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CAREER EDUCATION COURSES

 

7167 CAREER TECH

Grade 9                  Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: None                              Max credit: 5

This classroom-based, guidance experience teaches students a decision making process that will help them envision and plan for a future that is productive, achievable, and stimulating.  The culmination of this process is the development of a 10-year career and educational plan that will create a pathway for the student to reach their career and academic goals.

 

5928/6027 Computer Applications 1/Computer Applications 2

Grades 9-12          Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite:  None                          Max credit:  5 per semester

A two-semester course designed to introduced students to basic computer terms and concepts and provides hands experience for learning word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, integrated applications, desktop publishing, internet, and presentation programs.  Students will use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

 

6028/6123 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3/Computer Applications 4

Grades 9-12          Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Completion of Keyboarding with a “C” or better or teacher permission.                                                                                                            Max credit:  5 per semester

A two-semester course. This course introduces students to the personal computer, basic computer terms and concepts, and provides hands-on experience for learning Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint, along with basic Internet use. These students will also be introduced to Photoshop and work on the Liberty High School website.

 

GRAPHI ARTS

Grades 9-12                 Credits: 5 per semester                 Prerequisite:   none             Max credit: 10

One year elective course.  This course is designed to develop the fundamental principles of graphic arts by connecting it with desktop publishing.  Emphasis in the course includes the development of visual knowledge, creative expression and the ability to appraise and recognize quality graphic arts’s media.  Major study areas include perspective drawing, desktop publishing, computer typesetting, logo design and creation, layout technique, pictorial drawing and computer basics.  Students will use design principles and application knowledge to create unique projects that progressively develop their skills. 

 

4871/5071 VIDEO 1/VIDEO 2

Grades 9-12          Credits: 5 per semester                     Prerequisite:  None                        Max credit:  10

A two-semester course designed to expose student to video technology, including basic terminology, camera work, scripting, storyboarding, and editing for a professional=looking, artistic, final product.  Students will learn the varying techniques used to produce video documentaries, commercials, music videos, broadcast news, and “sit-coms”, as well as the Liberty High School Video Yearbook. Students will learn to use a video editor and effects generator to achieve professional and aesthetical quality videotapes.  This course satisfies the district Fine Arts graduation requirement.

 

5271/5471VIDEO 3/VIDEO 4

Grades 11-12           Credits:  5 per semester                   Prerequisite: Completion of Video 1/2 with a “C” or better

Max credit:  10

A two – semester course designed to for the student to continue on in video production who would like more exposure to video technology, including terminology, camera work, scripting, storyboarding, and editing for a professional looking artistic final product.  Students will refine the varying techniques used to produce video documentaries, commercials, music videos, etc.  This course satisfies the district Fine Arts.

 

 

 

ENGINEERING AND DESIGN COURSES

 

6772 INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN (PLTW)

Grade 9                  Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Application/Recommendation 

Max credit: 10

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects.  They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

 

PRINCIPLES OF ENGINEERING (PLTW)

Grades 10-12        Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Application/Recommendation

Max credit: 10

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation.  Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation. 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (PLTW)

Grades 11-12        Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Application/Recommendation

Max Credit: 10

In ES, students investigate and design solutions in response to real-world challenges related to clean and abundant drinking water, food supply issues, and renewable energy.  Applying their knowledge through hands-on activities and simulations, students research and design potential solutions to these true-to-life challenges

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES (PLTW)

Grades 11-12        Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Application/Recommendation

Max Credit: 10

Using Python as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creative and collaboration.  The course curriculum is a College Board-approved implementation of AP CS Principles. 

 

 

ENGLISH COURSES

 

ENGLISH  ELD 1,  2, 3 and 4P

ELD 1 Max credit:  40                                                        ELD 2 Max credit:  20

ELD 3 Max credit:  10                                                        ELD 4 Max credit:  10

Grades 9-12          Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Student eligibility determined by District.

This year-long course meets English graduation requirements.  English ELD courses are designed to help students who primarily speak a language or languages other than English.  These courses focus on helping students read, write, and increase their comprehension of English. Students enrolled have limited English language proficiency. Placement is based upon standardized test scores and teacher recommendation.  May be repeated for credit.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

  

0377 ACCESS

Grade 9                  Credits: 5 per semester                                      Prerequisite: Eight grade teacher recommendation.

Max credit: 10

This year long course is designed for the student struggling with reading to learn.  This reading skills-oriented course is specially designed to emphasize the reading and writing skills necessary for students to access grade-level text in all courses.

 

0003 ENGLISH 9 GENERAL

Grade 9                  Credits: 5 per semester                                      Prerequisite: Eighth grade teacher recommendation.

Max credit:  10

This year-long course meets freshman English graduation requirements. This course includes instruction in reading, comprehension, non-fiction, literature, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, writing, speaking, and listening.  Particular emphasis focuses on helping students prepare for and pass the California High School Exit Exam and meet district graduation requirements.  Students are exposed to technology needed for academic success.

 

0004 ENGLISH 9P

Grade 9                  Credits: 5 per semester                                      Prerequisite: Eighth grade teacher recommendation.

Max credit:  10

This is a year-long course that meets the freshman English graduation requirements and the University of California A-G requirements.  The course includes instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, while teaching the analytical skills needed for those who plan to attend college.  Students learn writing as a process, focusing on fluency, organization, and the use of correct, standardized English.  Students read a variety of genre-based literature, non-fiction, develop vocabulary through the study of roots and will be exposed to essential technology needed for academic success.  UC English requirement.

0005 ENGLISH 9 GP

Grade 9                  Credits: 5 per semester                                  Prerequisite: Student eligibility determined by District.

Max credit:  10

This is a year-long course that meets the freshman English graduation requirements and the University of California A-G requirements.  The core elements of the English 9P curriculum, enriched by materials designed for the needs of the talented student, includes an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates literature, non-fiction, music, and art into the curriculum.  Individual exploration of student academic interests is provided.  Students are exposed to technology needed for academic success.  UC English requirement.

 

0203 ENGLISH 10 GENERAL

Grade 10               Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite:  Counselor recommendation     Max credit:  10

This year-long course meets the sophomore English graduation requirement.  The course focuses on improving literacy, reading comprehension levels, and written communication through the study of fiction and non-fiction.  Students will gain experience in interpersonal communication, study skills, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and the use of technology.  Emphasis is placed on the continued development of writing skills, including skills necessary to pass the California High School Exit Exam.

 

0204 ENGLISH 10P

Grade 10               Credits: 5 per semester                                        Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 9P

Max credit:  10

This year-long course meets sophomore English graduation requirements and University of California A-G entrance requirements. This one-year college preparatory course engages students in reading, oral language development, basic technology, and critical thinking activities.  Students learn written expression including autobiographical, persuasive, and cause/effect essays.  Students continue to read a wide variety of literature and non-fiction, and develop vocabulary through the study of roots.  UC English requirement.

 

0205 ENGLISH 10 GP

Grade 10               Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Student eligibility determined by District criteria, or the satisfactory completion of English 9 GP.                                                                                                          Max credit:  10

This year-long course meets sophomore English graduation requirements and University of California A-G entrance requirements.  This one-year college preparatory course contains the core elements of the English 10P curriculum enriched by materials designed for the needs of the talented student.  Enrichment includes exposure to an interdisciplinary approach using activities such as creative projects, oral presentations, research, in-depth analysis of literature and non-fiction, and classroom discussions.  UC English requirement.

 

0403 ENGLISH 11 GENERAL

Grade 11               Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite:  Counselor recommendation     Max credit:  10

This year-long course meets the junior English graduation requirement. The course focuses on continued improvement of literacy, reading comprehension, and written communication through the study of fiction and non-fiction. Students gain experience in interpersonal communication, study skills, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and the use of technology.  Emphasis is placed on the continued development of skills necessary to pass the California High School Exit Exam, as well as the development of skills essential to entering the workforce.

