Academics 2017-10-11T20:11:17+00:00

Academics

THE JOURNEY TO BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL LIFELONG LEARNER FALLS ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT.

Encore offers opportunities for students to create their own lifelong learner path.

ENCORE’S HIGH SCHOOL PREP COURSES (Junior High) – 

Encore offers limited enrollment for 7th and 8th grade in preparation for the high school experience within Encore.

Junior high students take four core academic classes and a skills class in their course block.

In Junior high, Encore spends time filling gaps within math and reading in skills classes and helps students learn how to become great students.  Starting in the 8th grade, Encore offers HONORS courses for students that are craving a more rigorous academic schedule in preparation for high school.

Junior high students are able to take preparatory SAT exams starting in 8th grade to help them understand how to take the ever important college prep exam, the SAT.

Students that want even more academic rigor can do so by taking high school classes to make sure that they have the academic push.

ENCORE’S HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM – 

Every student that is enrolled at Encore is expected to complete all of the admissions requirement courses for university application by the time they graduate from high school with a “C” or better.  The counseling department will make sure that our students are enrolled in each of the courses outlined by the University of California college board (known as A-G requirements) to ensure student success.

Beginning in 2017, students that earn less than a “C” in any A-G course will be required to make up the course using Encore’s credit recovery and/or summer school programs.  Encore is dedicated to helping students qualify for college.

At the high school level, students can enroll in regular, HONORS, and AP courses for completion.  Students wishing to take college level AP exams are encouraged to join the AP study team.  The AP study team spends the year studying for the AP exams held in the spring of each year.  Students can earn both the extra point for their overall grade point average AND take the exam to earn college credit with the AP study team.

ENROLLING AT ENCORE AS AN ADVANCED STUDENT – 

Encore celebrates academic achievement.  For most of our students, enrolling in the traditional six year plan in preparation for college acceptance using our regular or HONORS track will provide the appropriate amount of rigor to challenge the student.  In some cases, and sometimes in only one or two subjects, a student may wish to exempt a class by testing out of it.  While exempting a class lets the student skip a course they may have already mastered, it does not count toward high school credit to complete the A-G courses needed for admissions into college.

For students wishing to test out of a course, they must complete the end of the year benchmark exam for the course they are wishing to exempt with an 85% or higher.  For students wishing to schedule the benchmark test to exempt a class, they should make an appointment with the Dean that is in charge of academics on their campus.  Students wishing to take a class exemption must test prior to the first day of school.

In Hesperia, contact Dean of Students, Mr. Steed to request the test at tsteed@encorehighschool.com

In Riverside, contact Dean of Academics, Ms. Meyer to request the test at jmeyer@encorehighschool.com

COLLEGE PREPARATORY EDUCATION

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On top of the course requirements, students should take the PSAT and must take either the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission to most colleges.

What are the exact requirements for me to get into the college I am looking at?
Every college is different. If you enter the Encore Academic Society and complete the six-year coursework related to going to college, you will have a good understanding of what you need to get into the college of your choice. However, Encore has adopted the general standards for acceptance to a lot of college and university programs as our basic graduation requirements. The “A-G requirements” were developed in cooperation between the California State University and the University of California boards and are used all over the world.

The exact definition of A-G is:
“Courses from California high schools and online schools used to satisfy the “a-g” subject requirements must be approved by UC and appear on the institution’s “a-g” course list. These courses are to be academically challenging, involving substantial reading, writing, problems and laboratory work (as appropriate), and show serious attention to analytical thinking, factual content and developing students’ oral and listening skills.”
Check the college and university admission requirements for the colleges that are under consideration for your specific admission.

I have so many more classes than what is on the A-G list. What do I do?

  • The additional classes that you take at Encore are going to accomplish many things for you as a student.
  • The average, full time student graduating from Encore will complete 360 high school semester units by the time they graduate. This is very high. The average high school student going to an average high school will graduate with about 280 units.
  • For universities, this gives you an edge because your “well rounded” skills are going to show up on your official transcripts.
  • You have time to really hone in and master your skills for your fine arts.
  • You have time to make up classes to get a better grade to be considered for college academically.
  • If you are in a hurry, there is the option of graduating early (Although we do not recommend that. You have the rest of your life to be an adult. Take advantage of the free offerings in high school because nothing is free after graduation.) If you do want to look at graduating early, talk to a counselor right away so they can discuss what that path looks like.
  • Try new things. Once you choose an Arts House, you should take the opportunity to drink in all that is offered at Encore for FREE. Classes at the college level are so expensive and what if you hate it? Test the waters when the price is good….
  • Use your opportunity for extra classes to round out your education. Pursue becoming the most knowledgeable you that you can become.
  • Students in grades 7 and 8 can take high school academic classes as long as they are also enrolled in the requisite courses for grades 7 and 8. Students choosing to do this would give up arts classes to gain academic rigor. See a counselor for more information.

