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Course Catalog

Encinal High School

Course Catalog 2014-2015

210 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA  94501  Telephone: (510)748-4023

GENERAL INFORMATION:  This catalog is a listing and description of courses offered at Encinal High School, a comprehensive public school.  Encinal serves students in grades six through twelve in the Alameda Unified School District.  Encinal is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is recognized as a California Distinguished School.  The college preparatory high school meets the requirements of all major universities and military academies in the United States.

 

 

Graduation Requirements

Graduation is based upon the accumulation of a minimum of 230 credits as well as the completion of all subject requirements.  The State of California requires the class of 2006 and beyond to pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) in order to receive a diploma.  With the exception of ROP classes, 5 credits are given for each semester successfully completed.

 

Students are required to meet the following additional requirements: 1) Attain a cumulative grade point average of not less than 1.75; 2) Complete twenty (20) hours of Community Service work during the 9th through 12th grades.

Alameda Unified School District   Graduation Requirements

1.  English - A student must earn forty (40) credits (four years) in courses offered by the English department under its regular sequential program of instruction.

2.  Social Science - A student must earn (30) credits (three years) of social science, including 10 credits in Modern World History, 10 credits in U.S. History, 5 credits in American Government and 5 credits in Economics.

3.   Mathematics - A student must earn twenty (20) credits (two years) in mathematics.  One year must meet the State academic content standard for Algebra I.  The math sequence consists of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.  This sequence is aligned with the state framework.

4.  Science - A student must earn twenty (20) credits (two years) in science, including 10 credits in physical science (physics or chemistry) and 10 credits in a life science (biology).  

5. World Language/Visual/Performing Arts/Career Technical Education - A student must earn ten (10) credits (one year) in each of two out of the three areas.

6. Physical Education - A student must earn twenty (20) credits (two years) in physical education or JROTC.  Freshmen are required to take PE or JROTC (Please see your counselor for P.E. waiver information for 10th-12th graders).

7.  Current Life Issues - A student must earn five (5) credits (one semester) in Current Life Issues (taken in the 9th or 10th grade year).

8.  Remaining Credits - are to come from elective courses.

College Admissions Requirements

A student may enroll in a community college to earn an A.A. or A.S. degree.  If one plans to transfer to a four-year college, it is recommended that a college preparatory program be taken in high school.

California State University System (CSU)

Students who desire to qualify for admission to a CSU campus as a freshman must complete all subject requirements listed below.  Additionally students must earn an acceptable grade point average and pass the college admissions tests with an acceptable score.  TOTAL:  15 UNITS   1 UNIT=1 YEAR

English:  4 years: college preparatory

Mathematics:  3 years: algebra, geometry and algebra 2

U.S. History, Modern World History or Government (1 Semester): 2 years:  college preparatory

Laboratory Science: 2 years:  college preparatory, 1 from a life science and 1 from a physical science.

World Language: 2 years:  in the same language, college preparatory or 1 year or more in an ELD course

Visual and Performing Arts:  1 year

Elective Courses:  1 year: Courses from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, world language, and visual or performing arts.

University Of California (UC)

In addition to the requirements below, students must earn an acceptable grade point average and complete the admissions tests with acceptable scores.  A student must have completed a minimum of fifteen units of high school work during grades nine through twelve.  A unit of work is equal to a one-year course; a one-semester course is equal to one-half unit.  Fifteen of the required units must be earned in college preparatory classes as specified below.  At least seven of the fifteen units must have been earned in courses taken in the last two years of high school.  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Specific “a-g” course requirements for admissions are:

 

a.   History/Social Science: 2 units; One year of U.S. History and one year of World History

b.     English:  4 units; Four years of college preparatory English composition and literature, only 1 unit/year of Sheltered English is accepted.

  1. Mathematics:  3 units; Three years of mathematics -

Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2

d.   Laboratory Science:  2 units; At least 3 years are highly recommended.  Biology, Physiology, or AP Biology all count as life sciences.  Chemistry, Physics, AP Chemistry or AP Environmental Science count as physical sciences.

e. Languages other than English: 3 units; Two years of the same language other than English which emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, and composition.

f. Visual and Performing Arts: 1 unit; One year of coursework in dance, drama/theater, music or visual arts. 

g. College Preparatory electives: 1 unit; One year of college preparatory electives will be required, chosen from the following areas: visual and performing arts, history social science, English, advanced mathematics, laboratory science, and languages other than English.

 

Note: Certain majors, such as engineering, pre-med, and science, require additional courses in mathematics and science.  The college preparatory courses (P) satisfying entrance requirements for the University of California and the California State University system are labeled (UC). 

 

COURSE DESIGNATORS-- P- At the request of the University of California State University systems, this designator is used to identify college preparatory classes (e.g., English 3P).  HP- Used to identify Honors classes (e.g., English 2 HP) and AP- Advanced Placement classes.

 

STUDENT CLASS STANDING--

Grade Level                                        Credits

Freshman (9th grade)                          0 -   55

Sophomore (10th grade)                  55 - 110

Junior (11th grade)                          110 - 170

Senior (12th grade)                         170 – 230

 

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

Each teacher will present a classroom management policy at the beginning of the semester that will explain the student homework requirement, the grading policy, and class rules.

 

All courses appearing in course catalog are contingent upon adequate course sign-ups.

ENGLISH

(Four years are required for graduation.)

 

ENGLISH 1/ SH

(UC/CSU)                                    Grade 9                                           10 credits

 

This course emphasizes the development of strong skills in thinking, reading, writing, speaking, researching, and good basic study habits.  Written work will include a journal plus other spontaneous writing and the following essay forms: Autobiographical and narrative response to literature, expository and persuasive writing.  Particular attention will be paid to the study of whole novel and plays, as well as looking at poetry and literary non-fiction.