 

0404 ENGLISH 11P

Grade 11               Credits: 5 per semester                                       Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English 10P

Max credit:  10

This course meets junior English requirements and the University of California A-G requirements. The course requires students to read and to write critically on literary works and non-fiction drawn primarily from the tradition of the United States.  Students read, discuss, analyze, and write using a variety of strategies, with special emphasis on the cultivation of sophisticated expository and reflective responses to literature.  Oral communication is developed through in-class presentations.  UC English requirement.

 

0407 ENGLISH 11AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION)

Grade 11               Credits: 5 per semester                                 Prerequisite:  Approval of the Liberty High Honors/AP committee and successful completion of English 10P or 10GP                                                                               Max credit:  10

This one-year course meets the junior English graduation requirements and the University of California A-G requirements.  More challenging than English 11P in the quantity and sophistication of its demands, English AP covers much of the same material in an accelerated and rigorous program with a heavy emphasis on analytical, argumentative, and persuasive writing in response to non-fiction models.  Students are required to read from an approved reading list during the course of the year and will complete one research project over the year.  Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam in May.  UC English requirement.

 

0603 ENGLISH 12 GENERAL

Grade 11               Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite:  Counselor recommendation       Max credit:  10

This year-long course meets the requirement for the fourth year of English. The course focuses on continued improvement of literacy, reading comprehension, and writing skills necessary to pass the California High School Exit Exam.  Students gain experience in interpersonal communication, study skills, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and the use of technology, while studying British and world literature and a variety of non-fiction.  Basic skills essential to achieving success upon entering the workforce will be emphasized.

 

0609 EXPOSITORY READING AND WRITING COURSE (ERWC CP)

Grade 12               Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite:  Counselor recommendation     Max credit:  10

This one-year course fulfills the fourth year of English and the University of California A-G requirements.  The goal of ERWC is to prepare college-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education.  This yearlong, rhetoric-based course develops advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.  Written assessments and holistic scoring guides conclude each unit.  This course will also focus on essential, analytical, grammatically correct writing skills enabling the student to pass placement exams and begin collegiate English in non-remedial, freshman level courses.  UC English requirement.

 

0710 ENGLISH COMPOSITION/WOMEN IN LITERATURE

Grade:  12             Credits:    5 per  Semester     Prerequisite:  Counselor Recommendation                                 Max Credit:   10

Two semester course fulfills the English requirement for the Kern High School District as well as the requirements for the UC and CSU systems.  In this course, in the first semester students will develop their writing skills in all modes of discourse, with an emphasis on literary critical analysis and argumentation.  The course is intended to provide college-bound students with advanced composition skills requisite to meet collegiate writing expectations.  In the second semester, students will analyze literature of the British Isles and Empire, focusing on the development of women’s literature within the context of significant literary movements from the Romantic period to the present.  This course is intended to prepare the serious student of literature for the rigors of a collegiate literature course.

 

0607 ENGLISH 12AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION)

Grade 12               Credits: 5 per semester                                   Prerequisite: Approval of the Liberty High Honors/AP committee and successful completion of English 11AP or 11P.                                                                             Max credit:  10

This one-year course meets the senior English graduation requirements and the University of California A-G requirements.  More challenging than English 12P in the quantity and sophistication of its demands, English 12 AP covers much of the same material in an accelerated and rigorous program with a heavy emphasis on careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature.  Writing for the course will focus upon expository, analytical, and argumentative models.  Students are required to read from an approved reading list during the course of the year, and will complete one research project over the year.  Students will be expected to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.  UC English requirement.

 

ENGLISH LITERACY I

 

Grades: 9-12               Credits:  5 credits per semester              Prerequisite: None                     Max credit:  10

English/Literacy 1 is a two-semester course designed to increase students’ proficiency in all strands of literacy in English, including reading, writing, thinking, speaking and listening.  The curriculum is explicitly taught in a concrete, sequential manner-to mastery.  This course stresses oral and written English language conventions including idioms, grammar conventions and vocabulary development, with some computer literacy skills.

 

 

MATHEMATICS COURSES

 

2327 FOUNDATIONS 2-9

Grades 9                                Credits: 5 per semester                                      Prerequisite: None

Max Credit: 10

Basic course content includes a remediation of basic skills to include that of decimals, fractions, integers, order of operation, exponents, area and perimeter, percents, data analysis, evaluation of algebraic expressions and simple algebraic equations.  Upon successful completion, students will be adequately prepared to advance to Algebra 1P

 

2007 ALGEBRA 1P

Grades: 9               Credits:  5 per semester.                          Prerequisite:  Eighth grade teacher recommendation (1P).

Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements.  A one-year course.  May not be entered at the semester and may not be repeated for credit. This college-prep mathematics course is the first of three required for admission to the University of California system, the California State University system, and most other four-year institutions.  Symbolic reasoning and calculations with symbols are central in algebra.  Through the study of algebra, a student develops an understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics and the sciences.  In addition, algebraic skills and concepts are developed and used in wide variety of problem-solving situations.  Algebra 1P is for 9th grade students only.  (Meets Algebra 1 graduation requirement.)  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

2229 ALGEBRA 10-12 P

Grades:  10-12     Credits: 5 per semester                 Prerequisite:  Completion of Foundations 2 with a “D” or better.

Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements.  A one-year course.  May not be entered at the semester or may not be repeated for credit.  This college-prep math course is the Algebra 1 course for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.  Symbolic reasoning and calculations with symbols are central in algebra.  Through the study of algebra, a student

develops an understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics and the sciences.  In addition, algebraic skills and concepts are developed and used in a wide variety of problem-solving situations.  (Meets Algebra 1 graduation requirement.)

 

2211 GEOMETRY P

Grades: 9-12      Credits: 5 per semester                                   Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra with “C” or better.

Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements. A one-year course. May not be entered at the second semester and may not be repeated for credit. This course is the second of three required for admission to the University of California system, the California State College and University system, and many other four-year institutions. Geometry P develops the concepts of the point, line, and plane, and includes the study of triangles, polygons, and circles. Other topics include parallel lines, similarity, coordinate geometry, and finding the area and volume of three-dimensional geometric figures.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

2212 GEOMETRY GP

Grades: 9-10      Credits: 5 per semester                              Prerequisite: Meeting of District GATE eligibility and completion of Algebra with a B or better, with strong teacher recommendation.                                             Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements. A one-year course. May not be entered at the second semester and may not be repeated for credit. This college-prep course is the second of three required for admission to the UC system, the Calif. State College and UC system, and many other four-year institutions. Geometry GATE develops the concepts of the point, line, and plane, and includes the study of triangles, polygons, and circles. Other topics include parallel lines, similarity, coordinate geometry, and finding the area and volume of three-dimensional geometric figures. The GATE class will provide students with a challenging, in-depth study of geometry.  Geometry GATE will include additional topics outside the textbook, as well as an increased emphasis on deductive proof, the Euclidean constructions, and rigorous problem solving.  Student projects will also be required.  Self-motivated students that earned an “A” or “B+” in Algebra 1 should consider applying for this course.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

2215 APPLIED GEOMETRY

Grades: 10-12      Credits: 5 per semester                                       Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra recommended.

Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements.  A one-year course.  May not be repeated for credit.  Applied Geometry is a non-college prep course designed to teach students the important and practical concepts and applications of high school geometry, without the heavy emphasis on deductive proof.  Topics will include reasoning and problem solving, measurement and graphing, angles, parallel lines, triangles, polygons, circles, similarity, perimeter and area, surface area and volume.

