High School Courses

Social Studies ~ English ~ Mathematics ~ Science ~ Foreign Language ~
Visual & Performing Arts ~ Practical Arts, Applied Arts & Technology
 
 
 
Social Studies

 

World Cultures and Geography

2 semesters/ 1 year

10 credits           

UC area: a

Independent Study/Text                      

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course description

This course introduces students to the concept of global community and reinforces world geography skills through a series of area-studies, including the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East/Southeast Asia, the Pacific World/Oceana, Central America, and the Caribbean, and South America.  Knowledge of geography, cultural components, culture, values, and major issues facing these regions are emphasized.  The course serves as a base for higher level social sciences. 

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World History                                        

2 semesters/ 1 year

10 credits                              

UC area: a

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: Social Studies

 

Course description

This course provides an understanding of the democratic tradition and trace it’s influence in modern history to the present time.  Students will  develop analytical skills in terms of understanding and interpreting historical events.  Students will actively explore major events such as the Industrial Revolution, The World Wars, and the rise of Totalitarianism that have shaped our modern world.  You will research topics such as the Enlightenment, technology, and nationalism.  Finally, students will focus on a trouble spot in the world and complete a case study.

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US History

2 semesters/ 1 year 

10 credits                             

UC area: a

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: Social Studies

 

Course description

This course provides a study of modern history that begins with a survey of early political and philosophical concepts that contributed to the democratic ideals that shaped a new nation.  It continues through the America’s transformation into an industrial giant and its rise as an economic world leader.  It examines America’s role in the ‘global village’ of this new century with special projects.

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American Government

1 semester 

5 credits                                                                   

UC area: a

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: Social Studies

 

Course description

The US Constitution is built on six basic principles of government: popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks & balances, judicial review, and federalism.  These principles have proved an enduring yet flexible guide for governing the nation for over 200 years.  This course is designed to help students obtain a deeper understanding of American Government and to create civil literacy as they prepare to vote, participate in community activities and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.

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Economics

1 semester 

5 credits                                                                   

UC area: a

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: Social Studies

 

Course description

In this course students will learn fundamental economic concepts including but not limited to scarcity, economic systems and institutions, incentives, trade market and prices, supply and demand, interest rates, entrepreneurship, standard of living, governments public policy, unemployment and inflation, and monetary and fiscal policy.

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English
 

Creative Writing

 2 semesters/1 year  

10 credits                                                                

UC area: f

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course description

This class will contain lessons on the craft of writing as well as techniques for developing a strong writing practice. Each week, we will explore a specific aspect of writing, use creative visualization to stimulate the imagination, practice stream-of-consciousness writing and engage in active listening while students voluntarily share their work. Learning to give and receive feedback in a safe environment is an essential element of the class, and will build students’ confidence with self-expression. Projects will include reading and writing poetry, fiction and non-fiction pieces.

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English 9

 2 semesters/1 year  

10 credits                                                                

UC area: b

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: English

 

Course description

Designed for 9th graders, the course will help students understand and interpret literature and develop the skillful use of language. During the study of short story, non-fiction, poetic and dramatic forms, students will consider the construction and impact of the selected works. In additional to written papers and literary analysis, they will prepare oral presentation on a focus topic and develop research skills. Grammar and spelling will be taught concurrently.

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English 10 ~ World Literature                                                

2 semesters/1 year 

10 credits                                                               

UC area: b

Independent Study/Text    

OVS Graduation: English

 

 

Course description

The World Literature course provides students with opportunities to explore and respond to multiple genres from various global, historical, and social contexts. As we examine world literature from ancient to modern day, we will consider the context that shaped these novels, epic poems, graphic texts, articles, and plays. Class participants will be expected to complete daily reading, annotate their text and analyze authors’ works for character development, motifs, themes, and literary style. Students will refine their thinking and write for a variety of purposes such as quick writes, journal responses, and essays. Students will utilize online resources, develop research techniques, and develop engaging presentations. As students expand their global boundaries through literature and research, the class will consider and apply real world methods to address humanitarian concerns that exist today.

