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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
In order to choose courses best suited to individual needs and abilities, each student should carefully read the summarization of the course content. Counselors and teachers will be glad to discuss the various courses and help students make appropriate selections.
MATHEMATICS
ALL INCOMING 9TH GRADERS MUST PASS AN ENTRANCE EXAM OF BASIC SKILLS BEFORE BEING ADMITTED TO ANY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF ALGEBRA 1A OR HIGHER
Department Homework Policy
Students should be aware of the department's emphasis on daily class preparation. This includes a minimum of one hour per day of study and/or preparation of written assignments. Students unable to meet this expectation because of outside employment, extracurricular involvement or limited motivation may suffer academically.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
ALGEBRA READINESS (9) One Year
Prerequisite: None
Course Description: This course is designed to rebuild foundational skills and concepts that may be missing from earlier grades and prepare students for a UC approved Algebra course.
ALGEBRA IA/IB / ALGEBRA 1A/1B SDAIE* (9) Two Years
* SDAIE courses are designated for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students. UC/CSU Subject Area - C
Course Description: This course covers the basics of a first-year algebra course. The main ideas covered will be ratios, writing and solving equations from words or diagrams, and understanding the relationships among linear and quadratic equations, graphs and solutions to equations. This course satisfies one of the college entrance requirements in mathematics. Completion of this two year math course satisfies minimum state high school graduation requirements. (see flow chart p. 6)
ALGEBRA I / ALGEBRA I SDAIE* (9,10,11,12) One Year
* SDAIE courses are designated for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students. UC/CSU Subject Area - C
Course Description: This course covers the basics of a first-year algebra course. The main ideas covered will be ratios, absolute values, inequalities, writing and solving equations from words or diagrams, and understanding the relationships among equations, graphs and solutions to linear and quadratic equations. This course satisfies one of the college entrance requirements in mathematics.
GEOMETRY / GEOMETRY SDAIE* (9,10,11,12) One Year
* SDAIE courses are designated for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students. UC/CSU Subject Area – C
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in both semesters of Algebra I.
Course Description: This course covers the basics of a first-year Geometry course. The main ideas covered include: proofs, congruence, similarity, coordinate geometry, constructions, properties of plane figures ( area, perimeter, angles, polygons…), conjecture, problem solving, basic trigonometry and some review of the algebra skills. This course satisfies one of the college entrance requirements in mathematics. A scientific calculator is required.
GEOMETRY-HONORS (9,10) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - C
Prerequisite: A grade of “A” in both semesters of Algebra I or a “B” with teacher recommendation and a score of Proficient or Advanced on Algebra I CST.
(Not for students who completed Algebra IA/IB instead of Algebra I)
Course Description: This is an extended and enriched course in Geometry for college-bound students who have shown evidence of their superior ability in the Algebra class that precedes this course. A scientific calculator is required.
ALGEBRA II / ALGEBRA II SDAIE (9,10,11,12) One Year
* SDAIE courses are designated for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students. UC/CSU Subject Area - C
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in both semesters of both Algebra I and Geometry.
Course Description: This course complements and expands the mathematical content and concepts of Algebra I and Geometry. Topics include: systems of equations, quadratic, logarithmic and exponential functions, the complex number system, arithmetic and geometric sequences and series, and conic sections. The curriculum is aligned with California State Algebra II standards. It prepares students for either Finite Math or Trigonometry/Math Analysis. A graphing calculator such as the TI-83+ or better is recommended, at least a scientific calculator is required.
ALGEBRA II-HONORS (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - C
Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or better in both semesters of Geometry Honors or teacher recommendation and a score of Proficient or Advanced on Geometry CST.
Course Description: This course is the enriched second course in algebra. It presents and extends the concepts taught in Algebra II. It prepares students for Trigonometry/Math Analysis Honors. A graphing calculator such as the TI-83+ or better is required.
FINITE MATH (10, 11,12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - C
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in both semesters of Algebra II or a higher math course and “Basic” or better on the Algebra II CST.
Course Description: Finite math is an applied math course. We will use algebra to solve real world problems in business, economics, life sciences, and the social sciences. The course consists of units in the study of functions, financial math, matrices, probability, and statistics. A graphing calculator such as the TI-83+ or better is recommended, at least a scientific calculator is required.
TRIGONOMETRY/MATH ANALYSIS (10,11,12) One Year
(Grade 9 by instructor approval only) UC/CSU Subject Area - C
Prerequisite: A grade of “B” or better in both semesters of Algebra II or approval by the teacher.
