The Electives Department

  • The Electives Department at CHS provides an enriched learning environment that allows students to realize their highest potential. Through application of activities and skills, students will be better prepared for their chosen path.

    Courses Offered

    8007 Art Appreciation 1 (P) - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12—UC, CSU Year

    Prerequisite: A desire to develop artistic skills and understand aesthetic evaluation.
    This course is a first year art course that will include the study of Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Historical and Cultural Context, Aesthetic Valuing, and connecting these concepts and applications to other curricular areas as well as to possible career options. The course introduces and develops basic concepts, skills, tools, and techniques of drawing and painting within the sequence of the units taught. The elements of art as well as the principles of design serve as a foundation for each unit covered. Selected historical and/or cultural contexts will be applied with attention to analysis, interpretation, and judgment of student work as well as developing an appreciation of works of art from other cultures and times. Several units will incorporate the use of technology to enrich the curriculum.

    8040 Advanced Art (P) - Grades 10, 11, 12 - UC, CSU Year

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of two semesters of Intermediate Art and instructor approval.
    A continuation of Intermediate Art with specific assignments that explore a variety of media and techniques at an advanced level.

    8090 Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art: Drawing (H) - Grades 11, 12—UC, CSU Year

    Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
    Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art is open to students on independent study with the teacher's permission. Students must achieve a semester grade of at least a "B" or have the instructor's approval to remain in this course or to enroll in the next course in the sequence. Only the students who submit an art portfolio to the College Board's Advanced Placement Program will receive the AP designation on their transcripts.

    8430 Ceramics and Sculpture - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12—UC, CSU Year

    Prerequisite: Completion of Art Appreciation 2 (Students will purchase supplies as needed).
    This course is a technical and aesthetic exploration of three-dimensional design through the mediums of clay, metal, glass, stone, wood, polymer clays and fibers. The course will also include two-dimension basic drawing and layout skills. The student will participate in a wide range of experiences using additives or subtractive sculpture techniques, designed to build artistic and creative confidence. The products created in this course may serve as functional items or fine art works. This class will meet the Visual and Performing Arts requirement for entrance to the CSU and UC systems.

    84479 Photo: Commercial Art – Grades 10, 11, 12 – UC Year

    Prerequisite: 6030 Computer Application, teacher approval
    This one year course introduces the student to the creative, rapidly expanding field of commercial art. Art history, culture and heritage, art criticism, creative expression and aesthetics are emphasized as students use traditional and technological media to solve problems in advertising design, animation, computer imaging, graphics and illustration. This course is designed to meet A-G requirements for Visual And Performing Arts.

    91059 Video Production I - Grades 10, 11, 12 Year

    Students enrolled in Video Production I will develop basic skills in all areas needed to plan, write, film, and edit in preparation for a media/communication-based career. This class is mainly project-based and supports ASB and the school in rallies and other events. The class load is demanding and calls for independently motivated students.

    91069 Video Production II - Grades 10, 11, 12 Year

    Video Production II advances the basic skills learned in Video Production I as well as enhances all artistic skills to further refine the career path students eventually choose. The class is mainly project-based and supports ASB and the school in rallies and other events. The class load is demanding and calls for independently motivated students.

    9110 ROP Video Production – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 - UC Year

    Students will work together as production teams in a “real world” studio to produce game shows, commercials, talk shows, and news broadcast. Course content includes learning skills performed by video camera operators, directors, technical directors, floor directors, set designers, scriptwriters, and on-air talent.


    61209 Accounting - Grades 10, 11, 12 Year

    Prerequisite: Algebra or counselor approval.
    Students will acquire accounting knowledge in this course integrating computer technology and software with instruction. The course will enable students to acquire accounting knowledge, understanding, and skill. It is designed to show the use of mathematics and its application in a real-world setting. If a student has successfully completed two years of math in his/her 9th and 10th grade years, this course satisfies the graduation requirement for one year of math in the junior-senior level.

    61309 Advanced Accounting - Grades 10, 11, 12 Year

    Prerequisite: Algebra or counselor approval.
    This course introduces the principles and processes involved in manual double-entry accounting systems. The entire accounting cycle is covered including the use of journals, ledgers and worksheets; preparation of income statements and balance sheet; and specialized accounting functions such as banking, petty cash and payroll.

    60309 Computer Applications Year

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of one semester typing or teacher approval.
    Students enrolled in this course will learn various applications of computer technology. The student will acquire computer skills which can be used in vocational and academic settings. Students will learn to use word processing, database and spreadsheet programs.

