30 Units Required

GEOGRAPHY

CSU/UC Approved (“a”)

This course is a study in world geography with specific attention placed on understanding and analyzing the five themes of geography: Location, Place, Region, Movement, and People to Environment relations.  The class will focus on identifying the importance of these in the context of physical features, cultural features, and historical features.  This course is a freshman or sophomore level course designed to aid students in understanding the world in which they live and their role within it.  By thoroughly examining these three aspects, students will develop skills to identify the different regions of the world and accurately relate them to others.

HONORS GEOGRAPHY

Geography is a freshman or sophomore level course and is designed to aid in the understanding of the world in which we live.  In this class, we will study three aspects of geography:  physical features, cultural features and historical features in the context of five themes: Location, Place, Region, Movement, and People to Environment relations.  By thoroughly examining these three aspects, students will develop skills to identify the different regions of the world and accurately relate them to others. This course will examine these aspect more in depth and in a broader way than the regular section.

WORLD HISTORY

CSU/UC Approved (“a”)

​This course is a chronological study of world history with a major emphasis placed on events beginning with the formation of modern civilizations from the modern era.  This course is designed to acquaint the student with modern thought and philosophy through a study of world events, leaders, and ideas.  It will examine major events and people that have influenced the world today.

HONORS WORLD HISTORY

CSU/UC Approved (“a”)

​This honors course is a chronological study of world history with a major emphasis placed on events beginning with the formation of modern civilizations from the modern era.  It continues by studying revolutions in thought, technology, and politics. This course acquaints the student with modern thought and philosophy through a study of world events, leaders, and ideas. It examines major events and people that have influenced the world of today. The honors section of the course entails deeper analysis of world events and their connections to each other and to the world today to instill a sense of global community in students.

U.S. HISTORY

CSU/UC Approved (“a”)

​This course is a study of American history with its major emphasis on the experiences of the American people beginning with the era known as Reconstruction through the most modern history of the Twentieth Century. Units covered include: Forging a nation, Nationalism and Sectionalism, the Age of Industrialization, the Rise of the World Power, Prosperity and Depression, the world in Conflict and the United States in the New Era. This course is designed to give students a view of Twentieth Century America.  It focuses on examining events, figures, and ideas that have shaped the American nation.

GOVERNMENT

CSU/UC Approved (“g”)

This is a senior level semester course that will help students obtain a deeper understanding of American government. Students will compare systems of government in the world today. They will analyze interpretations of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They will learn about the branches of government and the relationship between the federal, state, and local governments. This course will create civil literacy as students prepare to vote, participate in community activities and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.

ECONOMICS

CSU/UC Approved (“g”)

​Economics is the systemic study of man’s efforts to satisfy his wants by securing goods and services from the scarcity of nature. The high school economics semester course is an introduction to the essential concepts, principles, values, and methods of economic analysis and their application to the modern world. A unit on personal finance and investing is also part of the course. The student will be more knowledgeable about how various economic ideas affect the individual, community, state, country, and world we live in.

AP U.S. HISTORY

CSU/UC Approved (“a”)

Units covered include: Colonial America, Forging a nation, Nationalism and Sectionalism, the Nation Divided, the Age of Industrialization, the Rise of the World Power, Prosperity and Depression, the World in Conflict and the United States in the New Era.  As an AP course, the A.P. examination is recommended and may be taken in the spring for possible college credit, but it is not required.  Many additional readings, papers, research, and projects will be expected.  The pace of the class is accelerated due to the examination.

HONORS ECONOMICS (Taught only with AP Govt.)

CSU/UC Approved (“g”)

​Honors Economics is the systemic study of man’s efforts to satisfy his wants by securing goods and services from the scarcity of nature. Students in the honors course will demonstrate a deeper understanding and application of the concepts introduced in the economics course. A unit on personal finance, investing, and entrepreneurship is also part of the course. The student will be more knowledgeable about how various economic ideas affect the individual, community, state, country, and world we live in.

AP GOVERNMENT

CSU/UC Approved (“g”)

​Students gain an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States and will study both the general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. Students will focus on the relationships and connections that occur to establish the public agenda and set public policy. Topics include:  Constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. government, Institutions of national government, Civil rights and civil liberties, Political beliefs and behaviors, Political parties, interest groups and mass media, and Public policy. Preparation for the AP examination in the spring will be emphasized. This is a college-level course and students will be expected to complete college-level work. Whereas students are not required to take the AP exam to complete the course, it is strongly encouraged.

PSYCHOLOGY

CSU/UC Approved (“g”)

Psychology is an introductory college-prep elective which will help students gain a better understanding of themselves and others. The course focuses on the use of scientific method to research both past and present topics in psychology. Principles, phenomena, and facts related to the field of psychology will be explored through research readings, collaborative projects, demonstrations, and simulations. Topics that will be covered in the course include: careers in the field of psychology, developmental stages across the lifespan, neurobiology, altered states of consciousness, psychological testing, and psychological disorders, the role of culture as it relates to the field of psychology, and the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Topics will be introduced through lecture, interactive discussion, activities, case studies, film and projects.

SOCIOLOGY

CSU/UC Approved (“g”)

Sociology is an introductory college-prep elective which examines the basics of sociology, which is the study of society including individuals, human groups, and organizations. Instructional materials will emphasize the sociological perspective, social structures, inequality in society, and social institutions and change. Students will examine controversies around social change, inequality, gender, and race. This course places an overview of the field of sociology with projects that offer the student a chance to explore from a sociologist's perspective. Throughout the course, students will be able to apply their knowledge in order to understand the nature of human behavior of different groups and their impact on society as well as understand the nature of change and its effect on people and society. Students will also develop essential critical thinking skills and the scientific method to design, conduct, and discuss the results of their own research projects with a sociological lens.

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY

CSU/UC Approved (“g”)

This course will introduce students to the field of Sports Psychology providing a broad overview of major topics including: history of sport psychology, foundational factors, confidence and focus factors, motivational factors, mental factors, social factors and emotional factors. A combination of academic and applied approaches will be used. This course will provide students with knowledge about psychological factors that affect performance in sports such as motivation, concentration, focus, confidence, anxiety, and relaxation. Students will also be introduced to mental skills that will enhance performance, make athletic participation more enjoyable, and learn skills that can be transferred to other aspects of their lives. Specific skills to be covered in this class will include: how to set measurable goals and strategies to achieve them, visualization and imagery techniques, leadership, team-building, and how to best cope and recover from injuries. The skills and concepts taught throughout the course are applicable not only to sport, but any other activity in a performance setting, as well as academia and life in general. This course will encourage students to reflect on and create balance among the different areas of their life such as, academics, family and athletics. Students will learn skills that will have an immediate impact, and will serve them well in future endeavors, such as choosing a potential college or career.