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H405/H525 Economics/Economics SEI (12)
This is a one-semester course enabling students to have a deeper understanding of the economic problems and institutions of the nation and the world in which they live. The course is divided in two main sections, microeconomics, the study of individuals and individual business in the economy, and macroeconomics, the study of aggregate economic behavior of the economy as a whole.
H410/H411 AP Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (12)(formerly AP Economics)
This course challenges students academically and fosters college level skills. The course content is an extensive study of both microeconomics and macroeconomics with a strong emphasis on higher-level math skills. This course meets the entire senior year economics/ government requirement. Students should take the AP Economics exam near the conclusion of this course. Possible college credit.
H415 IB History of the Americas HL2 (12)
This course emphasizes 20th century World and Latin American history in the context of political, social, and economic trends. A high level of critical thinking and analysis is demanded of the student with extensive supplementary reading emphasizing primary sources. The course work is focused on writing and analytical skills and all students must complete a research paper. Meets the entire senior year government /economics requirement. Students should take the IB History of the America Exam near the conclusion of this course. Possible college credit.
H605 Psychology (11-12)
An academic elective course in social science that includes the study of human behavior through experimentation and observation. It also covers psychological concepts and principles.
H610 AP Psychology (11-12)
An academic elective course in social science that focuses on the advanced theoretical study of selected psychologists and encompasses extensive conceptual analysis. College prep. The AP Psychology exam should be taken near the conclusion of this course. Possible college credit.
H611 IB Psychology SL (11-12)
See AP Psychology for course content. IB Psychology meets the requirement for the standard level IB course.
H615 Criminology (11-12)
An elective course in social science focusing on crime and criminality as they exist in contemporary society. Among the issues discussed will be criminal justice, patterns of violence, correctional systems, causes of crime and court cases.
H450 IB Theory of Knowledge (11-12)
*Special Note: Juniors who are placed in TOK second semester of their junior year MUST fulfill ALL prerequisites in order to become full IB candidates before enrolling in TOK for their senior year.
Honors level inter-disciplinary course concerned with the philosophy of learning. Students will work on the extended essay during their junior year and will be supervised by TOK teacher. This course is required to meet the Full IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma requirements.
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Graduation Requirement – 1 year of Visual & Performing Arts OR 1 year of World Language
College Entrance Requirement – 1 year of the same course with C or better
All courses meet the UC/CSU “f” Visual and Performing Art Requirement unless otherwise noted.
V100 Art 1 (9-12)
This course covers the basic fundamentals of two-dimensional art with a focus on drawing and painting using a wide variety of techniques and media skills in visual literacy and multi-cultural art.
V110 Art 2 (10-12)
(Grade 9 may enter with teacher consent based on their portfolio)
Art 2 is an intermediate drawing, painting and design class focusing on the elements of art and design principles. Collage, mixed media projects and print making will also be included.
V138 3-D Design/Sculpture (9-12)
This course is an exploration of 3-dimensional design and crafts for all art levels through the mediums of clay, metal, paper, wood, plaster, wire and jewelry making. The projects in this class may serve as functional items or fine art works.
V139 3-D Design/Sculpture 2 (10-12)
This class will explore advanced 3D Design techniques, including a semester of metal work and jewelry making. A wide variety of other materials will be used for art works (see beginning course), which will inspire the highly motivated student ready to be challenged to the next artistic level. Students will experience exhibition opportunities and develop their own portfolio.
V137 AP Studio Art 3-D Design/Sculpture (11-12)
This is an Advanced Placement three-dimensional design program for the highly motivated students. A college level 3-D program that includes use of wide variety of materials and techniques and styles, critiques, quality production and presentation, plus 3-D art history and multi-cultural studies. Summer project required. The AP 3-Dimensional Design/Sculpture Exam should be taken near the conclusion of the course.
V120 Studio Art (10-12)
Advanced drawing, painting, and mixed media program for highly motivated students ready to be challenged to the next artistic level. Students will experience the use of a wide variety of techniques, materials, styles and exhibition opportunities. They will be exposed to art history and multicultural studies of art, guest artists and field trips.
