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Course Descriptions

CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION CLASSES (CTE)
 
Students must be 16 years old, or in the 11th or 12th grade. Some exceptions are made for 10th grade students to enroll. Field Trips to enhance the classroom experience will be included. Contact your Adrienne Madrid (adriennemadrid@ccusd.org) CTE Counselor or Technician for Information.
 
NOT ALL CLASSES ARE OFFERED EACH SEMESTER.
CHECK CURRENT CLASS SCHEDULE FOR AVAILIBILITY AND LOCATIONS
 
 

Production and Managerial Arts Pathway (Stage Technology Sub-Pathway) TECHNICAL PRODUCTION FOR THEATRE (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year  NCAA: NO  

Prerequisite: None Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area – F Course Description: This course will engage in hands-on opportunities to explore set design, lighting design, sound design, costume design, state management and  construction as they relate to theatrical productions. Students will reflect on design elements found in school and outside productions with design analysis and critiques.  Students will learn practical application and specialized skills by working on productions. Problem solving and leadership are stressed.  

STAGECRAFT AND PLAY PRODUCTION(10, 11, 12) One Year  NCAA: NO  

Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area – F 

Prerequisite: Technical Production for Theatre I & Advanced Theatre with a ‘C’ or higher.  

Course Description: This course is the more advanced version of the required Technical Production class. It will require a higher commitment from the student than required  by its prerequisite, and may lead to internships and/or opportunities to take West LA College courses for college credit.  

Performing Arts Pathway (Professional Theatre Sub-Pathway) 

THEATRE ARTS I (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO  

Prerequisite: Interest in Theatric Arts Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area – F Course Description: Theatre Arts 1 is an elementary course designed to introduce students to the various elements of the theatre and to encourage students in further  participation. Students will examine and study the role that acting, directing, sound, lights, set, costumes, make-up, and publicity play in the creation of a line production.  Students will also learn the basic approach to working comfortably on the stage, through warm-ups, monologues, scene work and improvisation. Basic techniques of  movement, voice projection, character development, and performance will be taught. Students will be required to view and analyze one professional production during the  semester. Guest speakers will be featured. 

ADVANCED THEATRE (10, 11, 12) One Year  NCAA: NO  

Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area – F 

Prerequisite: Theatre Arts I with grade of ‘C’ or higher and audition.  

Course Description: This course will prepare students for college-level theatre arts courses, enabling students to develop and refine their understanding, appreciation and  application of the art of theatre and theatre performance by researching, designing, reporting on and performing in theatre exercises, presentations, and full performances. This  course requires a much higher commitment from the student than that required by its prerequisite, Theatre I, and may lead to internships and/or opportunities to take West LA  courses for college credit. 

Performing Arts Pathway (Dance Sub-Pathway) 

DANCE I (9, 10) One Year  NCAA: NO 

Prerequisite: None Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area – F Course Description: Dance I is the first class in the 3-year CTE Dance pathway. While students do not need dance experience to take the class, they should be interested in  completing the Dance pathway in high school--committing to taking Dance 1 (for which they will receive Art credit), Intermediate Dance (for which they will receive PE  credit), and Advanced Dance (to complete the pathway) prior to graduating. In Dance I, students will be introduced to a variety of dance techniques, including ballet, jazz, tap,  and modern, and will begin to have a working vocabulary of movement that will help them progress into improvisational work as well as choreography. Interview/audition is  required. This course aligns with and incorporates the CTE Arts Pathway and Anchor Standards and the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards. 

Film Pathway 

CTE FILM Production I (9,10,11,12) One Year  NCAA: NO 

Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: Yes – Subject Area – F 

Course Description: This is an introductory course designed to expose students to elements of film production and film history. Students will learn critical thinking skills as  they analyze film and media for creativity and content. Students will learn about phases of pre-production, production, and post-production. Concepts surrounding pitching,  screenwriting, storyboards, acting, shot listing, scheduling, budgeting, production design, cinematography, editing, sound design, scoring and critique will be covered. There  is a focus in this class on screenwriting, acting, directing, and editing as well as on suspense thriller, film noir and science fiction film genres. Students will work in  production teams to produce short digital films. Students will learn to edit using Adobe Premiere Pro. There is a materials fee of $30.00 per year. 

CTE FILM Production II (10, 11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO 

Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: NO 

Course Description: This is an advanced course which builds upon lessons in and skills acquired in CTE Film Production I. It is designed to expose students to additional  elements of film production and film history not previously studied in the first course of the Film Production pathway. Students will learn critical thinking skills as they  analyze film and media for creativity and content. Students will practice elements of pre-production, production, and post-production. Concepts surrounding pitching,  screenwriting, storyboards, acting, shot listing, scheduling, budgeting, production design, cinematography, editing, sound design, scoring and critique will be covered. There  is a focus in this class on documentary film, fight sequences, sound design, and comedy and horror film genres. Students will work in production teams to produce short  digital films and film trailers. Students will learn to edit using Adobe Premiere Pro. Students completing this course with a C- or better both semesters will be recognized at  graduation with a certificate of completion for the pathway. There is a materials fee of $30.00 per year. 

