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~ BST ~ AP Computer ScienceAP English Composition ~  Health ScienceMyth and the Hero's Journey/Dystopian Literature ~ English 2 HPAP European History ~ AP Psychology ~ Psychology ~ Reading Movies: Film Literacy ~ AP Statistics ~ Web Page Design ~



5 Semester Credits

This computer course is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of technology in a project based  learning environment. Content area standards are integrated through projects in order to increase student achievement in relevant contexts. A variety of multimedia software will support students’ oral, written, and communication skills. This course may fulfill a portion of the career education requirement for graduation.



9th - 12th
10 semester credits
Recommendation: A grade of “B” or better in Geometry or Computer Science 1, and teacher recommendation

Computer Science 1 AP/emphasizes programming methodology with a concentration on  problem solving and algorithm development. It includes the study of data structures and abstraction. This course is meant to be the equivalent of a first semester course in computer science at the college level.



10th - 12th
10 semester credits

AP English Language Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.



5 semester credits
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to meet the health needs and interests of today's high school student. The course adheres to the California State Health Framework requirements and addresses the state legal requirements for instruction covering the use, misuse, and abuse of chemical substances, sexually transmitted diseases, and emergency first aid procedures. Topics include:

  • Personal Health

  • Consumer and Community Health

  • Injury Prevention and Safety

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and other drugs

  • Nutrition; Environmental Health

  • Family Living

  • Individual Growth and Development

  • Communicable and Chronic Diseases



12th grade

Dystopian Literature--5 semester credits

This course will use dystopian literature (including novels, short stories, and essays) and current films and news programs as a springboard for examining contemporary issues.  Students will read, analyze text, synthesize the information from various pieces of text, research, write essays, write and deliver speeches, and create multimedia presentations.

Myth and the Hero's Journey--5 semester credits

This one semester course will introduce students to selected literature of mythology and the journey of the hero. Literature will include stories, essays, films, and poems. Interpretation will be based upon the work of Joseph Campbell, Bruno Bettelheim, and Carl Jung as students explore the connections between ancient and modern ways of seeing oneself in the world. Students will read, analyze, and synthesize text and film; and will write in a variety of discourses, deliver speeches.


1525e ENGLISH 2 (HP)

10 th
10 semester credits

English 2 (HP) is an integrated, standards-based class that emphasizes the development of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. In this honors level course, the exposure to a wider variety of texts provides additional opportunities for indepth reading and writing analysis. Students enrolled in honors level English courses are expected to be in Advanced Placement (AP) English courses in 11th/12th grade.



12th grade
10 semester elective credits
Prerequisite: AP/IB courses require application process and teacher

This course is designed to provide an intensive study of European History.  All units of study include political, social, economic, intellectual, and religious components. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of the Advanced Placement Program in European History are to develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, an ability to analyze historical evidence, and an ability to analyze and to express historical understanding in writing.



10th – 12th
10 elective credits
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

This course focuses on the scientific study of human development, learning, motivation, and personality. The growth and development of personality are studied, and various approaches to analyzing human behavior are included. Students develop basic concepts of psychology and a historical perspective on the study of individual behavior. Opportunities are provided to explore the implications and the scientific perspective of human behavior and how it relates to everyday life. Careers associated with the field of psychology are explored.



11th – 12th
10 elective credits
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.



12th grade
10 semester credits

Prerequisite: Incoming 12th graders

This film literacy course has been developed for seniors as an elective class based on the Grades Eleven and Twelve English Language Arts Content Standards developed by the California Department of Education. The overall goal of this course is to help students become effective and confident viewers, listeners, readers, writers, and speakers. The course will be at least as challenging, as a standards based English class.  Incoming students are expected to be hardworking, and the workload is rigorous and challenging, and expectations are high. Students will discuss and write about traditional literature based topics (such as symbols, metaphors, setting, point of view, mood, theme, characterization, plot, predictions) and develop higher order skills by creating complex questions and research essays, through different critical lenses. Students will also be expected to analyze framing, focus, camera angles, lighting, sound, music, camera movement, editing, mise en scène, and then explain how these techniques help achieve a filmmaker’s purpose. In addition, they will create film reviews, soundtracks, screenplays, and multimedia adaptations and presentations.



9th - 12th
10 semester credits
Recommendation: A grade of "B" or better in Algebra 2(P) or teacher recommendation

The College Board has established the content of this course.  The exploratory analysis of data uses graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns and departures forming the patterns. Data is collected according to a well-developed plan of valid information and a conjecture is obtained.



9th – 12th
10 semester credits
Prerequisite: Ability to “touch type,” a grade of “C” or better in a computer course, or teacher recommendation

Students will create and edit both static and interactive Web pages using the latest interactive online software and incorporates 21st Century Skills and content standards in all projects. Students will learn the commercial usage of graphics, links, word processing, spreadsheets and data base. The structure of the World Wide Web and how to search it for Web pages using queries and subject guides will be covered, as well as a brief overview of the computer’s operating system.>

This course fulfills the career education requirement for graduation.