High School Courses
High School Graduation Requirements
Students entering high school must consider the graduation requirements when choosing subjects each year. Graduation requirements are:
- Bible* (40 credits, 4 years)
- English (40 credits, 4 years)
- Social Studies/History including US Government/Economics (30 credits, 3 years)
- Science (20 credits, 2 years)
- Math (30 credits, 3 years)
- Visual and Performing Arts (10 credits, 1 year)
- Physical Education (20 credits, 2 years)
- Electives (50-70 credits)
The total minimum credits required to graduate is 240-260 plus a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
*Bible is required for each semester of attendance at Heritage Christian High School. Required Bible credits are waived for any semester the student does not attend Heritage Christian High School. The total waived Bible credits are added to the required elective credits keeping the total credits required for graduation at 240-260.
Seniors will not receive their diploma until they have completed all requirements and accumulated the total credits necessary to graduate. Participation in the ceremony will be at the discretion of the administration. All financial obligations must be met before the student can participate in commencement exercises.
Advanced Placement Classes
- Any student taking an AP class is required to take the AP Exam.
- Payment of the entire fee for an AP Test is to be paid in September.
Admission to AP classes will be based on whether the student attained a “B” in the subject area during the previous course and a 3.5 average gpa.
Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher to take Honor’s Classes. Students who excel in a particular subject area and who wish to take honors classes in that area but who do not meet the 3.5 GPA requirement may petition their request for an exception through the college counseling office. Petitions for exception will be granted at the sole discretion of the college counseling office and HCS administration.
SAMPLE FOUR-YEAR EDUCATIONAL PLANS
For the University-Bound Student
- Honors English 9
- Honors Biology
- Bible 9: The Book of Acts (1 sem) / Titus/James/Ethics (1 sem)
- Physical Education
- Modern Language
- Honors English 10, Creative Writing
- World History or AP World History
- Bible 10: The Gospel of Mark (1 sem) / Cults (1 sem)
- Science or Elective
- Modern Language
- Physical Education
- English 11 or AP English Language, Creative Writing
- U.S. History or AP US History
- Modern Language
- Bible 11: Survey of Paul’s Epistles (1 sem) / World Religions (1 sem)
- English 12 or AP English Literature, Creative Writing
- US Government or AP US Government (1 sem) / Economics (1 sem)
- Bible 12: Christian Apologetics (1 sem) / Marriage & Family (1 sem)
- Modern Language
The Bible curriculum promotes the understanding, interpretation, and application of biblical truth. The faculty seeks to help every student develop a world view in which the principles and values of the Bible are applied to the whole of life. Additionally, the development of Christian character and basic Bible knowledge content will equip students for service in the local church and effective witness for Christ in whatever God-honoring careers they pursue. All bible classes are now approved by the University of California system on the A-G list as “G” elective course work.
The Book of Acts – 1 semester 5 credits
Old Testament Survey – 1 semester 5 credits
The first semester provides the recorded history of the expanding Church from Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria to the ends of the earth. It also discloses the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the new followers of Christ. The second semester examines two epistles found in the New Testament. Titus is a letter from the apostle Paul to a young minister on the island of Crete. It is an example of how Paul stresses both doctrine and practice. James is an epistle that helps Christians understand how their faith should affect their lives.
Fulfills elective requirement for graduation. Meets CSU and UC “G” requirement.
Introduction to Biblical Literature and the New Testament Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Mark – 1 semester 5 credits
Biblical Interpretation and the Cults – 1 semester 5 credits
The first semester is a verse-by-verse study of the shortest Gospel in the New Testament. It examines in more detail the person and mission of Jesus Christ. Throughout its pages, the text reveals the evidence that Jesus is the Son of God and the reason He came: “to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” The second semester teaches students how to observe, interpret, and apply the Bible. In addition, it covers the major cults and how their doctrines deviate from historical Christianity.
Fulfills elective requirement for graduation. Meets CSU and UC “G” requirement.
World Religions and New Testament
Survey of Paul’s Epistles – 1 semester 5 credits
World Religions – 1 semester 5 credits
The first semester examines the major themes, dates, and settings of the letters written by the apostle Paul and found in the New Testament. Both doctrine and practice are emphasized. The second semester examines the historical development, tenets, and sects of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam, and it unfolds the contrast between these four religions and Christianity.
Fulfills elective requirement for graduation. Meets CSU and UC “G” requirement.
This course addresses some of the most profound questions and issues pondered by Christians and asked by non-believers, and it prepares the Christians to defend the Faith with rational and evidential arguments in a spirit of gentleness and reverence.
Fulfills elective requirement for graduation. Meets CSU and UC “G” requirement.
Marriage and Family
This course presents Christian principles involved in dating, marriage, and the family, and it teaches practical guidelines for maintaining a Christian marriage.
Fulfills elective requirement for graduation. Meets CSU and UC “G” requirement.
Coursework at HCS is designed to assist students in understanding the use of computers in very practical ways. From very simple to very complex, students learn real world applications that will be useful for years to come.
Intro to Animation 1
The Heritage Christian Animation course allows students to dive into various aspects of traditional and 2D digital animation concepts and techniques. Students learn about the history of a fascinating and multi-dimensional art form and how far animation has come in a highly creative industry. Students learn basic drawing fundamentals, principles of animation, layout, storyboarding, backgrounds, character design and much more. Students are taught drawing concepts coupled with digital techniques that will bring their art to life. Students learn about the amazing jobs and careers in the animation field. They will hear from guest speakers working in various areas of the industry. Throughout the entirety of the course, students gain an in-depth understanding of what animation entails and how their unique God given talents are valuable and used in a multitude of ways within the industry.
Meets UC and CSU “F” requirement.
Animation 2 is an art course that provides the students the opportunity to study the cultural history of animation as a storytelling medium of communication. The class introduces students to various techniques in creating motion through animation form. Students will be encouraged to be creative and original in writing scripts for their projects. They will have the opportunity to develop communication and presentation skills by pitching their ideas to an audience. They will gain experience in collaborating and problem solving by working in a group to produce animation films. They will learn about the elements and principles of art by analyzing and evaluating professional animated work. They will develop critical thinking skills with multiple research projects. Students will have the opportunity to research and present career opportunities in the creative industry.
Fulfills CSU and UC “F” requirement.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Animation 1
Coding 1A & 1B
Commercial Art and Design
This two-semester long course is designed for students in grades nine through twelve who have an interest in computer generated artwork and design intended for sale or marketing purposes. Students will explore and design basic computer and web based two-dimensional works of art with an emphasis on advertising and business marketing with a socially creative edge. Students are introduced to the elements and principals of visual design such as line, shape, and balance through the use of various software programs and digital media. Students will develop design skills which will be applied to real-world applications of commercial art by creating a range of viable art products (print advertisements, invitations, flyers, brochures, posters, etc.).
