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Special Education Program
Placement in Special Education is done through an IEP (Individual Educational Plan) and administrative approval.
Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)
SST is a 25 minute time period in which everyone at Vista High School silently reads what appeals to them. It is part of period 3 and 4. All adults model what good readers do.
Teen Parent Program
The Teen Parent Program is an alternative educational program located on campus for pregnant and parenting teens. Students are mainstreamed to fulfill graduation requirements. Childcare is provided in a licensed child care center for the infants and toddlers of students enrolled in the Teen Parent Program. Parenting and Child Care Practicum courses are required.
“SEI” (Programa Estructurado de Inmersión en Inglés)
Las clases de “SEI” están diseñadas para cubrir las necesidades de lenguaje de los estudiantes intermedios y avanzados en el desarrollo del Inglés que están tratando de lograr re-designarse y que todavía no han podido cubrir los requisitos. Las clases “SEI” se ofrecen en cada año escolar y en la mayoría de las áreas académicas. Cubren el contenido de las clases regulares. Estas clases se enseñan totalmente en Inglés y además de cubrir el material del área académica, le dan la oportunidad al estudiante de continuar desarrollando su idioma Inglés.
Programa de Educación Especial
Un estudiante entra al Programa de Educación Especial por medio de un Plan de Educación Individualizada (“IEP”) y un permiso administrativo.
Lectura en Silencio (SSR)
“Lectura Libre en Silencio” es un periodo de 25 minutos donde todo mundo en Vista High School lee en silencio algo de su interés. Es parte del periodo ¾. Todos los adultos modelan lo que los buenos lectores hacen.
Programa de Padres de Familia Adolescentes
El Programa de Padres de Familia Adolescentes es un programa educativo alternativo para muchachas embarazadas o padres de familia adolescentes que se localiza en nuestro plantel. Los estudiantes toman sus clases regulares para cubrir los requisitos de graduacion. Se ofrecen los servicios de una guardería certificada para el cuidado de los bebés e infantes de los estudiantes inscritos en el Programa de Padres Adolescentes. Los cursos de Paternidad (“Parenting”) y Práctica de Cuidado de Niños son obligatorios para los participantes en el Programa..
AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC
The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) mission is to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community”. The objectives of AFJROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The curriculum emphasizes Air Force heritage and traditions, the development of flight, college and career pursuit, life and communications skills development, military aerospace policies and space exploration, and physical fitness.
Curriculum opportunities include:
P500 AFJROTC 1 (9-12)
AFJROTC 1 Cadets will participate in military drill and ceremonies, participate in physical training and team sports, wear the USAF uniform weekly, be introduced to AFJROTC leadership principles and customs and courtesies, foundations of U.S. citizenship, learn about stress, time management, self-control, and about making responsible decisions, and study Aviation History. All classes include 9th through 12th grade students.
P505 AFJROTC 2 (10-12)
Requires completion of AFJROTC 1
AFJROTC 2 cadets will assist in military drill and ceremonies, participate in physical training and team sports, wear the USAF uniform weekly, practice AFJROTC leadership principles, work on communications skills, personal and group awareness, and team-building, and study Aviation History or Science of Flight. Upon completion, the cadet will receive a Certificate of Training.
P510 AFJROTC 3 (11-12)
Requires completion of AFJROTC 2
AFJROTC 3 cadets will lead military drill and ceremonies, participate in physical training and team sports, wear the USAF uniform weekly, execute AFJROTC leadership exercises, study various life skills topics including personal financial management and career skills development, research colleges and careers, complete assigned projects and study various regions of the world. Upon completion, the cadet will receive a Certificate of Completion.
P515 AFJROTC 4 (12)
Requires AFJROTC 3, minimum 2.00 GPA, and teacher recommendation
AFJROTC 4 cadets will plan, organize and direct the cadets’ activities schedule. Cadets may hold cadet officer ranks and will be assigned specific responsibilities for managing various aspects of the program. These cadets will participate in physical training and team sports, study and practice the principles of management and leadership, and plan for their post-high school careers.
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION
A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates academic core knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.
What is Career Technical Education?
The VHS Career Technical Education (CTE) program is designed to provide all students with opportunities for enhanced learning experiences, preparation for future career decisions and a realistic view of the world of work.