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English 11 ~ American Literature 
2 semesters/1 year 

10 credits                          

UC area: b

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: English

 

 

Course description

In this 11th grade core English class, students will read American literature from the early 17th century. The ultimate goals for this class are to expose students to American culture, heritage, and history through study of our literature; and, to continue advancement towards more mature, refined writing skills. Students will be able to adapt language, voice, and style in writing and speaking to effectively communicate idea, to use writing and speaking as an effective tool to influence others and enact change, and to maturely comprehend and analyze works of literature to generate insightful ideas about themselves, their cultural history, and their world.

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English 10-11                                             

2 semesters/1 year 

10 credits                                                               

UC area: b

Class-based    

OVS Graduation: English

 

 

Course description

 

English 12 
2 semesters/1 year 

10 credits                         

UC area: b

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: English

 

 

Course description

In this 12th grade core English course, students will read British literature form the Anglo-Saxon period to the present and selected world literature. They will understand the progression of the English language through intellectual, historical, and social developments; and make connections with world literature for the major literary periods.

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2 semesters/1 year

10 credits                         

UC area: b

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: English

 

 

Course description

This course will introduce the student to the appreciation and experience of poetry. Students will read a wide a variety of poems form the classic to contemporary. They will gain insights into History, structure, terminology, and technical skills needed to analyze and write poetry. We will appreciate oral presentations of poetry, and develop our presentation skills. Students will “develop sensitivity to language, culture, and identity to lead them beyond the boundaries of their own selves and see the world through the eyes of others.” –Kennedy & Gioia

  

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Writing 9

2 semesters/1 year 

5 credits                         

UC area: b*

Class-based              

OVS Graduation: English

*if used as ½ year of English 9

 

Course description

Since 2005, “Take My Word For It!” has been offering a one-of- a-kind brand of creative writing enrichment for kids. The curriculum is designed to challenge enthusiastic writers, as well as engage reluctant ones. In this class, “Creative to the Core” practices informative, narrative and persuasive writing (the 3 Common Core writing standards) with a creative twist. Learn how to compose a brilliant informational text, how to tell a compelling tale, and how to better persuade your parents. I promise no boring writing activities! 

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Mathematics
 

Algebra Core

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: None

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Math- meets Algebra requirement

 

Course Description

Algebra Core is preparatory course for Math 1. Students will review the necessary operations of arithmetic as well as the basic skills of Algebra. Students will delve into solving equations, proportions and probability, functions and graphs, powers and roots, and polynomials.

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Math I

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: c

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Math-meets Algebra requirement

 

Course Description

 

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Math II

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: c

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Math

 

Course Description

Mathematics II is the second of three integrated high school mathematics courses. It extends the concepts from Mathematics I by reinforcing core algebra ideas and then adds new topics like quadratic equations. Students will further develop their knowledge of probability and geometry learned in past courses, and will learn new geometry such as triangle trigonometry. 

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Math III

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: c

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Math

 

Course Description

 

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Precalculus

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: c

Class-based            

OVS Graduation: Math

 

Course Description

Precalculus must be taken as a class (OVS or SRJC) and cannot be done independently. Precalculus is the fourth course in college preparatory mathematics for students who have completed Math 1, Math 2 and Math 3 or Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. The course will deepen students’ knowledge of trigonometry and include content related to functions, modeling, mathematical analysis, statistics, and calculus. Students will also work flexibly and independently with some mathematics topics of their own choosing.

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Algebra 1

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: c

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Algebra

 

Course Description

 

 

Algebra 2

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: c

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Math

 

Course Description

 

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Algebra 3

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: c

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Math

 

Course Description

 

 

Geometry

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: c

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Math

 

Course Description

 

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Consumer Math

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: c

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Math

 

Course Description

 

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Science

 

Biology w/lab

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: d

Class-based

            

OVS Graduation: Life Science

 

Course Description

This hands-on laboratory science course will focus on  cell biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and human physiology. Students will sharpen critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of the scientific method. This lab course requires regular class attendance and 2-3 hours of homework per week. The class is open to students who have completed Math 1. 

