PHS Course Offerings

Last Update: April 18, 2019

LITERARY & LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Literary & Language Arts

F/S = Semester Course     * = Possible Course     + = Honors Point

GRADE 9 GRADE 10
 
GRADE 11 GRADE 12
The History of Greek Literature & Language (CP/H+)
AP English Literature & Composition +
Dystopian Film & Literature (CP/H+)

 

 

Literary & Language Arts 1

Grade Level: 9   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP) 

This writing-intensive, college-prep course involves the study of multi-cultural prose fiction, drama, and poetry. The instructional design also provides students with regular opportunities to utilize literary nonfiction and informational texts relevant to writing about and discussion of interdisciplinary essential questions. Learners will engage in authentic writing tasks within the narrative, expository, argumentative, and poetic genres.

 


Literary & Language Arts 1 Honors

Grade Level: 9   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

In addition to the expectations for performance in Literary and Language Arts 1, students recommended for honors-level study demonstrate advanced reading, writing, and speaking skills and also a commitment to literary scholarship involving complex texts and upper-level writing demands.

Prerequisites: Middle-School Teacher Recommendation and Final Grade Eight Demonstration of Skill Level

 


Literacy Lab

Grade Level: 9   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This non-college preparatory course is offered by the Literary and Language Arts Department, but is designed for students who have a demonstrated need for support in meeting literacy demands specific to science (Living Earth), social studies (World History), and Lit & Lang I. Instructional time is focused on the development of reading, writing, and speaking skills required for success across disciplines. A secondary emphasis involves the development of a range of study skills and learning strategies.

Prerequisites: Grade 8 or Grade 9 Counselor Recommendation  

 


American Literary & Language Arts   

Grade Level: 10   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This American Literary and Language Arts course,  “Honoring All Voices,” is designed to provide reading, writing, speaking, and language skill development opportunities which focus on our shared literary past and the ways in which it continues to inform our contemporary experience and our own individual “American Stories.”

Through the lens of contemporary writings, learners will engage in a chronological study of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction from the American past.   They will
produce a portfolio of articles, essays, and literary art while continuing to develop language and vocabulary skills.

As the title of the course suggests, learners will be asked to use their voices regularly in a range of contexts—from formal presentations to class debates and discussions, to TableTalks, and Socratic Seminars.

Prerequisites: None

 


American Literary & Language Arts Honors

Grade Level: 10   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

In addition to the expectations for performance in American Literary and Language Arts, learners recommended for honors-level study demonstrate advanced reading, writing, and speaking skills and also a commitment to literary scholarship involving complex texts and upper-level writing demands.

Prerequisites: Freshman Teacher Recommendation and Final Grade Nine Demonstration of Skill Level

 


Exploring Our Hopes and Fears: Science-Fiction & Gothic/Horror Literature

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)/Honors Point

What are the best and worst future possibilities? What do the monsters that society creates reveal about humanity's fears and values? What future should we hope for?

In this course, the worlds of science and horror will marry in an exploration of literature that reflects popular culture, technological innovation, monstrous actions and the core of society's hopes and fears for itself. Learners will engage in a wide-ranging study of both classic and contemporary science fiction and gothic/horror fiction in order to examine their themes, conventions, structures and contexts as well as supplementary nonfiction articles and selected media/films.

Learners will produce writing for various purposes and audiences, including literary analysis as well as original fictional works, while continuing to develop language skills. Verbal engagement in discussions and seminars will be a core facet of the learner experience.

 


Literature of Identity & Agency & Asian/Asian-American Literature

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Yearlong  |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)/Honors Point

This course (which is inclusive of the former Asian-American Lit course) involves the study of world literature that explores how our cultural, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic past shapes who we become (identity) and determines the degree to which we are able to act independently (agency).

Among other essential questions we will be asking are: How might we use the literary arts to take ownership of our identities in a world of such rich but often contentious diversity? How can we use the literary arts to understand ourselves and to communicate with those whose life experiences differ from our own?

As your Passion Year selection, this course will ultimately provide skills for critical thinking and rhetorical analysis, empower self-exploration and self-actualization, and develop high-level academic reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening skills.

 


The History of Greek & English Literature & Language

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Semester   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)/Honors Point

The History of Greek and English Literature explores the essential and centuries-old relationship between literature, culture, and selfhood through a survey of Greek and British literature and language from the time of Homer in 800 BC to the Modernist period of the early 20th Century.

Through the lens of contemporary texts, learners will engage in a study of mythology, poetry, drama, and non-fiction which prompts questions such as “Why do ancient myths continue to matter in the scientific world of today?” “In what way does the current fascination with superheroes relate to the heroes of ancient Greece and early English literature?” “How has the human notion of fate and destiny changed over the course of two thousand years and why?” “How does the study of literature allow for a window into the changing values and morals of a culture?”

 


Dystopian Film & Literature

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Semester   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)/Honors Point

This course involves the study of dystopian literature as well as film adaptations of that literature. Among other essential questions we will be asking are: Why is the concept of “dystopia” receiving such notable interest in our current culture? What is it about dystopian film that appeals so powerfully to such a broad audience? In this course, learners will have the opportunity to read both texts in print and film as text. They will write standard argument and analytical compositions, but they will also produce writing that examines how specific cinematic techniques contribute to the tone, mood, and meaning that is so particular to dystopian films. This course involves close reading of three core novels, including one graphic novel, and additional correlating fiction, nonfiction, and contemporary/current event pieces. As a junior year Passion Year selection, this course will ultimately provide skills for critical thinking, empower self-exploration & self-actualization, and develop high-level academic reading, writing, language, and speaking & listening skills.

 


English 4 - Senior LLA Capstone

Grade Level: 12   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

In this senior-level college prep course, students will study a wide range of fictional and nonfictional genres as they continue to develop their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Students’ high school literary and language arts coursework culminates with a focus on the critical thinking and effective communication demands of postsecondary education and work. The course will also pay special attention to the skills needed to complete the Portola Passion Project. Throughout the year, learners will be able to follow their own passions by choosing certain works to read, topics to research, or tasks to complete. Ultimately, this course is designed to provide for our senior Bulldogs the skills & support needed before graduation, a space to further cultivate and explore their passions, and an overall meaningful final year with PHS Literary & Language Arts.

 


AP English LANGUAGE & Composition

Grade Level: 12   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

Prerequisite/s: B or higher in Honors Level Passion Year Course of A in CP Passion Year Course (College Board AP Course Information)

 


AP English Literature & Composition

Grade Level: 12   |   Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

Prerequisite/s: B or higher in Honors Level Passion Year Course of A in CP Passion Year Course (College Board AP Course Information)

MATHEMATICS

 

Mathematics

+ = Honors Point

IVC Math 353/253

IUSD Math Pathways

IUSD.TV Math Pathways Video

California Common Core State Standards - Mathematics

 

Math I AB & Math I CD

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This two-year Math I course will build on and extend skills learned in middle school while developing mastery and understanding of fundamental algebraic and geometric concepts, properties and skills. Students will explore the content of Math I over a two-year period with a focus on conceptual understanding and symbolic reasoning. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout the two-year course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Prerequisite/s from IUSD High School Placement Criteria:

  • From Math 8: Student meets all 3 criteria - Assessment grades below C, End of Course Assessment below 70%, Compelling Evidence

Note: Must complete both Math AB and CD for CP credit

 


Math I

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

The fundamental purpose of Mathematics I is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. The critical areas, organized into units, deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Mathematics I uses properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades. The final unit in the course ties together the algebraic and geometric ideas studied. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Prerequisite/s from IUSD High School Placement Criteria:

  • From Math 8 - Student progresses to next course in sequence
  • From Enhanced Math 1 - Student does not meet criteria to remain on accelerated path
  • From Math IAB - Grades of C or above, End of Course Assessment 70% or above, Appraisal of Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs)

 

 


Math II

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

The focus of Mathematics II is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Mathematics I. The need for extending the set of rational numbers arises and real and complex numbers are introduced so that all quadratic equations can be solved. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability and counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships and circles, with their quadratic algebraic representations, round out the course. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.

Prerequisite/s from IUSD High School Placement Criteria:

  • From Math I - Student progresses to next course in sequence with Grade of C or above
  • From Enhanced Math I - Student meets 2 of 3 criteria: Grades of B or above, End of Course Assessment 70% or above, Appraisal of Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs)
  • From Math I CD - Grades of C or above, End of Course Assessment 70% or above, Appraisal of Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs)

 

 


Enhanced Math II

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Enhanced Math II is an accelerated and challenging course designed for students who excel in math. Students entering from Math I should easily grasp higher level concepts, embrace rigorous curriculum and master all Math I standards. In Enhanced Math II, students will go deeper into Math II standards, including those (+) standards as defined in the CA Mathematics Framework, as well as several Math III and Pre-Calculus standards. Student assignments contain more critical thinking and higher depth of knowledge.

Prerequisite/s from IUSD High School Placement Criteria:

  • From Math I - Student meets 2 of 3 criteria: Grades of A, End of Course Assessment 85% or above, Appraisal of Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs)
  • From Enhanced Math I - Student meets 2 of 3 criteria: Grades of A, End of Course Assessment 85% or above, Appraisal of Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs)

 


Math III

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Math III is the third course in the college preparatory math sequence. Instructional time will focus on four critical areas: applying methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data; expanding understanding of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions; expanding right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles and trigonometric functions; and consolidate functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems. This course is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards.

