Courses at THS

SOCIAL SCIENCE

social studies

All courses meet the &"a' or &"g' requirement for UC/CSU entrance.

Accommodations for Special Education and English Learner students.

World History

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 10

Prerequisite: No

Grad requirement: Social Science

UC/CSU requirement: "a"

This college prep social studies course examines the major turning points that shaped the modern world from the late 18th century to the present. Students examine the Ancient Origins of Democracy, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Rise of Imperialism and Colonialism, World War I, Totalitarianism, World War II, and the Cold War.

By investigating and analyzing primary and secondary sources, students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historic, geographic, political, economic, and social origins. Throughout the course, students trace the rise of democratic ideas in order to understand that such ideas are often achieved at a high price.


U.S. History

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 11

Prerequisite: No

Grad requirement: Social Science

UC/CSU requirement: "a"

This course begins with a review of the settlement of the colonies and the American Revolution, to westward expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will then examine the major turning points in American History from the Industrial Revolution through the twentieth century.

Emphasis will be placed on the expanding role of the federal government and the federal courts; the balance of power between the right of the inpidual and states' rights; and the continuing struggle between minority rights and majority power. Importance will also be placed on the emergence of a modern corporate economy, the impact of technology on American society and culture, the movements toward equal rights for racial minorities and women, and the role of the United States as a major world power.


AP U.S. History

(Weighted GPA for high school & College record)

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 11

Prerequisite: Previous English & History with a grade of "B" or better and teacher recommendation.

Grad requirement: Social Science

UC/CSU requirement: "a"

This course is designed to mirror a college level survey course in American History. Students taking this course will acquire the factual knowledge and analytical skills to better understand the issues and problems that confronted the United States in its past as well as having a better understanding of current issues in American society. In addition students will develop the necessary reading, writing and critical thinking skills that will allow them to be successful in different subject areas as college students. Students who successfully complete the course and pass the AP Exam in United States History will earn college credit for the course and will be prepared to take more advanced courses in American History at the college level.


Government

Length of course: Semester

Grade level: 12

Prerequisite: No

Grad requirement: Social Science

UC/CSU requirement: "a"

In this course, students apply knowledge gained in previous years of study to pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American Government. In addition, they draw on their studies of world and American history and geography and other societies to compare differences and similarities in world governmental systems today.

The overall goal of this course is to help students understand and to participate in the governmental process, and to be a responsible citizen of the modern world.


AP Government and Politics United States

(Weighted GPA for high school & College record)

Length of course: Semester

Grade level: 12

Prerequisite: Previous English & History with a grade of "B" or better and teacher recommendation.

Grad requirement: Social Science

UC/CSU requirement "a"

The Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics course will give students an analytical perspective on government and policies in the United Sates. This course includes both the study of theoretical concepts used to interpret US government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics.


Economics

Length of course: Semester

Grade level: 12

Prerequisite: No

Grad requirement: Social Science

UC/CSU requirement: "g"

The objective of this high school economics course is for students to master fundamental economic concepts, appreciate how the principal concepts of economics relate to each other and understand the structure of economic systems.

Students will use economic concepts in a reasoned, careful manner in dealing with personal, community, national and global economic issues. They will use measurement concepts and methods such as tables, charts, graphs, ratios, percentages and index numbers to understand and interpret relevant data. They should learn to make reasoned decisions on economic issues as citizens, workers, consumers, business owners, managers and members of civic groups.


AP Macroeconomics (Offered at Rancho Cotate High) (Weighted GPA for high school & College record)

Length of course: Semester

Grade level: 12

Prerequisite: Previous English & History with a grade of "B" or better and teacher recommendation.

Grad requirement: Social Science

UC/CSU requirement: "g"

The purpose of an AP course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students' familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

English Lanquage Arts

All courses meet the &"b' requirement for UC/CSU entrance. Accommodations for Special Education and English Learner students.


English 9

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 9

Prerequisite: No

Grad requirement: English

UC/CSU requirement: "b"

This course develops student skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Emphasis is placed on understanding the rules of grammar and punctuation. Writing is taught as a process, with feedback and multiple revisions. Two essays and one expository speech are required each semester. In addition, students work on vocabulary development and increase understanding of basic literary concepts and terminology. In alignment with the Common Core State Standards, the reading of nonfiction is emphasized to prepare students for college and career. Selected articles, documents, poems, plays, and novels will be read as well as selections from The Language of Literature.


