Course Catalog

English 9 Academies

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Law & Justice Academy 
The Law and Justice Academy provides students with the opportunity to read and analyze literature that explore themes such as: prejudice, honor, justice, community, and power. Students will be introduced to the foundation of rhetorical discourse and work to produce writing that communicates a clear understanding of the writing process, the importance of evidence, and the value of revising and editing. This class is aligned with Common Core English Standards. All English courses require an outside reading requirement per quarter.

Film & Broadcasting Academy
The Film Academy offers students a chance to experience literature from a unique perspective. Students will read several core novels which will be supplemented by analysis of related films and other media. Students will read multiple pieces of fiction and non-fiction, write multiple essays and creative writing pieces, and practice debate and conversation strategies. This class is aligned with the Common Core English standards. All English courses require an outside reading requirement per quarter.

Biomedical Science Academy
The Biomedical Science Academy offers students the opportunity to read and analyze literature centered around forensic sciences, DNA, ethics in the medical field and biology. Students read a variety of novels, poetry and short stories and will write multiple essays and creative writing pieces. This class is aligned with the Common Core English standards. All English courses require an outside reading requirement per quarter.

Careers in Sport Academy  
The Careers in Sport Academy share themes throughout the year. Themes are embedded into the curriculum and include Mind vs. Body; Nature vs. Nurture, Struggle vs. Grit, and Performance and Success. This class is aligned with the Common Core English standards. Students take field trips to various sporting events and listen to monthly guest speakers from a variety of careers in the sports industry. All English courses require an outside reading requirement per quarter.

Computer Science Academy
The Computer Science Academy English class focuses on Science-Fiction as a literature of change. The class examines several themes and sciencefiction tropes to explore science fiction’s effect on the past, the present, and the future. The curriculum is modular and thematic and includes short stories from authors such as Philip Dick, Ray Bradbury, and more. This class is aligned with the Common Core English standards. All English courses require an outside reading requirement per quarter.

Elective Options

* UC a-g approved ** Pending UC/CSU approval

Course Descriptions


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Arts

Career Technical Education

Programs Offered at RCHS

PHOENIX HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM 
The primary goal of Phoenix High School is to provide a supportive social structure along with academic interventions aimed at keeping students on target for graduation, while preparing them for their future career and college aspirations.

Additionally the staff is there to support their emotional needs.

Each day opens with a “Personal Power” experience in a homeroom environment where healthy choices and personal goals are explored. The core program offers English, Math, Science and History in a project based and integrated environment. All courses are taught by Phoenix staff with Phoenix students. Students meeting all graduation requirements will receive a diploma from Rancho Cotate High School. Students are selected for this program through an application process.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 
English Language Development (ELD) classes are designed to develop English Language Skills for non- native speakers. Through this program, students will be given the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

CERTIFICATE OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
Students within the Vocational Education Program complete curriculum designed to help smooth the process from adolescence to adulthood. This program provides a comprehensive academic and vocational program that helps to achieve the maximum level of independence, productivity and fulfillment. The program offers an especially strong focus on vocational skills and employment. Students will participate in hands-on job preparation in a variety of fields, enabling students to discover, learn, and work in areas of interest.