Prerequisite/s from IUSD High School Placement Criteria:

  • From Math II - Student progresses to next course in sequence with Grade of C or above
  • From Enhanced Math II - Grades of C or above, End of Course Assessment 70% or above, Appraisal of Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs)

 


Enhanced Math III

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Honors Point

Enhanced Math III is the second course in the rigorous accelerated sequence of high school math courses. Instructional time will focus on five critical areas: expanding understanding of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions; extending their work with complex numbers; extending trigonometry to general triangles, trigonometric functions, reciprocal functions, and inverse functions; working with parametric and polar curves; and consolidating functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems. In addition, students will deepen and extend their understanding in each of these areas through study of advanced related topics and application to more complex problem-solving situations, in order to prepare students for advanced mathematics at an accelerated pace. This course is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards.

Prerequisite/s from IUSD High School Placement Criteria:

  • From Math II - Student meets 2 of 3 criteria to qualify for Summer Bridge: Grades of A, End of Course Assessment 85% or above, Appraisal of Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs)
    • From Summer Bridge - Student meets 2 of 3 criteria to qualify Enhanced Math III: Grades of B, End of Course Assessment 85% or above, Appraisal of Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs)
  • From Enhanced Math II - Student meets 2 of 3 criteria: Grades of B, End of Course Assessment 85% or above, Appraisal of Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs)

 


CP Precalculus

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This course is intended to prepare students for AP calculus AB and other higher level mathematics. In this course students will use and expand their knowledge and understanding of topics learned in Math 3, such as real and complex numbers, functions, equations and expressions, modeling polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions,and analytic geometry. In addition, students will study trigonometric functions, vector theory, matrices, and sequences & series.

Learner must meet 2 out of 3 criteria:

  • C or better in Math 3
  • Pass End of Course Assessment 80% or above
  • Positive Teacher Appraisal of the learner's math practices and habits

 


Honors Precalculus

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Honors Point

This weighted course is designed for the advanced mathematics learner and takes an accelerated, rigorous approach to topics in Precalculus outlined in the Common Core State Standards.   This course contains a study of functions and their graphs including: Polynomial, Rational, Exponential, Logarithmic functions and Trigonometric. In addition, students will deepen and extend their understanding in each of these areas through study of advanced related topics and application to more complex problem solving situations, in order to prepare students for advanced mathematics at an accelerated pace. Students will be introduced to new topics, such as, Polar Coordinates, Parametric Equations, Vectors, Limits and Derivatives.  This course is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards and is designed to prepare students for an AP Calculus AB or BC course.

Learner must meet 2 out of 3 criteria:

  • A or better in Math 3
  • Pass End of Course Assessment 85% or above
  • Positive Teacher Appraisal of the learner's math practices and habits

 


AP Calculus AB

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

In this college-level course, students will study major topics of mathematics outlined by College Board including: limits and continuity, derivatives, integrals, differential equations, and applications. The A.P. exam for this course requires students to use a graphing calculator, the calculator suggested for use is the TI-84+. This course qualifies for the extra honors grade point credit.

Prerequisite: C or better in Precalculus or meet 2 out of 3 criteria from Enhanced Math 3 (EOC, teacher recommendation, grades). (College Board AP Course Information)

 


AP Calculus BC

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

In this college-level course, students will study major topics of mathematics outlined by College Board including: limits and continuity, derivatives, integrals, differential equations, Taylor series, parametric/polar/ vector functions, and applications. The A.P. exam for this course requires students to use a graphing calculator, the calculator suggested for use is the TI-84+. This course qualifies for the extra honors grade point credit.

Prerequisite: B or better in Honors Precalculus and Teacher Recommendation or meet 2 out of 3 criteria from Enhanced Math 3 (EOC, teacher recommendation, grades). (College Board AP Course Information)

 


Consumer Math/Personal Finance

Term: Yearlong   |   Level: Math Elective Credit

Students will be able to calculate straight-time pay, overtime, total pay, salary, and commission in order to determine your gross pay. 2. Students will be able to know how to compute the deductions from your gross pay. 3. Students will be able to record keeping skills to allow them to manage money so they can prepare for tax season and plan for the future. 4. Students will be able to keep a checking account and learn all the skills needed to check the balances. 5. Students will be able to manage deposits and withdrawal from a savings account, the power of compound interests, and how savings accounts earn money for them. 6. Students will be able to use product information to make good buying decisions. 7. Students will be able to compute finance charges on charge accounts and credit card balances. 8. Students will be able to investigate loans, loan payments, interest payments, and how to compare the costs of taking out a loan. 9. Students will be able to understand the cost of a vehicle including the total cost to buy, lease, or rent it plus the cost to operate it, such as charges for insurance and maintenance. 10. Students will be able to understand the process of owning a home, which involves several costs, such as costs for a mortgage, insurance, and maintenance.

Prerequisite: C or better in Math CD, Math 2, or Math 3

 


AP Statistics

Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

In this college-level course, students will study major topics of mathematics outlined by College Board. The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: 1. Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns; 2. Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study; 3. Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation; 4. Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. The A.P. exam for this course requires students to use a graphing calculator, the calculator suggested for use is the TI-84+.

Prerequisite: B or better in Math 3 (College Board AP Course Information)

 


Math 353 Elementary Algebra

Grade Level: 12   |   Term: Semester 1

This is the first course in algebra. The course introduces signed numbers, equations and inequalities, graphs, linear equations, functions, and polynomials. Students perform arithmetic operations with real numbers and algebraic expressions; graph and solve linear equations and inequalities; and perform algebraic operations with polynomials, rational expressions, and equations. This course is similar to the first year of high school algebra.

Prerequisite: Senior level standing and have previously taken either Math II or Consumer Math

 

Math 253 Intermediate Algebra

Grade Level: 12   |   Term: Semester 2

This course is the continuation of elementary algebra and is intended to prepare students for subsequent math classes. It includes the study of the real number system, open sentences in one variable, polynomials, factoring, systems of linear equations, rational numbers, and functions. The course also covers irrational and complex numbers, quadratic equations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and quadratic relations and systems.

Prerequisite: Senior level standing and have previously taken either Math II or Consumer Math

 

SCIENCE

 

Science

* = Possible Course     + = Honors Point

GRADE 9 GRADE 10

 

GRADE 11 GRADE 12
Forensics*

 

Living Earth

Grade Level: 9   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Living Earth is a college prep course that satisfies the “d” lab science requirement for admission to a UC/CSU school.  This course is designed to help learners understand the interdependence between humans and other biotic and abiotic factors on Earth.  It is based on the performance expectations set forth by the NGSS for Biology as well as a portion of the Earth and Space Science performance expectations.  Focus will be on developing a deeper understanding the nature of science and strengthening science and engineering skills through real-world experiences.

 


Living Earth Honors

Grade Level: 9   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Honors Living Earth is an advanced version of Living Earth designed to challenge learners who have demonstrated aptitude in science, and are also genuinely interested in understanding the inner workings of the natural world.  Honors level students have demonstrated strong reading, writing, speaking, and algebraic skills.  This course moves at a faster pace than the college prep version and delves deeper into scientific concepts.  Learners in this course are also required to complete a minimum of ten science related field hours.  Field hours may be earned for participation in extracurricular science teams, participation in the science fair, science related internships, attending various science-related workshops, etc.

 


Chemistry In the Earth

Grade Level: 10   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Chemistry in the Earth Systems is designed to help learners understand the science behind natural phenomena on a molecular level.  It is based on the performance expectations set forth by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Chemistry as well as a portion of the Earth and Space Science performance expectations. During the first semester, learners deepen their understanding of energy, atoms, electrons, and molecules while investigating how they apply to students’ everyday lives.  For second semester the focus shifts from learning about the chemistry in students’ individual lives to the role chemistry plays in our changing environment. Students explore chemical reactions, the chemistry of climate change, chemical equilibrium, and ocean acidification.

Learners will also engage in one year-long project that challenges them to create a final piece that applies all of the content and skills acquired throughout the year.  They conduct research, collaborate with their peers to design, film, and modify a movie trailer, practice proper safety protocols, and create solutions to any problems encountered.  At the end of the year, they present their final piece to community members.

All lessons in the course utilize the Science and Engineering Practices as the vehicle to gain content knowledge as outlined in NGSS.  For example, learners are often tasked with designing and conducting laboratory investigations, creating and modifying models, communicating information, and engaging in arguments utilizing evidence.  Learners use both the Science and Engineering Practices and content knowledge to help them develop their year-long project.   In addition, these lessons encourage learners to be innovative, intellectual risk-takers, which supports the school-wide goal of creating lifelong learners that will be capable, creators, communicators, and contributors to their community.

 


Chemistry In the Earth Honors

Grade Level: 10   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Honors Chemistry in the Earth is an advanced version of Chemistry in the Earth designed to challenge learners who have demonstrated aptitude in science, and are also genuinely interested in understanding the inner workings of the natural world.  Honors level students have demonstrated strong reading, writing, speaking, and algebraic skills.  This course moves at a faster pace than the college prep version and delves deeper into scientific concepts.  Learners in this course are also required to complete a minimum of ten science related field hours.  Field hours may be earned for participation in extracurricular science teams, participation in the science fair, science-related internships, attending various science-related workshops, etc.