 

HONORS ENGLISH 1

(UC/CSU)                                    Grade 9                       10 credits

Prerequisite:  Freshman standing, student selection, demonstrated proficiency in 8th grade English/Language Arts.

 

Honors English 1(P) is intended to challenge students with more independent reading and an emphasis on preparing students for honors and AP courses in the years ahead.  Particular attention will be paid to the study of whole novel and plays, as well as looking at poetry and literary non-fiction.  Students should see this course as the first step in an integrated pre-college program.

 

 

 ENGLISH 2 / SH        

(UC/CSU)                                  Grade 10                        10 credits

 

The course will emphasize the major literary themes and turning points in the modern era, as well as focus on the growing global interdependence of all peoples and cultures.  Students will read broadly in literary texts and consider issues from both Western and ethnically diverse World Traditions and also prepare for the High School Exit Exam.  Written work will include journal, spontaneous, research writing and the following essay forms: autobiographical and narrative response to literature, expository, persuasive and technical writing.

 

 

HONORS ENGLISH 2

 (UC/CSU)                                 Grade 10                         10 credits

Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing, student self selection, demonstrated proficiency in English 1 standards.

 

Honors English 2 (P) is a rigorous, expanded version of English 2 (P) for students who elect an in-depth exploration and an interpretive study of the great literary, dramatic, and artistic works, which parallel and reflect modern human experience.  The course will emphasize major literary themes and turning points of the modern era and will include student examination of literary pieces. Final course focus will consider the complex issues involved in the growing global interdependence of all peoples and cultures.  Students will read, write and discuss extensively and develop their analytical and interpretive skills.  Students should see Honors English 2 (HP) as a solid preparatory step toward advanced placement courses.

 

ENGLISH 3 / SH                     

(UC/CSU)                               Grade 11                           10 credits

 

English 3(P) introduces students to the great American writers, their works, and movements in literature.  Based on a group of core works and extended core works, the course encourages students toward a critical reading of, thinking and writing about individual works, styles of writers, periods of time in which writings are set and historical influences on writers and their characters.  The course emphasizes extensive reading and expanded writing forms--from journal writing to various essay forms:  Fictional narrative, responses to literature, reflective compositions, historical investigation, research, and resume writing; Autobiographical incident, reflection, evaluation, persuasion, research, compare and contrast, and interpretive analysis.

 

 

AP ENGLISH 3           

(UC/CSU)                                    Grade 11                      10 credits

Prerequisite:   Junior standing, student self selection, demonstrated proficiency in English 2 standards.

 

AP English 3 (HP) is a rigorous, expanded version of English 3 (P) for students who elect an accelerated historical survey of great American literature with a focus on how major American authors have interpreted and shaped American thought.  Students will read, write, and discuss extensively, explore and examine critical and creative connections in the reading, writing, and thinking processes.  Student will commit substantial time to advanced writing forms: character/theme/form analysis, textual research, literary interpretation.  Readings will include core and substantially extended works.  This course will include in class and out of class preparation for the Language and Composition Advanced Placement Examination.  Students should see AP English 3 (HP) as a solid preparatory step toward AP English 4 (HP).   Note: AP English 3 (HP) is fully integrated with AP U.S. History (AP).  Students are encouraged to enroll in both courses.  Students are encouraged to take the AP English Language Exam.  There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.

 

ENGLISH 4  / SH        

(UC/CSU)                                  Grade 12                        10 credits

 

English 4 is an advanced English course that exposes students broadly to great works of Literature.  Students study major pieces of literature from the Western tradition of Great Britain, Modern and Contemporary Society, as well as rich selections from ethnically diverse World Culture traditions.  Students will read broadly and critically analyze and synthesize ideas, issues, and themes that are common to great literature.  Having worked extensively on the more basic written forms in previous years, students will focus on critical thinking and writing, learn how to integrate or synthesize creative and analytical responses to the literary works studied.  Written essay forms, both in class and formal, will include: fictional narrative, responses to literature, reflective compositions, historical investigation, research, and resume writing. Special attention will be given to thinking, reading, writing and speaking skills needed in post high school settings: college, on the job, and/or for personal communication. 

 

 

AP ENGLISH 4           

 (UC/CSU)                     12th Grade         10 Credits

Prerequisite: A demonstrated proficiency in the English 3 standards as determined by a multi-measure placement matrix.

This is an advanced placement English literature and composition course in which students study works from several genres and periods. Students continue to develop their analytical skills through close reading of literature to arrive at an interpretation of multiple meanings and consideration of a work’s social and cultural values. Students write interpretive essays at home and under timed conditions, practice how to make careful observations and draw from these connections a series of inferences leading to an interpretive claim about the work’s meaning and values. This course is closely aligned to the curriculum and standards established by the College Board in preparation for success on the AP exam. Students are encouraged but not required to take the Advanced Placement Exam

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

BEGINNING ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

All Grades               10 credits

Prerequisite: ELD Testing and recommendation by the ELD Coordinator

Beginning ELD is a course offered concurrently with ELD Workshop.  It assists the beginning level student with English language acquisition based on meaningful communication in listening, speaking, reading, and writing with emphasis on oral skills.  NOTE:  This course does not give English credit toward graduation.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

                   All Grades              10 credits

Prerequisite:  ELD Testing and recommendation by the ELD Coordinator.

 

ELD Workshop is a course taken concurrently with Beginning ELD that is designated for students with minimal English language experience.  Students will begin to communicate basic social and survival needs.  NOTE:  This course does not give English credit toward graduation.

