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Welcome to the Ellen Ochoa Prep Academy! Applications are now being accepted for the 2017/2018 school year.  

9th Grade Course Offerings

 

ENGLISH

English 9

Fulfills "A - G" Requirement. 
This is a year-long class designed to extend students’ knowledge and appreciation of multiple genres of literature while orienting them to the expectations and responsibilities of high school. Classes emphasize development of writing and research skills.

 

English 9 Honors

Fulfills "A-G" Requirement. 
Prerequisites: Proficient or Advanced on the CAASPP, C or better in high cluster Language Arts and/or teacher recommendation. This is a year-long class designed to prepare students for the rigors of Advanced Placement courses. The class focuses on academic writing, literary analysis, critical thinking, and active participation. This course is a pre-cursor to Sophomore English Honors.

 

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

 

Human Geography AP

Fulfills "A-G" Requirement. 

AP Human Geography (AP HG) introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.

 

 

History of Rock n Roll

Fulfills “A-G” Requirement

From its earliest roots to the diverse offerings of music today, this course surveys the inception, evolution, and development of Rock and other popular music in America and abroad.  In addition to in-depth studies of Rock music and the artists who created it, students will examine the sociological, political, and economic conditions which influence its development and evolution, from Jazz, Country and Blues to Hip-hop, Electronica, Alternative, Metal, Indie, Punk, and Pop. Students will be able to draw correlations between style periods and recognize the style period by its distinctive sound and performance, and articulate the social factors that were influenced by American Popular Music.

 

MATHEMATICS

Integrated Math 1

Fulfills “A-G” Requirement

Integrated Math 1 is the first in a three course sequence including Integrated Math 1, 2 and 3. Integrated 1 is intended for ninth-graders and addresses the California Common Core Standards for high school math as outlined in the integrated course pathway in Appendix A of the CCSS math document. The course develops students’ understanding of functions, linear relationships, geometric transformations, systems of equations, sequences and bi-variate data analysis.

 

Integrated Math 2

 

Integrated Math 2 focuses on Geometry and Algebra. Geometry concepts covered include similarity, polygons, circles, areas, volumes, and an introduction to proofs and right triangle trigonometry. Algebra concepts covered include an introduction to functions, imaginary numbers, higher order polynomials, graphing of functions, and irrational expressions.

 

Integrated Math 3

Fulfills “A-G” Requirement

This course is designed for college prep students who have shown excellence in previous math courses.  This course contains advanced Algebra concepts, and topics include functions, such as domain range, parents graphs, and transformations.  The course also contains sequences, summing finite arithmetic, and geometric series, summing convergent infinite geometric series, exponential functions (graphing, modeling exponential growth/decay, completing the square, and solving systems of equations.  

 

 

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

 

Spanish 1

Fulfills "A-G" Requirement. 

No prerequisite.

The communicative approach to learning will begin to develop basic skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Students will be exposed to a comprehensive vocabulary of at least 1,000 words which will include basic objects, colors, time, days of the week, greetings, numbers, frequently used adjectives, verbs, and classroom expressions

 

Spanish 2

Fulfills "A-G" Requirement

Prerequisite: Spanish 1 with a grade of “C” or better or recommendation based on a placement assessment. 
The comprehensive vocabulary increases to at least 1,700 words including vocabulary and functions concerning meals, lodging, transportation, normal commands, instructions and expressions of courtesy. The past, present, and future tenses will be emphasized.

 

 

SCIENCE

 

Biology 9

Fulfills "A-G" Requirement. 

Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in C.P. English or higher, completed or currently enrolled in Algebra 1. This laboratory course provides for the study of patterns and structure, function and change in living organisms, and patterns of interaction between living organisms and their environment. This course is recommended for students planning careers in any area of biology, medicine, or environmental science. It fulfills the graduation requirement for a life science as well as a year of laboratory science for college admission.

 

Biology 9 Honors

Fulfills "A-G" Requirement. 

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation. “B” or better in 8th grade Science and a “C” or better in Algebra I or concurrently enrolled in Algebra I. Currently enrolled in C.P. English or higher
This laboratory course provides for the study of patterns and structure, function and change in living organisms, and patterns of interaction between living organisms and their environment. This course is recommended for students planning careers in any area of Biology, medicine, or Environmental Science. It fulfills the graduation requirement for a life science as well as a year of laboratory science for college admission.

 

BioTechnology

Fulfills “A-G” Requirement

Prerequisites: Pass Biology with a C or better, or be enrolled in Biology Honors concurrently.

Biotechnology is an introduction to the techniques and experimental approaches used in a biological or chemical laboratory.  The course focuses on developing skills and knowledge necessary for enrollment in a biotechnology program at the higher education level, and/or to enter biotechnology industry positions such as lab technician, lab assistant, research assistant, research associate, Environmental Health & Safety agent, imaging specialist, etc.  Issues related specifically to the biotechnology industry such as understanding the product development process, ethical, legal, and social concerns will be addressed.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Physical Education

Required. Activities participation will be divided on a contact sport basis. Within a basic framework of sports activities, emphasis is placed on establishing lifetime habits and values relating to physical fitness and well-being. Fitness testing is included. One day per week is set aside for classroom activities.

 

 

VISUAL ARTS

 

Studio Art 1

Fulfills "A-G" Requirement. 

Basic principles of art in a variety of materials make this an excellent foundation to continue with formal art training and for lifetime enrichment. Basic techniques in lettering, perspective design, drawing, and painting will be taught using tempera paint, ink, pencil, and watercolor. Course will fulfill the arts requirement.

 

Chicano Mural Art

Fulfills "A-G" Requirement and Ethnic Studies Requirement.

Basic fundamentals of public mural art with special emphasis on the Chicano mural art movement and the societal factors that played a major role.  Students will learn basic techniques in lettering, perspective design, drawing, and painting.  In addition, students will use math concepts to help develop their understanding of proportionality and perspective.

Course will fulfill the arts requirement.