HONORS – COURSE CATALOG

The courses on this page count towards Honors credit.  This means that these courses are grade on a 5.0 grading scale. Honors courses do not have homework maximums.  They also have summer, fall break, winter break, and spring break assignments.

COURSE: CHEMISTRY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 154
A-G: 10 credits Science (D), 5.0 Grading system
PREREQUISITE: C or better in Math I / C or better in Biology
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Jareno ) Periods 4,6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Valme) Periods 4,6
DESCRIPTION: Chemistry is concerned with the composition, structure, and properties of substances, the transformations of these substances into others by reactions, and the kinds of energy changes that accompany these reactions. Fundamental concepts on the atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, conservation of matter and stoichiometry, gases and their properties, acids and bases, solutions, chemical thermodynamics, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, organic chemistry and biochemistry, and nuclear processes.Emphasis on scientific investigation, analysis, and critical thinking of content through labs, research and media.

COURSE: CHEMISTRY II HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 2019
A-G: 10 credits Science (D), 5.0 Grading Scale
PREREQUISITE: Chemistry I
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Jareno ) Periods 8
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Valme) Periods 8
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to build upon the Honors Chemistry curriculum. This second year of chemistry will conduct an extended laboratory and provide an in-depth investigation of more specialized areas of chemistry. Areas of study may include, but are not limited to, chemical reactions, the behavior of gases, solutions, thermochemistry, kinetics, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, nuclear, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Students participate in laboratory exercises, small group activities and discussions.

COURSE: COLLEGE SKILLS – SAT TEST PREP
COURSE NUMBER: 237
A-G: 10 credits Elective (G)
PREREQUISITE: none
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Burke) Periods 6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Barkdull) Periods 6
DESCRIPTION: SEMESTER 1 COLLEGE SKILLS: 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. SEMESTER 2 SAT / ACT TEST PREP: This course is designed to help students prepare for college entrance exams including the SAT and the ACT.  The goal of this course is to appropriately prepare high school students for success in college and in life.

COURSE: ENGLISH I / II HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 
A-G: 20 credits English (B)
PREREQUISITE: None
COREQUISITE: Extensive summer, fall, winter, and spring break assignments
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Pearson) Periods 3
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Zarecki) Periods 3
DESCRIPTION: This course is an accelerated English course that requires students to complete portions of the class in summer school, fall, winter, and spring breaks. At the conclusion of this course, students will have completed both English I and English II in preparation for AP English courses in their junior and senior year of high school.

COURSE: ENGLISH III/IV HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 
A-G: 20 credits English (B), 5.0 grading scale
PREREQUISITE: ENGLISH I/II HONORS or English II
COREQUISITE: This course has extensive summer, fall, winter, and spring break assignments.
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Wise) Period 1
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Donascimento) Period 1
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 15551
A-G: 10 credits (D) Lab sciences, 5.0 grading scale
PREREQUISITE: Algebra I or Math I
HESPERIA COURSES: (Patrick) 1,2,3,4,7,8,9
RIVERSIDE COURSES:
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in environmental science topics, laboratory science techniques, fieldwork, data analysis, and critical scientific thought. The teaching medium is the natural world which means students will explore their local and global environment and view it through a scientific lens. During the course students will identify and analyze problems within the natural world, both natural and man-made, analyze data sets (either collected or researched) and develop and design solutions and ideas for preventing, reducing, or solving the identified problems. This course provides students with the strong, interdisciplinary science background necessary to understand, critically evaluate, and mitigate environmental problems. The laboratory component of the course will include field trips, discussions, and in-lab activities. Students will spend 25% of their time in labs and / or critical thinking research based projects.

COURSE: HISTORY 8 – US HISTORY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 104
A-G: None
PREREQUISITE: None
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Ferrante) Periods 2
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Peviani-Bruno) Periods 2
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: INTEGRATED MATH I/II HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 2002
A-G: 20 credits Mathematics (C), 5.0 Grading Scale, pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Grade letter B- or better in two prior semesters of Math
COREQUISITE: This course has extensive summer, fall, winter, and spring break assignments.
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Jordan) Period 9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Webb) Period 9
DESCRIPTION:

COURSE: INTEGRATED MATH III / PRECALCULUS HONORS
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 20 credits Mathematics (C), 5.0 Grading Scale, pending UC review
PREREQUISITE: Math II
COREQUISITE: Extensive summer, fall, winter, and spring break assignments required.
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: Periods 9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Hernandez) Periods 9
DESCRIPTION: 

COURSE: PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE ARTIST HONORS (Ambassadors)
COURSE NUMBER: 
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective, 5.0 grading scale
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition
COREQUISITE: Professional Vocal Artist Honors, Professional Musical Theatre Artist Honors. Ambassador Study Hall, Ambassador Hybrid Flex.
HOUSE: Performing Arts, Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music, Dance, Theatre, Cirque Acrobatics
HESPERIA COURSE: (Griffin) Period 5
RIVERSIDE COURSE: (Griffin) Period 5
DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will create and learn both group and individual performance pieces based on fundamentals and principles within vocal music, dance, and acrobatics.  They build performances based on historical, philosophical and cultural prompts, using appropriate written and verbal performance analysis and descriptions of their work and the work of others.  They will participate in lab classes and master classes that help students participate in discussions and techniques that cover the philosophical, cultural and historical place for performing arts in a society.  This intense lab based class will create musical tour productions that include fundamental and advanced techniques in solo and choral vocals, dance (including pointe, ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, tap, ballroom, Bollywood), and acrobatics (including tumbling gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, aerialist arts, and prop techniques).  The goals of this class are for students to master the understanding of fundamental techniques of creating, producing, and executing a full touring production using vocal music, dance, and acrobatics.  Students will show advanced skill in all of these performance methods. Students will identify and critique multiple types of professional performances and be able to create production pieces that display correct technique and advanced knowledge of fundamentals within the performing arts covered (vocal music, acrobatics, dance).  All students selected to be in this class are required to complete a personal professional portfolio web site, learn and perform multiple shows throughout the tour dates (September through May) at a variety of locations, attend three 1 week boot camp rehearsal and master classes for intensive training, complete cultural project for country based productions, complete a critical analysis project based on an anti-bullying production, complete history research and turn it into a production.