English 11

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 11

Prerequisite: None

Grad requirement: English

UC/CSU requirement: "b"

This course is a chronological survey of American Literature following the development of American thought. Several novels will be read, and there will be continued work with nonfiction through relative news sources and Expository Reading and Writing Course material (ERWC). A focus will be placed on writing featuring argumentative, informative/explanatory, narrative and analytical essays and responses. Students will also deliver one speech per semester. Selections from The Language of Literature will also be read. Significant time will be spent on conventions of Standard English.


English 10

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 10

Prerequisite: No

Grad requirement: English

UC/CSU requirement: "b"

This course builds on the curriculum of English 9, continuing to place an emphasis on the development of reading and writing skills. Each semester students will write a variety of essays including persuasive, narrative, expository, and analytical responses to prompts and literature. Through their assignments students engage in the writing process of pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing. Students also develop their oral communication skills through presentations and speeches each semester. Several novels will be read as well as selections from The Language of Literature.


AP English 11 Language and Composition

(Weighted GPA for high school & College record)

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 11

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. Completion of a summer reading Assignment.

Grad requirement: English

UC/CSU requirement: "b"

The course focuses on nurturing students to write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives. The course is organized according to the requirements and guidelines of the current AP English Language & Composition course description, and, therefore, students are expected to read critically, think analytically, and communicate clearly both in writing and speech. The units in this course are primarily anchored by themes and follow the American literary periods chronologically. Students will begin with an examination of Puritan Literature and follow the course of American thought. Students will also deliver one speech per semester. This is a rigorous course that requires mature students who possess advanced skills and strong motivation.


English 12: ERWC

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 12

Prerequisite: No

Grad requirement: English

UC/CSU requirement: "b"

The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course is to prepare seniors for the literacy demands of higher education.

Through a sequence of fourteen rigorous instructional modules, students in this yearlong, rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.

The cornerstone of the course-the assignment template-presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to nonfiction and literary texts. Modules also provide instruction in research methods and documentation conventions.

Students will be expected to increase their awareness of the rhetorical strategies employed by authors and to apply those strategies in their own writing. They will read closely to examine the relationship between an author's argument or theme and his or her audience and purpose; to analyze the impact of structural and rhetorical strategies; and to examine the social, political, and philosophical assumptions that underlie the text. By the end of the course, students will be expected to use this process independently when reading unfamiliar texts and writing in response to them.

Course texts include contemporary essays, newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, assorted public documents, and other nonfiction texts. The course materials also include modules on two full-length works (one novel and one work of nonfiction). Written assessments and holistic scoring guides conclude each unit.


AP English 12 Literature and Composition

(Weighted GPA for high school & College record)

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. Completion of a summer reading assignment is required for enrollment in this course.

Grad requirement: English

UC/CSU requirement: "b"

This course is designed to meet the curricular requirements as described in the AP English Literature and Composition course description. Students will read a variety of challenging novels, plays, short works and poetry selected from 16th century literature to the present.

Students will learn to recognize elements of style and structure (point of view, characterization, tone, diction, symbolism, imagery etc.) and be able to discuss how these elements help an author convey themes. Students will practice timed in-class writing responses to poems and passages as well as formal written analyses of major works read, studied and discussed together in class. Through the writing and revision process, students will become familiar with correct writing conventions.


MATHEMATICS

Math

All courses meet the &"c' requirement for UC/CSU entrance. Accommodations for Special Education and English Learner students.


Technology High School Course Selection Flowchart - NEW GRAPHIC COMING SOON -

Mathematics Placement Exam: Technology High School science classes have significant mathematical components requiring strong algebra skills. A preliminary assessment/placement exam will be administered to all incoming 9th grade students to determine readiness for Algebra 1.

Students wishing to enroll in classes beyond Algebra 1 will be given a &"challenge' placement exam to demonstrate mastery of the topics outlined in the Algebra 1 course description and to assess their readiness for Geometry or Algebra 2.


Algebra 1

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 9

Prerequisite: Math Placement test

Grad requirement: Math

UC/CSU requirement: "c"

This course is a preparatory math class for students planning to enter a college or an apprenticeship program. It is designed for students who have done well in previous mathematics courses and want to continue to fulfill college entrance requirements. Topics include the tools of Algebra, linear equations, absolute value equations, linear inequalities, systems of equations, graphing functions, analyzing functions using tables and graphs, factoring, quadratic functions, exponential functions, exponents, right triangles, radical expressions, rational exponents, polynomials, rational expressions and functions, and the Common Core statistics module.


Geometry

Length of course: Year

Grade level 9-10

Prerequisite 9th Grader: Math Placement test

& 8th grade teacher rec.

