Non-Department Courses


Broadcast Journalism

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 10 (year-long class; after-school)
The students in this after-school class will be responsible for producing the various videos used on campus to promote events and school news. Students will learn the basics of broadcast journalism and apply them in the production of these videos including the weekly Panther Report. Students will learn how to operate HD cameras, edit using Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, film on a green screen, report school events, and be an anchor for broadcast media. Students will be assigned to teams that apply to their interests and talents as part of the crew. All students will be required to keep a detailed binder and documentation of their projects. Mondays will be lecture days and days to critique the Panther Reports and other projects that have aired that day or the week prior. Wednesdays will be filming days for both Panther Report and sports activities. Some sports activities and campus events will fall on other days. Fridays will be spent learning how to edit and as open lab time for editing projects in progress. Students will also have the opportunity to attend orientation and studio classes at CreaTV in downtown San Jose to learn how to use professional broadcast equipment including studio cameras, grid lights, microphones, sound boards, light boards and special editing programs. There will be one orientation and 2 studio classes that are optional. All additional studio classes will be available. Students are required to film 3 to 5 events including sports games. This class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. For more information, visit the Panther Studios website.


Computer Applications

Grade: 9
Credits: 5

Students will learn how to touch-type the alphabetic/numeric keyboard and the numeric keypad with 90% accuracy on a one-minute timed test.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to format research reports and tables in Google Docs; create spreadsheets, graphs and charts in Google Sheets; design academic presentations in Google Slides; understand the concepts of digital literacy and safety; and use advanced research techniques on the internet.

Additionally, students will learn the functions of digital photography, basic photo editing in Pixlr, sound editing in Audacity and simple video editing using iMovie. Web site creation will be taught using HTML and Google Sites.

Web Page Design

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

Web Page Design class is all about coding. Web pages are created using HTML 5, CSS, and Javascript. HTML is the markup language that tells the browser how to display the content of your page. CSS is a coded stylesheet that you use to design the page layout, colors, fonts, and more. Javascript is the language that gives interactivity to a web page. This is a very creative class.

Besides learning how to code, you get the opportunity to design web pages yourself. We have lots of projects that you will do on your own but also with a partner or group. We will learn design concepts and use Photoshop to create and edit images for your web pages.


Personal Finance

Grade: 10, 11, 12
Credits: 5
Prerequisite: None

In this course, students will learn the best practices for managing their own finances. Students will learn core skills in creating budgets, developing long-term financial plans to meet their goals, and making responsible choices about income and expenses.

Topics discussed will be careers and income, banking, income taxes, credit cards and credit history, loans (car, college, mortgages), contracts, buying decisions, renting an apartment, and living on your own. Students will design personal and household budgets utilizing checking and saving accounts, debt and credit management, and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes.

Speech and Debate

Rhetoric I

Grades: 9-12
Credits: 5

Rhetoric I Eligibility: Students in any grade level may take this course. Students who have completed a full year or more of high school speech and debate competition are now allowed to take this course and should instead enroll in Rhetoric II.

Course Description: This semester-long course is an introduction to public speaking and argumentation. Students will be exposed to various written and oral techniques of persuasion, argumentation, exposition, discussion, and analysis of controversial current issues. Students will further develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, and learn how to research, analyze and organize materials for effective oral presentation and argument.

There will be a heavy emphasis on research and persuasion as well as elements of writing well. Students will be required to deliver speeches in interesting and creative methods.

Competitive opportunities will be available to students, but will not be required. Students will be responsible for creating both a Speech presentation and engaging in multiple debate simulations in class.

Rhetoric II

Grades: 10-12
Credits: 5

Prerequisite: Completion of Rhetoric I. Students who have a full year of speech and debate experience may also enroll in this course.

Course Description: This one-semester, elective course builds upon the Rhetoric I class. This is an advanced course in public speaking and argumentation that challenges students to build upon their critical thinking skills by analyzing language, philosophy, and politics. Students will learn to synthesize information, confront differing and nontraditional argumentation and advocacies, and will be able to employ these skills for effective oral communication and advocacy. Students will be required to deliver speeches in interesting and creative methods. Competitive opportunities will be available to students, but will not be required.

Independent Study

Independent Study Program

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Credits: 1-5
This study is beyond the scope of the regular structured curriculum. Teachers must propose an area of independent study in the specific discipline. Each proposal will be reviewed by the department and the Vice Principal of Academics. Individual approval will be granted for each proposal outlining the scope and requirements of each study and setting limits for the amount of credited granted. A copy of the proposal will be filed with the Curriculum Coordinator and credit approved upon completion of requirements. Grades will be granted as pass or fail. (Independent Study may not be used for classes currently offered in the curriculum.)


Grace Lee
Broadcast Journalism

Shawn Matson

Brandon Garrett

Adrienne Renner
Computer Applications, Web Page Design, Personal Finance

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