WHAT CLASSES DO I NEED TO TAKE?

Encore will guide you on how to correctly choose your classes to get the best, personalized education that you can. This chart covers the academic courses you will need to take to complete Encore’s six year academic plan. Each semester, most courses are worth 5 units. There are two compulsory semesters each year. Summer school is not required unless you are making up classes.  Click the picture below to see it in more detail.

The high school years at Encore are a journey to prepare students for college, career, and life.  There are a variety of opportunities for academic, artistic, and professional growth.  Encore’s high school program is created on a four year track  Students wishing to complete high school early should meet with counseling early (9th grade) to appropriately plan for an early graduation.  If students are on a professional artist track that may require times of extended leave and independent study, students should make an appointment with counseling.

Encore has adopted the University of California admissions requirements as the graduation requirements for Encore.  All students will be enrolled in courses that satisfy California university admissions requirements (A-G requirements).  If your student does not plan on attending a CSU or UC after high school, they should research admissions requirements to make sure that they will have completed the appropriate courses for admission to the university of choice.  While A-G is the most common worldwide, this is not an exact admissions requirement for every college.

Only students that pass the classes with a “C” or better will qualify as completed A-G courses.  Students scoring less than a “C” will be put on a path to retake or makeup the course before or during their senior year.

All high school students are required at minimum to complete the A-G course requirements by graduation.

ENGLISH

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JR. HIGH ENGLISH
COURSE: READING LANGUAGE ARTS 7
COURSE NUMBER: 215
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, This is a 7th grade course
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: The language arts processes of reading, writing, listening, and speaking are taught in an integrated and inter-related manner. Course components include the study of rich and varied literature, writing in the genres of narrative, persuasive, expository, response to literature and summary of reading materials.

COURSE: READING LANGUAGE ARTS 8
COURSE NUMBER: 220
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, This is an 8th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Reading Language Arts 7
DESCRIPTION: Instruction advocates techniques for analyzing literature and multiple opportunities for practice. Strategies involve patterns and procedures for students to use the writing process to produce varied types of writing. Instruction provides students with necessary skills to write various types of genres and develop an appreciation of writer’s techniques applied within known pieces of literature.

COURSE: READING LANGUAGE ARTS 8 HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 94
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, This is an 8th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” in four prior quarters of Reading Language Arts 7
DESCRIPTION: Building on the foundation of Reading Language Arts 8, his honors course uses a variety of strategies to aide students in using deeper critical thinking. With more extensive reading projects, student work to build deeper skills for writing and reading comprehension.

HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH

COURSE: ENGLISH I
COURSE NUMBER: 76 A-G: Yes, 10 units, This is a 9th grade course
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: Course establishes skills and fundamental concepts in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students develop reading fluency and depth with a selection of short stories, novels, and essays. There is a focus on clear and effective writing and speaking through word choice and organization of thoughts in a variety of essays, speeches, presentations, and collaborative work. Course uses computer technology for a portion of the curriculum.

COURSE: ENGLISH I HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 96 A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale, 9th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four prior quarters in RLA 8 or “B” or higher in RLA 8 Honors
DESCRIPTION: Building off of the curriculum in English I, this course involves more in depth reading and additional critical thinking projects to help students gain a deeper understanding of the written works within the curriculum. This course uses novels, computer technology, and a variety of English resources.

COURSE: ENGLISH II
COURSE NUMBER: 225
A-G: 10 units, 10th grade course
PREREQUISITE: English I
DESCRIPTION: A survey of World Literature and literary elements of plot including such novels as “Of Mice and Men”, and “Much Ado About Nothing.” The writing component focuses on literary analysis and interpretation, with an emphasis on organization, structure and theses development.

COURSE: ENGLISH II HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 98
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale, 10th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four prior quarters English I or “B” or higher in English I Honors
DESCRIPTION: Students explore literary classes from around the world to develop a global perspective while evaluating fiction, prose, and poetry to increase critical thinking and literary analysis. Major works include, “Animal Farm”, “Farewell to Manzanar”, “Night”, and “Much Ado About Nothing.”

COURSE: ENGLISH III
COURSE NUMBER: 244
A-G: 10 units, 11th grade course
PREREQUISITE: English II
DESCRIPTION: A survey of American Literature such as “Huck Finn” and “The Great Gatsby” as well as plays, poems, and non-fiction for critical thinking and literary essays. Coherent, clear, and effective communication is developed through a variety of writing experiences.