Grad requirement Math

CSU/UC requirement "c"

This course is a college preparatory Geometry course designed for students planning on attending a college or apprenticeship program. It includes rigorous mathematical logic based on Euclid's axioms in the study of lines, planes, angles, congruent triangles, parallel lines, polygons, similar triangles, circles, and Geometry solids. Additional topics include transformations, area, perimeter, concurrence theorems, right triangle trigonometry, and the Common Core statistics module on probability.


Algebra 2

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 9 -12

Prerequisite 9th Grader: Math Placement test & 8th grade teacher recommendation

Upper Grade: Previous math grade of &"c' or better is recommended.

Grad requirement: Math

UC/CSU requirement: "c"

This is a preparatory course for students planning to enter either a college or apprenticeship program. This course covers more advanced concepts of Algebra. Topics include analyzing equations and inequalities, graphing linear relations and functions, solving systems of equations and inequalities, exploring polynomials and radical expressions, complex numbers, quadratic functions, conic sections, polynomial functions, rational expressions and functions, exponential functions, logarithms and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, with the Common Core statistics module.


Algebra 2 Honors

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 9 -12

Prerequisite: 9th Grader: Math Placement test & 8th grade teacher recommendation.

Others: Previous math grade of &"c' or better is recommended

Grad requirement: Math (weighted gpa)

UC/CSU requirement: "c"

This is an Honors level preparatory course for the students planning to enter a college with majors related to math, science, and engineering. This course covers the topics of Algebra 2 at a more rigorous level as well as topics from Pre-Calculus including trigonometry and other topics preparing students to enter Advanced Placement Calculus the following year.


Pre-Calculus

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 10-12

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and Algebra 2 with a grade of "c" or better.

Grad requirement: Math

UC/CSU requirement: "c"

This course is designed to prepare students for college mathematics. The course covers matrices, function theory and transformations, polynomial functions and roots, rational expressions, exponential and logarithmic functions and their applications, right triangle trigonometry and its application, trigonometric functions, inverses, and their graphs, trigonometric identities, polar coordinates, complex numbers in polar form, series, sequences, limits, derivatives, and introduction to statistical analysis.


AP Calculus

(Weighted GPA for high school & College application)

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 11-12

Prerequisite Teacher recommendation and successful completion of the Pre-Calculus course work with a grade of "C" or better.

Grad requirement: Math Elective

UC/CSU requirement: "c"

This course serves primarily as preparation for the AP exam in Calculus (level BC). The first semester covers differential calculus with the study of rectangular, polar, and parametric functions, limits and continuity, derivatives and all their applications, and L'Hopital's Rule. The second semester covers integral calculus with the study of definite and indefinite integrals, irregular area, volumes of rational solids, motion and free-fall and slope fields & infinite series.


AP Statistics

(Weighted GPA for high school & College application)

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 10-12

Prerequisite Completion of Pre-calculus with a "C" or Algebra 2 or Alg. 2H with a grade of "B" or better.

Grad requirement: Math Elective

UC/CSU requirement: "c"

This course serves primarily as preparation for the AP exam in Statistics. AP Statistics is designed to introduce students to the major concepts and tools necessary for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. The four major themes are exploring and describing data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating and exploring patterns using probability, statistical inference, and hypothesis testing.


SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Science and Engineering

All Science and Engineering courses at Technology High School meet either the d' or &"g' requirement for UC/CSU entrance. The Integrated Science project based curriculum follows the NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS model where we offer focused topics drawn from earth sciences in 9th grade; Life sciences in the 10th grade; and physics in the 11th grade; while chemistry topics and applications are dispersed throughout all three years.


Integrated Science I & Engineering I

Length of course: Year

Grade level: 9

Prerequisite: none

Grad requirement: Science

UC/CSU requirement: "g"

This course is the first of a 3 year sequence in integrated science. This course offers discrete units in Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Biology and Environmental Science which are all lab and evidence based. Curricular units are aligned to state and next generation science standards. Each unit culminates in students collaborating to produce a final project demonstrating content mastery.