 

INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

All Grades               10 credits

Prerequisite:  ELD Testing and recommendation by ELD Coordinator.

 

Intermediate ELD students learning English will improve their fluency in both oral and written communication skills using interactive activities and introducing literature in English. 

ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (P)                   

(UC/CSU)                                                    All grades                10 credits

Prerequisite:  ELD Testing and recommendation of ELD Coordinator.

 

Advanced ELD provides advanced level students learning English the opportunity to achieve near-native fluency in social situations and academic discussions.  Emphasis will be placed on literacy interpretation and writing competency skills.  NOTE:  This course fulfills one year of the English graduation requirements and provides CSU credit.

 

MATHEMATICS

A minimum of two years of mathematics taken at the high school level are required for high school graduation.  The successful completion of an Algebra I course in middle school or at the high school level is required by the state of California for a high school diploma.  This requirement means they must pass Geometry, Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus to graduate from high school.

 

Students who successfully complete Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2 with a C or better will have met the course requirements for UC and CSU, however, four years of math are recommended.

ALGEBRA 1

(UC/CSU)                                    All Grades                    10 credits

Prerequisite: Placement into this class is determined by the student’s score on a district-wide multiple measure placement matrix.

 

This one-year course covers the California State Standards for Algebra I.  Topics include solving equations, graphing linear and quadratic functions, factoring, properties of exponents, rational equations, solving systems of  equations, and radicals.  This course is required for high school graduation.

 

GEOMETRY   

(UC/CSU)                                  All Grades                    10 credits

Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in Algebra 1.

 

This one-year course covers the California State Standards for Geometry.  Topics include congruency, similarity, area, volume, and trigonometry.

 

 

ALGEBRA 2

(UC/CSU)                      All Grades                    10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Algebra 1.

                   

This one-year course covers the California State Standards for Algebra 2.  Topics include complex rational expressions, probability, graphing conics and logarithmic, exponential, polynomial and rational functions.

 

MATH ANALYSIS

 (UC/CSU)                                   Grades 10-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Algebra 2 or similar course.

 

Math Analysis is a course based on the California State Standards. Topics include circular functions, trigonometric functions, proofs, vectors, complex numbers, matrices, infinite and finite series, limits, polynomial functions, set notation, and other related topics.  This course is a college prep course.

 

PRE-CALCULUS

(UC/CSU)                                    Grades 10-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Algebra 2 or similar course.

 

Pre-Calculus is a course based on the California State Standards for Trigonometry and Math Analysis.  Topics include circular functions, trigonometric functions, proofs, vectors, complex numbers, matrices, infinite and finite series, limits, polynomial functions, set notation, and other related topics.  This course is an honors course and moves more quickly through the curriculum.

 

 

AP CALCULUS                       

(UC/CSU)                           Grades 11-12        10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Pre-calculus or similar course.

 

AP Calculus (HP) is an honors course in mathematics consisting of differential and integral calculus.  The class is instructed primarily through lecture and discussion. This course is designed for students who plan to enroll in the UC/CSU or equivalent system and major in one of the following areas: biology, social science, business administration, engineering, physical sciences or medicine.

 

Note:  Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Calculus.  There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.

 

 

AP STATISTICS

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 11-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Algebra 2.

 

AP Statistics is designed to prepare students for the AP exam.  Ap Statistics is a non-calculus based introduction to statistics exposing students to four broad conceptual themes:  (1) exploring data and observing patterns; (2) planning a study; (3) anticipating patterns in advance, introducing probability and simulation; and (4) statistical inference, confirming models for explanation of patterns.  Students are actively engaged in doing statistics with appropriate technological tools (e.g., TI-83 or TI-83 plus graphing calculators and statistical software) throughout the course.  Projects are a significant portion of the course.   

Note:  Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Statistics.  There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.    

 

MATH LAB

                                                      All Grades                    10 credits

 

This elective course is for students who need additional assistance/support with Algebra 1. Students would take this course concurrently with Algebra 1.               

 

HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE

(Three years are required for graduation.)

 

MODERN WORLD HISTORY / SH

(UC/CSU)                                  Grade 10                     10 credits

 

Modern World History is a course that explores the major historical events that have shaped and continue to influence the modern world.  Using a broad variety of historical documents and works of art, the course will explore modern history from the late 16th century up through the emergence of the late 20th century world culture.  The course will emphasize the major historical themes and turning points in the modern era, as well as focus on the growing global interdependence of all peoples and cultures.  Students will read broadly in historical and literary texts and consider issues both from the Western and ethnically diverse world traditions. 

 

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY      

(UC/CSU)                        Grades 10-12                         10 credits

Prerequisite:  Sophomore standing, student self selection, reading at or above grade level is recommended.

 

Advanced Placement European History is a college level course based on the requirements of the College Board.  It traces the basic chronology, major trends, key figures and pivotal events in European history from approximately 1450 to the present, that is, from the high renaissance to the very recent past.  In addition, the course will study specific themes in-depth, asking students to inter relate them or trace their development over time:  these include aspects of cultural, diplomatic, economic, intellectual, political, and social history.  Students will analyze historical evidence, in particular, primary sources, and be able to express historical understanding in writing.

 

In practical terms, this course prepares students for the AP exam given in mid-May.  It will also fulfill the state and district requirements for the sophomore Modern World History course.  (Specific units will feature non-European nations, such as those on Imperialism, the World Wars, and the Cold War.  Following the exam, students will investigate various non-western countries in case studies.) Note:  Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Exam.  All students will earn “honors” credit, and by passing the AP exam, students may earn college credit as well.  There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.