COURSE: ENGLISH III HONORS – AMERICAN LITERATURE
COURSE NUMBER: 99
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale, 11th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four prior quarters in English II or “B” or higher in English II Honors
DESCRIPTION: Building from the curriculum from English III, students explore nonfiction and fiction by great American Authors to determine what it means to be an American while evaluating prose, poetry, and novels for sophisticated verbal and written expression. Students wishing to take the AP exam should take this course and join the AP study team.

COURSE: ENGLISH IV – BRITISH LITERATURE
COURSE NUMBER: 100
A-G: 10 units, 12th grade course
PREREQUISITE: English III or Mythology
DESCRIPTION: Course surveys British Literature from the Anglo Saxons to present day. Using technology, novels, and resource materials: students write fictional narratives, respond to literature, create multimedia presentations, and complete individual and group projects.

COURSE: ENGLISH IV HONORS – BRITISH LITERATURE
COURSE NUMBER: 191
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale, 12th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four prior quarters in English III, Mythology, or “B” or higher in English III Honors
DESCRIPTION: Building from the curriculum of English IV, this course takes a more in depth approach to reading and writing comprehension of British Literature. Students wishing to take the AP exam should take this course and join the AP study team.

COURSE: ENGLISH MYTHOLOGY
COURSE NUMBER: 999
A-G: 10 units, Satisfies 11th or 12th grade English
PREREQUISITE: English III
DESCRIPTION: This course is a survey that requires students to read mythological allusions and themes that have stimulated Western civilization thought and literature. Building on the hero and heroine as the embodiment of diverse culture.

While all courses are offered each year, if student interest does not warrant, courses may be cancelled.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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COURSE TITLE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 units.
PREREQUISITE: None. This course is only available through independent study. While this course does count for A-G, the second year of required same foreign language is not currently offered in ASL.
DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory course to help students begin to acquire proficiency in American Sign Language. An exposure to the deaf and hard of hearing culture will be presented. This is an all technology based course.

COURSE: SPANISH I
COURSE NUMBER: 53
A-G: 10 units.
COURSE PREREQUISITE: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an introductory level course that will help the students to develop the fundamentals of Spanish: grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, and common expressions.

COURSE: SPANISH II
COURSE NUMBER: 54
A-G: 10 units.
PREREQUISITE: Spanish I
DESCRIPTION: In this course, students learn a variety of grammar and vocabulary skills that go from irregular to reflexive verbs, and different expressions (such as giving directions or talking about yourself.) Students will also develop a comprehensive understanding of the Spanish speaking world.

COURSE: SPANISH III
COURSE NUMBER: 190
A-G: 10 units.
PREREQUISITE: Spanish II
DESCRIPTION: This is an intermediate level course that develops a thorough understanding of the Spanish grammar and complex sentence structure. Discussions of Hispanic culture through readings, conversations about modern topics, and evaluation of works from famous artists are included in this course.

COURSE: SPANISH IV HONORS
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G COURSE: 10 units, 5.0 scale
COURSE PREREQUISITE: Grade “B” or better in Spanish III
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course covers communication and culture within the Spanish language. Students communicate exclusively in Spanish.

While all courses are offered each year, if student interest does not warrant, courses may be cancelled.

HUMANITIES – SOCIAL SCIENCE

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JR. HIGH HUMANITIES

COURSE: WORLD HISTORY 7
COURSE NUMBER: 213
A-G : Not for UC Acceptance
PREREQUISITE: None, This is a 7th grade course
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to cover ancient civilizations and the development thereof. This includes politics, religion, economy, and social traditions. This course covers Europe, the Middle East, West Africa, China, Japan, and the Americas.

COURSE: US HISTORY 8
COURSE NUMBER: 218
A-G : Not for UC Acceptance
PREREQUISITE: History 7, This is an 8th grade course
DESCRIPTION: This class encompasses events from the founding of America, its critical documents that became the foundation of American Democracy and the events that have led to modern day United States. It is designed to give students an understanding of effects and influence the US has in political, religious, economic, and social traditions.

COURSE: US HISTORY 8 HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 104 A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, uses 5.0 scale, This is an 8th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” in prior four quarters of World History 7
DESCRIPTION: Building off of the curricula in US History 8, this course takes a more in depth study of US History and deepens the use of critical thinking. It also includes specialty projects including participation in National History Day.

HIGH SCHOOL HUMANITIES

COURSE: HIGH SCHOOL WORLD HISTORY
COURSE NUMBER: 224 A-G: 10 units, 10th grade course
PREREQUISITE: None
DESCRIPTION: This course takes a global approach to the study of world history by exploring the interregional connections of global themes that connect our world today. It begins with the rise of democratic thought and then explores political revolutions, Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, Colonialism, Nationalism, Totalitarianism, World War I and II and the Cold War. Students will uncover the events to present to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.