Subject Unit Description Culminating Project
Physics (fall semester) One-dimensional motion, forces and Newton's Laws Rube Goldberg project
Earth Science Plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes Disaster Video project
Evolution Evidence for evolution, Darwin's theory, heredity, evolutionary physiology Evolve a Creature project
Chemistry Balancing equations, gram-mole conversions, acid-base chemistry, stoichiometry Fire Suppression project
Environmental Science Eco systems, sustainability, alternative energy Sustainable House project
Physics (spring semester) Two-dimensional physics, projectile motion Trebuchet project
Public Speaking Public speaking, debating, logical fallacies Debate Activity
Final Project Final project/exam for second semester- students produce a 5 minute &"trailer' about a science topic of their choice. The film incorporates content requirements in the allotted time to create a desire in their audience to see the movie. Science Movie Trailer

Integrated Science II & Engineering II Length of course :Year Grade level: 10 Prerequisite :NA Grad requirement: Science UC/CSU requirement: &"d'

This course continues the project/problem-based and hands-on approach experienced in Integrated Science. The emphasis of IS II is on the study of biology but throughout the year modules incorporate and integrate chemistry, earth sciences, and physics. Modules are two to six weeks and can be interspersed with focused "mini-units" such as virology or oncology. All state standards for Integrated Sciences II are addressed during the school year. Projects linked to biology emphasize bioengineering while studies in other scientific disciplines are linked to appropriate engineering projects as listed in the general topical outline that follows.

Fall Semester Modules Products
1. Human Anatomy 1.Anatomy & Physiology Portfolio Articulated model of human skeletal joint
2. Organ Systems, Mammalian Dissection 2. Organ system presentation including lecture to the class, handout and poster plus formal scientific paper.
3. Cell Biology 3. Presentation of cell model
4. Genetics & Molecular Biology 4. Scholarly debates
5. Rotational Motion 5. Laboratory exercises
6. Planetary Astronomy 6. Myth Invention
7. Meteorology 7. Presentation of two subjects in meteorology with model or poster
Spring Semester Modules Products
1. "Collapse" Project (Sociological Ecology) 1. Presentation, poster, and handout
2. Science Fair Preparation 2. Poster exhibition at Science Fair
3. General and Organic Chemistry 3. Laboratory exercises formal scientific papers
4. Bioengineering and Bioethics 4. Scholarly debates
5. Invertebrate Zoology 5. The "Invert Zo Final" Field studies
Short Optional Modules Products
  • Oncology & Physicians' Desk Reference
  • Wolbachia Project
  • Virology
  • Cosmology
  • Create a Species and Fictitious Dichotomous Key
  • Circuits & Programming
  • Neurophysiology of Puberty
  • Various options These mini modules may be inserted between the above listed modules each semester.

    Integrated Science III & Engineering III Length of course: Year Grade level: 11 Prerequisite: NA Grad requirement: Science UC/CSU requirement: "d"

    This course in the sequence builds on knowledge gained from Integrated Science I and II. Students will continue to cover Earth Science, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. All state standards for Integrated Sciences III are addressed during the school year. The Earth Science module leads students to investigate climate and planetary differences. In the Chemistry module, students learn about ideal gas laws, rate reactions, electrochemistry, and thermos-dynamics. The Physics topics will include statics, electricity and basic circuit design, momentum and amusement park physics. Biology will continue discoveries into genetics. Projects linked to biology emphasize bioengineering while studies in other scientific disciplines are linked to appropriate engineering projects as listed in the general topical outline that follows.

    Subject Unit Description Culminating Project
    Physics (fall semester) Momentum, Electrostatics, Electricity and Circuits Leyden Jar and Electroscope Egg Drop
    Earth Science Atmosphere Earth Science Movie (interdisciplinary project)
    Chemistry Balancing equations, gram-mole conversions, acid-base chemistry, stoichiometry, Ideal Gas Laws, Electrochemistry Various laboratory exercises
    Physics (spring semester) Thermodynamics, amusement park physics Amusement Park Physics Assessment (interdisciplinary project)
    Final Project Designing an amusement park with historical and literary characters. Designing an Amusement Park (interdisciplinary project)

    Integrated Science IV Length of course Year Grade level 12th Grade Prerequisite NA Grad requirement Science UC/CSU requirement "d"

    Integrated Science IV is the Science/ Engineering course for all seniors. This course focuses on Physics and fulfils the "D" requirement for a Lab Science.

    Fall Semester:

    • Engineering Survey- introduction to various fields in engineering as well as engineering universities
    • Concept Car- Students design a &"dream car' targeting a market of their choice
    • Engineering Analysis- looking at proposed large scale engineering projects, analyzing the merits of the project, making a recommendation if they should go forward
    • Petroleum and Peak Oil- a look at the future of oil production and consumption and the potential result of running out of oil
    • Electronics- students learn the basics of electronic components and build simple circuits
    • Root Cause Analysis- students analyze several disasters and determine the root cause. They also make recommendations to prevent future occurrences of similar problems
    • The school hosts &"CAPA', an evening activity observed and judged by parents, where students play a part on a team to experience a replica historical event. They apply their knowledge of Root Cause Analysis to process the disaster being assessed. This experience is based on the Harvard School of Business protocols.
    • Egg launch- students design a vehicle that will protect two eggs during a projectile flight. Students will use accelerometers to gather acceleration and impact data to aid in the analysis of their design