 


Physics in the Universe

Grade Level: 11   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Physics in the Universe integrates both physical science and Earth and space science content.  The course emphasizes how discoveries in each discipline influence society, yet how they differ in which aspects of society they focus upon. Physical science emphasizes society’s use of technology while Earth and space science emphasizes humanity’s impact on natural systems and vice versa.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry of the Earth System and Living Earth AND current science teacher recommendation.

 


AP Physics I

Grade Level: 11   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement Physics 1 is a first year trigonometry based program that prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Physics 1 exam. The concepts presented are: kinematics; Newton's Laws of Motion; torque; rotational motion and angular momentum; gravitation and circular motion; linear momentum; work, energy, and power; conservation laws in classical mechanics; simple harmonic motion, waves and sound; and electrostatics and an introduction to electric circuits. 48 Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are a major component of all science classes. By developing an understanding of the role science plays in our daily lives, students will begin to develop a sense of the interrelationship of science, mathematics, technology and society.

Prerequisite: 3.5 in Honors Chemistry of the Earth System and Honors Living Earth OR 4.0 in CP Chemistry of the Earth System and CP Living Earth, concurrent enrollment in Math 3 or above AND current science teacher recommendation. (College Board AP Course Information)

 


AP Biology

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

The Advanced Placement Biology course is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory biology course usually taken by biology majors during their first year. It will include those topics regularly contained in a high-quality college program in introductory biology. The aim of the course is to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are a major component of all science classes. By developing an understanding of the role science plays in our daily lives, students will begin to develop a sense of the interrelationship of science, mathematics, technology, and society.

Prerequisite: 3.5 in Honors Chemistry of the Earth System and Honors Living Earth OR 4.0 in CP Chemistry of the Earth System and CP Living Earth, concurrent enrollment or completion of Physics in the Universe or above AND current science teacher recommendation. (College Board AP Course Information)

 


Anatomy & Physiology

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This course in human anatomy and physiology is designed to give the student an understanding of the structure and functions of the human body. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are a major component of all science classes. By developing an understanding of the role science plays in our daily lives, students will begin to develop a sense of the interrelationship of science, mathematics, technology, and society. All students must participate in cat and various organ dissections.

Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry of the Earth System and Living Earth, concurrent enrollment or completion of Physics in the Universe or above AND current science teacher recommendation.

 


AP Chemistry

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

The course will cover content equivalent to a first year college chemistry course. It focuses on five Big Ideas in chemistry while also developing science practices in each student through inquiry-based instruction. The Big Ideas that students will cover in class are: the structure of matter, bonding and intermolecular forces, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics and chemical equilibrium. Throughout the course, students will complete a minimum of 16 hands-on lab investigations to help them develop and refine testable explanations for natural phenomena. The lab investigations will hit on major learning objectives within the course and students will be responsible for making those connections.

Prerequisite/s:

  • Grade of A in both semesters of CP Chemistry in the Earth System
  • Grade of B or higher in Honors Chemistry in the Earth System
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Grade of B or higher in Physics in the Universe or AP Physics I (or concurrent enrollment)

(College Board AP Course Information)

 


AP Environmental Science

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

This course is designed to be the equivalent of an Environmental Science course taken during the first year of college. AP Environmental Science is a full year college level laboratory course. Students will examine environmental issues from an economic, scientific, sociological and historical point of view.  The goal of this course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

Prerequisite/s:

  • Grade of B or better in current CP science course
  • Grade of C or better in Honors Living Earth and Honors Chemistry in the Earth System
  • Completion or concurrent enrollment in Physics in the Universe or AP Physics 1
  • Teacher recommendation

 (College Board AP Course Information)

 

Forensics

Grade Level: 11, 12 | Term: Yearlong | Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This couse will be a CP laboratory introduction to Forensic Science. This rigorous, multidisciplinary course integrates concepts from biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science. Students will use the science and engineering practices to solve mock criminal investigations and analyze evidence from a crime scene. This course allows students to explore how science and inquiry can be applied to the criminal justice system. Topics include: crime scene analysis, physical/chemical analysis of evidence, microscopy, chromatography, hair/fiber/glass/document/fingerprint analysis, firearms, drug, toxicology, entomology, anthropology, blood (serology) and DNA analysis. Principal methods of learning include inquiry based activities, demonstration, case study analysis, forensic journal reading, forensics competitions, lab activities, Socratic discussions and experiments. This course will emphasize potential career pathways, critical thinking, problem solving, observation, data analysis, data collection, digital photography and technology in addition to scientific skills and techniques.

Prerequisite/s: 

  • Passing grade from Living Earth
  • Grade of C or better in CP Chemistry in the Earth System
  • Completion or concurrent enrollment in Physics in the Universe or AP Physics I

 


AP Physics C: Mechanics & Electromagnetism

Grade Level: 12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP Physics C course will cover enough content for two AP tests over the course of a year. AP Physics C is designed to be equivalent to first year college courses in mechanics and in electricity and magnetism that would typically be taken by students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. This course is an in-depth study of the fundamental theories and laws of classical physics with emphasis on problem-solving skills. Calculus is an integral part of the course. The specific content is determined by the College Board AP Program and due to limited time the topics that appear on the AP test will be emphasized.

*Note: This class will prepare you for both the AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exams.

Prerequisite/s: Concurrent enrollment in Calculus or higher and AP Physics I with a grade of C or better (College Board AP Course Information)

 


 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Social Studies

F/S = Semester Course     * = Possible Course     + = Honors Point

GRADE 9 GRADE 10
 

 

GRADE 11 GRADE 12
AP Macroeconomics F/S +*
 
  AP Macroeconomics F/S +*

Social Studies Elective Suggestions

ModerN World History

Grade Level: 9   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Modern World History A/B is a college prep, yearlong, alternating block course where learners answer the question: what is the world like today and how did it get that way? The purpose of this course is to prepare all learners for global citizenship by developing their conceptual understanding and global empathy. Learners will begin their study with the modern themes of identity, demographics, equity, technology, and perspectives. Learners will spend the semester connecting the history they learn to these modern themes to add meaning and depth to that history.

The majority of the course will delve into a historical study that will trace the revolutions of thought and nations in the 18th and 19th centuries, the course and impact of industrialization on culture, the western imperial urge, the World Wars, and the impact of bipolarity during the Cold War. The course will end with the study of modern world problems through the lens of debate. Throughout the course, learners will make connections between the social, political and economic realities of today and their historical antecedents as well as further develop their historical thinking skills.

 


Modern World History Honors

Grade Level: 9   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Honors Modern World History A/B is a yearlong, alternating block course which covers the same historical material and skills as the Modern World History A/B course (see that description). This course also serves the same purpose, which is to develop conceptual understanding and global empathy in all learners using the historical and modern themes of identity, demographics, equity, technology and multiple perspectives. However, this Honors edition will require more independent reading and increased writing demands that extend learning. Learners in this course will also need to be prepared to guide the learning of others, possess strong organizational skills and be passionate about the subject. Work in this course will emphasize the PHS Learning Outcomes of Creation and Contribution as well as more abstract theoretical study and concept application than the CP course. This course will prepare learners for future Advanced Placement and weighted courses while insuring that all learners will receive the experience necessary to deliver on the course’s purpose.

 


American History

Grade Level: 10   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

In this course, we will build on your understanding of the five overarching themes of equity, identity, demographics, technology, and multiple perspectives through an American lens.  We will begin our course with an examination of the key events that led to the founding of the American nation up until modern day. This course is closely aligned with the newly adopted History-Social Science Framework and will draw upon key historic events in order to emphasize analytical, literacy, and citizenship skills.

This course will focus on developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be an American and how that definition changes based on political, social and economic issues throughout history. After this year, learners will be able to connect past events with present-day realities using inquiry-based reasoning and the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources.

 


American History Honors

Grade Level: 10   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Honors Point

Honors American History A/B is a yearlong, alternating block course which covers the same historical material and skills as the American History A/B course (see that description). This course also serves the same purpose, which is to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be an American and how that definition changes based on political, social and economic issues throughout history. However, this Honors edition will require more independent reading and increased writing demands that extend learning. Learners in this course will also need to be prepared to guide the learning of others, possess strong organizational skills and be passionate about the subject. Work in this course will emphasize the PHS Learning Outcomes of Creation and Contribution as well as more abstract theoretical study and concept application than the CP course. This course will prepare learners for future Advanced Placement and weighted courses while insuring that all learners will receive the experience necessary to deliver on the course’s purpose.

 


AP Human Geography

Grade Level: 10-12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organizations and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012).

Simply put, humans impact the earth and the earth impacts humans. This interrelationship has had a profound impact on the history of human society and will in many ways determine the future of humanity. With these facts in mind, I submit our course’s essential questions, which we will spend the year answering. How are humans impacted by where they live in the world and how does where they live in the world impact them? How can we use the Social Science of geography to make predictions about our world? Is geography destiny?

Prerequisite/s: teacher’s recommendation from their previous social studies teacher (College Board AP Course Information)

 


Disney through the Decades

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Semester   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)/Honors Point

Disney through the Decades is a semester-long cross-curricular course that employs the Social Studies’ five themes of identity, equity, demographics, technology and perspectives to study the cultural history of Disney--the man, the company, the studio, and the amusement parks. Students will learn about Disney’s impact on Orange County, the United States, and the world and critically analyze Disney films, company policies, and business proceedings.