COURSE: HIGH SCHOOL WORLD HISTORY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 106
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale, 10th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” in prior 4 quarters of English I
DESCRIPTION: Students combine selective factual knowledge and skills of analysis to examine the nature, causes, and consequences of changes in global frameworks. This course takes a global approach to the study of world history by exploring the inter-regional connections and global themes that connect to the world today. Curriculum includes political revolutions, industrial revolution, imperialism, Colonialism, Nationalism, Totalitarianism, World War I, World War II, the cold war, and present history.

COURSE: HIGH SCHOOL US HISTORY
COURSE NUMBER: 258
A-G: 10 units, 11th grade course
PREREQUISITE: HS World History
DESCRIPTION: US History examines and explores the historic, economic, social and political events that helped shape the US today. Including the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on US democratic ideals. Moving focus to the civil war then moving to present day. Looking at the influences of the past, students can project how the influences can impact the nation’s future.

COURSE: HS US HISTORY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 103
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale, 11th grade course
PREREQUISITE: HS World History with an “A” grade for the four prior quarters OR HS World History with a “B” grade + for the 4 prior quarters
DESCRIPTION: In Honors United States History students will learn to master historical and analytic skills, including chronological and spatial thinking, historical research, and historical interpretation. Students will explore and examine the historic, economic, social and political events that helped shape the US. Starting with the review of the nation’s beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on US democratic ideals. Focus on the civil war era then moving to present day follows. As students understand the influences of the past, they can project how the influences can impact our nation in the future.

COURSE TITLE: GOVERNMENT / ECONOMICS
COURSE NUMBER: 247 A-G: 10 units, 12th grade course
PREREQUISITE: HS US History
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to help students build an understanding of how the world works in present day in the world of both government and economics. Curriculum is a survey of modern day political and economic history using critical thinking to tie history in to present day choices.

While all courses are offered each year, if student interest does not warrant, courses may be cancelled.

MATH

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JUNIOR HIGH MATH

COURSE: MATH 7
COURSE NUMBER: 2007
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, 7th grade course
COURSE PREREQUISITE: None
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course includes understanding and applying proportional relationships, understanding rational numbers, working with expressions and linear equations, solving problems using scale drawing and information geometric constructions, using 2D and 3D shapes for area, surface, and volume.

COURSE: MATH 8
COURSE NUMBER: 2008
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, 8th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Math 7
DESCRIPTION: This is an intermediate algebra course. Students learn to reason symbolically. Key content involves writing, solving, and graphing linear and quadratic equations, including systems of two linear equations and two unknowns. Study of monomial and polynomial expressions, inequalities, exponents, functions, rational expressions, ratio and proportion are covered in this course.

COURSE: MATH 8 HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 20081
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, uses 5.0 scale, 8th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” in the four prior quarters of Math 7
DESCRIPTION: This course is an intermediate algebra course building from the concepts from Math 8. Honors curriculum uses deeper critical thinking, employs extended practice of concepts, and cover material at a faster pace.

HIGH SCHOOL MATH

COURSE: INTEGRATED MATH I
COURSE NUMBER: 2001
A-G: 10 units
PREREQUISITE: Math 8
DESCRIPTION: Topics include recognizing and developing patterns using tables, graphs, and equations. Mathematical modeling is stressed as methodology for approaching the solution to problems. Exploration of algebraic expressions, problem solving using equations, and investigating linear relationships are also covered. Geometry is part of Integrated Math I including area, perimeter, Pythagorean theorem, and geometric proportions. Mathematical probability is provided to reinforce use of fractions and numeric modeling. Technology is used to introduce and expand the areas of study.

COURSE: INTEGRATED MATH I HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 20011
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale
COURSE PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” in the four prior quarters of Math 8 or at least a “B” grade in the four prior quarters of Math 8 Honors
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Building from the curriculum from Integrated Math I, students take a more in depth look at Integrated Math. This course includes additional practice for concepts and include an annual project with EAS.

COURSE: INTEGRATED MATH II
COURSE NUMBER: 2002
A-G: 10 units
PREREQUISITE: Math I
DESCRIPTION: This course includes an analytical approach to geometry concepts. Topics include patterns using tables, graphs, and equations. How to predict a formula with proof and geometric properties of both two and three dimensions as they apply to points, levels, planes, circles, and polygons. Focus on transformations and right triangle trigonometry through investigative and explorative activities is covered using explorative activities.