    Spring Semester:

    • Cardboard Cars- students design and construct a human powered vehicle out of cardboard and race them around a track
    • Cardboard Boats- students design and construct a human powered boat out of cardboard and race them across a swimming pool
    • Microcontroller programming- students will learn basic programming of the Arduino or basic stamp microcontroller, along with how to incorporate sensors and other input devices.
    • Senior Project- student project groups create, design, develop and market a unique project over the course of a semester. A student presentation is scheduled during one evening in May.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) SCIENCE ELECTIVES

    These Advanced Placement science courses are available at Rancho Cotate High School. They culminate in a subject area Advanced Placement exam in May. College credits may be earned based on the student's exam scores.


    AP Biology (weighted GPA for high school & College record) Length of course Year Grade level 11-12 Prerequisite Chemistry grade C or better. UC/CSU requirement "d" Advanced Placement (AP) Biology is designed as an equivalent to a college/university introductory biology course for biology majors.

    The two main goals of AP Biology are to help students

    develop a conceptual framework for modern biology and to help students gain an appreciation of science as a process. The ongoing information explosion in biology makes these goals even more challenging. Primary emphasis in an Advanced Placement Biology course is on developing an understanding of concepts rather than on memorizing terms and technical details. Essential to this conceptual understanding are the following: a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts; a personal experience in scientific inquiry; recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of biology; and application of biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns.
    AP Chemistry (weighted GPA for high school & College records) Length of course: Year Grade level: 11-12 Prerequisite: Previous or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 2 Teacher recommendation. Grad requirement: Science

    UC/CSU requirement: "d"

    Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry is equivalent to a required college/university introductory course in chemistry for students majoring in the any of the sciences, medicine, materials, or engineering. Primary emphasis is on developing a deeper understanding of concepts rather than on memorizing terms. Laboratory work is designed to foster an understanding of chemistry concepts and develop critical thinking skills.

    AP Physics B (weighted GPA for high school & College record) Length of course Year Grade level 11-12 Prerequisite Concurrent math enrollment - Pre-calculus or Calculus. Grad requirement Science UC/CSU requirement "d" AP Physics B is equivalent to a one-year, non-Calculus level and it covers all the elements of elementary physics: mechanics, waves, sound, light, heat, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. This course provides for college credit when the student passes the Advanced Placement, Physics B exam. Course emphasis is on problem solving, physics knowledge and real world connections.


    WORLD LANGUAGE

    Lanquage Arts
  • All courses meet the &"e' requirement for UC/CSU entrance.
  • Accommodations for Special Education and English Learner students.

  • Spanish 1 Length of course: Year Grade level: 9-12 Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in English is recommended. Grad requirement: Language other than English UC/CSU requirement: "e"

    This course introduces students to the culture and language of the Spanish-speaking world. The instruction is communication-based stressing that students develop thinking, speaking, reading and writing skills in the target language. Cultural knowledge, communication strategies and critical thinking skills are part of the language instruction.


    Spanish 2 Length of course: Year Grade level: 9-12 Prerequisite: Spanish 1, Teacher recommendation and/or proficiency exam. Grad requirement Elective UC/CSU requirement "e"

    This course continues the work in Level 1, with an emphasis on proficiency in thinking, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students continue exploration of culture, development of communication strategies and critical thinking skills. Students should expect daily homework and should expect to spend up to 30 minutes daily preparing for class. Students will learn to sustain a brief conversation on simple everyday topics demonstrating good use of the whole sound system (good pronunciation), and the basic structural patterns in the present, past, and future tenses, the subjunctive, and commands; summarize orally and in writing, the main points of a relatively simple reading passage not involving specialized vocabulary.


    Spanish 3 Length of course: Year Grade level: 9-12 Prerequisite: Spanish 2, Teacher recommendation and/or proficiency exam. Grad requirement: Elective

    UC/CSU requirement: "e"

    This course is an advanced level for the serious, selfmotivated student. Students will continue to develop the listening and communicative skills needed to express themselves in increasingly more precise and detailed language for productive conversation skills. Students learn to write 3 to 5 paragraph essays and compositions. Students read lengthy authentic materials and learn to summarize and respond to text (non-fiction, literature, and poetry). Students should expect 30-60 minutes of daily homework and preparation as well as more long-term assignments.


