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Course Descriptions


All of our humanities classes are project-based, team-taught in a two-hour block, infusing language arts and social science. The arts are a reflection of the time period in which they occur and are logically taught together. Projects are focused on a concept (economics) or a theme (literary or historical period) in which students are given a hypothetical problem to address. Teachers are coaches who instruct and help students on an as needed basis. Through this process students interpret and connect, evaluate and justify, and learn to think on their own. Sophomores and juniors are in combined classes that alternate every other year.

California Studies: (Freshman)

California Studies (CS) is an introductory course that uses an interdisciplinary approach to discover California Literature and Geography. The course will examine the "California Dream" both past and present. The course will explore California's multicultural heritage through its literature and cultural landscape. CS will make extensive use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) as tool of examining California's rich physical and cultural geography. Another important role for CS is to prepare incoming students to succeed at ANTHS. Based upon California's English Content Standards, CS will emphasize fundamental structural skills in writing, and in reading skills assessment and improvement. More importantly, this is also the class where we teach the collaborative and leadership skills needed to excel in New Tech's environment. Students will receive 10 English credits and 10 Geography credits for this year long course.

World Studies (Sophomores/Juniors 2016-17):

This course focuses on world history and literature. Beginning with a review of Western political thought, our projects range from an NBA draft-based simulation of the French Revolution, to a WWII project where we collaborate with the Imperial War Museum in London to gain a European perspective of that conflict. Our studies continue to present times. The companion literature studies range from mythology to contemporary fiction and non-fiction.

American Studies (Sophomores/Juniors 2017-18):

This course focuses on American history and American literature. Beginning with the Civil War and moving forward to present times, the history projects range from holding a political rally during the Depression era to a committee making recommendations to Congressman Wally Herger regarding church and state issues. The literature is connected to the historical context by theme, setting, and author significance during that time period, or other such factors, and includes novels, short stories, and plays.

Political Studies (Seniors):

This course focuses on economics and American government paired with literature that reflects political philosophies, political thought, and cultural ideas from the founding of our country forward. Beginning with the principles of economics and comparative philosophies, our projects range from a political fairytale (Animal Farm), to a simulated political campaign in which students create their own candidates and stage simulated elections. Curriculum for both subjects is tied to California's content standards.


The courses we offer consist of, Math I, Math II, and Math III. We also offer Personal Finance (Seniors only) and Introduction to Statistics. Advanced coursework beyond the second year of algebra will be offered dependent upon the needs of our student population. Students learn concepts visually, analytically, inductively, and deductively. They develop mathematical and critical thinking skills as they apply their knowledge towards solving problems. Whenever possible the appropriate selection and use of technology is emphasized within this context of visualizing, representing and solving problems. (In order to insure student success in mathematics, math tutoring class is mandatory for students who maintain a grade of C- or lower in their math courses.)

Math I:

Math I is the first course in the college preparation sequence. It is an integrated course incorporating algebra, geometry and entry level statistics into the year-long curriculum. This course covers the topics outlined in the Common Core Standards for California. Student-owned scientific calculators (preferably the T1-34 II) are strongly recommended for this course.

Math I Honors:

Math I Honors is the first course in the college preparation sequence for more advanced math students.

Math II:

Math II is the second course in the college preparation sequence. It is an integrated course incorporating advanced algebra, geometry and entry level statistics into the year-long curriculum. This course covers the topics outlined in the Common Core Standards for California. Student-owned scientific calculators (preferably the T1-34 II) are strongly recommended for this course.

Math II Honors:

Math II Honors is the second course in the college preparation sequence for more advanced math students.

Math III:
2 semesters, grades 10-12

This course covers the topics outlined in the California State Standards. This course is an advanced course in the college preparation sequence. Some topics include graphing, functions, equations and inequalities, logarithms, sequences, and probability. This course is for above average students wishing to continue with higher education. This course also includes extensive use of T1-graphics calculator.

Prerequisite: C- or better in Math I, & Math II

Personal Finance: (Seniors only)                                                                                                                                                                                            

The Personal Finance Curriculum focuses on the individual student and the ways they use math in their daily lives. Topics includes: getting a job, calculating payments, checks, wages and income, meal planning and saving money, budgeting, medical insurance, auto insurance, interest, the Stock Market, buying a car, buying a house, home improvement, and home/party planning.

Introduction to Statistics:

The purpose of this course is to teach students the principles of statistical reasoning in an accessible and enjoyable way that helps prepare them for life in the twenty-first century. In a data-saturated world, citizens must be able to ask thoughtful questions, properly analyze data, and, most importantly, use critical thinking skills to draw appropriate conclusions and recognize inappropriate conclusions made by others.