COURSE: INTEGRATED MATH II HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 20021
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” in the four prior quarters of Math I or at least a “B” grade in the four prior quarters of Math I Honors
DESCRIPTION: Building from the curriculum concepts from Integrated Math II, this course offers more in depth critical thinking with additional practice. Students wishing to take the AP exam for advanced math should enroll in this course and sign up for the AP study team.

COURSE: INTEGRATED MATH III
COURSE NUMBER: 2003
A-G: 10 units
PREREQUISITE: Math II
DESCRIPTION: Expands on the concepts covered in Integrated Math I and Integrated Math II. Algebraic solutions as used in systems of quadratic equations, logarithms, exponential functions, statistics, and trigonomic functions are covered.

COURSE: INTEGRATED MATH III HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 20031
A-G: 10 units. Uses 5.0 scale
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” in the four prior quarters of Math II or at least a “B” grade in the four prior quarters of Math II Honors.
DESCRIPTION: Using the concepts outlined in Integrated Math III, this course covers a more in depth analysis of trigonomic functions that includes more daily practice. Students wishing to take the AP exam for advanced math should enroll in this course and sign up for the AP study team.

COURSE: PRE-CALCULUS HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 241
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale
PREREQUISITE: At least a “B” grade in either Math III or “C” in Math III Honors
DESCRIPTION: Students develop reasoning and problem solving skills as they study functions, graphs, trigonometry, polar coordinates, conic exponential functions, logarithmic functions, discrete math, and the introduction of calculus.

COURSE: CALCULUS HONORS
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale
PREREQUISITE: At least a “C” in Pre-Calculus
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: STATISTICS HONORS
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale
PREREQUISITE: At least a “C” Math III
DESCRIPTION:

While all courses are offered each year, if student interest does not warrant, courses may be cancelled.

SCIENCE

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JUNIOR HIGH SCIENCE

COURSE: INTEGRATED SCIENCE 7
COURSE NUMBER: 212
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, 7th grade course
PREREQUISITE: None
TEXTBOOK: Integrated Science Course, CK12 Flexbook: 2015 – Expires 2021
DESCRIPTION: As an introduction to the life sciences, Science 7 covers molecules to organisms – structures and process, ecosystems – interactions and energy, heredity, and biological evolution.
ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT: http://ck12.org

COURSE: INTEGRATED SCIENCE 8
COURSE NUMBER: 217
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, 8th grade course
PREREQUISITE: Science 7
TEXTBOOK: Integrated Science Course, CK12 Flexbook: 2015 – Expires 2021
DESCRIPTION: Organized around the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students explore science in a variety of learning activities including hands-on lab experiments and activities. The course covers motion, force, electricity, magnetism, waves, sound, earth’s energy, evolution, and the solar system.
ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE: http://ck12.org

COURSE: INTEGRATED SCIENCE 8 HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 148
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, 5.0 SCALE, 8th grade course
COURSE PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four quarters of Science 7
TEXTBOOK: Integrated Science Course, CK12 Flexbook: 2015 – Expires 2021
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class establishes and expands fundamental skills and concepts in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students develop reading fluency and depth with a selection of short stories, novels, and essays. There is a focus on clear and effective writing and speaking through word choice and organization of thoughts in a variety of essays, speeches, presentations, and collaborative work.
ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE: http://ck12.org

HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE

COURSE: BIOLOGY
COURSE NUMBER: 221
A-G: 10 units (D: Lab Science)
PREREQUISITE: None
TEXTBOOK: Biology, CK12 Flexbook: 2012 – expires 2018
DESCRIPTION: Biology is the in depth study of the life sciences including particular, organic chemistry, microbiology, cytology, genetics, biogenetics, evolution, comparative anatomy among zoology, botany, and human biology, ecology, and it effect on biodiversity. Emphasis is on investigation analysis, and critical thinking. This class covers multiple labs including dissections.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES: http://ck12.org

COURSE: BIOLOGY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 2211
A-G: 10 units. 5.0 scale (D: Lab Science)
PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four quarters of Science 8
TEXTBOOK: Biology, CK12 Flexbook: 2012 – expires 2018
DESCRIPTION: Building on the concepts of Encore’s Biology curriculum, this course analyzes and requires advanced critical thinking to complete Biology tasks. Students wishing to take the AP exam in Biology should enroll in this course and sign up for the AP study team.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES: http://ck12.org

COURSE: ANATOMY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 1532
A-G: 10 units, 5.0 scale (D: Lab Science)
PREREQUISITE: Biology with a grade “C” or better
TEXTBOOK: Hole’s Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, 12th edition: 2014.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course covers the relationships between functions and structures of the human body. This is a lab based science course that covers the mechanisms for maintaining homeostasis within the human body.
WANT TO BUY A TEXTBOOK? – ISBN: 73403725.  (This is not necessary, but some students prefer to have a copy to keep at home.  Encore provides a copy on the issued laptop.)

