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Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; Dos Pueblos High School

The purpose of Academic Mentoring is to empower and include the student body as an intervention and prevention resource for students in need of academic support. Tutors will model/ practice effective tutorial group strategies, develop higher order questioning techniques, review methods of working with students' writing, and provide an opportunity for students to discuss and solve problems. Tutors will target interventions with students at risk of failing. Under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher, peer tutors will provide individual and small group instruction, assisting in all subject areas using class notes and materials, and determine from these materials the concepts that need to be reviewed. They will conduct brainstorming and pre-writing sessions, working with students at all phases of the writing process.

Transcript title and course number: Academic Mentor 092901

Grades: 10; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

The tenth grade AVID course is the second year of the four- year AVID program. The course builds on the skills and habits developed in 9th grade and places a greater emphasis on writing and test preparation. Priority enrollment is given to students who have completed AVID 9.

Transcript title and course number: AVID 10 092295

Grades: 11; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

The eleventh grade AVID course is the third year of the four- year AVID program. The course builds on the skills and habits developed in 9th and 10th grade. Students will engage in higher levels of WICR (writing, inquiry, collaboration and reading) strategies than experienced in prior years of AVID. These higher level thinking, reading, writing, and oral language skills are needed to prepare students for the level of work required to produce a culminating research project at the end of the senior year. In addition, SAT preparation is emphasized and students take the SAT in the spring. Priority enrollment is given to students who have completed AVID 10 and/or AVID 9.

Transcript title and course number: AVID 11 092305

Grades: 12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

The AVID Senior Seminar is the final year of the four-year AVID program. This course is organized around the theme of “Leadership as a Catalyst for Change in Society.‘ Students study, in depth, exceptional leaders in contemporary society and examine the effect these individuals have had on culture, politics, education, history, science, and the arts. The course requires that students read essays, speeches, articles, and letters by these leaders, as well as at least one full-length work by the leader or about the leader. In addition, each student is required to conduct a research project. The project requires that students examine a particular leader's life and accomplishments in relation to the student's own possible career goals and aspirations. In addition to the academic focus of the AVID Senior Seminar, students will be guided through applying for colleges and financial aid.

Transcript title and course number: AVID 12 092311

Grades: 7; La Colina Junior High School; La Cumbre Junior High School; Santa Barbara Junior High School; Goleta Valley Junior High School

AVID 7 is an elective program focused on teaching and instilling the skills and habits for academic success and is geared toward supporting first generation college bound students. AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. This course prepares students for success in A-G, AP, and dual-enrollment classes. AVID is not an intervention or remediation, but is an accelerator for academic advancement and achievement.

Transcript title and course number: AVID 7 889820

Grades: 8; La Colina Junior High School; La Cumbre Junior High School; Goleta Valley Junior High School

AVID 8 is an elective program focused on teaching and instilling the skills and habits for academic success and is geared toward supporting first generation college bound students. AVID is an acronym that stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. AVID is not an intervention or remediation, but is an accelerator for academic advancement and achievement. This course prepares students for success in A-G, AP, and dual-enrollment classes. AVID prepares students for success in advanced classes and success in college.

Transcript title and course number: AVID 8 889830

Grades: 9; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

The ninth grade AVID course is an elective class for students who are college bound. While concurrently enrolled in a college-prep course of study meeting the a-g requirements of UC/CSU, students will learn strategies to enhance their academic success. To ensure success in rigorous college-prep course work, students work individually, as well as in tutor-led collaborative groups. Note taking, outlining, writing, speaking, reading, test-taking strategies, collaborative work and self- awareness are stressed. In addition, the course includes college motivational activities such as college field trips, guest speakers from the professional world, etc. The AVID curriculum focuses on Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading strategies (WICOR). In addition, the course includes college and career exploration activities.

Transcript title and course number: AVID 9 092280

Grades: 10; Alta Vista Alternative High School

This is a one term course designed to help students improve both individual and group communication. Students will be required to engage in activities to enhance their basic communication skills as well as interpersonal, group, public, and workplace communications. Writing assignments, group activities, and projects will also help students learn conflict management, speaking skills, and how to communicate using technology. A member of Toastmasters teaches a session in public speaking and debate once a week. Students receive a Toastmasters certificate upon completion of the course.

Transcript title and course number: CommunctnsHCA 073040

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

In this one-semester course students will learn the “rules of the road” according to the California Driver Handbook. Topics include: laws and rules of the road, traffic lanes, turns, parking, signaling, safe driving practices, sharing the road, and actions that result in loss of license. Upon successful completion of the class, students will receive their “pink slip,” the first step toward getting a driver's license.

Transcript title and course number: Driver Ed 095090

Grades: 9; Santa Barbara High School; Dos Pueblos High School

This one-semester course is designed to help students understand the importance of academics and to build solid foundational skills such as self analysis, time management, goal setting, decision making, career research, financial literacy, and planning for the future. Every student will leave this class having completed the district required 10-year plan that includes their high school plans along with post-secondary options.