    6810 Digital Media Marketing - Grades 11, 12 Year

    Prerequisite: Algebra I with a "C" or better, completion of Computer Applications or instructor approval. This course was developed as part of the Business Academy curriculum to offer a comprehensive, advanced curriculum in the marketing sector. This course offers both a theoretical and applied academic foundation to visual arts through an emphasis on the concepts of marketing.

    6044 Web Development Grades 11-12 Year

    Prerequisite: Computer Applications or instructor approval required.
    Web Development is a one-year course designed to take students through the elements and concepts of Web page design. During the course, students will learn current design elements and code standards used in the Web Development industry. Students enrolled in Web Development typically have completed one year of Computer Applications; many students have also completed Digital Photography or Digital Art courses.

    6650 ROP Retail Sales Year

    Prerequisites: 16 years of age. 9th or 10th grade students may enroll if class has been identified as one of a sequence of classes in a program of study forming a career plan for a 9th or 10th grade student. Internships are subject to industry guidelines. Students are trained for entry-level positions in Retail Occupations. Competencies taught include: sales, safety and security, human relations, professionalism and communication.

    6825 ROP Marketing Fundamentals/DECA Year

    This course is an instructional program that prepares individuals to perform basic marketing functions common to a variety of enterprises and provided foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes for advanced or specialized study in marketing. Students study marketing foundations and principles including customer service, promotion, pricing, finance, selling, risk management, marketing information management, and product/service planning

    9365 ROP Micro Computer Repair and Maintenance Year

    Prerequisites: Students must have basic keyboard knowledge. Computer experience is preferred
    Prepares students to install, program, operate, maintain and service computers. Includes instruction in diagnosis, detection, isolation, and correction of malfunctions. Instruction includes A+ certification preparation and an introduction to networking.

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    6340 School Services—Grades 12 Year

    Opportunities are provided for responsible students to gain practical office work experience in school offices. Students must have good attendance and meet dress standards expected of regular office workers.

    The following courses are designed for students identified through the I.E.P. process:

    6710 Workability – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 Year

    Students will be presented with information on career choices while making the transition to the world of work. Students have the opportunity for pre-vocational and job skills training.

    6995 FS Elective Wheel – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 Year

    Prerequisites: Identified special education students enrolled in the Life Management and Transition Program as per the recommendations of the IEP team. To enable students to acquire technology competencies deemed essential for functioning successfully in community and adult life. 

    7880 ROP Health Careers – Grades 11, 12 Year

    Prerequisites: TB Test and flu vaccines are required.
    Students are taught skills for entry-level employment in health and medical occupations. Hospital departments are used as training locations. Uniform requirements: white pants and white shoes

    7950 ROP Administration of Justice (P) – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 Year

    Prerequisites: Good reading and writing skills are recommended for optimum success.
    Prepares students for basic training in the field of law enforcement as well as being trained for employment as security guards in on-site locations. The class is conducted as a law enforcement academy involving physical as well as classroom training.

    7990 ROP Early Childhood Education Year

    This course is designed to provide students with classroom and hands-on training, while assisting teachers in infant, toddler, and preschool programs, elementary schools, and special education programs. 

    8230 Advanced Band (P) - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 - UC, CSU Year Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

    This course develops major performing organizations which perform at school and community functions. Playing techniques, tone, intonation, balance, marching skills, and teamwork are among the skills emphasized.

    8240 Marching Band – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 Year

    Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
    This course is open to students who have expressed an interest in performing with the marching band and demonstrate a sustaining interest as a participant of this activity throughout their years of membership. This course is structured around performances at high school football half-time shows, parades, field tournaments, and various state and community events. May be repeated for credit.

    8260 Chorus (P) - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 - CSU Year

    This course gives students the opportunity to sing while learning the fundamentals of vocal technique and music reading. A wide variety of vocal music is chosen with emphasis on the enjoyment of group singing.

    8270 Concert Choir (P) - Grades 10, 11, 12 - UC, CSU Year

    Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
    This course develops a major performing organization which performs at school and community functions. Voice training skills and music skills are stressed.

    8290 Music History & Appreciation (P) - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 - UC, CSU Year

    This course is open to all students. No previous experience is required. It is concerned with the study and analysis of music as related to history, past and present.

    8360 Pop Ensemble (P) - Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 - UC, CSU Year

    Students learn a variety of music. Students learn to coordinate dance routines with the music. Solo, small group ensembles are encouraged. Performance before various audiences is sought.

    8390 Jazz Ensemble (P) - Grades 10, 11, 12 - UC, CSU Year

    Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
    This course acquaints students with the basic instrumentation and styles of jazz music. Technical skills and application of music fundamentals are stressed in individual and group work.