2018-19 Upper School (Grades 7-12) Course Catalog

History and Social Science

History 7 covers the time period from 1200 through the Gold Rush, with special attention given to the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers.  Geography will be tied into the historical time period, making the information more relevant and building understanding of the world.

History 8 covers the era of modern history, including material from the American Civil War through the late 20th century, with an emphasis on American history and the major wars.  Geography will be tied into the historical time period, making the information more relevant and building understanding of the world.

 

This course is an in-depth study of Europe during ancient times and the Middle Ages.  Course content focuses on ancient Greece and Rome, and progresses through major events, personages and institutions of Europe in the High Middle Ages.  The goal of West Civ I is for students to understand how Europe and the West laid the foundation for the Modern Era.  Emphasis will be placed on economic, social, and political forces within society, and how factors such as geography, religion, disease, governments, war, etc. impacted the Western world.  While much of the curriculum is taken from the textbook, students will also work frequently with primary sources from influential writers, artists, politicians, and philosophers who lived during the time periods under study.

 

This course is an in-depth study of Western civilization from the early Modern Era into post-war 20th Century.  The goal of West Civ II is for students to understand the influence European society had on the development of the Modern world.  Emphasis will be placed on economic, social, and political forces within society, and how factors such as industrialism, imperialism, world wars, and political theories impacted society in the West and around the world.  While much of the curriculum is taken from the textbook, students will also work frequently with primary sources from influential writers, artists, politicians, and philosophers who lived during the time periods under study.

 

This course will survey American History from the Colonial Era to the Modern Era. Analysis of original source documents will be used to examine the cultural, political, economic, social, and diplomatic history of America. History themes are analytically discussed, developing generalizations based on historical fact, in order to interpret and apply history. At the rhetoric stage of the trivium, the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgment are continuously developed. Furthermore it is taught to articulate reasons and evidence, clearly and persuasively, in spoken and written forms.

Prerequisite:  Grade of B or better in previous History class.

 

AP US History takes an in-depth look at the uniqueness of American history and culture.  It is taught on a college level using college texts.  It deals critically with the problems and materials in US history; and develops the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment in order to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively.

This course will deepen understanding and appreciation of the institutions of American government.  It includes a thorough examination of the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the current state of the Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary branches of US government. Emphasis will be placed on increasing civic literacy as preparation for voting and participation as adults in American society becomes eminent.

 

This course explores the major components of our economic system.  It includes analysis of the roles individuals, public and private organizations, and government play in our economy.  Additionally, it is designed to develop various life-skills in areas of education, employment, and personal finance, all of which are crucial for personal and professional success in American

English

English 7 is a course that emphasizes literary analysis and writing.  The content of the course focuses upon the study of various classical titles whose plots revolve around the time period of 1600-1850.  The integration of novels relevant to seventh grade historical studies will further enhance analytic and critical thinking skills as connections are made to themes evident throughout past and present history.  The course involves “close reading” of literature, grammar work, vocabulary building, extensive weekly reading assignments, and formal essay writing.   This course will develop essential literary conventions including plot analysis, character development, and evaluation of major literary themes.  This course will also develop foundations for essential writing conventions including MLA formatting, organization, and style.

English 8 is a course that emphasizes literary analysis and both expository and persuasive writing. The content of the course focuses upon the study of various classical titles whose plots revolve around the time period of 1850-Modern Day.  The integration of novels relevant to the eighth grade historical studies will further enhance the analytic and critical thinking skills as connection are made to themes evident throughout past and present history.  The course involves “close reading” of literature, grammar, extensive weekly reading assignments, and formal expository and persuasive essays.  This course will develop essential literary conventions including plot analysis, character development, and evaluation of major literary themes.  This course will also develop essential writing conventions including MLA formatting, organization, and style.

Classical Literature is a course that emphasizes literary analysis and narrative, persuasive, and comparative writing. This course is an introduction to higher-level English with an emphasis on Ancient Greek and Roman literature which coincides with the timeline of the Western Civilization I course. The course focuses on Classical literary works that highlight various themes, structural elements, and cultural references.  Students will utilize the Classic texts and historical timeline to obtain a better understanding of underlying literary truths.

 

World Literature and Composition is a continuation of higher-level English with an emphasis on works which coincide with the timeline of the Western Civilization II course. The course will examine the history and development of the English language. Literary analysis, comparison, persuasive, writings are used to highlight various themes, structural elements, and cultural references. “Close readings” will take place where facts and details are observed in order to enhance understanding of the literature.

Prerequisite:  Grade of B or better in previous English course, Instructor Approval, and completion of summer assignment.

AP English Literature and Composition delves into a wealth of World Literature including novels, plays, and poetry. This course focuses on AP-level passage analysis. The writing is based upon analyzing literary elements in both prose and poetry to produce thoughtful arguments about the author’s purpose in context of a given time period. “Close readings” of the literature and Socratic discussions are used to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the authors, their works, their message, and their writing style.

American Literature and Composition utilizes novels, short stories, plays, and poetry from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century. The literature is studied in conjunction with the historical time period the U.S. History course. The writing focuses on argument and literary analysis. “Close readings” of the literature and Socratic discussions are used to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the authors, their works, and their messages.