 

U.S. HISTORY/ SH

 (UC/CSU)                                 Grade 11                                           10 credits

 

U.S. History surveys 20th century United States history and geography. Following a review of the nation’s beginnings,  students will examine major turning points in American history in the twentieth century.  During the year, the following themes are emphasized:  the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts; the continuing tension between minority rights and majority power; the impact of technology on American society; cultural change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movements towards equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. Students will examine American culture including religion, literature, art, drama, architecture, education, and the mass media.  Students will analyze historical evidence. 

 

AP U.S. HISTORY                   

(UC/CSU)                                  Grade 11                                           10 credits

Prerequisite:  Junior standing, student self selection, reading at or above grade level is recommended.

 

AP US History provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to discuss critical issues in U.S. History.  Students are expected to assess historical materials, determining their relevance, reliability and importance.  Evidence is weighed and interpreted with conclusions formed as a result of informed judgments.  Students will read, write and discuss extensively, further developing their analytical and interpretive skills with both historical sources and literary works.  Students will commit substantial time to advanced forms of writing: interpretive analysis, research paper, and persuasive essay.  This course will include in class and out of class preparation for the U.S. History Advanced Placement examination.  Note:  Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Exam.  All students will earn “honors” credit, and by passing the AP exam, students may earn college credit as well.  There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.

 

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT/ SH

(UC/CSU)                                  Grade 12                                           5 credits

 

This semester course analyzes the evolution, structure and operation of various levels of the United States political and economic system.  The Constitution is studied for its meaning and application in today’s world.  Emphasis will be placed upon critical reading, discussion, essay examinations, theme papers, and related study habits essential to university study.

 

 

AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS

(UC/CSU)                                    Grade 12                      5 credits

Prerequisite:  Senior standing, student self selection, reading at or above grade level is recommended. Demonstrated proficiency in U.S. History standards

 

This semester course presents to students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States.  Students study general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies.  Students cover the constitutional underpinnings of the American government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties and interest groups, political institutions and processes, and civil rights and civil liberties.  This course will include in class and out of class preparation for the US Government and Politics Advanced Placement ExaminationNote:  Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Exam.  All students will earn “honors” credit, and by passing the AP exam, students may earn college credit as well.   There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.

 

ECONOMICS/ SH

(UC/CSU)                                  Grade 12                                           5 credits

 

Students will deepen their understanding of economic problems and institutions of the nation and world in which they live.  They will learn how to make reasoned decisions on economic issues as citizens, workers, consumers, business owners and managers, and members of civic groups.  Economic theories and practices will be studied and case studies undertaken.  Teaching techniques will include using interactive group work, visuals, manipulatives and other content-enriching strategies.  Emphasis will be on critical reading, discussion, essay examinations, theme papers, and related study habits essential to university study.

 

 

SCIENCE

(Two years are required for graduation; a biological/life science (biology) and a physical science (physics or chemistry) must be taken.)

 

BIOLOGY / SH

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 10-12                 10 credits


Biology (P) is a college preparatory course that covers the study of living organisms including cells, genetics plants, animals, human beings, evolution and ecosystems.  Laboratory experiences are a major component of the class.

 

 

CHEMISTRY                          

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 9-12                    10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Algebra 1.

 

Chemistry covers the scientific method, laboratory safety, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds, chemical compositions, physical states of matter, ionization, acid-base reactions, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, and energy of reactions.  Principles will be taught in investigations, demonstrations, and computer simulations.

 

PHYSICS

(UC/CSU)                      Grade  9                  10 Credits

This is an introductory conceptual course for students seeking a basic knowledge in physics.  It covers mechanics, heat, waves, light, electricity, and magnetism.  Students will simulate physics situations and perform laboratory investigations.

AP CHEMISTRY                                 

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 11-12                10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Chemistry.

 

An intensive second year chemistry course for students seeking a special challenge and who plan to enter science related fields.  Note: All enrolled students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.   There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.

 

PHYSICS HONORS                             

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 11-12              10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Algebra 2 or similar class.

 

Physics is an intensive course for students seeking a special challenge, especially those intending to enter science related fields.  The course emphasizes mathematical problem solving and requires strong skills in algebra and geometry.  It covers mechanics, heat, waves, light, electricity, magnetism and modern physics including relativity and quantum physics.  Students will simulate physics situations and perform laboratory investigations. 

 

 

PHYSIOLOGY

(UC/CSU)                                    Grades 11-12             10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Biology.

 

Physiology covers both human physiology and anatomy in a lecture - laboratory approach and the structure and function of human anatomy.  Laboratory experiments will provide students with first-hand experiences using scientific instruments and materials.  Experiments, assignments, class lectures and discussions will provide students with experiences in understanding and applying scientific concepts related to physiology.

 

AP BIOLOGY             

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 11-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Biology and Chemistry Standards.

 

AP Biology HP is an extension of Biology.  The course is organized into three principle areas of concentration: (1) cell structure and function; (2) classification and characteristics of unicellular and multi-cellular organisms; and (3) organization, structure and function of the human body.

 

Laboratory activities, which demonstrate principles in the three areas of concentration, are an integral part of the course with emphasis on experimentation, dissection and studies with the microscope, collateral and reference reading; understanding of practical applications of biological principles.  Note:  Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Exam.  There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.

 

 

AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 11-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Biology and Chemistry Standards.

 

An interdisciplinary investigation of the natural and biological world and the interrelationships involved.  Students will identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man made, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and will examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.  Laboratory work will reinforce and extend the scientific concepts studied throughout the course.

Note:  Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Environmental Science.  There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.

