BTA Course Catalog
All University of California a-g accredited courses are noted.
English Language Arts
This one-year course considers American literature and ideas from Puritanism to contemporary America through the lenses of critical theory. Students participate in close examination of essays, short stories, novels, poetry, and drama, learning to view and analyze the literature through various critical lenses. Through this students continue to develop their critical reading and analytic skills. Writing in the course focuses on literary analysis and the development of sustained arguments on and analysis of texts. Students will also continue the study of rhetorical strategies used in writing and practice using these strategies themselves. Course materials include major and representative writers from various social and ethnic backgrounds. UC/CSU
This course is for students to learn test taking skills and strategies to prepare them for the High School Exit Exam.
Juniors who wish to take the AP Literature and Composition test in May will enroll in this augmentation course taught by their English teacher. This college-level writ- ing course is designed to augment and integrate withAmerican Literature. There is an additional two hours per week online component and 0 period class time. UC/CSU
This class is structured around the theme of the hero:
These two semester-long courses emphasize critical thinking in extended compositions including non- fiction essays and the college-level research paper. Throughout the year students analyze and practice the craft of writing using a variety of rhetorical approaches. During the fall semester students complete their per- sonal statements for their college applications. Integra- tion with Economics in the fall and Government in the spring supports the development of analytical college- level research papers both semesters. UC/CSU
Two semesters of college-prep Algebra, designed to acquaint students with both theory and applications. Equation-solving, graphing, proportional reasoning, probability, and modeling are major components of this course. Students will explore the four representations of a function and the relationships between graph, table, equation, and situation in this course with an emphasis on linear and quadratic functions. Students are expected to use a scientific calculator. This is the first year of the Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 sequence. UC/CSU
This is the third year in the traditional sequence. Topics
The UC Office of the President requires three years
This is a course in plane and solid geometry. Topics
Advanced Biology 1D,2D
Ths course considers the basic concepts of biology from an experimental and biochemical viewpoint. Topics include the origin of life, unity and diversity of life, bio-energetics (cell respiration, photosynthesis, enzyme functions) genetics, evolution, anatomy and physiology,
and ecology. Emphasis is placed on understanding science and its role in society. Experimentation is stressed. UC/CSU
Integrated Science 1
This is an introductory science course which combines earth science, cosmology, ecology, biology, physics, and chemistry. It is recommended for junior and senior students who wish to take a college preparatory science class but who have not yet earned a “C” or better in Advanced Biology and/or Chemistry. This course satis- fies one of the two years of science required for gradua- tion. UC/CSU
Why does soda fizz when you open a bottle? How does a cold pack get cold? Why does popcorn pop? The answers to these questions lie in the study of chemistry. This course focuses students on the world around them, equipping them with a basic understanding of the chem- ical behavior of matter. Topics include: atomic-molecu- lar theory, weight relations, the mole concept, behavior of gases, solutions, the structure of matter, equilibrium, acid-base theory, oxidation-reduction reactions and chemical bonding. UC/CSU
HISTORY & SOCIAL STUDIES
This course focuses on the nature of government, work- ing towards understanding how various contemporary political systems work. Focus is on current issues as Congress, the presidency, state legislature and the judi- cial system address them. With a hands-on approach, students will prepare arguments, debate social and political issues, investigate current events, and simulate various elements of government. UC/CSU
Business Economics & Entrepreneurship A,B
Do you consider yourself an entrepreneur or want
Economics is a one-semester class that reviews both macro and micro economic principles. In addition, the student reviews some general economic theories and economic history. The goal of the class is to prepare the student to enter American society with a general knowl- edge of how our economic system works and to place that knowledge in some comparative and historical con- text. UC/CSU
Ethnic Studies/Social Living
This year-long course introduces students to the social sciences, including cultural anthropology, history, sociology, political science and psychology. In the fall the course focuses on issues of identity, culture, community and power, and in the spring it emphasizes psychology while exploring adolescent psychology, gender and sexuality, and develops communication and stress management skills. Throughout the course, students examine the role of the media in modern society and develop technology skills. Through thematically-based units, this course is designed to expand students’ ability to think critically, write, research, and produce multi- media and oral presentations. This course satisfies the Ethnic Studies and Social Living graduation requirements. UC/CSU
In this course students use primary source docu-
World History & Cultures
This year-long survey course studies the last 200 years
Students build communicative competence in the for- eign language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) through contextualized vocabulary. Themes include students’ likes and dislikes, daily schedules, after-school activities, descriptions of family and friends, vacation travel, eating out, and shopping for food, clothing, and gifts. Students learn the present indicative, the passé composé with avoir and être and reflexive verbs in the present and passé composé. UC/CSU
The structures introduced in first year French are pre- requisite to second year French. Vocabulary continues to be contextualized through themes and expressed both orally and in writing. Reading comprehension develops through longer readings. Students learn direct and indi- rect object pronouns. The imperfect tense is introduced and is contrasted with the passé composé. The future and conditional tenses are also introduced. prerequiSite: “C” or better in French 1/2. UC/CSU
Instruction is designed to provide beginning-level stu- dents with immediate, useful language skills in Spanish. Students learn basic thematic vocabulary including their interests, community, family, friends, leisure activities, classroom items, school schedules, foods, and celebra- tions. Students work in the present tense and the imme- diate future, and can give and respond to commands. UC/CSU
The structures and vocabulary introduced in Spanish 1/2 are prerequisite to Spanish 3/4. The preterite and the imperfect tenses are introduced so that students can dis- cuss past situations. Reflexive verbs are also introduced. Students will be able to produce language useful in a wide range of situations in formal and informal settings. Students will be able to make predictions about the future. prerequiSite: “C” or better in Spanish 1/2. UC/CSU
This class is focused on personal fitness. Students will learn to develop, implement, and assess their Personal Fitness Plan. All you need for this class is a good pair of walking shoes and a willingness to try to make healthy food choices.
Advanced Creative Arts
Students learn video production skills, develop their skills in storyboarding, screenwriting, camera work, framing & composition, sound design, lighting, and non-linear editing with iMovie.
Careers with Children A,B
Students intern at local elementary schools to gain experience working with young children.
Computer Applications A,B
Students complete course activities toward obtaining Microsoft Office certification.
This course is designed to introduce students to the graphic capabilities of the computer as a tool for artistic expression. Students learn a variety of digital art skills, including how to use graphics software (Photoshop and Illustrator) to manipulate images from digital cameras, scanners and the Internet. There will be a focus on learning art fundamentals, composition, line, shape, space, color theory, texture and patterning as they apply to graphic design. Students will explore how technology can be used as a tool in the making of a wide variety of art forms, such as collage, political commentary, bookmaking, portraiture, photojournalism and mixed media sculpture. Students will be expected to create a digital portfolio, participate in critiques and exhibit their work. UC/CSU
Computerized Accounting A,B
Students learn accounting software as a skill of entry level finance positions.
Students participate in a restorative justice model, learning about the legal profession while addressing student disciplinary issues.