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CTE Courses

Career Technical Education Courses


Grade: 9-12
Duration/Credits Year/10 Credits
UC/CSU: Yes; “g” - Elective

This class produces the school yearbook. Students participate in all phases of planning and design. Overall design, artwork, photography, layout, writing, copyediting and desktop publishing are important activities. Students are expected to meet strict deadlines, make aesthetic judgments, cooperate with other students and community representatives and practice effective leadership while learning high-level skills on professional-grade software such as Photoshop and In Design. A career component is included.


Grade: 10-12
Duration/Credits : Year/10 Credits
UC/CSU: Yes; “g” – Elective / CTE credit
Prerequisite: Receive «B» or better both semesters, earn 3.0 college credits at Canada College system.

This course is a hands-on laboratory course examining theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices of programs, environments, and interactions working with children. Focus is on teaching strategies in supporting physical, social, creative, and cognitive developmental for all children. Each semester students work in an on-site preschool with children ages 3-5 years. Counts for CTE credit and receive «B» or better both semesters, earn 3.0 college credits in the Canada College system.


Grade: 11-12
Duration/Credits Year/10 Credits
UC/CSU: “ G” Credit Receive «B» or better both semesters, earn 3.0 college credits at Canada College system.
Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education This course is an advanced study that focuses on appropriate curriculum and environments for young children.

Through a study of early childhood learning theories, the students will understand the techniques used to foster learning at the preschool level. Additionally, the course emphasizes the supervisorial skills necessary to run a preschool or ECE center. Counts for CTE credit and receive «B» or better both semesters, earn 3.0 college credits in the Canada College system.


Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits 
UC/CSU: Yes; “f” - VAPA. In this one year course, students learn the basics of photography using their own cameras.

They will apply the elements of art and principles of design to photographic compositions. Digital studio experiences will give the students opportunity to develop technical abilities in Photoshop, creative expression, visual perception and career explorations as well as art historical appreciation. It is strongly recommended that students supply their own cameras; a few loaners are available.


Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credit                       Year / 10 Credits

UC/CSU: Yes “F” – VAPA

Students explore concept art careers in character design, storyboarding and visual development with visiting artists and Pixar-adapted projects. Students use inspiration from favorite films, games and comics to invent their own characters, storyboards and sequential artworks. Animation character design methods are combined with fine art techniques in creating proportional and expressive faces, figures, story and action. All materials are provided. Previous art experience helpful but not required. 


Grade: 9-12
Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits
UC/CSU: Yes; “f” - VAPA.

This is a year long course that will end with an audience screening of each student's best work at the end of the year. Art of Video is a CTE (Career Technical Education) class, which means that funding for the class and it’s equipment comes from a special grant designed to train students to get jobs within this field after graduation. More info can be found at


Grade: 9-12
Duration/Credit Year / 10 Credits

Students will learn the ins and outs of the audio world. Not only will they be able to recognize and use all equipment found in a typical recording studio, they will be producing their own music and sound effect creations in the Mac lab. The students will have a hands-on experience which can be utilized in real world experiences, in sound development, live recording, and live audio. Requirements: Basic knowledge of a Mac computer, must be interviewed by instructor. Earns CTE credit.


Grade: 9-12 Duration/Credits : Year/10 Credits
UC/CSU: Submitted for "g" approval 
Prerequisite: Algebra I

This course is an introduction to computer science. Students learn algorithms and use programming techniques to solve problems. The course covers the history and social implications, great principles, future of computing, beautiful applications that have changed the world, and progress in other fields that has resulted from computers and programming. Relevance of computing to the student and society will be emphasized. Students will complete a number of substantial programming projects. Students will learn about Iogical structures and algorithms that will help prepare them to take more advanced science, math, and technology courses


Grade: 10-12 Duration/ Credits: Year/10 Credits
UC/CSU: Yes; “g” - Elective
Prerequisite: B or better in Algebra II or C or better in Pre-Calculus or teacher recommendation. Prior programming experience is recommended.

This course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement Examination in Computer Science. It is a computer programming course. The major emphasis in this course is on programming methodology, algorithms, and data structures. The programming language used will be JAVA. Applications of computing provide the context in which these subjects are treated. Applications are used to develop student awareness of the need for particular algorithms and data structures, as well as to provide topics for programming assignments to which students can apply their knowledge. Treatments of computer systems and the social implications of computing 25 are integrated into the course. Students should understand that this course is designed to be a fourth-year math course, and the equivalent of an introductory, one-semester, non-calculus based, college-level statistics course. The course requires a working knowledge of Algebra II and quantitative reasoning. This course requires more reading and writing than most traditional math courses.