Prerequisite:  Grade of B or better in previous English course, Instructor Approval, and completion of summer assignment.

AP English Language and Composition covers American Literature from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century using novels, short stories, non-fiction essays, plays, and poetry. The literature is studied in conjunction with the historical time period covered in AP US History and devotes much of the year to analyzing AP level non-fiction passages. The writing is based upon formulating an argument, analyzing rhetorical strategies, and synthesizing information. “Close readings” of the literature and Socratic discussions are used to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the authors, their works, their message, and their writing style.

Modern Literature and Composition covers novels, plays, and poetry from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century.  “Close readings” of the literature will be used in order to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the authors, their works and their messages.  The writing focuses on persuasion and literary analysis.  Engagement in Socratic discussions regarding arguable, thought-provoking questions will lead to further inquiry to discover the deeper meaning of each unit.

 

Prerequisite:  Grade of B or better in previous English course, Instructor Approval, and completion of summer assignment.

AP English Literature and Composition covers Modern Literature from the nineteenth century to the present century using novels, plays, and poetry. This course focuses on AP-level passage analysis. The writing is based upon analyzing literary elements in both prose and poetry to produce thoughtful arguments about the author’s purpose in context of a given time period. “Close readings” of the literature and Socratic discussions are used to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the authors, their works, their message, and their writing style.

Mathematics

This is a challenging course designed to set the road to success in Algebra I.  Topics explored will include algebraic expressions, integers, equations, decimals, fractions, ratios, proportions, percentages, area, volume, and probability.  Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills will be developed and well-established during this course.

Prerequisite: Algebra Readiness Assessment (passing score) or instructor’s approval.

Symbolic reasoning and calculations with symbols are central in algebra.  Algebra I develops an understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics and the sciences.  In addition, algebraic skills and concepts are developed and used in a wide variety of problem-solving situations.

Prerequisite:   Successful completion of Algebra I and passing score on Algebra Exit Exam.

 

This course will develop essential mathematical skills including:  the language of plane geometry, angles, polygons and polyhedrons, transformations, triangles and inequalities, congruent triangles, parallel lines, properties of quadrilaterals, perimeter and area, similarity, similar triangles, right triangles, circles, area and volume of polyhedrons, and introduction to trigonometry. In addition to learning these skills and concepts, students will learn to construct formal, logical arguments and proofs.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry and passing score on Algebra Exit Exam.

           

This course will develop essential mathematical skills in the following areas: properties of numbers, operations on numbers and order of operations, linear equations and inequalities, graphs of inequalities, absolute value equations and problem solving, variation linear equations, graphs of linear equations in two and three variables, systems of inequalities, polynomials and factoring quadratic equations, solving rational expressions and equations with imaginary and complex numbers with graphing, conic functions with graphing, and exponential, trigonometric and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II or instructor approval. Open to 11th and 12th graders only.

 

This advanced algebra college-prep course will use sophisticated mathematics to give you the tools to become a financially responsible young adult. The course employs algebra, precalculus, probability and statistics, calculus and geometry to solve financial problems that occur in everyday life. Real-world problems in investing, credit, banking, auto insurance, mortgages, employment, income taxes, budgeting and planning for retirement are solved by applying the relevant mathematics. Field projects, computer spreadsheets, and graphing calculators are key components of the course. 

Prerequisite:   B or better in Algebra II.

 

This course will develop essential mathematical skills in the following areas: solving rational expressions and equations with imaginary and complex numbers with graphing, conic functions with graphing, the use and graphs of functions of different types (exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic, polynomial, reciprocal, polynomial, radical), logical reasoning, applications of geometry, statistics, limits, and convergent and divergent series.  Since the application of the material is what we are most interested in, word problems will be visited frequently.

Prerequisite:   B or better in Pre-Calculus and Instructor’s approval.

AP Calculus is a rigorous college-prep course that will explore such topics as (but not limited to) finite and infinite limits, the development of a derivative, tangent lines, rules of differentiation, area under curves, hyperbolic functions, slope fields and simple differential equations, integration rules, volumes of curved objects, arc length, center of mass, L’Hopital’s Rule, and improper integrals.  Since the application of the material is what we are most interested in, word problems will be used frequently. Students enrolled in this course should have the goal of taking the advanced placement test in May.

 

Note: If you are considering a major in the fields of mathematics, physics, engineering, or applied science this course may be required.  Consult specific college of interest for exact requirements.

Prerequisite:   B or better in AP Calculus AB and Instructor’s approval.

AP Calculus BC will be a continuation of AB Calculus Period. This course will review the major concepts from Calculus AB and then continue on with the additional calculus concepts covered under the BC curriculum.  New topics of study will include parametric, polar and vector functions as well as polynomial approximations and series.

 

Note: If you are considering a major in the fields of mathematics, physics, engineering, or applied science this course may be required.  Consult specific college of interest for exact requirements.

 

Prerequisite:  Successful Completion of Algebra II

 

This course covers the basic principles of descriptive statistics, exploratory data analysis, design of experiments, probability, sampling distributions and estimation, and fitting models to data. The course also looks extensively at the principles of hypothesis testing and statistical inference. Measuring the probability of an event, interpreting probability, and using probability in decision-making are central themes of this course. Data sets from games of chance, business, medicine, policy making, and the natural and social sciences will be explored. This course has a strong visual/graphical emphasis, based on the premise that students learn best by “doing.” The primary emphases of this course are critical thinking and the educated interpretation of results.