 


Religion & Society

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Semester/Yearlong TBA   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)/Honors Point

This is a course available to all levels of juniors and seniors. The course examines the most crucial elements of the world's major religions and philosophies. The course begins with a study of the role of religion in human societies both past and present, secularism and humanism which is then followed by the exploration of controversies in religion such as the apparent conflict between science and religion. The class then transitions to studying the five major religious traditions of the world; Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam in an attempt to build the essential capacity of religious literacy.

 


AP United States History

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present.

Prerequisite: B in writing and either A in previous Social Studies course or teacher recommendation (College Board AP Course Information)

 


AP World History

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

AP World History is a college-level course that investigates the history of the world from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students will focus on similarities and differences between African, American, Asian, and European cultures in terms of the following 5 themes: 1) Interaction Between Humans and the Environment 2) Development and Interaction of Cultures 3) State Building, Expansion, and Conflict 4) Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems and 5)Development and Transformation of Social Structures.

Prerequisite: B in writing and either A in previous Social Studies course or teacher recommendation (College Board AP Course Information)

 


Contemporary Issues

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Semester   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)/Honors Point

Using national and international topics that are current and relevant today, students will be introduced to topics that range from gun control to LGBTQ rights to human rights. Learners will debate topics, discuss readings and do weekly current event check ins. This class is designed for learners who are interested in current issues and are actively engaged in speaking and debating current topics.

 


Scholastic Police Academy

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Semester   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Scholastic Police Academy is a course to help students gain a better understanding of our legal system, focusing on the roles of law enforcement officials. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will collaborate in teaching the course and providing community experiences. The following areas will be covered during the semester: duties of law enforcement, drug-related crimes, police ethics, drug and traffic laws, juvenile justice, property crimes, violent crimes, hate crimes, underage drinking, youth violence, gangs, school violence, sex crimes, date rape, firearm safety, forensics and traffic accidents.

 


Sociology

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Semester   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This course examines the scientific study of human society and social behavior, focusing on all areas of social life, including work, community, religion, schools, family, gender, race, class, stratification/inequality, and crime/deviance. The primary concerns of the course will include the ways in which our behavior is influenced by groups; the nature and functions of the social institutions which we have created; and the relationship that exists between the individual and society. This course will help students gain a better understanding of our society, focusing on learning the ability to see the world through the eyes of others.

 


CP PsychologY

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Semester   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This course offers students the opportunity to learn about the science of psychology and make connections between psychology and everyday life. Students will apply psychological concepts to real-life issues and gain an understanding of the complexities and diversity of human thought and behavior. The course will begin with an emphasis is on the scientific meth­odology of psychology. Students will deal with experi­mentation through both theory and practical application. Students will also learn about cognitive/learning processes, human development, perception and sensation, neuroscience and behavior, social psychology, personality, abnormal psychology, adolescence, motivation, states of consciousness, and memory.

Prerequisite/s: None

 


AP Psychology

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

This course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas.

Prerequisite/s: B in writing and either A in previous Social Studies course or teacher recommendation (College Board AP Course Information)

 


AP Macroeconomics

Grade Level: 11,12   |   Term: Semester  |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement Macroeconomics is a semester long introductory course that gives students an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. This course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and its components, economic indicators, inflation and unemployment, money and banking stabilization policies and the United States and world trade. It is designed to replicate the introductory Macroeconomics course taught in a university setting.

Goals:

  • Students will learn the language of economics and exhibit an awareness and continuing interest in major economic problems; to develop attitudes, values, and skills for citizenship in the American free enterprise system.
  • Students will have the opportunity achieve their academic and citizenship potential through relevant, empowered, collaborative and problem based learning.
  • Students will engage in critical thinking and problem-solving, which includes analysis and synthesis.

Students will be prepared for more college level economics courses by developing an ability to think independently and intelligently about economic problems and to create solutions.

Prerequisite/s: B in writing and either A in previous Social Studies course or teacher recommendation (College Board AP Course Information)

 


Passion Civics

Grade Level: 12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Passion Civics is a year long, comprehensive citizenship experience that culminates in each learner presenting a passion project to an authentic audience. This course will attempt to tie three threads together. The first is a civics thread that teaches learners the principles and structures of American government and politics while empowering them to use their knowledge and skills to become deeply engaged with our nation’s political culture. The second thread is an economics thread that will thematically equip our learners with the economic thinking they will need to be productive participants in our global and national economies. It will be through this economics thread that we will be providing the opportunity for every learner to explore their passions and develop ways to serve their community through that passion. This exploration will be structured by the type of economic decisions that are a necessary part of our lives as citizens and the results will be presented to a panel of staff and community members at the end of the year.

 


Honors Passion Civics

Grade Level: 12   |   Term: Yearlong   |    Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

Passion Civics is a year long, comprehensive citizenship experience that culminates in each learner presenting a passion project to an authentic audience. This course will attempt to tie three threads together. The first is a civics thread that teaches learners the principles and structures of American government and politics while empowering them to use their knowledge and skills to become deeply engaged with our nation’s political culture. The second thread is an economics thread that will thematically equip our learners with the economic thinking they will need to be productive participants in our global and national economies. It will be through this economics thread that we will be providing the opportunity for every learner to explore their passions and develop ways to serve their community through that passion. This exploration will be structured by the type of economic decisions that are a necessary part of our lives as citizens and the results will be presented to a panel of staff and community members at the end of the year. This course will attempt to prepare learners for the AP Government and Politics Exam However, this course will not prepare learners for the AP Macroeconomics exam. 

Prerequisite/s: B in writing and either A in previous Social Studies course or teacher recommendation  (College Board AP Course Information)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Physical Education

F/S = Semester Course     * = Possible Course     7/8 = Can be added as 7th or 8th course

Athletics

Fit4Life

Grade Level: 9   |   Term: Quarter

Fit4Life will equip students with relevant movement knowledge and skills that promote overall health and wellness as learners build positive fitness habits for the rest of their lives.

 


Health

Grade Level: 10-12   |   Term: Semester

Health is a semester-long course required for graduation from high school.  This course emphasizes both individual and community wellness practices as well as current health issues with regard to the physical, mental, social, and emotional aspects of health in society. 

 


Fitness & Strength

Grade Level: 10-12   |   Term: Quarter

Fitness & Strength is designed for 10th-12th grade students who want to improve their overall fitness, with an emphasis on personal growth and the development of habits that promote long-term wellness. Students will participate in a three day per week fitness program that will both guide and ­­­­­reinforce their progress with regard to the elements of fitness, while working to develop, reflect upon, and adjust workout plans to meet their individual needs.

 


Court Sports

Grade Level: 10-12   |   Term: Quarter

Court Sports is a 10th-12th grade fitness elective that will enhance fundamental team skills, while exploring more advanced game-situations in small-group activities such as Basketball, Dodgeball, Volleyball, Tennis, and/or Badminton. While promoting long-term fitness habits that encourage personal growth and overall wellness, Court Sports will develop a deeper understanding of essential rules of the game, team communication, offensive patterns, and defensive combinations. 

 


FIELD SPORTS

Grade Level: 10-12   |   Term: Quarter

Field Sports is a 10th-12th grade fitness elective that will enhance fundamental team skills, while exploring more advanced game-situations in small-group activities such as Ultimate Frisbee, Spikeball, Flag Football, Soccer, and a variety of other outdoor/recreational fitness activities.  While promoting long-term fitness habits that encourage personal growth and overall wellness, Field Sports will develop a deeper understanding of essential rules of the game, team communication, offensive patterns, and defensive combinations.

Prerequisite/s: Fit4Life and/or Athletics

 


Studio Fitness

Grade Level: 10-12   |   Term: Quarter

Studio Fitness is designed for 10th-12th grade students who want to improve their overall fitness, with an emphasis on creating an environment that inspires an authentic, creative, and functional studio atmosphere as one might see in more commercial gyms.  While promoting long-term wellness habits, students will participate in a three day per week fitness program that will both guide and ­­­­­reinforce their progress through workout programs similar to Yoga Retreat, P90X, CIZE, Tai Chi, Focus T25, PiYo, Pilates, Hip-Hop Abs, and Insanity, while exploring the fundamentals of a healthful nutrition plan.

Prerequisite/s: Fit4Life and/or Athletics


Dance Technique 1

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is a beginning level dance course that introduces and reviews the basic techniques and principles of Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Ballet and Hip-Hop, along with studies in Improvisation, Choreography, Production,Anatomy, Dance History, and Fitness. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the
influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness. In addition, students will be expected to participate and perform in the annual Spring Dance Concert for 20% of their semester grade.

Prerequisite/s: Open Enrollment

 


Dance Technique 2

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is an intermediate dance course that includes intermediate level terminology and execution of classic skills in Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Ballet. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness. In addition, students will be expected to participate and perform in the annual Winter Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert for 20% of their semester grade.

Prerequisite/s:  Placement only, or learners from Dance 1 with a C or higher from previous year. Must attend a Placement Exam.

 


Dance Technique 3

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is an intermediate/advanced dance course that includes intermediate/advanced level terminology and execution of classic skills in Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Ballet. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness. In addition, students will be expected to participate and perform in the annual Winter Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert for 20% of their semester grade.

