ELECTIVE COURSES FOR 2016-2017

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES (10157)

Recommended Grade Level: 11-12     Prerequisite: Intro to Computer Science  Honors Option Available: No

Will meet the UC/CSU "G" requirement and provides college credit to students who pass the AP exam

AP Computer Science Principles asks students to explore the central ideas of computing and computer science. The course is centered around seven big ideas: Creativity, Abstraction, Data and Information, Algorithms, Programming, The Internet, and Global Impact. The course will emphasize computational thinking practices. Students will be expected to connect computing to other disciplines, create computational artifacts and communicate their purpose, use abstraction and analysis to develop models for solving complex problems, and work effectively in teams. This course will prepare students for the end­-of-­course AP Exam as well as the Through-­Course Assessment that asks students to both explore the implications of computing innovations and create a computer application.

CURRENT EVENTS, MEDIA, AND DEBATE (01153)

Recommended Grade Level: 9-12     Prerequisite: None    Honors Option Available: No

Will meet the UC/CSU "A" or "G" requirement

Students will utilize daily critical thinking and reasoning to discuss, share, and debate the current 24-hour news cycle in real time. Focus will be on influence of mass media, geopolitical events, and Model UN problem solving. 

ENVIRONMENTAL AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING (21015)

Recommended Grade Level: 9-12     Prerequisite: None    Honors Option Available: No

Will meet the UC/CSU "D" or "G" requirement

Using Chemistry skills and concepts learned in the course, students solve environmental engineering problems related to water and its interactions with the environment. The course culminates with a project in which students use chemical and engineering principles to propose, design, build, and test a solution or prototype to solve an identified environmental water problem. Through such learning students can connect the learning of the classroom to the problems they encounter in the real world, and will be all the more prepared to solve those problems using the skills that both college and career demand.

FORENSICS (31081)

Recommended Grade Level: 11-12 Prerequisite: None    Honors Option Available: No

Will meet the UC/CSU "D" or "G" requirement

This lab science course is designed to give the student a practical understanding of the scientific application as they relate to human survival and human well-being.   The course content will integrate California Common Core State Standards and feature many of the concepts taught in biology, geoscience, chemistry, and physics outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards.  While students acquire the academic content knowledge and laboratory skill sets of these sciences, they will do so through a focus on the field of forensics and biotechnology.  This course will include multiple real-world problems and applications to engage students in science learning.  

INTRO TO COMPUTER SCIENCE (10160)

Recommended Grade Level: 9-12 Prerequisite: None    Honors Option Available: No

Will meet the UC/CSU  "G" requirement

This course is designed to offer an introduction to computer science. Students will learn the basics of computer programming along with the basics of computer science. The material emphasizes computational thinking and helps develop the ability to solve complex problems. This semester course covers the basic building blocks of programming along with other central elements of computer science. It gives a foundation in the tools used in computer science and prepares students for further study in computer science, including AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A courses. 

LEADERSHIP (22103)

Recommended Grade Level: 10-12 Prerequisite: ASB Position or Teacher Recommendation  Honors Option Available: No

Will meet the UC/CSU "G" requirement

Leadership is a project-based course aimed at increasing students’ leadership capabilities. Through the planning and execution of numerous events for the school, students will discover how to best effect change in their communities. Students will read extensively about the nature of leadership and its different styles. Additionally, students write frequently write – critically, reflectively, persuasively – and speak about the real world issues that arise from the planning of events. 

YEARBOOK (11104)

Recommended Grade Level: 9-12     Prerequisite: None    Honors Option Available: No

Will meet the UC/CSU "B" or "G" requirement

Students will function as staff members and learn various aspects of the yearbook publication process such as layout and design, copy writing, photography, budget and finance, and promotion and publicity. The book is built on-line. During both semesters, students are responsible for producing complete layouts in order to meet publication deadlines.