Meets CSU and UC “F” requirement.
This course will lead to the mastery of basic keyboarding and word processing skills. Included topics will be the history of the computer, mastery of the Windows operating environment, proper file management and desk-top publishing techniques, professional computer applications suite with emphasis on advanced word processing skills, spreadsheets and a graphics presentation program. Beginning programming skills are taught through the use of HTML, a web authoring language. Each student will learn to design web pages. (Not for students who have completed 7th or 8th grade computer class.)
Prerequisite: 9th grade level or above. Fulfills elective requirement for graduation. Meets CSU and UC “G” requirement.
Creating graphics on a computer is one of the fastest growing segments of the computer industry. This course will teach the fundamentals of utilizing powerful graphic creation software to build two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and animated graphics. Students will also learn advanced HTML and Java scripting, and creating web pages that will display graphics. Fulfills elective requirements for Practical Arts and Fine Arts graduation requirement. Meets CSU and UC “F” requirement.
AP Computer Science
The AP Computer Science A course developed by the College Board is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level CS1 course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using the Java programming language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems.
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of photography using a digital camera and photo editing software. Students will study how the digital camera captures images, how to best utilize the automatic and manual features, and the basic elements of photographic composition. Students will also study how to crop, edit, and enhance digital images using Adobe Photoshop.
Fulfills elective requirement for visual and performing arts graduation requirement. Meets CSU and UC “F” requirement.
Intro to Robotics Design
Introduction to Engineering Design and Robotics is a course for students to express themselves visually and showcase their creativity. Instruction is given in the following areas of architecture: elements of design, architectural history, technical sketching (including orthographic representation), dimension, perspective drawing, 2 point perspective drawing, hand-drawn 2D and 3D representations. Students also explore green architecture, clean energy, and computer-aided design. Through hands-on projects, students apply engineering standards while documenting their work and design in a notebook. Students design solutions to solve proposed problems and communicate solutions to peers and in competitions. The course will give students confidence in organized ideas, communication methods, teamwork, and the ability to work ideas into new and useful creations. Meets CSU and UC “F” requirements.
Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)
Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems is the first course in a two year sequence. It is the prerequisite for Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Design and Production. In this introductory course, students will learn the fundamentals of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). They will identify the core components of an UAS, also called a drone, and understand how these components interact with one another. Through the use of paper and foam models, students will learn the basics of aerodynamics and flight. Students will understand the different protocols, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or RF, that remote pilots use to communicate with their drones. The Arduino microcontroller will be used extensively throughout the course, giving the students a hands-on approach to some of the more obscure concepts. By coding the Arduino, they will learn the fundamentals of procedural and object-oriented programming. Additionally, students will learn how to modify, troubleshoot, and repair a drone. Students will also become well versed in all aspects of lab safety. They will complete a number of lab exercises where they will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of how the different parts of a drone work and what steps are needed to fix them when they don’t. Students will learn how to isolate a problem and systematically attempt to repair it. They will also be asked to add task specific functionality, such as first person viewing (FPV), to a drone. Students will document and present the steps that were taken to modify the drone. Towards the end of the course, the students will sit for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification Exam, Part 107. The students will learn how to synthesize a number of FAA documents in order to create their own study guide. They will learn and practice a number of strategies to help them successfully complete the exam, such as close-reading, test-taking, and studying strategies. Students will also be required to create their own exam and administer it to fellow students. By preparing for the exam, the students will become acutely aware of how important it is to operate a drone safely and within FAA regulations. Suggested prerequisites for this course are Coding and Robotics. Meets UC and CSU “G” requirements
Music Production 1
Electronic Music Production 1 course will introduce students to the principles of creating music electronically. This will include both original sound production on a computer as well as recording of typical instruments/vocals- focusing on how to properly mix them together to produce original music and art. We will also explore various professional roles in the music production industry and work on understanding basic music theory to produce music that contains a good balance of rhythm, melody, and instrumentation. Meets UC/CSU “F”
Advanced Robotics is based on the EDR VEX Robotics Curriculum. It is divided up into thirteen units. In a flexible format, students learn about engineering and engineering problem-solving. They will be given introductions to the VEX Robotics Design System and 3D CAD SW while learning key STEM principles through a process that captures the excitement and engagement of robotics competition. The curriculum is heavily focused on mechatronic principles. Programming is NOT required. However, this course is structured in such a way that students who want to include a more Computer Science heavy layer with the course can do so. This course is modeled off of other courses that are using the approved EDR VEX Robotics curriculum. It has been updated to use the new technology and products called VEX V5 and leveraging content from the newly released VEX V5 STEM Labs and industry CAD tools like Onshape. Mets CSU and UC “f” requirement.
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 (Required) and Intro to Robotics Design (Required)
Students enrolled in this course create the school’s yearbook. Students will learn, in-depth, the Desk-Top Publishing process in a step-by-step fashion as they choose a theme, decide on design elements, collect digital images, create headings, text, captions, and finally put it all together on the computer while attempting to meet the publisher’s deadlines. Students will also be exposed to the financial side of the process as they will be required to sell ad space and have the opportunity to earn money through ad sales. Fulfills elective requirement for graduation.
Prerequisite: 10th-grade level or above. Must have successfully completed Computer Applications. Meets UC and CSU “F” requirement.
The English Department offers classes which are heterogeneously grouped, with the exception of AP classes. Formal writing as a process is introduced at the freshman level and reinforced throughout the following years of instruction. Spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and usage are taught and integrated into the context of the core literature. English 9, 10, 11, and 12 are year-long courses required for graduation. As God communicates through His Word, He has given man the ability of and love for communication. God’s Word not only communicates His love for man, but gives encouragement to communicate effectively and truthfully as well. At HCS we strive to develop the ability to communicate effectively, accurately, responsibly and truthfully as well as the ability to evaluate the structure and meaning of literature from a Biblical point of view.
Students must earn at least 40 credits for graduation.
Recommended College Prep Courses:
Fulfills “B” requirement for UC and CSU
- Creative Writing
- English 9, 10 (or Honors)
- AP English Literature
- AP English Language
Fulfills “G” requirement for UC and CSU
Students work to develop competence and develop God given talents in writing clear, coherent, correct sentences and paragraphs, and to develop critical thinking and reading skills as they are demonstrated in discussion and writing. Examples of short stories, novels, plays, non-fiction, and poetry are examined to determine the relationship of form and content, and to develop in the student the ability to see beyond the printed word into the intent of the writer. Through discussion and writing assignments, the teacher will emphasize why and how a writer achieves his intended aim. Special attention will be given to usage errors such as sentence fragments and run-ons, confusion of adjectives and adverbs, and unclear word use in student writing. Review of grammar and vocabulary instruction will be included. Meets CSU and UC “B” English requirement.