Our science program offers students community-based investigations that focus on the local community and its surroundings. Each year, students will study life science, physical science, earth science, and space science. In addition, there will be close connections between freshman math, geography and communication classes. A major goal of our science program is to help students become responsible, independent problem-solvers who can be both articulate leaders and effective team members. As students are ready, they will be given more and more responsibility for their learning. We believe that the National Science Standards are demanding, comprehensive and complete and better prepare students to define the scientific facts, concepts, and skills that we teach. Students completing our science curriculum will be ready for success at any college or university in the world. A typical science unit may be one in which students actively map their community using the various GIS (Geographical Information System) tools. Students will develop and complete a project that might involve such things as monitoring, restoration, education, reporting to client, etc. At the conclusion of the project, students will reflect on their learning, their degree of success, and what these mean for their next project.

Integrated Science:

Integrated Science is an introductory course into the world of science. Every quarter a different type of science is covered. Earth Science focuses on Plate Tectonics and Geochemical cycles. Chemistry covers atoms, chemical bonding, and acids and bases. Physics includes types of waves, electricity and magnetism. It is a class that gives students an introduction to each of the main scientific fields and also allows students with variable interests to become engaged in science.

Biology C

This second year science course emphasizes the study of the living world. The students will explore living things and their interactions with the environment within the framework of these topics: biochemistry, the cell, genetics, evolution, microorganisms, invertebrates, and human biology. This course will involve lecture, lab experiences, demonstrations, problem solving activities, and activities outside the classroom.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Integrated Science 1 and recommendation from the Integrated Science 1 instructor.

Chemistry - (offered 2016-17)

The central ideas of chemistry are introduced in the context of important issues related to energy and resources that confront all Americans at this time. A balanced use of lectures, small groups, demonstrations, hands-on activities, laboratories, computer technology, and video creates a lively, stimulating learning environment. Problem solving based on logic and physical evidence is emphasized. The topics covered include water, chemical resources, petroleum, food, nuclear energy, the atmosphere, health, and the chemical industry. Student safety is a first priority.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Integrated Science I and Biology. Grades of "B" or higher in Biology C and Algebra are strongly recommended.


Foreign Language/Fine Art:

Spanish I:

Spanish I is a first-year college-preparatory course, which introduces students to the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. The course enables students to express themselves and understand others in practical, real-life situations.

Spanish II:

This is a second-year, college-preparatory course in Spanish. Students will develop the skills necessary to produce and receive understandable messages. Spanish grammar, additional vocabulary, and the study of the culture of Spanish-speaking people will be covered.

Prerequisite: Spanish 1 with a "C" or higher or teacher approval.

American Sign Language I (ASL I and II):

American Sign Language (ASL) II in the Anderson Union High School District is a continuation of the study of the fundamentals of American Sign Language and includes comprehension skills, advanced grammatical structures, continued emphasis on production skills, and aspects of Deaf culture. This course also emphasizes on production/conversational skills in American Sign Language along with continued focus on grammatical and cultural features.

Imaging I:

Imaging I is a one-year course on still-image making. The blending of traditional and digital photographic techniques is stressed. Within this context, students study the evolution of modern art, the key concepts and principles of the visual arts, and the extension of these ideas and methods to other fields. Special emphasis is placed on the ability of students to communicate visually and to appreciate and understand the modern visual arts. There will be a lab fee of $50/year. Each student must have their own digital camera (minimum 3 megapixel. Manual control of exposure and focus is very desirable) or 35-mm film SLR.

Imaging II:

Imaging II is an advanced one-year course on still image making. This course revisits the key conceptual areas in Imaging 1 at greater depth. This includes graphic design and its broad application in the visual arts. The specialized tools and techniques of modern image making are contrasted with the tools and techniques used by artists in the past to communicate visually. Career options in the broad fields of image making and design are explored. Imaging I is a prerequisite for this class. There will be a lab fee of $50/year. Each student must have their own digital camera (minimum 3 megapixel. Manual control of exposure and focus is very desirable) or 35-mm film SLR. There are a few cameras to check out on a limited basis.

Digital Media:

This year long course is a beginning study in contemporary media. The class is structured around projects emphasizing the art elements of line, shape, form, color, space, and texture. It will introduce the student to the principles of design including typography, perspective, color theory, and layout. Students will develop an appreciation of traditional artistic expression as well as an understanding of the role of contemporary media as a verbal and visual means of communication in today's society. After a brief teacher-led instruction in hardware and software common in the industry, students work together to design, create, critique, and present Digital Media art projects.


