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E310 AP English Language/Composition 11





  • Prerequisite: Completion of English 10 with grade of A or English 10 Honors with a C or better

  • Teacher recommendation

  • Summer reading required


This is an academically demanding class which prepares students to take the Advanced Placement English Language Exam. This class also begins the first of two years of required course work for the IB Exam. Because of this assessment focus, the course assumes students have the ability to write college-level essays and to complete advanced assignments, requiring critical thinking and analysis skills. Success in this course requires the ability to manage time, so the demanding assignments are completed in a timely manner. Students will maintain a writing portfolio to be passed on to the following grade level. Summer reading is required, and students will be tested on it





E400/E430 English 12, English 12 SEI


English 12 and English 12 SEI focus on core works in British and world literature while completing materials for Senior Exhibition, a district-wide expectation. The writing curriculum continues to refine essay skills in a number of genres and culminates in a required term paper which must be completed in a timely manner.

E410 IB English Literature 12 HL 2





  • Prerequisite: Completion of AP English Language/Comp 11 grade of C or better (recommended) or completion of English 11 with grade of A, and completion of IB English 11 works

  • Teacher recommendation

  • Summer reading required


This is an academically demanding course that focuses on in-depth literary response while using a variety of district-approved core and extended works. This class is an extension of AP English 11, and prior knowledge of the works covered in that year is mandatory. Students enrolled in this class should also be writing at a college level because of the nature of the exams upon which the course focuses. A typical essay in this class is an analytical paper of 1,200 to 1,500 words in length and written in MLA (Modern Language Association) format. Summer reading is required, and students will be tested on it.





E510 Yearbook Production (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Student must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Students need Yearbook Advisor consent before adding the class.


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.


  • Meets UC/CSU “g” college prep elective requirement






MATHEMATICS

Graduation Requirement- 3 years

All students must pass Algebra 1 and Geometry (Applied Geometry or Essential Math)

College Entrance Requirement- 3 years with C or better including Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2

All classes noted as college prep meet the UC/CSU “c” math requirement



M615/M616/M617 Pre-Algebra, Pre-Algebra SEI, Primary Language Pre-Algebra (9-12)


This year-long course will provide the basic fundamentals of algebra to those students who would normally have difficulty with a standard Algebra 1 course. Topics include order of operations, integers, solving linear equations, ratios and graphing.


  • Non-college prep


M200/M560/M561 Algebra 1, Algebra 1 SEI, Primary Language Algebra 1 (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of Pre-Algebra with C or better


Algebra I is the introduction of variables, constants, expressions and equations.  Topics covered are:  solving equations, simplifying expressions, understanding order of operations, using properties (field axioms), arithmetic operations with positive and negative numbers, polynomials, factoring, graphing (linear and quadratic equations), working with radicals and expanding arithmetic knowledge.


  • College Prep



Applied Geometry (10-12)


  • Pre-requisite: Completion of Algebra 1 with D


All concepts in this course are introduced, taught, and mastered using algebra. This course covers the essential standards of Geometry from a concrete and algebraic perspective. In addition, geometric concepts are taught with connections to the real world. This course is for the students who struggled in Algebra 1 and need more time to develop algebra skills. If a student wishes to fulfill a 4-year college entrance requirement course sequence, the next course needed would be Geometry (see below).


  • Non college prep course

  • Meets the VUSD Math graduation requirement only


M250/M570 Geometry, Geometry SEI (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 with a C or better


This course covers topics involving geometric relations, postulates, theorems and proofs. It is expected that students have a firm grasp of algebra due to the amount of algebra used in calculations.


  • College Prep


M255 Geometry/Trigonometry Honors (9-12) (Pre IB/AP)


  • Incoming freshmen, see Honors Guidelines handout for suggested prerequisites

  • Prerequisite: Grades 10-12, completion of Algebra 1 with grade of A and teacher recommendation


This geometry-basic course moves at a very rapid pace and includes six weeks of basic trigonometry. A very strong background in algebra is required to be successful.


  • College Prep


M300 Algebra 2 (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 AND Geometry or Honors Geometry/Trigonometry with a C or better


Algebra 2 builds on topics presented in Algebra 1 and Geometry. This course also includes topics in complex numbers, linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions and SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) preparation.


