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 with the appropriate ELD teacher.
Twenty (20) units of Vocational Education are required for graduation.
Foreign Language or Visual and Performing Arts
Teen (10) credits of either Foreign Language or Visual and Performing Arts are required for graduation. Completion of more than 10 credits will count towards the required number of elective credits
The focus is on the attainment of at least a semi-fluent proficiency level in the areas of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Foreign language courses are taken through the Mount Toro Online Program (Edmentum).
Visual and Performing Arts
Students create art using a variety of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture media, featuring landscape, still-life, portrait, the human figure, abstraction and design. The creation of art is combined with the study of Art History, analyzing art, and connecting art to careers.
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.
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.
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.