Curriculum and Academic Departments

English

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

In general, students will be placed in honors or AP classes based on the following criteria: Students currently in an honors/AP class who earn a B- or better in both semesters qualify for the next honors/AP course. Students in a non-honors class who earn an A in either semester qualify to take an honors or AP challenge exam. The Department Chair will make the final determination for eligibility for all courses. Eight semesters of English are required for graduation. Students should choose next year's English classes according to the following guidelines:

Freshman year: All students are required to take English 1-2 or Honors English 1-2.
Sophomore year: All students are required to take English 3-4 or Honors English 3-4.
Junior year: All students are required to take Junior English or AP English Language. Electives are also available for upper division students.
Senior year: All students are required to take Senior Literature and Composition or AP English Literature. Electives are also available for upper division students.

LOWER DIVISION

1110 ENGLISH 1-2
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This course is divided into two semesters, both of which focus on composition and literature. The composition instruction is designed to develop the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, and editing and revising, while developing sentence structure, paragraph form, and style. In conjunction with their writing, students learn the parts of speech, sentence structure, grammar, and study vocabulary using the SAFMEDS method. Over the course of the year, students develop their writing skills through personal writing, subject writing, reflective writing, and analytical writing. The literature study, derived from the Prentice Hall Gold Anthology, focuses on short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and drama. Students read The Catcher in the Rye, The Odyssey, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, and Miracle in the Andes. Students study literary devices such as author’s purpose, point of view, foreshadowing, plot structure, imagery, and figures of speech as well various reading strategies.

1120 HONORS ENGLISH 1-2
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Administrative Approval

Description: This advanced course in literature and composition introduces students to the various genres of literature: short story, poem, novel, and play. In addition to using the Prentice Hall Gold Anthology as their primary text, students read one Shakespeare play, Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, and two novels. Using Writers Inc. as the primary writing text, students' writing focuses on the critical essay with practice writing single-draft, timed essays as well as longer, multiple-draft essays and short written assignments. Composition instruction is designed to develop the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, and editing and revising, while developing sentence structure, paragraph form, and style. In conjunction with their writing, students review the parts of speech, sentence structure, grammar, and study vocabulary.

1111 ENGLISH 1-2A
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Administrative Approval

Description: This course is divided into two semesters, both of which are composed of the integrated study of literature and composition. Using Writers Inc. as the primary text, the composition study is designed to develop the writing process; beginning with pre-writing, drafting, and revising, while developing sentence structure, paragraph form, and style. Students review the essential elements of grammar, from the parts of speech to sentence structure, as well. Using the Prentice Hall Gold Anthology as the primary literary text, students explore the literary forms of the short story, the novel, and poetry, frequently developing their observations in writing exercises. Though similar to the English 1-2 curriculum, the curriculum for this course is designed to offer more individual attention. This allows students to develop their critical reading and writing skills more completely before moving into English 3-4 in the sophomore year.

1210 ENGLISH 3-4
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of English 1-2

Description: This course is built to improve students’ critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Students will base their writing on careful analysis of their reading of both fiction and nonfiction works, which include selections from Prentice Hall Gold Anthology (short stories, essays, poems), one Shakespeare play, and three novels. With the use of Writer’s Inc., students regularly review the six traits of effective writing with emphasis on word choice, sentence construction, and conventions. Students continue to develop their writing throughout the year, generating personal, subject, reflective, persuasive, and academic essays and paragraphs. Weekly vocabulary lessons are taught in preparation for the PSAT and SAT tests.

1215 HONORS ENGLISH 3-4
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- in Honors English 1-2 or A in English 1-2; 2)successful completion of challenge test/essay

Description: This course is built to improve students’ critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, preparing them for the move to AP. Students will base their writing (formal and timed) on careful analysis of their reading of both fiction and nonfiction works, which include selections from Prentice Hall Gold Anthology (short stories, essays, poems), one Shakespeare play, and three novels. With the use of Writer’s Inc., students regularly review the six traits of effective writing with emphasis on word choice, sentence construction, and conventions. Students continue to develop their writing throughout the year, generating personal, subject, reflective, persuasive, and academic essays and paragraphs. Weekly vocabulary lessons are taught in preparation for the PSAT and SAT tests.

UPPER DIVISION

1300 JUNIOR ENGLISH
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of English 3-4

Description: This course is a survey of American literature that examines major authors, literary movements, and the myriad relationships between literature and American history. Students will base their writing on careful analysis of their reading, which includes Prentice Hall American Experience, one Shakespeare play, one novel, and one modern play. Students review grammar and usage as needed from the textbook Writer’s Inc. as well as systematically study PSAT Prep and vocabulary.

1307 AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- in Honors English 3-4 or A in English 3-4; 2) successful completion of challenge test/essay.

2) Completion of the AP contract

Description: A course designed to extend the student's familiarity with literary and rhetorical forms in preparation for the AP Language and Composition exam. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Board in May. The demanding work of the course involves a stimulating schedule of reading interspersed with a variety of argumentative and analytical essays based on literature. Students learn to interpret and evaluate literature and support their findings with textual references. Attention is given to coherence and style. Writers Inc. augments the writing program. All students in this class are required to take the AP Exam in May.

1350 SENIOR LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Junior English

Description: This course is designed to offer a survey of fiction and nonfiction works – short stories, essays and poems from Prentice Hall American Experience as well as two full length novels, two novellas, and one play. The primary emphases of this course are the expository, narrative, and critical writing processes through which students will explore and develop their critical thinking and writing skills in all of the activities. Students will use Writers Inc. to review correct grammar and sentence/paragraph revision, punctuation, and citation to enhance their style and form. Rhetoric and critical theory will be introduced as a means of improving the quality of the reading and writing experience.

1477 AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- in AP English Language or A in Junior English and successful completion of challenge test/essay; 2) Completion of AP contract

Description: This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature and Composition administered in May. Students read and analyze substantial works of fiction, poetry, and drama, while writing frequent essays, both timed and untimed. All students complete a comprehensive summer reading program and participate in seminar-style class discussions to develop critical thinking, analyze literary and critical style, and prepare for the AP exam. Successful completion of the exam, which includes objective and essay questions, may enable students to receive advanced credit or placement at many colleges. All students in the class are required to take the AP Exam in May in lieu of a spring final exam.

UPPER DIVISION - ELECTIVES

1410 SENIOR WRITING
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Offered only as a 9th semester English elective for students who need or desire additional writing practice, this course reviews the essentials of good writing and critical reading. Students will review sentence structure and sentence variety, paragraph construction, grammar and usage, and correct spelling. They will review and build skills of critical reading as well as analyze the features and rhetorical devices of different types of texts (with a greater focus on informative/explanatory texts). Students will write expressive and expository essays and elaborated responses; they also will construct business letters and other workplace communications. Students will use a variety of writing support tools and resources including the hands-on, multisensory writing strategies and activities from the Step Up to Writing program. Writers Inc. is the primary model for student writing.

1460 PUBLICATIONS 1
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: 1) B average in most recent English course; 2) Publications instructor approval

Description: The course offers practice and instruction in writing for newspapers and is designed for those students who wish to do full-time writing for the FRIAR. Students are required to submit written articles and to assist in the production of the paper.

1462 PUBLICATIONS 1-2
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: 1) B average in most recent English course; 2) Publications instructor approval

Description: This course offers practice and instruction in writing for newspapers and is designed for those students who wish to do full-time writing for the FRIAR. Students are required to submit written articles and to assist in the production of the paper.

10035 FREELANCE NEWSPAPER REPORTING
Duration: Semester UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Instructor approval, based on application, writing sample, and recommendation of the English teacher

Description: Students will support the Publications class and the Friar newspaper staff. This will be accomplished through learning how to interview subjects, learning AP publication style writing, and learning how to revise and edit articles. The major work of the class will be writing articles for publication in the newspaper. Students will be required to meet at least twice weekly with the editors from the Publications course either before or after school. Students will receive half of a semester course credit (0.25 credits).

1480 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGLISH
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisites: 1) B average in all prior English courses; 2) Department Chair approval

Description: The student is assigned to an English teacher who directs him in the study of a particular area of English or the Humanities.

1490 ENGLISH TA
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisites: 1) B average in all prior English courses; 2) Department Chair approval

Description: The student assists the English department during the same period for one semester. This course is taken in place of a study period and is subject to prior approval by the Department Chair. This cannot be applied toward the eight semesters of English required for graduation. Students are required to meet with their teacher every period and complete all work required by the teacher.