  • College Prep


M305 Algebra 2 Honors (9-12) (Pre IB/AP)


  • Prerequisite: Honors Geo/Trig with grade of C or better and teacher recommendation or passing score on placement test


Honors Algebra 2 covers the same material as the Algebra 2 course with additional topics covered with more depth, application and at a faster pace.


  • College Prep


M621 Essential Math (11-12)


  • Students MUST have completed 20 math credits including Algebra 1 to enroll in this course.




  • Students MUST NOT have passed the CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam)


This course will satisfy the district Geometry graduation requirement. The content of the course will be broken into four key focus areas; geometry and measurement, number sense, statistics and probability, and algebra and functions. In addition to the above listed topics, approximately five weeks will focus on applied mathematical topics including, but not limited to, budgets, loans and investments. This course will assist students in passing the CAHSEE.


  • Non-College Prep


M425 Pre-Calculus (11-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 2 with C or better


Pre-Calculus will prepare a student for college level mathematics (for seniors) and for Honors Math Analysis or AP Calculus AB (for juniors). The course reviews topics from Geometry and Algebra 2. Additional topics include right triangle trigonometry, laws of sines and cosines, graphs of all trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, and an introduction to matrices and conic sections.


  • College Prep


M420 IB Math Studies SL (11-12)


  • Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 2 with grade of C or better for full IB Candidates or seniors, otherwise completion of Pre-Calculus with C or better


Math Studies is an elective math course open to all students who have successfully completed Algebra 2. The curriculum emphasizes real-world applications in probability/statistics, trigonometric functions, logic and polynomial functions. This course will prepare students for the standard level IB exam and all students are required to complete an internal assessment project due in the spring.


  • College Prep



M410 Math Analysis Honors (10-12) (Pre IB/AP)

  • Prerequisite: C or better in Algebra 2 Honors or teacher recommendation


This is an honors level pre-calculus course that covers topics in functions, trigonometry, vectors, matrices, complex numbers, and mathematical induction. It will prepare students for entry into a calculus course and is the first of two courses that prepare students for the IB Higher Level Math Methods exam (taken in the IB Math HL course).


  • College Prep


M405 AP Statistics (11-12)




  • Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 2 or Algebra 2 Honors with a minimum grade of B.


This course uses real data from sports, business, science, health, education and other fields to teach students how to understand and analyze data. Topics of study include surveys, experiments, correlation, probability and inference. This is a fast paced course with the goal of preparing the students for the AP Statistics exam.


  • College Prep


M440 AP Calculus AB (11-12)


  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math Analysis Honors (or equivalent) or Pre-Calculus with an A


Calculus AB is the equivalent to one semester of a university analytic geometry/calculus course. Topics include functions, graphs, limits, derivatives and integrals.


  • College Prep


M446 IB Mathematics HL2 (11- 12)


  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math Analysis Honors (or equivalent)


This IB Mathematics class is designed for students who will be expecting to either study mathematics in college or as a major component of a related subject such as physics, engineering or technology. Students are required to submit a portfolio consisting of two extended problems – one on a mathematical investigation and one on mathematic modeling. They are also expected to take the IB Mathematics Exam HL in the spring. Most colleges will give college credit for a passing score on the IB exam.

  • College Prep






PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Graduation Requirement-

Class of 2012 only- 25 credits of PE and 5 credits of Health

Beginning with the class of 2013- 30 credits of PE required. 9th grade students will fulfill their state health requirement through concurrent enrollment in World History 1 and PE 9.


Beginning with the class of 2011, all students, regardless of the number of PE credits completed, must continue to be enrolled in a PE class until they pass the California Physical Fitness Exam.




P100 PE 9 (9)


This course is designed to introduce skills and strategies involved in team sports and individual sports. Physical fitness activities and testing and health instruction will be given. 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.


P035/P060 Health/Health SEI (12)


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.