Prerequisite/s: Completion of a full year of Dance 2 with a C or higher, or by Director placement (must attend a Placement Exam)

 


Dance Technique 4

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is an advanced dance course that includes advanced level terminology and execution of classic skills in Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Ballet. Students will be given the opportunity to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness. In addition, students will be expected to participate and perform in the school and community events and the annual Winter Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert.

Prerequisite/s: Completion of a full year in Dance 3 (to be offered the same class period as Dance 3)

 


Dance Company

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

It is the purpose of the PHS Dance Company to demonstrate how dance is a positive vehicle for student development and individual expression, to promote school spirit, and to provide entertainment at campus and community events. In this class, students will be introduced to a versatile dance-training regimen that includes full body warm-ups, floor work, technical exercises, conditioning, across-the-floor combinations, improvisational activities, and comprehensive phrase work in commercial, concert, social, and cultural dance styles. Students will also learn correct dance terminology and technical execution in reference to these styles, and written assignments will be given for students to reflect on and analyze personal technical proficiency and growth as well as draw connections between class work and other academic areas. Progress-monitoring assessments will be implemented in the form of movement exams, pep rally performances, written quizzes, and compositional studies. Students will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how adequate fitness and nutrition can enhance personal well being. In addition, students will be expected to participate and perform in two annual program productions, the Winter Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert for 20% of the semester grade.

Prerequisite/s: Audition Required, and will be held in late April 2019

 


Marching Band & Color Guard

Term: Semester

The Pride of Portola Marching Band brings together aspects of music, movement, and leadership. This is a great opportunity to get involved in establishing the school culture and spirit at Portola. Students will have opportunities to perform in both competitive and non-competitive settings at Pep Rallies, Football Games, Field Tournaments, and Parades. Being a part of the Marching Band satisfies one (1) semester of a student’s Physical Education requirement. All Marching Band students must be concurrently enrolled in another music ensemble – Band, Orchestra, and/or Choir. The Marching Band summer camp gets students ready to perform for the opening of school as well as our first competitions early in the school year.

Prerequisite/s: None

Color Guard fall semester activities include performing as part of the PHS Marching Band at football games, in parades, at competitions and other functions. Spring semester is spent working on advanced techniques and competitive routines.

Prerequisite/s: None

 

PERFORMING ARTS

 

Performing Arts

* = Possible Course     7/8 = Can be added as 7th or 8th course

BAND

Concert Band (7/8)

Symphonic Band (7/8)

Wind Ensemble (7/8)

Marching Band (w/ Band/Orchestra; 7/8) & Color Guard (7/8)

Jazz Ensemble 1/2 (7/8)

DANCE

Dance Technique 1/2/3 /4 (7/8)

Dance Company (7/8)

MUSIC

Guitar 1 & 2 (7/8)

Studio Music (7/8)

Contemporary/Pop Performance Ensemble (7/8)*

AP Music Theory*

 

ORCHESTRA

String Orchestra (7/8)

Concert Orchestra (7/8)

Symphonic Orchestra (7/8)

THEATER

Drama 1 & 2 (7/8)

Technical Theater (7/8)

Advanced Technical Theater (7/8)

VOCAL

Portola Singers (7/8)

Canta Bella (7/8)*

Treble Chorus (7/8)*

Bulldog Men's Chorus (7/8)*

Vocal Performance Ensemble (7/8)*

 

 

Band

Concert Band

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: 1

Concert Band is a beginning-intermediate performing ensemble that studies class C and B music literature. This ensemble builds basic instrumental and ensemble techniques for students who play wind or percussion instruments at the beginning to the intermediate level. Students will study beginning theory and vocabulary used in concert literature. During the learning process, students will discover the historical concepts for various styles of wind music. Students will understand and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate musical meaning and emotion. They will identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments.

Prerequisites: None

 


Symphonic Band

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: 2

Symphonic Band is a intermediate performing ensemble that studies class B and A music literature. This ensemble builds beyond basic instrumental and ensemble techniques for students who play wind or percussion instruments at the intermediate level. Students will study intermediate theory and vocabulary used in concert literature. During the learning process, students will discover the historical concepts for various styles of wind music. Students will understand and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate musical meaning and emotion. They will identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments.

Prerequisites: Auditions required

 


Wind Ensemble

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: 3

Wind Ensemble is an intermediate/advanced performing ensemble that studies class A and AA music literature. Students will study advanced theory and musical vocabulary used in preparation and performance of concert literature. During the learning process, students will discover the historical concepts for various styles of wind music. Students will understand and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate musical meaning and emotion, identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments. Students will develop fundamental artistic and aesthetic understanding by writing critiques of live music concerts. Communication and interpretation skills will be used.

Prerequisites: Auditions required

 


Marching Band & Color Guard

Term: Semester

The Pride of Portola Marching Band brings together aspects of music, movement, and leadership. This is a great opportunity to get involved in establishing the school culture and spirit at Portola. Students will have opportunities to perform in both competitive and non-competitive settings at Pep Rallies, Football Games, Field Tournaments, and Parades. Being a part of the Marching Band satisfies one (1) semester of a student’s Physical Education requirement. All Marching Band students must be concurrently enrolled in another music ensemble – Band, Orchestra, and/or Choir. The Marching Band summer camp gets students ready to perform for the opening of school as well as our first competitions early in the school year.

Prerequisite/s: None

Color Guard fall semester activities include performing as part of the PHS Marching Band at football games, in parades, at competitions and other functions. Spring semester is spent working on advanced techniques and competitive routines.

Prerequisite/s: None

 


Jazz Ensemble

Term: Semester    |   Level: 1

Jazz Ensemble is an audition-based ensemble where students will begin to learn and explore the idiom of Jazz music. Jazz Ensemble begins during Second semester, after Marching Band ends. Students interested in Jazz Ensemble must be enrolled in Marching Band for the first semester.

 


Jazz Ensemble 2

Term: Semester    |   Level: 2

Description TBA

 

dance

Dance Technique 1

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is a beginning level dance course that introduces and reviews the basic techniques and principles of Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Ballet and Hip-Hop, along with studies in Improvisation, Choreography, Production,Anatomy, Dance History, and Fitness. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the
influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness. In addition, students will be expected to participate and perform in the annual Spring Dance Concert for 20% of their semester grade.

Prerequisite/s: None

 


Dance Technique 2

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is an intermediate dance course that includes intermediate level terminology and execution of classic skills in Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Ballet. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness. In addition, students will be expected to participate and perform in the annual Winter Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert for 20% of their semester grade.

Prerequisite/s:  Placement only, or learners from Dance 1 with a C or higher from previous year. 

 


Dance Technique 3

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is an intermediate/advanced dance course that includes intermediate/advanced level terminology and execution of classic skills in Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Ballet. Students will be given the opportunities to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness. In addition, students will be expected to participate and perform in the annual Winter Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert for 20% of their semester grade.

Prerequisite/s: Placement only, or learners from Dance 2 with a C or higher from previous year. 

 


Dance Technique 4

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is an advanced dance course that includes advanced level terminology and execution of classic skills in Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Ballet. Students will be given the opportunity to develop creative expression through improvisation, choreography, and performance. They will gain an appreciation for dance as an art form through the study of historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. They will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle through lessons and activities in physical fitness. In addition, students will be expected to participate and perform in the school and community events and the annual Winter Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert.

Prerequisite/s: Completion of a full year in Dance 3 (to be offered the same class period as Dance 3)

 


Dance Company

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

It is the purpose of the PHS Dance Company to demonstrate how dance is a positive vehicle for student development and individual expression, to promote school spirit, and to provide entertainment at campus and community events. In this class, students will be introduced to a versatile dance-training regimen that includes full body warm-ups, floor work, technical exercises, conditioning, across-the-floor combinations, improvisational activities, and comprehensive phrase work in commercial, concert, social, and cultural dance styles. Students will also learn correct dance terminology and technical execution in reference to these styles, and written assignments will be given for students to reflect on and analyze personal technical proficiency and growth as well as draw connections between class work and other academic areas. Progress-monitoring assessments will be implemented in the form of movement exams, pep rally performances, written quizzes, and compositional studies. Students will also be able to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how adequate fitness and nutrition can enhance personal well being. In addition, students will be expected to participate and perform in two annual program productions, the Winter Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert for 20% of the semester grade.

Prerequisite/s: Audition Required, and will be held in late April 2019

MUSIC

Guitar 1

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Guitar 1 is the first class in a series of 4 classes designed for students wishing to explore music outside of a more traditional Wind Band or Orchestral setting. Students will be introduced to both classical guitar technique as well as other popular styles of music. Organized for a more independent pace of learning in mind, students will be engaged with solo literature, small ensemble playing, as well as introductions to music technology and recording software.

The course sequence is Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Studio Music, and Pop Performance Ensemble. Learners can audition or be placed by the instructor into advanced levels.

Prerequisite/s: None

 


Guitar 2

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Guitar 2 is the second class in the non-traditional music series. The students in this course will continue to progress in all aspects of guitar playing. They will develop intermediate classical guitar technique as well as working more on popular music styles. Students will continue with a primarily independent learning pace, but will also be required to collaborate in small group “bands” as they develop skills needed for arranging and rehearsing music in a collaborative setting.

The course sequence is Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Studio Music, and Pop Performance Ensemble. Learners can audition or be placed by the instructor into advanced levels.

Prerequisite/s: Audition or Teacher Approval Required.

 


Studio Music

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Studio music this the third course in the non-traditional music series. In this course students learn individual and collaborative skills as contemporary musicians. Students will study composing, arranging, songwriting, and leading rehearsals. Students will also learn how to use music technology equipment and software to compose, record, and edit live musical performances.

The course sequence is Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Studio Music, and Pop Performance Ensemble. Learners can audition or be placed by the instructor into advanced levels.

Prerequisite/s: Audition or Teacher Approval Required.

 


Contemporary/Pop Performance Ensemble

Term: Yearlong 

This ensemble will be the advanced performance group whose primary repertoire consists of pop, rock, and contemporary music genres. Instrumentation is open and flexible but will primarily consist of vocalists, guitarist, bassist, drummers, pianists, and woodwinds/brass. Students in this class will use the skills and arrangements developed in the studio music track to create covers and original music and a commercial music setting: recording, gigs, and other performances.

The course sequence is Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Studio Music, and Pop Performance Ensemble. Learners can audition or be placed by the instructor into advanced levels.

Prerequisite/s: Audition or Teacher Approval required

 


AP Music Theory

Term: Yearlong 

This course introduces the first year of college-level musicianship, theory, musical materials and procedures. Emphasizes aspects of music such as melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, composition and some historical and stylistic interpretation. Musicianship skills also include dictation and other listening skills, sight-singing, and keyboard harmony.

Prerequisite/s: Students must have basic performance skills in voice or instrument. Signed director approval.

 

ORCHESTRA

String Orchestra

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: 1

String Orchestra is a beginning-intermediate performing ensemble that studies class B and C music literature. Students will study music theory and musical vocabulary used in preparation and performance of concert literature. During the learning process, students will discern the historical concepts for various styles of string music. Students will understand and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate musical meaning and emotion, identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments.

Prerequisite/s: No Audition Required

 


Concert Orchestra

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: 2

Concert Orchestra is an intermediate performing orchestra that studies class A and B music literature. Students will study more advanced theory and vocabulary used in concert literature. During the learning process, students will discover the historical concepts for various styles of orchestral music. Students will understand, synthesize and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate meaning and emotion. They will identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments.

Prerequisite/s: Audition or Teacher Approval Required

 


Symphonic Orchestra

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: 3

Symphonic Orchestra is an intermediate/advanced performing ensemble that studies class A and AA music literature. Students will study advanced/college-level theory and musical vocabulary used in preparation and performance of concert literature. During the learning process, students will discern the historical concepts for various styles of wind music. Students will understand and demonstrate music as a way to create and communicate musical meaning and emotion, identify and demonstrate listening skills, analyze group and individual performances using appropriate musical language and pedagogical skills related to their chosen instruments.

Prerequisite/s: Audition or Teacher Approval Required

 

THEATER

Drama 1

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Drama 1 is an introductory course for students interested in experiencing and cultivating their talents in the dramatic arts. Students will explore and develop stage presence, public speaking, voice, diction, pantomime, character/scene creation, and how to interpret dramatic literature. Students involved in Drama 1 will also be cast as parts in Scene Shows and Play Productions throughout the year.

Prerequisites: None

 


Drama 2

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This advanced course requires auditions

Prerequisites: Auditions required

Technical Theater

Term: Yearlong 

Technical Theater is a hands-on course where you will learn set design, costume design, make-up artistry, fly rigging, lighting, sound, prop design, stage crew and theater management.

Prerequisite/s: None

 


Advanced Technical Theater

Term: Yearlong 

Technical Theater is a hands-on course where you will learn set design, costume design, make-up artistry, fly rigging, lighting, sound, prop design, stage crew and theater management.

Prerequisite/s: Technical Theater and placement by Theater Director required

 

VOCAL

Portola Singers

Term: Yearlong

Portola Singers is an advanced mixed-voice singing ensemble that specializes in the performance of challenging literature of diverse genres. Membership is by audition only. Students will acquire skills in reading music notation and in vocal production. Through singing, students will express themselves creatively. During the course of the year, students will gain historical and cultural perspective by studying, analyzing, and performing music from across the historical spectrum. Through written and oral analysis of texts and music being performed, students will connect and apply analytic skills learned in other courses. Through participation in concerts and festivals, singers will respond to and assess the technical and aesthetic aspects of choral performance. By working with varied instrumental ensembles in concert and by working with guest conductors and vocal specialists, students will gain an understanding of the choral art in relation to other performance disciplines and will develop an awareness of the various facets of the music profession. Members of this ensemble are required to commit time outside of class including rehearsals, festivals, concerts, master classes, and other related events.

Prerequisites: By audition only

 


Canta Bella

Term: Yearlong

Students in the Canta Bella are taught advanced choral and vocal technique. The ensemble performs music of all styles including classical, musical theatre, multi-cultural, pop, and jazz. Participation in this ensemble includes many performances throughout the year. A high degree of proficiency in vocal technique and advanced music reading abilities are requirements for entrance into this ensemble.

Prerequisites: None

 


Treble Chorus

Term: Yearlong

This ensemble is open to any women who are interested in learning how to sing. In this ensemble students will acquire skills in in vocal production and musical literacy. Students in the course will gain vocal experience through ensemble singing as well as individual vocal coaching. Through singing, students will express themselves creatively, gain historical and cultural perspective by studying, analyzing, and performing music from across the historical spectrum. By working with various other vocal and instrumental ensembles in concert and by working with guest conductors and vocal coaches, students will gain an understanding of the vocal art in relation to other performance disciplines and will develop an awareness of the various facets of the music.

Prerequisites: None


 

Bulldog Men's Chorus

Term: Yearlong

This ensemble is open to any men who are interested in learning how to sing. In this ensemble students will acquire skills in in vocal production and musical literacy. Students in the course will gain vocal experience through ensemble singing as well as individual vocal coaching. Through singing, students will express themselves creatively, gain historical and cultural perspective by studying, analyzing, and performing music from across the historical spectrum. By working with various other vocal and instrumental ensembles in concert and by working with guest conductors and vocal coaches, students will gain an understanding of the vocal art in relation to other performance disciplines and will develop an awareness of the various facets of the music.

Prerequisites: None


Vocal Performance Ensemble

Term: Yearlong

This vocal ensemble focuses on the study and performance of the music of theatre. Students will have the opportunity to rehearse, perform, songs from the Broadway genre. Students will obtain training and skills associated with Musical Theatre singing, both in soloist and ensemble settings. Students will learn and use correct theatre and music terminology and vocabulary in written and oral discussion.  Students will achieve understanding of the historical, creative, artistic, and aesthetic aspects of musical theatre. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural impact of the musical theatre vocal genre on society and culture. Students will achieve a professional and personal understanding of the arts through rehearsals, auditions, performances and presentations (both written and aural).

Prerequisites: Vocal audition required

VISUAL ARTS

 

Visual Arts

* = Possible Course     + = Honors Point     7/8 = Can be added as 7th or 8th course

H Modern & Contemporary Art Exploration +*
 Adv Computer Graphics (7/8)  

 

Art Studio

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Art Studio is an introductory course in elements of design and composition using a variety of traditional media, including drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture.

Prerequisite/s: None

 


Drawing & Painting

Grade Level: 10-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Drawing and Painting is an intermediate level course intended to give students a variety of art experiences. This course will also give students the opportunity to develop personal expression and creativity. Emphasis is placed on building artistic skills and knowledge of the art elements and principles of design. Students will work toward improving their use of a variety of media that may include graphite, colored pencils, marker, scratch board, pen and ink, watercolor pencils, charcoal, mix media, watercolor, pastels and acrylics. Throughout this class, students will be introduced to professional practices such as, collaboration, deadlines, and presentations. Students will build on their creative thinking and critical problem solving skills. Students will continue to build on their ability to effectively critique a work of art, including their own and their classmates as well as famous works of art.

Prerequisite/s: Art Studio or teacher approval


Advanced Art Portfolio Prep

Grade Level: 10,11,12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Portfolio Prep will allow high-level art students a chance to prepare a personal art portfolio that showcases their creative work in a variety of media.  Students will work with the instructor to determine individual projects and assignments that will further their skills of production and presentation. Students have an opportunity to expand and develop their drawing and painting skills utilizing a variety of media and techniques (pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, oil pastels, watercolor, acrylics). The course will also incorporate research of various fields of study within art and career possibilities. Art elements and principles of design will continue to be emphasized while students work independently on higher level and more conceptual projects. Students will expand their creative thinking and critical problem solving skills. Students will write their own artist statements.

Prerequisite: A or B in Drawing and Painting or teacher approval via portfolio review

 


AP Studio Art: Drawing

Grade Level: 11,12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement Studio Art is a very rigorous course that will enable students to develop a portfolio of college-level work. Participating students will exhibit high level of art skills, a working understanding of the art elements and principles of design, personal depth, time management skills and great organizational skills. Students will be required to spend at least 1-2 hours working outside of class every day to fulfill the College Board’s portfolio requirements. This work will be submitted to the College Board in early May and requires that an exam fee be paid in early spring. Students who pass the exam (have their artwork scored as passing) will receive college credit from participating colleges. This course will focus on professional practices such as deadlines and preparation and presentation of a portfolio. Students will demonstrate a high level of creative thinking and critical problem-solving skills.

Prerequisite/s: A or B in Art Portfolio Prep or teacher approval via portfolio review. (College Board AP Course Information)

 


Beginning Ceramics

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Beginning Ceramics will include basic hand-building, sculpture, and potter’s-wheel techniques. Hand-building methods will include pinch, coil, and slab. Students will participate in individual and group critiques of student projects as well as those of other artists. Students will learn additive and subtractive sculpture techniques. Elements of three-dimensional design will be introduced; including volume, mass, light, shadow and texture.

 

Intermediate Ceramics

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Intermediate Ceramics is an intermediate level course in 3D production, focusing on handbuilding and wheel-throwing as well as creating sculptures in various mediums.  Students will begin to build a portfolio of photographic work for AP 2D Design/college portfolio

Prerequisite/s: Beginning Ceramics

 


Computer Graphics

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Computer Graphics uses leading industry software, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, to create digital designs, vector graphic illustration, raster graphic image editing to manipulate and apply artistic effects to digital photographs and art. This Graphic Design class combines the fundamentals of art with emerging technology to solve visual arts problems and create various forms of print and digital media communication, such as: posters, social media advertising, brand identity, logos, illustrations, and more!  

Prerequisite/s: None

 


Advanced Computer Graphics

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Students create graphic and photographic art for personal portfolios and public display. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are used to master personal expression and individual style in various forms of visual communication, such as: brand identity, marketing materials, shirt & apparel designs, illustrations, and product packaging. In order to develop depth in creative expression, students will learn to understand art from various time periods, as well as from other cultures. The class will focus on creating graphics for school events and serve various departments with their design needs. 

Prerequisite/s: Computer Graphics (Intro level) or approval from instructor

 


Video Production

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Video Production is an introductory course with training in the operation of a digital video camera and editing. Students will also write scripts and storyboards, analyze, critique and construct meaning from film, television, and electronic media productions as a way to develop their own media literacy and awareness.

 


Intermediate Video Production

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP

Intermediate Film/Video Production involves further study in media arts with an emphasis on design and representation through film/video, television broadcasting, and other digital media. The course will be covering conceptual understanding and skills, both technical and theoretical, necessary to create, analyze and appreciate professional level film and video productions. In the digital video medium, this class covers essential genres in film such as documentaries, narrative pieces, corporate advertising, and experimental films. There is a parallel focus on film production, as well as reading, writing and analyzing, to develop a comprehensive understanding of the filmmaking process. Students will be creating short films, editing them using various methods, developing and distributing final products for downloading on social media and participate in competitions and presentations.

Prerequisite/s: Video Production or teacher recommendation

 


Advanced Video Production

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Course description TBA

 


Visual Imagery (Photography)

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Visual Imagery is a studio course exploring photography as an art form. This course emphasizes the medium as a means of personal expression, with a potential for commercial application.

Prerequisite/s: None

 


Advanced Visual Imagery (Photography)

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Advanced Visual Imagery is an advanced level course in digital photography with conceptual and professional project prompts.  Students will learn more advanced editing skills in Photoshop, and will begin to build a portfolio of photographic work for AP 2D Design/college portfolio.

Prerequisite/s: Visual Imagery

 


AP Art History

Grade Level: 10-12 | Term: Yearlong | Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

AP Art History is an Advanced Placement course covering ancient to modern art history. Students will learn to critically analyze works of art within diverse historical and cultural contexts, considering issues such as politics, religion, patronage, gender, and ethnicity.

In exploring major forms of artistic expression including architecture, sculpture, painting and other media from across a variety of cultures, students will learn about the purpose and function of art as they develop your ability to articulate visual and art historical concepts in verbal and written form.

Prerequisite/s: None (College Board AP Course Information)

 


Honors Modern & Contemporary Art Exploration

Grade Level: 10-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: Honors Point

This course prepares students to submit the AP Studio portfolio the following year.  H Modern & Contemporary Art Exploration will provide an introduction into modern and contemporary art practices, with both historical and practical outcomes for students enrolled in the course.  Students will be able to study the processes of modern and contemporary artists as well as practice those processes in their own creative projects.  Students will experiment in expressing conceptual ideas, grow their creative muscles, and be able to effectively communicate the purposes of modern and contemporary art.  Students will be writing reflections and critiques of modern and contemporary art as well as creating their own original works.

Prerequisite/s: Art Studio or Painting & Drawing or teacher approval

 


 

WORLD LANGUAGE

 

World Language

* = Possible Course     + = Honors Point     

  Latin 1,2 (Blended)

Chinese 1

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

In this college preparatory course, PHS learners will develop mastery of the sound system of the Chinese language which is basic to pronunciation, simple conversation, and practical expression. The course will introduce basic grammatical concepts and short reading selections. In addition, this course provides learners the opportunity to acquire a background and knowledge of Chinese culture, customs, and social protocol.

PHS learners will be able to:

·           Take risks using Chinese

·           Inquire and synthesize with vocabulary, grammar, writing, and the sounds in Chinese and English

·           Speak and write clearly utilizing basic Chinese structures

·           Read basic texts purposefully and insightfully

·           Positively and actively participate using the Chinese language

·           Innovate with Chinese vocabulary, grammar, and culture

 


Chinese 2

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This college preparatory course offers the PHS learner who has successfully completed Chinese 1 the opportunity to move on to more advanced structures of vocabulary and grammar in the Chinese language. Learners will incorporate these concepts into reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities according to thematic topics.  The language used is authentic and current, reflecting the language spoken and read in a Chinese speaking society. Instruction is student centered and communication-based.

Upon completion of Chinese 2, PHS learners will be able to:

·           Take risks using Chinese

·           Inquire and synthesize with vocabulary and grammar in both Chinese and English

·           Speak and write clearly utilizing both basic and intermediate Chinese structures

·           Read texts purposefully and insightfully

·           Positively and actively participate using the Chinese language

·           Innovate with Chinese vocabulary, grammar, and culture

Prerequisite/s: C or better in Chinese 1

 


Chinese 3

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This course provides the PHS learner the opportunity to continue the study of the Chinese language and culture. The learner will engage in communicative experiences in the target language necessary to inform, inquire, and give information in more complex situational contexts. Students begin to develop their own speaking and writing styles as they apply the language learned in Chinese 1 and Chinese 2. To aid in learning these communication skills, more advanced grammar, literature, and media are studied and discussed.  Learners will incorporate these concepts into reading, writing, listening and speaking activities

Prerequisite/s: C or better in Chinese 2

 


AP Chinese Language & Culture

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

Prerequisite/s: Course description and prerequisites TBA (College Board AP Course Information)

 


French 1

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This college preparatory course provides the PHS learner with communicative experiences in the French language necessary to gain and give information for personal and social purposes in various contextual settings. Learners will focus on vocabulary and the basic forms of grammar critical to the future study of French.  Learners will incorporate these concepts into reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities according to thematic topics.  Learners will also gain an understanding of different cultures.

Upon completion of French 1, PHS learners will be able to:

·           Take risks using French

·           Inquire and synthesize with vocabulary and grammar in both French and English

·           Speak and write clearly utilizing basic French structures

·           Read basic texts purposefully and insightfully

·           Positively and actively participate using the French language

·           Innovate with French vocabulary, grammar, and culture

 


French 2

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This college preparatory course offers the PHS learner who has successfully completed French 1 the opportunity to move on to more advanced structures of vocabulary and grammar in the French language. Learners will incorporate these concepts into reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities according to thematic topics.  The language used is authentic and current, reflecting the language spoken and read in a French speaking society. Instruction is student centered and communication-based.

Upon completion of French 2, PHS learners will be able to:

·           Take risks using French

·           Inquire and synthesize with vocabulary and grammar in both French and English

·           Speak and write clearly utilizing both basic and intermediate French structures

·           Read texts purposefully and insightfully

·           Positively and actively participate using the French language

·           Innovate with French vocabulary, grammar, and culture

Prerequisite/s: C or better in French 1

 


French 3

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This course provides the PHS learner  the opportunity to continue the study of the French language and culture. The learner will engage in communicative experiences in the target language necessary to inform, inquire, and give information in more complex situations. Students begin to develop their own speaking and writing styles as they apply the language learned in French 1 and French 2. To aid in learning these communication skills, more advanced grammar, literature, and media are studied and discussed.  Learners will incorporate these concepts into reading, writing, listening and speaking activities

Prerequisite/s: C or  better in French 2

 


AP French Language & Culture

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

This AP French Language course has been devised to “fine tune” the students’ skills, culled over the previous 3-4 years of French, within a meaningful study of six topical and cultural themes: Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics. These themes serve as springboards for practice of interpersonal, interpretive and presentational communicative skills within interesting and relevant contexts. The course guides the students to explore culture and events in both contemporary and historical settings and to examine products and practices of the target culture with regard to their perspectives. Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are all emphasized throughout the various themes with the overall goal of rendering these skills more natural, accurate, and fluid. French is used exclusively in the classroom by both teacher and students.

French 3 recommended (College Board AP Course Information)

 


Spanish 1

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This college preparatory course provides the PHS learner with communicative experiences in the Spanish language necessary to gain and give information for personal and social purposes in various contextual settings. Learners will focus on vocabulary and the basic forms of grammar critical to the future study of Spanish.  Learners will incorporate these concepts into reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities according to thematic topics.  Learners will also gain an understanding of different cultures.