 

 

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

 

(One course in visual and performing arts and one course in world languages are required.  Students may substitute a course in Career Technical Education for one of these required courses. (A full year of the same visual and performing arts class and two years of a world language (3 recommend) are required with a C or better for UC/CSU admittance).

 

ART 1 

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 9 -12                 10 credits

Students will learn to develop their observational abilities and rendering skills. Students will learn methods of describing objects in terms of line, value, shape, color and texture. Principles of light, space, composition and perspective using a variety of media and techniques will be explored.

 

ART 2                                     

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 9-12                  10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Art 1.

 

Students will continue to develop their observational abilities and rendering skills.  New materials and media are introduced while encouraging students to broaden their range of technical skills.  Students are required to develop and complete projects reflecting their own interests and individual styles.  Projects are presented in greater depth and complexity.

 

ART 3                                     

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 9-12                  10 credits

Prerequisite:   Demonstrated proficiency in Art 2.

 

Art 3 is designed for serious art students who are interested in developing and exploring their individual artistic strengths.  Focus includes, but is not limited to, advanced studies in drawing, watercolor, acrylics, mixed media, sculpture, architecture, new media and commercial art forms.

Art History, with emphasis on contemporary art, will also be covered.  Artistic careers, such as, animation, architecture, interior design and graphic arts will be explored, as well as, portfolio development and personal counseling for specific art college admission.  Homework, research and field trips are required.
 

AP 2-D STUDIO ART

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 11-12                  10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in previous course work or portfolio.

 

Advanced Placement Art Studio offers a course for students who wish to pursue college-level studies while they are still in high school.  Students will prepare a 2-D portfolio exploring different media such as: painting, printmaking and mixed media.  The AP Program in Studio Art is intended for the highly motivated student who is seriously interested in the study of art.    Students should be made aware that AP work involves significantly more time than the typical high school course and that the program is not for the casually interested.  It is recognized that students will need to work outside the classroom.  Note:  Students are encouraged to submit an Advanced Placement Studio Art Portfolio for evaluation.  There is a fee for this.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the submission.

 

 

3-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 1

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 9-12                   10 credits

 

This hands-on course is designed to provide students a foundation in sculptural techniques and theories.  Course projects will challenge students’ creativity by using various media such as wood, metal, paper mache, clay and plaster.  Various sculpture techniques and other interesting ways of working with materials are explored.  A textbook is used.

 

3-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN 2

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 10-12               10 credits

Prerequisite: 3-Dimensional Design 1

 

Students are challenged to work on advanced problems in sculpture or jewelry.  Students select an area of 3-dimensional art they wish to pursue.  A focus will be on the technical aspect of art as well as the aesthetic side of art.

 

CERAMICS 1

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 9-12                   10 credits

 

This hands-on course explores the elements of creating pottery and ceramic sculpture.  Students practice techniques demonstrated by the instructor such as clay modeling, carving, mold making, as well as traditional methods with coils, slabs and pinch pots.  Historical and contemporary ceramics, course projects, and group and individual critiques will broaden students’ awareness of clay as an expressive medium and encourage students to explore their creative resources.

 

 

CERAMICS 2

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 10-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Ceramics 1

 

This hands-on course is for the student that enjoys the ceramic process.  Ceramic sculpture will be emphasized and students will work on advanced potter’s wheel techniques.  Students will focus on the technical aspects of glazing and glaze information.

 

DRAMA 1                    

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 9-12                  10 credits

 

Drama 1 is a basic course in acting and drama fundamentals.  Students enrolled in the course must attend class on a daily basis and participate in all classroom exercises and performance projects.  Students will read dramatic literature from a variety of genres.  Students should be prepared to give oral readings and memorize scenes for in-class performances.  Students will study theatre history, as well as play structure and basic acting techniques.  Written classroom assignments and homework are mandatory for success.

 

DRAMA 2        

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 9-12                  10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency of Drama 1 skills.

 

Students in this course will prepare one full-length play for children each semester.  Students will develop skills in singing and dancing and character development.  Students will give performances for the community and may travel to surrounding elementary schools to give performances.  Students will also perform monologues, perform scenes from plays, study theatre games and improvisations.  Students will have after school rehearsals and homework.  Students will write papers on characterization.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

DRAMA 3

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 10-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency of Drama 2 skills.

 

Drama 3 (P) is for students who have successfully completed a year in Drama 2(P).  Students will perform in a variety of scenes, monologues, and improvisational activities designed to further enhance work done in Drama 2(P).  Students will also write scenes, one-act plays and theatre reviews.

 

BEGINNING BAND

(UC/CSU)                      All Grades          10 Credits

 

Beginning Band is a course for students who wish to become more proficient on a chosen instrument by studying and performing a variety of musical styles. Standard concert band repertoire, classical, musical theater and jazz material are offered. Performances at athletic events, concerts and other scheduled events are required for successful course completion. This course may be repeated for credit.

 

ORCHESTRA  

(UC/CSU)                      All Grades          10 Credits

Prerequisite: A demonstrated proficiency in musical skills standards with String Instruments.

 

Orchestra is a class in which students build on the basic musical skills for String Instruments. Prior musical experience and/or instructor approval is required.

 

ADVANCED BAND

(UC/CSU)                                  All Grades                    10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated instrumental proficiency.

 

Advanced/Concert Band is designed for the student who wishes to continue the study of instrumental skills on their own instrument.  A production format will highlight both the marching and concert sessions.  Students will be trained in marching techniques and advanced concert music.  As part of the course, students will be expected to participate in football games, band reviews, school concerts, traveling performances and extra rehearsals.  A high commitment to oneself and the band will ensure polished performances and maximum fun for the student.  This course can be repeated for credit.  Daily practice is encouraged.