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Chemistry w/lab

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: d

Class-based              

OVS Graduation: Physical Science

 

Course Description

This is a two-semester laboratory class which offers students an in-depth study of matter and the changes it undergoes. This course stresses the fundamental concepts of chemistry including atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, behavior of gases, phase changes, reaction types such as acid/base and oxidation/reduction, and an introduction of nuclear chemistry. 

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Energy and the Environment

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: g

Class-based only for a-g /independent study          

OVS Graduation: Physical Science

 

Course Description

This class will explore the field of Environmental Science, which includes aspects of ecology, biology, chemistry, geology and geography. Students will learn about topics such as food policy, alternative energy, and public health. The class will also conduct lab experiments related to the study of weather, pollution, agriculture, and biodiversity.

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Physical Science

 2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: g

Independent study/Text          

OVS Graduation: Physical Science

 

Course Description

Physical Science is a lab science class in which students investigate scientific properties in the three main categories of chemistry, physics, and earth science.  Hands-on investigations are conducted in the form of laboratory experiments, scientific observations, mathematical analyses, and model building.  These activities promote competence in laboratory techniques, scientific analysis, research, and reporting, and reinforce scientific concepts.  Designed for 9th and 10th graders to provide a strong foundation for advanced studies in scientific disciplines.

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Life Science

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: none

Independent study/Text          

OVS Graduation: Physical Science

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Astronomy

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

10 credits

UC area: none

Independent study/Text          

OVS Graduation: Physical Science

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Agricultural Science

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: none

Independent study/Text          

OVS Graduation: Life Science

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Agroecology

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: none

Independent study/Text          

OVS Graduation: Physical Science

 

Course Description

Students will learn practical skills such as how to build raised beds,  grow vegetables, install irrigation, prune trees, design a garden and make compost. Students will also study the principles of ecology and how they can be applied to agriculture.

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Animal Science

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: none

Independent study/Text          

OVS Graduation: Life Science

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Fine Art- Visual and Performing Arts
 

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: f

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Fine Art

 

Course description

This course is a chronological survey of Western art and an overview of art and ideas from outside the Western tradition. Beginning with the Prehistoric and ending with Postmodernism, you will study the ideas and trends influencing artists from ancient times to present day. You will complete studio projects that demonstrate an exploration of historic media and methods and the cultures that shaped them.

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Drama
2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: None

Class-based          

OVS Graduation: Fine Art

 

Course description

This is a Theatre Skills/Rehearse and Performance class. Students will spend the first several weeks reviewing for some, introducing to others, theatre games, skills and improve with an emphasis on performance. But as always, it's about process, not product. Then students will create or choose a play to work on and present at the end of the school year for friends and family.

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2 semesters/1 year

5 credits

UC area: None

Class-based          

OVS Graduation: Elective

 

Course description

An exploration in music and instruments in a ‘Jam’ setting, with a focus on identification and expansion of musical ideas to form structured songs.

 

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Studio Art 1 

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits 

UC area: f

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Fine Art

Setting: Class/Independent Study w/ art dept. approval

 

Students select from the fine arts classes below, each for 2.5 credits. 

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits 

UC area: f

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Fine Art

Setting: Class/Independent Study w/ art dept. approval

 

Students select from the fine arts classes below, each for 2.5 credits. 

They may elect to repeat classes with advanced work each year.

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Studio Art 2 

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits 

UC area: f

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Fine Art

Setting: Class/Independent Study w/ art dept. approval

 

Students select from the fine arts classes below, each for 2.5 credits.

Students may elect to repeat classes with advanced work each year.

 
Ceramics ~ 2.5 credits 

Course description

This class is for students who want to enjoy exploring the art and craft of working with clay. Students will receive an introduction to historical, traditional, and current ceramic art. We will focus on two main areas: hand built tableware, such as plates, mugs, dishes and bowls, and ceramic sculpture. They will finish their tableware using food safe glazes. Sculptures will be finished using a wide variety of ceramic decorating techniques. Students will be encouraged to use their self-expressive ideas to create satisfying artworks in clay.