 

Prerequisite: B or better in Algebra II and Instructor’s approval.

The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: Exploratory Analysis, Planning a Study, Probability, and Statistical Inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding.

 

Note: Students enrolled in this course should have the goal of taking the advanced placement test in May. If you are considering a major in the fields of business, nursing, psychology, political science, or other sciences, this course may be required.  Consult specific college of interest for exact requirements.

Lab Science

Science 7 focuses on life science. Life science provides an introduction to Biology and focuses on all living things and the way that they change over time. Some of the topics studied will lend themselves nicely to hands on activities.

 

Science 8 focuses on physical science. Physical science provides an introduction to both Chemistry and Physics and focuses on motion, forces, density and buoyancy, structure of matter, reactions, the Periodic Table, and the Solar System. Some of these topics will lend themselves nicely to hands-on activities.

CP Biology is a yearlong college preparatory course that fulfills both high school graduation and UC college admission requirements as a lab science. CP Biology is a rigorous course that meets the California State standards in biology. The course offers a challenging curriculum that requires the use critical thinking, investigation, writing, and technology skills that have practical applications across the curriculum.  CP Biology blends the classical model of analysis, logic, and rhetoric with the current issues in science. This course lays the foundation for continued study in chemistry and other science courses. 

PrerequisiteJunior or senior standing only.  Successful completion of one year of the following courses: Biology or Honors Biology with a “B+” or better and Chemistry with a “B+” or better.

 

AP Biology is a yearlong course that is graded on a 5 point scale. It is designed to be taken after the successful completion of both high school Biology and Chemistry. AP Biology includes topics regularly covered in a college introductory biology course such as the process of evolution driving the diversity and unity of life; biological systems utilizing free energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce, and maintain dynamic homeostasis; living systems storing, retrieving, transmitting, and responding to information essential to life processes; and biological systems interacting.  AP Biology aims to provide the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.  Taking the AP Biology Exam is recommended at the end of the year.

Pre-requisite:  Successful completion of Biology or Honors Biology and Algebra I; Junior/Senior standing preferred.

 

Anatomy and Physiology is a yearlong college preparatory course that deals with the structure and function of the human body and the mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within it. Various topics and terms associated with the study of physiology will be examined including the study of fluid; cells and tissues; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.

 

 

 

Chemistry – 98433                  

Prerequisites:  Some topics in Chemistry, especially those covered in the second semester, require a good understanding of the principles taught in Algebra I.  Students should have completed Algebra I with a grade of C + or better.

 

Chemistry is the study of the properties of matter and energy.  This course is a laboratory-based, college preparatory science course.  It utilizes a combination of laboratories, activities, discussions, technology, lectures, demonstrations and other visual aids to give students a solid background in a broad representation of chemistry topics.  The topics covered in this course are consistent with the California State Standards and include:  Atoms, Isotopes, Ions, Chemical Bonding, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Gases, Thermodynamics, Solutions, Acids and Bases, Reaction Kinetics, Nuclear Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.  The course fulfills the physical science requirement for high school graduation and is an A-G course recommended for admission to the University of California.

 

AP Chemistry – 31010

Prerequisites:  Students should have completed Chemistry with a grade of B+ or better.  AP Chemistry has a stronger mathematical component than standard Chemistry and requires a thorough understanding of the principles of Algebra.  Students should have completed Algebra I with a grade of B or better and concurrent or prior enrollment in Algebra II is highly recommended.

 

Chemistry is the study of the properties of matter and energy.  AP Chemistry is similar in format and content to a first-year college-level Chemistry course.  It is a rigorous course with a strong laboratory component and utilizes a combination of laboratories, activities, discussions, technology, lectures, demonstrations and other visual aids to give students a solid background in a broad representation of advanced chemistry topics.  Topics covered include:  Atoms, Quantum Mechanics, Chemical Bonding, Stoichiometry, Gases, Aqueous Solutions, Equilibrium, Thermodynamics, Chemical Kinetics, Electrochemistry, and Organic Chemistry.  Upon completion of the course, students are encouraged to take the AP Chemistry examination administered by the College Board.  Performance on that exam as well as the student’s portfolio of laboratory reports will be considered by the college or university in awarding A.P. credit. 

 

AP Chemistry is currently offered only in odd-numbered years.

Prerequisites:  Some topics in Chemistry, especially those covered in the second semester, require a good understanding of the principles taught in Algebra I.  Students should have completed Algebra I with a grade of C + or better.

 

Chemistry is the study of the properties of matter and energy.  This course is a laboratory-based, college preparatory science course.  It utilizes a combination of laboratories, activities, discussions, technology, lectures, demonstrations and other visual aids to give students a solid background in a broad representation of chemistry topics.  The topics covered in this course are consistent with the California State Standards and include:  Atoms, Isotopes, Ions, Chemical Bonding, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Gases, Thermodynamics, Solutions, Acids and Bases, Reaction Kinetics, Nuclear Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.  The course fulfills the physical science requirement for high school graduation and is an A-G course recommended for admission to the University of California.