 

JAZZ ENSEMBLE        

(UC/CSU)                                  All Grades                    10 credits

Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in Advanced Band for all wind instrument players, or demonstrated proficiency.

 

This course will meet outside of the six period day to avoid conflicts with other courses.  This course will include music theory, improvisation and the performing of a variety of jazz styles.  Concert performances are required.  This course can be repeated for credit.  Daily practice is encouraged.

 

FLAG TEAM - COLOR GUARD

All Grades               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Approval of instructor.   NOTE:  This course does not meet Visual and Performing Arts requirement for graduation.

 

Students learn to perform drills with the marching band.  Students will participate in choreographed routines to accent the band music at football games, homecoming events and winter guard festivals.  Performances are required for successful completion of the class.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

CHOIR

(UC/CSU)                                  All Grades                    10 credits

 

Choir will provide an exciting and interesting way for students to learn proper singing techniques, stage presence, and music theory through practice, performance, lectures, and demonstrations.  This course will allow students to analyze and perform music from early to modern periods and from the varied cultures of the world.  This course may be repeated for credit.

WORLD LANGUAGE

French and Spanish language classes at Encinal High School satisfy the University of California entrance requirements.  All classes are academic in orientation.  Because each year of world language builds on the learning of the previous year, all continuing students are expected to make grades of C or better. 

All world language courses share the following objectives:  to develop the language skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.  Through instruction and the use of learning materials provided, students will develop an awareness and appreciation for the culture of the country whose language (s)he is studying. 

 

NOTE: Three years of one world language are required to exit from the College of Letters and Science of the University of California.  Therefore, it is recommended that the University bound student complete at least three years of one world language in high school.

 

SPANISH 1      

(UC/CSU)                                  All Grades                    10 credits

 

In Spanish 1 (P) students will learn the basic communication skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing.  Emphasis will be given to the development of oral skills and pronunciation.  There will also be an introduction to the cultures of Spain, Latin America and the Southwestern United States.

 

SPANISH 2                  

(UC/CSU)                                  All Grades                    10 credits

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 1 or demonstrated proficiency.

 

Spanish 2 (P) further develops the basic communication skills of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing.  Cultures of Spanish-speaking areas around the world will be reviewed.

 

SPANISH 3                  

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 10-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 2 or demonstrated proficiency.

 

Spanish 3 (P) continues studies in reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Students will develop expanded oral and written vocabularies.  Emphasis is placed on communicating one’s ideas and needs.  Cultural topics are investigated through drama and literature.  Reading is expanded to include short stories and plays.

 

HONORS SPANISH 4              

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 11-12                10 credits

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 3 or demonstrated proficiency.

 

The Spanish 4 (HP) courses are comprehensive studies of the Spanish language with emphasis on acquiring skill in expressing thoughts and ideas in both oral and written forms.  Spanish plays and short stories will be read and discussed.  The class will also place emphasis on literature and advanced composition. 

 

Students will learn to write dramatizations, essays, and become fluent in conversational Spanish. 

 

AP SPANISH 5                        

(UC/CSU)                                  Grade 12                                           10 credits

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Spanish 4 or demonstrated proficiency.

 

The AP Spanish 5 course is a comprehensive study of the Spanish language with emphasis on acquiring skill in expressing thoughts and ideas in both oral and written forms.  Spanish plays and short stories will be read and discussed.  The class will also place emphasis on literature and advanced composition.  

 

Students will learn to write dramatizations, essays, and become fluent in conversational Spanish.  Note: Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement Exam.   There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.

 

FRENCH 1                  

(UC/CSU)                                  All Grades                    10 credits

 

Students will be introduced to basic communication skills in speaking, reading and writing.  Emphasis is given to the development of listening comprehension and speaking, as well as exploring various aspects of French and French-speaking cultures.

 

FRENCH 2

(UC/CSU)                                  All Grades                    10 credits

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 1 or demonstrated proficiency.

 

French 2 (P) is a continuation of elementary French with an emphasis on increasing oral communication skills.  Learning new vocabulary and speech patterns will enable students to express their own ideas in a way that will successfully communicate their wants and needs to a native speaker.  Further study of the French and French-speaking cultures is included.

 

FRENCH 3                  

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 10-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 2 or demonstrated proficiency.

 

French 3 (P) is a continuation of studies in writing, reading, listening, and speaking.  Students will develop expanded vocabularies.  Emphasis is placed on communication of one’s ideas and needs.  Students begin a study of French literature through poetry, short stories and short novel.

 

HONORS FRENCH 4   

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 11-12                                   10 credits

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 3 or demonstrated proficiency.

 

The purpose of this course is to continue students on their way towards mastery in French, and to interest students in pursuing higher-level studies.  More complicated communication skills will be learned, and reading and writing skills will be emphasized more than in the first three years.  Literature will

serve as the foundation for the course, interspersed with small units reviewing grammar, conversation skills, and other cultural studies.  Students will be expected to speak in French the entire time in class.  As this is an honors class, expectations will be high, and much work will be done independently. 

 

 

AP FRENCH 5 

(UC/CSU)                                  Grade 12                                            10 credits

Prerequisite: Successful completion of French 4 or demonstrated proficiency.