Social Studies

SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

In general, students will be placed in honors or AP classes based on the following criteria: Students currently in an honors/AP class who earn a B- or higher qualify for the next honors/AP course. Students in a non-honors class who earn an A qualify to take an honors or AP challenge exam. The Department Chair will make the final determination for eligibility for all courses. Six semesters of Social Studies are required for graduation. Students should choose next year's Social Studies classes according to the following guidelines:

Freshman year: All students are required to take World History 1 or Honors World History 1.
Sophomore year: Sophomore Social Studies is an elective, but Honors World History II/American Studies is required for students who wish to take AP U.S. History their junior year.
Junior year: All students are required to take U.S. History or AP U.S. History. Electives are also available for upper division students.
Senior year: All students are required to take Government and Economics or AP Government. Electives are also available for upper division students.

LOWER DIVISION

1510 WORLD HISTORY I
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area A – History/Social Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Global World History – World History I seeks to answer the question “Why does the world look the way it does today?” To that end, this course focuses on the development of ancient peoples and early civilizations, the first empires of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, and Africa, the classical world (Rome, Greece, India, and China), the roots of democracy, the development of Islam, the development of Western Civilization (including the Renaissance and Reformation), the rise of empires in Asia, the Americas and their conquest, and the development of the Modern World. Students analyze the political, economic, and social changes throughout these world cultures. This evaluation includes current political and social issues throughout the world and a comparison of these to the changes and developments of earlier cultures. The textbook is used as the primary resource for this class.

1515 HONORS WORLD HISTORY I Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area A – History/Social Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Administrative Approval

Description: Global World History – This advanced course in history and world cultures is open to those students who possess advanced reading and writing skills, and have been enrolled in English 1-2 Honors. Honors World History I seeks to answer the question “Why does the world look the way it does today?” To that end, this course focuses on the development of ancient peoples and early civilizations, the first empires of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, and Africa, the classical world (Rome, Greece, India, and China), the roots of democracy, the development of Islam, the development of Western Civilization (including the Renaissance and Reformation), the rise of empires in Asia, the Americas and their conquest, and the development of the Modern World. Students analyze the political, economic, and social changes throughout these world cultures. This evaluation includes current political and social issues throughout the world and a comparison of these to the changes and developments of earlier cultures. The textbook is used as the primary resource for this class. This class has a stronger emphasis on writing and analysis than World History I.

1610 WORLD HISTORY II Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area A – History/Social Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Modern World History/California History – During the first semester, students study Modern World History; during the second semester, students study California History (see course description below). World History II begins with a brief review of 19th Century Imperialism leading to the build-up and outbreak of WWI and WWII. The course covers both the causes and effects of both world wars and explores the people, events, and movements from approximately 1900 to 1945.

1615 HONORS WORLD HISTORY II
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area A – History/Social Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: 1) B- in Honors World History I or an A in World History I; 2) Successful completion of the challenge test or Department Approval

Description: The first semester focuses on the development of nations, the Enlightenment, and the major “isms” of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. This study also serves to act as a springboard into AP U.S. History with an emphasis on analytic reading and writing. In the second semester, students begin the study of United States History within the AP framework. This first semester of AP includes the political, economic and social growth of the United States from the Colonial period to the Ante Bellum period. Students who take this course should plan on adding 8-10 hours of study time to their weekly work schedules.

1960 CALIFORNIA HISTORY Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G - Elective)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: California History is a one-semester course that studies California today with inquiry into how and why California's social, economic, political and cultural characteristics have developed. The course includes an examination of the Indian, Spanish, Mexican and American periods, the environment, the institutions and functions of state and local politics and California's membership in the community of the Pacific Basin. A term paper, daily class preparation and a final examination together with periodic tests is mandatory.

UPPER DIVISION

1900 UNITED STATES HISTORY Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area A – History/Social Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of World History I

Description: This one-year course is required of all juniors except those selected for AP United States History. The history of our nation is studied chronologically using a standard narrative high school textbook and other related materials. Students are expected to master the basic skills needed in order to achieve success in college level work in social sciences and history. Particular emphasis is placed on the continued development of reading, writing, and study skills required in the social sciences. Appropriate attention is focused on the acquisition of topical knowledge, and inquiry skills.

1905 AP U.S. HISTORY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area A – History/Social Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- in Honors World History II or Department Approval; 2) Completion of the AP contract

Description: This is a 3-semester course open to those students who demonstrate excellence in World History I. Students who take this course may receive college credit upon achieving a passing grade on the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Test in American History. In order to achieve this goal, the course gives students a thorough grounding in relevant facts, and facilitates students to read historical material analytically and critically, as well guide students to weigh historical evidence and interpretations and arrive at sound conclusions on the basis of informed judgment. Writing intelligent and analytical essays based on careful analysis of historical problems, issues and events is stressed.

1945 ECONOMICS
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This course introduces students to the basic concepts in Economics. Students examine the principles of both macroeconomics and microeconomics. They examine the principles of supply and demand theory, comparative economic systems, inflation, unemployment, fiscal policies and trade, and make connections to principles of Catholic Social Justice. Emphasis is placed on the United States economy and its role in the world marketplace. This course is required for graduation and satisfies the Economics California State High School graduation requirement.

1950 GOVERNMENT
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area A – History/Social Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This is a course in American government providing students with an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. Students examine our governmental institutions and processes through an analysis of the constitutional foundations of American government, public opinion and voting behavior, political parties and interest groups and our civil rights and liberties. This course is required for graduation and satisfies the American Government California State High School graduation requirement.

1957 AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area A – History/Social Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- average in AP U.S History or A in U.S. History and teacher recommendation; 2) Completion of the AP contract

Description: A college-level introductory course in American government providing students with an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. Successful completion of this course fulfills the Junípero Serra High School graduation requirement for both Government and Economics. Students examine our governmental institutions and processes through an analysis of the constitutional foundations of American government, public opinion and voting behavior, political parties and interest groups and our civil rights and liberties. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Board in May.

UPPER DIVISION - ELECTIVES

1975 PSYCHOLOGY
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This course surveys what is known about human behavior from birth to old age. Students study subjects such as the biological foundations of human behavior, what is now known about the brain and nervous system, human memory and learning, how to improve our intelligence, and human development through the entire life span. Common concerns of youth, such as addiction, sexuality, family problems, shyness, and the making of friends, are given special emphasis. The course concludes with a survey of personality theory, social psychology (human relationships, group differences, etc.) psychopathology (mental illness), and ways to treat psychopathology (psychotherapy). There is a major emphasis on subject areas in psychology that are important for the growth and development of young people and for their need for increasingly sophisticated levels of understanding regarding human behavior.

10059 AP PSYCHOLOGY Duration: Year

Description: A Tri-School offering at Mercy High School. See the Tri-School section in this directory for details.

10063 A PLACE AT THE TABLE: THE MINORITY EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA
Duration: Semester

Description: A Tri-School offering at Notre Dame High School. See the Tri-School section in this directory for details.

5306 BIOETHICS
Duration: Semester (spring)

Description: A Tri-School offering at Notre Dame High School. See the Tri-School section in this directory for details.

1994 SOCIAL STUDIES TA Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- average in all prior Social Studies courses; 2) Approval of the Department Chair

Description: Students assist Social Studies teachers by working with students who are having difficulties with courses, grading tests, making periodic presentations, and working with groups in the resource center. Students are required to meet with their teacher every period and complete all work required by the teacher.

Mathematics

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

In general, students will be placed in honors or AP classes based on the following criteria: Students currently in an honors class who earn 83% or higher (B average) qualify for the next honors course. Students in a nonhonors class who earn 95% or higher qualify for consideration for the next honors course. The Department Chair will make the final determination for eligibility for all courses. Three years of mathematics – and specifically Algebra 1 and Geometry – are required for graduation.

• Business courses, computer courses, and Math TA may not be used to satisfy the third-year graduation requirement.
• The basic college requirements of a three-year curriculum will be met when a student has satisfactorily completed the equivalent of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.
• Students are strongly encouraged to take mathematics in their senior year.

2110 ALGEBRA 1
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This is the first course in the college preparatory program, providing an introduction to the basic concepts of higher mathematics, developing mathematical communication skills, providing the opportunity for cooperative learning techniques, and beginning the process of integrating the concepts of all mathematics. The course will integrate components of the CA Common Core State Mathematics Standards and topics covered include: order of operations, solving equations, graphing linear equations, writing linear equations, solving and graphing linear inequalities, solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, properties of exponents, graphing and solving quadratic equations, polynomial operations (including factoring), and operations involving rational and radical expressions and equations.

2111 HONORS ALGEBRA 1
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Administrative Approval

Description: This is the first course in the honors college preparatory program and is a more in-depth approach to the Algebra 1 course. It extends beyond the topics from Algebra 1 to also introduce imaginary numbers, trigonometric ratios, circles and ellipses. This course begins with the study of the real number system culminating with work on quadratic equations and integrates components of the CA Common Core State Mathematics Standards. The course is designed to develop critical thinking skills and demonstrate the relevance of mathematics to students’ lives. Students regularly encounter more challenging problems and are required to do a project each semester including work in linear programming.