English 9 (Honors)
This honors course provides an in-depth study of language skills, sentence development, paragraph development and essay writing. It includes instruction in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as prescribed. Experiences in literature are provided in the genres of short story, mythology, epic, drama, poetry and the novel. The core works are introduced and explored in-depth.
Meets CSU and UC “B” English requirement.
Prerequisite: Minimum 3.5 GPA or higher in 8th grade.
English 10 expands on the critical reading, thinking, and writing skills attained in the preceding year by examining challenging short stories, novels, plays, poetry, and non-fiction. The difficulty level in the materials read, discussed, and written about exceeds that of the previous course. The course includes an intensive review of fundamental grammar, usage, and mechanical skills of writing, with special attention given to creation of thoughtful essays. The primary objective of the class is challenge each student to discover how well they can do using the skills that God has given them, while continuing to develop each student’s ability to write clear, correct, coherent, and interesting multi-paragraph compositions. Meets CSU and UC “B” English requirement.
English 10 (Honors)
This is an accelerated class that requires students to think deeply and richly about both fiction and non-fiction. The course offers a blend of classic and contemporary works from authors of diverse backgrounds. Thus, students will be exposed to authors writing in numerous genre. The course places a heavy emphasis on a variety of writing skills in preparation for AP English. It also introduces students to concepts that will be addressed more thoroughly in the Advanced Placement English 11 class. Students should expect a rigorous, challenging, active experience in the course. Meets CSU and UC “B” English requirement.
Prerequisite: Minimum 3.5 GPA or higher in 9th grade.
Students will investigate the poems, plays, novels, short stories, and essays that were God inspired by American writers. In addition to providing a sound historical background in the development of American Literature, the students will write essays aimed at deepening critical reading and writing skills. Meets CSU and UC “B” English requirement.
English 12 is designed to teach three interrelated elements: core literature, students’ experiences, and writing as a process. British Literature will be the primary focus. The course incorporates learning experiences derived from cultural heritage, experiences in confronting important human issues, a strong sense of values, and necessary language and thinking skills acquired through frequent listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Meets CSU and UC “B” English requirement.
AP English Language and Composition
Strong control of standard English including grammar, sentence structure, and basic essay format. The primary goal of the class is to develop each student’s ability as a critical reader and analytical writer. Weekly written assignments and extensive reading are important components of this class and require consistent effort from each student. Students are expected to leave this class with the writing ability of a college sophomore. All students are expected to take the AP exam.
Prerequisite: Grade of “B” or better in prior English courses; minimum 3.5 GPA; parent approval; completion of summer reading before the fall semester. Meets CSU and UC “B” English requirement.
AP Literature and Composition
This course is designed to enable qualified students to honor God to the best of their ability on the Advanced Placement examination in English and Literature. This two-semester course (offered in lieu of English 12) AP English Literature is an accelerated program which teaches the content of an introductory college course. The focus is placed on the writing of various periods and genres. Writing is taught as a tool to convey the student’s analysis or interpretation. Students become familiar with the resources of literature: connotation, figurative language, irony, syntax, tone, etc. Numerous evaluative essays are written. Practice for the essay and multiple-choice sections of the AP Literature and Composition exam is a part of this course. The AP English exam given in the spring is mandatory. Students who do not take the AP exam will not receive the weighted grade point.
Prerequisite: Grade of “B” or better in prior English courses; minimum 3.5 GPA; parent approval; completion of summer reading before the fall semester. Meets CSU and UC “B” English requirements
Intro to Journalism
This course will introduce the student to the types of journalistic writing: hard news, editorial, opinion, sports review and feature stories. The course will include analysis of contemporary news media. Students will learn all aspects of publishing a newspaper including page layout and design, photography, interviewing and advertising. Students will learn to write with an understanding of audience and purpose. The class will publish a newspaper for the school.
Prerequisite: Open to all high school students; “B” grade or better in all English classes.
This course offers an advanced study of journalism with an emphasis on copy editing, editorial writing, page design and layout using InDesign CC. Fulfills CSU and UC “G” elective requirement.
Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Intro to Journalism.
At this level, the students will become the Editor in Chief or Assistant Editor. They will oversee those students who are in the lower level journalism course. Leadership skills will be developed throughout the school year for those in Journalism III.
It combines the high-level critical thinking, reading and writing skills of print journalism with the artistic, creative and aesthetic skills of the visual and graphic arts. Students master the writing and editing of the most common forms of journalistic stories; read and analyze relevant literature through expository writing; refine and practice the basics of design and layout; analyze and evaluate images based on a set of given values; refine communication, management, and evaluation skills for individuals and small teams; use of state-of-the-art word processing and design software including the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator); and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical responsibilities and communications law. This course will sharpen students’ thinking and expression, widen their experience with people and communication, provide an environment for self-directed learning and give them confidence in their ability to see their creative ideas to completion. Fulfills CSU and UC “G” elective requirement.
Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Advanced Journalism.
Creative Writing develops students’ skills in writing fictional stories, personal narratives, poetry and screenplays.Students will learn and discuss the aesthetic values of word choice, sentence structure and finding their individual “voice”. They will practice and improve the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, peer editing, editing, proofreading, and publishing), close reading, writing exercises, and correct use of mechanics and grammar. Each semester will culminate in a portfolio containing a body of work that shows growth over the course of the school year.
Fulfills CSU and UC “B” requirement.
Speech and Debate
Speech and Debate class is designed for college preparatory students who have an interest in studying successful personal and public speaking processes as well as in practicing the skills inherent in quality communications. This course includes instruction, training, and practice in practical communication, public speaking, group communications, argumentation, and debate. Students will also engage in critical analysis of their own, other students, as well as professional speeches and presentations. They will learn the skills to help them to communicate with less fear and with more success as they analyze and improve upon past performances. Fulfills CSU and UC “G” elective requirement.
English Language Development
This course will prepare ELD students for mainstream college-prep English and at the same time satisfy college prep requirements during the transitional phase. This will be accomplished through: study of literature commensurate with other college prep courses, in-depth focus on function, form, fluency, and vocabulary, and a cyclical emphasis of the key components of California core curriculum. Furthermore, an intense focus on the writing process, self and peer editing will lead to effective writing skills for a multitude of purposes. Extended time will be allowed for reading literary pieces so as to further develop precise decoding skills and improve students’ control of academic vocabulary and literary analysis. Academic writing will be pursued at the same level of depth and degree of challenge as commensurate college prep courses. In-depth study of literature will engage students in meaningful discussions with personal significance, critical analysis, and oral presentations, interpretive, presentational, and critical in nature. The focus on form, function and vocabulary will take into account students’ current proficiency levels as they improve upon and further develop cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP) specifically; connotative and denotative meaning of vocabulary. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and systematic development of such linguistic control will be emphasized. Fulfills CSU and UC “G” English requirements.