V133 AP Studio Art 2D Design (11-12)
This is an Advanced Placement drawing and painting program for the highly motivated student to create a very developed portfolio of art using experiences that include a variety of materials and techniques. There is the development of abilities to self-critique, as well as experiencing other cultures and historical art influences. Students are expected to take an Advanced Placement Examination at the conclusion of the course.
V135 IB Visual Arts HL2 Option A (11-12)
Advanced program for highly motivated students to create college-level work in studio art setting. Key components of the class include: Experience with variety of materials, techniques, styles, creative problem solving, critiques, quality production, presentation/exhibits, art history and multicultural investigations. Students will develop investigative research workbooks that integrate with studio practice. Opportunities to experience guest artists and field trips. This class is a culmination of 2 years of art experience. Students are expected to take IB exam at the conclusion of the course which includes 40% workbook and 60% studio artwork.
X610 IB Visual Arts HL2 Option B
This class is designed for the Full Diploma IB candidate with an interest in exploring their artistic abilities. Students will produce studio artwork as well as creative investigative research workbooks to support, inform, develop and refine studio work through sustain contextual, visual and critical investigation that includes art history and multicultural art, and analysis and use of elements and principles of art. Investigative workbooks are integral to studio practice and reflective of visual and written investigation. Investigative workbooks are 60% of the exam while studio artwork is 40%. This class is a culmination of 2 years art experience.
V134 IB Visual Arts SL Option A (11-12)
Option A is designed for the student who wants to concentrate on studio practice in the visual arts. Students will produce investigation workbooks to support, inform, develop and refine studio work through sustained contextual, visual and critical investigation. The exam involves 60% studio work and 40% investigative workbooks.
Within this course, there is an opportunity for Full Diploma Students to complete a standard level course and exam in area 6.
X605 IB Visual Arts SL Option B (11-12)
This class is designed for students who have little to no art background, but have an interest in developing a deep investigation of visual arts. It would be beneficial for students to have some kind of art experience before taking the class. There will be a creatively written analysis of the visual arts, art history and the arts of various cultures. This class will develop investigative workbooks to fully explore an integrated range of ideas within a contextual, visual and critical framework and produce studio work based on their visual and written investigation. IB Full Diploma students may take a standard level exam in area 6 through this course. 60% investigative workbook and 40% studio artwork for the exam.
V145 Ceramics 1 (9-12)*
Hand-built projects to cover slab, coil, and pinch techniques. Emphasizes quality in construction and design along with glazing.
V150 Ceramics 2 (10-12)*
Emphasis on wheel throwing and combination wheel & hand built projects.
V155 Ceramics 3 (11-12)*
Individual contracts allow for students to explore and develop skills.
*Due to space constraints, enrollment in ceramics may be limited by pre-screening methods.
V200 Beginning Choir (9-12)
Mixed choir for beginning students. Students will sing music in two to four part harmony. Stresses singing technique, musicianship, and basic fundamentals in music theory, sight-singing and ear training. Attendance at after school rehearsals and concerts are mandatory.
V210 Concert Choir (9-12) (Intermediate Choir)
Intermediate/advanced choral students will sing in three-six part harmony. Stresses advanced musicianship and technique through exposure to a broad repertoire of a variety of musical styles. Students will focus on solo ensemble work. Students perform in concerts and/or festivals. Attendance at rehearsals and concerts are mandatory.
V215 Advanced Choir (9-12)
Vocal ensemble for advanced choral students. Stresses singing, dancing and acting, as well as singing technique, musicianship and music theory. Students perform at festivals, competitions and concerts. Attendance at after school rehearsals, concerts and competitions are mandatory. Fine arts credit.
P560 Marching Band (9-12)
Emphasizes musicianship: Performances at football games, field show competitions, parades, concerts and festivals. This is a year-long class. Attendance at after school rehearsals and performances required. Enrollment in a traditional instrumental music class (Wind Ensemble II, Wind Ensemble I) is also required.
V435 /V440 Wind Ensemble 1 and 2 (9-12)
Provides an extensive exposure to a broad repertoire of a variety of musical styles. The groups perform at festival and concerts throughout both Southern California and the United States. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.
V420 Jazz Ensemble (9-12) 2nd semester only
Jazz Ensemble provides exposure to all idioms and style of music that are not considered orchestral (classical) in nature. These various genres include swing, Latin, rock, and popular. Aspects of improvisation and music theory are included in the class. The group will perform at festivals and concerts throughout Southern California. Attendance and performances are mandatory.
