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High School Course Catalog 2015-2016

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Vallejo City Unified School District District Administration Ramona E. Bishop, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools Cheri Summers Chief Academic Officer Alana J. Shackelford, Ed.D. Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement Cassie Gossett District Coordinator Annette Hilts District Coordinator Karen James District Coordinator 665 Walnut Avenue Vallejo, CA 94592 (707) 556-8921 1

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Vallejo City Unified School District Comprehensive High Schools Jesse Bethel High School 1800 Ascot Parkway Vallejo, CA 94591 (707) 556-5700 (707) 649-3960 (fax) Linda Kingston Principal Vallejo High School 840 Nebraska Street Vallejo, CA 94590 (707) 556-1700 (707) 556-8729 (fax) Roxanne Brown-Garcia Principal Alternative Education Programs John Finney High School 233 Hobbs Avenue Vallejo, CA 94589 (707) 556-8670 (707) 556-8674 (fax) Ernani Santos Principal VEA / Independent Study Program 301 Farragut Avenue Vallejo, CA 94590 (707) 649-3909 (707) 649-3967 (fax) Linda Combs Principal 2

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Table of Contents Introduction VCUSD: Mission, Vision, and Values ………………………………………………………….. ............. 4 Graduation Requirements VCUSD Graduation Requirements .................................................................................................. 5 UC/CSU Approved Course List ........................................................................................................ 6 College and University Admissions .................................................................................................. 8 College and Career Planning College and Career Academies ........................................................................................................ 9 Biomedical Academy – JBHS ........................................................................................... 10 Green Academy – JBHS ………………………………………… ......................................... 11 International Finance Academy – JBHS ………………………………………… .................. 12 The Law Academy – JBHS ………………………………………… ...................................... 13 Multimedia Academy – JBHS ........................................................................................... 14 Biotechnology Academy – VHS ………………………………………… ............................... 15 Engineering Academy – VHS ............................................................................................ 16 Health and Fitness Academy – VHS ………………………………………… ....................... 17 Hospitality Academy – VHS ………………………………………… ..................................... 18 Visual and Performing Arts Academy – VHS ………………………………………… ........... 19 Courses by Department Career Technical Education and Academy Courses ..................................................................... 21 English ............................................................................................................................................ 30 History/Social Science .................................................................................................................... 34 Language other than English (LOTE) ............................................................................................. 38 Mathematics ................................................................................................................................... 42 Non-Departmental .......................................................................................................................... 44 Physical Education ......................................................................................................................... 48 Science ........................................................................................................................................... 50 Visual & Performing Arts................................................................................................................. 55 . . . 3

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VCUSD: Mission, Vision, and Values VALLEJO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: VISION STATEMENT Our Vision is for our diverse learners to be empowered, prepared and equipped with academic and life skills needed to be productive citizens, who can positively contribute to society. Our Goal is for every student to have clear attainable pathways to career and/or college success. In Support of our Vision, we will attract and retain highly qualified staff, as well as, leverage community resources to provide support systems for all students and their families. VALLEJO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: MISSION STATEMENT Our Mission is to meet or exceed our goals in the area of equity, excellence, educational effectiveness and economic sustainability which determines our daily efforts. We will foster collaborative teamwork to accomplish these goals. We recognize that we must build powerful home to school relationships that support the success of all students. Because safety is critical for each school campus; we will enforce high adult visibility and respond to student matters in a timely manner. In order to assess whether students are meeting academic and social expectations, we will consistently monitor student progress using a variety of data: observations, walkthroughs, progress reports, test scores, etc., and commit to focusing our resources to best support our students. VALLEJO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: CORE VALUES We Value Equity x Every adult is responsible for every student's success. x Every student has the opportunity to learn and successfully reach their goals. x Every student will be engaged in the learning process. We Value Excellence x We will recognize and celebrate excellence among students and staff members. x We will have high expectations for ourselves and our students. x Each student will have the opportunity to adapt and evolve into productive community. members We Value Educational Effectiveness x Every classroom will have an engaging learning environment. x Every learning environment will be safe. x Every adult and student will model honesty, integrity, and respect. 4

