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Updated Course offerings at Anzar

New! AP Spanish will now be offered in the fall of 2017 (formerly known at NSS3, it can serve as a third year course for Native Speakers, and a fourth year course for students learning Spanish as a second language).  Course offerings(1).doc

Full Inclusion model

Modified only by offering a Study Skills support class as per IEP, Anzar is a full-inclusion school. This means that all Resource and ELL students are mainstreamed into college prep content area classes, and that All teachers consider All students their responsibility. General Education teachers work together with Resource Specialists and paraprofessionals to offer needed support to all students.

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Gavilan Course at Anzar

In the past, Anzar students have had the opportunity to take Gavilan College's Psychology 2 (fall) and Psychology 3 (spring). Called the High Step program, our students receive college credit for these courses, which are taught by a Gavilan professor each Wednesday, from 3:30 - 6:30 PM. This spring, we hope to coordinate the Administration of Justice course on our campus in similar fashion. It's a wonderful way to receive college credits while concurrently enrolled in high school, and we had a healthy interest expressed via survey in this particular course for this year.

Course Sequence offered at Anzar

Courses offered at Anzar/ Course sequence offered

  • All content-area courses offered at Anzar are UC-approved college-preparatory courses, as well as aligned with the Common Core Standards.. A list of class offerings can be found in Appendix B of the Student-Parent Handbook (see Homepage).
Content Area Sequence by either grade level or placement level, as indicated
English

Grade 9: English 9

Grade 10: English 10 or Honors English 10 (American Lit focus)

Grade 11: English 11 or AP English

Grade 12: English 12 or AP English

ESL: as needed, in addition to core English class

Academic Literacy: as needed, in addition to core English class

History

Grade 9: World History

Grade 10: U.S. History (coordinated with American Lit/ English 10)

Grade 11: Government (fall), Economics (spring)

Grade 12; Global Issues (semester class)

Math

(not grade dependent) Sequence: Geometry, Algebra OR Advanced Algebra,

Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus A/B, AP Calculus B/C. Statistics is also available, with a number of places where it can fit in the traditional sequence.Students start their high school math sequence according to previous classes/ foundation, as per math placement. However, beginning in the fall of 2015, all freshmen were placed in Geometry, unless they had Geometry in 8th grade in a different district. From Geometry, they go to either Algebra or second year Algebra; an Algebra assessment given in the spring of their 9th grade year indicates which is most appropriate.

Science

Grade 9: Integrated Science or Honors Integrated Science (a few students will wait to take Science until 10th gr.)

Grade 10: Int. Science or Honors Integrated Science (a 2-year program), + Chemistry 

(as a second Science class for those recommended by their Science teacher)

Grade 11: Chemistry and/or Advanced Biology, AP Biology, Physics (a few students will take their second year of Integrated Science this year). Integrated Science 3  is also available.

Grade 12: Chemistry and/or Adv. Biology, AP Biology, Physics, and Integrated Science 3.

   *note: Anzar alternates Adv. and AP Biology  with Physics, every other year. Chemistry is a pre-req. for those courses, but can be taken simultaneously = 2 Science courses in same year.

Health (semester course) must be taken (not grade dependent, but rec. for 11th & 12th graders)

World Language

(not grade dependent) There are two "tracks" of Spanish, depending on student's home language.

Sequence: Spanish 1, 2 and/or 3    OR    Native Spanish Speaker 1, NSS 2 and/or NSS 3

Visual/ Performing Arts (not grade dependent) The following courses are UC-approved Arts courses: Studio Art, Drama, Adv. Photography, and Multi-Media (=Video Production), and Ceramics. All can be repeated for credit (Studio Art is called Advanced Art after first year)

*Culinary Arts is a UC-Approved Elective now.

*2 years of Fitness are required by the state for graduation

*All Graduation Exhibitions must be successfully completed for graduation (Grad. Ex is a UC-approved semester elective course and can be repeated for credit)

*All Service Learning must be completed for graduation; classes that count for service learning are NSS 3, Garden class, Peer Tutoring.

* Students needing extra support may be required to take Study Skills.

*Other courses offered for electives credit include Cabinetmaking (Woodshop), Office Aide, Library Aide, and Teacher's Aide.

Backwards Design for all Anzar courses

In addition to the shared Habits of Mind (EPERRs), all Anzar teachers also share the practice of Backwards Design with their curriculum. In a nutshell, this practice requires teachers to identify what essential questions and/or essential understandings will be at the hub of each unit of study, before the unit is begun. Also before the unit is begun, teachers plan and design the assessment that they will give (could be a test, a final paper, a project, a presentation, a combination of several...) that will evaluate if students learned/ mastered those essential understanding and/or if they can thoughtfully answer those essential questions. It isn't until this is done that teachers begin planning the lesson activities that will lead to that ending. This way, teachers can continuously track themselves, asking, "Is this activity directly leading to my planned and desired outcomes?" The unit is identified and the essential questions/understanding posted in each classroom throughout the unit, so that students can also continuously track what they are doing, and why they are doing it. In this spirit, we welcome the, "Why are we doing this?" type of questions that students so often ask. This practice is standard across content areas.

Credit Recovery Options

Acellus on-line program offers opportunities for students who are behind in credits to catch up. This work must be coordinated with Greg Braithwaite, Administrative Support, and the student's Advisor.