Special Education

  • 5663 CONCEPTS OF ALGEBRA A
    Credit: 1 unit Math
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    This course is open to students with IEPs. This is year 1 of a 2 year course. Students should enroll in Concepts of Algebra B the following year. It provides a solid foundation of the algebraic skills necessary to progress to high-level math courses. Students will learn how to generalize mathematical concepts, solve and graph linear, quadratic and exponential equations, and solve systems of equations. Students will also work with both rational and irrational numbers, factor and manipulate polynomial expressions, continue and intensify the focus on functions and graphs, and solve problems related to data and statistics. Students will demonstrate mastery of mathematical concepts while developing computational fluency with whole numbers, integers, decimals and fractions. Calculators will be used throughout the course once students have shown mastery of each concept and are ready to move on to more rigorous applications. The content of the high school curriculum with be modified in order to ensure the success of students who put forth effort.

    5666 CONCEPTS OF ALGEBRA B
    Credit: 1 unit Math
    Open to Grades: 10-12
    This course is open to students with IEPs. Concepts of Algebra Skills, is a full year course that builds on skills taught in Concepts of Algebra A. Students will learn how to generalize mathematical concepts, solve and graph linear, quadratic and exponential equations, and solve systems of equations. Students will also work with both rational and irrational numbers, factor and manipulate polynomial expressions, continue and intensify the focus on functions and graphs, and solve problems related to data and statistics. Students will demonstrate mastery of mathematical concepts while developing computational fluency with whole numbers, integers, decimals and fractions. Calculators will be used throughout the course once students have shown mastery of each concept and are ready to move on to more rigorous applications. The content of the high school curriculum with be modified in order to ensure the success of students who put forth effort.

    0047 FUNCTIONAL SKILLS
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Students will complete a pre-test to determine academic strengths and weaknesses. Individualized lessons will then be created to address needs in basic skill areas that have not been mastered. Students will learn the practical knowledge in math and language arts that they will need to succeed in the real world. Areas that may be covered include managing money, telling time budgeting, measuring, using a calendar, filling out forms, reading signs, communication, and telephone skills. Students will be graded primarily on class participation.

    0043 FUNDAMENTALS OF SOCIAL SKILLS
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of teacher
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    This course is designed to help students learn to cope with a variety of issues in their lives, such as developing friendships, showing self-control, communicating properly, solving problems, and making moral judgments. The small class size allows individuals to discuss difficulties that they are having in the high school environment, and work together to come up with solutions that are socially acceptable. Students will be graded on class participation and accomplishing individual goals.

    FUNCTIONAL SCIENCE
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Students will complete a pre-test to determine academic strengths and weaknesses. Individualized lessons will then be created to address needs in basic skill areas that have not been mastered. Students will learn the practical knowledge in science that they will need to succeed in the real world. Students will be graded primarily on class participation.

    FUNCTIONAL MATH
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Students will complete a pre-test to determine academic strengths and weaknesses. Individualized lessons will then be created to address needs in basic skill areas that have not been mastered. Students will learn the practical knowledge in math that they will need to succeed in the real world. Areas that may be covered include: managing money, telling time, budgeting, and measuring. Students will be graded primarily on class participation.

    FUNCTIONAL READING
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Students will complete a pre-test to determine academic strengths and weaknesses. Individualized lessons will then be created to address needs in basic skill areas that have not been mastered. Students will learn the practical knowledge in language arts that they will need to succeed in the real world. Students will be graded primarily on class participation.

    FUNCTIONAL SOCIAL STUDIES
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Students will complete a pre-test to determine academic strengths and weaknesses. Individualized lessons will then be created to address needs in basic skill areas that have not been mastered. Students will learn the practical knowledge in social studies that they will need to succeed in the real world. Areas that may be covered include: reading environmental print, how to interact in places within the community, reading schedules, and current events. Students will be graded primarily on class participation.

    5990 FUNDAMENTALS OF MATH
    Credit: 1 unit Math
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of teacher
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    This course focuses on applying basic math skills to daily living. The four basic operations, fractions, decimals and percents are all reviewed and utilized in topics including shopping, banking, writing budgets, measuring and others. Pre-Algebra and Geometry skills will also be introduced/strengthened. The content of the high school curriculum will be modified in order to ensure the success of students who put forth effort.