V425 Percussion (9-12)
This is a two semester course. During the fall, this course functions as the drum section for the Marching Band. Must be enrolled in the marching band. During the spring semester, fundamental training in concert percussion is given. Percussion ensembles perform at concerts, and musicians are auditioned for placement in concert ensembles.
V530 IB Music Solo SL (11-12)
IB Music prepares students who wish to pursue a degree and/or career in music, composition, or performance. This course will help students develop a solid base of musical vocabulary, as well as an objective base for evaluating musical styles and interpretations. A performance/ composition component will be offered which provides experience and teaches high-level music standards. Full IB students should take the IB Standard Level Music Exam near the conclusion of the course.
V510 Music Appreciation (9-12)
A one year course in the appreciation of music from renaissance to modern music which develops a basic understanding and appreciation of the various musical styles. This course covers melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, tempo, dynamics and form. Students will explore various careers in music.
V350 Drama 1 (9-12)
This class is a basic introduction to the world of theatre. The course includes acting, directing, improvisation, theatre games, and theater history.
V355 Drama 2 (10-12)
Drama 2 is an intermediate course designed to develop student performance skills. Improvisational acting, pantomime and movement for the performer will also be covered.
Monologues and scene study will be emphasized.
V360 Drama 3 (10-12)
This course covers theater history, play analysis, dramatic criticism and playwriting. Students will be performing scenes from plays from historical periods.
V364 Drama 4 (10-12)
This course is an ensemble production acting class. Students will concentrate on production elements including directing skills, stage management and theatrical design, as well as acting techniques.
V370 IB Theater Arts HL 2 (11-12)
This advanced course is an ensemble production acting class. Students will concentrate on production elements including directing skills, stage management and theatrical design, as well as acting technique.
V300 Dance 1 - Beginning Dance (10-12)
This is an introduction to dance technique. Student choreography and performances included. Runs and conditioning are a regular part of class.
V305 Dance 2 - Intermediate Dance (9-12)
Students in Intermediate Dance are already proficient dancers who have mastered basic skills in ballet and jazz dance. Students are introduced to other dance forms, including modern dance, improvisation, musical theater dance, ethnic and aerobic dance. Students also explore elements of choreography and create movement projects in small cooperative groups, which are performed and critiqued in front of peers. Runs and conditioning are a regular part of class.
Dance 3 - Advanced Dance (9-12)
Students continue to develop technically and artistically with an emphasis on planning and producing their own dance concerts. Students fundraise, organize and print the program, direct rehearsals, assist with publicity, sell tickets, design and construct costumes, sets and hang focus lights. Runs and conditioning are a regular part of class.
V315 Dance 4 - Expert Dance (9-12)
The focus of this class is for the student to develop choreography based on themes from other curricular subjects. For instance, English, social studies, visual and other performing arts, physics, and math could each be subjects for movement exploration and development. Dancers must have high technical and academic skills to be admitted to the class. Choreography tied to other curricular areas will be presented on the stage and for the community at large through outreach performances. Written critiques, analyses, and research required.
V385 IB Dance SL (11-12) and
V380 IB Dance HL 2 (12)
This is an academically demanding course. Students must have high technical dance skills to be admitted to the class as well as be writing at a college level due to the nature of the IB exams. The IB Dance course offers students the opportunity to build on prior experience in dance while encouraging a broad approach to the subject. Supporting the principles of the IB mission statement---to foster student appreciation of diverse world cultures and traditions---the course allows the possibility to choose a specific dance form to study in depth. The IB Diploma Program Dance course provides an appropriate foundation for further study in dance theory and practice at the university level and in career pathways.
Graduation Requirement- 1 year World Language OR 1 year of Visual and Performing Art
College Entrance Requirement- 2 years of the same World Language with or better; 3 years recommended
All courses meet UC/CSU “e” Second Language Requirement.
Note: Full IB candidates can ONLY test in Spanish, French or German.