COURSE: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
COURSE NUMBER: 1555
A-G: 10 units (D – Lab Science)
PREREQUISITE: Biology
DESCRIPTION: This course shows scientific concepts within a variety of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, and physics. The goal of this course is to expose students to the environmental challenges of today and to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.

COURSE: CHEMISTRY
COURSE NUMBER: 155
A-G: 10 units (D: Lab Science)
PREREQUISITE: Biology
TEXTBOOK: Chemistry, CK12 Flexbook: 2014 – expires 2021
DESCRIPTION: The science of structure, composition, and properties of all matter. The emphasis is on critical thinking, scientific investigation, and data analysis through lab activities, model building, and research.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES: http://ck12.org

COURSE: CHEMISTRY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 154
A-G: 10 units. 5.0 scale (D: Lab Science)
COURSE PREREQUISITE: Grade “A” for the four quarters of Math I or at least a “B” grade for the four quarter of Math I Honors
TEXTBOOK: Chemistry, CK12 Flexbook: 2014 – expires 2021
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Building on the foundation of Encore’s Chemistry course, this course has a more advanced pace for curriculum and extended projects. For students wishing to take the AP exam for Chemistry, they should enroll in this course and sign up for the AP study team.
ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES: http://ck12.org

While all courses are offered each year, if student interest does not warrant, courses may be cancelled.

SKILLS CLASSES

COURSE: STUDY SKILLS 7
COURSE NUMBER: 2397
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance
PREREQUISITE: None, Requisite in 7th grade at Encore
DESCRIPTION: This essential Study Skills course will help develop and strengthen academic and organizational skills, while encouraging each student to focus more on overall personal well-being. Valuable strategies for success in academic and elective courses in addition to developing daily study habits to help students become successful and healthy for individual lifelong learning is covered.

COURSE: LIFE SKILLS 8
COURSE NUMBER: 9011
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance
PREREQUISITE: None, Requisite in 8th grade at Encore
DESCRIPTION: This course covers skills that need to be acquired to be a successful human being. Covering health, typing, bullies, math fundamentals, nutrition, and budgets – this course helps students prepare for life.

COURSE: PROJECT SKILLS 9
COURSE NUMBER: 2399
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, 10 units
PREREQUISITE: None, Requisite in 9th grade at Encore
DESCRIPTION: This course works through projects to reinforce math, science, and grammar. Students learn to work both independently and in groups to become task oriented.

COURSE: HS COLLEGE SKILLS
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: Not for UC Acceptance, 10 units
PREREQUISITE: None. Open to grades 9 – 12
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to walk students through how to select the correct college for after high school success and how to maneuver everything needed to get in and go to college. This course covers everything from student aid, scholarships, SAT, and how to choose a college path.

ACADEMIC COMPETITION

FIRST ANNUAL ENCORE INVENTORS COMPETITION

DUE OCTOBER 13, 2017

WHAT IS THE ENCORE ACADEMIC SOCIETY?

The EAS is a forum where Encore students can embark on special research and project based learning that connects with the advancement of education within the Encore organization.  Within the EAS, students will have the opportunity to learn and teach academic concepts to fellow students and report on findings within student driven research.  Whether a student is advanced or not, they can advance their personal learning by taking part in EAS.

EAS TUTOR TV (Still building) – 

Each semester, academic teacher will post five topics that will be covered within their class over the course of the semester that students will have the opportunity to create tutor videos on.  Students will be given access to create their own videos based on the topics listed by their teachers.  Students will be able to gain extra credit within their academic classes and credit toward certification in EAS.

EAS RESEARCH COMPETITIONS – 

Each quarter, the EAS will release a research competition that is based on academic curriculum  EAS members will be asked to participate in research projects with the end result of being able to publish and use their ancillary materials within the classroom and to help create lifelong learners.

Participants of the research competitions will receive participant ribbons.  Grade level winners will receive trophies.  Grade level winners will meet for a luncheon with grade level winners from both Encore campuses.  They will share their projects, then school and overall winners will be chosen and rewarded with gift cards.

Members of the Encore Academic Society will be responsible for maintaining appropriate records to be able to prove certification for graduation.