 

2411 ADVANCED ALGEBRA P

Grades: 10-12      Credits: 5 per semester                            Prerequisite: Completion of Geometry with a “C” or better.

Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements. A one-year course. May not be entered at the second semester and may not be repeated for credit. This course is the third of three required for admission to the UC, the California State College and UC system, and many other four-year institutions. Advanced Algebra reviews skills learned in Algebra and introduces new topics such as matrices, complex number, conic sections, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequence and series, probability, and trigonometry.  (Meets Algebra graduation requirement.)   Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

2413 ADVANCED ALGEBRA GP

Grades: 10-11     Credits: 5 per semester                          Prerequisite: Approval of the Liberty High GATE committee and completion of Geometry GP with a grade B or better                                                                                          Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements. A one-year course. May not be entered at the second semester and may not be repeated for credit.  This course is the third of three required for admission to the Univ. of California and California State College and University systems, and many other four-year institutions. Advanced Algebra GATE briefly reviews skills learned in Algebra and focuses on topics such as matrices, complex numbers, conic sections, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequence and series, probability, and trigonometry. This will be an accelerated, rigorous course that requires completion of student projects. (Meets Algebra graduation requirement.)   Meets A-G University of California requirement. 

 

2440 INTEGRATED MATHEMATICS

Grades:  11-12     Credits:  5 per semester                     Prerequisite:  None                                                Max credit:  10

Meets math graduation requirements.  A one-year course.  May not be repeated for credit.  Integrated Mathematics is a non-college prep course designed for 11th and 12th grade students who have taken Algebra and Geometry, but may need a more solid background before attempting Advanced Algebra.  Topics will include highlights from algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, statistics, probability, logical reasoning, and discrete mathematics. 

2410 APPLIED ALGEBRA

Grades:  10-12     Credits:  5 per semester                     Prerequisite:  None.                                               Max credit:  10

Meets math graduation requirements.  A one-year course.  May not be repeated for credit.  Applied Algebra is a non-college prep course designed for 11th and 12th grade students who have taken Algebra and Geometry, but may need a more solid background before attempting Advanced Algebra.  Topics will include highlights from algebra, geometry, statistics, probability, logical reasoning, and discrete mathematics.  This course also will help students prepare for the California High School Exit Exam.  (Meets Algebra graduation requirement.)

 

2521 CONSUMER MATHEMATICS

Grades:  12           Credits:  5 per semester                     Prerequisite:  None                                                Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements.  Consumer Mathematics is a non-college prep course designed to teach students important and practical mathematical skills, which will help them in life outside of high school.  Students will learn how to calculate wages, shop wisely, budget their finances, and plan for major purchases, like buying a car.

 

2418 MATH ANALYSIS P

Grades: 11-12      Credits: 5 per semester                          Prerequisite: Completion of Adv. Alg. With a  “C” or better.

Max credit:  10

Meets math graduation requirements. A one-year course. May not be entered at the second semester and may not be repeated for credit. This course is a fourth college-prep class, going beyond the three required for admission to the University of California system, the California State College and University system, and many other four-year institutions. Math Analysis begins with an in-depth study of “college algebra”:  linear, quadratic, and polynomial functions; inequalities; exponents and logarithms; transforming functions; and analytic geometry.  What follows is the focus of the course—trigonometry.  Finally, the course ends with an introduction to calculus.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

2420 MATH ANALYSIS HP

Grades: 10-12      Credits: 5 per semester                                    Prerequisite: Approval of the Liberty High Honors/AP committee and completion of Advanced Algebra with a grade B or better.                                                                           Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements. A one-year Honors course. May not be entered at the second semester and may not be repeated for credit. This course goes beyond the three required for admission to the UC system, the California State College and University system, and many other four-year institutions. Math Analysis Honors begins with a brief review of “college algebra”: linear, quadratic, and polynomial functions; inequalities; exponents and logarithms; transforming functions; and analytic geometry.  What follows is the focus of the course—trigonometry.  Finally, the course ends with an introduction to calculus.  The Honors course offers students a more rigorous, in-depth study of these topics.  Students will use traditional paper-and-pencil methods, as well as apply graphing calculators and computer software to complete investigations.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

2560 STATISTICS P

Grades: 11-12      Credits: 5 per semester                                                Prerequisite: Completion of Advanced Algebra

Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements.  A one-year course.  May not be entered at the semester and may not be repeated for credit.  This college-prep course will introduce students to the important concepts of data analysis and statistics.  At many universities, for non-math/science majors, Statistics is the one required college mathematics course.  Thus, Liberty High School’s Statistics P is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in this subject before they enter college.  A focus of Statistics P will be a hands-on, inquiry-based approach to analyzing real-life data using graphing calculators and computer software.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

2562 STATISTICS AP

Grades: 11-12      Credits: 5 per semester                                    Prerequisite: Approval of the Liberty High Honors/AP committee and completion of Advanced Algebra with a grade C or better.                                                                           Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements. A one-year Honors/Advanced Placement (AP) course.  May not be entered at the semester and may not be repeated for credit.  This course emphasizes statistical thinking, presents more data and concepts with less theory and fewer recipes, and fosters active learning; takes advantage of available technology through the use of the TI83 calculator as well as statistical software; emphasizes understanding the problem and applying the appropriate solution as opposed to simply learning how to enter numbers into a formula; meets the requirements for statistics at most universities providing student demonstrates competency by passing the AP exam. Students will be expected to take the AP exam.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

2614 CALCULUS AP

Grades: 11-12      Credits: 5 per semester                                   Prerequisite: Approval of the Liberty High Honors/AP committee and completion of Math Analysis HP with a grade “C” or better.                                                                        Max credit:  10

Meets District math graduation requirements.  A one-year Honors/Advanced Placement (AP) course.  May not be entered at the semester and may not be repeated for credit.  This course is designed to give college-bound students a solid foundation in calculus.  Topics will include limits, derivatives, integrals, areas under curves, volumes of irregular solids, and transcendental functions.  Instruction will consist of traditional methods as well as investigations using graphing calculators and computer software.  Students that successfully complete this course will be prepared to take the Calculus AB Advanced Placement Exam.  Students will be expected to take the AP Exam.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH

 

4201 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  9

Grades: 9               Credits: 5 per semester                           Prerequisite: Freshman standing                                    Max credit:  10

 

A one-year course. This core co-educational physical education and wellness program is required of all freshmen.  Students must be enrolled in Physical Education both semesters of the freshmen year, unless exempted by a medical excuse. The PE core 9 class consists of a variety of physical education and health activities which include fitness and wellness principles and assessment, and may include volleyball, badminton, handball, racquetball tumbling, gymnastics, dance, fitness, flag football, weight training, and other individual and team sports.

 

4301 PHYSICAL EDUCATION  10

Grades: 10            Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Sophomore standing                      Max credit:  10

 

A one-year course. This core co-educational physical education and wellness program is required of all sophomores.  Students must be enrolled in Physical Education both semesters of the sophomore year, unless exempted by a medical excuse. The PE core 10 class consists of a variety of physical education and health activities which may include fitness and wellness assessment and principles, as well as weight training, wrestling, self-defense, tennis, grass volleyball, softball, basketball, dance, flag football, weight training, and a variety of other individual and team

sports. Positive character, attitude development and teamwork are stressed.

 

4403 PHYSICAL EDUCATION 9/10 MAKE-UP

Grades: 11            Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing               Max credit:  20

A one-year course. This core co-educational physical education and wellness program is a make-up course designed for juniors who failed PE 9 or 10.  The class consists of a variety of physical education and health activities include fitness and wellness assessment and cover the same topics taught in core PE 9 and 10. Positive character, attitude development and teamwork are stressed.

 

8778 ADAPTIVE  PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Grades: 9-12       Credits: 5 per semester          Prerequisite: Doctor’s recommendation (written)  I.E.P. must be done.

