Course Offerings
PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Advanced PE 1

Advanced PE 2

Team Sports:

Boys-Football, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Track, Cross Country, Swim, Golf, Tennis

Girls-Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Track, Cross Country, Swim, Golf, Tennis


Beginning Basketball
Introduction and development of basic individual fundamental skills. Basic rules and drills are stressed to ensure student success and proficiency.

Advanced Basketball
Designed to refine/emphasize advanced skills and strategies. Students in this class should consistently demonstrate motivation, personal desire, and/or determination to pursue an increased level of skill/ability while participating in games and tournaments.

Body Contouring
This course is primarily geared toward body sculpting, shaping and toning. Many of the activities and instruction deal with information and issues that are particularly relevant to young adults. A variety of activities are included in this program. Theses activities have included Weight Training, Aerobic Dance, Power Walking, Tae-bo, Circuit Training, Interval Runs, Kickboxing, Yoga, Bleacher Runs, Obstacle Courses, Plyometrics, and the instructor's (Coach William's) own specialty workouts.

Body Dynamics
A comprehensive course in intermediate to advanced body building with an emphasis on Olympic and Power lifts. This course is designed for those serious individuals who aspire to be six, seven, or even eight semester weight trainers.

Soccer
An activity class that stresses both individual and team concepts and skills. Skills taught include: dribbling, shooting, passing and trapping. Concepts include: rules, regulations strategies (both offensive and defensive) and teamwork. Emphasis is also placed on conditioning, strength and flexibility.

Softball
Students of all skill levels will learn the basic fundamentals and an understanding of the rules and strategy of the game of softball. The students will also participate in modified games and innovative activities that will stress critical thinking and team work. Students will also be given an understanding of the need for developing and maintaining an average level of physical fitness for their age. Four areas of fitness are stressed and practiced each day in class and are tested throughout the year. The four areas include: upper body strength, abdominal strength, flexibility and cardiovascular efficiency.

Team Sports
Students of all skill levels will participate in a variety of team sports, modified games, and innovative activities. An understanding of the rules and strategy of games will be stressed as well as skill development, critical thinking, and teamwork. Students will also be given an understanding of the need for developing and maintaining an average level of physical fitness for their age. Four areas of fitness are stressed and practiced each day in class and are tested throughout the year. The four areas include: upper body strength, abdominal strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular efficiency.

Tennis
Skills, rules and patterns of play will be taught for beginners and experienced players. Many students try out for the school tennis team after this class. Both singles and doubles will be presented.

SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS

Magnet Program
Our goal in the magnet is to provide students with experiences which offer them greater awareness of the urban and technological worlds in which they live. They will learn about the influences upon their environment and on them as portrayed through various 21st century art forms. Beginning with the World of Art course which covers many aspects of visual literacy including media and culture, students will then be able to choose one of the four career paths: architecture, digital imaging, filmmaking, or photography. Using state of the art technology, students will pursue their interest in one of these fields while taking interdisciplinary academic courses.

Biomedical Health Careers Academy

Academic Decathlon
This course caters to the United States Academic Decathlon, a scholastic event for high schools to showcase their best students by preparing for and participating in a rigorous ten subject competition at the district, state and national levels. Los Angeles Unified School District takes great pride inn holding more championship victories than any school district in the nation in this prestigious event.

Student Government
This class plans and organizes activities at Kennedy High School, manages the Student body budget and addressees the concerns of the Student body. There are four elected offices. Homeroom representatives are selected by their Record Room class and aid in the communication.

English as a Second Language
These classes are for the student who speaks little or no English. Intensive training is offered in English. These classes are organized into beginning, intermediate, and advanced groups. Each semester student needs are evaluated, and specific classes are offered to meet those needs. Students receive bilingual instruction in social studies, mathematics, business and sciences. The program meets the mandates of Federal and State legislation.

School for Advanced Studies (SAS)
Our SAS students follow a rigorous academic schedule. They are in cohorts of Honors classes leading to AP level courses as they matriculate through Kennedy. They also have a dedicated counselor to ensure their success.