2210 GEOMETRY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

Description: This course builds upon the topics and problem-solving techniques from Algebra 1. The emphasis of the course is to explore geometric situations and deepen explanations of geometric and algebraic relationships. Student’s will think critically, work collaboratively in groups, communicate clearly, and move toward formal mathematical arguments, while integrating components of the CA Common Core State Mathematics Standards. Topics covered include: Congruence, Constructions, Similarity, Proof, Trigonometry, Three-Dimensional shapes, Polygons, Quadrilaterals, Coordinate Geometry, Circles, Probability, along with applications of Algebra in all areas.

2211 HONORS GEOMETRY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B average in Honors Algebra 1 or 95% average in Algebra 1 and Dept. Approval

Description: This course follows Honors Algebra 1 and covers all of the topics from Geometry, including the integration of components of the CA Common Core Mathematics Standards. Additional emphasis is placed on laws of logic, transformations, deductive proofs and more complex relationships with material from Algebra 1 such as advanced trigonometry concepts in preparation for the Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry curriculum.

2310 ALGEBRA 2
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 and Geometry

Description: The next course following Geometry, topics covered in Algebra 2 include linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, and quadratic functions. Additionally, students begin the exploration of advanced algebraic concepts that will connect them to upper level mathematics. These topics will include conic sections, polynomial functions, radical functions, rational functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, statistics, and data analysis. Integration of components of the CA Common Core Mathematics Standards are included and students also work directly on preparation for taking standardized tests such as SAT and ACT.

2311 HONORS ALGEBRA 2/TRIGONOMETRY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B average in Honors Algebra 1 and Honors Geometry and Dept. Approval or 95% average in Algebra 1 and Geometry and Dept. Approval

Description: The next course following Honors Geometry, topics include all material from Algebra 2. Additional topics include trigonometric functions, matrices, sequences and series, in preparation for the pre-calculus curriculum of the following year. Integration of components of the CA Common Core Mathematics Standards are included and students also work directly on preparation for taking standardized tests such as SAT and ACT.

10060 BUSINESS ALGEBRA 2
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Algebra 2 and Dept. Approval

Description: This course can follow Algebra 2 or be taken as a Math elective and provides students with advanced mathematical tools for analyzing business concepts such as revenue, cost, personal finance, and profit maximization, while mastering foundational Algebra 2 concepts. Topics include understanding and application of advanced linear equations (including linear regression and linear programming) and inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, exponential functions, series and sequences, probability and statistics, exponents and polynomials, quadratic functions, and rational equations. Using this integrated instructional approach provides students with an analytical understanding of fundamental business and finance issues in an engaging manner to better comprehend Algebra 2 content.

2440 PRE-CALCULUS
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C- average in Algebra 2 or Dept. Approval

Description: This course follows Algebra 2 and content includes Trigonometry and Analytic Trigonometry. Other topics include operations, properties, and graphing of polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. This course also includes an introduction to Calculus in the areas of limits, continuity and derivatives.

2445 HONORS PRE-CALCULUS
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B average in Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry and Dept. Approval

Description: This course follows Honors Algebra 2 and topics include all those from Pre-Calculus, with additional focus on Trigonometry concepts, Conic Sections, Analytic Geometry, Sequences, Induction, Probability, and an Introduction to Calculus. Students are also recommended to participate in upper division mathematics contests.

2452 CALCULUS
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B- average in Pre-Calculus or Honors Pre-Calculus

Description: This course follows Pre-Calculus. Students who have completed Honors Pre-Calculus but do not qualify for AP Calculus AB are also encouraged to take this course. This course presents students the same material as AP Calculus AB, but at a slower pace and without the requirement that students take the AP exam. Topics include limits, derivatives, and applications of the derivative, integrals, applications of the integrals, direction fields, volumes, and analysis of graphs.

2456 AP CALCULUS AB
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) Successful completion of Calculus and Dept. Approval or B+ (87%) average in Honors Pre-Calculus and Dept. Approval; 2) Completion of AP Contract

Description: Topics include limits, derivatives, anti-derivatives, and integration. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Board in May.

2458 AP CALCULUS BC
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) Successful completion of AP Calculus AB and Dept. Approval or A (93%) average in Honors Pre-Calculus and Dept. Approval; 2) Completion of AP Contract

Description: Topics covered include: (all AB topics) plus parametric, polar and vector functions; further techniques of integration; sequences and series. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Board in May.

10109 AP STATISTICS
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Pending
NCAA Core Course: Pending

Pre-Requisites: 1) Successful completion of Honors Pre-Calculus AND Dept. Approval or A- (90%) average in Pre-Calculus and Dept. Approval; 2) Completion of AP Contract

Description: AP Statistics is the high school equivalent of a one semester, introductory college statistics course. In this course, students develop strategies for collecting, organizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students design, administer, and tabulate results from surveys and experiments. Probability and simulations aid students in constructing models for chance behavior. Sampling distributions provide the logical structure for confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. Students use a TI-84 graphing calculator, statistical software, and web-based java applets to investigate statistical concepts. To develop effective statistical communication skills, students are required to prepare frequent written and oral analyses of real data.

ELECTIVES

2304 VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: In this course, students set up and run a simulated business to prepare them for real-world business environments. Students begin by developing the nature of their business, its product and services. They learn entrepreneurship skills and link to a global business network, where they can work with other businesses set up in similar programs at other schools as trade/business partners. They learn how to develop a management structure and engage in the daily operations of running a business, using current business software, communications and the Internet for business transactions. While involved in the simulated business environment, students focus on career preparation standards such as oral and written communication skills, employment literacy/professional growth, personal finance topics, interpersonal skills, group dynamics, conflict resolution, along with creative and critical thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Special Note: One section of this course is Tri-School and meets during first period.

10061 INTRO TO BUSINESS: ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: None

Description: This is a survey course designed to introduce students to the principles and functions of business from an entrepreneurial perspective. Business will be studied as part of the social, political, and economic environment. Students will look at real-world entrepreneurial topics influencing business today and interpret current business trends by studying relevant and interesting business content throughout the course. Themes of the course will include Business History, International Business, Ethics/Social Responsibility, Business Ownership/Organization leading into the Entrepreneurship area. Concepts of Business Law and Business Communication will be present throughout the semester. May be taken in conjunction with Intro to Business: Marketing or as a standalone course. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during second period, fall semester.

10064 INTRO TO BUSINESS: MARKETING
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: None

Description: This is a survey course is designed to provide students with an introductory perspective into the management and marketing functions of operating a business. Business will be studied as part of the social, political, and economic environment. Students will look at real-world marketing and management topics influencing business today. Special focus is given to vital areas of Marketing like Product, Place, Price and Promotion. Students also interpret current business trends by studying relevant and interesting business content throughout the course. Themes of this course will include: Business Finance, Business Management/Leadership, Marketing, and E-Commerce/Business Technology. Concepts of Business Law and Business Communication will be present throughout the semester. May be taken in conjunction with Intro to Business: Entrepreneurship or as a standalone course. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during second period, spring semester.

2460 COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: B- average in Algebra 1

Description: This course serves as an introduction to the study of computer science/programming and therefore no prior knowledge of the subject is expected. The course focuses specifically on the fundamentals of Java programming including program design, problem-solving, data structures, basic syntax, language features, compilation, and execution. Successful completion of this course will serve as a foundation for more advanced computer science courses, specifically AP Computer Science.

2465 AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area C – Mathematics)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: 1) A average in Algebra 2 or B average in Honors Algebra 2/Trig; 2) Completion of the AP contract

Description: This course emphasizes object-oriented programming methodology with a concentration on problem-solving and algorithm development and is meant to be the equivalent of a first semester college-level course in Computer Science. It also includes an introduction to the study of data structures, design, documentation, and abstraction. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Board in May. Students are expected to take the Computer Science A Advanced Placement exam. Previous experience in computer programming is helpful. Special Note: One section of this course is Tri-School and meets during second period.

2480 MATHEMATICS TA
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- average in all prior mathematics classes, including at least Algebra 2 or higher; 2) Departmental Approval

Description: Student assists a mathematics teacher with test and quiz correction. Teacher assistants act as tutors for lower division students when needed. Students are required to meet with their teacher every period and complete all work required by the teacher.

2481 COMPUTER ASSISTANT
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisites: Departmental Approval

Description: Computer assistants will work with the members of the Computer Studies Area to assist them with basic troubleshooting, test/project correction, tutoring and assorted other tasks. Students are required to meet with their teacher every period and complete all work required by the teacher.

