Welcome to Coast Union High School Counseling Department. Our goal is to assist students to become socially, emotionally and intellectually responsible young adults. Beginning in grade 9 students begin to create an academic plan for their high school years culminating with post high school planning and a positive pathway into their future.
High School Academic Counselor
- Physical Education
- Social Science
- General Electives
- Fine, Visual & Performing Arts
- Foreign Language
- Vocational, Technology, Computer Literacy
The following pages contain course descriptions for courses currently offered at Coast Union High School. