High School Courses

High School Graduation Requirements

Students entering high school must consider the graduation requirements when choosing subjects each year. Graduation requirements are: Bible* (40 credits, 4 years), English (40 credits, 4 years), Social Studies/History including US Government/Economics (30 credits, 3 years), Science (20 credits, 2 years), Math (30 credits, 3 years), Visual and Performing Arts (10 credits, 1 year), Physical Education (20 credits, 2 years), Electives (50 credits).

The total minimum credits required to graduate is 240 plus a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

*Bible is required for each semester of attendance at Heritage Christian High School. Required Bible credits are waived for any semester the student does not attend Heritage Christian High School. The total waived Bible credits are added to the required elective credits keeping the total credits required for graduation at 240.

Seniors will not receive their diploma until they have completed all requirements and accumulated the total credits necessary to graduate. Participation in the ceremony will be at the discretion of the administration. All financial obligations must be met before the student can participate in commencement exercises.

Advanced Placement Classes

  • Any student taking an AP class is required to take the AP Exam.
  • Payment of the entire fee for an AP Test is to be paid when billed.

Admission to AP classes will be based on whether the student attained a “B” in the subject area during the previous course and a 3.5 average gpa.

Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher to take Honor’s Classes. Students who excel in a particular subject area and who wish to take honors classes in that area but who do not meet the 3.5 GPA requirement may petition their request for an exception through the college counseling office. Petitions for exception will be granted at the sole discretion of the college counseling office and HCS administration.

SAMPLE FOUR-YEAR EDUCATIONAL PLANS
For the University-Bound Student

9th Grade

  • English 9 (Honors)
  • Mathematics
  • Biology (Honors), Physical Science
  • Bible 9: The Book of Acts (1 sem) / Titus/James/Ethics (1 sem)
  • Elective
  • Physical Education
  • Foreign Language

10th Grade

  • English 10 (Honors)
  • Mathematics
  • World History or AP World History
  • Bible 10: The Gospel of Mark (1 sem) / Cults (1 sem)
  • Elective
  • Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education

11th Grade

  • English 11 or AP English Language
  • U.S. History or AP US History
  • Mathematics
  • Foreign Language
  • Bible 11: Survey of Paul’s Epistles (1 sem) / World Religions (1 sem)
  • Science
  • Elective

12th Grade

  • English 12 or AP English Literature
  • US Government or AP US Government (1 sem) / Economics (1 sem)
  • Bible 12: Christian Apologetics (1 sem) / Marriage & Family (1 sem)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Elective

 

Bible

The Bible curriculum promotes the understanding, interpretation, and application of biblical truth. The faculty seeks to help every student develop a world view in which the principles and values of the Bible are applied to the whole of life. Additionally, the development of Christian character and basic Bible knowledge content will equip students for service in the local church and effective witness for Christ in whatever God-honoring careers they pursue.

Bible 9: The Book of Acts (1st semester)
Old Testament Survey – Grade 9
1 semester 5 credits

This course provides the recorded history of the expanding Church from Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria to the ends of the earth.  It also discloses the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the new followers of Christ.

Bible 9: The Books of James and Titus (2nd semester)
Grade 9
1 semester 5 credits

This course examines two epistles found in the New Testament.  Titus is a letter from the apostle Paul to a young minister on the island of Crete.  It is an example of how Paul stresses both doctrine and practice.  James is an epistle that helps Christians understand how their faith should effect their lives.

Bible 10: The Gospel of Mark (1st semester)
Grade 10
1 semester 5 credits

This course is a verse-by-verse study of the shortest Gospel in the New Testament.  It examines in more detail the person and mission of Jesus Christ.  Throughout its pages, the text reveals the evidence that Jesus is the Son of God and the reason He came: “to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Bible 10: Biblical Interpretation and the Cults (2nd semester)
Grade 10
1 semester 5 credits

This course teaches students how to observe, interpret, and apply the Bible.  In addition, it covers the major cults and how their doctrines deviate from historical Christianity.

 

Bible 11: Survey of Paul’s Epistles (1st semester)
Grade 11
1 semester 5 credits

This course examines the major themes, dates, and settings of the letters written by the apostle Paul and found in the New Testament.  Both doctrine and practice are emphasized.

Bible 11: World Religions (2nd semester)
Grade 11
1 semester 5 credits

This course examines the historical development, tenets, and sects of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam, and it unfolds the contrast between these four religions and Christianity.

Bible 12: Christian Apologetics (1st semester)
Grade 12
1 semester 5 credits

This course addresses some of the most profound questions and issues pondered by Christians and asked by non-believers, and it prepares the Christians to defend the Faith with rational and evidential arguments in a spirit of gentleness and reverence.

Bible 12: Christian Marriage and Family (2nd semester)
Grade 12
1 semester 5 credits

This course presents Christian principles involved in dating, marriage, and the family, and it teaches practical guidelines for maintaining a Christian marriage.

Computer/Technology

Coursework at HCS is designed to assist students in understanding the use of computers in very practical ways. From very simple to very complex, students learn real world applications that will be useful for years to come.

Computer Applications – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course will lead to the mastery of basic keyboarding and word processing skills. Included topics will be the history of the computer, mastery of the Windows operating environment, proper file management and desk-top publishing techniques, professional computer applications suite with emphasis on advanced word processing skills, spreadsheets and a graphics presentation program. Beginning programming skills are taught through the use of HTML, a web authoring language. Each student will learn to design web pages. (Not for students who have completed 7th or 8th grade computer class.)

Prerequisite: 9th grade level or above. Fulfills elective requirement for graduation. Meets CSU and UC “g” requirement.

Digital Photography – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of photography using a digital camera and photo editing software. Students will study how the digital camera captures images, how to best utilize the automatic and manual features, and the basic elements of photographic composition. Students will also study how to crop, edit, and enhance digital images using Adobe Photoshop.

Prerequisite: 9th grade level or above. Must have successfully completed Computer Apps. Must have access to a digital camera with better than a 4 megapixel resolution. Fulfills elective requirement for visual and performing arts graduation requirement. Meets CSU and UC “f” requirement.

Yearbook Design – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Students enrolled in this course create the school’s yearbook. Students will learn, in-depth, the Desk-Top Publishing process in a step-by-step fashion as they choose a theme, decide on design elements, collect digital images, create headings, text, captions, and finally put it all together on the computer while attempting to meet the publisher’s deadlines. Students will also be exposed to the financial side of the process as they will be required to sell ad space and have the opportunity to earn money through ad sales. Fulfills elective requirement for graduation.

Prerequisite: 10th grade level or above. Must have successfully completed Computer Applications. Meets UC and CSU “f” requirement.

Computer Graphics – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Creating graphics on a computer is one of the fastest growing segments of the computer industry. This course will teach the fundamentals of utilizing powerful graphic creation software to build two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and animated graphics. Students will also learn advanced HTML and Java scripting, and creating web pages that will display graphics. Fulfills elective requirements for Practical Arts and Fine Arts graduation requirement. Meets CSU and UC “f” requirement.

Prerequisite: 9th grade level or above and successful completion of Computer Apps. or its equivalent. Fulfills elective requirement for visual and performing arts graduation requirement. Meets CSU and UC “f” requirement.

Commercial Art and Design – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This two-semester long course is designed for students in grades nine through twelve who have an interest in computer generated artwork and design intended for sale or marketing purposes. Students will explore and design basic computer and web based two-dimensional works of art with an emphasis on advertising and business marketing with a socially creative edge. Students are introduced to the elements and principals of visual design such as line, shape, and balance through the use of various software programs and digital media. Students will develop design skills which will be applied to real-world applications of commercial art by creating a range of viable art products (print advertisements, invitations, flyers, brochures, posters, etc.).

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed 8th-grade Advanced Tech and Computer Applications. Fulfills elective requirement for visual and performing arts graduation requirement. Meets CSU and UC “f” requirement.

Digital Game Design – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course will be a comprehensive introduction to the process of creating, designing, programming and marketing a digital game.  Students will learn the basic concepts and vocabulary of Game Design. They will also learn and apply the steps in of the Game Development Cycle: Concept stage, Elaboration Stage and Tuning Stage in the creation of an original digital game.  This will be a project-based course with all reading, lecture, video & assignments focusing on developing skills that will be applied in creation of custom games.  The first half of the course will focus on fundamental concepts and skill development, while the second half of the course will be dedicated to development of original games.

Prerequisite:  Computer Applications. Fulfills UC and CSU “g” requirement.

English/Language Arts

The English Department offers classes which are heterogeneously grouped, with the exception of AP classes. Formal writing as a process is introduced at the freshman level and reinforced throughout the following years of instruction. Spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and usage are taught and integrated into the context of the core literature. English 9, 10, 11, and 12 are year-long courses required for graduation. As God communicates through His Word, He has given man the ability of and love for communication. God’s Word not only communicates His love for man, but gives encouragement to communicate effectively and truthfully as well. At HCS we strive to develop the ability to communicate effectively, accurately, responsibly and truthfully as well as the ability to evaluate the structure and meaning of literature from a Biblical point of view.

Credit Requirements:  Students must earn at least 40 credits for graduation.

Recommended College Prep Courses

Fulfills “b” requirement for UC and CSU
English 9, 10, 11, 12 (or Honors); AP English Literature; AP English Language

Fulfills “g” requirement for UC and CSU
American Cinema as Literature, Journalism

English 9 – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 9
2 semesters 10 credits

Students work to develop competence and develop God given talents in writing clear, coherent, correct sentences and paragraphs, and to develop critical thinking and reading skills as they are demonstrated in discussion and writing. Examples of short stories, novels, plays, non-fiction, and poetry are examined to determine the relationship of form and content, and to develop in the student the ability to see beyond the printed word into the intent of the writer. Through discussion and writing assignments, the teacher will emphasize why and how a writer achieves his intended aim. Special attention will be given to usage errors such as sentence fragments and run-ons, confusion of adjectives and adverbs, and unclear word use in student writing. Review of grammar and vocabulary instruction will be included. Meets CSU and UC “b” English requirement.

Honors English 9 – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 9
2 semesters 10 credits

This honors course provides an in-depth study of language skills, sentence development, paragraph development and essay writing. It includes instruction in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as prescribed. Experiences in literature are provided in the genres of short story, mythology, epic, drama, poetry and the novel. The core works are introduced and explored in-depth.

Prerequisite: Minimum 3.5 GPA or higher in 8th grade.

English 10 – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 10
2 semesters 10 credits

English 10 expands on the critical reading, thinking, and writing skills attained in the preceding year by examining challenging short stories, novels, plays, poetry, and non-fiction. The difficulty level in the materials read, discussed, and written about exceeds that of the previous course. The course includes an intensive review of fundamental grammar, usage, and mechanical skills of writing, with special attention given to creation of thoughtful essays. The primary objective of the class is challenge each student to discover how well they can do using the skills that God has given them, while continuing to develop each student’s ability to write clear, correct, coherent, and interesting multi-paragraph compositions. Meets CSU and UC “b” English requirement.

Honors English 10 – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 10
2 semesters 10 credits

This is an accelerated class that requires students to think deeply and richly about both fiction and non-fiction. The course offers a blend of classic and contemporary works from authors of diverse backgrounds. Thus, students will be exposed to authors writing in numerous genre. The course places a heavy emphasis on a variety of writing skills in preparation for AP English. It also introduces students to concepts that will be addressed more thoroughly in the Advanced Placement English 11 class. Students should expect a rigorous, challenging, active experience in the course. Meets CSU and UC “b” English requirement.

Prerequisite: Minimum 3.5 GPA or higher in 9th grade.

English 11 – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 11
2 semesters 10 credits

Students will investigate the poems, plays, novels, short stories, and essays that were God inspired by American writers. In addition to providing a sound historical background in the development of American Literature, the students will write essays aimed at deepening critical reading and writing skills. Meets CSU and UC “b” English requirement.

English 12 – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 12
2 semesters 10 credits

English 12 is designed to teach three interrelated elements: core literature, students’ experiences, and writing as a process. British Literature will be the primary focus. The course incorporates learning experiences derived from cultural heritage, experiences in confronting important human issues, a strong sense of values, and necessary language and thinking skills acquired through frequent listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Meets CSU and UC “b” English requirement.

AP English Language and Composition – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 11
2 semesters 10 credits

Strong control of standard English including grammar, sentence structure, and basic essay format. The primary goal of the class is to develop each student’s ability as a critical reader and analytical writer. Weekly written assignments and extensive reading are important components of this class and require consistent effort from each student. Students are expected to leave this class with the writing ability of a college sophomore. All students are expected to take the AP exam.

Prerequisite: Grade of “B” or better in prior English courses; minimum 3.5 gpa; parent approval; completion of summer reading before the fall semester. Meets CSU and UC “b” English requirement.

AP Literature and Composition – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course is designed to enable qualified students to honor God to the best of their ability on the Advanced Placement examination in English and Literature. This two-semester course (offered in lieu of English 12) AP English Literature is an accelerated program which teaches the content of an introductory college course. The focus is placed on the writing of various periods and genres. Writing is taught as a tool to convey the student’s analysis or interpretation. Students become familiar with the resources of literature: connotation, figurative language, irony, syntax, tone, etc. Numerous evaluative essays are written. Practice for the essay and multiple choice sections of the AP Literature and Composition exam is a part of this course. The AP English exam given in the spring is mandatory. Students who do not take the AP exam will not receive the weighted grade point.

Prerequisite: Grade of “B” or better in prior English courses; minimum 3.5 gpa; parent approval; completion of summer reading before the fall semester. Meets CSU and UC “b” English requirement.

American Cinema as Literature – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 11-12
2 semesters 10 credits

An overview of the cinema from the silent era to the present, with the analysis of representative films as literature. Topics covered include the components that characterize film as a unique type of literature; specific genres; film techniques; film industry practices and trends; film’s reflection of and impact on American culture. Fulfills CSU and UC “g” elective requirement.

Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade only.

Intro to Journalism – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12

This course will introduce the student to the types of journalistic writing: hard news, editorial, opinion, sports review and feature stories. The course will include analysis of contemporary news media. Students will learn all aspects of publishing a newspaper including page layout and design, photography, interviewing and advertising. Students will learn to write with an understanding of audience and purpose. The class will publish a newspaper for the school.

Prerequisite: Open to all high school students; “B” grade or better in all English classes; must have successfully completed Computer Applications.

Advanced Journalism – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12

This course offers an advanced study of journalism with an emphasis on copy editing, editorial writing, page design and layout using InDesign C53. Fulfills CSU and UC “g” elective requirement.

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Intro to Journalism.

English Language Development – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12

This course will prepare ELD students for mainstream college prep English and at the same time satisfy college prep requirements during the transitional phase. This will be accomplished through: study of literature commensurate with other college prep courses, in depth focus on function, form, fluency, and vocabulary, and a cyclical emphasis of the key components of California core curriculum. Furthermore, an intense focus on the writing process, self and peer editing will lead to effective writing skills for a multitude of purposes. Extended time will be allowed for reading literary pieces so as to further develop precise decoding skills and improve students’ control of academic vocabulary and literary analysis. Academic writing will be pursued at the same level of depth and degree of challenge as commensurate college prep courses. In depth study of literature will engage students in meaningful discussions with personal significance, critical analysis, and oral presentations, interpretive, presentational, and critical in nature. The focus on form, function and vocabulary will take into account students’ current proficiency levels as they improve upon and further develop cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP) specifically; connotative and denotative meaning of vocabulary. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and systematic development of such linguistic control will be emphasized. Fulfills CSU and UC “g” English requirement.

Language and Literacy for English Learners – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12

Language and Literacy is designed to build academic language, improve literacy skills and content knowledge for Long Term English Learners. Academic emphases of this course are:1) Academic language development in all domains, 2)Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards 3)CA ELD standards.

Strategies for success. Course units strategically and intentionally emphasize academic language development, structured oral and written practice, reading comprehension, writing skills, organizational and study skills. The units build into and fro other core content areas. Culturally and linguistically responsive units will re-ignite an excitement about learning, and will allow students to see the relevancy of their learning by connecting it to current issues and their own lives. Fulfills CSU and UC “b” requirement.

 

Visual and Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Arts are designed for students who have artistic interests, dedication and enthusiasm and who wish to pursue a structured course of study. The program is a carefully planned arts curriculum that promotes intellectual, aesthetic and emotional growth. Discipline is emphasized as an essential component of a personal work ethic. Students take studio classes in drawing, graphics, color theory, two-dimensional design, and sculpture, as well as ceramics and 3D design. Studio assignments are designed to introduce the student to a variety of media and the nature of the creative process and art objects. The Bible has many references to music, speech, drama and art. Psalm 33 says that we should perform skillfully with great enthusiasm. These skills come from training and rehearsal. To ensure that all students develop an appreciation and understanding of the Fine Arts, one year of study in this department is required for graduation. However, many students are involved with the different offerings for all four years of high school.

Credit Requirements: Students must earn at least 10 credits for graduation in fine arts.

Recommended College Prep Courses:

Fulfills “f” requirement for UC and CSU
AP Music Theory, Digital Photography, Computer Graphics, Studio Art, Ceramics, Wood Design, Drama, Theater Arts, Choir, Rendered, Advanced Band.

AP Music Theory – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12

The AP Music Theory course corresponds to a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills, including dictation and other listening skills, sight singing, and harmony, are considered an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of tonal music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is also part of the curriculum through the practice of sight singing. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music. Notational skills, speed, and fluency with basic materials are also emphasized. The AP Music Theory exam given in the spring is mandatory. Students who do not take the AP exam will not receive the weighted grade point.

Prerequisite: Students should be able to read and write musical notation, and it is strongly recommended that the student has acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument. Those going into 9th grade must have been in HCS middle school choir or band program.

Digital Photography – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

See Computer/Technology section for course description.

Computer Graphics – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

See Computer/Technology section for course description.

Studio Art 1 – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12

Studio Art 1 is a basic exploratory course in the fundamentals of art based on the elements of art and design principles and offers a variety of experiences in drawing, painting and composition. Materials fee required. Fulfills elective requirement for Fine Arts graduation requirement; CSU and UC Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement. Year 2 offers advanced art study with emphasis on individual technique, composition and expression. AP coursework available on an individual basis for qualified students. Materials fee required.

Studio Art 1 or equivalent course is a prerequisite for Studio Art 2.

Film Production – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12

Film Production is a course designed for students who are interested in cinematic film theories and the production processes for traditional and digital film-making. This course requires students to survey past and present films of western and non-western cultures and apply the knowledge and skills learned to their own pre-production, production, and post-production. This course will employ a project-based instructional approach for content delivery, learning, and assessment, and will address key components adopted from the learning materials developed by the American Film Institute.

Prerequisite: None. Fulfills UC and CSU “f” requirement.

Ceramics I – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12

This is an introduction to ceramics; hand building using pinch, coil, and slab techniques to produce pottery and sculpture that can be functional and creative, with limited use of the clay. Fulfills elective requirement for Fine Arts graduation requirement; CSU and UC Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement.

Wood Design I – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12

A one-year course in woodworking. Layout and design techniques will be emphasized. The use of hand tools, carving projects, joinery, and small shop techniques. Years 2, 3, and 4 offer advanced woodworking with emphasis on individualized projects and mastering technical skills. Material fee required. Fulfills elective requirement for: Practical Arts and Fine Arts graduation requirement. Fulfills CSU and UC Visual & Performing Arts “f” requirement.

Drama I – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits (may be repeated for credit)

Drama I is the introductory course of the drama program. During the first semester of the class, students explore several aspects of theater arts including acting, directing and technical theater. The second semester will focus on a live performance that will involve both the acting and technical aspects of theater. Fulfills elective requirement for Fine Arts graduation requirement; CSU and UC Visual & Performing Arts “f” elective requirement.

Theater Arts II – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits (may be repeated for credit)

Adv. Drama is a one-year course with hands-on activities. Specialized instruction in method acting and technique is emphasized. Students who are accepted for enrollment will apply the basics learned in Drama I to advance their understanding in improvisation, speech, modern and classical scene studies, monologues, stage presence, dialects, and directing. Elements of play production will be reviewed and elaborated upon. Viewing and critiquing of professional theater is required. Additional work on school productions is also required as an extension of classroom learning. Fulfills elective requirement for Fine Arts graduation requirement; CSU and UC Visual & Performing Arts “f” elective requirement.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in Drama I and consent of Instructor

Choir I – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits (may be repeated for credit)

This choir is an advanced performing ensemble for students who have mastered the basic fundamentals of ensemble singing. The Choir will perform in school, community, and festival programs. Attendance at performances is mandatory. This is a touring choir. Fulfills elective requirement for Fine Arts graduation requirement; CSU and UC Visual & Performing Arts “f” elective requirement. Students can take this class consecutive years but only 1 year will receive credit from the UC/CSU system.

Prerequisite: Audition.

Rendered – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
5 Credits per semester

Rendered is the most advanced of the small choral ensembles at Heritage Christian High School. It performs challenging pieces from various genres written for vocal ensembles. This class concentrates on vocal improvisation, acapella singing, performing with a combo, and music theory that is essential to all musicians. Solo singing and singing in a small group will be part of the course. Although Rendered is not a “core academic class”, it is considered as a fine arts elective. Rendered will perform in festivals, workshops and various performance venues. Fulfills elective requirement for Fine Arts graduation requirement; CSU and UC Visual & Performing Arts “f” elective requirement. This class may require an extra fee if it meets before or after school during “zero” period.

Prerequisite: Membership in Choir, audition and consent of instructor.

Jazz Ensemble
Grades 9-12

This ensemble focuses on styles within the jazz idiom including swing, be-bop, cool, fusion, funk, rock, and Latin styles. Furthermore, there is extensive study in stylistic elements, articulations, rhythm and improvisation. In addition, students will be studying the history of jazz music from early jazz to the modern day. For grades 8-12. This band may meet during “0” period (7:00-7:45 A.M. M-F). Students earn 2.5 credits per semester. This class requires an additional fee because this is the 8th class in a student’s day.

Prerequisite: Students in this ensemble are selected by audition/interview with the instructor. Performance outfit at student’s expense is necessary.

Advanced Band I – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12

Provides students with the opportunity to perform various styles of music with emphasis on standard repertoire, film music and music for church worship services. Students will perform at least two school concerts per year in addition to community events, fundraising events and adjudicated festivals. Curriculum focuses on ensemble sound, blend, understand of varying styles, site reading, and technical mastery of one’s instrument through scales and drills. There is a small music theory and music history component interwoven into the curriculum. Fulfills elective requirement for Fine Arts graduation requirement; CSU and UC Visual & Performing Arts “f” elective requirement. Students can take this class consecutive years but only 1 year will receive credit from the UC/CSU system.

Prerequisite: Instructor approval and the ability to read music and at least two years experience on their chosen instrument. Student must own or rent instrument. The school only provides an instrument if available and is rented on a monthly payment basis to the family.

Modern Languages

HCS believes that Christians have been mandated by Jesus to go into all the world and teach the gospel. To fulfill the great commission, it is necessary to be able to communicate with people of other lands and cultures. This involves reading, writing and speaking in real-world situations. Meaningful communication is the main goal and the major activity evident in these courses. Basic writing skills, such as spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure are stressed and constantly reinforced. Active listening skills and oral participation are required. Students will also learn to understand and appreciate other cultures. The UC and CSU systems require that two years of a single foreign language be taken during high school; however, the UC system recommends a minimum of three years be taken.

 Credit Requirements: Two years of a single foreign language are required for UC/CSU entrance. Three years are recommended.

Recommended College Prep Courses:

Fulfills the “e” for UC and CSU
French 1, French 2, French 3, French 4, French 5, AP French, Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, Spanish 4, Spanish 5, AP Spanish

French 1 – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

French 1 is a beginning course of the French language utilizing the skill of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as developing appreciation of the culture which produced that language. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “e” requirement.

Prerequisite: None. Native speakers are not permitted to enroll in this class.

French 2 – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

French 2 reviews the concepts and vocabulary of level 1, and continues the study of the French language through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Additional grammar structures and vocabulary are taught. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “e” requirement.

Prerequisite: C grade or better in French 1.

French 3 – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

French 3 begins with a review of 2nd year grammar structures. Additional grammar patterns and vocabulary are introduced with emphasis on reading and writing. Speaking and listening skills are further developed. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “e” requirement.

Prerequisite: C or better in French 2.

Honors French 4/AP French 4 – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

French 4 offers increased emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, cultural knowledge and writing skills a rigorous grammar review and preparation for the AP French language and culture Exam is emphasized. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “e” requirement.

Prerequisite: B or better in French 3 and teacher approval.

AP French 5 – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

French 5 continues building fluency in speaking, listening, reading, cultural knowledge and writing skills through further grammar study; authentic reading preparation is included. Preparation for the AP French language and culture exam is emphasized. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “e” requirement.

Prerequisite: C or better in French 4, and teacher approval.

Spanish 1 – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language, as well as acquiring the ability to function in the world where Spanish is spoken. Course work will consist of grammatical exercises, dialogues, skits, and short compositions; students will use memorized materials in simple statement or question form (e.g., greetings, numbers, time, dates, weather, activities, preferences, feelings, possessions, money, past times). Use of Spanish for instruction will increase progressively throughout the year. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “e” requirement.

Spanish 2 – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course continues building the understanding, speaking, reading and writing of Spanish. It places emphasis on oral language development, grammar, and written language. Course work will include reading short stories, newspaper/magazine articles, and regular textbook assignments. Focus will be placed on expanding use of verb tenses. By the end of the year, students should be writing short, simple compositions, and should be able to participate in short conversations. The course will be conducted primarily in Spanish. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “e” requirement.

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or higher in Spanish I.

Spanish 3 – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course builds on the foundation of the first two years of vocabulary, elementary conversation, and grammar. All verb tenses will be studied. Students will expand their skills, and practice listening and reading skills which may allow them to experience success in a future class. Creative skills of dialogue speaking and writing will be practiced progressively for independent use outside the classroom. The course will be conducted in Spanish 2. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “e” requirement.

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 2.

Spanish 3 Honors – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course not only expands on the foundation of the first two years of vocabulary, elementary conversation and grammar, but goes further in studies of language and culture. Students study cultural differences and how it affects language. Students are more exposed to current events and cultural experiences. All verb tenses will be studied. Students will develop their four skills. In reading, students will engage in higher order thinking such as inference and interpretation. They will complete reading passages and understand new words in context. In listening and speaking, students will view news in Spanish and write a summary. They will also attend “Spanish lunch” twice a month. Students will have a speaking quiz two times per month and group and partner activities on a daily basis. Creative skills in writing will be practiced progressively. Students will use pre-writing strategies as well as peer editing and evaluation criteria in writing paragraphs and compositions. Students will also practice their skills in a computer language lab. The course will be conducted in Spanish.

Prerequisite: Grade of “B” or higher in Spanish 2.

Honors Spanish 4/AP Spanish 4 – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Spanish 4 offers emphasis on fluency in speaking, reading, listening, cultural knowledge and a complete grammar review and essay writing. Preparation for the AP exam is emphasized. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “e” requirement.

Prerequisite: “B” grade or better in Spanish 3, and teacher/counselor approval.

AP Spanish 5 – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Spanish 5 continues building proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, cultural knowledge and writing through further grammar and literary studies. AP preparation is included. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “e” requirement.

Prerequisite: “B” grade or better in Spanish 4, and teacher/counselor approval.

NOTE: Native speakers in high school may advance to Level 2 with teacher/counselor and parent/guardian approval. Language department determines placement of native speakers.

Mathematics

Students at HCS are instructed in the skills of mathematics in order to train their minds to use logical, sequential thought processes, to provide opportunities to acquire advanced mathematical skills. Using these gifts they will serve and glorify the Lord. Students will display competence in knowledge, comprehension and application. Thirty semester units of mathematics are required for graduation. Three years of high-school level math, which must include Algebra 1, are required for graduation. The University of California and California State University systems both require a minimum of three years of college preparatory math courses–specifically, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II — for entrance. A fourth year of college prep math is recommended. Entering 9th graders are placed in math classes on the basis of their eighth grade teacher’s recommendation, standardized test scores, and performance in the 8th  grade math class.

Graduation Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits for high school graduation.

Recommended College Prep Courses

Fulfills “c” requirement for UC and CSU
Algebra 1 (1 year OR Algebra A (1st year of 2 year program), Algebra B (2nd year of 2 year program), Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus A/B, AP Calculus B/C

Algebra 1A – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 8-11
2 semesters 10 credits

This course is designed for those students requiring some strengthening of their fundamental arithmetic skills and a slower pace in acquiring a solid foundation in Algebra. Together, Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B will satisfy the graduation requirement. This course meets one-half of the Algebra 1 graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in Pre-Algebra.

Algebra 1B – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 8-11
2 semesters 10 credits

This course is the second year of the two-year Algebra sequence described in Algebra A above. Together, Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B will satisfy the graduation requirement. This course meets one-half of the Algebra 1 graduation requirement.

Prerequisites: Must have passed both semesters of Algebra 1A.

Algebra IAB – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course is designed to give a basic background in the techniques and topics of classical algebra. In this class, students will receive a foundation in fundamental operations with real numbers and variables. Students will begin to use formal proofs and will study topics including solutions of equations and inequalities, graphing linear functions, working with functional notation, operations with polynomials and verbal problem solving. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “c” requirement.

Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra in 7th grade or earlier having earned a grade of “B” or better in both semesters.

Geometry – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course provides an extension of the concept of a formal proof, develops logical thinking, covers the foundations of Euclidean Geometry, and will develop coordinate geometry including the in-depth study of lines. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “c” requirement.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in previous math course.

Algebra II/Trigonometry – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course continues the development of linear and quadratic functions from Algebra 1. New topics included are operations with rational polynomial expressions, three-dimensional linear systems, determinants, quadratic theory, study of the complex number system, and basic trigonometry. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “c” requirement.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in Geometry.

Precalculus – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Pre-Calculus is designed to introduce students to the language and concepts necessary for college level math courses. It is designed to prepare students for the study of calculus, to strengthen their use of mathematical application, and to provide opportunities to apply technology to mathematics. Topics stressed include: relations, functions, graphs, trigonometry, vectors, parametric equations, polar coordinates, complex numbers, exponentials, logarithms, sequences, series, iteration, fractals, statistics, probability, data analysis, and limits. A TI graphics calculator is required. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “c” requirement.

Prerequisite: Pass Algebra II with a grade of “C” or higher and/or the recommendation of the previous math teacher.

Precalculus Honors – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Honors Precalculus is a course designed to sharpen algebraic manipulation skills and provide students with the tools necessary to mathematically analyze and develop a deeper understanding of functions and their applications in modeling real-life problems, especially in preparation for the rigorous study of calculus and other college level math courses. This honors course will be challenging and fast-paced, investigating regular Precalculus content in greater depth, rigor and pace, and exploring many connections to other fields, especially physics.  Topics include relations, functions, transformations and rotations, analytic trigonometry, inverses, vectors, matrix algebra, parametric equations, polar coordinates, mathematical induction, sequences, series, intuitive and working knowledge of the limit definitions for solving slope of a tangent and area under a curve, approximating area with Riemann sums, solving with basic derivative and integration rules, as well as practicing velocity and acceleration applications of derivatives. A TI graphing calculator is required. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “c” requirements.

Prerequisite: Must have a 3.5 GPA, pass Algebra II with a grade of “B” or higher and/or the recommendation of the previous math teacher. 

AP Calculus AB – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 11-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This advanced placement course is the equivalent to college level Introductory Calculus. Students study the limits of a function and derivative of polynomial, trigonometric, logarithmic, hyperbolic, and exponential functions. Also included are the techniques of integration and applications to problem solving. The AP Exam in Calculus, given in the spring is mandatory. A TI graphing calculator is required. Students who do not take the AP exam will not receive the weighted grade point for either semester the class is taken. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “c” requirement.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in Pre-Calculus B and/or the recommendation of the previous math teacher.

AP Calculus BC – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 11-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Calculus BC is a full-year course in the calculus of functions of a single variable. It includes all topics taught in Calculus AB plus additional topics, but both courses are intended to be challenging and demanding; they require a similar depth of understanding of common topics. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “c” requirement.

Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in Calculus AB and/or the recommendation of the previous math teacher.

Foundations in Personal Finance
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

The purpose of this course is to empower students with knowledge and application of basic financial principles so that they can make sound financial decisions for life. Foundations in Personal Finance will give students a Biblical, Proverbs-driven view of money, debt, wealth, and giving. Personal finance is 80% behavior and 20% head knowledge. HCS believe that teaching teenagers how to take control of their money can help them avoid huge money mistakes down the road. They will learn that their financial decisions have long-term consequences. Students will learn how to budget, save, spend wisely, avoid debt, and give. Students will learn to make a monthly zero-based budget, understand how to grow their wealth over time through wise investment strategies, and appreciate the importance of protecting their assets through carefully chosen insurance policies. Other topics covered include building an emergency fund, paying cash for a car, common debt myths, life after high school, consumer awareness, money’s impact on relationships, paying taxes, and the overarching priority of giving generously. Consumer-level math, including linear functions and exponential interest functions, will be used throughout the course. This course can be used to satisfy one year of the three-year mathematics requirement for graduation. While open to grades 9-12, this class is best suited for grades 11-12.

Physical Education

God created man with physical as well as mental, spiritual and social needs. In physical education classes, we seek to make a major contribution to the physical well-being of students by fostering an enjoyment of physical activity, providing wholesome alternatives in the use of leisure time, building a solid foundation of motor skills and developing physical capabilities such as strength, flexibility, and cardio-respiratory fitness. Physical education is the study and practice of the science and art of human movement. Through physical education, the student has the opportunity to learn to perform efficiently the motor skills needed in everyday living and in recreational activities. The student can develop and maintain sound physiological functions through vigorous muscular activity. Physical education provides situations for learning to compete as well as to cooperate with others in striving for achievement of common goals. Satisfying and successful experiences in physical education should develop in the individual a desire to regularly participate in activity throughout life.

Credit Requirements: Students must earn at least 20 credits for graduation.

Physical Education
Grades 9-12
4 semesters 20 credits

This core program includes a solid grounding in the principles of how to develop and maintain physical fitness. Emphasis will be placed on awareness of lifetime fitness and personal fitness goals. Activities will be taught in units and include team sports and individual sports. PE uniform must be purchased. Students who participate in CIF sponsored sports teams may receive Physical Education credit for that participation. Credit is granted for one sport each fall and spring.

Science

Man has always had three desires: to know where he came from, to know how to function effectively, and to know where he is going. Since God created man, he then has a responsibility to know God and His mandates. The science program thus provides students with the opportunity to study the methods of science (science as a process of studying the world), the content of science including physical science and life science, science in personal and social perspectives, history of science, and unifying concepts and processes. Students will achieve scientific literacy by:

  • becoming familiar with the natural world and respecting its unity;
  • becoming aware of the connectedness of human beings, nature, and technology;
  • understanding some of the key concepts and principles of science;
  • knowing that science is a human endeavor;
  • being able to use scientific knowledge and ways of thinking for personal and social purposes.

Graduation Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 20 credits for graduation, which include: 1 year physical science (10 credits) and 1 year life science (10 credits)

Recommended College Prep Courses:

Fulfills “d” requirement for UC and CSU
Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physiology, Physical Science, Physics, AP Physics, Sports Medicine and Athletic Training

Biology – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 9
2 semesters 10 credits

This class introduces students to a comprehensive curriculum which includes introductory units in biochemistry, microbiology, botany, human biology, genetics, ecology, and the environment. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of the course, and require some mathematical skills in the examination of concepts and lab experiments. Recent advancements in biology, as well as fundamental concepts including physiological and phylogenetic relationships, are studied. CSU and UC laboratory science “d” requirement.

Biology Honors
Grade 9
2 semesters 10 credits

Biology is the study of living things in their environment. This course involves more extensive lab work, deeper probes into cellular processes looking for structural designs. It ties current research, issues and ethics into the general fabric of the course with required student research projects. Impact on human activities would be a central focus. CSU and UC laboratory science “d” requirement.

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra1 with an A or B. Ninth and tenth grade students are eligible. Minimum 3.5 GPA.
Students who take Biology Honors receive the GPA extra point which impacts GPA and class ranking.

Biotechnology – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 11-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This is a one year course designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the scientific concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology. Students attain knowledge about the field of biotechnology and deeper understanding of the biological concepts used. In addition, students develop the laboratory, critical thinking, and communication skills currently used in the biotechnology industry. Furthermore, students will explore and evaluate career opportunities in the field of biotechnology through readings, laboratory experiments, class discussions, and research assignments. Fulfills CSU and UC “g” elective requirement.

Prequisite: Completion of Biology and Chemistry with grade of “C” or higher.

Food and Nutritional Science – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 11-12
2 semesters 10 credits

This one-year course in Food and Nutritional Science is designed to improve students’ understanding of nutrition and health concepts and the promotion of the skills needed to take action in health promotion and disease prevention. In addition, students will learn to assess their own health status and understand the relationships between healthful living and their quality of life and the impact that this can have on their communities. Over the course of the year, students will apply scientific inquiry skills developed in previous science classes. Emphasis will be placed on inquiry, analysis, discussion and practical application of the information covered throughout the course. CSU and UC laboratory science “g” requirement.

Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry and Algebra 1

AP Biology – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 11-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Extended study of biology as mentioned above with emphasis on molecular and bio-chemistry. Students will carry out extended period experiments, and do research and study independently. Prepares student for AP exam. CSU and UC laboratory science “d” requirement.

Prerequisite: 11th and 12th grade level. Must have “B” average in all science classes, Biology and Chemistry, or teacher/department chairperson approval. Must be able to come on Saturdays or before school for 5 labs. Enrollment priority will be based upon student grade, cumulative GPA and enrollment date. Minimum 3.5 GPA.

Chemistry – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Chemistry is designed to give students a basic understanding of theory, composition and behavior of matter. Emphasis is placed on measurement, the mole concept, atomic structure, and factors influencing chemical reactions. Students will be introduced to and become familiar with laboratory equipment and techniques, and will be expected to emphasize their ability to use critical thinking and problem solving skills. Experiments, demonstrations, and discussions will be employed. CSU and UC laboratory science “d” requirement.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or completion of Algebra 2 with a grade of “C” or higher.

Chemistry Honors
Grades 10-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Chemistry involves the study of matter and energy reactions. Laboratory science is strongly emphasized including the discovery of concepts, accuracy in measurements, observations and calculations. This course moves at a faster pace than basic chemistry and will explore such additional topics as rates of reaction, energies of reaction, equilibrium, acid-base reactions, redox reactions, thermodynamics, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry. CSU and UC laboratory science “f” requirement.

Prerequisite: Completion of Biology and Algebra I with at least a B. Concurrent scheduling or completion of Algebra II is required. Tenth through twelfth grade students are eligible. Minimum 3.5 GPA and completion of Geometry. Students who take Chemistry Honors receive the GPA extra point which impacts GPA and class ranking.

AP Chemistry – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 10-12

This course is structured around the enduring major ideas as described in the AP chemistry frameworks.  Special emphasis will be placed on the seven science practices that capture important aspects of the work that scientists engage in and learning objectives that combine content with inquiry and reasoning skills.  They will engage in investigative lab work which is integrated throughout the course.

Prerequisite:  AP Chemistry course is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of a first course in high school chemistry.  Students must be enrolled in or have taken Algebra 2.  3.5 GPA required.

Physical Science – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9- 12
2 semesters 10 credits

This is an exploration and survey of physical science topics such as chemistry and nuclear reactions, forces and motion, machines, magnetism, electromagnetism, waves, sound, optics, and earth science. This course also emphasizes the relevance of science topics and their connections to everyday life and familiar phenomena. Fulfills CSU and UC “g” elective.

Prerequisite: 9th grade level and above.

Physiology – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 11-12
2 semesters 10 credits

A detailed study of anatomical structures and physiological processes of the human organ systems. Laboratory work investigating physiological processes, as well as dissection of anatomical structures, will be provided. CSU and UC laboratory science “g” requirement.

Prerequisite: Completion of Biology with grade of “C” or higher.

Physics – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 11- 12
2 semesters 10 credits

This course is a qualitative and quantitative study of the central concepts of physics, including mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics, waves, sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Emphasis is placed on concepts that help explain phenomena that are familiar in everyday life. Physics concepts will be studied with the use of demonstrations, laboratory investigations, multimedia presentations, and student projects. Laboratory work will include some computation. CSU and UC laboratory science “g” requirement.

Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in Algebra 1 and Geometry, concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2.

AP Physics-C – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 12
2 semesters 10 credits

The AP Physics course is an extended study of mechanics/electromagnetism in preparation for the AP exams. The student must be able to perform significant independent study and understand advanced mathematical and conceptual derivations. Assignments and exams rigorously emphasize deep conceptual understanding and lab design skills are required. Test and lab time outside the regular 5 day, 7 periods standard schedule may include early mornings, afternoons or Saturdays. CSU and UC laboratory science “g” requirement.

Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade are eligible with at least a “B” average in all science classes and the completion of pre-calculus with at least a “B”. Concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus required; must have completed high school chemistry or physics with at least a “B”; minimum 3.5 GPA.

Sports Medicine and Athletic Training – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 11-12

In this standards-based science course, students will build on the concepts studied in Biology. They will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the human body, the interaction of body systems, theories and methods of prevention, evaluation, and management and rehabilitation of sports and exercise related injuries. This course will provide an introduction and foundation for students that are interested in studying Kinesiology and pursuing a career in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Athletic Training. Students will use scientific methods of observation, investigation, experimentation, data collection and data analysis. Laboratory and practicum work will be performed both in and outside the classroom. This course will have both individual and group work through labs, critical thinking, and problem solving. Students will have numerous opportunities to practice and apply learned theories and techniques working with school athletes, athletic trainers, and coaches in the field during after-school hours.
Prerequisite:  Biology, Algebra 1, Chemistry (or concurrent enrollment in chemistry). Anatomy/Physiology Recommended. Fulfills UC and CSU “d” requirement.

 

Social Sciences

The Social Science Department at HCS focuses on methodically teaching a chronology of historical events overlaid with the development of cultures, civilizations and nations from ancient civilizations to the present.  A Christian world perspective, such as the fall of man and its impact upon subsequent generations, as well as God’s abundant grace are integrated into the interpretation of historical events. Social Science classes meet the grade-level standards set forth in the California State Standards for Education in the Social Sciences and are further enhanced with biblical values, concepts, and truths.

Credit Requirements: Students must earn 30 credits for graduation and pass all of the following courses: World History, U.S. History, Economics (1 semester course), Government (1 semester course)

Recommended College Prep Courses:

Fulfills “a” requirement for UC and CSU
World History, AP World History, U.S. History, AP U.S. History, Government

Fulfills “g” requirement for UC and CSU
Economics, AP Human Geography, Psychology, AP Psychology

World History – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 10
2 semesters 10 credits

This course covers topics chronologically, beginning with ancient through medieval times, and moves through the Renaissance, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, the development of democracy, imperialism, 20th Century crises, and technological advances. Selected civilizations will be studied from the Western and non-Western worlds, with emphasis on the study of European culture and its significance to the intellectual, political, and social development of the United States. Cultures will be compared in terms of ethical systems, philosophies, laws, languages, literature, arts, and religions, and will emphasize historical events that have had an impact on the development of particular cultures. Basic social science skills and concepts will be emphasized. Meets CSU and UC “a” requirement.

U.S. History – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 11
2 semesters 10 credits

Students will study the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. Following a review of the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students will build upon the tenth grade study of global industrialization to understand the emergence and impact of new technology and a corporate economy, including the social and cultural effects. We will trace the change in the ethnic composition of American society, the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women, and the role of the United States as a major world power. The United States has served as a model for other nations and the rights and freedoms we enjoy are not accidents, but a result of political principles that have been set by our Founding Fathers. We will study our rights under the U.S. Constitution and understand that this precious inheritance depends on an educated citizenry for our preservation and protection. Meets CSU and UC “a” requirement.