Transcript title and course number: FreshmanSeminar 046106

Grades: 7-8; La Colina Junior High School; Santa Barbara Junior High School

This course is an elective offering that focusses on teaching and suppporting organizational skills, time management, study skills, and work completion. Students have the opportunity to monitor their grades and progress in content area classes, and provides captured time on campus for work completion and preparation for assessments. Counselor recommendation required.

Transcript title and course number: Fund of Success 889770

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; La Cuesta Continuation High School; Alta Vista Alternative High School

Guided Studies is year long course designed to improve grades and study skills through the use of student mentors. Student mentors assist enrolled students with homework completion, study skills, organization, and self-advocacy.

Transcript title and course number: Guided Study 093441

Grades: 9-12

A program of individualized study in school or the community offering the opportunity to study in a specific area, which is not covered by the current curriculum. (Variable credits/20 max)

Transcript title and course number: Indep Study 092770

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; La Cuesta Continuation High School

Operation of ASB government and committees. Study of effective leadership. Class composed of elected students and those selected for interest and ability. Each member of class will be expected to assume a major area of responsibility.

Transcript title and course number: Leadership 083500

Grades: 9-12

The class is designed to teach leadership skills and governmental structure which ultimately enhances participation with the MAD Academy, overall school pride, spirit and culture as well as the student's individual knowledge of a dy namic workplace or government body. The class will focus on standards designed by the California Association of Directors of Activities and Common Core State Standards, including public speaking, written communication, service learning, presentation skills, community service, government hierarchy, procedures and elections, personal and social development, goal setting, group dynamics, business marketing, finance accounting, advertising, business law and research, while positively impacting the MAD Academy student body, and the entire Santa Barbara High School community.

Transcript title and course number: Leadership MAD 083501

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School

This is a one-term course that will provide, in seminar format, an overview of theoretical constructs and practical applications of AAPLE Academy leadership traits and objectives. Students will further identify and develop their individual approaches and characteristics of effective leadership. Students will finalize their leadership portfolio by providing evidence of their academic leadership and service experiences they have put into action in order to continue to effect positive change locally, nationally, and globally. The course is committed to teaching Academy student leaders how to organize efficient and effective action toward a goal. AAPLE students have developed and reinforced their leadership skills and abilities through service, integrating leadership in curriculum, enrichment, and teambuilding opportunities. They have identified leadership objectives and traits that have guided them in defining, researching, experiencing, and evaluating the leaders within each of them. In this course students will identify their growth as leaders by investigating where they were, where they are, and how they will continue to lead and serve in the future. Students will develop short-term and long-term leadership objective through readings, lectures, and discussion and will finalize and present their four-year Leadership portfolio project.

Transcript title and course number: LeadSem AAPLE P 083505

Grades: 7-12; La Colina Junior High School; La Cumbre Junior High School; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Santa Barbara Junior High School; Goleta Valley Junior High School; Dos Pueblos High School

Office aides assist attendance clerk/ office staff and are responsible for call slips, answering phones, general office work and maintaining confidentiality.

Transcript title and course number: Office Aide 891660

Grades: 9-12; Dos Pueblos High School

This course is designed to support UCSB Pathways Program students in A-G course subject areas: English, Math, Science, History, and Foreign Language. UCSB undergraduate students will tutor students in small groups and/or individual basis and will emphasize the importance of study skills. This course will support students’ high school, college preparation, and advanced level coursework. This class is a mixed grade-level support course; therefore, various assignments and skill levels will be addressed. Students must enroll in the UCSB Pathways Program to participate. Grades: This course is a credit/no credit course and satisfies up to 5 elective credits per semester.

Transcript title and course number: PathwysTutorial 092922

Grades: 9-12; Alta Vista Alternative High School

This course will introduce students to the fundamental structure of the American economy, the complexities of the global economy, and the principles, practices, and strategies associated with starting, managing, or simply working for a business.

Through a combination of lessons and projects, students will trace a trajectory of their potential role in the American economy as consumers, laborers, and executives. With lessons on everything from marketing to writing formal business correspondence, from the basic structures and legal definitions of business to the operations and importance of financial institutions, students will emerge from this course with a thorough introductory understanding of the business world.

Students will perform research, conduct interviews, and write papers on various topics designed to enrich their understanding of the American business environment. They will also navigate an interactive and creative project that spans the length of the course and asks students to engage their learning, imaginations and individual career motivation with the course material.

The course begins with an exploration of the structure of businesses and the roles and responsibilities of those who seek to lead and manage these enterprises. From this baseline, students are introduced to topics of particular relevance in our emerging global business environment including: the technology that fuels business success, the strength of free market economies, the cyclical nature of the economy and business, hard asset and financial management, and the personal skills necessary to become a member of the business community.