Teacher Academy

Special Education
The Special Education Department consists of the Special Day Class and the Resource Specialist Program. All students in these programs are screened by a careful process that protects the rights of the individual and the parent. Students are placed in a special program based on an Assessment Committee decision with parent approval. Student's programs are developed on a personalized Individual Educational Plan (IEP) that requires parent, teacher, and administrative approval. The Special Day Class is a self-contained four hour educational support program for high school students identified as having specific educational needs. The curriculum is individualized and provides for continuous monitoring of progress and additional special services as needed. The Resource Specialist teacher assists qualifying students with specific learning handicaps in reading and math.

Languages Other than English (LOTE)

Students who elect to study a foreign language should demonstrate reliable work and attendance habits, be prepared to participate actively in classroom activities, and understand that analysis and description of the function of language and its elements are major components of the course of studies. In acquiring appropriate and sequential skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing, students should expect regular homework assignments, a variety of classroom activities designed to develop facility with language learning, and frequent assessments to monitor and assist their progress.

French 1AB*
Provides practice in listening and speaking within limited scope; includes brief dialogues and narratives related to activities in school, home and community. Stresses correct pronunciation and intonation. Provides practice in correct use of elementary basic language structures and in reading and writing familiar material. Encourages appreciation of French customs and culture and develops concepts related to the geography in France, to Paris and its places of interest, and to important French holidays.

French 2AB**
Reviews materials presented in French 1AB. Extends ability in aural comprehension, speaking, oral reading and writing. Provides practice in using language structures, in writing adapted dialogues, and narrative, and in writing from dictation. Continue to stress correct pronunciation and intonation. Develops insights into life and customs of people in various French countries. 

Italian 1AB 

Italian 2AB

Spanish 1AB*
Provides practice in listening for comprehension and in speaking within limited scope, including brief dialogues and narratives related to activities in school, home, and community. Stresses correct pronunciation and intonation. Provides correct use of basic language structures in oral reading and writing of familiar material. Develops appreciation of the customs and traditions of Spanish speaking people as reflected in our local community and in the southwest.

Spanish 2AB**
Reviews material presented in Spanish1AB. Extends ability in aural comprehension, speaking, oral reading and writing. Provides practice in language structures appropriate to this level. Continues to stress correct pronunciation and intonation. Develops understanding and appreciation of Spanish people, regional differences, and important historical events in Spanish history.

Spanish 3AB***
Develops further aural-oral facility in Spanish through more varied listening and speaking activities such as viewing Spanish language films, discussing current events, and taking dictation. Completes the study of basic language structures. Provides practice in writing directed compositions and summaries. Offers opportunities for class discussion involving important aspects of historic civilization and customs.

Advanced Placement Spanish
Provides opportunities to read representative novels, short stories, and plays. Includes a variety of areas relating to aesthetic and intellectual experiences in such fields as art, architecture, music, and the sciences. Develops appreciation of style and expression. Improves proficiency in all communication skills through such activities such as listening to native speakers and to recorded selections of prose and poetry, discussions of contemporary problems, and presentation of oral reports. Includes writing of resumes and original compositions while reinforcing language structures. Emphasizes oral communication.

Spanish for Spanish Speakers I/II
Will provide learning and practice in speaking and writing correctly in Spanish. It will provide the correct usage of basic language structures in reading and writing appreciation, and understanding of the customs and traditions of the Spanish speaking countries.

Advanced Placement Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature


* C average or better in English is strongly recommended for Foreign Language 1AB classes.
**Prerequisite: C average or better is strongly recommended in Foreign Language 1AB.
***Prerequisite: B average or better is strongly recommended for Foreign Language 2AB.
****Prerequisite: B average or better is strongly recommended for Foreign Language 3AB


COMMON CORE MATHEMATICS 

CC Algebra 1 
This course is designed to extend students' previous experience with patterns to a more formal understanding of relations, functions, and the symbolic language and structure of algebra. Upon successful completion Algebra 1, student will receive a grade and 10 credits for the entire year.  This course prepares students for Geometry AB and meets the UC/CSU admission requirement.

CC Algebra 1 + Math Tutor Lab 
The purpose of this 2 hour block is to provide the content standards of CC Algebra 1 to student who would benefit from additional time to develop conceptual understanding of the content and to fill the gaps in previous learning that deter mastery of Algebra.. Students will receive 10 credits for the year with a grade of ‘C’ or better.


