Course Catalog

 BTA Course Catalog

All University of California a-g accredited courses are noted.

English Language Arts

American Literature

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

CAHSEE English

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

World Literature

This class is structured around the theme of the hero:
What is the hero’s journey? How does a hero become a hero? Is the hero a universal concept, or one limited to certain cultures? Is the hero always an individual, or can a group of people collectively be the agent for action, conflict, or change? Students read a selection of novels, short stories, poetry and mythology from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. Writings include narratives, literary response, comic books, persuasive essays , speeches and slide presentations. UC/CSU


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



Algebra 1A,1B

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

Algebra 2A,2B

This is the third year in the traditional sequence. Topics
include linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic equations,
matrices modeling, functions, graphing, complex
numbers, counting and probability. A graphing calculator
is required. Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in
Geometry. UC/CSU


The UC Office of the President requires three years
of college preparatory mathematics that includes the
topics covered in Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2.
Approved Integrated Math courses may be used to fulfill
part or all of this requirement.
In order to graduate from BHS, students must complete
two years of math which must include Algebra 1 or Interactive
Math 1. They must also pass the CAHSEE Math exam.


This is a course in plane and solid geometry. Topics
include geometric constructions, proofs, spatial visualization,
area of polygons, volume and surface area of
polyhedra and other solids, congruence of triangles,
perpendicular and parallel lines, trigonometric ratios,
similar figures, geometric probability, and circles. This is
a course in inductive and deductive reasoning to develop
a mathematical system. Prerequisite: “C” or proficient
in Algebra 1. UC/CSU



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

Chemistry 1D,2D

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



American Government

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
to build a business / organization? This course offers students the opportunity to participate in the process of entrepreneurship by developing and executing a business plan. The curriculum seeks to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in the process of developing an entrepre- neurial idea and ultimately producing a product or service. As part of this process, students will gain a deep understanding of how to participate on a col- laborative workplace team common to a 21st century workplace. In addition, students will gain knowledge and experience with web development and develop
a strong foundation to pursue STEM related majors and careers in technology / engineering and business / economics. UC/CSU


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

US History

In this course students use primary source docu-
ments, oral histories, literature, art and historical texts to explore United States history during the twentieth century from multiple perspectives. Academy teachers collaborate to integrate the eras explored in U.S. his- tory with themes and works in American Literature. The course emphasizes historical thinking, research and communication skills, developing original interpreta- tions of the past and making connections to the present. UC/CSU

World History & Cultures

This year-long survey course studies the last 200 years
of human history, with a lens on health issues. Students are challenged to analyze the relationship of historical events to current events and to trace the historic devel- opment of modern problems, particularly those that affect human health. This course is integrated themati- cally with World Literature so students get a rich analy- sis of world history and cultures. This course emphasizes analytical skills through expanding communication skills, such as speaking, writing, and listening in small groups and in whole classroom settings, All students work with writer coaches from WriterCoach Connection throughout the year, and research and technology skills are also emphasized. UC/CSU

World Languages

French 1,2

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

French 3,4

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

Spanish 1,2

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

Spanish 3,4

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



Heart Fitness

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.

Computer Arts

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.

Youth Court

Students participate in a restorative justice model, learning about the legal profession while addressing student disciplinary issues.

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