 

The purpose of this course is to continue students on their way towards mastery in French, and to prepare students for the AP exam in French Language.  More complicated communication skills will be learned, and reading and writing skills will be emphasized more so, than in the first three years.  Literature in French will serve as the foundation for the course, with students reading both abridged and unabridged novels from classical literature to literature of the twentieth century, as well as poetry and plays.  Students will be expected to speak in French the entire time in class.  Students will be expected to speak to each other only in French, even when working independently.  As this is an honors class, expectations will be high, and much work will be done independently.   Note: Students will be encouraged to take the advanced placement exam.  There is a fee for this exam.  *Some funding may be available to eligible students to minimize the cost of the exam.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION / JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Course)

 

 (Two years are required for graduation, one of which must be taken in 9th grade.  Some 10-12th graders may be exempt from the second year of P.E., but must see their counselor to ensure they meet the qualifications.)

Students are required to satisfactorily complete four semesters of physical education, including two semesters in the freshman year.  Students may purchase PE shorts, reversible shirt and sweats from the DECA store on campus.  Appropriate socks, shoes and undergarments must be worn with their uniform.  For reasons of safety, participation is not allowed without a proper uniform.  Sweat clothes are optional and may be worn over the required uniform.  All physical education courses are co-educational.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1/2 (9th Grade)

Grade 9                     10 credits

 

This course is designed to provide large group instruction in team sports and some individual exercises.  The 9th grade PE program covers a variety of basic sport-related skills.  These skills include aerobics, individual sports, fitness work, recreational activities and team sports.  Cooperation, cultural awareness, sportsmanship, respect for self, others and equipment, problem solving and team work will be emphasized throughout the class year.  In addition, every student will be expected to improve upon his/her physical fitness level by way of a daily run and active participation in all activities.  A district-wide fitness test will be administered to all students during the spring quarter.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Grades 10-12            10 credits

 

This course is mandatory to meet graduation requirements.  It is also mandatory for all students who have not passed PE 1/2.  For students who have met their graduation requirements, this course is optional.  Each activity will still emphasize socially appropriate behavior, skill development, team play, lifetime sports, physical fitness and understanding of the need for lifetime fitness.  In addition, there will be a daily cardiovascular development run.

 

 

 

JROTC (JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING COURSE)                      

 

All Grades                       10 credits

Prerequisite:  None.  Enrollment beyond first year is subject to JROTC instructor approval.  Can be taken by both men and women instead of PE and receive PE credit.

 

No monetary expense is incurred by the student for uniforms, books, and materials, and the student does not incur any type of military obligation.  If the student successfully completes two or more years of JROTC then cadets qualify for the following grade status upon enlistment in a regular or reserve component of the Armed Forces (including the State National Guard):

  • The Grade of private (E-2), if student has successfully completed the first two years of a prescribed JROTC and,
  • Entitled to placement credit in Senior ROTC in college (one year) if first years are completed.
  • The grade of Private First Class (E-3) if student has successfully completed three or more years of prescribed JROTC  course and,
  • Entitled to placement credit in Senior ROTC in college (two years) if three or more years are completed.

 

This assumes successful completion and graduation from high school.  The main objective of the course is to “motivate young people to be better citizens.”  This is done by increasing student self-confidence through better study habits, and working with and leading fellow cadets.  Some of the instruction includes first aid, map reading, rifle marksmanship, leadership, communications (oral and written), and drill and ceremonies.  Students may try out for the Drill or Rifle Teams and may earn a “Block E” varsity sports letter. Students may volunteer to participate in various school and community service.  The Army JROTC program now offers 8 different levels of training through the program.  It is possible, with approval from the Senior Army Instructor to take JROTC after the first four years have been completed. The cadet would receive additional experience in line and staff functions at the senior levels of the JROTC program. The cadet will be mirroring those jobs that he/she would perform in the military or civilian sector.

 

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

 

CURRENT LIFE ISSUES (Required)

                                                      Grades 9-12                5 credits

 

Current Life Issues is a graduation requirement in the Alameda Unified School District.  The goal of the course is to present factual information to assist students in responsible decision-making.  Units covered:  Goal Setting/Decision Making Skills, Drug Prevention Education, Health (AIDS Education), Family Life, and Career Education.  The course meets the state framework in Health Education.  (Parent permission is required by California state law for sex and drug education).

 

CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY (Required)

                                                      Grade 9                     5 credits

 

This freshmen course teaches students how geography and culture have shaped and continue to shape, out lives. Emphasis will be placed on the main themes of geography and on those factors that develop cultures: geography, art, religion, music, family patterns, ethnicity, race and technology. An emphasis will also be placed upon developing writing in the social science area.

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

                                    Grades 9-12        10 credits

Prerequisite:  Application, interview process and teacher approval.

 

Student Government assists the student government officers serving the student body and the school.  Subjects such as how to plan and conduct meetings, budgetary procedures, election procedures, fund raising and working within the community are covered.  Those enrolled in the class will work towards the following goals:  to improve and enhance the quality of student government, to foster better relationships throughout the community, and to open and maintain constructive channels of communication.  The course is required of all elected student body officers.  Approximately 10 hours a quarter is required of students outside the student day.

 

YEARBOOK

*This elective course does not earn English credit toward graduation.

Grades 10-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Teacher approval.

 

Yearbook is a course in which students publish the Horizon, the school yearbook at Encinal High School.  Students interested in photography, graphics, journalism, advertising, sales and public relations may gain experience in this class.

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING

*This elective course does not earn English credit toward graduation.

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 9-12                  10 credits

Public Speaking is a class that introduces students to the art and craft of oral communication.  While we send emails and text messages, the ability to express ourselves through speech is central to our personal and professional lives.  Through a series of speaking activities we will study and practice formal and informal oration, both individually and in small groups of students will write, rehearse and perform speeches and share observations and suggestions.

 

INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

(UC/CSU)                       Grade 11-12                 10 Credits

 

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. When applied to humans, psychology covers everything that people think, feel, and do. Through a study of relevant readings, writings, projects and hands-on experiences, students will learn procedures that will help them gain an understanding of their own behavior.