CC Geometry 
Prerequisite: C or better in CC Algebra ! or CC Algebra 2 The purpose of geometry is to present geometrical concepts and patterns that are important to the development of students' thinking and problem-solving skills. The students work with the body of geometry theorems, including theorems involving two or three dimensions. Aside from learning these skills and concepts, students will develop their ability to construct formal, logical arguments and proofs in geometric settings and problems.
Geometry AB meets the UC/CSU admission requirement

CC Algebra 2
Prerequisite: C or better in Geometry B This course complements and expands the mathematical content and concepts of Algebra 1 and Geometry. Students who master CC Algebra  will gain experience with algebraic solutions of problems in various content areas, including the solution of systems of quadratic equations, logarithmic and exponential functions, the binomial theorem, and the complex number system. Algebra 2 meets the UC/CSU admission requirement. Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 meet the three year requirement for the UC or CSU system.

Pre-Calculus
Prerequisite: C or better in CC Algebra  The purpose of this course is to develop a firm background in, and to extend the understanding of pre-calculus topics and concepts. This discipline combines many of the trigonometric, geometric, and algebraic techniques needed to prepare students for the study of calculus. the most significant new concept is that of limits. Math Analysis AB meets the UC/CSU admission requirement C.

A.P. Calculus AB
Prerequisite: C or better in Pre-CAlculus This course is intended for students who may have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics, including algebra, integrated mathematics, axiomatic geometry, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. It is assumed, however, that they have not yet acquired a sound understanding of the theory of elementary functions. When taught in high school, calculus should be presented with the same level of depth and rigor as entry-level college and university calculus courses. Students who score 3 or more(out of 5) on the AP exam for Calculus AB may receive university calculus credit for the first semester of college-level calculus.

Introduction to Data Science  
This course is new for the 2015-2016 school year. This yearlong 10 credit course will prepare students for the AP Statistics course as well as introducing the students to basic concepts in understanding and preparing statistics. This is a G elective accepted UC and CSU.


ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

English 9AB
The major emphasis of the course is to promote the communication skills of ninth-grade students through a balanced language arts program which provides for student growth through appropriate practice in listening, reading, speaking, writing, and thinking. The literature based units provide a framework in which students use English skills to relate to the worlds of past, present and future, including ideas, attitudes, ideals, and values.

English 10 AB
Meets basic English requirements and extends the communication skills of reading, discussing, listening, and writing. Stresses reinforcement of grammar and writing skills. Students learn to structure paragraphs and short essays, read the major forms of literature-biography, drama, novel, short story, and mass media and relate ideas in them to their own experiences and to those of others.

American Literature/Contemporary Composition 
These courses fulfill the 11th grade English language requirements.  The first semester emphasizes a survey of American Literature and the second semester concentrates on writing skills.

Honors courses are offered for 9th, 10th , Am Lit  and Cont Comp for the student wishing to challenge themselves and delve deeper into the intricacies of the English Language.

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition AB (AP)
Develops comprehension of literary forms and content through reading, discussion, and composition. Certain colleges may accept AP for course credit or advanced placement of students who qualify.
Replaces Expos. and English Elective requirement. Prior Honors English classes with "A" or "B" grade/or AP Language in 11th grade strongly suggested. Require department permission (writing sample test and completion of summer reading list).

College Preparatory Seminar
Purpose is to prepare students for college admission by developing academic skills: advanced vocabulary development, increased reading speed with improved comprehension of complex ideas, language usage, expository composition, critical thinking, and note taking. Steps required for college admission include all types of achievement tests, letters of recommendation, review of college transcript information, interviews by college personnel, reading of college catalogs, and comparative discussions of campus features.
Prerequisite: Department/School Permission. One semester class replaces senior elective, but does not qualify for UC or CSU systems English credit. Does qualify as academic elective--which colleges weight more heavily than other electives( such as basket-weaving or TA).

Journalism
This is a two-semester class. The first semester will cover the required Expos. graduation requirement. The second semester will cover the English elective high school requirement and the UC/CSU Fine Arts requirement.
In addition to completing all require elements for the Senior Portfolio, the first semester will teach the journalistic ( expository) style of writing. The second semester will include the production of The Word, the school newspaper. This is a two semester class; however, students must have the journalism teacher(s) approval in order to remain in the class the second semester.

