|Bradbury, Cassia||U.S. History, Modern European History|
|Olsson, Brett||Biology, Environmental Chemistry|
|Robinson, Mary||English IV|
|Rubin, Chris||Department Head, Multimedia & Foundations of Web Design.|
|Smale, John||Website Programming Languages|
|Robinson, Mary||English II, III|
Revisions Completed 11/2017
COMPUTER ACADEMY DEPARTMENT
Students must be enrolled in the Computer Academy Program in order to take any Computer Academy class. The Computer Academy is a three year program that starts in 10th grade.
¥ means the course meets the Career Technical Education (CTE) graduation requirement
◉ means the course meets the Fine Art graduation requirement
ACADEMY MULTIMEDIA - P Grade 10 ◉
Multimedia I is an introductory course designed to train students on how to use industry standard digital editing software, computer hardware, and hardware equipments including a digital camera. Students also have introductory instruction in design, rules of composition, graphic design, vector illustration, publishing design, animation, photography and video recording. Students will learn skills related to and used in real world careers. This course covers Adobe CS6.
(Meets the “F” Visual & Performing Art requirement for UC/CSU.)
FOUNDATIONS OF WEB DESIGN - Grade 11 ¥
Foundations of Web Design is designed to introduce students to the world of web design and coding (including site layout principles, color and image preparation for the web, browser compatibility, graphic user interface design, usability and internet ethics and copyright issues) using HTML/CSS, Adobe CS6 Dreamweaver, Photoshop and other Multimedia design tools (learned in Multimedia) as they relate to web design. Students will learn these fundamental skills of creating a website following accepted design layout standards through a mixture of hands-on exercises, lecture, and demonstration. Lastly, course content explores connections to a variety of careers, specifically, but not limited to, technology based careers which are prevalent within our community (Meets the “G” College-preparatory elective requirement for UC/CSU.)
WEBSITE PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES - Grade 12 ¥
ACADEMY ENGLISH II - P Grade 10
Course parallels English II. This one year college prep course enables students to demonstrate competency in the 10thgrade state and district standards of: vocabulary development, reading comprehension, literary analysis, critical thinking, understanding and demonstrating various modes of writing, knowledge of grammar, listening and speaking skills, and the ability to work cooperatively in groups. Students complete portfolio projects throughout the year. Career awareness and career enhancing skills are also emphasized in this year.
ACADEMY ENGLISH III - P Grade 11
Course parallels English III. This one year college prep course enables students to demonstrate competency in the 11thgrade state and district standards of: vocabulary development, reading comprehension (with an emphasis on informational materials and media literacy in the junior year), literary analysis, critical thinking, understanding and demonstrating various modes of writing, knowledge of grammar, listening and speaking skills, and the ability to work cooperatively in groups. Students complete portfolio projects throughout the year. Career awareness and career enhancing skills also emphasized.
ACADEMY BIOTECHNOLOGY - P Grades 10, 11
Academy Biotechnology is an exciting hands on course that meets the D lab science requirement for life science. Because Biotechnology is a huge part of the local Bay Area economy, students will learn about multiple career possibilities in the field of biotechnology while learning basic lab skills and techniques used in industry including PCR, bacterial transformation, electrophoresis, micropipetting, spectrophotometric analysis, solutions prep, and many more. The course will explore bioethical questions about GMO food, cloning, designer babies, genetically modified bacteria, genetics of race, and many other controversial topics. Students will explore human genetics, cell biology, human evolution, ecology, biochemistry, microbiology, and forensic science using the tools of biotechnology. In addition, students will get the chance to think about how new products are developed, scaled up, and brought to the market using biotechnology.
ACADEMY ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS THROUGH CHEMISTRY - P Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology and Algebra I.
Students will continue to use the scientific method as they study chemistry and how it relates to their lives. Prevalent environmental issues such as pollution of the watershed and society’s energy demands and their consequences will be used as a vehicle to learning the fundamentals of chemistry. As with the prerequisite biology course, critical thinking and analytical skills will be reinforced.
ACADEMY MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY - P Grade 10
This is a yearlong course that covers the following topics: Ancient Greece and Rome, The Renaissance, Age of Exploration, Reformation and the Enlightenment, World Revolutions, Industrialism and Imperialism, the World Wars, and Current Events. The focus of this course is on Modern World History.
ACADEMY U.S. HISTORY - P Grade 11
This is a yearlong course that examines the major turning points in American History by first reviewing the Revolutionary Era through the Late 1800s, and then emphasizing the twentieth century. Among the topics covered will be the Progressive Era, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the United States’ involvement in the New World Order. Students will be required to complete a research paper during the second semester.
ACADEMY AMERICAN GOVERNMENT - P Grade 12
A one semester course that studies political parties, voting, the structure of government, the Bill of Rights, and related matters, such as foreign policy, mass media, public opinion and citizen responsibilities. Students will be required to complete a research paper.
ACADEMY ECONOMICS - P Grade 12
A one semester course that studies the basic economic principles of micro and macroeconomics including: business organization, supply/demand, competition, banking system, personal finance, labor and wages, economic systems, international trade, and developing economies. Students will be required to complete several economic projects.