Max credit:  20

This one-year course is repeatable for credit toward graduation requirements.  This course is designed for those students whose activity is restricted because of a temporary or long term injury or illness. An emphasis is placed on sportsmanship, establishing a lifelong physical fitness routine, and a proper personal attitude toward health. Students participate in a restricted activity schedule established in conjunction with the student's physical limitations as explained by their doctor.

 

4501 COED ELECTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Grades: 9-12       Credits: 5 per semester                                                                                                          Max credit:  30

This co-ed course is designed for competitive athletes and students who wish to improve performance through strength training.  Be prepared for intense training sessions.

 

7268 HEALTH

Grades: 10-12    Credits: 5 per semester                                                                                                           Max credit:  5

This one-semester course satisfies the Kern High School District requirement for graduation. Students must pass this course in order to graduate. Information is presented on first aid, CPR, the dangers of substance abuse, communicable disease, human body systems, wellness and healthy lifestyles. Environmental protection is discussed.  Topics are addressed with the desire to influence students to make healthy choices and decisions about their personal lives, and to help students to see that they can influence others to create a healthy environment for our world.  One week of a KHSD AIDS/HIV prevention curriculum will be taught in this class.

 

 

SCIENCE COURSES

 

3031 INTEGRATED SCIENCE GEN./

3032 INTEGRATED SCIENCE 9P

Grade: 9                Credits: 5 per semester                                                                                                          Max credit:  10

Integrated Science is an introductory level science class integrating chemistry, biology, physics, geology and ecology.  The class also addresses the common science misconceptions with science fact and science fiction activities.  The class is designed to develop science literacy and deepen the students understanding of scientific ideas and concepts.  Numerous labs and hands-on activities are incorporated to motivate and interest students, as well as address the needs and abilities of all students.  Inquiry based activities encourage problem solving strategies and critical thinking skills.

 

3041 BIOLOGY GENERAL

Grade: 10              Credits: 5 per semester                                                                                                        Max credit:  10

Meets Life Science graduation requirement. A one-year course. May not be repeated for credit.  This course introduces students to the tools, measurements, and problem solving methods of biologists.  Students will explore concepts of cell biology, systems biology, human genetics, and ecology.

 

3204 BIOLOGY P

Grade: 10              Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: English college-prep placement.   Max credit:  10

Meets Life Science graduation requirement.  A one-year course. May not be repeated for credit. Biology includes an overview of the ways biology is integrated into students’ lives. Students will explore concepts of cell biology, systems biology, human genetics, and ecology.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

3205 BIOLOGY GP

Grade: 9                Credits: 5 per semester                                         Prerequisite: Meeting of District GATE eligibility.

Max credit:  10

Meets Life Science graduation requirement. A one-year course. May not be repeated for credit.  Biology includes an overview of the ways biology is integrated into students’ lives.  Students explore concepts of cell biology, systems biology, human genetics, and ecology.  Biology GP provides the Biology course content with additional enriching lab/lecture experiences stressing molecules and cells, genetics and evolution, taxonomy and ecology, botany and zoology.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

3687 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AP

Grade: 12              Credits: 5 per semester                                   Prerequisite: Approval of the Liberty High Honors/AP committee and successful completion of CP or GATE Biology and CP or Honors Chemistry.                              Max credit:  10

A one-year college level course.  Successful completion of the College Board AP exam allows students to earn college credit.  Students learn the principles of ecosystems, biomes, environmental impacts of pollution, population, etc. The course also includes more than twenty labs to be completed on various topics.  All students in the AP Environmental Science class will be expected to take the AP exam.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

3485 EARTH SCIENCE GENERAL

Grade: 11              Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Junior standing                               Max credit:  10

Meets Physical Science graduation requirement. A one-year course. May not be repeated for credit.  Meets the graduation requirements and state science framework, utilizing lab experiences.  Earth science covers astronomy, meteorology, geology, oceanography, plate techtonics, California geology, atmosphere and weather.

3413 CHEMISTRY P

Grades: 11-12      Credits: 5 per semester                              Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 9 and Geometry and concurrently enrolled in Advanced Algebra or higher math class.                                                                       Max credit:  10

A one-year college-prep course.  May not be entered at the second semester and may not be repeated for credit.  Recommended for college bound students who may major in math or science fields.  Chemistry prepares students for college science. Course includes lab experiences, use of lab technology, and problem solving.  Topics include: classification of matter, structure of the atom, stoichiometry, gas laws, chemical bonding, and acids-bases.  Meets UC science requirement.  Meets A-G University of California requirement..

 

3414 CHEMISTRY HP

Grades: 10-11      Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Approval of the Liberty High Honors/AP committee and completion of Algebra 9 and Geometry, and enrolled in Math Analysis or higher.                  Max credit:  10

A one-year college-prep course.  May not be entered at the second semester and may not be repeated for credit.  Recommended for college bound students who may major in math or science and prepares students for college science. Course includes lab experiences, the use of technology in the lab, and problem solving.  Topics include classification of matter, structure of the atom, stoichiometry, gas laws, chemical bonding, and acids-bases.  Meets

A-G University of California requirement.

3418 CHEMISTRY AP

 

Grade:  12            Credits:  5 per semester   Prerequisite:  Completion of Physics/Teacher recommendation

Max credit: 10

Advanced placement course in chemistry for Seniors.

 

3798 TECHNICAL ENDEAVOR

Grade:  12             Credits:  5 per semester                     Prerequisite:  Counselor Recommendation      Max Credit:  10

Technical Endeavor is a yearlong, laboratory based science elective class that has a strong emphasis on investigation and experimentation.  The course content includes the study of motion, forces, conservations of energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, waves, electricity and magnetic phenomena, matter and life.  It allows students an opportunity to describe, interpret, analyze and solve problems involving mechanics, waves, and vibrations, optics, time constants and includes an introduction to the concept of relativity.  We affectionately refer to Technical Endeavors as our Myth Busters Class.

 

3604 PHYSICS  P

Grades: 11-12      Credits: 5 per semester  Prerequisite: An “A” or “B” in Algebra and enrolled in Advanced Algebra.                                                                     Max credit:  10

A one-year college-prep course. May not be entered at the second semester and may not be repeated for credit. Recommended for college bound students who may major in math or science fields.  Topics include lab experiences, use of technology in the lab, problem solving, mechanics, dynamics, statistics, magnetism, optics, heat, and modern physics.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

3606 PHYSICS  HP

Grade: 12              Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Approval of the Liberty High Honors/AP committee and enrolled in Math Analysis or higher.                                                                                                                   Max credit:  10

A one-year college-prep course. May not be entered at the second semester and may not be repeated for credit.   Recommended for college bound students who may major in math or science fields.  Topics include lab experiences, use of technology in the lab, problem solving, mechanics, dynamics, statistics, magnetism, optics, heat, and modern physics.  Additional projects will be required.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES

1024 WORLD HISTORY 10 GENERAL

Grades: 10            Credits: 5 per semester                                       Prerequisite: Eighth grade teacher recommendation.

Max credit:  10

This one-year course meets the freshman social studies graduation requirement and follows the California State Framework with a focus on modern World History. Through its emphasis on the development of world cultures, students will understand the geographical forces, chronological flow of events and the dynamics of change that have shaped the way we live today. This course is recommended for students who need to improve on their writing, reading, and listening skills.  Study skills will also be stressed.

 

1025 WORLD HISTORY 10 P

Grades: 10            Credits: 5 per semester                                       Prerequisite: Eighth grade teacher recommendation.