Prerequisites:  Students should have completed Chemistry with a grade of B+ or better.  AP Chemistry has a stronger mathematical component than standard Chemistry and requires a thorough understanding of the principles of Algebra.  Students should have completed Algebra I with a grade of B or better and concurrent or prior enrollment in Algebra II is highly recommended.

 

Chemistry is the study of the properties of matter and energy.  AP Chemistry is similar in format and content to a first-year college-level Chemistry course.  It is a rigorous course with a strong laboratory component and utilizes a combination of laboratories, activities, discussions, technology, lectures, demonstrations and other visual aids to give students a solid background in a broad representation of advanced chemistry topics.  Topics covered include:  Atoms, Quantum Mechanics, Chemical Bonding, Stoichiometry, Gases, Aqueous Solutions, Equilibrium, Thermodynamics, Chemical Kinetics, Electrochemistry, and Organic Chemistry.  Upon completion of the course, students are encouraged to take the AP Chemistry examination administered by the College Board.  Performance on that exam as well as the student’s portfolio of laboratory reports will be considered by the college or university in awarding A.P. credit. 

 

AP Chemistry is currently offered only in odd-numbered years.

Prerequisites:  Physics relies heavily on the tools of mathematics and strong math skills are required for success in the course.  Students should have completed Algebra I and Geometry with grades of B – or better.  Prior or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry is strongly recommended.

 

Physics is the study of the motion of objects and energy.  This course is a laboratory-based, college preparatory science course.  It utilizes a combination of laboratories, activities, discussions, technology, lectures, demonstrations and other visual aids to give students a solid background in a broad representation of physics topics.  The topics covered in this course are consistent with the California State Standards and include:  Motion, Force, Momentum, Energy, Gravity, Circular Motion, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism, Thermodynamics, and Optics.  The course fulfills the physical science requirement for high school graduation and is an A-G laboratory science course recommended for admission to the University of California.

Prerequisites:   AP Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary course.  Students should have completed Biology and Chemistry with grades of B+ or better.

 

The AP Environmental Science course is similar in format and content to an introductory college-level Environmental Science course.  It provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships in the natural world.  It is a rigorous course involving strong laboratory and field investigation components and utilizes a combination of activities, discussions, technology, lectures, demonstrations and other visual aids to give students a solid background in a broad representation of environmental science topics.  Topics covered include:  Human Populations, Terrestrial Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Biodiversity and Endangered Species, Non-Renewable Resources and Energy, Soil, Pest Management and Toxicology, Waste Management, Water Pollution and Sewage, and Air and the Atmosphere.  Upon completion of the course, students are encouraged to take the AP Environmental Science examination administered by the College Board.  Performance on that exam as well as the student’s portfolio of laboratory reports will be considered by the college or university in awarding AP credit. 

 

AP Environmental Science is currently offered only in even-numbered years.

 

 

Foreign Language

This course introduces students to the Latin language by incorporating Latin into the English grammar curriculum.  Students will increase their vocabulary banks, improve their grammar skills, and establish a firm understanding of the foundations of Latin.  This class will also prepare students for Eighth Grade Latin, which will teach students how to read and understand Latin texts.

 

This course develops student’s knowledge of Latin and teaches students to read Latin texts. Students also study Roman culture and its impact on today’s society. Eighth Grade Latin continues to improve students’ English, build their vocabulary, and prepare them for high school Latin.

 

Latin I provides a solid foundation in basic Latin grammar. It is an intensive introductory course to Classical Latin that enables students to analyze the basic rules of syntactic and morphological structure needed to translate basic Latin Texts into English and English Texts into Latin. By the end of the first year, familiarization with the structure of the language will be established. Additionally, the course explores various aspects of ancient Roman life, including the founding of the empire, government arts, morality, and Roman satire.

Prerequisite: B or better in Latin I and/or Instructor’s Approval.

 

Honors Latin II solidifies the basic concepts of Latin grammar and requires the translation of small passages from ancient authors (Cicero, Caesar, Pliny). In the cultural readings, many facts already acquired in other classes will be enhanced with more historic details leading to the realization that many modern insights are actually derived from ancient Roman views.  Honors Latin II will again focus on the acquisition of linguistic skills. A certain amount of memorization of vocabulary and word endings will be necessary as well as more sight translations. Additionally, the course explores various aspects of ancient Roman life, including the founding of the empire, government arts, morality, and Roman satire.

Prerequisite: B or better in Latin II and/or Instructor’s Approval.

Honors Latin III completes the students understanding of the Latin grammar and requires the translation of large passages from ancient authors (Cicero, Caesar, Pliny). Honors Latin III will again focus on the acquisition of linguistic skills and the application of understanding how the Latin language works. A certain amount of memorization of vocabulary and word endings will be necessary as well as more sight translations. Additionally, the course explores various aspects of ancient Roman life, including the founding of the empire, government arts, morality, and Roman satire.

Prerequisite: C or better in French I.

