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Electives & Other Courses

Graduation Requirement:  Students must pass take required and other courses to equal a total of 220 credits by the end of the senior year.  Most EVHS students will take additional math, science and language classes to add to their credit totals for graduation.

​College Requirement:  Students must pass at least one year of college preparation coursework above the required courses needed to apply to college.  EVHS has very few courses that are labeled electives so colleges will count some of their additional courses (math, language, science, etc.)  in this area.  

The college-prep courses listed below receive credit in the G area for the UC and CSU systems and are noted in the transcript with a "P-" before the title of the course..


 

AVID
Grades 9/10/11/12
Prerequisites:  Selected through application process during the Spring scheduling process for enrollment in grades 9 and 10
AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) is designed to be a four-year elective program. Students are selected through a process that includes recommendations from the junior high schools, a student application and an interview.   AVID is a four year  sequence of elective classes for students with the potential to succeed in college given extra encouragement and academic assistance.  Notetaking, outlining, writing, speaking, reading, test taking-strategies and self-awareness are stressed.  To ensure success in all of their courses, students will be coached individually and in study groups by specially trained tutors.  Each year the student will receive 10 elective credits each year.  Only AVID 4 is a college prep elective.

Business Courses:

Computer Information Technology
Grades 9/10/11/12
Prerequisites: None
This course covers an in-depth study and use of computers and information technology. Students will thoroughly examine computer hardware, software, data, networks and procedures, as well as analyze the impact and application of computers in business. Software applications such as word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management systems, email systems and graphic/presentation packages will be used.

P - Web Technology and Design
Grades 9/10/11/12Prerequisites: None
This course is designed for students who want to have fun learning all about computers, web design, and programming. Students will learn the basis of web page design and slowly develop more complex web pages, graphics, multimedia, and computer programs. This course is a low stress learning environment and moves at a pace that will allow any student at any level to learn and succeed. This course has many projects and activities that will help students develop and practice their acquired skills and have fun at the same time. Covers: html, xhtml, css, Illustrator, JavaScript, DreamWeaver, PhP, Flash, and Java Programming.

Physical Education Courses:
Physical Education 1
Grade 9Prerequisites: None
PE Course 1 is a required Physical Education class for all freshman students. It focuses on a variety of movement patterns in aquatics, dance/ rhythms, and individual and dual activities for knowledge and performance of positive physical activity to support lifelong fitness. This course is a coed environment and must be passed in order to enter Course 2.

Physical Education 2
Grades 10 Prerequisites:   Sophomore level; passed one semester of Course 1
PE Course 2 will focus on the advanced development of motor skills and movements, expand upon the skills and goals from Course 1 while focusing on self-defense and combative sports, gymnastics, tumbling, and a wide variety of team activities. Students should have received a passing grade in both semesters of PE Course 1 in order to enter this course. This course is a coed environment and must be passed in order to enter a Course 3 elective in Physical Education.

PE Aerobics
Grades 11/12Prerequisites: Passed Course 1 and Course 2
Prerequisites: Completion of Course 1 and 2 with a passing grade Students demonstrate knowledge of and competency in motor skills, movement patterns, and strategies needed to perform a variety of physical activities. Students achieve a level of physical fitness for health and performance while demonstrating knowledge of fitness concepts, principles, and strategies

PE Fitness
Grades 11/12Prerequisites: Passed Course 1 and Course 2
Prerequisites: Completion of Course 1 and 2 with a passing grade Students will demonstrate knowledge and competency in motor skills, movement patterns and strategies needed for weight training and fitness. Students will achieve a level of physical fitness for health and performance while demonstrating knowledge of fitness concepts, principles, and strategies. Students will set personal physical fitness goals and log workout data on a daily basis. Students will demonstrate knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies as they apply to learning and performance of physical activity.


Other Elective Courses:
Leadership (Officers and Link Crew)
This course is designed for the motivated student who holds a position in ASB or aspires to hold a leadership position. Important skills introduced in leadership will include, but not be limited to: running effective meetings, priority and goal setting, speaking/listening skills, fundraising, organization, and time management. It will also include actual hands-on experiences with student activities of many kinds; e.g., athletic events, rallies, assemblies, dances, banquets, and more. This class will be mandatory for all ASB and class officers.

Early Childhood Lab
This course is a hands-on laboratory experience designed to focus on the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of the young child. Includes program development to support best practices for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, child guidance and supervision, observation and evaluation of young children, and health and safety standards as they relate to early childhood programs.


Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SV-CTE):
SVCTE offers a full catalog of courses to prepare students for entry level careers or programs articulated with local community colleges.  Visit www.metroed.net for more information.  Check the information about the High School Program to see the variety of courses offered. 

Special Education Services:
EVHS offers programs for students with identified disabilities which will lead to either a certificate of completion or a diploma.  Special course sections offer the curriculum of high school in a small group setting as specified by a student's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).