This course is designed to introduce students to the artistic, creative and historical background of the film and television industry. Students are taught basic camera, lighting and sound techniques that will allow them to produce a variety of projects to practice and demonstrate production skills. Writing, verbal and visual skills are integrated in lessons so that the students will learn all aspects needed for high-level video productions. Students will produce film products of varying length within teams, and individually throughout the course. While camera, lighting, and sound recording techniques will be covered, students will also learn screenwriting basics. An emphasis will be placed on the proper format of scripts for film and television, developing core story ideas, and producing original scripts to be used in creative film projects.

The course will also provide an overview of the relationship between music and film by looking at the history of film music in three stages. The first stage (1895-1927) focuses on the earliest pairings of film with sound. The second stage looks at developments in film music from 1927 to 1960, while the last stage focuses on music in film from 1960 to the present. Teams of students will be asked to integrate music into production projects in ways that enhance the emotional impact of scenes they create. The basics of music theory and composition will be covered so that students have the tools to create original music for film projects.

Prerequisite -Digital Music Production or Digital Media with a B or better (or instructor approval).

Art 1

2 semesters, grades 9-12

A beginning course designed to give students basic drawing techniques that include shading, perspective, figure drawing, and creative thought. Art history and the art movements that shaped it, will also be covered.

Meets CSU/UC requirement for Visual and Performing Arts.

Materials donation requested

Art 2

2 semesters, grades 10-12

This advanced course involves extensive use of pencil drawing and painting techniques applied to art projects that are assigned or created by the student. An in-depth application of shading, perspective, color theory, and creative thought will be required. Students will also be required to learn artists, styles and movements that shaped art history.

Meets CSU/UC Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

Prerequisite: Art 1 with a grade of "C" or better or by permission of the art instructor. Materials fee required

Art III:

Other Electives:


2 semesters, grades 9-12

Join the commitment to capture the year in photos and print by adding to your schedule the Yearbook class. Learn how to be a team player and work on a project that all students look forward to receiving at the end of the year. Learn how to interview people, create interesting designs, write captions, take photographs, set up pages for publication, and organize a marketing plan for the sale of the yearbooks.

Instructor requires an application

Commercial Graphic Design:

2 semesters, grades 10-12

An elective course designed to offer students the opportunity to use their design, drawing, painting and computer skills to problem solve in the field of visual communication and to create pieces such as posters, brochures, banners, invitations, stationery, flyers and advertisements. Typography, logo design, illustration and corporate identity are topics that students may explore. This course utilizes Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and PageMaker. There will be a lab fee of $50/year.

Instructor requires an interview for 9th grade students


An Advisory course designed for students who wish to become involved in a position of leadership at school or in the community. Students will study the qualities of leaders and identify those qualities in themselves. They will learn the dynamics of committees, study the necessity of self-evaluation, become involved in community service outside of school, and study the structure of successful clubs and organizations. Students will also plan and conduct ANTHS Breakfast Club meetings and many student activities while striving to improve and add to them. Students may enroll only with instructor permission on a space available basis. This course may NOT be substituted for social studies credit. NOTE: 1 UNIT OF CREDIT

Prior approval from the teacher is required before enrolling. Please get the necessary form from the counseling office

Digital Music

This course is production based and is an opportunity for students to explore, compose, and perform music using the various forms of technology and software available including Finale, MixCraft, ABLETON and several free web-based programs. Emphasis is placed on musical composition and current digital music techniques.

Guitar I

This course is for the beginner guitarist, and no previous guitar playing experience is necessary. Students learn all aspects of proper technique for playing guitar, proper practice methods and how to tune the guitar. Students learn to play many different chords, many different rhythmic patterns and strumming/finger style techniques. In addition, students learn fundamentals of musicianship, including reading, ear training and reading music on the guitar. Students learn to read, write and use proper musical notation.

Drama/ Advanced Drama:

The Drama course involves beginning and advanced level work in acting, authorship of drama, and audience ethics, as well as extensive reading in traditional and contemporary dramatic literature; while the Advanced Drama continues the development of knowledge and skills. A real interest in theater and the performing arts is required. Advanced students will use beginning drama skills in leadership roles: writing, producing, and directing dramatic productions.

New Tech 101:

Digital Media:

Physical Education:

This course is required for 9th and 10th grade students with a planned program of instruction. Beginning and intermediate skills will be stressed in team, individual, and recreational activities.

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