Physical Education

PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

The department of Physical Education offers opportunities for all students to experience physical activity through a variety of courses designed to meet their specific needs. Course offerings are divided into three categories: Interscholastic Athletics, classroom instruction, and areas of support. Two semesters of Physical Education are required for graduation. Students should choose next year’s Physical Education classes according to the following guidelines:

• SOPHOMORE YEAR – All students are required to take one semester of Physical Education/Health
• JUNIOR OR SENIOR YEAR – All students are required to take one semester of Physical Education 3, PE Athletics or Athletic Assistant

2501 PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This is a required course for all sophomores. Time will be split between classroom time learning about various topics that relate to personal and community health, and physical activity (PE). Athletes on Serra teams will be excused from physical activity on days of competition only. The health topics include Mental and Emotional Health, Diet and Nutrition, Disease Prevention and Recovery, Drugs-Alcohol-Tobacco education, and Physical Fitness education. The focus of the course will be on students acquiring knowledge and skills as well as developing positive attitudes that will help them make responsible choices about their health and the health of others.

2701 PHYSICAL EDUCATION 3
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Physical Education – Upper Division – This class meets during the school day during the assigned period. Conditioning and skills are developed through participation in individual and teams sports.

2710 ATHLETIC ASSISTANT
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: 1) Approval of the Athletic Director; 2) Team managers must obtain approval of the head coach

Description: Athletic Assistant – Upper Division – This class is for students who assist the athletic department in noncompetitive areas. Managers, game support staff and office assistants need to sign up for this class. This is an after school class that also requires attendance on some Saturdays and evenings. Students also have the option of being a student trainer – This class is excellent for any student who is interested in Sports Medicine. The student studies under the direct supervision of the school’s Athletic Trainer. Subject matter includes taping, treatment of injuries and prevention. As the student increases his expertise, he is given more responsibilities in working with athletes. This is also an after school class that requires some Saturdays and evenings.

2720 PE TA
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Approval of the Athletic Director

Description: Teacher Assistant – Upper Division – The student assists the PE instructor. Duties may include set-up of facilities, helping in instruction and skills development and officiating activities. Students are required to meet with their teacher every period and complete all work required by the teacher.

2730 PE ATHLETICS
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Approval of the coach or the Athletic Director

Description: Interscholastic Athletics – Upper Division – This class is for those competing on interscholastic teams. The class meets after school.

Science

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

In general, students will be placed in honors or AP classes based on the following criteria: Students currently in an honors class who earn 80% or higher (B- average) qualify for the next honors course. Students in a non-honors class who earn 90% or higher (A- average) qualify for consideration for the next honors course. The Department Chair will make the final determination for eligibility for all courses. Three years of science are required for graduation.

• Students are required to take Biology (Biology, Honors Biology) and Chemistry (Chemistry, Chemistry in the Community, or Honors Chemistry)
• Students who are interested in science or who plan to major in science in college are recommended to take four years of science

NOTE: U.C. requires two years of lab science and recommends three years of lab science. They also recommend that student take all three disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

3720 BIOLOGY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This is a required course (if pre-requisites are met, Honors Biology may also be taken to fulfill this requirement). "The Science of Life". In Biology, you learn about the structure and function of organisms at the molecular, cellular and organism level. Specific information about plants and animals is dealt with. The final part of this course deals with the "Biology of Man". Laboratory work is correlated with the lecture discussions.

3723 HONORS BIOLOGY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: Administrative Approval

Description: This is an accelerated course in general Biology. It covers the structure and function of living organisms at the molecular, cellular and organismal level. Laboratory work, dissection, individual and/or group projects and selected readings are incorporated into this accelerated course.

3708 CHEMISTRY IN THE COMMUNITY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) Successful completion of Biology or Honors Biology; 2) Successful completion of Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1

Description: This course explores chemistry as it relates to household, local, and global environments. It is a lab-oriented course that explores chemistry concepts such as: water purity, chemical resources, petroleum resources and alternatives, chemistry of food, nuclear chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, biochemistry, and industrial chemistry.

3710 CHEMISTRY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) Successful completion of Biology or Honors Biology; 2) C+ average in Algebra 1 or C- average in Honors Algebra 1

Description: A college preparatory course that provides instruction in: metric measurements, the use of the periodic table, chemical bonding, heat transfer, nomenclature, nuclear chemistry, atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, plus the chemical equations that describe them, stoichiometry, concentrations of solutions and pH. An introduction to Organic Chemistry is also given if time permits.

3713 HONORS CHEMISTRY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) A- average in Biology or B- average in Honors Biology; 2) B average in Algebra 1 or B- average in Honors Algebra 1

Description: General Chemistry for students who are continuing science in college – This course presents the material of Chemistry in an accelerated fashion, with a greater emphasis on deriving principles rather than simply memorizing those principles. As in Chemistry, a high proficiency in algebraic manipulations and the ability to extract mathematical data from word equations are mandatory. A college preparatory course that covers all the topics in regular chemistry, plus the addition of the gas laws, electrochemistry and oxidation-reduction reactions.

10104 AP CHEMISTRY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Pending
NCAA Core Course: Pending

Pre-Requisites: 1) A- in Chemistry or B in Honors Chemistry and B+ in Biology or B in Honors Biology; 2) B+ in previous year’s Math course of Algebra 2 or higher; 3) Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus or higher; 4) Completion of the AP contract

Description: Advanced Placement Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college Introductory Chemistry course for science majors and as such is a valuable asset for any student with a desire to major in any science at college. Topics covered and presented in considerable depth include atomic theory, molecular bonding, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibria, reaction kinetics, acid-base chemistry, and thermodynamics. Given the strong emphasis placed on quantitative problem solving, this course is suitable only for students with very strong math skills. A mandatory summer homework packet must be completed for the first day of class. All students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination in May.

3810 PHYSICS
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: C average in Chemistry or B average in Chemistry in the Community

Description: Pre-college Physics – This course investigates, by means of lecture and laboratory work, the basic concepts of mechanics, force, work, rotation, fluids, heat, sound, light, magnetic fields, AC & DC circuits, and the atomic theory. This course emphasizes the need for the student to be able to draw valid conclusions through mathematical concepts. Outside reading is required and a scientific calculator is needed.

3813 AP PHYSICS 1
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Pending
NCAA Core Course: Pending

Pre-Requisites: 1) A- average in Chemistry or B- average in Honors Chemistry or A- average in Physics; 2) B- average in Honors Geometry or B+ average in Geometry or passing grade in higher math course; 3) Completion of the AP Contract

Description: This is an algebra-based laboratory science and is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. Fundamentals and problem solving skills are stressed. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum), work, energy, and power, and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. The course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exam by the College Board in May. It includes demonstrations, lectures, discussions of a wide variety of applications, projects and computer simulated interactive laboratories. Students should be prepared to meet for additional instruction outside of class a few times a year.

3815 AP PHYSICS 2
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Pending
NCAA Core Course: Pending

Pre-Requisites: 1) B average in AP Physics 1; 2) Completion of the AP contract

Description: This is an algebra-based laboratory science and is equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. This is the second AP Physics class in sequence. The course covers fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. The course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exam by the College Board in May. It includes demonstrations, lectures, discussions of a wide variety of applications, projects, and computer simulated interactive laboratories. Students should be prepared to meet for additional instruction outside of class a few times a year.

3820 ADVANCED BIOLOGY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: Successful completion of any level of Chemistry

Description: This is an inquiry and laboratory-oriented course that probes deeper into the major themes of modern Biology. More advanced laboratory techniques are emphasized. The fields of study to be included are: genetics, development and behavior of organisms, dissection, human physiology, and current scientific issues.

10066 FORENSIC BIOLOGY
Duration: Year

Description: A Tri-School offering at Mercy High School. See the Tri-School section of this directory for details.

3825 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Duration: Year

Description: A Tri-School offering at Mercy High School. See the Tri-School section of this directory for details.

3826 HONORS ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Duration: Year

Description: A Tri-School offering at Mercy High School. See the Tri-School section of this directory for details.

3830 AP BIOLOGY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) B average in Honors Biology or A- average in Biology and B average in Honors Chemistry or A- average in Chemistry; 2) Completion of the AP contract

Description: Primary emphasis in this Advanced Placement Biology course is on developing an understanding of concepts rather than on memorizing terms and technical details. Essential to this concept is a grasp of science as a process rather than as an accumulation of facts. Students should have recognition of unifying themes that integrate the major topics of Biology, and be able to apply biological knowledge and critical thinking to environmental and social concerns. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Board in May. Students should be prepared to spend time outside of class to complete this rigorous course. The course has the same major themes and topics covered by college level Biology courses. The three major curriculum areas are:

1) Molecules and Cells

2) Heredity and Evolution

3) Organisms and Populations.

The course involves extensive lab work and the pace of this course is intense. Students are required to do extensive outside reading. All students who take this course are required to take the AP Exam in Biology.

