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* meets UC approval for “A-G”
^ meets course requirements for NCAA
An “E” at the end of the course number indicates that the class is offered online through Virtual Learning

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CTE Pathways

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* meets UC approval for “A-G”
^ meets course requirements for NCAA
An “E” at the end of the course number indicates that the class is offered online through Virtual Learning

Int. Baccalaureate Program (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, offered at Canyon High School, aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge, students who flourish physically, intellectually and ethically. The curriculum is made of the six subject groups and the DP core, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay. Through the Diploma Program core, students reflect on the nature of knowledge, complete independent research and undertake a project that often involves community service.

For more information about the IB Diploma Program, click here: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program 
For information about the program at Canyon High School, click here: Canyon High School Academics/IB 
For a list of courses offered in our IB program, click here: OUSD/High School Course Catalog/International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate program is offered only at Canyon High School

IB ENGLISH 12: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE HL

L994 *^

IB BIOLOGY HL

S979 *^

IB ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND SOCIETIES SL

S971 *^

IB HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS HL

H985 *^

IB THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

H702 *^

IB CHINESE MANDARIN SL

F756 *^

IB FRENCH SL

F707 *^

IB SPANISH SL

F737 *^

Adv. Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board, which offers college-level curriculum to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.

Click here for more information: College Board/Explore AP
AP Courses: College Board/AP Courses
OUSD Course Offerings: OUSD High School Course Catalog/AP Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
L512 *^
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
L996 *^
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
H900 *^
AP WORLD HISTORY
H997 *^
AP EUROPEAN HISTORY
H986 *^
AP UNITED STATES HISTORY
H996 *^
AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
H966 *^
0BAP MACROECONOMICS
1BH630 *^
AP MICROECONOMICS
H631 *^
AP PSYCHOLOGY
H956 *^
AP STATISTICS
N994 *^
AP CALCULUS AB
N986 *^
CALCULUS BC
N987 *^
AP COMPUTER SCIENCE A
N996 *^
AP BIOLOGY
S976 *^
AP CHEMISTRY
S984 *^
AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
S970 *^
AP PHYSICS 
S996 *^
AP PHYSICS C: ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM
S994 *^
AP PHYSICS C: MECHANICS
S995 *^
AP CHINESE
F755 *^
AP GERMAN
F996 *^
AP FRENCH LANGUAGE
F976 *^
AP SPANISH LANGUAGE
F986 *^
AP SPANISH LITERATURE
F987 *
AP ART HISTORY
A976 * 
A976E *
AP STUDIO ART: THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
A985 *
AP STUDIO ART: TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
A986 *
AP STUDIO ART: DRAWING
A987 *
AP MUSIC THEORY
M870 *
AP COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES
O932 *
AP RESEARCH
X217 *
AP SEMINAR
X216 *

 

OrangeLive

ENGLISH 11

L500E *

LATIN I

F720E *

ENGLISH 12

L660E *

SPANISH II

F731E *

WORLD HISTORY

H400E *

SPANISH III

F732E *

US HISTORY

H500E *

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P.E.)

P720E

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

H600E *

ART OF TV AND VIDEO PRODUCTION (CTE)

O946E *

ECONOMICS

H620E *

BUSINESS, ECONOMICS, & FINANCE (CTE)

O730E *

PSYCHOLOGY

H701E *

GLOBAL MARKETING (CTE)

O628E

AP ART HISTORY

A976E *

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (CTE)

O627E

CHINESE I

F751E *

INTERNET WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT (CTE)

O749E

CHINESE II

F752E *

MARKETING & SOCIETY (CTE)

O912E *

CHINESE III

F753E *

PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS (CTE)

O824

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District Policies & Educational Options

Enrichment, Remediation, & Credit Recovery

CREDIT RECOVERY

OUSD COURSES

OUSD provides students the opportunity to remediate grades or recover credits through one of two platforms, Apex Learning or Plato Courseware. Apex classes provide each student the opportunity to focus on exactly what he or she needs to master in order to recover credits or improve a grade. Plato offers a standards-based online learning program grounded in the tradition of solid research, sound pedagogy and applied innovation.

Policy: With counselor approval, a student may repeat a course in order to raise his/her grade. Both grades will appear on the high school transcript, but the student will receive credit only once for taking the course.   

 

COURSES TAKEN OUTSIDE OUSD

 Practice and Policy: Secondary students who wish to attend a private or public school other than an OUSD High School Program to recover credit from a failed class must first secure petition approval from the Assistant Principal and Counselor prior to taking the course and transferring credits to their OUSD transcript. Only credits from an Accredited School (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, such as WASC or ASC) will be accepted. The student must provide an official transcript to the high school registrar when the course is completed.

DUAL ENROLLMENT

OUSD students are encouraged to take the most rigorous and accelerated program in which they can be successful. Dual enrollment allows students to take college classes while still in high school. Classes are taught by college faculty, either at the college, high school, or through distance education. Dual enrollment is advantageous to students because it is a cost efficient way to accumulate credits and allows them to get a head start on their college careers. In some cases, the student may even be able to attain an Associate’s degree shortly before or after their high school graduation. Participation in dual enrollment may ease the transition from high school to college by giving students a sense of what college courses are like.

Policy and practices: All students interested in Dual Enrollment must meet with their high school counselor for advisement regarding the most appropriate plan of study for their goals as well as to receive instruction regarding forms and process prior to enrolling. Tuition is free to high school students; however, students are required to pay for their textbooks as well as a small health fee.