CERTIFICATIONS – 

  • EARNING A LETTER – EAS members can earn an academic letter for annual participation in EAS.
    • Post at least one YouTube tutoring video each semester
    • Participate in at least two research competitions during the same school year
    • Submit an academic letter completion application
  • BRONZE MEMBER
    • Complete the requirements for an academic letter for EAS for one year
    • Complete the personal college plan project
    • Submit a bronze EAS application
  • SILVER MEMBER
    • Complete the requirements for an academic letter for EAS for two years
    • Complete the personal college plan project
    • Submit a silver EAS application
  • GOLD MEMBER
    • Complete the requirements for an academic letter for EAS for three years
    • Complete the personal college plan project
    • Submit a gold EAS application
  • EAS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATION
    • Complete the requirements for an academic letter for EAS for four or more years
    • Complete the personal college plan project
    • Submit and EAS Lifetime Achievement applictaion
  • EAS LIFELONG LEARNERS GOLD CUP CERTIFICATION
    • Complete the requirements for an academic letter for EAS for a full six years
    • Participate in 60 hours or more of peer tutoring
    • Post at least 24 tutoring videos with 100 views or more
    • Complete the personal college plan project
    • Complete 12 research projects for the research competitions

Deadline for graduation certification is May 1 (or the following school day) of the graduation year.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

At Encore, students have several opportunities to work on their academic achievements.  The red letter “E” for Letterman’s sweaters and jackets signifies academic achievement.  Students can get the red letter “E” for either having perfect attendance for the entire school year OR for earning a 3.0 or higher Grade Point Average at the end of each semester.

JUNIOR HIGH & HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC LETTERS

Students that have earned a 3.0 or higher will receive a certificate in February for Semester 1 and in the following September for Semester 2.  The certificates can be taken to the student store to redeem for the red letter “E” or for the service bars that go with them.  Each student can receive one small red letter “E” in junior high AND THEN one large letter “E” while in high school.  The sweaters and jackets can be ordered and purchased from the student store (Hesperia) or third floor services (Riverside).

PERFECT ATTENDANCE

Consistent attendance is imperative to academic achievement.  For students that have perfect attendance, this means that you are present and on time for every class during a calendar month, you will receive a $10 coupon toward the purchase of a Letterman’s sweater or jacket.

ACADEMIC RENAISSANCE RALLY

At the end of the first semester, students that have earned an academic GPA of 3.0 or higher are recognized as part of the Renaissance rally in February.  The themes change and are set by Encore’s ASB department.  There are three levels of recognition for students with academic achievement.

  1. HONORS – students that have earned an academic GPA 0f 3.0  – 3.49 during the first semester will receive a certificate.
  2. HIGH HONORS – students that have earned an academic GPA of 3.5 – 3.99 during the first semester will receive a certificate and a special gift (usually ice cream or candy).
  3. DEAN’S HONORS – students that have earned an academic GPA of 4.0 or higher during the first semester will receive a certificate and a special party (usually lunch and a movie).

GRADUATING WITH ACADEMIC HONORS

HONORS – Students that have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 earn the distinction of graduating with a student “honors” stole at graduation

HIGH HONORS – Students thaat have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.99 earn the distinction of graduating with a student “High Honors” stole at graduation.

DEAN’S HONOR ROLL – Students that have earned a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or higher earn the distinction of graduating with a student “Dean’s Honors” stole at graduation.

SALUTATORIAN – Upon graduating, students earning the second highest cumulative academic GPA with the highest number of academic credits earned of the graduating class will be named the salutatorian and will wear a student “salutatorian” stole at graduation and will give the salutatorian speech.  Salutatorian needs to attend Encore for a minimum of three semesters.

VALEDICTORIAN – Upon graduating, students earning the highest cumulative academic GPA with the highest number of academic credits earned of the graduating class will be named valedictorian and will wear a student “valedictorian” stole at graduation and will give the valedictorian speech.  Valedictorian needs to attend Encore for a minimum of three semesters.

It is the goal of Encore to teach our students how to build a successful future using the resources and skills they learn in high school.  As an arts school, the technical education components offered are combined with hands-on experience in the arts industry.  Encore students that take an active role in the projects offered on campus will learn the following key pieces to working in the arts industry:

  1. Work ethic & Time management
  2. Project planning, follow through, and execution
  3. Proper etiquette for artists within their field
  4. Hands-on training and master classes from people within the industry
  5. How to start to look for jobs within their chosen career arts field

YOUTUBE

In the progressive world of social media and social media as an industry, students should be driven to understand what the machine of YouTube is and how this works as a way to springboard careers.  One of Encore’s career components is a new faction of what Encore offers as ancillary programs.  This is Encore’s YouTube Department.  The world of social media ha changed the way people do business in the world of advertising, research, and in the arts world.  Encore believes that giving students the opportunity to explore this world will help give them the competitive edge after high school.