Drawing ~ 2.5 credits    (required for Studio  Art 1)

Course description

We will study the timeline of art history and become more fluent in the language of art appreciation. Advanced students will build on prior skills and complete a series of original work in a medium of their choice. Students will be expected to keep sketchbook and complete drawing assignments of increasing complexity throughout the year.

Mixed Media ~ 2.5 credits 
Course description

We will begin with line and form drawing and move into collage, encaustic, three dimensional sculpture and even jewelry making. We will incorporate a study of the timeline of art history and work on becoming more fluent in the language of art appreciation. Advanced students will build on prior skills and complete a series of original work in a medium of their choice.

 
Painting ~ 2.5 credits

Course description

Come explore art in many forms  of expressing oneself through paint. Advanced students will build on prior skills and complete a series of original paintings.

Printmaking  ~ 2.5 credits
Course description

In this class, we will utilize our classroom printing press to create monoprints, collagraphs, and even engravings using a variety of printmaking materials and processes. We will explore traditional and hybrid relief prints as well as delve into artist profiles that allow us to examine the history and community that printmaking brings.

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Studio Art 3

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: f

Class-based/Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: Fine Art

Setting: Class/Independent Study w/ art dept. approval

 

Students select from the fine arts classes above, each for 2.5 credits. 

They may elect to repeat classes with advanced work each year.

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Open Art Studio 

No Credit

UC area: none

Students will be able to access the entire art studio for self-motivated projects or work carried over from other classes.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the hospitality and culinary arts industry. It based the on the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards and Orchard View School ESSLAR’s. The course is designed as a 10 unit course requiring projects involving the use of technology, written work, and interaction with the hospitality and culinary arts industry. Upon complete students will have gained knowledge about and experience in a variety of careers in this industry.

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Foreign Language
 
2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: e

Class-based          

OVS Graduation: Foreign Language

 

Course description

 

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2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: e

Class-based          

OVS Graduation: Foreign Language

 

Course description

 

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2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: e

Class-based          

OVS Graduation: Foreign Language

 

Course description

 

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Practical Arts, Applied Arts & Technology (Electives)

 

Culinary Arts & Hospitality

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: none

Independent Study/Text               

OVS Graduation: elective

 

Course description

This course is designed to introduce the student to the hospitality and culinary arts industry. It based the on the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards and Orchard View School ESSLAR’s. The course is designed as a 10 unit course requiring projects involving the use of technology, written work, and interaction with the hospitality and culinary arts industry. Upon complete students will have gained knowledge about and experience in a variety of careers in this industry.

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Digital Photography

1-2 semesters

5-10 credits

UC area: none

Independent study/Text          

OVS Graduation: elective

Course Description

In this course, students will explore the fundamental principles of digital photography and image editing, developing an understanding of their cameras, the elements of composition, and the possibilities for creative expression.

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1-2 semesters

5-10 credits

UC area: none

Independent study/Text          

OVS Graduation: elective

 

Course Description

This is an introductory course in  The textbook is Fashion Design,  croquis book/sketchpad, publisher Quartor Inc. author, Steven Faerm.  Students will learn principles, practice, and techniques in Fashion Design  and will have a practical guide to making their own creations.

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1-2 semesters

5-10 credits

UC area: none

Independent study/Text          

OVS Graduation: elective

 

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce you to the elements of graphic design. It based the on the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards for visual arts and the Orchard View School ESSLARS. It will cover the design process, publication, advertising, environmental and information, and digital design.

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Intro to Coding

2 semesters/1 year

10 credits

UC area: none

Class-based        

OVS Graduation: elective

 

Course Description

In this introductory course, students will learn foundational concepts and skills of programming and computer science (CS). The course is designed to be fun, engaging, relevant, collaborative and accessible for all students, regardless of background or prior experience. Students will build their understanding of programming and computer science through interactive coding explorations, practices, and projects in Python, where they will create animations, graphic designs, and other interactive programs and allow them to demonstrative their creativity, communication and critical thinking skills.

 

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