Patient Care Pathway 

SPORTS THERAPY (10, 11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO 

Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: NO 

Course Description: This course educates students in the principles of sports injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The course includes instruction in human  anatomy, biological sciences, training in first aid, CPR, nutrition, exercise physiology, injury care and management. Students are required to participate in community training  activities. There is a minimum of 30 hours per semester hands-on training in an athletic sports medicine setting. The course prepares a student for advanced studies in a Health  Science related career such as a physician, nursing, physical therapy, or athletic training.

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SPORTS MEDICINE (11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO 

Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area – G 

Prerequisite: (ROP) Sports Therapy with a grade of “B” or better and satisfactory grades in effort and conduct. 

Course Description: Sports Medicine is an intense course of study that covers human anatomy and physiology by examining how systems of the body interact through  physical activity and inactivity. The prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of illness, disease, and injury are explored. Students conduct individual research with in depth reading and writing required. Participation in laboratory investigations and observations involving human anatomy and physiology are included to further aid in the  learning process. 

This course aligns with and/or incorporates the National Health Care Skills and Health Science Career Cluster Standards, the California Career Technical Education Standards,  Language Arts, Math and Science Standards, and the California High School Exit Exam. It also includes the LACOROP Expected School-wide Leaning Results. 

Architectural Design Pathway 

CTE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO  

Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area - F 

Prerequisite: None  

Course Description: This is a year-long introductory course where students learn the fundamentals of architectural design. This includes the nature of space, form, geometry,  volume, texture, composition, and context. In addition students learn the history of architecture design and related career paths. Students will increase awareness of building  form and the relationship between spatial constructions and the built environment. Using knowledge gained through personal experience, instruction, and research, students  will develop conceptual design to familiarize them with generating compelling and complex form. Student designs will be completed using traditional sketching methods, in  addition to industry standard CAD software (Rhino 3D) to facilitate the development of traditional orthographic drawing techniques including plans, sections and elevations

CTE ADVANCED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (10, 11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO 

Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES –Subject Area - F 

Prerequisite: CTE Architectural Design with a ‘C’ or higher.  

Course Description: This course will begin to introduce students to more real, semester-long projects that involve more advanced architectural concepts surrounding material,  program, site analysis and building structure. Students will be expected to produce compelling and visually appealing projects around speculative client brief, culminating in a  printed portfolio requirement that prepares students for real-world internships in the architectural field.  

Software & Systems Development Pathway 

COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I. Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area - G Course Description: The Principles course introduces students to the central ideas of computer science, inviting students to develop the computational thinking vital for  success across multiple disciplines. The course is unique in its focus on fostering students to be creative and encouraging students to apply creative processes when developing  computational artifacts. It is an excellent course for those who may want to take AP Computer Science A in the future, or for those who are interested in exploring computer  science. There is the possibility of taking the course for AP credit, though this is not required. 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I. Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area - D Course Description: The Principles course introduces students to the central ideas of computer science, inviting students to develop the computational thinking vital for  success across multiple disciplines. The course is unique in its focus on fostering students to be creative and encouraging students to apply creative processes when developing  computational artifacts. It is an excellent course for those who may want to take AP Computer Science A in the future, or for those who are interested in exploring computer  science. There is the possibility of taking the course for AP credit, though this is not required. 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COMPUTER SCIENCE A (11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO 

Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area – C 

Prerequisite: A grade of ‘B’ or higher in both semesters of Algebra 2; Principles of Computer Science A course strongly recommended.  Course Description: The AP Computer Science A course is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to  computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing  data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes object-oriented and imperative problem solving  and design using the Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex  problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities. 

Networking Pathway 

CTE IT ESSENTIALS (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO  

Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area – G  

Course Description: Information technology (IT) is the design, development, implementation, support, and management of computer hardware, software, and network systems  to organize and communicate information electronically. In this course, students will gain the specialized technical skills needed to install, maintain, secure, and repair  computers. This course will focus on desktop and laptop computers. It will also discuss mobile electronic devices, such as tablets and smart phones, peripherals such as  printers, and the ethical issues that face IT professionals. 

CTE NETWORKING FUNDAMENTALS (10, 11, 12) One Year  NCAA: NO 

Prerequisite: CTE IT Essentials Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area - G Course Description: This course will build on the foundational concepts that were explored in CTE-IT Essentials. Students will be introduced to routers, switches, router  programming, routing protocols, and explore various topics such as network protocols, layers of the OSI reference model, cabling, local area networks (LAN) and wide area  networks (WAN). There will be a particular focus on configuring routers, learning the CISCO Internetworking Operating System (IOS), and network management. A variety  of instructional methods will be used in this course such as digital labs, hands-on labs, demonstrations, projects, and lectures.

 

Robotics & Engineering Pathway 

CTE Robotics Engineering (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year NCAA: NO 

 Fulfills UC/CSU Requirements: YES – Subject Area - G Course Description: CTE Robotics Engineering is a full one-year engineering theory, research, and design course, and serves as the first course in the 2-year  Robotics/Engineering pathway. The field of Robotics Science is utilized as a focus of engineering interest to blend the studies of engineering mechanics,  electronics, programming and design. This course studies and practices the synergistic use of precision engineering, control theory, computer science, and sensor  and actuator technology as related to engineering design. The student studies the connection between applied physics principles and several branches of  engineering: mechanical, computer, electronic, industrial, chemical, and materials engineering. This course will serve as an introduction to those students who  choose to pursue highly competitive and challenging four-year degrees in university programs in mathematics, physics, science, robotics, engineering, mechanical  design, and computer science.