Internationals Pathway Courses
Students in the Internationals Pathway take a variety of rigorous courses that focus on the development of English and content knowledge. Students are divided into either a 9th/10th grade or 11th/12th grade pathway. Students in each pathway share the same teachers and classmates. Courses in each pathway rotate on a two year cycle. All of the courses in the Internationals Pathway meet the A-G requirements for UC and CSU admission.
9th/10th Grade Pathway
English II (9th/10th)
Students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills through individual and collaborative work, presented through the lens of the immigrant experience. Over the course of the year, students will have experience writing TEAC paragraphs and essays, crafting arguments, and reading fictional and non-fictional writing. Students will develop their language skills and knowledge of different cultures by working with classmates from around the world. Students will study a variety of texts, including “The All-American Slurp” and border crossing narratives, throughout the year. Studying these topics will help students develop a sense of understanding and empathy towards each other, as well as provide a relatable foundation upon which to build their academic skills.
11th/12th Grade Pathway
American Literature (11th/12th)
Students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills through individual and collaborative work. Throughout the year, students will build their academic and language skills by writing TEAC paragraphs and analytical essays, giving presentations, and reading complex texts. Students will support each other as they work towards becoming independent readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers. By studying a variety of topics and texts, including A Raisin in the Sun, Fast Food Nation, and the Civil Rights Movement, students will develop an understanding of some of the important issues facing our country today. The main goal of this course is for students to develop the language skills they will need to be successful and independent in school and beyond.
Algebra II (11th/12th)
Students will develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills as they engage with rigorous mathematical concepts including trigonometric functions, inverses and logarithms, polynomials, and transformations of parent graphs. At the same time, students will also develop their English skills through collaborative projects and activities. As students work together, they will be able to pool their individual strengths to expand their understanding of both the mathematical concepts and the English language.
Students will develop their critical thinking, problem solving, and English abilities as they engage with complex mathematical concepts such as periodic functions and their graphs, trigonometric functions, inverse of trigonometric functions, integrals, limits and rates of change. Students will be expected to work with these concepts individually and in collaborative groups. Collaborative projects and activities will provide students with the opportunity to improve their ability to participate in academic conversations while they deepen their understanding of the material. Students that excel in this class are deemed ready to enter an AP math course the following year.
This course will focus on the major concepts in Chemistry. The science of matter will be explored through lecture, inquiry, demonstrations, readings and laboratory work. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of how matter is categorized, how matter reacts, the Atomic and Molecular Theories, the causes of chemical reactions, as well as the properties and structure of matter. Students will understand and appreciate the development of chemistry, which is an abstract science, and how chemistry can be applied in daily life.
Students will develop their English abilities as they learn the basics of news writing, interviewing, and media ethics. This course will involve a great deal of reading, writing, and speaking. Students will be expected to read and analyze news articles and broadcasts, prepare questions and conduct interviews, and write their own articles for publication.