Language and Literacy for English Learners
Language and Literacy is designed to build academic language, improve literacy skills and content knowledge for Long Term English Learners. Academic emphases of this course are:1) Academic language development in all domains, 2)Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards 3)CA ELD standards.
Strategies for success. Course units strategically and intentionally emphasize academic language development, structured oral and written practice, reading comprehension, writing skills, organizational and study skills. The units build into and fro other core content areas. Culturally and linguistically responsive units will re-ignite an excitement about learning, and will allow students to see the relevancy of their learning by connecting it to current issues and their own lives. Fulfills CSU and UC “B” requirement.
Visual and Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts are designed for students who have artistic interests, dedication and enthusiasm and who wish to pursue a structured course of study. The program is a carefully planned arts curriculum that promotes intellectual, aesthetic and emotional growth. Discipline is emphasized as an essential component of a personal work ethic. Students take studio classes in drawing, graphics, color theory, two-dimensional design, and sculpture, as well as ceramics and 3D design. Studio assignments are designed to introduce the student to a variety of media and the nature of the creative process and art objects. The Bible has many references to music, speech, drama and art. Psalm 33 says that we should perform skillfully with great enthusiasm. These skills come from training and rehearsal. To ensure that all students develop an appreciation and understanding of the Fine Arts, one year of study in this department is required for graduation. However, many students are involved with the different offerings for all four years of high school.
Students must earn at least 10 credits for graduation in fine arts.
Recommended College Prep Courses:
Fulfills “F” requirement for UC and CSU
All classes listed below.
Advanced Band I
Provides students with the opportunity to perform various styles of music with emphasis on standard repertoire, film music and music for church worship services. Students will perform at least two school concerts per year in addition to community events, fundraising events and adjudicated festivals. Curriculum focuses on ensemble sound, blend, understand of varying styles, site reading, and technical mastery of one’s instrument through scales and drills. There is a small music theory and music history component interwoven into the curriculum.
Prerequisite: Instructor approval and the ability to read music and at least two years experience on their chosen instrument. Student must own or rent instrument. The school only provides an instrument if available and is rented on a monthly payment basis to the family.
Heritage Christian Advanced Concert Choir is a class which is open to all students who participated in Choir 1 the previous year. Advanced choir provides opportunities for students to further develop their musical potential and aesthetic understanding of music through singing in an large (80+) choral ensemble. Study includes the continued care and cultivation of a beautiful tone, while implementing proper vocal technique within a choral setting. Students will continue to develop a rich understanding of various time periods of music. Students will develop further an understanding of music theory components with the hope they take our music theory course in 11 or 12th grade. They will also continue to travel throughout the world to places like; Prague, Paris, Ireland, as well as to local churches and non profits to share their commitment to choral music.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in Choir 1 and consent of Instructor.
Advanced woodworking is an opportunity for students to use the technical skills learned in beginning woodworking and create sculptural works of artistic expression. Emphasis is placed on greater technical mastery as well as developing a strong personal aesthetic and applying it to each project built. Every project will follow a thorough and rigorous design process from idea inception to sculptural object completion.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in Wood Design and consent of Instructor.
This is an introductory course in which students express their visual creativity through drawing, storytelling, and other visual mediums. Throughout the course students will explore the international history and evolution of animation. Students will learn basic drawing skills, techniques for character design, the natural flow and movements of objects, storyboarding, and background development which includes a study of perspective drawing and layout. This course will provide a comprehensive base of foundational skills utilized throughout the animation industry. Students will learn to use Adobe Animate/Flash and Adobe Photoshop while using a Wacom drawing tablet to complete their projects. Fulfills CSU and UC “f” requirement.
Animation 2 is an art course that provides the students the opportunity to study the cultural history of animation as a storytelling medium of communication. The class introduces students to various techniques in creating motion through animation form. Students will be encouraged to be creative and original in writing scripts for their projects. They will have the opportunity to develop communication and presentation skills by pitching their ideas to an audience. They will gain experience in collaborating and problem solving by working in a group to produce animation films. They will learn about the elements and principles of art by analyzing and evaluating professional animated work. They will develop critical thinking skills with multiple research projects. Students will have the opportunity to research and present career opportunities in the creative industry. Fulfills CSU and UC “f” requirement.
Prerequisite: Animation 1
Advanced Band 2
Heritage Christian second year students will continue to explore, create and develop, build their artistic capabilities. Art Perception, Art Production, art history, and develop their aesthetic valuing introduced in Art 1. Using both verbal and written forms of expression, students will view, describe, interpret and analyze work of the cultures, artists and art movements whose ideas have most shaped the visual arts today. They will also learned how to describe, analyze, evaluate, and defend their artwork and the artwork of others. We will also research careers in fine and commercial art worlds. Students will be required to build their own portfolio. Materials fee required.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in Studio Art I and consent of Instructor.
This is an introduction to ceramics; hand building using pinch, coil, and slab techniques to produce pottery and sculpture that can be functional and creative, with limited use of the clay.
This is Ceramics 2 builds upon the foundation established and developed in Ceramics 1 and allows students to explore in-depth special interest areas of wheel throwing and hand-building. Students will continue to study and use the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design while emphasizing conceptual art-making, craftsmanship, creativity, and personal expression. Over the duration of this course, students will create a series of projects that guide them through the exploration of their own personal identity. Each project will be about the various aspects of their life experiences: identifying themselves, how they fit within their family unit, their culture, and eventually society. Students will be looking at a variety of contemporary artists as models of how to address the concepts explored in each unit. Materials used include clay, glaze, under glaze, over glaze, ceramic stains, and oxides.
Prerequisite: Ceramics 1
This choir is a performing ensemble for students who have mastered the basic fundamentals of ensemble singing. The Choir will perform in school, community, and festival programs. Attendance at performances is mandatory. This is a touring choir.
Commercial Art and Design
This course is a basic introduction to the fundamentals of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Musical Theater Dance. Students will learn movements, positions, vocabulary, and barre work while participating in warm-ups, across the floor combinations, variations, and choreography. This course will work towards the culmination of a fall dance performance as well as a participation in the spring musical. Dance combines fitness, discipline, agility, coordination, rhythm, and artistic expression which can improve a student’s overall health and well being. In addition, dance benefits a student’s kinesthetic intelligence, enabling them to increase their ability to process and retain information. This course is being offered as an elective or in replacement of PE. Fulfills CSU and UC “f” requirement.
Drama I is the introductory course of the drama program. During the first semester of the class, students explore several aspects of theater arts including acting, directing and technical theater. The second semester will focus on a live performance that will involve both the acting and technical aspects of theater.