Elective CTE Courses provide students with the academic knowledge and skills needed to prepare for post-secondary education. Many of the CTE courses are articulated with Palomar College and offer students an opportunity to earn college credit. Students also receive a strong experience and understanding of all aspects of the industry they are considering for a future career. The competency based applied learning methodology featured in CTE courses contributes to the academic knowledge, problem solving abilities, work attitudes, technical expertise and future employability.
CTE ARTS & MEDIA PATHWAYS
TV, Film & Digital Media Print Media Recommended Sequence of courses: Recommended Sequence of courses:
• Digital Arts OR Photo Imaging • Digital Arts OR Photo Imaging I
• TV, Film & Digital Media I • Graphic Design I
• TV, Film & Digital Media II • Graphic Design II
Web Publishing Screen Printing
Recommended Sequence of classes: Recommended Sequence of classes:
• Digital Arts OR Photo Imaging • Digital Arts
• Web Publishing I • Photo Imaging I
• Web Publishing II • Screen Printing I
CTE VISUAL ARTS
R175 Digital Arts
Digital Arts is a one year course introducing students to the basic skills required for more advanced studies in the CTE Arts & Media Pathway. This course blends activities and lecture to develop both an artistic approach and the technical skills to create digital artwork. Hands on activities reinforce student creativity by applying elements of art and principles of design. Students work with industry standard software on a leading edge hardware platform to acquire confidence and understanding of the process of digital creativity. Digital Arts is the perfect introduction to self expression while students develop the technical skills to achieve success in more advanced visual arts Career Technical Education courses.
R160 Photo Imaging I
Photo Imaging I is an introductory course designed to instruct students in the fundamental skills of composing digital photo images and processing them using industry standard software. Basic and intermediate techniques are taught to enhance or manipulate images for any purpose. With hands on experience, students become familiar with photographic imaging equipment, materials, methods, and processes. Applied creative thinking and visual
problem solving prepares students for more advanced courses and a
foundation for professional career possibilities. This course is
recommended prior to enrollment in advanced courses in the CTE Visual Arts Pathway.
R162 Photo Imaging II
This is a studio course designed for students who wish advanced training or to pursue a career in photography. Advanced concepts, techniques, practices, aesthetics and photographic imaging and image-making with digital technology are included in instruction, with an emphasis on portfolio building.
R180 Graphic Design I
Graphic Design I will prepare students to design and produce a variety of print and electronic media. Techniques for planning, designing and creating illustrations, brochures, newspapers, flyers, advertisements, publications, and instructional materials are included in instruction. All aspects of graphic communications are explored in order to successfully deliver a message. Students are prepared for entry level positions in industry or advanced career technical studies at colleges and universities. Students produce real life projects based on industry standards and are visible throughout the school and community.
R185 Graphic Design II
Graphic Design II is a course that provides advanced study in art, design and digital illustration and is available for students who wish to pursue Graphic Design as a career.
TV, Film and Digital Media
R805 TV, Film & Digital Media I
This is the first in a sequence of courses that introduces the technical skills required to produce broadcast quality media content. The focus of this course is learning the production process of making movies. The language and aesthetics of cinematography are explored through the design and production of a digital movie short or documentary. Pre-production techniques are taught to include selection of cast and crew, proper video camera techniques, digital video editing, script writing, storyboard drawing, effective lighting, audio, directing, production responsibilities, computer generated graphics, animation, and special effects. The professional skills learned in this course give students a first- hand opportunity to explore career choices within this industry.
R806 TV, Film & Digital Media II
Advanced studies in TV, Film & Digital Media is available to students who have career interests in this field.
Web Publishing & Media Design
R191 Web Publishing & Media Design I
Web Publishing & Media Design I provides instruction in designing, building, managing, and deploying dynamic content for the Internet. Students learn HTML: the language that makes up all web pages. Object oriented language is taught to allow students to create more advanced sites, working both individually and in teams. The skills of color theory and composition learned in earlier courses are integrated and honed to professional standards. Students create a blog and a podcast. Advanced skills are developed by creating Flash animations and producing a digital portfolio which can be published to CD-ROM or the Internet. Careers in web design, multimedia production, new media and graphic design are fully explored.