10065 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: B- average in Chemistry in the Community or C- average in Chemistry/Honors Chemistry

Description: Environmental science is a multidisciplinary science. This course provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. In this class, students will apply knowledge from the basic sciences and mathematics to practical global problems and search for viable solutions to environmental problems.

3895 SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisites: 1) Completion of application; 2) Department Chair and supervising teacher approval

Description: Independent Study – This course is taken in addition to the science requirement for graduation. Students may perform a scientific research project in the laboratory or field setting. Topics are of the students own choosing (with Science Department approval.) Areas of study for the research project can be from any of the disciplines of science taught at Serra.

3899 SCIENCE TA
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisites: 1) Upper division standing; 2) B- average in previous science courses; 3) Department Chair approval

Description: The student is assigned a period to assist the teacher in order to accommodate the needs of the department. The TA helps the science instructor in the classroom and laboratory and in other science-related activities agreed to by the instructor and the TA. Students are required to meet with their teacher every period and complete all work required by the teacher.

World Languages

WORLD LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT

In general, students will be placed in honors or AP classes based on the following criteria: Students currently in an honors class who earn 83% or higher (B average) qualify for the next honors course. Students in a non-honors class who earn 90% or higher (A- average) qualify for consideration for the next honors course. The Department Chair will make the final determination for eligibility for all courses. Two years of the same world language is required for graduation.

• Most colleges and universities require a minimum of two years of the same world language for entrance
• Some schools (such as the University of California system and many private schools) recommend three years of the same world language for entrance
• It is strongly recommended that students check college world language requirements with their counselor or world languages teacher

In May of each year, incoming freshmen and transfer students have the option of taking a challenge exam in order to place them in an appropriate level of a language. All students who do not wish to take the exam will be placed in the first level of world language.

FRENCH

4100 FRENCH 1-2
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This is a first year course of French. Emphasis is placed on basic development of the four language skills: understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Students focus on mastering vocabulary and integrating conversational skills in the classroom.

4200 FRENCH 3-4
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C- average in French 2

Description: This is a second year course of French. A continuation of French 1-2, this course maintains and develops oral competency, develops reading skills, writing skills and cultural awareness and begins the formal study of grammar.

4301 FRENCH 5
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C average in French 4

Description: This is a third year course of French. The goals of this course are to increase oral competency and fluency, to continue the development of reading comprehension, to reinforce oral and written grammatical structures, and to continue awareness of cultural references.

4302 FRENCH 6
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C average in French 5

Description: This course is a continuation of French 5. Content and themes of the first semester are expanded and enhanced.

4303 FRENCH 7
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B- average in French 6

Description: This is a fourth year course of French. Students continue their learning and usage of the French language by engaging in complex conversations utilizing correct vocabulary, grammar and multiple verb tenses. Speaking, reading and writing skills are heightened by including cultural/historical units, French literature and creative exercises. New material is introduced using various methods and exercises. Student understanding is reinforced through paired, group and cooperative assignments.

4304 FRENCH 8
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B- average in French 7

Description: This course is a continuation of French 7. Content and themes of the first semester are expanded and enhanced.

4308 AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Pending (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Pending

Pre-Requisite: Completion of French 7-8 with at least a B or completion of French 5-6 with at least an A

Description: This course is designed to deepen the student’s familiarity with the French language in preparation for the Advanced Placement French Exam in May. In addition to new grammar and vocabulary, students will review and expand on previously learned vocabulary, sentence structure, conversation, reading, writing and culture. The class will be conducted entirely in French and will involve rigorous reading and writing curriculum. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

GERMAN

4130 GERMAN 1-2
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This is a first year course of German language and culture. In this course, the basic principles of listening, speaking, reading and writing are introduced to the students. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during second period.

4230 GERMAN 3-4
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C- average in German 2

Description: This is a second year course of German. A continuation of German 1-2, this course further develops the four major areas of language learning: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Cultural aspects of the German speaking world are also emphasized. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during first period.

4331 GERMAN 5
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C average in German 4

Description: This is a third year course of German. Subject matter in this course is selected on a two-year basis so that students do not duplicate work completed the previous year. Grammar is reinforced as needed with special emphasis on the subjunctive. The four basic skills are stressed with emphasis on oral presentations, analysis and cultural studies such as music and art. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during third period.

4332 GERMAN 6
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C average in German 5

Description: This course is a continuation of German 5. Content and themes of the first semester are expanded and enhanced. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during third period.

4333 GERMAN 7
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B- average in German 6

Description: This is a fourth year course of German with continued emphasis and expansion of grammatical usage covered in previous German classes. A good portion of the class is conducted in German. Exceptions are made when discussing grammar or material beyond the capability of the student's level of comprehension. A cultural understanding of the German-speaking world is also a major objective. This is completed through studying areas of history, political science, geography, literature and film.

4334 GERMAN 8
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B- average in German 7

Description: This course is a continuation of German 7. Content and themes of the first semester are expanded and enhanced.

MANDARIN

10022 MANDARIN 1-2
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This is a first year course of Mandarin. Students will develop the basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, such as useful conversation for daily life. Students will also learn to read, write, speak and understand basic Mandarin Chinese characters and pinyin. Students will be exposed to a variety of Mandarin-speaking cultures in Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and more. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during first period.

10023 MANDARIN 3-4
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C- average in Mandarin 2

Description: This is a second year course of Mandarin. A continuation of Mandarin 1-2, this course maintains and develops oral competency, reading skills, writing skills and cultural awareness of the historical issues and influence of Mandarin-speaking cultures. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during second period.

10024 MANDARIN 5
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C average in Mandarin 4

Description: This is a third year course of Mandarin that builds on the material and skills developed in the first two years of Mandarin. The course reinforces previous material as well as continues to expand in the areas of grammar, vocabulary and conversation. Increased speaking of the target language with cultural accuracy is an important aspect of this course. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during third period.

10025 MANDARIN 6
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C average in Mandarin 5

Description: This course is a continuation of Mandarin 5. Content and themes of the first semester are expanded and enhanced. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during third period.

10026 MANDARIN 7
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B- average in Mandarin 6

Description: This is a fourth year course of Mandarin. Students will continue to develop the skills necessary to carry on extended conversations in Chinese, expressing their opinions on issues related to current events, Chinese society, politics, economics, education, and Chinese culture. Students will be able to produce and present their own viewpoints of events by using the Chinese language in both spoken and written form. The class will be conducted entirely in Mandarin with an emphasis on active student participation in the target language. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during third period.

10027 MANDARIN 8
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B- average in Mandarin 7

Description: This course is a continuation of Mandarin 7. Content and themes of the first semester are expanded and enhanced. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during third period.

10093 AP CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Pending (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Pending

Pre-Requisite: B average in Mandarin 7-8

Description: AP Chinese is an advanced Mandarin Chinese course that prepares students for the Advanced Placement Exam in May. Students will be able to successfully communicate both linguistically and culturally in Chinese within and beyond the school setting. The course content includes authentic sources such as Chinese newspapers, radio broadcasts, video clips, and literary texts. Students will be able to demonstrate their Chinese proficiency across three communicative modes (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational.) This course will be conducted entirely in Mandarin with an emphasis on active student participation in the target language. All students are required to take the AP exam in May.

SPANISH

4140 SPANISH 1-2
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This is a first year course of Spanish. Students are introduced to the four linguistic aims of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Cultural aspects of Spain and Latin America are integrated into the course.

4240 SPANISH 3-4
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C- average in Spanish 2

Description: This is a second year course of Spanish. A continuation of Spanish 1-2, this course focuses on verb formation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and historical and cultural aspects of the Hispanic world.

4246 HONORS SPANISH 3-4
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) A- average in Spanish 1-2; 2) Instructor approval

Description: This is a second year course of Spanish designed to challenge students at a higher level than the Spanish 3-4 class. The course covers content at a deeper level, it moves at a faster pace, and students demonstrate a higher level of understanding of grammar and vocabulary in both written and verbal forms. To be recommended for this course, students must be active participants in their current Spanish 1-2 course. This course focuses on verb formation, sentence structure, vocabulary, and historical and cultural aspects of the Hispanic world.

4341 SPANISH 5
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C average in Spanish 4

Description: This is a third year course of Spanish that builds on the material covered in the first two years of Spanish. The course re-enforces previously learned material and continues to expand in the areas of grammar, vocabulary and conversation. Increased speaking of the target language is a key component of this course.

4342 SPANISH 6
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C average in Spanish 5

Description: This course is a continuation of Spanish 5. Content and themes of the first semester are expanded and enhanced.

4348 HONORS SPANISH 5
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) A- average in Spanish 3-4 or B average in Honors Spanish 3-4; 2) Instructor approval

Description: This is a third year course of Spanish designed for students who excel and wish to become fluent in Spanish. This course prepares students for the AP Spanish Language class. This course reinforces previously learned material and expands in more complex areas of verb formation, sentence structure, vocabulary, conversation and culture. Increased speaking of the target language is a key component of this course.

