Areas of Study
Forty (40) units are required for graduation
English courses asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.
English Language Development
Students are tested orally on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) before they are enrolled in the appropriate level of ELD. Students are assigned two (2) periods of ELD so that they may make sufficient progress. One year or ten credits of Transitional English is accepted by the UC or CSU systems as meeting one unit of the English entrance requirements. A maximum of twenty (20) credits of ELD is applied to satisfy the English graduation credit requirement.
10 Credits (Required for Graduation)
Health Education is a required year course. The following subjects will be covered: Disease prevention (HIV/AIDS, STD's), Family Health, Mental/Emotional Health (Suicide Prevention), Physical Fitness, Safety, Nutrition, First Aid, CPR, and Drug prevention.
Twenty (20) credits of Physical Education required for graduation.
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned Physical Education program in accordance with the California Content Standards. Students will be empowered to make choices, meet challenges and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness and movement activity for a lifetime. Emphasis is placed on students analyzing skills for effective movement. Units of instruction include: personal fitness emphasis, fitness concepts and techniques, cardio respiratory endurance training, nutrition, individual activities, aquatics (where accessible), rhythms and dance, and dual activities.
Thirty (30) units of Math required for graduation; twenty (20) units must be in high school math including Algebra.
Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and Math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards ensures all students receive an equitable education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace. To meet the challenges of the CCSS, our district will be adopting and implementing an “Integrated Math” pathway that will replace “Traditional” courses.
Students must complete one year of Biological Science and one year of Physical Science to fulfill graduation requirements.
Within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there are three distinct and equally important dimensions to learning science. These dimensions are combined to form each standard—or performance expectation—and each dimension works with the other two to help students build a cohesive understanding of science over time.
A goal for developing the NGSS was to create a set of research-based, up-to-date K–12 science standards. These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship.
Thirty (30) units of Social Science are required for graduation including World History/Geography, U.S. History, Government, and Economics.
The objective of the history–social science curriculum is to set forth, in an organized way, the knowledge and understanding that our students need to function intelligently now and in the future. The Social Science disciplines (history, geography, economics, political science, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and the humanities) span the major dimensions of human experiences, locally and globally. Students will learn the cultural, economic, geographic, historical, political, psychological and social dimensions of our society, along with other cultures and countries. Without the knowledge that these disciplines convey, our students will be buffeted by changes that are beyond their comprehension. But with a firm grounding in history and the related disciplines, students will better understand human behavior and the social dimensions of the world, acquiring skills useful in law, government, diplomacy and many other careers.
Visual and Performing Arts
Ten (10) units of Visual and Performing Arts are required for graduation.
Visual arts students create art using a variety of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture media, including ceramics. The creation of art is combined with the study of Art History, analyzing art, and connecting art to careers. Performing arts includes dance, music and theater. The emphasis for dancers is on Mexican traditional dance and its related disciplines. Musicians learn to read music and play an instrument. develop technical proficiency, and perform for parades, field shows, concerts, contests, and pep band throughout the school year. Vocal music students learn the basics of good vocal sound, breath support, and articulation and to express themselves in both group and solo settings. Theater students perform as actors, designer technicians and audience members and at the end of the year, will create, produce, and perform their own show.