 

 

MARINE BIOLOGY

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 11-12               10 credits

Prerequisite:  Demonstrated proficiency in Biology.

 

Marine Biology will introduce both the physical and biological aspects to the academic study of the San Francisco Bay.  A great deal of work will be done analyzing and monitoring the Bay, as well as field investigation and recording.  Students will understand the aquatic environment in relation to balanced ecosystems.

CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 

Career Technical Education classes provide all high school students with “lifelong” skills which explore student interest, develop skills for further use in college or at home, and may lead to employment. 

 

MARKETING EDUCATION 1

                                    Grades 9-12                               10 credits

 

Marketing I is a course designed to emphasize the skills needed in sales and service occupations.  Instruction includes mathematics, human relations, communication skills, product and service technology, economics, merchandising, advertising as well as selling and marketing concepts.  Students gain experience through working in the student store and through project oriented activities.  Students may participate in community classroom and/or cooperative vocational education training experience related to the marketing curriculum and competencies.

*Must be 16 years old by the first day of class.

 

ECONOMICS OF BUSINESS OWNERSHIP (aka Marketing 2)

                  Grades 10-12                            10 credits

 

Prerequisite:  Marketing Education 1 or an equivalent course.

 

Economics of Business Ownership addresses the needs of students who plan to pursue business and marketing related interests following graduation.  This course will enable students to understand fundamental economic and business ownership concepts and terms, microeconomics and macroeconomics and their relationship to business.  The following key elements involved in owning and operating a business will be addressed: the implementation of marketing and business plans, economic systems, international relations and the global economy, the measurement of economic performance, management of human resources, and methods and growth in U.S. Economy.

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

                                    Grades 11-12      10 credits

The primary objective of the CTE/DECA

Entrepreneurship program is to prepare students with the necessary knowledge needed in order to develop their own business, becoming more self-efficient in any aspect of career path that is chosen.  Developing ideas and making those own is a key component in the areas becoming more independent and creative individual.

 

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

                                                      Grades 9-12                  5 credits

 

The learner of today prepares for the workforce of tomorrow. Technology skills are the start of necessary skills for our students’ futures. Students will explore learning on the web through developing the following skills in this 12-week semester course. Literacy: School Loop, Online Organization of information, Website Evaluation. Safety: CyberBullying, AUSD Acceptable Use Policy. Learning Strategies: iGoogle, GoogleDocs, Web2.0 tools, Assistive tools, podcasting and more. Etiquette:  The goal of Digital Citizenship is to teach and assess basic computer concepts and skills so that student can develop a fundamental understanding of computers.  From developing necessary keyboarding skills to using the Internet to communicate in a variety of settings, the digital literacy course will support students in developing the essential digital competence needed for their current educational experience, college, career and beyond. Appropriate conduct online.

2-D DIGITAL ANIMATION

                                    Grades 11-12      10 credits

This one-year course introduces the concepts, design, art and methods of animation.  In this course, students will gain first-hand experience in the exciting world of 2D and 3D animation.  Students will create animation shorts using 2D and 3D techniques.  Focus is on project based learning, students will work as teams to produce content for PSA’s and other projects for non-profit organizations as well as having the opportunity to work on individual projects.  At the closing of the year students will produce a final portfolio to use for application to college.

 

VIDEO GAME DESIGN 1

                                          Grades 112              10 credits

 

In this year long course, students will design their own levels for a video game. Students will learn basic programming needed to create a video game level and create assets for their game level.  In this foundation course, students build both 2D and 3D games using industry standard applications such as the Unity Game Engine and work in teams to create a final product.

 

MULTI MEDIA ART

(UC/CSU)                      Grades 8-12                   10 credits

Students will be introduced to the field of digital imagery and photography.  Students will develop basic image principles of design to compose and manipulate and image using digital methods.  Students will develop basic image manipulation skills in a raster (e.g. Photoshop) and vector (e.g. Illustrator) based computer environment.  Emphasis is placed on mastering the fundamentals of scanning, color management, photo retouching, HDR imaging, special effects, and digital vector illustration.

 

MULTIMEDIA 1

(UC/CSU)                                  Grades 9-12        10 credits

Students will acquire knowledge and skills in graphic development and manipulation, basic video and desktop multimedia production, project planning, beginning web design, animation, interactive authority and critical analysis of student and profession multimedia work.  Students will learn to create multimedia stories, messages and imagery using (and combining) film, text, visual effects, graphics, animation, special effects, and sound.

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE

(UC/CSU)                      Grades 9-12        10 credits

Prerequisite: Algebra 1

Exploring Computer Science is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field o f computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics.  Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems.  This is a yearlong course consisting of 6 units, approximately 6 weeks each.  Assignments and instructions are contextualized to be socially relevant and meaningful for diverse students.

 

AP COMPUTER SCIENCE

(UC/CSU)                      Grades 10-12         10 credits

Prerequisite: Algebra 1- recommended Exploring Computer Science

Computing has changed the world in profound ways.  It has opened up wonderful new ways for people to connect design, research, play, create, and express themselves.  However, just using a computer is only a small part of the picture.  The real transformative and empowering experience comes when one learns how to program the computer, to translate ideas into code.

Students will focus on some of the “Big Ideas” of computing, such as abstraction, design, recursion, concurrency, simulations, and the limits of computation.  Students will study applications of computing that have changed the world, talk about the history of computing, and where it will go in the future.  Throughout the course, relevance is emphasized: relevance to the student and to society.

 

 

 

 

 

2013-14 Course Catalog

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