4349 HONORS SPANISH 6
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C average in Honors Spanish 5

Description: This course is a continuation of Honors Spanish 5. Content and themes of the first semester are expanded and enhanced.

4343 SPANISH 7
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B- average in Spanish 6

Description: This is a fourth year course of Spanish. Students continue to learn the Spanish language by engaging in complex conversations utilizing vocabulary, grammar and multiple verb tenses. Speaking, reading and writing skills are heightened by including cultural and historical units, Spanish literature and creative exercises. New material is introduced using various methods and exercises. Student understanding of the material is reinforced through paired, group and cooperative assignments.

4344 SPANISH 8
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: B- average in Spanish 7

Description: This course is a continuation of Spanish 7. Content and themes of the first semester are expanded and enhanced.

4350 AP SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area E – Language)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) A average in Spanish 5-6 or B+ average in Honors Spanish 5-6 or B+ average in Spanish 7-8; 2) Completion of the AP contract

Description: This course is designed to deepen the student’s familiarity with the Spanish language in preparation for the AP Spanish Language exam in May. In addition to new grammar and vocabulary, students review and expand on previously learned vocabulary, sentence structure, conversation, reading, writing and culture. The class is conducted entirely in Spanish and involves a rigorous reading and writing curriculum. All students in the class are required to take the AP Exam in May.

10085 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Pending
NCAA Core Course: Pending

Pre-Requisites: Member of the International Student Program

Description: This course is designed to support students who are part of the International Student Program. Students will focus on improving their English skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

ELECTIVES

4450 WORLD LANGUAGE TA
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- average in all previous World Language courses; 2) Department Chair approval

Description: The student TA is required to assist a teacher by working with individual students, making periodic class presentations, working in conversational groups, and assisting with some clerical work. Students are required to meet with their teacher every period and complete all work required by the teacher.

Theology

THEOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Seven semesters of Theology are required for graduation. Students should choose next year's Theology classes according to the following guidelines:

• FRESHMAN YEAR – All students required to take Theology 1: Introduction to Church, Scriptures and Spirituality
• SOPHOMORE YEAR – All students are required to take Theology 2: Christian Morality
• JUNIOR YEAR – All students are required to take Theology 3A: Jesus of History, Christ of Faith and Theology 3B: Church History
• SENIOR YEAR – All students are required to take Theology 4A: Christian Lifestyles and Theology 4B: Social Justice

LOWER DIVISION

5100 THEOLOGY 1
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Freshman Theology – INTRODUCTION TO CHURCH, SCRIPTURES AND SPIRITUALITY. Fall Semester – The course introduces students to the Roman Catholic dimension of Junipero Serra High School. This course offers Freshmen instruction in the school's history and philosophy, in the life of the Blessed Junipero Serra, and in the opportunities for growth offered through Campus Ministry, i.e. liturgies, retreats, and the Christian Service Program. An important goal of the course is to heighten students' awareness of their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development since childhood in order to help them understand how this development has affected their relationships with God, family and friends. The major course work entails an overview of the Hebrew Scriptures (The Pentateuch, the Historical Books, the Prophetic Books, and Wisdom Literature.)


Spring Semester – An introduction and overview of the Catholic methods and principles of Biblical interpretation, the course examines the following important concepts: the close interrelationship between Tradition and Scripture; the normative character of Scripture; the Catholic understanding of inspiration and inerrancy; the development of Scripture from oral tradition to written word; and the accepted canons of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. This course provides students with an introduction into the Christian Testament (The Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, Paul’s Letters, the Epistles and the Book of Revelation). This course provides an overview to the sacramental character and teachings of the Church and specifically addresses the seven sacraments.

5200 THEOLOGY 2
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Sophomore Theology – CHRISTIAN MORALITY. This course addresses moral decision-making in light of the message of Jesus and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Through the study of various ethical elements along with Church Law, students develop the critical skills necessary to make an informed moral decision. A study of Christian morality is an essential part of any course of study that seeks to describe the teachings of Catholic Faith. The course provides the high school student with the major principles of Catholic moral theology and the specific teachings on many important moral issues. It provides moral decision making methods to help students form their consciences and guide them in making moral decisions.

UPPER DIVISION

5250 THEOLOGY 3A
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Junior Theology – JESUS OF HISTORY, CHRIST OF FAITH. This course assists students in their quest for self-understanding through an examination of the various psychological and spiritual stages of development. The focus is on how this development impacts one's relationship with others, one's worldview and one's relationship with Jesus, the Christ. The primary content of this course is the life, message, ministry, death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus as proclaimed by the four Gospels. The course provides a reflection on the message of Jesus (the Kingdom of God) within the historical, cultural, political and religious context of Jesus' day. The course examines what Jesus' message meant to His contemporaries and what it means today. The course applies Jesus' message to various modern issues of concern, such as, values and lifestyle, evil and suffering, death and afterlife, affluence and poverty.

5260 THEOLOGY 3B
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Junior Theology – CHURCH HISTORY. The primary focus of the course is how the Church has heralded, in word and deed, the Kingdom of God. Students are encouraged to understand the unique influence culture has had on the development of the doctrine and the careful delineation of Christian belief in response to challenges presented by the human condition. The students are introduced to the many men and women who have lived the message of Jesus Christ to a heroic degree. The course also emphasizes the impact of the Second Vatican Council and the Church’s self-understanding of its mission in the modern world. The goal of the course is to show students how the Church continues to grow, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, faithful to the ministry of Jesus as proclaimed in the Gospels.

5304 THEOLOGY 4A
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Senior Theology – CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLES. This course explores what it means to be a Christian man in today's world. The student’s job is to wrestle with the questions that men encounter. By the end of the semester they will be able to articulate their thoughts on these and other essential issues for men – responding to text, Scripture, discussion, and their own experience. Areas of study include personality, coming of age, male spirituality and archetypal patterns, love, friendship, dating, intimacy, sexuality, the single life, married life, and religious and consecrated life.

5305 THEOLOGY 4B
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Senior Theology – SOCIAL JUSTICE. This course is an introduction to and an overview of the history of the Catholic Church's stance on issues of social justice. In the Great Commandment, Jesus calls us to love God and to express this love of God through love of neighbor. Throughout its history, the Catholic Church has attempted to live out this Gospel mandate. This course provides the student with the opportunity to examine these attempts through a review of papal and National Bishops' Conferences' documents on social teaching, the Church's adoption of a "preferential option for the poor", and its work to address the causes of the social injustices present in our world today. This course examines how the Church has addressed, in word and in deed, various social issues such as: war and peace, poverty and affluence, unjust economic and political systems, racism and sexism, and the environment.

UPPER DIVISION - ELECTIVES

10015 REEL THEOLOGY
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Upper Division

Description: This course will provide students with an introductory study of contemporary cinema as an art form that often presents the subject of spirituality in non-ecclesiastically oriented ways. Particular attention is paid to portrayals of the human condition. In the spirit of the biblical challenge to “test everything; hold on to the good” (I Thess. 5:21), the goal of the course is to cultivate the art of listening and watching perceptively, with a view to learning whenever possible, and to affirmation or criticism as appropriate. Open to juniors and seniors.

Campus Ministry

CAMPUS MINISTRY

Each year, 20 hours of Christian Service is required for graduation. Of those 20 hours, 10 hours must be FIAT hours. Students must also attend parts 1 and 2 of their Freshmen Retreat, the Sophomore Retreat, and the Junior Urban Plunge with their Theology class.

5393 RETREAT LEADERSHIP
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Approval of the instructor

Description: Retreat Leadership is a non-traditional class that seeks to develop leaders of the students. This is done primarily through the context of preparing and executing the lower division retreats throughout the year. The regular class meeting is held on Tuesdays during 4th period lunch, and additional meetings occur at other times during the week. Students are called to use the skills of small group facilitation, communication with peers and adults, collaboration, and team building. They are also challenged to reflect on their relationship with God and to promote a spirit of brotherhood with each other and the retreat participants. Students are expected to assist on two lower division retreats and to take a leadership role in one other campus ministry event during each semester. Formal, written reflections of each activity are required.

5397 LITURGICAL STUDIES
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Approval of the instructor

Description: Liturgical Studies is a course that explores the various components of liturgical celebrations (i.e. Mass, Prayer Services) in the Roman Catholic tradition. Instruction articulates the evolution and importance of these components. Students study the history of these celebrations and the changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council. Students involve themselves in the design and implementation of liturgical celebrations at Serra High School. Ultimately, students identify ways to strengthen a liturgical celebration in order for the celebration to be transformational to the community.