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VCUSD Graduation Requirements Subject Area a-g Graduation Pathway 40 credits – 4 years 1. English 9 2. English 10 3. English 11 4. English 12 or English elective 30 credits – 3 years 1. World History 2. U.S. History 3. American Government and Economics 20 credits – 2 years (3 years recommended) 1. 2 years of any ONE language 30 credits – 3 years (4 years recommended) 1. Algebra 1 2. Geometry 3. Algebra 2 20 credits – 2 years unless the student has been exempted pursuant to State Law or is required to take additional units of PE pursuant to State law 20 credits – 2 years: one life and one physical lab science (3 years recommended) 1. Biology (or other life science) 2. Chemistry (or other physical science) 10 credits – 1 year 1. Music or 2. Drama or 3. Art 60 credits 10 credits must be recognized by the UC/CSU system + 50 credits of any courses not used to meet the above requirements. English History/Social Science Language other than English (LOTE) Mathematics Physical Education (PE) Science Visual Performing Arts (VPA) Electives Total 230 credits In addition to coursework, all students must pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to earn a diploma. *These standards are based on UC/CSU’s a-g requirements for application to attend UC/CSU. UC/CSU require a grade of C or better in each required course for consideration for admission. VCUSD requires a grade of Dor better in each required course for the course to count toward meeting high school graduation requirements. 5

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UC/CSU Approved Course List A-G Subject Area Requirements The intent of the "a-g" Subject Area Requirements is to ensure that students can participate fully in the first-year program at the University in a wide variety of fields of study. The requirements are written deliberately for the benefit of all students expecting to enter the University, and not for preparation for specific majors. UC faculty consider the Subject Requirements to be effective preparation for undergraduate work at the University. This pattern of study assures the faculty that the student has attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study. Fulfillment of the "a-g" pattern also demonstrates that the student has attained essential critical thinking and study skills. The following VCUSD courses are a-g approved: (a) History/Social Science Two years of history/social science, including one year of World History, Cultures or Geography; and one year of US History or one-half year of US History and one-half year of American Government/Civics 2 years required World History P – JB, V AP World History – JB, V U.S. History P – JB, V AP U.S. History – JB, V American Government P – JB, V AP American Government and Politics United States – JB, V (b) English Four years of college preparatory English 4 years required English 11 P – JB, V English 12 P – JB, V AP Eng Lang/Composition – JB, V AP Eng Lit/Composition – JB, V Literature: Literature: Literature: Literature: Multicultural P –V Science Fiction P – V Shakespeare P –V Women P –V English 9 P – JB, V English 9 HP –V English 10 P – JB, V English 10 HP – V (c) Mathematics Three years of college preparatory mathematics that includes the topics covered in Elementary Algebra/Algebra 1, Geometry and Advanced Algebra/Algebra 2. Approved Integrated Math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement. 3 years required, 4 years recommended AP Calculus AB – JB, V AP Calculus BC – JB, V Algebra 1 Ps – JB, V Algebra 2 Ps – JB, V Geometry Ps – JB, V Pre-Calculus P – JB, V AP Statistics – JB, V (d) Laboratory Science Three years of college preparatory mathematics that includes the topics covered in Elementary Algebra/Algebra 1, Geometry and Advanced Algebra/Algebra 2. Approved Integrated Math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of this requirement. 2 years required, 3 years recommended Chemistry for Biotechnology P -- V Prin. of Biomedical Sciences P -- JB Human Body Systems P -- JB Biomedical Interventions P -- JB Environmental Science P -- JB AP Environmental Science -- JB Biology 1 P – JB, V Anatomy and Physiology P – JB, V AP Biology – JB, V Chemistry P – JB, V AP Chemistry – JB, V Environmental Analysis/Chemistry P--JB Physics P – JB, V Physics and Technology P -- V AP Physics B – JB, V Biotechnology 1 P -- V Biotechnology 2 P -- V Environmental Systems P*--JB 6