Course Description: This course covers trigonometry and a variety of subjects in pre-calculus over one year (2 semesters). It is a required course for calculus and will combine many of the trigonometric, geometric and algebraic techniques needed to prepare students for the study of calculus. The curriculum is aligned with California State Trigonometry and Mathematical Analysis standards. A graphing calculator such as the TI-83+ or better is required.
TRIGONOMETRY/MATH ANALYSIS – HONORS (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - C
Prerequisite: A grade of “A” or “B” in Geometry and Algebra II Honors and a score of Proficient or Advanced on Algebra II CST.
Course Description: This is a yearlong 11th/12th grade preparatory course for students intending to take college level or AP Calculus BC. The curriculum is aligned with California State Trigonometry and Mathematical Analysis standards. In addition we will incorporate some probability and statistics, exponential and logarithmic functions, limits, and an introduction to calculus. A graphing calculator such as the TI-83+ or better is required.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS AB (10, 11,12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - C
Prerequisite: A “B” or better in both semesters of Trigonometry/Math Analysis and a score of Proficient or Advanced on Summative Math CST.
For all APs and Honors classes with Summer Assignment: Students failing to turn in the Summer Assignment on the first day of the school year will be dropped from the course and placed in the general education equivalent.
Course Description: This course consists of a full academic year of work in single variable calculus comparable to one semester (2 quarters) of a first year calculus course in colleges and universities. Major areas of study include limits and continuity, differential calculus and integral calculus. A graphing calculator, approved by the College Board, is required. There are summer assignments for this course. In May, students in this class are expected to take the AP examination.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CALCULUS BC (11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area – C
Prerequisite: A “C” or better in both semesters of AP Calculus AB, “B” or better in both semesters of Trig/Math Analysis Honors, A “A” in both semesters of Trig/Math Analysis, A “B” or better in both semesters of AP Statistics, or teacher recommendation and a score of Proficient or Advanced on Summative Math CST.
For all APs and Honors classes with Summer Assignment: Students failing to turn in the Summer Assignment on the first day of the school year will be dropped from the course and placed in the general education equivalent.
Course Description: This course consists of a full academic year of work in single variable calculus comparable to a full first year calculus course in colleges and universities. Major areas of study include limits and continuity, differential calculus and integral calculus, improper integrals, infinite series, and parametric, vector and polar functions. A graphing calculator, approved by the College Board, is required. This course is recommended for only those students who will pursue a physical science degree in the university setting. There are summer assignments for this course. In May, students in this class are expected to take the AP examination.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) STATISTICS (10, 11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area – C
Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in both semesters of Trigonometry/Math Analysis (Honors or Regular) or a grade of “C” or better in both semesters of Finite Math and a score of Proficient or Advanced on Summative Math CST.
For all APs and Honors classes with Summer Assignment: Students failing to turn in the Summer Assignment on the first day of the school year will be dropped from the course and placed in the general education equivalent.
Course Description: This discipline is a technical and in-depth extension of probability and statistics. In particular, mastery of academic content for advancement placement gives students the background to succeed on the advanced placement exam. A graphing calculator, approved by the College Board, is required. There are summer assignments for this course. In May, students in this class are expected to take the AP examination
BUSINESS MATH (11,12) One Year
Prerequisite: Restricted to 11th and 12th graders who earned Algebra I credit in high school but need the course to satisfy the second year of high school math requirement for graduation. This is not a UC approved math class. Students who already have 2 years of high school math credit are not permitted to take this course.
Course Description: This is an applied mathematics course constructed around typical situations that the ordinary adult would encounter in life. Topics include pay checks and deductions, keeping budgets, shopping and reading catalogs and ads, apartment rental leases, taxes, and buying on credit. Within this course pupils will have many opportunities to apply their knowledge of arithmetic.
NUMERACY 10 (10) One Year
Course Description: This course is designed for those who have struggled with their Algebra requirement and are in danger of not passing the CAHSEE as a 10th grader. The curriculum is comprised of CAHSEE prep and math skills to help students re-integrate themselves into the Algebra program as a junior.
NUMERACY 11/12 (11,12) One Semester
Course Description: This semester long elective course is for those juniors and seniors who have either completed their Algebra requirement, or are in the process of doing so, and have not yet passed the CAHSEE
SUMMATIVE MATH
Prerequisite: Completed Algebra II with a D or better. (11,12) One Year
Course Description: This course is designed for college-bound juniors and seniors who need to either fill in gaps
In their math knowledge, or wish to revisit and retain their skills in Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II in order to be prepared for college placement tests.