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Fall


Football – M/W

Freshman Football – M/W/NC

Cross Country – M/W/NC

Volleyball – W

Water Polo - M

Tennis – W

Field Hockey – W

Golf – W

Winter

Soccer – M/W

Basketball – M/W

Wrestling – M/W/NC

Water Polo – W


Spring


Baseball – M

Softball – W

Swimming – M/W

Tennis – M

Track/Field – M/W/NC

Golf – M


College Bound Athletes


If you plan to play Division I or II athletics in college, please visit https://eligibilitycenter.org for registration and information on required core courses and college test scores. For more information, see your counselor or the athletic director.




VUSD REQUIRES 30 CREDITS OF PE

ONLY CLASS OF 2012 REQUIRES 25 CREDITS OF PE AND 5 CREDITS OF HEALTH


Students must pass continue enrolling in PE, regardless of credits, until state physical fitness test is passed.


GRADE 9

2 Semesters of PE 9, AFJROTC or ninth grade PE Elective

Ninth Grade PE Electives

(Classes with *require instructor’s consent and/or audition)

*Athletic Sports

*Spirit Squad

*Pageantry Corps*

Surf PE

*Intermediate Dance

*Advanced Dance

*Expert Dance

*Marching Band


GRADE 10

2 Semester of Team Sports, AFJROTC or PE Elective


GRADE 11

2 Semesters of Team Sports, AFJROTC or PE Elective


GRADE 12

Seniors have the option of taking PE Electives or AFJROTC


PE ELECTIVES (GRADES 10, 11, 12)

(Classes with * require instructor’s consent and/or audition)

AFJROTC

PE Racquet Sports

Beginning Weights/Fitness

*Advanced Weights/Fitness

Fitness

Stationary Cycling

*Surf PE

Beginning Dance

*Intermediate Dance

*Advanced Dance

*Expert Dance

Aerobics

*Advanced Aerobics

*Athletic Sports

*Spirit Squad

*Pageantry Corp

SCIENCE

Graduation Requirement- 1 year of a life science and 1 year of a physical science


College Entrance Requirement- 2 years of lab science (“d” requirement); 3 years recommended. For CSU, one year must be in the “biological science” area and the second year must be in the “physical science” area.


Freshmen students may choose not to take a science or they may begin with Introduction to Agriculture, Academic Earth Science, Lab Biology 1, Honors Lab Biology 1 or Agricultural Biology).


Sophomore students taking science for the first time should enroll in a Life Science Course, either Life Science, Lab Biology, Honors Lab Biology, Agricultural Biology or Introduction to Agriculture.


S400/S405 Introduction to Agriculture, Introduction to Agriculture (SEI) (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Minimum 2.00 GPA


This is the first course in a two-year sequence which explores the agricultural sciences including animals, plants, crops, and leadership development through the Future Farmers of America (FFA). This course is designed to introduce students to the life sciences at a conceptual level utilizing a hands-on approach and emphasizing the scientific method. Core literature, research and formal writing assignments will be required. Participation in FFA (Future Farmers of America) activities and SAE.


  • Meets high school life science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “g” elective requirement.




S435 Agriculture and National Resources (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: One year of Agriculture science or instructor approval, minimum 2.00 GPA and completion of or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1.



This course is designed as a class for students with an interest in agriculture, science and biotechnology. It will emphasize the use of the ecosystem concept to the study of environmental problems. This will be accomplished by learning basic information regarding interrelations of the ecosystem and applying this information in problem solving. The importance of conservation, preservation and sustainability will be discussed within the constraints dictated by human development and human needs. A large part of the course will be a research project on a student formed research topic. This will be true research requiring field work and the formation of a high quality written report and verbal presentation.


  • Meets high school physical science requirement.

  • Non-college prep science

  • Meets UC/CSU “g” elective requirement.


S450 Agricultural Biology (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1 and minimum 2.00 GPA.

  • Students should not enroll in both Lab Biology and Ag Biology because same text and standards are used.


This course is a one-year lab science course for the college bound student with an interest in agriculture. The course emphasizes the principles, central concepts and inter-relationships in the scientific method, the molecular and cellular aspects of life, the chemical and structural basis of life, growth and reproduction of plants and animals, evolution of plants and domestic livestock species, and the growth and reproduction, genetics, taxonomy, nutrition, health and diseases of plant and domestic animals.


  • Meets high school life science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “d” lab science requirement.


S420 Horticulture (9-12) (Elective – not Science credit)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of one year of Agriculture or teacher recommendation, and a minimum 2.00 GPA.


This course evelops competencies in the propagation, culture, processing and marketing of ornamental plants including the design, use and maintenance of greenhouses and shade houses. Other topics to be covered include landscape and hardscape design and maintenance and the proper use, care and identification of equipment and supplies. Participation in FFA (Future Farmers of America) activities and SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) projects are also required.


  • Meets high school elective requirement.

  • Non-college prep.