In the current state of YouTube, there is more to the platform than just watching cats doing funny things.  This billion dollar corporation has helped people create private million dollar businesses.  YouTube (owned by Google) has over 400 million hours of content uploaded every 5 minutes on average.  YouTube has become the way that artists display their talents and for people to create businesses.  As an artist, if you do not have an official YouTube channel, you are closing yourself off to most prospective managers and casting directors.  Artist business cards and headshots are now referring potential employers to social media platforms.  Encore’s mission is to get our students comfortable in looking at the social media platforms as a way of advertising themselves for future employers.

YOUTUBE IN ADVERTISING – 

Encore students that are artists should be creating their own YouTube Channels.  For students that have their own OFFICIAL YouTube channels (ones used for the purpose of building a business or artist personality), students can turn in their official channel name to the front office or email the channel name to our Digital Media Manager, Kevin Stone at kstone@officerteam.com.  Once reviewed, Encore can place it on the Featured Channels list on Encore TV’s channel.  Each quarter, Encore will hold a student contest for Encore TV featured channels to see which YouTuber can gain the most views, likes, or subscribers on their channel by following the rules of the quarterly competition.  Winners will receive gift cards while everyone will gain the understanding of how to grow and advertise their social platform business.

YOUTUBE IN RESEARCH – 

Encore students will also be given the opportunity to seek out specific research and create specific research using social media platforms.  During the 2016/2017 school year, Encore will be developing a “teen tutoring” research YouTube channel that can help fellow Encore students and other students worldwide learn about things that are being taught within the classroom.

  • Students will be given an opportunity to create topic specific academic content for extra credit within all of their academic classes
  • Completed topic specific content will be turned in to the academic teacher, it will be placed live on Encore’s new tutoring YouTube Channel
  • Once the YouTube video is approved by the academic teacher, it will be placed live on Encore’s tutoring YouTube Channel
  • Students will then be able to advertise their video to gain views  The more views a video gains, the more a student can earn in credit
  • Students are encouraged to drive organic traffic to their research video
  • Top five newly viewed research videos each month will earn gift cards
  • All approved videos will earn extra credit
  • Students creating 10 or more academic videos with 100 or more organic views will receive a spirit letter
  • For every student created video that earns 100 or more organic views, the student will receive a gift card to either fast food restaurants, ITunes, retail locations, or the student store

YOUTUBE IN THE ARTS WORLD – 

Encore students wishing to pursue a career in the arts world are encouraged to start an official YouTube channel to promote themselves to the world outside of Encore.  There will be quarterly seminars given to the students of Encore to help them design and create a viable YouTube channel for the purpose of self promotion.

At these quarterly seminars, students will be asked to give their YouTube channel to the presenter.  Encore will review the channels and give critiques on the channels to help the students refine what they do to be more effective.

Encore will highlight and promote YouTube channels on the Encore networks to help students gain subscribers to their official channels.  Encore will also choose campus performers for lunch rallies and other special events throughout the year based on YouTube content.

On both campuses, Encore offers a limited full time independent study program for high school students grades 9 – 12.  This independent study program uses an online curriculum program, CyberHigh.  If you know you are going to need short term or long term independent study, please contact the appropriate person at least 5 business days in advance.

  • The purpose for a full time independent study program is for students that have other obligations that might take them off campus for an extended period of time.
  • Students enrolled in full time independent study are required to meet with the independent study facilitator once every ten days.
  • While enrolled in long term independent study, students are able to take one arts class to be able to fulfill the A-G requirements for college admissions.  These art classes take part every other day.
  • To fulfill the lab requirements for all lab sciences, students will take part in lab finals on campus during finals week.
  • For students interested in long term independent study, they should contact the independent study advisor for their campus
    • HESPERIA – Fred Franke, ffranke@encorehighschool.com
    • RIVERSIDE – Tyler Roth, troth@encorehighschool.com
  • Short term independent study for students for all grades is available through the attendance office.  Short term refers to less than 10 days.
    • HESPERIA – Debbie Garret, dgarret@encorehighschool.com
    • RIVERSIDE – Marion Castro, mcastro@encorehighschool.com

If you have any questions regarding the independent study programs offered through Encore High School, please contact the Dean of Student Services, Tony Castro at tcastro@encorehighschool.com

SUMMER SCHOOL

Encore offers a limited summer school program for students grades 9-12. If a student needs to improve a grade, work ahead, or makeup a failing grade they are able to do so during the six weeks of summer school using Encore’s Cyber High program. Only courses that are available through Cyber High as an A-G approved course are offered and students are required to meet with their teacher facilitator once per week for six weeks. See a counselor for more information.