5395 CAMPUS MINISTRY TA
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisites: 1) Upper division standing; 2) Director of Campus Ministry approval

Description: Student assists the Campus Ministry office in the organization and running of lower division retreats. A Campus Ministry TA is required to meet with their teacher every period and complete all work required by the teacher.

Visual and Performing Arts

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT

One year of Visual and Performing Arts is required for graduation.

7010 ADVANCED BAND
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Approval of the instructor

Description: A Tri-School performance course offered for music students with some experience in ensemble playing and at least intermediate playing ability on one or more instruments. Members of the Advanced Band form the nucleus of the Symphonic Band and Pep Band. Students must provide their own instruments (some exceptions). Performances (including football and basketball games, concerts, etc.) are mandatory. Special Note: This Tri-school course meets during first period.

7020 JAZZ BAND
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Approval of the instructor

Description: This course teaches visual recognition of modern and traditional jazz and rock melodies and rhythms, beginning to intermediate improvisation techniques and numerous performance practices that are peculiar to the medium. There is an opportunity for small and large group performance. Performances include festivals and concerts. All performances are mandatory. Students must take this course in addition to Advanced Band unless they play guitar, bass or piano. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets Monday through Thursday during zero period.

7040 BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE GUITAR
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Beginning/Intermediate Guitar – This is a course for students who want to learn the basics of guitar playing. No experience necessary. Course content includes the learning of popular songs, music reading and music theory fundamentals as applied to the acoustic guitar. Some basic electric guitar techniques are also discussed. Exams are given, both playing and written, on material covered in class. Students must provide their own acoustic guitar and purchase the required texts.

7080 ORCHESTRA
Duration: Year

Description: A Tri-School offering at Notre Dame High School. See the Tri-School section in this directory for details.

7090 MEN’S CHORUS
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Approval of the instructor

Description: Men's Chorus – A performance course for students interested in singing for learning and enjoyment. Students receive instruction in the basics of voice production and music fundamentals. No experience necessary. Performances include festivals and concerts. All performances are mandatory. The Men's chorus also rehearses and performs as part of the Tri-School Chorus.

7087 DANCE V – IN-STEP PERFORMANCE COMPANY/ PARTNERING TECHNIQUES
Duration: Year

Description: A Tri-School offering at Notre Dame High School. See the Tri-School section in this directory for details.

VISUAL ARTS

6003 BASIC ART
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This full year course, open to freshmen through seniors, is available to anyone wishing to explore artistic expression through visual media, regardless of experience level. The course starts with the basic foundations of drawing, using charcoal, pencils, and pen and ink. The second semester starts with the fundamentals of color, using colored pencils, pastels, watercolor and acrylic paint. Also in the second semester, 3 dimensional sculpture, such as mask making and wire sculptures are introduced. A variety of subject matter is explored, including still life, landscape, perspective, figure and portrait. Art History is taught through slide shows and quizzes. (Approximate cost is $70.00). The Art shows in December and April require mandatory attendance.

6007 ADVANCED ART
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: 1) Basic Art teacher’s approval; 2) Approval of the instructor of student portfolio

Description: Advanced Art is a course for second year art students, who want to learn and experience more in art. The idea of Advanced Art is based on the fundamentals of basic art, but expands to new forms of art that cannot be introduced in the first year. Some of the activities in Advanced Art are the creation of stained glass windows, silk ties, book making, oil paintings and mural paintings. Three-dimensional sculptures, linoleum prints, and icons are also created. Modern art is studied in Art History. (Approximate cost is $70.00). Mandatory attendance at two field trips is required as is attendance at the art shows in December and April.

6009 CERAMICS/ART TA
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- average in Advanced Art; 2) Approval of the instructor

Description: The duty of the TA is to help the Art teacher, including correcting tests, recycling clay, putting up work and keeping the room organized. Also, the Art TA has the opportunity to work on a project of their choosing during the period that they are the TA. This could include a project that they learned about in either Basic Art, Advanced Art or Ceramics. It is possible that the Art TA could complete more than one project. Students are required to meet with their teacher every period and complete all work required by the teacher.

6004 CERAMICS
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This full year course is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, regardless of experience level. Students will explore artistic expression in the 3rd dimension using clay. The course starts with learning the basic techniques of clay and glazes, and then culminates with several projects that show the students’ understandings of these techniques, including pinch pots, coils, slab, throwing, molding, trimming, and glazing. Ceramic art history and the use of tools will be taught through power points and quizzes. (Approximate cost is $70.00). Attendance at the Art shows in December and April are mandatory.

6035 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This full year course, open to sophomores through seniors, explores the principles of design and architecture. It provides a foundation for students who are interested in the fields of drafting, architecture, and engineering. Students are introduced to: architecture, the design process, architecture history, drawing and sketching, manual and CAD drafting. They learn techniques necessary to draw freehand and with instruments. The course includes a mixture of lectures, discussions, in-class assignments, presentations, drawings, research, and model making. Students need to purchase initial drawing supplies at the bookstore (Approximate cost is $70.00). Please note that students will also be required to purchase additional materials/supplies for their models throughout the year. Special Note: This Tri-school course meets during first period.

6090 ARCH DESIGN TA
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- average in Architectural Design; 2) Approval of the instructor

Description: Student assists the Architectural Design teacher. Students are required to meet with their teacher every period and complete all work required by the teacher.

6210 FILMS THEORY AND PRODUCTION
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This full year course, open to sophomores through seniors, emphasizes the film as another form of literature to which the standards of literary analysis, criticism, and media interpretation are applied. Through the viewing of a wide variety of films, the fall semester emphasizes film theory: genre, story development, shot selection, composition, cinematography, editing, and reviews. The spring semester takes film theory and puts it in practice through the use of state of the art production equipment (script writing software, cameras, digital editing software, etc.). Students develop their own scripts, produce, edit and present their own films.

6215 FILMS INDEPENDENT STUDY
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: 1) B- average in Films and background in two of the following: writing, photography, film study or art; 2) Approval of the instructor

Description: Students meet during their Independent Study period to continue their work in video production and editing. Students continue to hone their craft by producing a documentary and open form film. Students are encouraged to submit their completed films to public film festivals, including the San Francisco International Film Festival. Students may also make presentations to the first year Films course (6210) on such subjects as production workflow and film editing.

6250 PHOTOGRAPHY
Duration: Year

Description: A Tri-School offering at Mercy High School. See the Tri-School section in this directory for details.

Miscellaneous

MISCELLANEOUS

10020 MULTIMEDIA APPLICATIONS IN BUSINESS
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: Throughout this semester course, students will be learning introductory business concepts while developing their technology skills. Students will use online, interactive, and multimedia applications to complete a variety of business-oriented tasks. Specific focus will be given to advanced presentation skills, graphics creation/editing, animation applications, desktop publishing, along with both theory and practice of web design. Strong Internet skills are recommended.

8620 YEARBOOK PUBLICATION
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: No
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Approval of instructor

Description: The yearbook course provides students with an introduction to a wide variety of visual and textual creative skills and business skills. Students develop competencies in the following areas: journalism, photography, graphic and visual design, interviewing and networking skills as well as organization and team deadlines. Classes are held during the school day with some required additional time after school. Students will have the opportunity to develop a theme based on their reflection of the school’s personality and characteristics. Students are expected to interact with students of all grade levels and all backgrounds and interests as well as with faculty, staff, and coaches. At the end of the year, students will have created a cohesive and appealing publication for their peers to enjoy, and which will remain on the shelves of Serra High School for years to come.

Independent Study

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Students have the option of taking one Independent Study period each semester. Serra recommends that students use this time to study for classes or to meet with his teachers.

9970 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisite: N/A

Description: Independent Study for the first semester.

9980 INDEPENDENT STUDY 2
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: N/A
NCAA Core Course: N/A

Pre-Requisite: N/A

Description: Independent Study for the second semester.

Tri-School Courses

TRI-SCHOOL COURSES

The courses on the following pages are being offered to Serra students for the 2016-2017 school year. If you are interested in selecting one of these courses, please note the following:

1) Students should note the times each course is offered
2) You are responsible for your own transportation. Missing a class because of transportation problems is not an acceptable excuse
3) You are responsible for all class time, even if it falls during a Serra school holiday
4) The school dress code will be observed on all three campuses
5) If you select a Tri-School course and are scheduled into it, as per agreement with the other members of the Tri-School program, no class changes or drops will be allowed

MERCY HIGH SCHOOL

3825 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisite: C average in English and prior science courses

Description: This rigorous college-preparatory elective science course includes a detailed study of many human body systems. Homeostatic balance, the relationship between structure and function, and the interrelationships between body systems are a focus throughout the course. This course is recommended for students interested in a health-related career, especially those students who plan to study medicine, nursing, physical therapy, and athletic training. The course may also be helpful for those students who plan to enter education as either a life science or physical education teacher. Laboratory activities will include several microscopic analyses of tissue specimens as well as several dissections to accompany the subject matter. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets Monday through Thursday during zero period.