S415 Veterinary Science (10-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of one year of Agriculture or teacher recommendation, and a minimum 2.00 GPA.


Career exploration in the field of veterinary medicine, concentrating on anatomy and physiology, nutrition, breeding, health care, disease prevention and management systems of domestic animals and livestock. Veterinary health practices, office procedures, and record keeping will also be covered. Core literature, research and formal writing assignments will be required. Participation in FFA (Future Farmers of America) activities and SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) projects are also required.


  • Meets high school life science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “g” elective requirement.





S200/S210 Lab Biology 1, Lab Biology 1 SEI (Pre IB/AP)


  • For incoming 9th graders, see Honors Guidelines.

  • Prerequisite: For current VHS students, grade of B or better in previous science class.

  • Students should not enroll in both Lab Biology and Ag Lab Biology since the same text and standards are used


Lab Biology 1 is a strong college preparatory course that covers major strands in Biology: biological organization, cells, genetics, and ecology. Major themes in biology that are covered include: how structure fits function, similarities and differences among organisms, the common genetic strand, and change over time. Emphasis is on laboratories and critical thinking skills. Extensive writing is required. Covers the same topics as Lab Biology 1 Honors.

  • Meets high school life science requirement.

        • Meets UC/CSU “d” lab science requirement.


S205 Lab Biology 1 Honors (9-12) (Pre IB/AP)


See Honors Guidelines


Lab Biology 1 Honors requires students to meet higher standards of quality on writing assignments and more depth of knowledge than Lab Biology One. Major strands in Biology: biological organization, cells, genetics, and ecology. Major themes in biology that are covered include: how structure fits function, similarities and differences among organisms, the common genetic strand, and change over time. Emphasis is on laboratories and critical thinking skills. Extensive writing is required.


  • Meets high school life science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “d’ lab science requirement.



S225 AP Biology (11-12)(formerly AP Lab Bio 2)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of Lab Biology 1, Chemistry 1 and teacher recommendation


This is a rigorous college prep course. The first course in a 2-year series designed for students testing in the International Baccalaureate higher level and/or Advanced Placement. In-depth approach to the study of living organisms. Topics include chemistry of life, genetics, genetic engineering, ecology, and how populations of organisms change through time. Extensive reading, essay writing, lab work and strong chemistry background are required.


  • Meets high school life science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “d” lab science requirement.


S230 IB Lab Biology HL2 (12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of AP Biology and teacher recommendation


The second course in a two-year series for students testing in IB higher level and/or Advanced Placement. Topics include: cell biology, molecular biology, human anatomy and physiology, plant anatomy and physiology.


  • Meets high school life science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “d” lab science requirement.


S170/S175 Academic Earth Science Academic Earth Science SEI (9-12),


  • Prerequisite: Current science teacher’s recommendation


College preparatory course in which the composition and dynamic changes of the Earth are examined by studying Earth history, rocks, geologic processes, Earth's atmosphere, astronomy and oceanography.  This course may be taken by entering 9th graders who have been successful in middle school science but have not yet met requirements to take lab biology or for students who have completed lab biology/life science. 

 

  • Meets high school physical science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU "g" elective requirement.


R700/R701 ROP Medical Science and Health Careers (10-12)

  • Prerequisite: Academic Earth Science and completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1.

  • Students should not enroll in both Lab Biology or Life Science and Medical Science because the same standards are used.

This course is a one-year lab science course designed to study biological concepts and principles that emphasize a medical perspective. The structure and function of human systems in health and disease, human inheritance with change over time, and their role in ecological systems will provide the foundation for the course. This course will extend and deepen learning by showing student medical careers that relate directly to each unit.

  • Meets high school life science requirement.

  • Meets CSU/ UC “d” lab science requirement


S605/S606 Life Science, Life Science SEI (10-12)

Life Science is a course for students who have completed Academic Earth Science, but not Lab Biology. This course exposes students to all components of Life Science with lab-based investigations. The course covers many of the same California State Standards as Lab Biology, but with a focus on practical applications of knowledge including exposures to various medical/science career pathways.


  • Meets high school life science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “g” elective requirement.




S260 Human Anatomy/Physiology (11-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of academic earth science and life science with a B or better and/or completion of lab biology.


College prep course in the structure and function of the human body.


  • Meets high school life science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “d” lab science requirement.



S300 Chemistry 1 (10-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 and 1 year of science with a grade of C or better


College prep with emphasis on problem solving methods, lab techniques and investigations into the study of matter.


  • Meets high school physical science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “d” lab science requirement.


S310 Chemistry 1 Honors (10-12) (Pre IB/AP)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1, Lab Biology or Honors Lab Biology with B or better, and teacher recommendation


College prep with emphasis on problem solving methods, lab techniques and investigations into the study of matter. Extensive writing and labs required.


  • Meets high school physical science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “d” lab science requirement.