    Courses offered @ Rancho Cotate High


    AP Spanish Language (Weighted GPA for high school & college record) Length of course: Year Grade level: 11-12 Prerequisite: Spanish 3, Teacher recommendation Grad requirement: Elective UC/CSU requirement: "e"

    This is a rigorous year-long college prep course. Students will continue to develop the listening and communicative skills needed to express themselves in increasingly more precise and detailed language for productive conversation skills. Students continue to write 3 to 5 paragraph essays and compositions. Students continue to read, summarize and respond to lengthy, authentic materials. Students should expect daily homework and preparation as well as more longterm assignments. This is an advanced level for the serious, self-motivated student.
  • French I
  • French II
  • French III
  • MEDIA and VISUAL ARTS

    Visual Arts

    The following art courses are offered by THS


    Digital Photography & Yearbook

    Length of course: Year Grade level: 9 -12 Prerequisite: None Grad requirement: Art UC/CSU requirement: Yes

    This is an introductory course in digital photography for students to earn one year of Visual Arts (f) credit. Students will explore the artistic aspects of photography concentrating on the elements of art and principles of design found in photographs created by the students and well-known photographic artists. Photographs and photographers from a variety of cultures and countries will be examined for artistic and cultural content. The idea that software does not replace good photographic skills will be stressed throughout the class. Students will create and print digital photographs in a variety of styles and techniques utilizing different styles and papers. Through the use of yearbook software concepts of layout and graphical design will be a common theme throughout the course.


    Digital Video & Drama Length of course: Year Grade level: 9-12 Prerequisite: Basic computer skills are recommended Grad requirement: Visual Arts UC/CSU requirement: "f"

    This course includes the study of aesthetic elements of film making and the technical expertise of video production and editing. Students have the opportunity to produce films inpidually and in groups, from script development and story boarding to camera shots and post-production work on audio and video. Emphasis is placed on using high quality editing software. Various opportunities are included to show films to the entire school or to enter local film festivals for students who wish to do so.


    The following art courses are available to Tech High Students, offered at Rancho Cotate High School

    Art 1, 2, 3 Length of course: 1 year each Grade level: 9-12 Prerequisite: None Grad requirement: Visual Arts UC/CSU requirement: "f"

    ART 1: An introduction to basic drawing skills, color theory and elements and principles of design. Students will explore a variety of techniques in art media. 3D design and sculpture will be introduced as students apply skills and knowledge to new media.

    ART 2: Students will expand on techniques learned in Art 1 while deepening their understanding of composition, artistic purpose and personal stylistic development. As students create more advanced 2D and 3D works of art, they will focus on communicating and illustrating thoughtful meaning, imaginative ideas, and more complex imagery.

    ART 3: Students will expand on techniques learned in Art 2 while deepening their understanding of composition, artistic purpose and personal stylistic development. Students will focus on expressing their artistic voices and choose a concentration while beginning to create portfolio work for AP submission. Students will continue to develop skills in analyzing and interpreting art and art history.


    AP Studio Art Length of course: Year Grade level: 11-12 Prerequisite: Application Grad requirement: Visual Arts UC/CSU requirement: "f"

    (Weighted GPA for high school & college record)

    This Advanced Placement offering is a collegiate level honors studio art class for juniors and seniors who have a higher level of skill and interest in art, and who have had 2 - 3 years of art instruction. Students will create drawings and paintings for submission of a portfolio to the College Board for the possibility of earning college credits

    Marching Band Length of course: Year Grade level: 9-12 Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in Concert, Band or Band Auxiliary. Grad requirement: Performing Arts UC/CSU requirement "f" THS Students apply to teacher: Timothy_Decker@crpusd.org


    SRJC VISUAL ARTS COURSE OFFERINGS The following courses are offered contingent upon enrollment on the TECHNOLOGY HIGH campus. Course times and days of week vary based upon student need and instructor availability.


    ART 3: INTRODUCTIONS TO ART AND DESIGN

    Fall Semester, 2016 Two 3 hour meetings/week; Day TBA; 2:30 - 6:30 SRJC Units: 3 THS Credits: 10 Transferability: CSU/UC Prerequisites: None An introductory studio course in the fundamentals of art and design using shape, value, texture, line, pattern, color and space through exercises in drawing, painting, and collage. The course is required for the Fine Arts Certificate and is accepted for transfer at both the UC and CSU systems. This is a comprehensive course covering the fundamentals of two dimensional expression. Its purpose is to enable students to recognize and create strong visual work. The format of the class will include lectures and extensive studio work. Theories of Kandinsky, Itten and Kepes will be used. Students will be exposed to a variety of sources including Art History, Japanese Design and contemporary culture. Books, slides, visual examples and demonstrations will be used to illustrate points of lecture. Students will use a variety of media such as pencil, ink, charcoal and acrylic paint. The techniques of drawing, painting, mixed media and collage will be introduced. Course topics include line, value, reversal, shape, texture, pattern, spatial organization and color.

