre is another word for category and is the term used in film studies to describe the different types of films. Students will explore multiple genres and well as multiple filmmaking conventions spread across five units. Upon completion of the course, students will walk away with a solid understanding of the diversity of cinema that is grounded in a clear understanding of film convention.
Web Design (A-G Approved)
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This one-semester elective course is intended to be an introduction to web design and a hands onguide to web design methods, practices, and principles. Topics include: understanding general concepts and principles of visual design and be able to apply them toweb design, become familiar with content details on web pages such as markup code, formatting, typography,and image formats, be aware of careers in web development and the tasks they involve, and much more.
Game Development
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Are any of your students gamers? That's what we thought. In this course, they'll learn the ins and outs of game development to prepare them for a career in the field. Whether it is the history of video games, character development, mobile game design, user interface design, social gaming, or the principles of development design and methodologies, this 20-lesson course covers it all. As you might guess, games are included in the course to enhance the learning experience and help assess student progress. While fun and highly engaging, the course focuses on laying a strong foundation for a career in game development.
Computing for Colleges and Careers
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This one-semester course is intended as a practical, hands-on guide to help you understand the basic computer skills required during your college education and when pursuing a career. This course has 20 lessons organized into five units, plus five Unit Activities. Each lesson contains one or more Lesson Activities. This course will cover basic computer hardware and software and productivity applications such as word processing software, spreadsheet software, and presentation software. This course also covers the Internet and emerging technologies.

Physical Education

Physical Education
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These courses include topics in getting active, improving physical performance, and lifestyle considerations. Unit activities elevate students’ self-awareness of their health and well-being while examining topics such as diet and mental health and exploring websites and other resources. In addition to being effective as a stand-alone course, the components can be easily integrated into other health and wellness courses.