 

French II seeks to increase the student’s ability to speak, understand, read and write in French.  The course is focused on advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures in the context of a communicative situation (immersion style).  As in French I, instruction and activities are conducted in French as much as possible. English is used to explain grammar when appropriate to ensure comprehension.  Further exposure to French culture, family life, regions of France and Francophone regions throughout the world are incorporated. 

Prerequisite: Completion of French II with a C+ or better.

 

French III builds on the foundations set in French I and II.  In addition to refining grammatical skills, the exploration of classic French texts and history are introduced.  Emphasis is placed on developing students’ writing and communication skills.

Prerequisite: Completion of French III with a C or better.

 

French IV is a comprehensive study of the French language with emphasis on acquiring skill in expressing ideas in both oral and written form. The class teaches French history and literature beginning with the Middle Ages up through the 21st Century.  Fluency in conversational French is practiced.  This course is an intense preparation for college level language studies, conducted mostly in French.  Mastery of basic communication skills, which include listening, speaking, reading and writing, will be emphasized.

Spanish I aims to build basic grammatical and syntactical rules.  The course will include listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language.  Another main component of the course is to explore the traditions and customs of Spanish-speaking communities around the world.

 

Prerequisite:  Completion of Spanish I with a C or better.

 

Spanish II builds on the basic grammatical and syntactical rules learned in Spanish I while exploring new key concepts.  Although there is a large focus on grammatical constructions, the overall ongoing goal is language acquisition.  The course will continue to explore traditions and customs of Spanish-speaking communities around the world.

Prerequisite:  Completion of Spanish II with a C+ or better.

 

Spanish III continues to use previous concepts from Spanish I and II.  The vocabulary, culture and grammar learned in the previous courses will be used to express ideas in increasingly complex sentence structure in a variety of social settings.  This will be accomplished by analyzing different Spanish texts and readings.  The course will continue to explore traditions and customs of Spanish-speaking communities around the world.

Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish III with a C or better.

Spanish IV is a complete study of the language with emphasis on acquiring oral and writing fluency. The cultural readings used in the previous course will be used to build upon that information to express ideas in a more complex setting to start writing a variety of essays in a deeper level. Fluency in conversational Spanish is practiced.  This course is an intense preparation for college level language studies, conducted mostly in Spanish. Mastery of the four communication skills of the language will be practiced, which include listening, speaking, reading and writing, will be emphasized.

Visual and Performing Arts

Note: These courses are for high school students only.

Art I focuses on developing fundamental skills in drawing, composition and painting in various mediums. Students will also consider art criticism and aesthetics for a well-rounded introduction to the visual arts.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Art I or Instructor’s approval.

 

Art II continues with development of technique and principles of composition in drawing and painting. Students are asked to interpret themes in art with an eye toward developing their own voice and style.

This is a foundational course on the principles of art as they apply to modeling in three dimensions.  Topics include additive and subtractive sculpture, architectural design, and modeling in plaster and clay.

Pre-requisite: Grade of B or higher in previous English and History courses and Instructor’s approval.

Students will examine the process and principles of global art history from pre-historic times to the present. In-depth study of major works of art, architecture, and sculpture will provide unique insight into a variety of cultures and time periods. The course will follow AP guidelines and prepare the student for the AP Art History Exam.

Pre-requisites: B or better in Art 1, Drawing and Painting and Instructor’s approval.

The focus of the course is on a student-created portfolio of work in a variety of drawing and painting mediums, including concentration on a specific theme. This class is specifically designed for the student to submit his/her portfolio of twenty-four works to the College Board for evaluation (AP Exam).

This course is an introduction to drama including appropriate theatre terminology for stage, voice, movement, improvisation, acting, directing, technical aspects of production, historical theatre, and theatrical careers.  The study of drama will be approached through study of text, active participation in projects, research, discussion, interaction with professionals in the field, and classroom and public performance.

Prerequisite: Audition required

 

The philosophy of the Advanced Drama curriculum is to foster a student centered learning environment which allows students to gain and use knowledge and skills of acting, dance, and voice.  Its primary goal is to address the developmental nature of each learner, promote critical thinking skills, foster communication and make connections across the curriculum while infusing real life applications to develop students who are lifelong learners. Students will create characters for theatrical productions through scene, character, and technical analysis. Through improvisation, script writing, and aesthetic creation and collaboration, actors will refine their working knowledge and independent thought, articulating and justifying their creative choices. Students’ “critical eye” becomes more developed and significant mastery of artistic choices becomes evident. An inquiry-based capstone project will be required. Public performances will also serve as a culmination of specific instructional goals. Students will be required to participate in rehearsals and performances outside the school day to support, extend, and assess learning in the classroom. 

 

Honors Theatre is a repeatable elective, which concerns itself with upper level exploration of the nature and manner of the Dramatic Arts in both its historical and contemporary manifestations. To this end, students are expected to develop a working historical knowledge of the major developmental patterns of theatre, film and other applicable disciplines. Students are also expected to learn how to read a script, analyze its thematic structures, discern metaphoric patterns, understand the use of classically understood symbols, and create a production concept which accurately reflects these things.  In addition, this course allows students who have proven their aptitude for the Dramatic Arts the opportunity to create theatre in a professional environment.  Students will collaborate to create weekly performance projects.  Throughout this course students will perform three full-length productions.