    Assignments may include any or all of the following:

    1. Charcoal geometric composition using vertical/horizontal lines in composition that uses process of erasing and correcting lines. 2. Curved linear composition using cut lines of black paper. 3. Abstract shape composition using cutouts and cutaways in positive/negative space relationships. 4. Colored abstract paper collage translated into black, grey and white values. 5. Japanese based screen composition with emphasis on asymmetry and positive and negative shapes based on thumbnail sketches and cropping. 6. Cubist composition in complementary color based deconstruction of perspective using thumbnail sketches. 7. Self-portrait based on charcoal sketches using abstraction of shape, analogous colors, and split

    complements with painting techniques.

    8. Critiquing the aesthetic and conceptual success of one's own and other students' work.

    Art 4: PRINCIPLES OF COLOR

    Spring Semester, 2017 Two 3 hour meetings/week; Day TBA; 2:30 - 6:30 SRJC Units: 3 THS Credits: 10 Transferability: CSU/UC Prerequisites: None The study and use of color as an element of art and design.Students are given creative problems exploring the interaction of color and the principles of color harmony. This is a comprehensive course that presents color terminology, theory and application. Through books, demonstrations and examples students are exposed to a variety of sources from art history to the approaches of contemporary color artists. Emphasis is placed on developing the student's observation of and response to color work. The course is pided into three parts: 1. Understanding the double primary system through color mixing, grading, the grey scales and the creation of a double primary color wheel. 2. Creative projects which use color to create the illusion of location in space, volume, light, shadow and transparency. 3. Using the color theories concepts in creative projects that help to develop the student' color style. Assignments may include any or all of the following: 1. Combining Primaries: Mixing Secondary & Intermediate (tertiary) colors 2. Color Wheel: creating a 12 step wheel based on Split Primary System 3. Complementary color pairs, and their uses Chromatic Blacks (and Browns) 4. "Color Matching" 5. Optical Mixture: Allowing the eye to complete the mixture of small patches of color, a la Seurat 6. Transparency Illusion 7. Creating Space (Depth) 8. Color Harmonies 9. Color and Emotion: using color & abstraction to convey 10. Music (CD Cover Design Project)

    SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT PROCESS

    SRJC


    • SRJC is working to offer courses on the Technology High School Campus during the afternoons of each semester.
    • All courses are contingent upon meeting minimum enrollment requirements.
    • All courses are offered as &"Dual Enrollment' meaning the student will earn high school credit as well as SRJC credit.
    • A semester of these college courses are equivalent to a year of high school credit.
    • http://admissions.santarosa.edu/college-catalog
    • To register for SRJC courses offered at THS OR on the SRJC/PETALUMA CAMPUS, please proceed as follows:
    • FIRST: Apply to the Technology High School guidance counselor.
    • SECOND: Apply to Santa Rosa Junior College online
    • An e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address that provides the SID (student identification number) and PIN
    • code instructions for logging on to the My Cubby Student Portal. You should record this information and keep it with you at all times.
    • Submit a High School Concurrent Enrollment Program Request Form. Download this form at chromeextension://oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm/https://admissions.santarosa.edu/sites/admissions.santarosa.edu/files/concurrent-enrollment.pdf, the form needs to be complete with all required signatures/initials. This form can be turned into thePetaluma or Santa Rosa admissions office.
    • During the open registration period you can enroll in your desired class by logging on to your MyCubby Student Portal and select the "Add/Drop/Register" link to register for your class. You should have a back-up plan ahead of time for alternative class choices if your first choice is closed.
    • Choose the "Cash/Check" option when completing the transaction in order to defer the payment.
    • CONCURRENTLY enrolled high school students pay only the $19.00 health fee each semester.
    • Students should ALWAYS print a copy of the class schedule as proof of registration.
    • ALWAYS register for the class for a letter grade, not the P/NP option. Technology High School Course Selection Guide 25
    • If you are enrolling in math or English, you must take a placement test. Go to www.santarosa.edu/app/placement/English-Math-Chemistry/ to register for the placement test. If the class you want to take has a prerequisite, make sure that you fill out a Prerequisite Equivalency/Challenge Form and submit it with the Concurrent Enrollment Form.
    • Note: High school students are limited to 11 units as a junior or senior, 6 units as a sophomore, and 3 units as a freshman. THS students are encouraged to register for SRJC themselves. Of course, parental guidance is always encouraged, but it is important for our students to take responsibility for their education in a college course themselves. If you have any questions or difficulties with enrollment, please see Ms. Knoll.