COURSE: PROFESSIONAL VOCAL ARTIST HONORS (Ambassadors)
COURSE NUMBER: 
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F) or (G) Elective, 5.0 grading scale
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition
HOUSE: Music
CONSERVATORY: Vocal Music
HESPERIA COURSE: (Gibson) Period3
RIVERSIDE COURSE: (Hekel) Period 3
DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will work in a practical lab setting where in depth, advanced vocal techniques will be taught and mastered within solo and choral vocal settings. Students will create and learn both group and individual performance pieces based on fundamentals and principles for vocalists looking for a career in vocal music. They build technical vocal knowledge based on class vocal health research, warm-ups, exercises, and a variety of vocal pieces taught within the class. They will participate in lab classes and master classes that help students participate in discussions and techniques that cover the world of advanced and professional level vocal music. This intense lab based class will work in conjunction with the Professional Performance Artist class to create musical tour productions that include fundamental and advanced techniques in singing. The goals of this class are for students to master the techniques and understanding of fundamental and advanced vocal skills for singing. Students will show advanced skill in singing. Students will identify and critique professional vocal performances and be able to create production pieces that display correct technique and advanced knowledge of fundamentals of vocal music. Honors Captsone project is to create a music video featuring a select music genre as the subject of the singing project.

COURSE: WORLD HISTORY HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 106
A-G: 10 credits Pending UC review for (A) History / Social Science) on 5.0 scale
PREREQUISITE: Grade Letter “B” or better in English I
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Hutchinson) Periods 1,7
RIVERSIDE COURSES: 
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: STATISTICS HONORS 
COURSE NUMBER: 1111
A-G: 10 credits Mathematics (C), 5.0 Grading Scale
PREREQUISITE: Math III
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Munoz) Periods 6
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (McMillan) Periods 6
DESCRIPTION: Honors Statistics introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will be involved in collecting information, communicating that information, solving problems and justifying the results. This course will offer a more extensive, technical and in-depth study of the topics covered in our current Statistics course. Topics will include: a) exploring data and finding patterns, b) data collection techniques, c) probability and sampling distributions, and d) statistical inference. Students may choose to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Statistics at the end of the course.

COURSE: CALCULUS HONORS
COURSE NUMBER: 2071
A-G: 10 credits Mathematics (C), 5.9 GRADING SCALE
PREREQUISITE: Math III
HOUSE: Academic
CONSERVATORY: None
HESPERIA COURSES: (Munoz) Periods 9
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (McMillan) Periods 9
DESCRIPTION: Calculus honors is a one year course designed to meet the California State Standards for calculus.  The topics covered are:  limits, derivatives, definite & indefinite integrals, and applications of these topics.  Subtopics include products, quotients, the calculus of logarithmic functions, growth and decay, plane and solid figures, algebraic calculus techniques, and the calculus of motion.  These topics will be explored graphically, numerically, algebraically and verbally.  In addition to these topics, this course will equip students with the ability to understand and apply the formal definition and the graphical interpretation of calculus topics.  It will provide students with an understanding of how calculus can be applied to everyday situations in business, economics, environmental science, health care, life science, social science, sports, technology, and physical science.  Finally, it will introduce students to a field of study that they might pursue further on the university level.

COURSE: PROFESSIONAL MUSICAL THEATER DANCE HONORS (Ambassadors)
COURSE NUMBER:
A-G: 10 credits Fine Arts (F), 5.0 Grading Scale
PREREQUISITE: Successful Audition
COREQUISITE: Professional Performance Artist Honors
HOUSE: Performing Arts
CONSERVATORY: Dance Arts
HESPERIA COURSES: (Kendricks) Period 2
RIVERSIDE COURSES: (Tryon) Period 2

DESCRIPTION: In this course, students will work in a practical lab setting where in depth, advanced dance techniques will be taught and mastered within the Musical Theater Dance genre. Students will create and learn both group and individual performance pieces based on fundamentals and principles within musical theater dance. They build technical dance knowledge based on class choreography, warm-ups, across the floors, and musical theater pieces taught within the class. They will participate in lab classes and master classes that help students participate in discussions and techniques that cover the world of advanced and professional level musical theater dance. This intense lab based class will work in conjunction with the Professional Performance Artist class to create musical tour productions that include fundamental and advanced techniques in dance. The goals of this class are for students to master the techniques and understanding of fundamental and advanced dance skills for musical theater. Students will show advanced skill in musical theater dance. Students will identify and critique professional musical theater performances and be able to create production pieces that display correct technique and advanced knowledge of fundamentals within the genre of musical theater dance. Honors Captsone project is to create a music video featuring musical theater dance as the subject of the project.