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Incoming Freshman UHS Course Planning Guide 2021-22

Freshman UHS Course Planning Guide 2021-22

 

 

GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION

PURPOSE

The purpose of this guide is to serve as a resource for both students and parents regarding courses offered at Ukiah High School.  This should not replace a student meeting with their counselor to design a program tailored to the individual needs of each student.

NEW 8 PERIOD DAY BELL SCHEDULE FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR AND BEYOND

Ukiah High School will be adopting a new permanent schedule beginning with the 2021-22 school year.  It is known as an 8 Period A/B Block Schedule.  This schedule offers eight classes over the course of the full year.  There are 4 classes each day.  There are A and B days.  The many benefits of the schedule for students include:

  • Increased access to the courses and programs.
  • Increased academic support within the school day.
  • Program and support access equal to other high schools.
  • Block periods to foster hands-on, engaged student learning.
  • Time for students to complete work during the school day.
  • Students can complete multiple goals beyond graduation requirements.

UHS GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

ALL STUDENTS must successfully complete a minimum of 230 creditsAll required courses must be taken at Ukiah High School.   Students receive 10 credits for every yearlong course completed, unless it is an hours-based course.

Graduation requirements include:

  1. 4 years of English
  2. 3 years of Social Studies including:
  3. One year of World History or AP European History
  4. One year of U.S. History or AP U.S. History
  5. One year of American Institutions or AP Comparative Government
  6. 2 years of Mathematics, including one year of Algebra.
  7. 2 years of Science: one biological (life), one physical or two years of agriculture or one of each
  8. 2 years of Physical Education.
  9. 1 year of visual or performing arts OR one year of foreign language OR one year of career technical education.
  10. 9 Elective courses

*Graduation requirements for the Class of 2022 will remain the same on an 8 period day.  Beyond the Class of 2022 will be reviewed in the 2021-2022 school year.


A-G REQUIREMENTS (CSU AND UC SYSTEM)

A grade of “C” or better is required for all A-G College Prep classes being taken for college entrance.  

(A) History/Social Science – 2 years required.  

(B) English – 4 years required.  

(C) Mathematics – 3 years required, 4 years recommended.  Algebra I and above.  

(D) Laboratory Science – two years required, three years recommended, starting with Biology or Sustainable Ag Biology.  

(E) Language Other than English – two years required, three years recommended.  Two years of the same language other than English.  *Four years for the Seal of Biliteracy

(F) Visual and Performing Arts – one year required.  

(G) College Preparatory Electives – one year required.  Anything above and beyond the minimum and/or other College Prep Electives.


NCAA REQUIREMENTS

Students who are considering athletics at a Division I or II college after high school need to register with the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center at web1.ncaa.org/eligibility center.  Please see your counselor for more information.


GRADUATION WITH HIGH ACHIEVEMENT AND

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT

All Ukiah High School students should graduate having successfully completed either the A-G college entrance requirements or a CTE Pathway.  Students who complete above and beyond A-G or CTE Pathway completion will be recognized with High Achievement or Highest Achievement in our UHS Graduation Program for the Class of 2022 and beyond. This should be strongly considered when selecting your classes.

Click here for more details: UHS Graduation with Achievement 


ACHIEVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

COMPLETE COLLEGE CLASSES

There are three ways to complete college classes while  attending Ukiah High School.  Concurrent Enrollment, Dual Enrollment or applying to be a part of Middle College. 

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT @ MENDOCINO COLLEGE

UHS students can be concurrently enrolled at Mendocino College.  Students must complete a MCC College application and submit a K-12 Special Admissions form to their counselor for approval.  Students can take coursework at MCC for coursework above and beyond UHS Graduation requirements and/or for credit recovery.  For every one college unit, the student is awarded 3.33 credits of high school.  Students must submit a transcript to the UHS registrar after the course is completed in order for the grade and credit to appear on their high school transcript.

DUAL ENROLLMENT- MENDOCINO COLLEGE @ Ukiahi

UHS offers a number of Mendocino College Courses on campus.  These courses are only open to UHS students.  Students who are interested in taking a Dual Enrollment course must complete a Mendocino College Application for Admission AND a CCAP Agreement form.  The CCAP agreement form must be signed by the CTE Coordinator for approval.  Students who do not complete the necessary paperwork required for Dual Enrollment will be dropped from the course.

COMPLETE CTE PATHWAYs (CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION) (CTE)

Students are considered CTE Pathway completers when they complete two courses in the same pathway with a C or better.  Completing a CTE Pathway is a way for students to prepare themselves to be college and career ready when they graduate from Ukiah High School.  One a student completes a CTE Pathway they are strongly encouraged to complete a CTE Internship.  See this link for more information about CTE classes. 

AP COURSES (ADVANCED PLACEMENT)

Advanced Placement Courses give students the opportunity to take College Board Approved coursework that gives students an AP experience and AP College Credit with the passing of the subject area AP exam with a score of 3 or better.  The courses are taught by AP trained teachers.  9th graders who do well can access AP Classes as early as 10th grade.