    3990 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I
    Credit: 1 unit English
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of teacher
    Open to Grades 9-10
    Fundamentals of English I is a one-year course incorporating the study of language skills and writing with an introduction to various literary genres. This course consists of instruction in composition, reading fiction and informational text, grammar, speaking/listening, research and vocabulary development. Students will learn reading and vocabulary strategies that will enable them to decode and comprehend fiction. Explicit instruction in both comprehension strategies for fiction and informational text will be included. Vocabulary study draws from the literature or from word lists appropriate for this grade level. Writing skills move from strengthening the paragraph into careful building of a well-developed essay. Mechanics and usage, vocabulary, spelling, and oral communication are emphasized.

    3991 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH II
    Credit: 1 unit English
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of teacher
    Open to Grades 9-10
    Fundamentals of English II consists of instruction in composition, reading fiction and informational text, grammar, speaking/listening, research and vocabulary development in world literature. Strategies for improving comprehension of fiction and informational texts will be stressed. Vocabulary study is an integral part of the course and is aligned with the literature or from word lists appropriate for this grade level. Students improve their linguistic and analytical skills by interpreting literature in terms of such elements as theme, characterization, structure, symbolism, irony, and figurative language. Equal emphasis is placed on the writing process, particularly sentence structure, paragraph organization and development, diction, and mechanics.

    3994 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH III
    Credit: 1 unit English
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of teacher
    Open to Grades 11-12
    Fundamentals of English III continues to expand and reinforce the student’s skills of analysis and evaluation of literature, writing, vocabulary, research, and speaking and listening. Through reading fiction, information text, drama, and poetry, the student will examine the changing nature of the American Dream and how it pervades American Literature. Key writing concepts include thorough knowledge of the writing process, organizational structure, and grammatical conventions. Students will use literary criticism to write argumentative essays. In addition, students will complete narrative and informative pieces.

    3996 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH IV
    Credit: 1 unit English
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of teacher
    Open to Grades 11-12
    This year-long course prepares students for college and other post-secondary opportunities. Students strengthen their critical thinking skills by exploring contemporary readings, composing formal papers, and practicing revisions and rewriting. Key texts for this class include college-level reading selections along with focused exercises in editing, refining sentence structure, and drafting coherent paragraphs and essays. Weekly vocabulary study involves learning Latin, Greek and French word parts with English derivations.

    3050 FUNDAMENTALS OF READING
    Credit: 1 unit English
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of teacher
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    This course directly and systematically teaches students how to accurately decode and encode. The program engages students through interactive and multisensory instruction. Total word construction, as well as phonics, is emphasized. A placement assessment and teacher recommendation is used to determine appropriate instruction level.

    0043 SOCIAL SKILLS
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    The Learning Strategies/Social Skills classroom is a Special Education and a Tier 3 intervention for students with mental health issues that have symptoms that impact their academic/social performance and progress in a general education curriculum/setting. THe goals of the Social Skills class are to teach social-emotional learning skills to students with Social, Emotional and Behavioral and/or Mental Health concerns so they can succeed in their home school (the least restrictive environment) and connect the students and their families to and coordinate with community supports. The following direct instruction curriculum is addressed: social skills, emotional and behavioral regulation skills, resiliency skills, coping skills, anger management, problem solving, decision making, and developmental assets.

    0071 VOCATIONAL SKILLS I
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of SSD case manager
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Students will learn skills necessary for the world of work. The program is individualized and may include role playing of appropriate job behaviors/skills, on-the-job training, filling out forms, and career interest inventories. Students will perform on-the-job training at various high school campus locations. Students can perform work tasks designed to practice work skills and social skills in a real work setting.

    0070 VOCATIONAL SKILLS II
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of SSD case manager
    Open to Grades: 11-12 (must be 16 years old)
    This course is also known as Community Based Vocational Instruction. Designed for juniors and seniors, students will further develop job skills in a community based work environment. This is a 3-hour block of time in which students will participate in classroom instruction as well as taking on a simulated job experience in the community.