Play Production (Prior approval required)
Original work, improvisations, and advanced acting projects. Produces full-length production for public performance.
Kennedy High School's Play Production meets the Fine Arts requirement for both High School graduation and entry into the UC and CSU systems. This class requires prior approval of the Drama Coach.

Speech AB
Studies fundamentals of effective oral delivery, including body control, use of voice and diction, and analysis of audience. Includes role playing, simulation games, small-group discussions and oral interpretations. Stresses informal and research driven speeches to inform, persuade, or entertain;; practice in discussions and debates.
Meets English requirement for High School graduation. Does not meet English requirement for entry into UC and CSU systems.

ERWC
This Senior English class is the result of collaboration between the CSUs and LAUSD.  Teachers are required to attend special training so that students passing this course with a C or higher are accepted at CSUs without having to take Freshman English.

Honors English Literature and Honors Writer’s Seminar 
This senior class offers honor’s credit and provides students the opportunities to participate in Kennedy’s literary magazine.

Advanced Placement English Language
This AP course is usually taken in the 11th grade. As with all AP classes, it is college level. Students receiving a score of 3,4 or 5 may be eligible to receive college credit (this is determined by the college). This course is taken instead of Am Lit/Cont Comp.

Advanced Placement English Literature 

Jouranlism 
Meets the UC/CSU G elective


SCIENCE DEPARTMENT


Advanced Placement Biology
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor Grade 10-12
A second year of biology which stresses molecular biology, genetics, population genetics, and evolution. The course emphasizes laboratory work and experimental aspects of biology and focuses on the development of scientific writing in essay form. Prerequisites include one year of biology and one year of chemistry. the course is also designed to prepare students for the advanced placement biology examination. Major universities may give college credit if the College Board Examination is passed.

Advanced Placement Chemistry.
Prerequisite: Honors/Advanced Biology with grade "A", Geometry with grade"A", concurrent enrollment in Honors/Algebra/Math Analysis or Calculus
The AP Chemistry course is designed to cover the concepts included in a first year general chemistry college course. Students should attain depth in the understanding of fundamentals and reasoning competence in dealing with chemical problems. The text and the laboratory experiments determine the difference in Advanced Placement and regular high school Chemistry.


Advanced Placement Physics AB Grade 12 (Annual Course)
Stresses the analytical approach to problem solving with frequent use of calculus. Includes an in depth treatment of mechanics and electricity and magnetism at the level of a university "engineering physics" class. Preparation for the AP physics "C" test.

Biology AB (Annual Course)
Study of similarities and differences of all living organisms, their relationships to each other and their environment. Student's study individual organisms, their functions, reproduction and heredity, and adaptability to environment. Strongly recommended to meet the senior high school requirement of one year of laboratory science. Meets entrance requirements of one year of a laboratory science for University of California system, such as UCLA, State Universities such as CSUN, and Junior Colleges such as Pierce College.



Chemistry AB
Prerequisite: Algebra 1AB, Biology AB, Geometry is strongly recommended. Grades 11-12 Annual Course Basic concepts include structure of matter bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, thermochemistry, solutions, ionization, acid-bases, salts, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, and carbon compounds. Laboratory investigations coordinated with text assignments are emphasized. Chemistry AB is a requirement for pre-med, engineering, and computer science programs.

Physics AB
Prerequisite: Algebra 1AB and Geometry, enrollment in Algebra 2AB or Math Analysis.
Emphasizes experimental solution of scientific problems through laboratory investigations and demonstrations. Includes the study of mechanics, optics , wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, relativity, and other selected topics in modern physics. Recommended for students planning majors other than physics or engineering.

Physiology AB
Grades 11-12 Annual Course
Designed for those college bound students who wish to continue their studies in the biological sciences; particularly those who have a special interest in the fields of public health, nursing, and medicine. Develops an understanding of the structure and functions of the human body and the basic biochemical concepts underlying life processes. Emphasis is placed upon laboratory techniques which develop skills in observation, critical thinking and dissection.

Biology, Chemistry and Physics are all offered as Honors courses as well.

Add- Intercoordinated Science(ICS) 1-
The major purpose of this 9th grade  course is to provide opportunities for learning science and practicing scientific inquiry. Emphasis is on critical thinking skills and investigative techniques. The content of the course emphasizes the four major scientific disciplines, chemistry, physics, biology, and the earth sciences. This course meets the Science requirement for CSUs and the G requirement for UCs.