Film Production 1
Film Production is a course designed for students who are interested in cinematic film theories and the production processes for traditional and digital film-making. This course requires students to survey past and present films of western and non-western cultures and apply the knowledge and skills learned to their own pre-production, production, and post-production. This course will employ a project-based instructional approach for content delivery, learning, and assessment, and will address key components adopted from the learning materials developed by the American Film Institute.
Film Production 2
Film and Video Production 2 is a course that will deepen students’ comprehension of and experience with visual artistic communication, creative expression, historical and cultural context, and aesthetic valuing. Its hands-on components will provide opportunities for students to make connections and apply their learning across subject areas. With an emphasis on analyzing the changes that have taken place in film and special effects throughout the years, students will be taught the elements and principles of art and how to apply them to their film and video projects. Students will work collaboratively as they create film and video projects applying the artistic and technical knowledge they have acquired throughout the course including the use of Adobe Premiere, Adobe PhotoShop, and Adobe After Effects, and script writing software. Students will develop their ability to analyze and critique professional, peer and personal videos using the language of art and theater with the purpose of drawing conclusions about how to increase the impact and effectiveness of their own work. We will utilize new computer programming to edit the film and add music background.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in Film Production 1 and consent of the Instructor.
Film Production 3
This year-long course will teach advanced film students how to utilize their knowledge of the basic fundamentals of filmmaking. Students will further understand and appreciate the artistic process and skill necessary to create meaningful films. Students will be responsible for Heritage Christian’s Broadcast TV program, which is aired every morning. Students will design, prepare the script, and film the HCTV daily newscast of what is happening around our school. This will increase their usage of our filming cameras and computer software.
The first semester will focus on in-class exercises where students will learn advanced filmmaking techniques/theories such as emotional P.O.V., tone/style, mise-en-scene, visual theme, control of the camera, visual composition, etc. Students will also learn advanced technical skills (use of camera lenses, filters, camera technique, lighting, editing styles, post-production skills, sfx, music composition, scoring, etc.).
Students will primarily spend the second semester creating a short film (under 10 minutes). This year-long project will be an opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the advanced film techniques explored in the fall semester. Throughout the year, students will also learn about film theory and criticism. Students will learn how to reflect on their own observations after the creation/viewing of a film and will hopefully learn how to create meaningful work that potentially expresses social, cultural, historical, or human issues through film.
Students will show these films during Chapel and have the student body vote. The students will also take these film projects to film festival showings that are held in Southern California. We will ask Columbia College Film (located in the greater Los Angeles area) Department to come and view our students’ work. Students will also work towards developing webinars dealing with college counseling events.
Fulfills CSU and UC “f” requirement.
Prerequisites: Film Production and Media studies 1 (Required) Film Production 2 (Required)
This ensemble focuses on styles within the jazz idiom including swing, be-bop, cool, fusion, funk, rock, and Latin styles. Furthermore, there is an extensive study in stylistic elements, articulations, rhythm and improvisation. In addition, students will be studying the history of jazz music from early jazz to the modern-day. For grades 8-12.
Prerequisite: Students in this ensemble are selected by audition/interview with the instructor. Performance outfit at student’s expense is necessary.
The AP Music Theory course corresponds to a typical introductory college music theory course that covers topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Musicianship skills, including dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and harmony, are considered an important part of the course. Through the course, students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of tonal music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Performance is also part of the curriculum through the practice of sight singing. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music. Notational skills, speed, and fluency with basic materials are also emphasized. The AP Music Theory exam given in the spring is mandatory. Students who do not take the AP exam will not receive the weighted grade point.
Prerequisite: Students should be able to read and write musical notation, and it is strongly recommended that the student has acquired at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument. Those going into 9th grade must have been in HCS middle school choir or band program.
Rendered is the most advanced of the small choral ensembles at Heritage Christian High School. It performs challenging pieces from various genres written for vocal ensembles. This class concentrates on vocal improvisation, acapella singing, performing with a combo, and music theory that is essential to all musicians. Solo singing and singing in a small group will be part of the course. Although Rendered is not a “core academic class”, it is considered as a fine arts elective. Rendered will perform in festivals, workshops and various performance venues. This class may require an extra fee if it meets before or after school during “zero” period.
Prerequisite: Membership in Choir, audition, and consent of instructor.
Theater Arts II
Theater Arts #2 is a one-year course with hands-on activities. Specialized instruction in method acting and technique is emphasized. Students who are accepted for enrollment will apply the basics learned in Drama I to advance their understanding in improvisation, speech, modern and classical scene studies, monologues, stage presence, dialects, and directing. Elements of play production will be reviewed and elaborated upon. Viewing and critiquing of professional theater is required. Additional work on school productions is also required as an extension of classroom learning.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in Drama I and consent of Instructor.
Warrior Drum Corp
The drum corps course serves to provide students with a systematic approach to developing the skills necessary for, and theories and vocabulary surrounding, performance in a battery ensemble for students with and without prior percussive training. Through planned activities including practice management assessment, performance for peer and non-peer audiences, music analysis, music composition, and historical exploration of drumming, students will engage in critical analysis surrounding percussion performance, advance percussion abilities for use in and outside of school community ensembles, and articulate the various performance and composition methods implemented to advance percussion instrumentation and performance throughout the context of musical history. Within each activity, students will also be provided the opportunity to assess oneself on live performance and presentations via a provided rubric containing elements of technique, expression, and application of rhythmic intent, in addition to delivering and receiving constructive criticisms to and from peers. The drum corps class aims to deepen the theoretical and self-expressive elements of music performance through both individual work and collective collaboration. Fulfills CSU and UC “F” requirement.
Wood Design I
A one-year course in woodworking. Layout and design techniques will be emphasized. The use of hand tools, carving projects, joinery, and small shop techniques. Years 2, 3, and 4 offer advanced woodworking with emphasis on individualized projects and mastering technical skills. Material fee required.
Worship Leadership will equip the student with an understanding of the history, practice, and function of corporate worship songs from the ancient church to the present day from biblical, historical, theological, and musical perspectives. Current performance practice is studied to prepare the worship leader with the necessary skill sets to lead corporate songs and messages for the Christian faith. Students will learn to use proper instrumental and vocal techniques to develop knowledge in the areas of vocal production, aural training skills, diction, balance and blend, music reading, harmony, interpretive elements, rhythmic precision, performance skills. Participating students will enter the class with proficient skills with the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums and percussion, piano and keyboard, bass guitar, strings, vocals, and sound/audio engineering.
Students will regularly lead worship for chapel and school events in addition to off-campus venues including local schools, churches, and private organizations when opportunities arise. Students will also gain an understanding of potential future career opportunities and higher education. Above all, students will use their gifts and abilities to lead others into worship and glorify God.