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UC/CSU Approved Course List (e) Language Other than English Two years of any one language other than English. 2 years required, 3 years recommended Spanish 3 P –JB, V Spanish 4 HP –JB, V AP Spanish Language – JB, V Spanish for Spanish Speakers 1 Ps –V Spanish for Spanish Speakers 2 P – V Spanish for Spanish Speakers 3 P – V American Sign Language 1 Ps – V American Sign Language 2 P -- V Filipino 1 Ps – JB, V Filipino 2 P – JB, V Filipino 3 P – JB, V Filipino 4 HP – JB, V Filipino for Filipino Speakers 1 Ps –V Filipino for Filipino Speakers 2 P –V French 1 Ps –V French 2 P –V French 3 P –V French 4 HP –V Spanish 1 P –JB, V Spanish 2 P –JB, V s (f) Visual and Performing Arts Introduction to Art Ps -- V Art 1 Ps – JB, V Art 2 P – JB, V Advanced Art P – V AP Studio Art: Drawing – JB, V Art in Digital Age Ps – JB, V Advanced Band P – JB, V Jazz Band P – JB, V Ceramics 1 Ps – JB, V Ceramics 2 P – JB, V Multimedia 1 P -- JB Multimedia 2 P -- JB Multimedia 3 P* -- JB Video Production Ps -- JB Introduction to Design Ps -- V 1 year required Guitar Beginning Ps -- V Guitar Intermediate P -- V Music Appreciation Ps – JB, V Photo 1 Ps – V Drama 1 Ps – JB, V Drama 2 P – JB, V (g) Elective One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in “a-f” above. All courses must be listed under “a-f” above with the exception of courses marked with a superscript S ( s) in Mathematics, Language Other than English, and VPA; plus the following: 1 year required Economics PE – JB, V Economics HPE – V AP Macroeconomics -- JB Business in a Global Economy PE* -- JB Business Fundamentals PE -- JB Ethics and Entreneurship PE* -- JB Virtual Enterprise PE -- V Psychology PE – JB, V Sociology PE – JB Journalism 1 PE -- V Introduction to Law and Speech Communication PE -- JB Practical Law PE* -- JB Robotic Technology PE* -- JB, V Digital Electronics PE -- V Principles of Engineering PE – V Civil Engineering and Architecture PE – V Investigating Law and Justice PE -- JB Programming for Applied Problems PE* -- JB, V Codes used in course listings: JB – Course offered at Jesse Bethel High School P – College prep course, UC/CSU approved AP – Advanced Placement, UC/CSU approved PE – Meets the UC/CSU elective “g” requirement only V – Course offered at Vallejo High School HP – Honors course, UC/CSU approved P* -- Course pending UC/CSU approval Ps – Course meets the subject area requirement only and cannot be used to fulfill the elective “g” requirement 7

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College and University Admissions TwoǦYear California Community Colleges Solano Community College is the local community college that serves Vallejo’s students. See your counselor and the Solano Community College Catalog for placement and enrollment information. FourǦYear Colleges and Universities Entrance Requirements: There are a number of basic entrance requirements that are shared by most colleges and universities. These are commonly referred to as “A-G” requirements and include the minimum number of credits necessary in specific subject areas before a student can be considered for acceptance. Heavy emphasis should be placed upon high school course selections in English, mathematics, science, history-social science and world (foreign) language. Please refer to the District Graduation Requirements page for the University of California and California State University entrance requirements. Grade Point Average: All students planning to attend a four-year college or university are expected to maintain a “C” average or above. Standardized Tests: The District will provide the opportunity for students to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Check with the counseling department for dates and times. Private & OutǦofǦState Colleges and Universities There are many excellent private institutions that VCUSD graduates may attend in California and other states. The course requirements listed above for the University of California will usually meet the admission requirements for private colleges and universities throughout the United States. Check the catalog of each college for specific details. Please check with your counselor for more information. NCAA Requirements for College/University Bound Freshman Athletes The NCAA certifies the academic and amateur credentials of all college-bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics. All students must register with the NCAA Initial – Eligibility Clearinghouse. Students must register at the end of their junior year and submit a final transcript upon graduation. For information on Division I and Division II initial eligibility requirements and current changes please go to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. Student athletes should contact their coach, athletic director, or counselor for specific information regarding courses accepted and examinations required (e.g. the SAT or ACT) for eligibility. Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses VCUSD offers Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses for all students who meet the prerequisites. Honors courses are in-depth college preparatory courses that challenge students to achieve higher academic standards. Students should expect to do more qualitatively differentiated course work. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college level courses designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement tests that are administered in May. Most Honors and all AP courses carry UC/CSU honors credit. The University of California and California State University only award honors status or weighted grades to 11th and 12th grade courses that have been approved. For more information please visit the following website: http://www.ucop.edu/update/site. For information about other post-secondary opportunities, see your counselor. 8