Add- Intercoordinated Science (ICS) 3-
This course provides physical science credit, meets Science for the CSUs and G requirement for UCs.  This course offers opportunities to explore Chemistry without the a major math component.



ART DEPARTMENT

AP Art History
The AP Art History Course offers Advanced Placement Credit in Visual Arts. This two semester course explores the development of art, architecture, sculpture through a variety of visual materials from the Paleolithic through 20th century art. Art History A begins in the Paleolithic period and extends through the Renaissance in semester one. Art History B begins with the Renaissance and extends through the 20th century. Text will be Gardner's Art Through the Ages.
(May be taken as a year or semester course.)

Art History and Analysis AB
( May be taken as a year or semester course) 2 semesters fulfills the UC Visual Arts Requirement. Prerequisite: None
Explores the role visual arts( photography, film architecture and digital imaging) play in the evolution of society exploring a variety of visual materials, design problems and solutions and the basic tenets of visual literacy as expressed in the elements and principles of art and design, aesthetic perception, creative expression, art criticism, and historical and cultural expression in the arts. Key units are: space, contour drawing, gesture drawing, perspective, color theory, value, composition, storyboarding for film, character development and architectural styles through history, and architectural model building(3-D design). May be taken as a year or semester course. Two semesters fulfills the UC Visual Arts Requirements.

Ceramics 1AB
This course is for students who like to express art in a 3D manner. Students learn to mold, sculpt, fire and glaze clay using a very high quality kiln.

Digital Imaging 1AB
Prerequisite: None
The purpose of this course is to provide a balanced visual arts program, which guides students to achieve the standards in the visual arts. Students will develop aesthetic criteria to create and assess graphic imagery using computers and contemporary technologies. Importance is placed on developing knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design as they are used in visual communication. Students' learn about the history of graphic design, making aesthetic decisions, use of contemporary technologies, drawing with traditional and contemporary media, color theory, layout and design, desktop publishing, and career opportunities.

Digital Imaging 2AB
Prerequisite: Passing of Digital Imaging 1AB (Magnet)
This course is a balanced visual arts program that builds upon the foundation that was established in Digital Imaging 1AB. It provides an in-depth exploration of visual concepts previously introduced and furthers students knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, PDF's, and PowerPoint. This course offers the opportunity to develop a portfolio for application to post secondary or vocational education programs or employment upon graduation.

Drawing 1A
Prerequisites: None
A basic drawing class with an emphasis on learning basic drawing skills through a variety of subject matter and drawing materials.

Drawing 1B
Prerequisite: Drawing 1A
This class provides a more in-depth study of the use of materials and creative and innovative approach to a variety of drawing projects.

Film-making 1AB
Basics of filmmaking and multi-camera television. Lighting, cinematographing, directing, and editing. Viewing and discussions on film.

Film-making 2AB
Prerequisite: Film-making 1
Advanced concepts in lighting; cinematography, editing and some visual EX. Advanced concepts in screen writing, treatments, story analyzing, and budgeting. We will be making a 20 to 30 minute short.

Introduction to Art
This is a general art class suggested for non-art majors but also serves as a background for other advanced art classes. Students are introduced to a variety of techniques and media along with art fundamentals.

Painting 1A
An introductory painting class dealing with the basic color concepts and various ways of interpreting the subject matter. Students are introduced to the use of tempura and watercolor.

Painting 1B
Prerequisite: Painting 1A
An advanced class where the students are introduced to oil and acrylics as well as a choice of subject matter of a more personal nature.

World of Art
A basic art class with emphasis on art historical concepts. This deals with the relationship between art and everyday life. Lab and lecture.

Yearbook

 This course is designed to teach the skills necessary to produce the school yearbook, which offers a complete record of an entire school year.  The year begins by planning the coverage for the school year and designing a unifying theme for the book.  Students will study magazine journalism including layout and design techniques, writing and editing copy, headlines and picture captions.  This course provides the study of and practice in gathering and analyzing information, interviewing, note taking and photography.  Students will learn strategies of planning, marketing (ad sales) and distribution of the yearbook.  Students will learn proofing strategies and work independently with photographers.  At times, deadlines require that staff members work after school and on weekends.  An on-line design program is utilized which allows students to be able to work on the book from any location.Students will learn good work habits and are responsible for all phases of yearbook publication. 