 

This course is an exploration of how various musical theatre forms from a variety of cultures and genres contributed to the creation of one of the most complex and quintessentially American forms of art—the American Musical Theatre.  Students will examine how musical theatre has reflected and contributed to the social fabric and culture of the United States from the 17th through the 21st centuries. Themes to be discussed include gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and reflections of America that musicals have conveyed. The course will identify and discuss the contributions of the major artists who have made a significant impact on the development of the American musical theatre. Students will not only study about the musical but experience firsthand the world of the musical performer. In addition, this course will provide coaching, information and expertise designed for the improvement of each student’s vocal preparation, audition skills and performance. 

 

Prerequisite: Instructor’s Approval or Theory Assessment (see Instructor for details)

 

This advanced-level music theory course develops a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the materials and processes of music, including musical terminology, notational skills, composition skills, musical analysis, and aural skills.

The Concert Choir (grades 9 through 12) is a beginner mixed-voice performing choir which studies and performs vocal music from many eras, genres, and countries in three or more parts.  Instruction includes elements of music theory, vocal technique, choral performance, and music history.  Participation in at least four public concerts and/or festivals is required for this course.

 

Prerequisite: Audition required

 

The Chamber Singers is an advanced mixed-voice performing choir which studies and performs vocal music from many eras, genres, and countries in four or more parts.  Instruction includes elements of music theory, vocal technique, choral performance, and music history.  Participation in TPS concerts, assemblies, special events, and several off-campus festivals and/or competitions is required for this course. 

The Music Appreciation class studies the history of music as a timeline.  Each unit (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Contemporary) focuses on important composers, musical works, concepts, and technological advances of the era. Students will also receive instruction in basic music theory and notation.  No prior experience in music is needed for this class.

7th & 8th Grade Electives

PE 7/8 is an engaging, cooperative course based on the Physical Education standards.  Grades are given for participation and social skills.  The grading system consists of 5 points per day (3-points participation, 2-points social skills). On block schedule days, students will earn up to 10 points per class period.  The class will include activities and sports that are presented in a comfortable, non-competitive environment.  The goals are to improve physical skills, fitness levels, and social development. 

 

Note: All 7th graders will take the CA physical fitness test.

This class offers an opportunity to explore the world of art and creativity. The focus will be on drawing and painting, as well as exploring a variety of projects that challenge the imagination and lead to an understanding and appreciation of the expressive possibilities of art.

 

Prerequisite – students must be elected or appointed by the student body into their respective positions.

 

The ASB represents the entire TPS student body.  This course focuses on the skills necessary to become effective leaders both on campus and in their own community. The course will enhance leadership and organizational skills through exploration of what it means to be an effective group member and leader through planning and implementing activities, programs, and events for TPS students and faculty.   Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

 

This course is designed to give an introduction to drama including appropriate theatre terminology for stage, voice, movement, improvisation, acting, directing, technical aspects of production, historical theatre, and theatrical careers. The study of drama will be approached through study of text, active participation in projects, research, class discussion, interaction with professionals in the field, and classroom and public performance.

Health Education/Recreational Arts is a course designed to provide each student with the skills necessary to live the healthiest life possible.  The importance of balancing all aspects of life to achieve overall wellness will be a focus.  Classroom discussions are very prevalent and occur daily pertaining to the topic being covered.  The main goal of this class is to provide students with a solid foundation of concepts and skills that will enable them to live a physically and mentally healthy active lifestyle.

The Junior Choir (grades 7 and 8) is a beginner mixed-voice performing choir which studies and performs vocal music from many eras, genres, and countries in two or more parts.  Instruction includes elements of music theory, vocal technique, choral performance and music history.  Participation in at least four public concerts or festivals is required for this course.

 

This course is an exploration of the birth of the American Musical.  Students will explore musical theatre history and how this art form addressed a variety of issues in our culture as it developed. The course will identify and discuss the contributions of the major artists who have made a significant impact on the development of the American musical theatre. Students will not only study about the musical but experience firsthand the world of the musical performer. In addition, this course will provide coaching, information and expertise designed for the improvement of each student’s vocal preparation, audition skills and performance. Students in this class are expected to sing, on their own, with a partner, and in a group. 

The course introduces the “how to’s” (the theory) of public speaking and aims to give students experience in putting theory into practice. The course stresses the necessity of thorough research and clear organization in creating any type of speech and provides extensive practice in informative and persuasive speaking that focuses on relevant issues.  The course will explore logical fallacies of argumentation; the construction of a coherent, logical, sequenced argument, supported by documentation and evidence; the understanding and practice of ethical communication; and the analysis of arguments as they are presented, recognizing flaws in logic, reasoning or evidence.

High School Electives

Note: Additional years beyond the UC/CSU requirements of visual/performing arts, history, advanced math, lab science, and foreign language can be used for college prep elective credits.

The following courses are approved as college prep electives.

Prerequisite: B or better in Algebra II and Instructor’s approval. Open to grades 10-12 only.

 

The design and implementation of computer programs to solve problems involve skills that are fundamental to the study of computer science. This includes the development and analysis of algorithms and fundamental data structures, and the use of logic and formal methods.

 

AP Computer Science A is currently offered in alternating years with AP Comp Sci Principles.

 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I and Instructor’s Approval.