L100/L200/L300 Level 1 (9-12)
Stage 1 develops the ability to "comprehend and produce formulaic language" (memorized words, phrases and sentences...) through basic vocabulary and grammar "that deal with discrete elements of daily life in highly predictable common daily settings." Aspects of the culture will also be taught through the development of the four language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
PANISH 1, FRENCH 1, GERMAN 1,
L110/L210/L310 Level 2 (10-12)
Stage 2 further develops "the ability to comprehend and produce created language (sentences and strings of sentences) that deal with everyday courtesy requirements and topics related to self and the immediate
environment in informal and transactional settings " through Intermediate grammar and vocabulary. Completion of level two fulfills the University of California and California State University college entrance requirements.
SPANISH 2, FRENCH 2, GERMAN 2
L115/L215/L315 Level 3 (10-12)
Stage 3 develops even further "the ability to comprehend and produce planned language (paragraphs and strings of paragraphs)" that deals with "factual topics of public interest in most informal and some formal settings." "Students move from the comfort of learned material to creating with the language." Vocabulary and grammatical structures increases. "Successful completion of Stage 3 outcomes may require a 4th year of language study.
SPANISH 3, FRENCH 3, GERMAN 3
L119 Spanish 4 (11-12)
Prerequisite: “C” or better in level 3 or teacher approval
This is the fourth course in the Spanish sequence, but it is not an honors course. Spanish 4 focuses daily on “The 5 Cs” (Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities). Spanish 4 students gain greater accuracy in structures learned in previous levels and begin using more complex structures. Comprehensible input (listening and reading) at this level is from authentic sources exclusively, including on-line sources, film, literature, journalistic sources, video and audio. Student production (speaking and writing) becomes more meaningful, fluent and comprehensible. Spanish 4 is designed for students who wish to continue their study of Spanish, but do not wish to take Advanced Placement at this stage.
AP Language (10-12) (formerly known as level 4)
This course covers the needs of students enrolled in the full IB Diploma Program, as well as the needs of other students who are not full IB candidates. Students will maintain conversations on familiar topics with appropriate register in a culturally appropriate manner, compare and contrast a variety of social, political, historical, artistic and geographical features of target culture communities, understand and use vocabulary including cultural vocabulary in topics of personal interest, demonstrate critical reading skills, use vocabulary including culturally appropriate vocabulary and idiomatic expressions related to topics of personal interest. It is strongly recommended that students take the AP Language Exam or the IB Standard Level Exam near the conclusion of the course.
AP SPANISH, IB SPANISH SL
AP FRENCH LANGUAGE , AP GERMAN LANGUAGE
L130 AP Spanish Literature (12) (formerly known as level 5)
This honors course continues extending the student's ability to comprehend and produce more forms and styles of extended language tailored to various audiences from within the target-culture framework. Students learn to analyze literary texts and become acquainted with major literary movements. It is strongly recommended that students take the AP Literature Exam near the conclusion of the course.
L150 Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 (9-12)
This beginning course for fluent, literate, native Spanish speakers will help to strengthen the student's heritage and make the transition from a colloquial to a more formal command of the language. All language skills are improved. With Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1, students can fulfill the college “E” language requirement equivalent to the Spanish 3 level.
L155 Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2 (10-12)
This intermediate to advanced language course for fluent native Spanish speakers focuses on reading comprehension, literary analysis and writing proficiency. It prepares students for AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature. With Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2, students can fulfill the college “E” language requirement equivalent to the Spanish 4 level.
L400 American Sign Language 1 (9-12)
This course introduces basic vocabulary, grammar and syntax to promote receptive and expressive skills. It presents the deaf culture: its folklore, poetry and humor. Discusses technological devices utilized by deaf people.
Note: 9th grade enrollment limited.
L410 American Sign Language 2 (10-12)
This course expands the use of ASL to develop the student's conversational skills. It increases awareness of the deaf culture and their attitudes toward technological assistance. Completion of level two fulfills the University of California & California State University college entrance requirements.
L420 American Sign Language 3 (11-12)
This course allows students to continue to expand their awareness of ASL conventions, grammar and vocabulary, including an extensive review of topical signs and idioms. Students develop a greater competency in their expression of ideas, concepts and stories in ASL and in their understanding of awareness of deaf culture and ASL linguistics.
L430 American Sign Language 4 (12)
This is a continuum of the American Sign Language Program in conversational ASL. It prepares the student for the Interpreter Training Program at the local community college level.