3826 HONORS ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Students must have taken honors level science courses and maintained a B average in those courses

Description: This rigorous college-preparatory elective science course includes a detailed study of many human body systems. Homeostatic balance, the relationship between structure and function, and the interrelationships between body systems are a focus throughout the course. This course is recommended for students interested in a health-related career, especially those students who plan to study medicine, nursing, physical therapy, and athletic training. Standards are similar to those in the standard level of the course, but students are expected to have a deeper understanding with a higher level of sophistication. This course uses dissection as an instructional activity. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets Monday through Thursday during zero period.

10066 FORENSIC BIOLOGY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area D – Lab Science)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) C- average in Biology; 2) C- average in Algebra 1

Description: Students will build on what they have learned in Biology by applying skills and concepts from biology, chemistry and physics to solve real-life problems within the realm of forensics. All lab activities will involve simulated evidence that will be age-appropriate. The textbook does not include graphic photos. For sophomores, this course will be a good introduction to basic concepts in chemistry and physics. Upper-division students will be able to apply what they have learned in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This laboratory course will teach students about the theory, concepts, and applications of a full-service crime laboratory. It will include units in chemistry, physics, geology, biology, document examination, photography, toxicology, and fingerprinting. Students will be instructed on how laboratory scientists analyze physical evidence, document evidence during laboratory analysis, and present results during testimony upon request of the attorney. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during first period.

6250 PHOTOGRAPHY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: None

Description: This is a beginning level, non-darkroom, art photography course intended to help students develop the ability to take, manipulate, print, alter, and blend their photography through their understanding of visual perception and personal experience. Using digital cameras and professional photo editing software, students learn the basic elements of art photography, develop observational skills and the ability to discuss and critique their experience. Through the year, students will study the world of art photography, its place in art history, and its importance in society. Students will complete written assignments as well as a portfolio of their work. Students supply their own digital cameras. Text required: Focus on Photography Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during first period.

10059 AP PSYCHOLOGY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) B or better in most recent Social Studies course (World History w or U.S. History) or B- or better in most recent Honors of AP Social Studies Course (Honors World History 2 or AP US History); 2) No lower than B- in most recent English and Science classes; 3) An analytical writing sample; 4) Counselor approval

Description: AP Psychology is an elective course designed to introduce students to the study of human behavior and mental processes at a college level rigor and pace. Students are exposed to the history and subfields of psychology, the brain’s structures and functions, altered states of consciousness, psychological testing, and psychological disorders. Students analyze the biopsychosocial approach to psychology in all human interactions and decisions. Emphasis will be placed on the ethics and statistical methods psychologists use in their science and practice as well as on famous psychological experiments that shaped the field of psychology. This class involves an additional workload and extended content for the accelerated student. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets during first period.

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL

10063 A PLACE AT THE TABLE: THE MINORITY EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area G – Elective)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Upper Division

Description: As the “great melting pot”, America has always been a harbor for immigrants. Unfortunately they have not always been welcomed. This course will cover the major immigrant waves in our nation’s history, emphasizing the different groups who comprised each wave and the reasons that brought them to America. In addition, we will look at the contributions that both groups and individuals have made to the American tapestry by studying famous (and some infamous) immigrants as well as analyzing the cultural contributions that are accepted as “American” today. The semester will culminate with a final project that will allow you to investigate your own family immigrant experience. Special Note: This course is taught almost exclusively online, fall semester. During the semester there will be a few face-to-face meetings and several mandatory virtual class meetings. This Tri-School course meets during second period.

7080 ORCHESTRA
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Intermediate skill level with instrument

Description: This Tri-School class is a performance-oriented course offered for students who play violin, viola, cello, bass or harp with at least an intermediate playing ability. Students must provide their own instruments except for Bass and Harp. Performances are mandatory. This class may be taken all four years. Special Note: This Tri-School course meets Monday through Thursday during zero period.

7087 DANCE V– IN-STEP PERFORMANCE COMPANY/ PARTNERING TECHNIQUES
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisite: Auditions are not required for Serra students

Description: This class combines body conditioning, stretching and strengthening, acrobatics, dance, and movement techniques for advanced performance. Serra students train with members of the NDHS Dance Company learning partnering stunts, lifting techniques, and movement styles (hip hop, acrobatic moves) appropriate to their level of ability and athleticism. Serra students will participate in the fall and spring dance showcases at NDHS. Serra students train during the Tri-School time slot and join NDHS students during a regular portion of their class time. Serra students are required to provide tennis shoes and clothing suitable for athletic movement and body conditioning. Special Note: There are two sections of this Tri-School course that meets during first or second period.

Online Courses

ONLINE COURSES

The courses on the following pages are being offered to upper division Serra students for the 2016-2017 school year. If you are interested in selecting of those these courses, please note the following:

1) These are online courses and similar to traditional Serra courses, students are responsible for completing weekly assignments.
2) With the exception of AP courses, students must carry at least six other classes.
3) Students must have the dedication, discipline, and maturity to complete these courses. Often times, online courses require more time and energy than school courses due to the independent and self regulating nature of the courses.
4) Students must have the technical requirements in order to take these courses.
5) Students may incur an additional course fee for each online course taken since this course is not included in the Serra tuition.
6) If you select an online course and are scheduled into it, as per agreement with the other schools, no class changes or drops will be allowed.

Students interested in these courses should discuss their options with their counselor in context with their overall class schedule. Students cannot sign up for these classes through the PCR Parent Portal. If students are approved by both the counselor and the Dean of Studies, they will be placed into these courses.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ART HISTORY
Duration: Year
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area F – VPA)
NCAA Core Course: No

Pre-Requisites: 1) 3.25 GPA or higher; 2) Approval from your counselor; 3) Final approval from the Dean of Studies; 4) Completion of the AP Contract

Description: Taught online at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory AP Art History is a course that develops students’ understanding and knowledge of diverse historical and cultural contexts of architecture, sculpture, painting and other media. Students will examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and present and from a variety of cultures. Visual analysis of art is the primary tool that will be developed but understanding the how and why of how works of art function in context will also be important. This course is designed to prepare students for the AP Art History exam. Interactions: This is an online course with occasional required class meetings. Technical requirements: Students must have access to a computer with internet access and audio & microphone capabilities. Special Note: This is primarily an online course. Students must have the dedication and discipline to complete all of the weekly required assignments online based on course expectations. This course is also not included on the Serra Grading Period Report Cards, it is only included on the Official Serra Transcript.

SCIENCE FICTION
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) Upper Division; 2) Approval from your counselor; 3) Final approval from the Dean of Studies

Description: Taught online through Bishop O’Dowd – Spring Semester.

This English course deals with the moral, psychological and technological future of the human race. Through a variety of readings and personal writing, students will consider and discuss their future and the future of civilization. Authors studied include Burgess and Card as well as others.

Interactions: Because of the online format, the course can be a good choice for those students who can work independently. This is not a self-paced course; students much “check in” to class every day, manage work, and meet frequent, regular deadlines.

Technical Requirements: Students must have access to a computer with internet access and audio & microphone capabilities.

Special Note: This is primarily an online course. Students must have the dedication and discipline to complete all of the weekly required assignments online based on course expectations. This course is also not included on the Serra Grading Period Report Cards, it is only included on the Official Serra Transcript.

THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
Duration: Semester
UC/CSU Approved: Yes (Area B – English)
NCAA Core Course: Yes

Pre-Requisites: 1) Upper Division; 2) Approval from your counselor; 3) Final approval from the Dean of Studies

Description: Taught online through Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory – Fall or Spring Semester.

Before humankind invented written language, we told stories with pictures, evidenced by the crude drawings found on caves walls in southern France and Spain. As written language evolved and became the preferred medium for storytelling, visual storytelling persisted through church windows, tapestries, oil paintings and more, maintaining an important role in the transmission of the stories of the people by whom and for whom they were created. Ours is an era of increasingly complex visualization with the use of digital technologies and the proliferation of these images via the Internet. How well do we understanding the medium of visuals for storytelling? In this course, students will learn the vocabulary of graphic novels and examine how graphic novels build on what students already know about works of fiction and non-fiction. Readings will include texts that showcase the possibilities of graphic novels to tell a story, convey historical knowledge, offer commentary on the human condition and more. While the vast majority of assessments will be written in text-only language, students will have an opportunity to create their own short-length graphic stories.

Interactions: This is an online course with occasional required class meetings.

Technical requirements: Students must have access to a computer with internet access and audio & microphone capabilities.

Special Note: This is primarily an online course. Students must have the dedication and discipline to complete all of the weekly required assignments online based on course expectations. This course is also not included on the Serra Grading Period Report Cards, it is only included on the Official Serra Transcript.