R192 Web Publishing & Media Design II
Advanced studies in Web Design is available to students who have career interests in this field.
CTE ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE PATHWAY
Pre Engineering & Design Architectural Design
Recommended Sequence of classes: Recommended Sequence of classes:
• Pre Engineering & Design I • Pre Engineering & Design I
• Pre Engineering & Design II • Architectural Design I
• Pre Engineering & Design Advanced • Architectural Design II
MATH OPTION: Students who complete Pre-Engineering & Design 1 and Architectural Design 1 or Pre-Engineering and Design 2 with grades of “B” or better may receive 1 year of Math credit. Students must also complete Algebra 1.
PRE ENGINEERING & DESIGN PATHWAY
R156 Pre-Engineering & Design I (9-12)
Semester one focuses on mechanical design. Technical drawing and 3D visualization skills are developed which enable students to use cutting edge computer aided design software: “SolidWorks”. This program is used by industry professionals to design a wide range of products ranging from the music industry to military and defense. Students learn industry standards and computer skills that will enable them to design their own skateboards, surfboards, or other products.
Semester two focuses on architectural design. Technical drawing and visualization skills are refined as students are challenged to design their own home. Students simultaneously build knowledge about residential construction as they are guided through
home design room by room. After creating a sketch of each room in their house, they then learn how to draw them using AutoCAD, the most widely used computer aided design program in the engineering industry. By the end of this course students have learned how to design living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and electrical lighting systems.
R157 Pre-Engineering & Design II (10-12)
Students who prefer working with the program “SolidWorks” as a result of their first year in pre-engineering design continue to explore of the industry as they apply science & math concepts along with problem solving skills while learning about the fundamentals of engineering and material science. These concepts are implemented through individualized design projects. Students gain experience designing, prototyping, analyzing and improving existing designs while using “SolidWorks”.
R158 Pre-Engineering Advanced (11-12)
Pre-Engineering Advanced is a follow up to Pre-Engineering & Design 2. Pre-Engineering topics are studied in greater depth and more emphasis is placed on original design and reverse engineered projects. Additional solid modeling commands and concepts are covered including lofts, sweeps, revolves, sheet metal and assembly mates. The “SolidWorks” software is utilized to model parts, mate parts into assemblies, develop fully dimensioned working drawings, rendered images, and implement theory based force analysis.
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PATHWAY
R156 Pre-Engineering & Design I (9-12)
First semester students learn mechanical design. They develop technical drawing and 3D visualization skills which enable them to use cutting edge computer aided design software: “SolidWorks”. This program is used by industry professionals to design a wide range of products ranging from the music industry to military and defense. Students learn industry standards and computer skills that will enable them to design their own skateboard, surfboard, or other product.
Second semester students learn on architectural designs. Technical drawing
and visualization skills are refined as they are challenged to design their home. Students simultaneously build their knowledge about residential construction as they are guided through home design room by room. After creating a sketch of each room in their house, they draw them using AutoCAD, the most widely used computer aided design program in the engineering industry. By the end of this course students have learned how to design living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and electrical lighting systems.
R220 Architectural Design I (10-12)
Students who prefer house design increase their industry knowledge about home design and construction standards as they are introduced to the most popular and cutting edge software in the architectural industry called “Revit Architecture”. Students design their dream house, explore new architectural styles, and learn more advanced computerized design techniques in order to incorporate the exact features desired for their home design.
R225 Architectural Design II (11-12)
In Design II, students will study home design in greater depth with emphasis on design features. Additional topics covered include site plans, foundations, typical wall sections and architectural renderings. Students continue expanding their skills with the industry’s best architectural design software: “Revit Architecture” . May be repeated for credit
CTE BUSINESS AND FINANCE PATHWAY
Recommended Sequence of classes: Recommended Sequence of classes:
• Business & Computer Applications I • Business & Computer Applications I
• Business & Computer Applications II • Virtual Enterprise
Business and Computers
R200 Business & Computer Applications I
The sequence of Business & Computer Application courses is designed to prepare students to work with industry standard software and hardware commonly found in business settings. Applications include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation programs, multimedia applications and layout and web page design. Other subjects include resumes, cover letters, applications, and the impact of computers on society and business. Keyboarding and integrating data skills are also taught.