AP United States History – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 11-12
2 semesters 10 credits

AP United States History is a two-semester course that offers a thematic approach in the study of the people and the development of the United States from 1492 to the present. Major themes and traditions that make America exceptional will be explored in great detail. The course is designed to acquaint students with core characteristics and values found throughout the history of the United States and its people. By the end of this course, students should have completed the following course objectives: (1) an understanding of the institutional, cultural and social forces that have shaped the people of this nation from the early seventeenth century to the present day; (2) the ability to locate American cities and states whose particular histories have contributed to the development of the United States; (3) an analysis of the roles of various important and influential individuals, especially women and minorities that have contributed to American history; (4) develop a framework for understanding modern day issues and problems based on their respective histories; and (5) an examination of the forces and issues that currently dominate the American political arena and the historical relevance of current events and issues.

The AP Program in American History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to critically discuss the main trends in American History. This course prepares students for the AP US History Exam by challenging them with materials equivalent to that used in introductory college courses. It is a survey and workshop course utilizing a textbook including many supplementary readings in the form of documents, essays, and books on special themes. The readings provide the basis of factual evidence. In the classroom, the course develops the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence from the readings clearly in essay format. This course is designed to enable qualified students to achieve to the best of their ability on the AP examination in American History. It is possible for students to earn college credits based on the individual college policy. Students who do not take the AP exam will not receive the weighted grade point for either semester the class is taken. Meets CSU and UC “a” requirement. Prerequisite: Minimum 3.5 GPA.

AP World History – UC/CSU approved
Grade 10
2 semesters 10 credits

The overall thrust of the syllabus is to provide a greater focus on the skills and content that students need in order to be successful on the Advanced Place exam, but also to be successful in their academic studies beyond this individual class. To this end, the syllabus uses the metaphor of a picture surrounded by a frame and mats, each one emphasizing the central picture. Although the picture is essential, it often is lost without the emphasis provided by an effective frame. The picture represents the content that will be covered in the course, as well as the skills necessary to perform historical tasks, and the frame and mats are the essays and references used to delve deeper into the content, providing something to emphasize the central picture. The overall frame includes sections from This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity by David Christian. This broad framework will give students an overview of world history that emphasizes the key elements. Within the frame, or the matting, are the supplemental essays, which will emphasize certain parts of the general content and emphasize current scholarship. Finally, the central focus of the course, the picture, includes the activities and skills that attempt to embed the content, which comes from Ways of the World: A Global History with Sources by Robert Strayer.

Prerequisite: GPA must be 3.5 or higher

United States Government – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 12
1 semester 5 credits

This one semester course of study explores the origins, philosophy, functions, and organization of our federal, state, and local governments. Students learn factual information concerning the institutions and functioning of the US Government at multiple levels. They analyze historical and contemporary political data, separate fact and opinion, identify values and biases, and understand multiple political perspectives. The class is designed to help students intelligently participate in our system of government, as well as to better understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens in a democracy. Meets CSU and UC “a” requirement.

AP United States Government and Politics – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 12
1 semester 5 Credits

AP Government and Politics is a college level introductory course on United States Government and Politics, designed to provide in- depth study for 12th grade students. This course examines how the United States is governed today by comparing present political behavior with the Framer’s intentions and exploring adaptations throughout the years. This course explores five categories of study: (1) the underpinnings of the U.S. Government; (2) political parties and behaviors; (3) political parties, interest groups, and mass media; (4) institutions of the U.S. Government; (5) public policy; and (6) civil rights and liberties.

AP Government and Politics is designed to enable qualified students to perform their best on the AP US Government and Politics exam. Students who do not take the AP exam will not receive the weighted grade point. Meets CSU and UC “a” requirement.

Prerequisite: 1) Completion of the AP Application; 2) successful completion of summer assignment; 3) minimum 3.5 GPA.

Economics – UC/CSU Approved
Grade 12
1 semester 5 credits

This is a survey course that provides students with an overview of general economic theories and principles using the United States economic system as a model. Students will study supply and demand, productivity, business organizations, financial institutions.

Fulfills elective requirement for Social science elective for college prep programs; CSU and UC “g” elective requirement.

AP Human Geography – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 9-12
2 semesters 10 credits

The purpose of the AP Human Geography course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.

Prerequisite: Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher.  Open to 9-12th grade students.  This is a college level course that may have 3 – 4 hours of homework per night. 

Psychology – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 11-12
2 semesters 10 credits

Psychology offers a basic introduction to the study of human behavior. It includes a variety of diverse topics in the field; including the study of major theories of personality, the many ways the brain and the body affect human behavior, the way human being think and reason, the basic principles of learning, a review of major mental and emotional disorders, and a variety of topics in social psychology. Based on scientific knowledge, this course allows students to consider how the field of psychology can illuminate aspects of their own lives and gives them the opportunity to measure their own beliefs and assumptions regarding human behavior. Fulfills elective requirement for Social science elective for college prep programs; CSU and UC “g” elective requirement.

AP Psychology – UC/CSU Approved
Grades 11-12
2 semesters 10 credits (elective course)

The purpose of AP Psychology is to introduce students to the systematic scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with the major subfields within psychology. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for the AP Psychology exam.

Prerequisite: 11th grade and above. Must have completed Biology or AP Biology with a “B” or better. Minimum 3.5 GPA. Fulfills elective requirement for Social science elective for college prep programs; CSU and UC “g” elective requirement.

Other

Office Practice
Grades 11-12
2 semesters

This one year or semester course is planned as a hands-on opportunity to assist the office in various office duties (copying, filing, etc.) It is basically a non-credit offering, however, through teacher application (administratively approved) a limitation of one year’s credit is possible during one’s high school career.

Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade level (and enrollment in a minimum of five (5) credit classes). Approval of office supervisor.

Teacher Assistant (TA)
Grades 11-12
2 semesters

This one year or semester course is planned as a hands-on opportunity to assist a classroom teacher in preparing materials, record keeping and supervision duties. It is basically a non-credit offering, however, through teacher application (administratively approved) a limitation of one year’s credit is possible during one’s high school career.

Prerequisite: 11th and 12th grade level (and enrollment in a minimum of five (5) credit classes). When taken for credit, only in a subject the student has successfully completed. A limit of no more than one period TA per year.

 

College Experience
Grades 12

Seniors who wish to participate in College Experience may be excused from one or two class periods each day to attend class(es) at a local community college or CSUN. Students must provide proof of enrollment when they return to school in the fall of their senior year.

Prerequisite: Senior status. College Counseling Office approval.

Work Experience
Grades 12

Seniors working a minimum of 20 hours during the school week (Monday-Friday) may be released for a daily maximum of two periods of class time or, students working less than 20 hours per week (Monday-Friday) may be released for a daily maximum of one period of class time.

Prerequisite: Senior status. Documentation of work schedule. College Counseling Office approval. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 with no “F’s” or “U’s”.