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College and Career Academies One of the goals of VCUSD is for every student to have clear attainable pathways to career and/or college success. To achieve this goal, college and career academies are offered at both Jesse Bethel High School and Vallejo High School--both high schools offer wall-to-wall academies. Each high school has five college/career academies for students in grades 9-12. Each academy is a small learning community built around a college/career pathway—or sequence of courses. The ninth grade focus is to orient students to high school and the expectations of the specific academy. Many of the course sequences feature Career Technical Education (CTE) courses which integrate core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge. Course sequences provide students with several options upon graduation: career entry, articulation into community college, and/or college readiness for advanced study. Descriptions of JBHS and VHS academies are on the pages that follow. Jesse Bethel High School Biomedical Academy In the Jesse Bethel High School Biomedical Academy, students prepare for careers in the medical field by exploring the concepts of human medicine and topics such as physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. Vallejo High School Biotechnology Academy The Vallejo High School Biotechnology Academy is geared toward providing students skills that will allow them to either go directly to the biotechnology workforce or pursue higher education at a community college and/or university with a biotechnology emphasis. Green Academy The Jesse Bethel High School Green Academy prepares students for success in “green” careers – those careers which support the environment. Green Engineering Academy The Vallejo High School Green Engineering Academy prepares students for experiences and careers in the fields of engineering and robotics. International Finance Academy The Jesse Bethel High School International Finance Academy prepares students for success in a global economy. Health and Fitness Academy The Vallejo High School Health and Fitness Academy prepares students for careers in sports medicine, fitness training, physical therapy, recreational leadership, and coaching. Law Academy The Jesse Bethel High School Law Academy introduces and prepares students for professional career exploration in the diverse fields of law. Hospitality Academy The Vallejo High School Hospitality Academy provides students with the requisite knowledge and skills for a successful career in the hospitality, tourism and recreation business. Multimedia Academy The Jesse Bethel High School Multimedia Academy is a three-year program of study that develops skills and provides experiences in digital arts with an emphasis on career and college readiness. Visual and Performing Arts Academy The Vallejo High School Visual and Performing Arts Academy supports the development of the arts in students’ lives. 9

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Biomedical Academy -- JBHS In the Biomedical Academy, students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to topics such as physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. Through activities, like dissecting a heart, students examine the processes, structures and interactions of the human body – often playing the role of biomedical professionals. They also explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, working collaboratively to investigate and design innovative solutions to the health challenges of the 21st century such as fighting cancer with nanotechnology. Suggested Course Sequence 9th Grade 10th Grade English 9P English 10P Algebra 1P Geometry P Biology 1P Chemistry P PE 9 World History Elective Principles of Biomedical Science World Language World Language 11th Grade English 11P Algebra 2P Elective/Physics US History Human Body Systems PE/Elective 12th Grade English 12P Elective/Pre-calculus Government/ Economics Medical Interventions Elective/Biomedical Senior Seminar Elective Doctor Nurse Career Opportunities EMT Paramedic Community Partnerships Postsecondary Partners • Napa Valley College • Solano Community College • Carrington College • Touro University Forensic Scientist Health Educator Lab Technician Business Partners • Kaiser • Planned Parenthood • Aeiges Therapy • Vallejo Nursing School 10 http:/

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Green Academy -- JBHS Students in the Green Academy explore the outdoors during frequent field trips and laboratory activities as they prepare themselves for top universities and leading edge green careers. The students work with wildlife biologists and green technology professionals to participate in real world projects that make a difference for our environment. All Green Academy courses are UC/CSU college preparatory. College credit will be given for taking the Community College Green Tech course and for passing the AP Environmental Science exam. Suggested Course Sequence 9th Grade English 9P Algebra IP Biology 1P PE 9 Elective World Language 10th Grade English 10P Geometry P Environmental Analysis Through Chemistry P World History Elective/Art 1 World Language 11th Grade English 11P Algebra 2P Environmental Science P or AP US History PE Recreation Elective/World Language 12th Grade English 12P Elective/Pre-Calculus Environmental Systems Government/Economics Elective Elective Green jobs are among the fastest growing careers currently with 3.1 million green jobs nationwide. Examples: Wildlife Biologist Environmental Scientist Water Manager Environmental Protection Agent Renewable Energy Researcher/Technician Facilities Engineer Park Ranger Recycling Coordinator Energy Auditor Naturalist Power Plant Operator Conservation Scientist G reen Academy Pa rtne rs pr oviding interns hips, men tor shi ps, field tr ips, and/or job t raini ng: U S F o r e st S e r vi ce San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Ref uge V a l l e j o W a t e r sh e d A l l i a n ce Vallejo Public Works V a l l e j o R e co l o g y S o l a n o L a n d T ru st V a l l e j o S a n i t a t i o n a n d F l o o d C o n t ro l D i s t ri ct G re e n B u i l d E n e rg y G ro u p S o l a n o R e so u r ce C o n se r va t i o n D i s t r i ct S T R A W P ro j e ct G re e n T e ch P o w e r G ro u p A me ri ca n A s so ci a t i o n o f U n i ve r si t y W o m e n U S G e o l o g i ca l S u r ve y 11