R201 Business & Computer Applications II
Advanced studies in Business & Computer Applications for students are
available for students with career interests in this field of business.
T120 Computer Applications
This course introduces students to keyboarding and computer applications.
R550 Virtual Enterprise (11-12)
Virtual Enterprise is a creative course offered to provide students with real life small business experiences. Students create a simulated small business as a group and utilizing project-based learning techniques to complete real-world business tasks and experience real world lessons that will help prepare them for many of life’s challenges managing and/or owning a small business. Students will learn all aspects of working in a business, as well as how to budget, select health insurance, purchase a car, rent an apartment, make ethical decisions, obtain and use credit wisely, shop online, and complete tax forms.
CTE THEATRICAL PATHWAY
Recommended Sequence of classes:
• Theatrical Engineering
• Theatrical Design
R420 Theatrical Engineering (Stage Tech I)
Students interested in a theatre career will learn about set construction and design, lighting, sound, costuming, and make-up. These skills can help build a career in the theater field by allowing students to become employable as a stagehands, light technicians, sound technicians or costumers. Students who are enrolled in this course and who are working may earn additional credit toward graduation by co-enrolling in the internship program.
R421 Theatrical Design (Stage Tech II)
This course provides advanced training in stagehand technical skills. Instruction will include advanced training in make-up, costuming, and design. Instruction also includes use of soundboards, lighting equipment, hand tools and other tricks of the trade. Further job opportunities become available as a stage manager, property manager or costume manager. Students who are enrolled in this course and who are working may earn additional credit toward graduation by co-enrolling in the internship program.
S400/S405 Introduction to Agriculture, Introduction to Agriculture (SEI) (9-12)
This is the first course in a two-year sequence. It 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 is recommended.
S435 Agriculture and National Resources (9-12)
This course focuses on agriculture, science, biotechnology, and the study of the ecosystem and environmental problems. Students will learn interrelations of the ecosystem and applying this information in problem solving. Conservation, preservation and sustainability will be studied. Students will produce a research project requiring field work and the formation of a high quality written report and verbal presentation.
S450 Agricultural Biology (9-12)
This is a one-year lab science course for the college bound student with an interest in agriculture which emphasizes principles, central concepts and inter-relationships in the scientific method, molecular and cellular aspects of life, chemical and structural basis of life, growth and reproduction of plants and animals, evolution, genetics, taxonomy, nutrition, health and diseases of plant and domestic animals.
S420 Horticulture (9-12) (Elective – not Science credit)
Students will be trained in the propagation, culture, processing and marketing of ornamental plants and the design, use and maintenance of greenhouses and shade houses. Students will also learn landscape and hardscape design, maintenance and the proper use, care and identification of equipment and supplies. Participation in FFA (Future Farmers of America) and SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) projects are also required.
S415 Veterinary Science (10-12)
This course includes 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.
academic elective requirement
CTE AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY PATHWAY
R100 Automotive Technician (10-12)
The Automotive Technician sequence of courses provides training in the operation, diagnosis and repair of the internal combustion engine. Information covered includes fuel delivery system, ignition system, coolant system, and lubrication system along with the disassembly and assembly of the individual systems and engine components. Great emphasis is placed on completing NATEF tasks. The course also provides training in the operation of manual and automatic transmissions. The class provides hands-on repair of brakes systems (disc brakes and drum brakes), suspensions, rear axles and final drives. Employment possibilities include entry-level positions in all phases of automotive repair.
R110 Automotive Advanced
Advanced studies in Automotive Technology is available for students
with career interests
CTE HEALTH CARE AND MEDICAL SCIENCE PATHWAY
R700/R701 Medical Science & Health Careers, Medical Science & Health Careers SEI (10-12)
This course is a one-year lab science course designed to study biological concepts and principals 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 of the course. This course will extend and deepen learning by showing students medical careers that relate directly to each unit.
R610 Medical Occupations/First Responder (10-12)
Students interested in occupations such as Firefighting, Emergency Medical Technician, Para-Medicine, and Law Enforcement. This course is the study of emergency medical skills and procedures, including basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, HIPAA, and preventions of disease transmission.
