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Shoshana Adams
Laura Allen
Charles Bussey
Justin Hernandez
Dave Hostetler
Harun Hutchinson
Bill Lourey
Alex Morales
Jackie Naah
Jon Owens
Anne Paxton-Smith
Stephanie Sellers
Andrew Troi

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Valhalla High School Requirement - 40 Credits

Humanities I - Geography
This is a college preparatory course for 9th grade students. It combines English and social studies so that teachers and students can work together to examine selected topics of importance. Communication skills such as language, composition, spelling, reading, and library/study skills will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to different forms of literature such as narrative poetry, the short story, and essays. Students are also introduced to social science skills that combine concepts and practical application. Emphasis in all areas of learning is placed on subject matter and development of study skills through the problem-solving approach to learning as recommended by the Social Science Framework. This course meets the University of California “g” elective requirement.

Pre-AP - Geography
This is an honors level introductory course for ninth grade students. It combines English and Social Studies so that teachers and students can work together to examine selected topics of importance. Communication skills such as language, composition, spelling, reading and library/study skills will be emphasized. Students are also introduced to social science skills that combine concepts and practical application. Emphasis in all areas of learning is placed on subject matter and development of study skills through the problem-solving approach to learning as recommended by the Social Science Framework. This course meets the University of California “g” elective requirement.

Humanitites II - World History
A required two-semester survey course designed to provide an introduction to world history and physical and cultural geography. This course is designed to meet the needs of the student who expects to pursue a post secondary education in a four-year college setting. This course satisfies district and state graduation requirements for two semesters of instruction in world history, culture, and geography. This course meets the University of California “a” social science and “g” elective requirements.

US History
A two-semester course in U.S. History designed to prepare all students for college.  This course meets the University of California “a” social science and “g” elective requirements. CLICK HERE for a video of from our US History team of teachers.

Government
A semester course designed for the 11th and 12th grade college preparatory student following the basic description, knowledge, and critical thinking skills similar to that of 1A. The student will be expected to pursue in-depth research and read more widely and diversely than is required of the non-college student. This course meets the University of California “a” social science and “g” elective requirements. CLICK HERE for a sample of one of our Government Projects.

Economics
A semester course designed for the 11th or 12th grade college preparatory student in which the principles of economic analysis, economic institutions, and issues of public policy are examined. The student will be encouraged to develop critical thinking and communication skills through study. The course will include allocation of resources, distribution of income, money and banking, economics, as well as practical applications to consumer economics. The student will be expected to explore various conflicting theories of economic thought. This course meets the University of California “g” elective requirement.

Student Government
This one-semester course provides students the opportunity to learn leadership principles and techniques useful in carrying out their duties as officers in their school’s student government organization. Through the development of activities that promote school loyalty and spirit, student leaders learn how governmental policies evolve. Techniques of democratic, problem solving are learned through participation. Students must meet the requirements set forth by their school before service student government. Students may be removed if they fail to maintain these standards. The course may be repeated for credit up to eight (8) times.

Psychology
This course is an elective class designed for juniors and seniors. This course will enable students to achieve a full understanding of the working of the brain and nervous systems along with the interesting subjects of cerebral laterality, intelligence, memory, personality development, human behavior, sleep, dreams, stress, and various psychological disorders. It will emphasize and use the techniques of human observation, surveys, research papers, experimentation, and lively group discussions. Careers in psychology psychiatry, and psychoanalysis will also be emphasized. This course meets the University of California “g” elective requirement. 

AP World History
This course will develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in interaction with different types of human societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence and focuses primarily on the past thousand years of the global experience.

AP US History
A two-semester course in U.S. History designed to provide the capable student with the opportunity to take part in a college-level course while attending high school. The curriculum is consistent with the Advanced Placement Course Description published by the College Board. This course meets the University of California “a”social science and “g” elective requirements.

AP Government & Politics
A semester course designed for the 11th or 12th grade college preparatory student in which the principles of economic analysis, economic institutions, and issues of public policy are examined. The student will be encouraged to develop critical thinking and communication skills through study. The course will include allocation of resources, distribution of income, money and banking, economics, as well as practical applications to consumer economics. The student will be expected to explore various conflicting theories of economic thought. This course meets the University of California “g” elective requirement.

AP Art History
A course designed to offer the student the equivalent of an introductory college course in art history. Students will acquire an understanding and enjoyment of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within a historical and cultural context. The curriculum is consistent with the Advanced Placement History of Art course description published by the College Board. This course meets the University of California Visual & Performing Arts “f” and elective “g” requirements and also the GUHSD Fine Arts graduation requirement.

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