 

This course introduces students to the central ideas of computer science. Students will develop computational thinking skills and use tools to analyze and study data and draw conclusions from trends. Students will be encouraged to apply creative processes when developing computational artifacts and to think creatively while using computer software and other technology to explore essential questions across multiple subject areas.

 

 

 

 

 

AP Computer Science A                                             AP Computer Science Principles

 

 

 

Curriculum is focused on                                 Curriculum is built around fundamentals of computing

object-oriented programming                          including problem solving, working with data,

and problem solving.                                         understanding the Internet, cybersecurity, and

                                                                              programming.

                                                                                   

Java is the designated                                     Teacher chooses the programming language(s)

programming language

 

Encourages skill development                        Encourages a broader participation in the study of

among students considering a                       computer science and other STEM fields, including AP

career in computer science or                        Computer Science A.

other STEM fields.

 

Prerequisite: Completion of 9th and 10th grade English course with B- or higher.

 

The Advanced Placement Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with the course objectives.  Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. 

Prerequisite: Open to students in grades 11 and 12 only a B or higher in the prior year English course.

 

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives.  Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical tests; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances.  Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team.  Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.

 

Cinema as literature will explore the juxtaposition between cinema and literature.  Through discussions, presentations, writing, and projects students will understand film as both an art and composition.  Students will be utilizing their knowledge of literature to discuss the ways in which cinematography, animation, symbolism, plot, allegory, and storytelling all come to life in major motion pictures.  This class asks students to utilize their understanding of literary techniques and devices to better discuss, analyze, and create cinematic pieces. 

The Edmentum online, independently-paced courses are approved “a-g” courses by the University of California.  Edmentum courses are offered at TPS as supplemental courses for career exploration and personal development and are not intended to replace core academic subjects.  These courses will be an option for students who are on track to meet their graduation requirements and college admission goals. 

 

When creating schedules, counselors will refer to the following priority list: academic core, traditional electives offered by TPS, and then online career exploration or personal development courses.

 

This one-semester course is focused on the history, applications, and innovations of artificial intelligence. Students will learn about intelligence agents, problem solving using search algorithms, knowledge representation, and reasoning in artificial intelligence. Students will also learn about the basic concepts of machine learning and natural language processing (NLP). Students will also learn about expert systems, computer vision and robotics. This 12-lesson course also covers ethics and safety related to artificial intelligence. Online discussions and course activities require students to develop and apply critical thinking skills, while the included games appeal to a variety of learning styles and keep students engaged.

In this course, students are introduced to forensic science. Students discover what forensic science consists of and how the field developed through history. Topics covered include some of the responsibilities of forensic scientists and about some of the specialty areas that forensic scientists may work in. Objective and critical thinking questions are combined with lab activities to introduce students to analyzing the crime scene, a wide variety of physical evidence such as firearm and explosion evidence, and DNA evidence.

In this course, they’ll learn the ins and outs of game development to prepare them for a career in the field. Whether it is the history of video games, character development, mobile game design, user interface design, social gaming, or the principles of development design and methodologies, this 20-lesson course covers it all. As you might guess, games are included in the course to enhance the learning experience and help assess student progress. While fun and highly engaging, the course focuses on laying a strong foundation for a career in game development.

This course is based on a rigorously researched scope and sequence that covers the essential concepts of health. Students are provided with a variety of health concepts and demonstrate their understanding of those concepts through problem solving. The five units explore a wide variety of topics that include nutrition and fitness, disease and injury, development and sexuality, substance abuse, and mental and community health.

In this course, students explore a variety of career options related to the health care field, including medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, dental careers, sports medicine, personal training, social work, psychology, and more. Students will learn about various options within each field, what each of these jobs entails, and the education and knowledge required to be successful. In addition, they will focus on basic job skills and information that would aid them in health care and other career paths.

From geography to culture, Global Business is an exciting topic. This course helps students develop the appreciation, knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to live and work in a global marketplace. Business structures, global entrepreneurship, business management, marketing, and the challenges of managing international organizations are all explored in this course. Students cultivate an awareness of how history, geography, language, cultural studies, research skills, and continuing education are important in business activities and the 21st century.

This one-semester course introduces the US military and describes each of its branches, which include the National Guard, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force. Students also learn about the relationship of the military reserve to the branches of the military. The course covers non-combat careers in the military, such as military intelligence, information technology, health care, legal services, logistics, aviation, and transportation, and other specialized careers. This course also covers enlistment and fitness requirements for military careers and personal traits that are essential for success in the military. The 16 lessons in the course provide students with both breadth and depth, as they learn about the US Military. Online discussions and course activities require students to develop and apply critical thinking skills while the included games appeal to a variety of learning styles and keep students engaged.

This course takes students through a comprehensive study of nutritional principles and guidelines. Students will learn about world- wide views of nutrition, nutrient requirements, physiological processes, food labeling, healthy weight management, diet-related diseases, food handling, nutrition for different populations, and more. Students will gain important knowledge and skills to aid them in attaining and maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle.

 

This course introduces students to basic financial habits such as setting financial goals, budgeting, and creating financial plans. Students learn about topics such as taxation, financial institutions, credit, and money management. The course also addresses how occupations and educational choices can influence personal financial planning, and how individuals can protect themselves from identity theft.