SEAL OF BILITERACY

The Seal of Biliteracy is a Seal recognized by the State of California for students demonstrating proficiency in English and one other language.  Students should review the Seal of Biliteracy requirements related to the year they graduate as the requirements change slightly from year to year, in particular during the Pandemic year.  The requirements include demonstrating proficiency in the English Language by receiving a Standard on the SBAC assessment in English (waived for Class of 2021) AND completion of all high school graduation requirements in English with a 2.0 or above overall, attained proficiency level on the ELPAC assessment (for English Learners only).  Additionally, the proficiency in another language can be demonstrated by ONE of the following:  Receive at 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Language Test in a language other than English, completion of a 4-year language course of study with a 3.0 or higher of which an AP Language course is included to demonstrate oral proficiency, OR passing the SAT II Foreign Language Exam with a score of 600 or higher.

3 YEAR COMMITMENT

A 3 Year Commitment to MESA, FFA, Leadership, Performing Arts, Yearbook, Journalism, Community Service, Academic Team Competitions or Athletics demonstrates dedication to programs available at Ukiah High.  If you have the desire to commit to one of these passions at Ukiah High let your school counselor know!

LIMITED SCHEDULE CHANGES

In order to have the most desired schedule possible, it is important for students to work with their counselor during the normal Spring scheduling cycle. Once schedules are released in August, changes are not guaranteed.  Priority will be given to students who are missing a class for graduation, are in the wrong level, or need a course to complete their A-G requirements, or who completed summer work that impacts their course selection.  Students are expected to take care of these changes prior to the first day of school and will be made based on space in classes.

WHAT IS FROSH ADVISORY?

Frosh (Freshman) Advisory is a course supporting the development of the whole person. Now, more than ever, our youth need the tools to navigate our changing world. This course will support Ukiah High School’s incoming freshmen by helping them gain confidence, clarity, and connection. Students of Freshman Advisory will develop skills to enhance their social/emotional well-being, academic and career success, and healthy and effective communication. In addition, students will build connections with their peers, their school, their family, their community, and themselves while gaining confidence in their unique gifts, talents and skill sets.

 

UHS ClASSES

SCIENCE CLASSES (MUST PICK ONE)

9th Grade Science 

You’ll learn about the Earth’s Environment and physical science concepts including: Earth’s place in the universe, dynamic Earth processes, energy within Earth’s system, climate, biogeochemical cycles of the earth, the atmosphere, and the geology of California. (A-G)

Biology

Biology is a college-prep lab science course. Topics covered include fundamental principles of cellular biology, physiology, genetics, evolution, and ecology using natural phenomena and exploratory learning. (A-G)

Prerequisite: Environmental Earth Science

8th Grade Prerequisite:  B in 8th Grade Science.

Honors Biology

Honors Biology is an advanced first year college-prep lab science course. Topics covered include fundamental principles of chemistry, cells, physiology, genetics, evolution, and ecology. Pacing for this class will be rapid, so excellent attendance, organization and reading, writing and listening skills are necessary for this advanced course. (A-G)

Prerequisite: GPA of 3.0+

Recommended Completion of Algebra I

ANIMAL SCIENCE PATHWAY

Intro to Agriculture 

This is a first year agriculture class. Participation in FFA activities is required.

SUSTAINABLE AG SCIENCE PATHWAY

Sustainable Agriculture Practices

This is a Biology course with an Agricultural emphasis. Participation in FFA activities is required. (A-G) NCAA 


CTE (CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION) ELECTIVES

AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS DIAGNOSTICS, SERVICE, AND REPAIR PATHWAY 

Automotive Technology I

Auto Technology 1 is designed to develop basic skills for automotive repair.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY

Mendocino College Course (Dual Enrollment)

Creative Activities

In this class you’ll learn about how children grow and learn. Theories of child growth, development, and guidance are studied in the classroom. Learn more about Child Development here.

Prerequisite: Enrollment through Mendocino College.

FASHION DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING PATHWAY

Fashion Design Create your own original clothing in this course that teaches the fundamentals of sewing. You will learn how to determine pattern size, select and purchase fabrics, use patterns and construct garments. (A-G)  Learn more about Fashion Design  here.

FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION PATHWAY

Media Studies

Students will participate in lectures on film theory and history.  They will learn the basics of film production in order to produce, and edit their own short films. (A-G)

MACHINING AND FORMING TECHNOLOGIES PATHWAY

Machine Tool 

Whether you like cars, bikes, planes or trains, most of the parts were made using the processes used in the Machine Shop class. This class is a must for engineering students or for those interested in a career in manufacturing. Learn more about Machine Tool class  here.