N120 ASB Leadership (9-12) (Class for elected/appointed ASB officers)
The Associated Student Body leadership class instructs students in the fundamentals of leadership, character building and serving others. Students participate in parliamentary procedure, democratic voting, and the interview process. ASB elected officers and their appointed commissioners plan and coordinate a myriad of school functions including Freshmen Orientation, school pep rallies, Homecoming Week Activities, and all school dances. In addition, student leaders orchestrate smaller events such as Club Carnival and decorating before home football games. ASB is also responsible for advertising their events including the school marquee, flyers and posters. Student leaders preside over Senate meetings, serve on Senate committees, recognize faculty achievements, contribute labor to administration-sponsored functions, staff the student store, participate in charity drives, and distribute dance pictures. Students must attend Summer Leadership Camp. Non-college prep.
N125 AVID (9-12)
Prerequisite: Application, interview and teacher approval
This course is a college preparatory support program for students who wish to attend a four-year college. Emphasis will be placed on keeping a Cornell-style notebook. Students obtain help with their other classes from college tutors. Students will also work on the necessary writing, thinking and study skills to complete the UC A-G college entrance requirements. Students need a minimum GPA of 2.00 to be in the AVID Program. Non college prep.
N128 AVID Junior Seminar (11)
This course covers the third year of the AVID curriculum at the high school level and offers students more challenging academic experiences that will help prepare students for college admission and success as college freshmen.
N129 AVID Senior Seminar (12)
This Course covers the last year of the AVID curriculum at the high school level. It offers advanced AVID students a continuation of challenging experiences in which the goal is college acceptance and success as college freshmen. The course is designed for those students who elect to take a course that prepares them for the rigor required for college work. Students will engage in higher levels of WIC-R (writing, inquiry, collaboration and reading) strategies than experienced in prior years of AVID. These higher-level thinking, reading, writing and oral language skills are needed to prepare students for the level of work required to produce a culminating research project at the end of the senior year.
N143 Character Leaders (10-12)
This is a leadership course in which students learn about the key Pillars of Character. Students will study the concepts of respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship. Students will learn conflict mediation skills, team building, positive decision making skills, communication skills and focus on service learning projects. Students will help develop and participate in activities at both VHS and middle/elementary schools. This course make be taken more than once.
N265Speech and Telecommunications (KVHS) (10-12)
Prerequisite: Teacher approval
KVHS is the school’s broadcast television show which provides training to students in on-camera presentations or behind-the-scene technical support.
N600 Teacher Assistant/Tutor (9-12)
Students wishing to be teacher aides, departmental aides, and office aides must obtain approval prior to enrollment. Aides are expected to have good attendance and the knowledge/skills necessary to perform their assignments. Credits are limited to a maximum of 10 credits for TA and 10 credits for tutor.
**Note: To be a counseling office aide, students must have a minimum 2.00 GPA, good attendance and be pre-approved by the counseling office secretary.
Teen Parent Program (TPP)
The Teen Parent Program is an educational program located on campus for pregnant and parenting students. Child care is provided in a licensed, accredited child care center for the infants and toddlers of the students enrolled in the Teen Parent Program. Both male and female students may participate in the program. Parenting and Child Care Practicum courses are required. (Note: All Teen Parent Programs courses are non-college prep.)
N805 TPP Child Care Practicum
The Infant Care Center is a teaching lab that provides a “hands-on “parenting/child care practicum class, using role modeling as a means to show positive parenting skills. Students receive valuable experience working in a licensed, accredited child care center.
N810 TPP Child Care Intern
An elective course available to students who are not in the Teen Parent Program interested in working with young children. Description same as Child Care Practicum.
N815 TPP Parenting Class
This course is the study of child development and related areas including the following: prenatal care, child development, parenting skills, nutrition, practical economics, and career planning. Class participation is required each semester for students enrolled in the Teen Parent Program.
E510 Yearbook Production (9-12)
This class produces La Revista, the school’s award-winning yearbook. The focus of the course is writing; specifically, students will write feature articles and cover news. Skills developed during the reporting process include research, interviewing, and observation. Proofreading and editing skills are also emphasized. In addition to writing, students in the course will learn the essentials of graphic design and photo imaging. Creative students are highly encouraged to apply. Finally, fiscal responsibility is covered as students (along with the teacher) manage an actual budget and track expenses and revenues through the course of the year.