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    PE

    Students are required to complete two (2) years of Physical Education for High School Graduation. All 9th graders are required to enroll in Physical Education.It is recognized that some schedule conflicts require a student to postpone the second year of Physical Education to the junior or senior year. THS students may take the THS Physical Education II (Integrated within the PE I course offering) during their 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.


    Alternatives in meeting the 2nd year Physical Education requirement:

    • Students may apply a second year of Physical Education through recognized Independent Study (Internet programs) or collegiate courses through Santa Rosa JC or Sonoma State University.
    • Students in athletics and Band may apply for a waiver of the 2nd year requirement. Please refer to the waiver application process.
    • Facilities: Due to restricted use of the physical education facility at SSU, Tech High Physical Education is conducted on the campus of Rancho Cotate High School 4 days weekly. Each Wednesday, THS students remain on the THS campus for a classroom activity. A THS teacher is assigned and the class enrolls Tech High students only. The THS and RCHS campus locations require a 10 minute walk each way. This 20 minute exercise is credited as a class activity. Students then have 5 minutes in the locker room at the beginning and end of a 30 minute physical education period.

    Physical Ed I Length of course: Year Grade level: 9 Prerequisite: No Grad requirement: Physical Education UC/CSU requirement: N/A

    This co-ed course is an overview of the fundamentals of Physical Education including aerobic and cardiovascular fitness, strength walk and physical fitness testing. A strong emphasis on personal health maintenance and self-evaluation will be supplemented by exposure to various activities with an emphasis on team sport participation.

    The focus will be on the development of motor skills, knowledge, and life-skills which will lead to a continuing active, healthy life style. Emphasis is on five components of fitness. Activities including cooperation and team building are stressed. Activities: There are three main components: 1. Inpidual Fitness; 2. Team Sports; and 3. Health Studies. Inpidual Fitness involves training, development, and testing of endurance, strength, flexibility, agility and balance/ stability. Team sports offers skill development and organized competition in a variety of sports which may include: Soccer, Frisbee (Ultimate), Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Lacrosse, Dodge-ball, Handball, Softball/Base- ball, Field Games, and others. Special Programs include a week of SSU Rock-Climbing/Ropes Course activities.


    Physical Ed II Length of course: Year Grade level: 10-12 Prerequisite: PE I Grad requirement: Physical Education UC/CSU requirement: No This course is offered to complete the graduation requirement in Physical Education. The course is blended with the Physical Education I program.

    INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM

    Fuel Education

    The Fuel Education Credit Recovery courses are designed for students who did not pass a course initially but learned enough to make a complete repetition of the course unnecessary. This is a diagnostic-driven model where students can test out of the material they previously mastered in a course so they can focus on the more difficult concepts they missed the first time around. The online courses are craft to keep students on task and moving forward, utilizing a "chunked" methodology to increase retention.

    This program is offered through the Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District and is housed formally on the campus of Rancho Cotate High School. Technology High School students can access this program through the THS Guidance Department. As a web-based curriculum, students have 24/7 access to the curriculum.

    For more information, please make an appointment to see the THS counselor.


    STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

    Learning for all

    Inpidual Education Plans: Technology High School endeavors to provide adequate and appropriate support for all students. However, there are no specific courses offered for students who are unable to access the academic rigor of the general college prep curriculum offered at this school. Students with an Inpidual Education Plan will receive services through a case manager, Speech & Hearing support, and additional counseling services. The general education teachers will provide support through a variety of creative accommodating actions in support of the inpidual learning needs while being monitored by the student's assigned case manager.

    IDEA 504 Plan: Students meeting the requirements for consideration of the IDEA 504 Plan will be accommodated in much the same manner as students having an Inpidual Education Plan.


    ENGLISH LEARNERS PROGRAM

    Learn English

    English Learner students at Technology High School will be administered a CELDT assessment at the beginning of each year that will be compared with other standardized and teacher derived assessments to determine the appropriate level of support needed for the student.

    Students requiring a differentiated learning program to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills will find these services and more at our district school, Rancho Cotate High School.

    Each teacher at Technology High School is trained to provide Language Acquisition Development (CLAD) interventions. Additionally, accommodations to meet inpidual learning needs are readily met in similar fashion as is done with students having learning disabilities.