Max credit:  10

A one-year required college prep course. Meets freshman social studies graduation requirement and the University of California A-G requirement. This course follows the California State Framework with an emphasis on the major turning points that shaped the modern world from the late 18th century through the present. It illustrates the diversity and similarity among civilizations and cultures throughout history, and shows how such cultural differences and similarities are relevant to students today. Emphasis is placed on the development of democratic ideals and the integration of art, music, and literature into the curriculum.  UC Social Studies requirement.

 

1440 EUROPEAN HISTORY AP

Grades: 10, 12      Credits: 5 per semester                                      Prerequisite: Approval of the Honors/AP committee.

Max credit:  10

This one-year course meets the University of California A-G requirement and follows the California State framework.  This course emphasizes the study of major European events and trends from approximately 1450-1990.  Students in European History develop an understanding of the principal themes of Modern European history, analyze historical evidence, and develop the ability to express that understanding and analysis in writing.   The AP European History program prepares students for college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those by introductory college courses.  Successful completion of the College Board AP examination allows students to earn college credit.  All students will be expected to take the AP European History exam in May.  UC Social Studies requirement.  This course satisfies the KHSD World History requirement.

 

1403 U.S. HISTORY 11 GENERAL

Grades: 11            Credits: 5 per semester                                        Prerequisite: Counselor or parent recommendation

Max credit:  10

May not be repeated for credit.  This one-year course meets junior social studies graduation requirement and follows the California State Framework with an emphasis on the turning points in American history in the 20th century. The course begins with a review of the nation’s beginnings and concludes with the study of the United States as a major world power.  The course is recommended for students who need to improve their writing, reading, and listening skills.  Study strategies are emphasized.

 

1404 U.S. HISTORY 11 P

Grades: 11            Credits: 5 per semester                               Prerequisite: Counselor, parent, student recommendation

Max credit:  10

May not be repeated for credit.  This one-year course meets social studies graduation requirement and the Univ. of California A-G requirement.  Course follows the California State Framework with an emphasis on the turning points in American history in the 20th century. Course includes a review of the nation’s beginnings and the study of the US as a major world power.  Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events.  Emphasis is placed upon the development of our nation’s democratic ideals and the integration of art, music, and literature into the curriculum.  UC Social Studies requirement.

 

1407 U.S. HISTORY 11 AP

Grades: 11            Credits: 5 per semester                                       Prerequisite: Approval of the Honors/AP committee

   Max credit:  10

May not be repeated for credit. This one-year course meets junior social studies graduation requirement and the University of California A-G requirement.  The Advanced Placement program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in the United States history.  The US History AP program prepares students for college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses.  Successful completion of the College Board AP examination allows students to earn college credits. All students will be expected to take the AP US History exam in May.  UC Social Studies requirement.

 

1617 GOVERNMENT GENERAL 12

Grades: 12            Credits: 5 per semester                                         Prerequisite: Counselor or parent recommendation

Max credit:  10

This one-semester course meets the senior social studies graduation requirement and follows the California State framework.  It examines the foundation of government, the process of government, constitutional development and issues, and compares different forms of government.  This course is recommended for students who need to improve their writing, reading, and listening skills.  Study strategies are emphasized

 

1618 GOVERNMENT 12P

Grades: 12            Credits: 5 per semester                                        Prerequisite: Counselor or parent recommendation

Max credit:  10

This one-year course meets the senior social studies graduation requirement and follows the California State framework.  One semester examines the foundation of government, the process of government, constitutional development and issues, and compares different forms of government. .  It meets the University of California A-G requirement.  UC Social Studies requirement.

 

1619 GOVERNMENT 12 HP

Grades: 12            Credits: 5 per semester                                     Prerequisite: Approval of the Honors/AP committee

Max credit:  10

This one-semester Honors course meets the senior social studies graduation requirement and follows the California State framework.  It meets the University of California A-G requirement and is recommended for college-bound students. This course examines the foundation of government, the process of government, constitutional development and issues, and compares different forms of government. For students in the Constitutional Competition, the curriculum will focus on the “We the People” curriculum and will culminate in participation in the Kern County Constitutional Competition.  Extensive use of primary sources and development of political and economic models will be integral in this course.  UC Social Studies requirement.

 

1623 ECONOMICS GENERAL 12

Grades: 12            Credits: 5 per semester                                      Prerequisite: Counselor or parent recommendation

Max credit:  10

This one-semester course meets the senior social studies graduation requirement and follows the California State framework. It will examine the economic system of capitalism, using both micro and macro-economic principles, they study of key concepts and analysis of economic practices. This course is recommended for students who need to improve their writing, reading, and listening skills.  Study strategies are emphasized.

 

1624 ECONOMICS 12 P

Grades: 12            Credits: 5 per semester                                                                     Prerequisite: College prep status

Max credit:  10

This one-semester college prep course meets the senior social studies graduation requirement and follows the California State framework. .  It meets the University of California A-G requirement. It will examine the economic system of capitalism, using both micro and macro-economic principles, they study of key concepts and analysis of economic practices. This course is recommended for college prep students.

 

1625 ECONOMICS 12 HP

Grades: 12            Credits: 5 per semester                                     Prerequisite: Approval of the Honors/AP committee

Max credit:  10

This one-semester Honors course meets the senior social studies graduation requirement and follows the California State framework. It will examine the economic system of capitalism, using both micro and macro-economic principles, they study of key concepts and analysis of economic practices. This Honors course is academically rigorous and requires extra reading, writing, and research.  Meets the University of California A-G as an elective requirement but does not receive UC honors credit.

 

1594 AP PSYCHOLOGY

Grades:  11-12        Credits:  5 per semester     Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation      Max credit: 10

The purpose of AP Psychology is to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.  Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of psychologists use in their science and practice.

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSES

 
The Special Education program is for students who have learning problems related to an underlying handicap. Depending on the nature of the handicap, the student's performance in basic skills in reading, arithmetic, spelling, and writing in most cases must be below the level expected for his/her ability, age, or grade.  The program is modified to the needs of each student.  The curriculum consists of remedial work in basic skills, support for regular classes, and/or vocational training as appropriate to the needs and handicapping condition of the student.  Students are evaluated individually.  The Eligibility Team is made up an administrator, special education teacher, parent, psychologist, child advocate, and other school personnel as needed, and determines if a student is eligible for placement.  An "Individual Education Program" is developed appropriate for each student.
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES: Special Education electives classes provide instruction in reading, writing, math, life skills, social/personal skills, and vocational education.  These courses provide small group instruction to help each student with his/her needs.
 
MODERATE-SEVERE PROGRAM: The moderate-severe program provides community-based curriculum, which includes many skills needed for daily living. Reading, math, writing, and vocational education, as well as, integration into the school setting are infused into this curriculum.  In addition, the programs offers an activity-based curriculum designed to teach individuals basic, functional motor skills needed for adult life.  These skills allow them to enjoy a more inclusive life-style.  It combines natural body movement with an instructional process designed to help people acquire increasing amounts of independence in sitting, standing, and walking.  The curriculum recognizes that care givers and individual themselves have immense knowledge of what their needs are and involves them in developing a program to meet those needs.

 

 

The Special Education program is for students who have learning problems related to an underlying handicap. Depending on the nature of the handicap, the student's performance in basic skills in reading, arithmetic, spelling, and writing in most cases must be below the level expected for his/her ability, age, or grade.  The program is modified to the needs of each student.  The curriculum consists of remedial work in basic skills, support for regular classes, and/or vocational training as appropriate to the needs and handicapping condition of the student.  Students are evaluated individually.  The Eligibility Team is made up an administrator, special education teacher, parent, psychologist, child advocate, and other school personnel as needed, and determines if a student is eligible for placement.  An "Individual Education Program" is developed appropriate for each student.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES:  Special Education electives classes provide instruction in reading, writing, math, life skills, social/personal skills, and vocational education.  These courses provide small group instruction to help each student with his/her needs..