SUMMER SCHOOL

Orange Unified School District has a variety of opportunities for students in the summer school program. Students who need to recover credits as well as those who would like to accelerate can enroll in courses offered through OUSD. The programs offered are open to any OUSD student who has promoted from 8th grade or is enrolled in grades 9-11. OUSD also partners with Santiago Canyon College to offer dual enrollment courses wherein OUSD students can earn college credits. Some courses may be used towards high school graduation requirements.

Policy: All students interested in summer school should see their high school counselor for advisement prior to enrolling. 

VIRTUAL LEARNING (ONLINE through OrangeLive)

Orange Live is a web-based platform which allows students to meet high school graduation and college entrance requirements as well as complete CTE Pathways through online classes.  OUSD offers many courses through this virtual medium (a list can be found at the back of this catalog) and continues to add to its offerings each year. Orange Live allows participants to access and present resources as well as participate in activities and interactions within a digital course structure.

 

Definitions & Terms

A-G

The course requirements to be considered for admission to any of the California State Universities (UC’s and Cal States). A student must complete 15 “A-G” courses with a grade of “C” or better – at least 11 of them prior to the senior year. Taking approved “A-G” courses isn’t the only way to satisfy these requirements.  Students also may meet them by completing college courses, or earning minimum scores on SAT Subject tests, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams. 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses taught by Orange Unified staff at their respective high schools. Upon passing an AP course examination administered by the College Board, students can receive college credit, advanced placement, or both from many U.S. colleges and universities. AP courses make substantial academic demands on students. Most courses are a full year in length.  Students are required to do considerable outside reading and other assignments and to demonstrate the analytical skills and writing abilities expected of first-year students in a strong college program. Not all Advanced Placement courses are offered on all campuses.

ARTICULATED COURSES

Articulated courses allow high school students to receive college credit for classes they complete in high school. Students may elect to include credits earned through an articulated course on their college transcript. The articulation process eliminates the need for duplication of courses at the college level.

AVID

Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. AVID holds students accountable to the highest academic standards and provides academic and social support. The program teaches the necessary skills and behaviors for academic success and provides intensive support through tutorials and strong student teacher relationships.  AVID provides a positive peer group and helps student develop a sense of hope for the personal achievement that can be gained through hard work and determination. 

CALIFORNIA PARTNERSHIP ACADEMIES (CPA)

CPA’s are structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies focus on smaller learning communities with a career theme. Academy components include rigorous academics and career technical education, a committed team of teachers, and active business and post-secondary partnerships. One such partnership is the Collaborative Technology Program (CTP) at El Modena High School. 

COURSE NUMBERS

The numbers following course titles beginning with a letter and followed by three digits indicate the course code in Aeries, the OUSD Student Information System.  

CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE)

CTE prepares students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in a wide range of high-wage, high skilled, high demand careers. OUSD offers students the opportunity to engage in coursework within 24 different CTE Pathways.

CTE PATHWAY

A Pathway is a sequence of courses taken in a specific Industry Sector that connects a student’s interests to their College and Career goals. The Pathway culminates in a Capstone course which provides the student an opportunity to apply their learning from the previous courses. CTE Pathways deliver relevant and rigorous academic and technical content and provide a student the opportunity to take classes most relevant to their career interests. Students acquire a depth of knowledge and skill connected to specific post-secondary programs which lead to a certificate or degree and/or career.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

English Language Development classes provide the English learner with instruction and strategies to acquire and understand the English Language.  The goal is to support the student in developing a level of proficiency that maximizes their capacity to engage successfully in academic studies taught in English.  Instruction focuses on guiding the students to interact in meaningful ways while simultaneously learning how English works.

HONORS (H)

Honors courses in Language Arts, Social Science, Science, and Mathematics are designed for students who can learn at an accelerated pace. Content is qualitatively differentiated: (a) through in-depth coverage, (b) by emphasis upon critical analysis and related higher-level thinking skills, and (c) by fostering student responsibility for self-learning and independent study. 

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) is a rigorous pre-university course of study that meets the needs of the highly motivated and academically gifted secondary student. The comprehensive curriculum, leading to examinations, is international in nature. It is not limited to the cultures of any one country. It provides students of different linguistic, cultural, and educational backgrounds with the intellectual, social and critical skills necessary for the international world community ahead of them.  The intent is to teach students how to learn, analyze, and reach considered conclusions about humanity, their languages and literature, their ways in society and the scientific forces of their environment.  Formal application for the IB program occurs in September of the junior year, and culminates in May of the senior year. Recommended honors courses in the 9th and 10th grades are designed as pre-IB courses, which is preparation for the junior and senior year.  To receive a full IB Diploma there are two additional requirements that need to be met: 
1) Complete 100 hours of community service.  2) Write an extended essay.  
 

NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) maintains a list of courses which serve as a guide for prospective student-athletes seeking to participate in athletics at the college level. The list of approved courses serves to inform student eligibility but does not, nor is intended to, signify accreditation, certification, approval or endorsement of any high school or specific courses by the NCAA or NCAA Eligibility Center and is subject to change at any time and without notice. 

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY

Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for 
students and teachers across the U.S. through integrated instruction.  By integrating computer science,
 engineering, and biomedical science into core academic instruction, students learn problem-solving strategies, 
   critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. 
 

SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSES

Special Education courses are identified with an “E” at the beginning of the courses number. These courses cover the same content standards as the general education courses. Special education courses include para professional instructional support and are modified to meet the unique needs of a student on an individualized education plan.

UCCI COURSE

Innovative courses developed in partnership with the University of California that creatively integrate core academic subjects with Career Technical Education. UCCI courses provide students the opportunity to explore careers through applied learning while challenging themselves with rigorous college preparatory curriculum.