Meets CSU and UC “F” requirement.
Yearbook Design is a year-long course designed to have students understand the role of visual art and design, and its impact on society and culture, particularly in publication mediums. The course will focus on students understanding a designer’s target audience and stimulating creativity through a variety of two-dimensional media. Then, students will apply this artistic process to create designs for the yearbook publication. Finally, they will maintain the integrity of design through the editing process, while collaborating and communicating with their colleagues on the yearbook staff. The assignments in the course will demonstrate a student’s ability to apply the principles of design and effectively communicate their message. Assignments will also have students process, respond to, and judge design works using their knowledge of the elements of art and the principles of design. Students are responsible for the production of the High School’s yearbook. Students learn basic techniques of page layout, copy writing, editing, proofreading, photo selection and desktop publishing.
HCS believes that Christians have been mandated by Jesus to go into all the world and teach the gospel. To fulfill the great commission, it is necessary to be able to communicate with people of other lands and cultures. This involves reading, writing and speaking in real-world situations. Meaningful communication is the main goal and the major activity evident in these courses. Basic writing skills, such as spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure are stressed and constantly reinforced. Active listening skills and oral participation are required. Students will also learn to understand and appreciate other cultures. The UC and CSU systems require that two years of a single foreign language be taken during high school; however, the UC system recommends a minimum of three years be taken.
Two years of a single foreign language are required for UC/CSU entrance. Three years are recommended.
Recommended College Prep Courses:
Fulfills the “E” for UC and CSU
- French 1-4
- AP French
- Spanish 1-4
- AP Spanish
French 1 is a beginning course of the French language utilizing the skill of listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as developing an appreciation of the culture which produced that language. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “E” requirement.
French 2 reviews the concepts and vocabulary of level 1, and continues the study of the French language through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Additional grammar structures and vocabulary are taught. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “E” requirement.
Prerequisite: C grade or better in French 1.
French 3 begins with a review of 2nd year grammar structures. Additional grammar patterns and vocabulary are introduced with emphasis on reading and writing. Speaking and listening skills are further developed. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “E” requirement.
Prerequisite: C or better in French 2.
AP French 4
French 4 offers an increased emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, cultural knowledge and writing skills a rigorous grammar review and preparation for the AP French language and culture Exam is emphasized. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “E” requirement.
Prerequisite: B or better in French 3 and teacher approval.
Students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the target language, as well as acquiring the ability to function in the world where Spanish is spoken. Course work will consist of grammatical exercises, dialogues, skits, and short compositions; students will use memorized materials in simple statement or question form (e.g., greetings, numbers, time, dates, weather, activities, preferences, feelings, possessions, money, past times). Use of Spanish for instruction will increase progressively throughout the year. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “E” requirement.
This course continues building the understanding, speaking, reading and writing of Spanish. It places emphasis on oral language development, grammar, and written language. Course work will include reading short stories, newspaper/magazine articles, and regular textbook assignments. Focus will be placed on expanding use of verb tenses. By the end of the year, students should be writing short, simple compositions, and should be able to participate in short conversations. The course will be conducted primarily in Spanish. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “E” requirement.
Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 1.
This course builds on the foundation of the first two years of vocabulary, elementary conversation, and grammar. All verb tenses will be studied. Students will expand their skills, and practice listening and reading skills which may allow them to experience success in a future class. Creative skills of dialogue speaking and writing will be practiced progressively for independent use outside the classroom. The course will be conducted in Spanish 2. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “E” requirement.
Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or higher in Spanish 2.
AP Spanish 4
Spanish 4 offers emphasis on fluency in speaking, reading, listening, cultural knowledge and a complete grammar review and essay writing. Preparation for the AP exam is emphasized. Fulfills CSU and UC Foreign Language “E” requirement.
Prerequisite: “B” grade or better in Spanish 3, and teacher/counselor approval.
Students at HCS are instructed in the skills of mathematics in order to train their minds to use logical, sequential thought processes, to provide opportunities to acquire advanced mathematical skills. Using these gifts they will serve and glorify the Lord. Students will display competence in knowledge, comprehension and application. Thirty semester units of mathematics are required for graduation. Three years of high-school level math, which must include Algebra 1, are required for graduation. The University of California and California State University systems both require a minimum of three years of college preparatory math courses–specifically, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II — for entrance. A fourth year of college prep math is recommended. Entering 9th graders are placed in math classes on the basis of their eighth grade teacher’s recommendation, standardized test scores, and performance in the 8th grade math class.
Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits for high school graduation.
Recommended College Prep Courses:
Fulfills “C” requirement for UC and CSU
- Algebra 1 (1 year OR Algebra A (1st year of 2 year program)
- Algebra B (2nd year of 2 year program)
- Algebra II
- AP Calculus A/B
- AP Calculus B/C
This course is designed for those students requiring some strengthening of their fundamental arithmetic skills and a slower pace in acquiring a solid foundation in Algebra. Together, Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B will satisfy the graduation requirement. This course meets one-half of the Algebra 1 graduation requirement.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in Pre-Algebra.
This course is the second year of the two-year Algebra sequence described in Algebra A above. Together, Algebra 1A and Algebra 1B will satisfy the graduation requirement. This course meets one-half of the Algebra 1 graduation requirement.
Prerequisites: Must have passed both semesters of Algebra 1A.
This course is designed to give a basic background in the techniques and topics of classical algebra. In this class, students will receive a foundation in fundamental operations with real numbers and variables. Students will begin to use formal proofs and will study topics including solutions of equations and inequalities, graphing linear functions, working with functional notation, operations with polynomials and verbal problem-solving. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “C” requirement.
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra in 7th grade or earlier having earned a grade of “B” or better in both semesters.
This course provides an extension of the concept of a formal proof, develops logical thinking, covers the foundations of Euclidean Geometry, and will develop coordinate geometry including the in-depth study of lines. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “C” requirement.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in previous math course.
This course continues the development of linear and quadratic functions from Algebra 1. New topics included are operations with rational polynomial expressions, three-dimensional linear systems, determinants, quadratic theory, study of the complex number system, and basic trigonometry. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “C” requirement.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in Geometry.
Pre-Calculus is designed to introduce students to the language and concepts necessary for college-level math courses. It is designed to prepare students for the study of calculus, to strengthen their use of mathematical application, and to provide opportunities to apply technology to mathematics. Topics stressed include: relations, functions, graphs, trigonometry, vectors, parametric equations, polar coordinates, complex numbers, exponentials, logarithms, sequences, series, iteration, fractals, statistics, probability, data analysis, and limits. A TI graphics calculator is required. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “C” requirement.
Prerequisite: Pass Algebra II with a grade of “C” or higher and/or the recommendation of the previous math teacher.