 

MODERATE-SEVERE PROGRAM: The moderate-severe program provides community-based curriculum, which includes many skills needed for daily living. Reading, math, writing, and vocational education, as well as, integration into the school setting are infused into this curriculum.  In addition, the programs offers an activity-based curriculum designed to teach individuals basic, functional motor skills needed for adult life.  These skills allow them to enjoy a more inclusive life-style.  It combines natural body movement with an instructional process designed to help people acquire increasing amounts of independence in sitting, standing, and walking.  The curriculum recognizes that care givers and individual themselves have immense knowledge of what their needs are and involves them in developing a program to meet those needs.

 

MILD-MODERATE MATHSatisfies one year of math requirements. This course is designed to enable the student to use all previously learned math skills and apply them to real-life situations.  T

 

MILD-MODERATE ENGLISH:  Satisfies one year of English requirements.  This course is designed to enable students to improve their English skills. 

 

TRANSITION: This course is designed to provide strategies that students can use to improve study habits, test taking skills, and note taking.  Class allows students a setting in which to get help with other classes on campus.

 

 

 

VISUAL/PERFORMING ARTS COURSES

4702 BEGINNING ART

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: None                                                Max credit:  10

A year-long course. May not be repeated for credit. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirements.  This is a basic introduction to the elements of art, art history, criticism and process through the exploration of various art media.  Students are introduced to various art media theory through critique. Students will gain an awareness and appreciation of art in all sectors of their life and environment, as well as its impact globally and historically. They will expand their knowledge of visual art elements and principles of design through experience with a wide variety of media and techniques.  Must pass with a “C” or better to move to Intermediate Art.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4902 INTERMEDIATE ART

Grades: 10-12  Credits: 5 per semester                                     Prerequisite: Completion of Beg. Art with “C” or better.

Max credit:  30

A one-year course.  May not be repeated for credit.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement.  This course builds upon the skills developed in Beginning Art and applies them to more advanced processes.  Art history, criticism and theory are explored more extensively.  Must pass with a “C” or better to move to Advanced Art.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

5102 ADVANCED ART

Grades: 11-12  Credits: 5 per semester                             Prerequisite: Completion of Intermed. Art with “C” or better.

Max credit:  20

A one-year course.  May be repeated for credit.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement.  This course refines the skills developed in Intermediate Art and applies them to more advanced processes.  Art history, criticism and theory are explored more extensively.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4782 EXPLORING MUSIC

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisites: None                                              Max credit:  10

A year-long course. This course will discuss the different elements of music, the instruments of the orchestral family, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th century music including Opera, musical theater, film, jazz, and rock.

 

4722 BAND BEGINNING

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                                            Prerequisite: No previous experience is required.                                                                                              Max credit:  20

A year-long course, open to new students at the semester.  This course is designed to give beginning wind and percussion players the opportunity to learn proper playing technique, embouchure control, breathing and fingering techniques, music reading, and basic performance skills. Students should enroll if they do not have enough music fundamentals and basic training from their previous musical experiences.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

4723 ADVANCED BAND

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Proficiency on a band instrument. Director’s permission and audition required.                                                                                                                                                  Max credit:  40

May be repeated for credit.  Meets Fine Arts requirement for graduation.  The band will perform at several concerts and attend festivals.  Attendance at all scheduled performances required.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4724 CONCERT BAND

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester      Prerequisite: Proficiency on a band instrument. Director’s permission and audition required.                                                                                                                                                   Max credit:  40

May be repeated for credit. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. Band performs at concerts, festivals, and related events during second semester. Music studied is from a variety of styles and time periods from Baroque, Classical, and Romantic transcriptions as well as modern literature written for Concert Band.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4761 ADVANCED COLOR GUARD

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                                            Prerequisite: Audition and director’s permission.

Max credit:  40

A year-long course. May be repeated for credit.  May be entered at semester with audition and instructor approval. Meets District Fine Arts graduation requirement. Fall semester is an attached unit to the marching band and will perform at all home football games, some parades, and several marching competitions throughout the state.  There is a mandatory two-week Color Guard/Marching Band Camp in late August two weeks before school starts.  There is also rehearsal one hour every day before 1st period and one weekly after school sectional.  Spring semester will be used for indoor competition shows. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4725 JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite:  Advanced proficiency on a band instrument and approval of instructor.                                                                                                                                               Max credit:  40

A year-long course.  May be repeated for credit.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement.  The Jazz Ensemble performs at numerous events on and off campus. The music studied and performed includes jazz, swing, and pop. This is an advanced instrumental music. The fall semester class will also play the role of Pep Band. The Jazz Ensemble will perform at least one formal concert during each semester, perform at some away football games as the Pep Band and attend 2-5 rating festivals. Attendance at all scheduled performances is required.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

4846 PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                             Prerequisite: Proficiency on a band instrument.  Director’s permission and/or audition required.  May be repeated for credit.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement.

Max credit:  40

Percussion ensemble will have both beginning and advanced players. Advanced ensemble will attend 6-10 required competitions and performances locally and out of town each semester. The fall semester is a percussion section for the Marching Band, and the spring semester is a separate competing group.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

5147 BASS CHOIR—“CHAMBER MEN”

Grades: 9-10         Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Director’s permission.                  Max credit:  20

A yearlong elective course.  May be repeated for credit.  May be entered at the semester with director’s permission.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. Course content includes sight singing, music theory, and music history, as well as vocal production and technique. Six performances will be expected.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

5058 TREBEL CHOIR 2 –  BELLES

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Audition or Director’s permission required.

Max credit:  20

A yearlong elective course.  May be repeated for credit.  May be entered at the semester with director’s permission.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. The class will involve an in-depth study of choral literature of all types and styles. Course content includes sight singing, music theory, and music history, as well as vocal production and technique. Extensive performances will be expected. Students are expected to provide performance uniforms.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4749 CHOIR MIXED 1

Grade: 9                Credit:  5 per semester                       Prerequisite:  None                                                Max credit:  20

Choir Mixed 1 is a beginning vocal ensemble for males and females.  Instruction includes music theory, music history, vocal techniques, sight singing, performance decorum, and ensemble performance techniques.  The ensemble performs frequently during the school year, including numerous festivals.  Enrollment requires an audition.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4949 CHOIR MIXED 2

Grade: 10              Credits:  5 per semester                              Prerequisite:  Audition or director’s permission required.

Max credit:  20

Choir Mixed 2 is an intermediate vocal ensemble for males and females.  Instruction includes music theory, music history, advanced vocal techniques, advanced sight singing, performance decorum, and advanced ensemble performance techniques.  The ensemble performs frequently during the school year, including community service concerts, numerous festivals, and a spring tour.  Enrollment is by audition.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

5149 ADVANCED MIXED CHOIR

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                                Prerequisite: Audition or director’s permission required.

Max credit:  20

A yearlong elective course.  May be repeated for credit.  May be entered at the semester with director’s permission.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. An advanced course requiring audition for enrollment. Course content includes sight singing, music theory, and music history, as well as vocal production and technique. This is a major performing ensemble on campus. Extensive performances will be expected. Students are expected to provide performance uniforms.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

5144 ADVANCED CHAMBER CHOIR

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                                Prerequisite: Audition or director’s permission required.

Max credit:  40

A yearlong elective course.  May be repeated for credit.  May be entered at the semester with director’s permission.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. “The most advanced vocal ensemble.”   An advanced course requiring audition for enrollment. Course content includes sight singing, music theory, and music history, as well as vocal production and technique. This is a major performing ensemble on campus. Extensive performances will be expected. Students are expected to provide performance uniforms.  Offered “0” period.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

5258 ADVANCED TREBLE CHOIR – “CHAMBER BELLES”

Grades 9-12          Credits:  5 per semester                              Prerequisite:  Audition or director’s permission required.