S315 AP Chemistry (IB SL) (11-12)(formerly AP Chemistry 2)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry 1 with an “A” average or Completion of Honors Chemistry 1 with an “A” or “B” average and completed Algebra 2 with a “C” or better and enrollment in a higher level math class


Chemistry is a rigorous course designed to be the equivalent of a first year college level chemistry course. Because of its challenging nature and fast pace, regular attendance and hard work are essential to success in this class. The course reviews material from Chemistry I but examines it at a much deeper level. In addition, topics not addressed in a first year chemistry class will be covered. This course is lab-oriented with at least 1 full class period dedicated to lab work each week. The skills and content presented in this course will prepare students for the AP and IB Chemistry exams and future success in college science courses.



  • Meets high school physical science requirement.

  • Meets UC/CSU “d” lab science requirement.


S350 Physics 1 (10-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of a college prep science course and Algebra 1 with a C or better


This course is based upon the California State Physics Standards. As part of the traditional science sequence for college bound students, physics challenges students to learn about the physical world around them. Through a study of the natural laws that govern all interactions in the universe, students will learn the principles behind how "things work." Topics covered include motion, forces, energy, heat, light and electricity. This course is designed for students that do not have a strong math background but are interested in hands-on science. Students will be required to use some math and to complete laboratory exercises on a regular basis.


S360 AP Physics (IB SL) (11-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of honors level college prep science with a grade of “B” or better and teacher recommendation.

  • Completion of Algebra 2 with a grade of “B” or better is required. Physics 1 is strongly recommended.


This course is designed after the College Board and IB Physics standards. The course is equivalent to a freshman college physics course and will include a high level of math applications and a much faster pace than Physics 1. Students will be prepared for the AP Physics B exam; students that take Honors Physics 1 will be prepared for the IB Physics Standard Level Exams.





All physics courses:


  • Meet high school physical science requirement.

  • Meet UC/CSU “d” lab science requirement











SOCIAL SCIENCE

Graduation Requirement- 4 years


UC/CSU Entrance Requirement – 2 years of History with a C or better.

All courses meet UC/CSU “a” History requirement unless otherwise noted.


Beginning with the Class of 2013, 9th grade students will fulfill their state health requirement through concurrent enrollment in World History 1 and PE9.



H100/H500/H530 World History 1, World History 1 SEI (Structured English Immersion), Primary Language World History 1 (9)


World History 1 is a course that studies non-European history, geography and culture. The course of study focuses on Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Students will develop geographic, social-political, economic and historical literacy as they complete the yearlong course. Meets 9th grade social science requirement. Health will be taught and coordinated with PE 9. This fulfills the state health requirement. Health instruction is designed to reinforce and enhance knowledge of a healthy lifestyle. Included is the study of the following topics: physical fitness, hygiene, good nutrition, personal relationships, family life, communicable disease, substance abuse and safety.


H110 World History 1 Honors (9) (Pre IB/AP) Must be concurrently enrolled in English 9 Honors


  • See Honors Guidelines





World History 1 Honors provides an academically challenging curriculum through high level resource reading materials, documentation, research, primary source and performance expectations. Students study non-European history, geography and culture with an additional emphasis on content to prepare for 10th grade AP European History. Meets the 9th grade social science requirement. Extensive writing required.


H200/H510/H535 World History 2, World History 2 SEI, Primary Language World History 2 (10)


World History 2 emphasizes European history, geography, culture and its relationship to the U.S. cultural and political heritage. The course meets the 10th grade social science requirement.


H210 AP European History (10) (Pre IB/AP)


  • May require summer reading

  • Requires teacher recommendation


This course is challenging to students academically and fosters college-level skills such as analysis, critical thinking and writing. A considerable amount of outside reading includes primary source analysis as the basis for writing analytical essays. Meets the 10th grade social science requirement. Students should take the AP European History exam near the conclusion of this course. Possible college credit.


H300/H515/H540 United States History, U.S. History SEI , Primary Language U.S History (11)


U.S. History emphasizes U.S. political, economic, social and cultural development in the 20th century. Review units draw on earlier studies of U.S. history, connecting the nation’s beginning through the 19th century. Emphasis is placed on essay writing and critical thinking skills. U.S. History meets the 11th grade social science requirement.


H310 AP United States History (11)


  • Prerequisite: First year of IB History of Americas HL 2 and

teacher recommendation


This course challenges the students academically and fosters college-level skills such as analysis, critical thinking and writing. A considerable amount of outside reading will include primary source analysis as the basis for writing analytical essays. This course meets the 11th grade social science requirement. Students should take the AP U.S. History exam near the conclusion of this course. This course also begins preparation for the higher level IB History of Americas exam taken in 12th grade. Possible college credit.


H400/H520 American Government,

American Government SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) (12)


This is a one-semester course enabling students to have a deeper understanding of American and comparative governments in order to become effective citizens. The course focuses on the development of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, along with the understanding of the three branches of our national government and the federal system.


  • Meets one-half of the senior year social science requirement.

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