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Semester History: United States Politics & Public Policy Honors

Type: honors, option to take the AP exam in May Available to: qualified grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously passed or concurrently enroll in a US History course, for honors see placement requirements link on the History Department page The premise of the American democratic experiment is engagement of individual people: this course aims to equip students to have a deeper understanding of what the US political system is and how it works, with the goal of students feeling more comfortable and confident to engage in it as active citizens. Students will collaboratively develop policy memos and speeches on current political issues, engage with local government officials while following the November election process, and will practice research and discussions skills as they explore mediums of social change within our democracy.

2024-02-28T16:17:54+00:00Categories: Grade 11 & 12, History, Upper Division|

Semester History: Comparative Government & Politics Honors

Type: honors, option to take the AP exam in May Available to: qualified grade 12 students and grade 11 students who previously passed or concurrently enroll in a US History course, for honors see placement requirements link on the History Department page Comparative Government & Politics involves an integrated approach to analyzing governing models and political systems and structures throughout the world. Students will explore the government structure and political systems of 6 countries (UK, Russia, China, Iran, Nigeria, and Mexico) and will be prepared to take the college board’s AP Comparative Government and Politics exam should they choose to do so. Students produce position papers, engage with guest experts, and travel to think tanks and universities to explore the nuances of these countries from multiple perspectives.

2024-02-08T19:54:56+00:00Categories: Grade 11 & 12, History, Upper Division|

Semester Chemistry: Forensic Science

Are you a fan of CSI? Do you binge true crime podcasts? Wonder what it’s like to be a real forensic scientist? This class is for YOU! Learn to apply many disciplines of scientific study such as biology/anatomy, chemistry, and physics to criminal investigations. You will discover the proper protocol to secure a scene, how to collect and interpret evidence, and the process for building a legal case. Lab and experimental work may include the investigation of fingerprinting, fiber analysis, trace evidence analysis, blood spatters, and more.

2024-02-01T04:27:30+00:00Categories: Grade 11 & 12 - Science|

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Type: honors Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the World Language Department on the World Language Department page The AP Spanish Literature and Culture course uses a thematic approach to introduce students to representative texts (short stories, novels, poetry, plays, and essays) from Peninsular Spanish, Latin American, and U. S. Hispanic literature. Students develop proficiencies across the three modes of communication (interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational) in the range of Intermediate High to Advanced Mid of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Through careful examination of the required readings and other texts, students work to hone their critical reading and analytical writing skills. Literature is explored within the contexts of its time and place, and students gain insights on the many voices, historical periods, and cultures represented in the required readings and other texts. The course also includes a strong focus [...]

Environmental Science Honors

Type: Honors Available to: qualified grade 11 & 12 students, for honors see placement requirements on the Science Department page Environmental Science Honors introduces students to the interactions between earth’s natural systems, the substantial demands placed on them by the human population, and the ways that we can bring about positive change in our community and beyond. Using the incredible resources on and near the Monterey Peninsula, students will complete experiential labs that prompt them to explore their local environments through real world issues such as foundations of ecology, sustainable agriculture, alternative energy, and environmental justice. In addition to field and lab work, students also gain valuable research experience through data collection, mapping, graphing, analysis, surveying the scientific literature, and presenting findings in class. This course is ideal for students who are excited to learn about environmental science and/or want to take an advanced high school level science course.

2024-01-30T03:43:46+00:00Categories: Grade 11 & 12 - Science, Honors, Science|

Digital Fabrication 2

Available to: qualified 10 students, see placement requirements on the Science Department page or the Computer Science & Engineering page Schedule: one semester Special Notes: This course does not count towards the diploma requirement for the Science department. Students taking this course must concurrently be enrolled in a year of traditional science or have successfully completed three years of traditional science. Digital Fabrication 2 builds upon the skills learned in Digital Fabrication.  Students will learn how to use the Design Process to look at a variety of factors to solve problems.  Advanced CAD modeling will also be covered.  Students will be introduced to automated modeling and optimized design, allowing them to create and modify computer-generated parts.  Analysis of those parts through structural and fluid simulation will be introduced by using FEA (finite element analysis) to refine parts to meet specific requirements.  Top-up and bottom-down assembly techniques will be covered, [...]

Ceramics 2 Honors

In this advanced class, students expand on foundational skills acquired in Ceramics 1, honing technical skills on the potter’s wheel and in advanced hand-building. Students develop their own creative style and showcase work with refined craftsmanship. Students work to create higher quality through advanced concepts, including pottery surface decoration with colored slips, sgraffito, textural application, and underglazes. Students create a portfolio of work and practice utilizing art vocabulary in group critiques, where they study, evaluate and interpret their own and others’ work.

2024-01-29T23:12:58+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Upper Division, Visual Arts|

Introduction to Music Theory

This course is designed to give students a chance to explore songwriting and music production. The ability to sing, play guitar and/or piano are not required but will greatly aid the songwriting process. Using the computer as a virtual recording studio, students will combine software-based sound production with recorded audio from their compositions. Over the course of the year, students will complete at least three songs, in a variety of genres, and perform them at a showcase in the spring term as well as record their compositions. Students will develop skills in working with software along with songwriting techniques. They will be introduced to basic digital audio theory and microphone placement techniques, as well as develop skills in hard-disk recording and editing with Logic, Garage Band, and other multi-track audio software. Students will collaborate as songwriters and sound engineers in the process of composing music. Students are responsible for providing a guitar. An entry-level Yamaha can range from $150 - $300. The school also rents guitars to students.

2024-01-29T21:27:15+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Music, Upper Division|

Guitar 2

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Schedule: one semester Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the music discipline. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced guitarists. To take the course, students should have successfully completed Guitar 1 or have the permission of the teacher. Students will be instructed in the musical concepts of melody, harmony, rhythm, and tempo as applied to the guitar. At the end of the semester, students will be able to play bass lines, chords, and read melodies in first and fifth positions using a pick, and execute fingerpicking patterns. The course will allow for individualized student needs and learning goals. Students [...]

2024-01-29T21:22:02+00:00Categories: Arts Department, Music, Upper Division|
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