This course is designed for students who are interested in occupations in the medical arts, Medical Assisting, Nursing, or Pre-Nursing Careers. Instruction includes medical terminology and abbreviations, pharmacology, disease transmission, medical law and ethics, HIPAA, anatomy and physiology, interpersonal relationships, and professional attitudes required in the medical field.
CTE CULINARY ARTS PATHWAY
The National Restaurant Association in response to a critical shortage of trained restaurant managers, chefs, servers, and other personnel founded an educational program titled “ProStart”. This program is designed to stimulate interest in high school students and offer a career building 3 year Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management program.
The recommended sequence of classes is:
T150 Food Science and Nutrition
An introductory class for students to gain knowledge and experience related to the kitchen environment and food handling. Students will learn safety and sanitation competencies, basic food preparation and conversions, food storage requirements, weights and measures. Students are exposed to Hospitality Careers and preparation for Culinary Arts program.
R Culinary Arts I
This sequence of Culinary Art classes trains students to provide professional chef and related cooking services in restaurants and commercial food establishments. It includes instruction in recipe and menu planning, preparing and cooking of foods, supervising and training kitchen assistants, the management of food supplies and kitchen resources, and mastery of a wide variety of cuisines and culinary techniques. Students will receive real world work experience at the new Panther Café at Vista High School.
The “ProStart” Culinary Arts program provides classroom study, mentored work experiences and local and national competitions.
R Culinary Arts II
Advanced studies in Culinary Arts are available for students who wish to pursue the Culinary Arts, Management and Hospitality field.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (ELD)
The ELD program is designed to provide language acquisition classes and content area classes for students whose primary language is not English (i.e., English Language Learners). For beginning English Language Learners, classes might include Primary Language Instruction in academic subject areas and intensive English language development classes. A program for intermediate/advanced students would include SEI classes in the academic subject areas and continued English language development. In both academic subject areas and English development classes, the core curriculum from the regular programs is closely paralleled.
E700/E760E740 English Language Development 1, ELD Reading 1 and ELD Study Skills (9-12) (ELD 1)
A two-period beginning English language development course designed for non-English speakers. Students develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of the English language and an understanding of the American culture. This course emphasizes oral fluency to help students develop beginning proficiencies in both understanding and producing oral English. Teachers use specific instructional strategies in reading and writing designed to develop the language skills of students at the beginning proficiency level. Students will also take an additional ELD Study Skills class to accelerate their development of academic vocabulary, language, and skills needed for success in high school and the workplace.
E710/E765 English Language Development 2 and ELD Reading 2 (9-12) (ELD 2)
A two-period intermediate literature-based reading and writing course in English that further develops the students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and comprehension. Students learn active reading strategies, study skills, and academic language functions needed to access English language instruction in content curriculum. Students receive instruction in all domains of English proficiency (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing), with a focus on reading and writing. Instruction in reading and writing will be provided at the students’ proficiency levels, using the California ELD standards as a guide. This course facilitates students’ transition from primary language to English.
E720/E770 English Language Development 3 and ELD Reading 3 (9-12) (ELD 3)
A two-period literature-based course for students at the intermediate proficiency level in reading and writing according to the California ELD standards. Students learn active reading strategies, study skills, and academic language functions (analyze, compare/contrast, describe, synthesize, etc.) needed to access the English-Language Arts standards and content curriculum. Students receive instruction in all domains of English proficiency with a focus on reading and writing and attaining “reasonable fluency” in English. Instruction in reading and writing is provided at the students’ proficiency levels, using the Californian ELD standards as a guide.
E730/E775 English Language Development 4 and ELD Reading 4 (9-12) (ELD 4)
A two-period literature-based course for students at the advanced proficiency level in reading and writing according to the California ELD standards. Students learn active reading strategies, study skills, academic vocabulary, and academic language functions necessary to access the English Language Arts standards and content curriculum. Students receive instruction in all domains of English proficiency with a focus on reading and writing in content areas. Students are prepared to transition into mainstream English classes the following year.
(SEI) (Structured English
SEI classes are designed to meet the needs of intermediate and advanced English Language Learners who are working towards reclassification and have not yet mainstreamed. SEI classes are offered at every grade level and in all academic subject areas and cover the regular core curriculum. These classes are taught entirely in English, and in addition to covering the subject area content, provide students with an opportunity to further develop their language acquisition