NETWORKING PATHWAY

Explore Computer Science Networking (ECS) 

This course is a prerequisite for students wanting to pursue Network and is best suited for students interested in pursuing careers in network security, computer forensics, and information security (A-G)

SOFTWARE AND SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY

Explore Computer Science Systems Pro (ECS) 

This course will teach you about coding languages, software programs, and computers. (A-G)

PATIENT CARE PATHWAY

Scrubs Patient Care

You will study basic anatomy and physiology of the human body, and receive  instruction on various employability skills including active listening, empathy, and professional conduct. (A-G) Learn more about the SCRUBS class here.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PATHWAY

Scrubs Emergency Response

Scrubs ER is an entry level Emergency Response awareness program. The course incorporates first aid and CPR certification, disaster preparedness, and teamwork under high pressure. (A-G)

Mendocino College Course (Dual Enrollment)

ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE PATHWAY

Floral Design

Would you like to learn how to make flower arrangements, table centerpieces, and bouquets? This is the class for you!You will also have to have a project related to the class (SAE), and learn about leadership (FFA). (A-G)

PRODUCT INNOVATION AND DESIGN PATHWAY

Computer Aided Drafting (CP CAD)

Learn to use computers to design, model and 3D print. If you are interested in Engineering or Architecture you should be in this class! (A-G)

RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PATHWAY 

Construction Fundamentals

Learn how to safely use the tools to build a house. This is a fun, hands on course open to all skill levels.

WELDING AND MATERIALS JOINING PATHWAY

Welding Tech 

 Welding will provide both technical and practical exercises in the art of welding. 

 

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (VPA)

MUSICAL PERFORMING ARTS

Beginning Guitar

This class is designed for students with little or no previous guitar experience.

Concert Band 

Concert Band is the first full year of music instruction on student’s instruments. Learn more about Concert  band  here.

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble is a high performing group that plays a variety of repertoire, including jazz, rock, blues, Latin, and fusion. Jazz Ensemble instrumentation traditionally includes, piano, bass, drums, guitar, auxiliary percussion, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone. (A-G)

Prerequisite: Concert Band and/or Audition

Wind Ensemble 

This class is part of a sequential band program, and is open for audition for all intermediate and advanced students of woodwind, brass wind, and percussion instruments. (A-G)

Prerequisite: Concert Band/Audition

THEATER PERFORMING ARTS

Introduction to Drama

Intro to Drama will allow you to do group work, partner work, improvisations, and perform memorized scenes which will build your self confidence, and prepare you for your future. (A-G) Learn more about Drama  here.

Musical Theater

Student will learn acting, singing and dancing skills to increase their knowledge in areas of show business.  (A-G)

VOCAL PERFORMING ARTS

Bass Chorus

This multi-level vocal group explores music written for the male voice. Bass Chorus is not limited to males, but all singers must feel comfortable and be able to sing in the regular male range.  

Prerequisite: Contact Josh Small, Instructor. This course is repeatable.  (A-G)

Concert Choir

This beginning to intermediate ensemble performs choral work, show tunes and popular music.  (A-G)

This course is repeatable.Click here to learn more about our choir.classes.

VISUAL ARTS

PHOTOGRAPHY PATHWAY

Mendocino College Course (Dual Enrollment)

Art 282 Intro to Photography

You will learn about how to use Photoshop, studio lighting techniques, and practical applications of the art.  This course is a prerequisite to Advance Photography and highly recommended for Yearbook. See more about Intro to Photography  here.

Prerequisite: Enrollment through Mendocino College.

Drawing 

This class offers you an intense immersion into drawing concepts and techniques. (A-G) 

Introduction to Art

This class is for any student interested in a course of study in 2D or 3D art. Learn more about the art department here. (A-G)

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Northern Pomo 1

913032  Northern Pomo 1 is designed for any student interested in the Northern Pomo Language as well as for college preparatory students who plan on attending a four-year college or university. (Pending A-G)

Prerequisite: English with a C or better

Spanish I

Spanish I is designed for academically-oriented students with little to no prior experience with the Spanish language. (A-G)

Prerequisite: English with a C or better

Spanish for Spanish Speakers I

This college-prep course is intended for academically-oriented students who can speak and understand Spanish. All materials and instruction may be completely delivered in Spanish. (A-G)

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of the K-8 Dual Language Immersion Program. 

Placement: All students qualifying for the Spanish for Spanish Speakers Program will begin their first year of study in Level 1. 

Spanish for Spanish Speakers II

This one-year course is designed for students with average and above average ability in Spanish. All materials and instruction are completely in Spanish. (A-G)

Prerequisite:  SSSI with a grade of C or better.  Or passing the Spanish for Spanish Speakers I Challenge Exam with a C+ average or better.

French I

French I is designed for students with little to no prior experience with the French language. (A-G)

Prerequisite: C or better in English

Other Electives

Creative Writing

Creative writing focuses on understanding and creating the imaginative writer’s voice. (A-G)  NCAA

Prerequisite:  A grade of C or better in previous English class

Journalism 

Journalism is a one year course designed for students interested in newspaper journalism and developing their skills as a writer. (A-G)  NCAA Learn more about the journalism class here.

Geography

271205 (9) This is a course designed to help students relate distant places and cultures to their own lives. (A-G)

CP Yearbook 

You’ll learn to design and produce the UHS Yearbook! (A-G)