P580 Fitness (10-12)




This class is designed to be a fitness and wellness class; that involves each individual student, in their own fitness evaluation. Emphasis will be on pre-testing and evaluation with the development of each individual student’s personal fitness. Training will be in endurance, weight control and behavior


modifications, coordination, stress management, and in strength. Activities will include stationary bicycles, running, walking, step bench, weight training, strength training, and flexibility training.


P585 Stationary Cycling (10-12)

This class is designed to be a stationary cycling class-“Spin” as the main cardiovascular activity of the class, mixed with fitness activities and circuit training. This class is a form of high-intensity exercise that involves using a stationary exercise bicycle in a classroom setting. Students will set goals based on their personal goals of improved heart rate, weight loss or mileage. Students will learn to monitor their heart rate.

P165 Surf Physical Education (10-12)

(Grade 9 with administrative approval)

  • Students must maintain a 2.0 G.P.A.

  • Must provide own transportation to site.

  • Must pass a swim/water-tread test



Aquatic class geared toward surfing, body boarding instruction. Students will learn water safety, ocean currents, tides, paddling and swimming. Students will meet at assigned beach during period 1 or 2.


P125 PE Beginning Fitness/Weights (10-12)


This course will incorporate weight lifting, running, flexibility, nutrition, balance, muscle tone and aerobic movements to aid the cardiovascular system.


P140 PE Advanced Fitness/Weights (10-12)


Prerequisite: Completion of Beginning Weights and teacher approval


This course will focus on high skill levels of personal fitness i.e. weightlifting, running, flexibility, balance, muscle tone and aerobic movements to enhance cardiovascular development.


P150 PE Team Sports (10-12)


A focus on high skills, strategies and theories involved in team sports such as football, soccer, basketball, etc.


P208 Aerobics (10-12)


Students will perform aerobic dance activities, “step” aerobics, and running to promote coordination and cardiovascular fitness. Exercise to increase flexibility and body conditioning will also be stressed.


P209 Advanced Aerobics (10-12)


  • Audition Required


This course is an advanced level course to follow the aerobics class. Advanced aerobics is for the able student who desires a physical, as well as a mental challenge. This course has dual goals of encouraging lifelong physical fitness and exploring careers in the health/fitness industry. The course combines principles of physical fitness with principles of dance technique and aesthetics. This helps the student refine skills in choreography, interviewing, research, writing, and presentations.


P155 PE Racquet Sports (10-12)


This course is designed to introduce skills and strategies involved in the individual sports of racquetball, badminton and tennis. Physical fitness activities to promote individual fitness are part of daily activities. Physical fitness testing is given at least twice a year and is an integral part of the curriculum. This course is designed to help students develop physically, emotionally and mentally.


P170 PE 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.


P180 PE Intermediate Dance (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Audition and minimum 2.0 GPA


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.





P185 PE Advanced Dance (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Audition and minimum 2.0 GPA


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.


P175 PE Expert Dance (9-12)




  • Prerequisite: Audition and minimum 2.0 GPA


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.




P160 Spirit Squad (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Audition and minimum 2.0 GPA


Cheerleading, precision dance and yell routines. Attendance at rehearsals and performances required.


P560 Marching Band (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Minimum 2.0 GPA and teacher recommendation


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.

PE credit only.


P570 Pageantry Corps (9-12)


  • Prerequisite: Audition and minimum 2.0 GPA


Pageantry Corps includes precision marching, field designs and dance routines. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required. In the fall, students enroll in Pageantry Corps period 6. The course is offered each semester. Membership is usually determined by audition in May or June, although capable candidates have been accepted as late as September based on circumstance and ability. New students are not generally accepted mid-year. Students will receive PE credit as well as fine arts credit (up to 2 years).



ATHLETICS: To be eligible for athletics, a student must have a minimum un-weighted 2.00 grade point average each six week grading period. Students must pass a physical exam and have evidence of insurance prior to participation in any athletic program. We strongly encourage each athlete to purchase an ASB card. Consent from the athletic director and/or the coach is required



Athletic Sports (9-12)


May require enrollment in Athletic PE prior to or following the season of the sport. Some sports meet and practice off campus, during or after period 5 or 6.

(M=Men) (W=Women) (NC = No cuts due to athletic ability)



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