Transcript title and course number: Bus/Finance P 100415

Grades: 9-12; Alta Vista Alternative High School

The Principles of Technology and Engineering course will introduce students to the field of engineering and the types of technology that can result from the engineering design process. Student will also gain an understanding of the career options available in this field, and the skills, education, and experience needed to obtain these careers.

Students will learn how to be successful problem solvers. They will become familiar with the steps in the invention process and will investigate the ways in which engineers take an idea from an initial concept to a working technology. They will learn about real-world examples of engineering innovations, including global civil engineering projects, cutting-edge medical technology, and environmentally friendly designs.

Students will also learn about the relationship between engineering, science, and technology. They will learn how scientific knowledge is applied to create technology that benefits society. Additionally, students will learn how design modifications can be made based on an analysis of the underlying principles from physics, chemistry, biology, and the earth sciences.

Transcript title and course number: Tech/Engr P 072125

Grades: 9-12; Alta Vista Alternative High School

Psychology is an introductory elective course for high school students. Throughout the course students will examine influences on human actions and beliefs, factors influencing behavior and perception, and basic psychological theories. Students will develop and apply their understanding of psychology through lessons and projects that require interaction and observation of others.

The course seeks to help students expand their knowledge and skills so that they may achieve the following goals:

Discover that the findings in Psychology influence many other disciplines.
Understand that theories develop over time and require validation to be accepted.
Examine the various scientific methods and standards used in the study of Psychology.

Transcript title and course number: Psychology P 083695

Grades: 7-12; La Colina Junior High School; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Goleta Valley Junior High School; La Cuesta Continuation High School

The Reconnecting Youth Program is a research based personal growth curriculum that focuses on school achievement, self-esteem enhancement strategies, healthy decision-making skills, personal control strategies, and interpersonal communication techniques. In addition to the class, students are engaged in social and recreational bonding activities designed to reconnect students to their school culture. This yearlong course is taught to small group of students that have expressed willingness to work toward program goals. Selection made by recommendation and YSS counselor interview.

Transcript title and course number: Reconnect Youth 092315

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; La Cuesta Continuation High School; Alta Vista Alternative High School

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Transcript title and course number: Study Skills 091935

Grades: 7-12; La Colina Junior High School; La Cumbre Junior High School; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School; Santa Barbara Junior High School; Goleta Valley Junior High School; Dos Pueblos High School; La Cuesta Continuation High School

Students may arrange to serve as an assistant in a classroom, office, cafeteria, or other workstation on campus. Students working in this capacity must have good citizenship and attendance and be trustworthy. Students perform clerical duties and assist in the preparation of instructional materials. A limit of 10 credits may be applied toward graduation requirements.

Transcript title and course number: Teacher Aide 891680

Grades: 7-8; La Colina Junior High School; Goleta Valley Junior High School

This is a year long course designed to provide 7th grade students with exposure to two electives. Technology exploration : studenst will explore the devlopment of skills in communication, construction,manufacturing and power/ energy transportation bt completing teacher - selected projects such as : drafting,drawings,introduction to wood projects and jewelry boxes. An emphasis on safety in included. Art: Students will learn the basicis of drawing and do a series of short projects emphasizing the basic elements in art : line, form space , texture and color using a variety of materials

Transcript title and course number: Exploratory 889800

Grades: 11-12; Dos Pueblos High School

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is designed to challenge students to think about what they think and how they come to think it. TOK is based on the spirit of inquiry, and it is a course in which no answer comes without another question attached. Its purpose is to deconstruct and reconstruct students' notions about knowledge. Students will be expected to evaluate and justify the way they claim to know. They will develop an awareness of their potential and their limits as knowers. TOK aims to equip students with an appreciation for active, responsible thinking in an increasingly interconnected world. They are expected to understand both the value and the complexity of the nature of knowledge.

Transcript title and course number: ThryKnwlSL IB 088600

Grades: 9-12; San Marcos High School; Santa Barbara High School

This class is responsible for the planning, preparation and publishing of the school yearbook, under guidance of an advisor. Students plan layouts and graphics, take and print the photographs, write all copy, captions and headlines, and manage book and ad sales. Work is created using industry standard machines and software. This hands-on, project-based course is at the heart of Common Core ideology.

Transcript title and course number: Yearbook 091705

Grades: 7-8; La Colina Junior High School; La Cumbre Junior High School

This class is responsible for the planning, preparation and publishing of the school yearbook, under guidance of an advisor. Students plan layouts and graphics, take and print the photographs, write all copy, captions and headlines, and manage book and ad sales. Work is created using industry standard machines and software. This hands-on, project-based course is at the heart of Common Core ideology.

Transcript title and course number: Yearbook Produc 826360