Projects:  Projects will involve selling ads, helping with pictures throughout the year, and the distribution of yearbooks.

References:  The internet, magazines and other yearbooks may be used as references.​


Deadline Policy – It is a simple fact of life; the real world revolves around deadlines.  Yearbook is a real world class.  Walsworth Publishing Company assigns the yearbook staff deadlines and the advisor and editors establish mini deadlines so the company’s are met.  Not meeting deadlines results in the company assigning late charges or possible delaying the shipment of the book.  FAILURE TO MEET DEADLINES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.


BUSINESS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

Computer Repair
Provides students with an extensive hands-on classroom environment that leads to a comprehensive learning experience in order to pass the computer industry, Comp Tia A+ certification exam.

Digital Graphics
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Literacy, successful completion of Computer Skills Proficiency test, or instructor approval.
Basic computer instruction for graphic production and design. Instruction and activities in the use of digital software and hardware. Use of electronic input and output devices. Use of Adobe Photoshop 5.5 and Web page development using Netscape Composer.

Add- Computer Operations 1 and 2 
Students lear Microsoft Word, Excel and how to create data bases and do effective internet searches.

Industrial Arts


Health Department

Health Education
Develops understanding of basic health concepts. Encourages attitudes and skills that lead to effective decisions and life styles in regard to individual, family, and public health. Fulfills requirements of the California Education Code considering the teaching of safety and first aid, the effects of narcotics, dangerous drugs, alcohol and tobacco on the human body.

INDUSTRIAL ARTS DEPARTMENT

Architecture 1AB
Prerequisite: Passing of Art History AB (Magnet)
Using mechanical drafting as the method, students learn how to operate the equipment through single and multiple view drawings. The students learn the basics and importance of line quality, dimensioning, and accuracy in drafting layouts. Next, the students expand their learning through Computer Assisted Drafting. Using AutoCAD 2004, the students begin by recreating every drawing they have previously drawn by hand. They learn everything from the basic commands to 3-D modeling. Field trips designed to show students examples of Los Angeles architecture are included in the first year.

Architecture 2AB
Prerequisite: Passing of Architecture 1AB ( Magnet)
The second year architecture curriculum expands upon the technical and artistic knowledge learned in the first year class. Concepts such as architectural detailing, general notes, foundations and roofing systems are learned through drafting projects and assignments. Interior design is introduced through a project that requires research of furniture and textiles, to develop a space plan, and to build their first architectural model. The second installment of the architectural history project focuses on the entire United States. The lesson is presented in PowerPoint- a computer program also taught in this course.

Architecture 3AB
Prerequisite: Passing of Architecture 2AB(Magnet)
In this final installment of the architecture program, students take the knowledge they have gained and create projects based in Auto CAD. In addition to the CAD projects, the students must create a World's Fair exhibit. These exhibits will give the students a chance to teach others about a subject they enjoy-through the use of architecture, interactive displays and the natural environment. The students will be required to develop a senior art portfolio containing 12 best pieces of work. The format will vary depending on college requirements.

Urban Planning
This one semester course is a high powered, group project based, urban planning class. Sponsored by the Urban Land Institute, this class prepares for the " Urban Plan" competition held each May. Five teams, each compromised of five students, create a business proposal for the redevelopment of a blighted inner city neighborhood. Their budget of $40,000,000.00 must be spent wisely. Issues such as historical preservation, financial stability, demographics, marketing, and sustainability will be discussed. Guest speakers and field trips are an integral part of the program. All teams compete in the city finals. Students must fill out an application to join the class and sign a contract to join the company.


MUSIC/PERFORMING ARTS

Concert Band
Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor
A performance orientated group designed to perform music from the concert literature. This includes the "classics", contemporary, and arrangements of present day "pop" music.

Jazz Band
This is an advanced course requiring instructor’s approval. Students explore and perform jazz rhythms.

Senior Orchestra
A performance class requiring instructor’s approval

All music and drama classes meet the UC/CSU Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

Marching Band
Prerequisite: Approval of Instructor
This is a performance oriented group designed to perform at football games, competitions, and other appropriate functions during the Fall Semester. A certain amount of out-of-school time is required for rehearsals and events. Players need not be outstanding in their abilities, but they must be of the caliber that is willing to take on a strong commitment.