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International Finance Academy -- JBHS The financial industry is one of the fastest growing industries. In order to prepare students for a growing number of jobs, the International Finance Academy provides a multi-year program designed to develop the skills needed for students to gain employment in the financial community or be ready for college classes. Students will learn about the types of business, how businesses are organized, how financial information is used, and how to start and manage a business. Project Based Learning is the academy’s primary method of teaching. Students will also have an opportunity to gain industry-approved certifications, earn college credit, secure internships, and be recognized for their performance. Suggested Course Sequence 9th Grade 10th Grade English 9P English 10P Algebra 1P Geometry P Biology 1P Chemistry P PE 9 World History Elective Business in a Global Economy World Language World Language 11th Grade English 11P Algebra 2P US History PE Recreation Business Fundamentals Elective/World Language 12th Grade English 12P Government/Economics PE Recreation Elective Ethics and Entrepreneurship Elective Career Opportunities include Various positions in Banking Stock Brokers Marketing Accounting Tax Consultants Business Administration Supply Chain Management Business Management Logistics and Transportation Business Partners/Other California State Maritime Academy Local Business Community 12

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The Law Academy -- JBHS The mission of the Law Academy at Jesse Bethel High School is to introduce and prepare students for professional career exploration in the diverse fields of law. Students will acquire an exploratory knowledge of law, courts, criminal law, civil law, law enforcement, advocacy and forensic science through a variety of projects, extended classroom experiences, internships and guest speakers. The fundamentals and principles learned by academy students will prepare Law Academy graduates for career and college exploration in the legal professions. Suggested Course Sequence 9th Grade 10th Grade English 9P English 10P Algebra 1P Geometry P Biology 1P Chemistry P PE 9 World History Elective Introduction to Law and Speech Communication World Language World Language 11th Grade English 11P Algebra 2P US History PE Recreation Investigating Law and Justice Elective/World Language 12th Grade English 12P Government/Economics Elective Elective Practical Law Elective x x x x x x x x x x x x x Attorney-at-law – Criminal and Civil - Judge Court Reporters, translators & secretaries Para-legal Lawmaker/Legislator International Law Specialist Criminal attorney Specialty Law Investigator and Law Program Specialist Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Forensic Scientist/CSI Litigation Support Specialist Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist Ombudsman/Advocate/Mediator/Arbitrator National Academy Foundation Vallejo Superior Court Alameda Superior Court Solano County Bar Association City of Vallejo Solano County District Attorney’s Office Solano County Public Defender’s Office Legal Services of California 13

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Multimedia Academy -- JBHS The Multimedia Academy is a multi-year program of study that develops skills and provides experiences in digital arts including graphic design, video production, photography and animation with an emphasis on career and college readiness. Multimedia Academy courses are officially aligned with UC/CSU “a-g” entrance requirements. Students also have opportunities to earn industry certification, college credit, internships, awards and other recognition through this program. Suggested Course Sequence 9th Grade 10th Grade English 9P English 10P Biology 1P Chemistry P Algebra 1P Elective PE 9 World Language Geometry P World History P Multimedia 1 World Language 11th Grade English 11P US History Algebra 2 Multimedia 2 PE Recreation Elective 12th Grade English 12P Economics/ Government Multimedia 3 Elective Elective Elective Career Opportunities Web and Television Animation Writer Graphic Design Web Design Video Production Game Design 3D Animation Photography Business and Education Partners Vallejo Community Access Television (VCAT) Photography by Jacobson Vallejo Symphony Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Solano Community College Expressions College Computers Corner Timeline Productions Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau 14

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