Max credit:  20

A yearlong elective course.  May be repeated for credit.  May be entered at the semester with director’s permission.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement.  This is an advanced chamber women’s ensemble, which will include advanced study of sight singing, music theory, music history, as well as vocal production and technique.  Chamber Belles is a major performing ensemble on campus and extensive performances will be expected.  Students are expected to provide performance uniforms.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

 

4768 DRAMA 1

Grades: 9-12         Credits: 5 per semester                            Prerequisite: None.                                         Max credit:  40

A one-year course.  May be entered at the semester with permission of instructor.  May be repeated for credit.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. An introductory course which sets the foundation for all theater courses. Students are involved in class performances including pantomimes, improvisations, and an opportunity to perform in a winter and/or spring showcase. Stage orientation, acting skills, and technical theater skills are introduced.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4968 DRAMA 2

Grades: 10-12      Credits: 5 per semester                                Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 1 with “C” or better.

                                                                                                                                                             Max credit:  40

A one-year course. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. This intermediate course continues to hone acting and technical skills introduced in Drama 1, using improvisation, scene study, dialect study, and other acting exercises. Students will be involved in class performances including pantomimes, improvisations, and a performance in a winter and/or spring showcase. Stage orientation, acting skills, and technical theater skills will be introduced.  One-act plays will be student-produced in class.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4967 DRAMA 3

Grades: 11-12      Credits: 5 per semester                                Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 2 with “B” or better.

Max credit:  30

A one-year course. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. This advanced course continues to hone acting and technical skills introduced in Drama 1, using improvisation, scene study, dialect study, and other acting exercises. Students will be involved in class performances including pantomimes, improvisations, and a performance in a winter and/or spring showcase. Stage orientation, acting skills, and technical theater skills will be introduced.  A drama unit performance will highlight the year.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

5167 DRAMA 4

Grades: 11-12      Credits: 5 per semester                                Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 3 with “B” or better.

Max credit:  10

A one-year course. Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement. This advanced course continues to hone acting and technical skills introduced in Drama 1, using improvisation, scene study, dialect study, and other acting exercises. Students will be involved in class performances including pantomimes, improvisations, and a performance in a winter and/or spring showcase.  Stage orientation, acting skills, and technical theater skills will be introduced.  A drama unit performance will highlight the year.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4972 DRAMA PRODUCTION

Grades: 10-12      Credits: 5 per semester                                   Prerequisite: Completion of Drama 1, its equivalent or instructor approval.                                                                                                                                                 Max credit:  40

Drama Production is a year-long course.  Meets Fine Arts graduation requirement.  The technical theatre class is designed to introduce and to augment particular techniques in theatre production.  Tech students study the many aspects of set and lighting design, construction techniques, as well as sound amplification and design needed for various theatrical events held in our Performing Arts Center.  The course will include a working management of the Performing Arts Center, with emphasis on providing the technical support for theatrical, musical, and speaker presentations.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

 

 

ELECTIVES FOR VISUAL/PERFORMING ARTS CREDIT

 

4852 PUBLICATIONS/YEARBOOK

Grades 9-12          Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Strong aptitude for writing and/or graphics; teacher permission; student and parent signatures required on course contract.                                                                       Max credit:  40

A two-semester repeatable course. Yearbook gives the student a staff experience in journalism through the actual production of the school yearbook.  Students plan the content of and prepare pages for the book, including designing layouts, interviewing, writing copy, taking pictures, entering copy into the computer, and finalizing pages. Computer skills are desirable since all copy and layouts are computer generated. Class requires after school and weekend hours. Students will enter school publication competitions and attend a journalism camp.

 


 

WORLD LANGUAGES

 

3866 SPANISH 1P

Grades:  9-12        Credits:  5 per semester                                         Prerequisite:  Entrance into college prep program.

Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course.  May not be repeated for credit.  May not be entered at the semester.  An immersion program that will allow students the opportunity to hear, speak, and write about the Spanish-speaking world.  Students will participate in situations where they will learn about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world--food, art, music, customs, holidays, geography, and history.  They will practice communicative activities individually, in pairs, or in small groups, and will compile a portfolio.  UC Foreign Language requirement.  Meets A-G University of California requirement. 

3966 SPANISH 2P

Grades:  10-12     Credits:  5 per semester                     Prerequisite:  Completion of Spanish 1P.         Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course.  May not be repeated for credit.  Spanish 2P students will begin by reviewing material learned from Spanish 1P.  They will learn how to express themselves in more complex conversational situations, for example, in communicative activities, students will create conversations using everyday situations by asking and answering questions in the present, past, and present progressive with more variety as, for example, in the present, past, or future.  They will continue writing to build from sentence to paragraph form.  Students will practice reading skills, using authentic stories, skits, poems, magazines, newspapers and longer stories from Spanish-speaking countries.  Students will compile a portfolio.   Meets A-G University of California requirement.

4066 SPANISH 3P

Grades:  11-12     Credits:  5 per semester                     Prerequisite:  Completion of Spanish 2P.         Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course.  May not be repeated for credit.  In the third year, students will continue their expansion of vocabulary through outside reading and practice within the classroom.  In addition, they will learn the future, conditional, perfect, and the subjective verb tenses, and internalize the objective and reflexive pronouns.  They will speak entirely in Spanish in various groups within the classroom. There will be a focus on art, literature and social issues in the Spanish-speaking world.  Students will compile a portfolio.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4081 SPANISH 3HP

Grades: 11-12      Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 2P w/ Grade B or higher, an essay in Spanish.  To be evaluated by instructor.                                                                                           Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course.  May not be repeated for credit.  In the third year, students will continue their expansion of vocabulary through outside reading and practice within the classroom.  In addition, they will learn the future, conditional, perfect, and the subjective verb tenses, as well as internalize the objective and reflexive pronouns.  They will speak entirely in Spanish in various groups within the classroom.  They will write a daily journal in Spanish. Spanish Honors 3 covers the same material as Spanish 3P, but in addition, their learning is enriched through additional projects and field tripsMeets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4180 SPANISH 4P

Grades: 12            Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3P            Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course.  May not be repeated for credit.  Students will continue their expansion of vocabulary through outside reading and practice in the classroom.  They will learn the future, conditional, perfect, and the subjective verb tenses, as well as internalize the objective and reflexive pronouns.  They will speak entirely in Spanish in various groups in the classroom.   Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4168 SPANISH 4AP

Grades: 12            Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish 3P with a grade of “B” or  higher, plus an essay in Spanish to be evaluated by instructor.                                                                                 Max credit 10

A one-year elective course.  May not be repeated for credit.  Students will continue their expansion of vocabulary through outside reading and practice within the classroom.  They will learn the future, conditional, perfect and the subjunctive verb tenses, as well as other advanced grammatical structures.  Students will speak entirely in Spanish in groups and in whole-class situations.  There is a focus on the AP exam, where students need to practice timed oral fluency responses, expand their reading comprehension, and perfect their grammar for writing essays.  Students will also be exposed to multi-media cultural projects where they will demonstrate their technological knowledge.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

SPANISH 5AP

Grade:  12             Credits:  5 per semester                              Prerequisite:  Completion of 4AP with a “B” or higher or

teacher’s approval                                                                                                                                                  Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course.  May not be repeated for credit.  This course continues to help the student expand proficiency in all skills while emphasizing reading, grammatical accuracy and writing skills.  In particular, the student prepares to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Literature Exam offered by the College Board.  The student continues to focus on conversing, describing, and narrating in the present, past, and future, as well as expressing opinions and discussing hypothetical events.  Exposure to other cultures through various activities helps focus exciting and interesting contexts.  Literature is an advanced, college-level reading and writing class with high vocabulary building and deep analysis of the texts.  The Spanish Literature covers more than 50 works in prose and poetry from the past seven centuries.  Meets A-G University of California requirement. 