Honors Precalculus is a course designed to sharpen algebraic manipulation skills and provide students with the tools necessary to mathematically analyze and develop a deeper understanding of functions and their applications in modeling real-life problems, especially in preparation for the rigorous study of calculus and other college level math courses. This honors course will be challenging and fast-paced, investigating regular Precalculus content in greater depth, rigor and pace, and exploring many connections to other fields, especially physics. Topics include relations, functions, transformations and rotations, analytic trigonometry, inverses, vectors, matrix algebra, parametric equations, polar coordinates, mathematical induction, sequences, series, intuitive and working knowledge of the limit definitions for solving slope of a tangent and area under a curve, approximating area with Riemann sums, solving with basic derivative and integration rules, as well as practicing velocity and acceleration applications of derivatives. A TI graphing calculator is required. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “C” requirements.
Prerequisite: Must have a 3.5 GPA, pass Algebra II with a grade of “B” or higher and/or the recommendation of the previous math teacher.
AP Calculus AB
This advanced placement course is equivalent to college-level Introductory Calculus. Students study the limits of a function and derivative of a polynomial, trigonometric, logarithmic, hyperbolic, and exponential functions. Also included are the techniques of integration and applications to problem-solving. The AP Exam in Calculus, given in the spring is mandatory. A TI graphing calculator is required. Students who do not take the AP exam will not receive the weighted grade point for either semester the class is taken. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “C” requirement.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in Pre-Calculus B and/or the recommendation of the previous math teacher.
AP Calculus BC
Calculus BC is a full-year course in the calculus of functions of a single variable. It includes all topics taught in Calculus AB plus additional topics, but both courses are intended to be challenging and demanding; they require a similar depth of understanding of common topics. Fulfills CSU and UC Mathematics “C” requirement.
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in Calculus AB and/or the recommendation of the previous math teacher.
Statistics offers students who have completed the school’s mathematics graduation requirements an alternative to Pre Calculus. This course provides an elementary introduction to probability and statistics with applications. How do we get good data? Statistics is the science that deals with the collection, classification, analysis, and interpretation of numerical facts or data, and that, by use of mathematical theories of imposes order and regularity on aggregates of more or less disparate elements. Students will investigate sampling and surveys and will design their own experiments in order to collect data. How do we organize data? Students will describe distributions and relationships using government data. Chance and probability will be explored, including simulations and expected values. How do we make inferences about a larger population without having to survey the entire population? Confidence intervals, tests of significance, population means, two-way tables, and Chi-square tests will be explored. Students will investigate statistics in sports, business stats too.
This elective course provides students with some of the basic skills needed for collecting, organizing, and interpreting various types of data. Topics include averages and variation, linear regression and correlation, probability theory, and binomial and normal distributions. Real-life applications are emphasized throughout the course. All students must have a TI-83 Plus or TI-84 graphing calculator.
Foundations in Personal Finance
The purpose of this course is to empower students with knowledge and application of basic financial principles so that they can make sound financial decisions for life. Foundations in Personal Finance will give students a Biblical, Proverbs-driven view of money, debt, wealth, and giving. Personal finance is 80% behavior and 20% head knowledge. HCS believe that teaching teenagers how to take control of their money can help them avoid huge money mistakes down the road. They will learn that their financial decisions have long-term consequences. Students will learn how to budget, save, spend wisely, avoid debt, and give. Students will learn to make a monthly zero-based budget, understand how to grow their wealth over time through wise investment strategies, and appreciate the importance of protecting their assets through carefully chosen insurance policies. Other topics covered include building an emergency fund, paying cash for a car, common debt myths, life after high school, consumer awareness, money’s impact on relationships, paying taxes, and the overarching priority of giving generously. Consumer-level math, including linear functions and exponential interest functions, will be used throughout the course. This course can be used to satisfy one year of the three-year mathematics requirement for graduation.
God created man with physical as well as mental, spiritual and social needs. In physical education classes, we seek to make a major contribution to the physical well-being of students by fostering an enjoyment of physical activity, providing wholesome alternatives in the use of leisure time, building a solid foundation of motor skills and developing physical capabilities such as strength, flexibility, and cardio-respiratory fitness. Physical education is the study and practice of the science and art of human movement. Through physical education, the student has the opportunity to learn to perform efficiently the motor skills needed in everyday living and in recreational activities. The student can develop and maintain sound physiological functions through vigorous muscular activity. Physical education provides situations for learning to compete as well as to cooperate with others in striving for achievement of common goals. Satisfying and successful experiences in physical education should develop in the individual a desire to regularly participate in activity throughout life.
Students must earn at least 20 credits for graduation.
This course is a basic introduction to the fundamentals of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theater Dance. Students will learn movements, positions, vocabulary, and barre work while participating in warm-ups, across the floor combinations, variations, and choreography. This course will work towards the culmination of a fall dance performance as well as a participation in the spring musical. Dance combines fitness, discipline, agility, coordination, rhythm, and artistic expression which can improve a student’s overall health and well being. In addition, dance benefits a student’s kinesthetic intelligence, enabling them to increase their ability to process and retain information. This course is being offered as an elective or in replacement of PE. Fulfills CSU and UC “F” requirement.
This core program includes a solid grounding in the principles of how to develop and maintain physical fitness. Emphasis will be placed on awareness of lifetime fitness and personal fitness goals. Activities will be taught in units and include team sports and individual sports. PE uniform must be purchased. Students who participate in CIF-sponsored sports teams may receive Physical Education credit for that participation. Credit is granted for one sport each fall and spring.
Principles of Health and Fitness
This course is conducted in a physical activity setting and will emphasize personal fitness and cover topics such as joint health, strength training, cardiovascular training, and team sports. Principles of Health and Fitness will educate students on the fundamental concepts of health, wellness, nutrition, fitness, and team sport participation. Students will be able to develop analytical thinking and research the different ways they can improve their muscular endurance, strength, and power and perform proper weightlifting techniques. Fulfills CSU and UC “G” requirement.
Man has always had three desires: to know where he came from, to know how to function effectively, and to know where he is going. Since God created man, he then has a responsibility to know God and His mandates. The science program thus provides students with the opportunity to study the methods of science (science as a process of studying the world), the content of science including physical science and life science, science in personal and social perspectives, history of science, and unifying concepts and processes. Students will achieve scientific literacy by:
- becoming familiar with the natural world and respecting its unity;
- becoming aware of the connectedness of human beings, nature, and technology;
- understanding some of the key concepts and principles of science;
- knowing that science is a human endeavor;
- being able to use scientific knowledge and ways of thinking for personal and social purposes.