Upon completion of Spanish 1, PHS learners will be able to:

·           Take risks using Spanish

·           Inquire and synthesize with vocabulary and grammar in both Spanish and English

·           Speak and write clearly utilizing basic Spanish structures

·           Read basic texts purposefully and insightfully

·           Positively and actively participate using the Spanish language

·           Innovate with Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and culture

 


Spanish 2

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This college preparatory course offers the PHS learner who has successfully completed Spanish 1 the opportunity to move on to more advanced structures of vocabulary and grammar in the Spanish language. Learners will incorporate these concepts into reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities according to thematic topics.  The language used is authentic and current, reflecting the language spoken and read in a Spanish speaking society. Instruction is student centered and communication-based.

Upon completion of Spanish 2, PHS learners will be able to:

·           Take risks using Spanish

·           Inquire and synthesize with vocabulary and grammar in both Spanish and English

·           Speak and write clearly utilizing both basic and intermediate Spanish structures

·           Read texts purposefully and insightfully

·           Positively and actively participate using the Spanish language

·           Innovate with Spanish vocabulary, grammar, and culture

Prerequisite/s: B or better in Spanish 1 (8th grade) and teacher recommendation

 


Spanish 3

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This course provides the PHS learner the opportunity to continue the study of the Spanish language and culture. The learner will engage in communicative experiences in the target language necessary to inform, inquire, and give information in more complex situational contexts. Students begin to develop their own speaking and writing styles as they apply the language learned in Spanish 1 and Spanish 2. To aid in learning these communication skills, more advanced grammar, literature, and media are studied and discussed.  Learners will incorporate these concepts into reading, writing, listening and speaking activities

Prerequisite/s: B or higher in Spanish 3 and teacher recommendation

 


Spanish 4

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: Honors Point

This course provides the PHS learner the opportunity to continue their study of Spanish. Learners will engage in advanced speaking, reading, listening, reading, and writing. The Spanish language will be practiced through advanced grammar, short stories, cultural pieces, literary excerpts and the study of the wide variety of cultures in the Spanish speaking world. This course is conducted exclusively in Spanish.

Prerequisite/s: B or higher in Spanish 3 and teacher recommendation

 


AP Spanish Language and Culture

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

This course is college level, fast paced, conducted exclusively in Spanish, and concentrates on preparing the PHS learner to become fluent in the language. The ability to understand, speak, read, and write with increasing mastery  is stressed. Students are expected to give formal reports and carry on informal discussions on daily subjects in Spanish. Students will practice applying skills in expressing their thoughts and ideas about literary works by well-known Spanish authors through the reading of short stories, novels, newspapers, poetry, and other sources.  Oral discussion in Spanish is conducted on an individual, small group, and large group basis. This course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement Exam.

Prerequisite/s: B or higher in Spanish 3 and teacher recommendation (College Board AP Course Information)

 


AP Spanish 5: Literature & Culture

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP® Spanish Literature and Culture course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in literature written in Spanish. The course introduces students to the formal study of a representative body of texts from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic literature. The course provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish across the three modes of communication (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities) outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. The overarching aims of the course are to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills — with special attention to critical reading and analytical writing — and to encourage them to reflect on the many voices and cultures included in a rich and diverse body of literature written in Spanish.

AP Spanish Language or Spanish 4 recommended

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES

 

Additional Electives

* = Possible Course     + = Honors Point     7/8 = Can be added as 7th or 8th course

 

Health

Grade Level: 10-12  |    Term: Semester    |   Level: General Elective

Health is a semester-long course required for graduation from high school.  This course emphasizes both individual and community wellness practices as well as current health issues with regard to the physical, mental, social, and emotional aspects of health in society. 

 


Computer Science Principles

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

No previous computer science experience is required for this intro-level course. Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is designed to introduce students to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics. Rather than focusing the entire course on learning particular software tools or programming languages, the course is designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. The goal of Exploring Computer Science is to develop in students the computational practices of algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today’s students. Students will also be introduced to topics such as interface design, limits of computers, and societal and ethical issues.

Prerequisite/s: None

 


AP Computer Science Principles

Grade Level: 11-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP Computer Science Principles course is designed to be equivalent to a first-semester introductory college computing course. In this course, students will develop computational thinking skills vital for success across all disciplines, such as using computational tools to analyze and study data and working with large data sets to analyze, visualize, and draw conclusions from trends. The course engages students in the creative aspects of the field by allowing them to develop computational artifacts based on their interests. Students will also develop effective communication and collaboration skills by working individually and collaboratively to solve problems, and will discuss and write about the impacts these solutions could have on their community, society, and the world.

Prerequisite/s: Computer Science Principles recommended (College Board AP Course Information)

 


Leadership (ASB)

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: General Elective

This class is for elected and appointed student body officers. PHS student leaders will study leadership principles relevant to individuals and teams, serve their student body through the planning, promoting, and implementing of school wide and community programs/events and the chartering of on campus clubs.

 


Modern Media

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Modern Media is a journalism course that offers an introduction to the ethics and practices of mass media and communication as well as practical application of journalistic writing, photography and design. The course equips learners with a strong foundational understanding of journalistic/media ethics, including: the societal role of journalism, how mass media shapes our beliefs, and how we contribute our voices to the discussion utilizing various media tools. Learners will research and practice a variety of communication forms, including but not limited to: writing professional articles, taking photographs, designing graphics and layout and exploring other forms of modern media such as social media, blogging, podcasting, etc. Top work produced by learners in this class will be selected by Advanced Newspaper for publication in the Portola Pilot.

Prerequisite/s: Submit Modern Media Application  by May 9

 


Advanced Newspaper

Grade Level: 10-12  |    Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

This is the class for our award-winning school newspaper, the Portola Pilot. Learners in this course will contribute to both the print and digital publication of the newspaper through a variety of opportunities: writing articles, taking photographs, designing graphics and layout, posting to social media, etc. Learners also have the opportunity to compete at local and national levels in write-off competitions and learn from professionals currently working in the field of journalism. Many learners will fulfill leadership roles as editors of the newspaper. 

Prerequisite/s: Modern Media and/or adviser approval

 


Yearbook

Grade Level: 9-12  |    Term: Yearlong

This class produces the school yearbook. Students will be working online to design, edit and produce pages for the yearbook. Additionally students will use photo and video to capture the students, faculty, clubs, and events throughout the year.

Skills and Assessment: Students will be able to…

Learn to use the elements of Art and Design in page design.

Work in a web-based program to upload and edit images to be used in the book.

Specific students will shoot and contribute photos to be used in the yearbook as well as select specific fonts to use in specific sections of the book.

Specific students will function as editors of year-book sections and be responsible for art and design, as well as edit those sections.

All students will participate in setting up and editing class sections of their own grade level.

Prerequisite/s: Submit Yearbook Application by May 9

 

ROP @ PHS

 

ROP @ PHS

F/S = Semester Course

Adv Sports Med (7/8)

Introduction to Medical Careers

Grade Level: 9-12  |   Term: Semester    |   Level: General Elective

The course provides students the opportunity to explore careers in health care. Instruction includes history of healthcare, in-depth study and exposure to health careers, career planning, employability skills, terminology, ethics, wellness vs. illness, and safety. This course will also guide the students to the Health Career ROP classes that provide entrance level job skills and certification. Integrated throughout the course  are Career Technical Education standards, which include communication, ethics and interpersonal skills, critical thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and other employment skills. ethics

Prerequisite/s: None

 


Medical Terminology

Grade Level: 9-12  |   Term: Semester    |   Level: General Elective

This course prepares students for success in the healthcare field. Learn medical terms and abbreviations, disease processes and common disorders, and systems of the body.  

 


Sports Medicine

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Sports Med students will explore the basic skills and fundamental procedures that will prevent injuries and increase athletic performance, including nutritional guidelines, protective sports equipment, psychological aspects of competition, and training and conditioning.

Prerequisite/s: Intro to Medical Careers AND Medical Terminology

 


Advanced Sports Medicine

Term: Yearlong    |   Level: College Preparatory (CP)

Course Description TBA

SPECIAL ED

 

Special Education

 

Practical Math

Grade Level: 9,10  |   Term: Yearlong

Courses focus on reviewing and assessing foundational math skills that coincide with IEP goals.

 


Practical English

Grade Level: 9-12 | Term: Yearlong

Courses focus on reviewing and assessing foundational reading and writing skills that coincide with IEP goals.

 


Practical Finance

Grade Level: 11, 12 | Term: Yearlong

Course focuses on providing students with the life skills associated with money management, resume building, and career readiness abilities.

 


Practical Current History

Grade Level: 9, 10 | Term: Yearlong

Course focuses on providing students with the life skills associated with reading and understanding current events.

 


Functional Math

Grade Level: 9-12 | Term: Yearlong

Course focuses on providing students with a modified functional math curriculum.

 


Functional Reading

Grade Level: 9-12 | Term: Yearlong

Course focuses on providing students with a modified functional Language Art curriculum.

 


Life Skills

Grade Level: 9-12 | Term: Yearlong

Course focuses on providing students with a curriculum that will help them in the areas of daily living skills (pedestrian skills, hygiene, cooking, budgeting, making purchases.)

 


Vocational Skills

Grade Level: 9-12 | Term: Yearlong

Course focuses on providing students with a curriculum that will help them obtain job skills that they can use in their future and add to their resume.

 


Social Skills

Grade Level: 9-12 | Term: Yearlong

Course focuses on providing students with a curriculum that will help them work on communication skills and how to interact with others socially in a conversation, playing games, or other social situations.