This course supplies both essential career skills and life skills. Designed for early high school students, the course offers you the flexibility to customize it to the unique needs of your program and your students. Interactive games and other engaging online and offline activities make practical real-life application of essential business principles understandable useful in the daily lives of your students and in the careers that they choose.

Students will learn about the various trends and factors that influence the education industry. This course introduces various career opportunities in the field of education. The units in this course include personal and professional skills needed in various education careers, child growth and development, child health, delivering instruction, and technology in education. The course is based on Career Technical Education (CTE) standards designed to help students develop technical knowledge and skills needed for success in the education industry.

Although this particular form of marketing bears some resemblance to traditional marketing, there are many differences as well—including a lot more glitz and glamour! In this course, Students will have the opportunity to explore basic marketing principles and delve deeper into the multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment marketing industry. Students learn about how professional athletes, sports teams, and well known entertainers are marketed as commodities and how some of them become billionaires as a result. Students will learn about how things work behind the scenes of major sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, and the course will introduce students to the fundamentals of such a career.

Content

The following courses are not approved for college prep electives; these courses are for high school elective credit only.

Prerequisites: Previous letter in a varsity sport or Athletic Director approval.

 

This course includes free weights, plyometrics, personal goal-setting, and strength training. 

 

Prerequisite: Students must be elected or appointed by the student body into their respective positions.

 

The ASB represents the entire TPS student body.  This course focuses on the skills necessary to become effective leaders both on campus and in their own community.  The course will enhance leadership and organizational skills through exploration of what it means to be an effective group member and leader through planning and implementing activities, programs, and events for TPS students and faculty.  Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to remain in the course.

Yearbook focuses on the design and creation of the cover, end sheets, theme, and layout of the yearbook. Instruction will be given for use of cameras and photographic techniques, on managing deadlines, on marketing the yearbook, and on learning journalistic style. The class will also produce news articles throughout the year.

 

Moral Philosophy is the branch of philosophy dealing with both argument about the content of morality and meta-ethical discussion of the nature of moral judgment, language, argument, and value.  It seeks to determine the correct application of moral notions such as good and bad and right and wrong or a theory of the application or the nature of such notions.  Moral philosophy is the area of philosophy concerned with theories of ethics, with how we ought to live our lives. It is divided into three areas: meta-ethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics.  This course will address all three levels while at the same time allowing students to apply these notions to everyday issues

Positions are available to students in grades 11-12 and require approval. Student must complete the Teacher Aide Application and return it to the counseling office.

High School Physical Education is an elective course.  The Physical Education class is a yearlong Co-Educational course that fulfills the California State P.E. standards, as well as provides for a solid base for exploration in the related areas of  kinesiology (study of movement), and exercise and nutritional science.  The class is a college preparatory class that evaluates the academic as well as athletic elements of P.E. that also relates to other subjects across the curriculum.  The year is based on 5 primary components: 1) healthy zone activities, 2) fitness, strength, and flexibility, 3) cardiovascular health, 4) strategies and skills of team and individual sports, and 5) the principles of conditioning as they related to kinesiology and exercise science.  Goal setting and sportsmanship, along with the “four virtues” are embraced in physical education, which allows for a logical carry over from the classroom to the playing field.

 

Note: All 9th graders, regardless of enrollment in the course, will take the CA physical fitness test.

This class is dedicated to helping 12th grade students create the best college applications possible and preparing students for the transition to college. Students will have time to research colleges, explore majors and careers, fill out applications, perfect personal statements, and find scholarships to pay for college. The second half of the course will focus on college survival and cover topics like: handling roommates, time management, study skills, and personal finance.  

The course emphasizes knowing the “how to’s” (the theory) of public speaking and aims specifically to give students experience in putting theory into practice. The course stresses the necessity of thorough research and clear organization in creating any type of speech and provides extensive practice in informative and persuasive speaking that focuses on relevant issues.  The course will expose students to begin to understand and utilize logical fallacies of argumentation; learn to construct a coherent, logical, sequenced argument, supported by documentation and evidence; begin to become a careful and critical thinker and communicator, both as a speaker and as a listener; explore the understanding and practice of ethical communication; and begin to analyze and critique arguments as they are presented, looking for flaws in logic, reasoning or evidence.

Positions are available to students in grades 11-12 and require approval. Student must complete the Teacher Aide Application and return it to the counseling office

Planning Ahead

When selecting courses for high school, refer to the requirements below to be sure you are on track for either the proficient or advanced diploma.

Graduation Requirements:

                                                                               Credits Required

                                                            Proficient                              Advanced

History/Social Science                          40                                       40

English                                                      40                                       40

Mathematics                                           30                                       40

Lab Science                                             30                                       30

Foreign Language                                   20                                       30

Latin                                                          10                                       20

Visual/Performing Arts                          10                                       10

Electives                                                    35                                       35    

Total Credits Required for Graduation:                        

                                                                  215                                        245

Additional Graduation Requirements:

Senior Thesis                                                      Complete Algebra I

50 Hours of Community Service                     Moral Philosophy (12th Grade)

60 Hours of Community service (beginning with the Class of 2020)