3820 FRENCH 1P

Grades:  9-12        Credits:  5 per semester                     Prerequisite:  College prep English                      Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course.  An immersion program to teach students to understand French as it is spoken by using videos from the French speaking world and cassettes prepared by native speakers and by listening to French in the classroom. Students practice speaking in guided communicative activities individually, in pairs, or in small groups. Students are given opportunities to express themselves both orally and in writing with learned phrases using simple questions and answers in the present tense about everyday situations.  Students learn about the diverse French-speaking world--food, art, music, customs, holidays, geography, and history.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

3920 FRENCH 2P

Grades:  10-12     Credits:  5 per semester                                         Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 1P.                                                                                                                                                                     Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course. Focusing on communication, students are introduced to more complex conversational situations so that the activities move the students from "sentence-level" dialogues to "paragraph-level" conversations.  Students create conversations using everyday situations by asking and answering questions; by narrating in the past and in the future; and by expressing conditions and wishes. Varied writing practice builds and reinforces communication skills. Reading practice using authentic realia, short dramatic scenes, problem solving games, and longer stories allows students to internalize what they have learned. Students continue to expand their culture awareness of the Fracophone world.  Meets A-G University of California requirement

 

4020 FRENCH 3P

Grades:  11-12     Credits:  5 per semester                                        Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 2P.

Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course. Focusing on communication, students’ progress more complex conversational situations so that the activities move the students to more complex conversations.  Students create conversations using everyday situations by asking and answering questions; by narrating in the past and in the future; and by expressing

conditions and wishes. Varied writing practice builds and reinforces communication skills. Reading practice using authentic regalia, short dramatic scenes, problem solving games, and French literature allows students to internalize what they have learned. Students continue to expand their culture awareness of the Fracophone world. Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4021 FRENCH 3HP

Grades: 11-12      Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Completion of French 2P              Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course.  May not be repeated for credit.  In the third year, students will continue their expansion of vocabulary through outside reading and practice within the classroom.  In addition, they will learn the future, conditional, perfect, and the subjective verb tenses, as well as internalize the objective and reflexive pronouns.  They will speak entirely in French in various groups within the classroom.  They will write a daily journal in French. Honors 3 covers the same material as French 3P, but in addition, learning is enriched through additional projects and field tripsMeets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4120 FRENCH 4P

Grades:  11-12     Credits:  5 per semester                                  Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 3P/HP.

Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course. May not be repeated for credit. Students will continue their expansion of vocabulary through outside reading and practice within the classroom. They will learn the future, conditional, perfect and the subjunctive verb tenses, as well as other advanced grammatical structures.  Students will speak entirely in French in groups and in whole-class situations.  Students will write in French using several genres.  Cultural awareness of the Francophone world will continue.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

4122 FRENCH 4AP

Grades:  11-12     Credits:  5 per semester                        Prerequisite:  Successful completion of French 3P/HP and approval of the Honors/AP committee                                                                                                           Max credit:  10

A one-year elective course. May not be repeated for credit.  Students will continue their expansion of vocabulary through outside reading and practice within the classroom.  They will learn the future, conditional, perfect and the subjunctive verb tenses, as well as other advanced grammatical structures.  Students will speak entirely in French in groups and in whole-class situations.  Students will write in French using several genres.  Cultural awareness of the Francophone world will continue.  There is a focus on the AP exam, where students need to practice timed oral fluency responses, expand their reading comprehension, and perfect their grammar for writing essays.   Students will be expected to take the AP exam in May.  Meets A-G University of California requirement.

 

 

OTHER COURSES

 

7123 APEX

Grades: 10-12                                                                      Prerequisite: Counselor Recommendation

APEX Learning provides digital curriculum to assist students in completing graduation requirements.  Course completion depends on the student’s pace of completing a given course.

 

7354 MEDIA AIDE

Grades:  10-12      Credits:  5 per semester                                                                                                     Max credit:  40

This course is designed to enhance the student's ability, but not limit to, library use for both personal and school-oriented interests, to develop skill in specified clerical activities, and to expose the student to experience in working with the public. Students are expected to complete a variety of tasks according to the needs of the library and assist with technology use on campus. A maximum of 20 semester units may be earned in this class.

 

7440 STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Grades:  10-12     Credits: 5 per semester                      Prerequisite: Student body or class officer       Max credit:  40

This course provides those students currently in elected school offices the opportunity to plan events, meet as a governing group, and organize school activities.  Students also perform community service during the year.

 

3188 LAB ASSISTANT

Grades:  11-12     Credits: 5 per semester                                      Prerequisite:  Recommendation by a science teacher

Max credit:  10

This is a yearlong course that may be repeated for credit.  Students are taught safety procedures, how to set up and disassemble laboratory equipment and supplies, assist instructors with students during labs, and check inventories.  Students must be responsible, self-motivated, be able to work by themselves, and trustworthy, along with the capacity to understand detailed instructions.  Students do not work for a particular instructor but are assigned to the department and utilized where they are most needed.

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent Study is designed for students unable to attend regular classes due to illness, lack of child-care, or family emergency. Students work at home on an individual program of classes, and meet with their advisor one hour per week.  Not all classes required for graduation are available through IS.  Only the AP of Administration approves placement.

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Grades:  11-12                                                                                                                                                        Max credit:  40

Community involvement service empowers students to collaboratively work beside and with other groups and individuals in the community.  Most students will work with educational institutions as instructional assistants.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Grades:  11-12     Credits:  5 per semester                            Prerequisite:  Work Permit and permission of coordinator

Max credit:  20

Students with a work permit and employed at least 8 hours a week may apply for work experience. Class meets once a week during lunch.

 

BAKERSFIELD ADULT SCHOOL

Semester 1 or 2   Grades: 12                                                                                                    Credit: 5 to 10 per semester

Prerequisite:  Counselor approval, signed contract, $10 fee refundable upon completion of class.

Only 10 seniors may enroll per semester and can attend BAS at either the Mt. Vernon or Nueva campus sites. Courses available include: social studies, English, math, science. Students can earn up to 10 credits per semester by attending 1 or 2 nights per week for 9 or 18 weeks, depending upon campus site.  Senior must be a potential graduate in order to earn one of the 10 placements.  (See your counselor.)

 

HOME STUDY/HOME INSTRUCTION PROGRAM

Any student with a medical disability/injury which makes it impossible for that student to attend school for four weeks or more is eligible for home instruction (KHSD Admin Code 326R).  Any student wishing to enter the program must have a doctor’s referral which describes the medical problem and states that in the doctor’s opinion, it is impossible for the student to attend school for an extended length of time.  Renewal referrals from the doctor must be received every quarter of the school year for the student to remain eligible for the program.  Referral forms are available in the Administrative office.  Any student who has a condition other than medical will be referred to our Independent Study Program.

 

7447 STUDENT TUTOR

Grades 11-12        Credit:  5 per semester (misc. credit)   Prerequisite:  Approval of Instructor             Max credit:  20

Students enrolled in this class will assist an instructor in a classroom setting by providing tutorial services to students in need of help with coursework.  Students should be responsible, self-motivated, and able to work well in individual and small group settings.

 

7250 ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Grades 9-12          Credit:  5 per semester (misc. credit)

Students enrolled in this class will receive assistance in their class work, study skills and organization skills.

 

7406 PEER COUNSELING

Grades 9-12          Credit:  5 per semester (misc. credit)

Students enrolled in this class will be considered peer counselors/tutors to at-risk students.  Peer counselors will be assigned one to two students to work one-on-one with daily to assist in tutoring and homework completion.