Drama A
Prerequisite: None
This is a beginning course in theater. Students learn to act before an audience, do pantomime, improvisations and scenes. They learn a basic understanding of technique, appreciation and characterization.

Drama B Prerequisite: Drama A or Teacher Approval
This is a continuation of Drama A. It provides a further study of drama, acting techniques, stage movement, theatrical terms and stagecraft and lighting. The course goal is to stage a one act play.

Play Production
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval
This is a performance class. It provides involvement on stage and backstage in major productions and smaller presentations. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in festivals.

Stagecraft
Basic skills and understanding of processes involving stage property and scenery. Practice in stage crew work including preparation of stage lighting, audio. the erection and striking of scenery. Provides an overview of related occupations.

World of Music
This course emphasizes listening and related activities to develop the ability to make discriminating judgments regarding music. Students are encouraged to appreciate music from many cultures and to enjoy a variety of music, such as baroque classical and contemporary pop, rock, and jazz.

SOCIAL STUDIES

United States History AB
Emphasis of this course is the study of the United States in the Twentieth Century. After a brief review of the US History from discovery to the end of the nineteenth century this course focuses on the political, economic, social, and cultural history of the United States. the course is standards based covering eleven standards which analyze separate strands of US History. Each standard is chronologically based covering a separate strand of US History. A state exam is given in May based on the standards. Students need to use their critical thinking skills as they analyze each standard in the course of study. This course is a requirement of the state and the district for graduation.

Advanced Placement US History
Prerequisite: Counselor and Teacher Approval required for admittance
The major emphasis of this course is upon providing an intensive study of the political, economic, social, intellectual, diplomatic, and cultural development of the United States. This course develops the ability to read advanced level historical work analytically and evaluate historical evidence and interpretations in arriving at conclusions. This is a college level course for students preparing to take the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination in United States History. This course meets the state and district graduation requirement for grade 11.

Advanced Placement American Government and Politics
Prerequisite: Counselor and Teacher Approval required for admittance
This course provides an intensive study of how the various elements of government and politics in the United States work together to produce public policy. It examines the critical relationship among the various institutions, government, groups, and ideas that make up the political scene. This course helps the student become familiar with the various ideas and theories used to analyze and predict political behavior and the terminology useful in describing politics. The activities include essays, tests, note taking, debates, research projects, and use of with primary and secondary sources. It emphasizes the analysis and interpretation of factual information as it pertains to the US government. This course is designed for students, eligible for Honors Social Science and gives them an opportunity to interact with college-level material. If a student passes the CEEB Advanced Placement Exam, this course may be accepted by colleges for course credit.

Principals of American Democracy
Prerequisite: United States History AB
Examines our system of government, covering the purpose, structure, and functions of federal, state, county, and local governments and the political and economic principles that underlie our system. United States institutions, ideals, and practices are compared and contrasted with those of other nations. Explores the complex political and economic problems confronting national, state, and local governments and related current affairs and examines taxation and the effect of government policy on the economy. Examines types of elections, voting procedure, campaign techniques, political organizations, and the importance of participation in the democratic process.

Economics
The major emphasis of this course is upon studying the basic principles of economics to help students understand the "demand" economic system within which they live and to learn to analyze objectively the wide range of problems that confront their society. Identifies the growing problem caused by unlimited demands on limited natural resources and by socioeconomic desires for a balanced ecology on the one hand and an increased standard of living on the other. Enables students to gain a better of how and why the United States economic system work, how they fit into the economy and influence it by their decisions, and how they can help it to serve them better.

Introduction To Psychology
The major emphasis of the course is on providing a college-preparatory course that exposes the students to such major fields of psychological research as learning and thought processes, personality, intelligence, emotion, genetics, perception, frustration, and conflict, mental health, and how we relate to others.

Advanced Placement World History
World History AB
The major emphasis of this course is upon continuing the study of the changing world begun in grade 7 and briefly reviewing the area studies presented in that grade. This course is designed to give students both an historical outlook on and a contemporary view of the world. Students will become more knowledgeable about significant historical events, ideas, and forces that have shaped and are shaping our world. The focus of the course is from the late eighteenth century to the present. Political, geographic, economic, social, and cultural events are emphasized.

World History
his is a survey course of Modern World History from the beginning of the 20th century