Students must earn a minimum of 20 credits for graduation, which include: 1 year physical science (10 credits) and 1 year life science (10 credits)
Recommended College Prep Courses:
Fulfills “D” requirement for UC and CSU
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP Physics I
- Food and Nutritional Science
- Honors Biology
- Physical Science
- Sports Medicine and Athletic Training
This course is structured around the enduring major ideas as described in the AP chemistry frameworks. Special emphasis will be placed on the seven science practices that capture important aspects of the work that scientists engage in and learning objectives that combine content with inquiry and reasoning skills. They will engage in investigative lab work which is integrated throughout the course.
Prerequisite: AP Chemistry course is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of a first course in high school chemistry. Students must be enrolled in or have taken Algebra 2. 3.5 GPA required.
AP Physics I
AP Physics is an algebra-based course in general physics. General physics topics presented during the course closely follow those outlined by the College Board and also mirrors an introductory level university physics course. AP Physics is organized around six big ideas that bring together the fundamental science principles and theories of general physics. These big ideas are intended to encourage students to think about physics concepts as interconnected pieces of a puzzle. The solution to the puzzle is how the real world around them actually works. The students will participate in inquiry-based explorations of these topics to gain a more conceptual understanding of these physics concepts. Students will spend less of their time in traditional formula-based learning and more of their effort will b e directed to developing critical thinking and reasoning skills.
Chemistry is designed to give students a basic understanding of theory, composition and behavior of matter. Emphasis is placed on measurement, the mole concept, atomic structure, and factors influencing chemical reactions. Students will be introduced to and become familiar with laboratory equipment and techniques, and will be expected to emphasize their ability to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Experiments, demonstrations, and discussions will be employed. CSU and UC laboratory science “d” requirement.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 or completion of Algebra 2 with a grade of “C” or higher.
This is an exploration and survey of physical science topics such as chemistry and nuclear reactions, forces and motion, machines, magnetism, electromagnetism, waves, sound, optics, and earth science. This course also emphasizes the relevance of science topics and their connections to everyday life and familiar phenomena. Fulfills CSU and UC “g” elective.
Prerequisite: 9th-grade level and above.
Extended study of biology as mentioned above with emphasis on molecular and bio-chemistry. Students will carry out extended period experiments, and do research and study independently. Prepares student for AP exam. CSU and UC laboratory science “d” requirement.
Prerequisite: 11th and 12th grade level. Must have “B” average in all science classes, Biology and Chemistry, or teacher/department chairperson approval. Must be able to come on Saturdays or before school for 5 labs. Enrollment priority will be based upon student grade, cumulative GPA and enrollment date. Minimum 3.5 GPA.
This class introduces students to a comprehensive curriculum that includes introductory units in biochemistry, microbiology, botany, human biology, genetics, ecology, and the environment. Laboratory investigations are an integral part of the course, and require some mathematical skills in the examination of concepts and lab experiments. Recent advancements in biology, as well as fundamental concepts including physiological and phylogenetic relationships, are studied. CSU and UC laboratory science “d” requirement.
Biotechnology is a course designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the scientific concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the biological concepts used, and begin to develop the laboratory, critical thinking, and communication skills currently used in the biotechnology industry. Students will learn the basic biological and chemical processes of cells, tissues, and organisms. They will review and understand the basic processes of DNA replication, transcription and translation. They will learn basic laboratory skills used in academic and industrial biotechnology laboratories, including the methodologies used in isolation and analysis of macromolecules (including DNA and proteins). Regarding applications, students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of biotechnology in society, including the risks and benefits as well as learn the significance of biotechnology in pharmaceutical development, agriculture, forensics, genetic testing, industrial products, and scientific research. Students will also learn how a biotechnology company works and the roles of its employees.
Food & Nutritional Science
This one-year course in Food and Nutritional Science is designed to improve students’ understanding of nutrition and health concepts and the promotion of the skills needed to take action in health promotion and disease prevention. In addition, students will learn to assess their own health status and understand the relationships between healthful living and their quality of life and the impact that this can have on their communities. Over the course of the year, students will apply scientific inquiry skills developed in previous science classes. Emphasis will be placed on inquiry, analysis, discussion and practical application of the information covered throughout the course. CSU and UC laboratory science “g” requirement.
Prerequisites: Biology, Chemistry and Algebra 1
Biology is the study of living things in their environment. This course involves more extensive lab work, deeper probes into cellular processes looking for structural designs. It ties current research, issues and ethics into the general fabric of the course with required student research projects. Impact on human activities would be a central focus. CSU and UC laboratory science “d” requirement.
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra1 with an A or B. Ninth and tenth grade students are eligible. Minimum 3.5 GPA. Students who take Biology Honors receive the GPA extra point which impacts GPA and class ranking.
Sports Medicine & Athletic Training
In this standards-based science course, students will build on the concepts studied in Biology. They will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the human body, the interaction of body systems, theories and methods of prevention, evaluation, and management and rehabilitation of sports and exercise-related injuries. This course will provide an introduction and foundation for students that are interested in studying Kinesiology and pursuing a career in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Athletic Training. Students will use scientific methods of observation, investigation, experimentation, data collection and data analysis. Laboratory and practicum work will be performed both in and outside the classroom. This course will have both individual and group work through labs, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Students will have numerous opportunities to practice and apply learned theories and techniques working with school athletes, athletic trainers, and coaches in the field during after-school hours.
Prerequisite: Biology, Algebra 1, Chemistry (or concurrent enrollment in chemistry). Anatomy/Physiology Recommended. Fulfills UC and CSU “d” requirement.
Seniors who wish to participate in College Experience may be excused from one or two class periods each day to attend class(es) at a local community college or CSUN. Students must provide proof of enrollment when they return to school in the fall of their senior year.
Prerequisite: Senior status. College Counseling Office approval.
This one year or semester course is planned as a hands-on opportunity to assist the office in various office duties (copying, filing, etc.) It is basically a non-credit offering, however, through teacher application (administratively approved) a limitation of one year’s credit is possible during one’s high school career.
Prerequisite: 11th or 12th grade level (and enrollment in a minimum of five (5) credit classes). Approval of office supervisor.
Teacher Assistant (TA)
This one year or semester course is planned as a hands-on opportunity to assist a classroom teacher in preparing materials, record keeping and supervision duties. It is basically a non-credit offering, however, through teacher application (administratively approved) a limitation of one year’s credit is possible during one’s high school career.
Prerequisite: 11th and 12th grade level (and enrollment in a minimum of five (5) credit classes). When taken for credit, only in a subject the student has successfully completed. A limit of no more than one period TA per year.
Seniors working a minimum of 20 hours during the school week (Monday-Friday) may be released for a daily maximum of two periods of class time or, students working less than 20 hours per week (Monday-Friday) may be released for a daily maximum of one period of class time.
Prerequisite: Senior status. Documentation of work schedule. College Counseling Office approval. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 with no “F’s” or “U’s”.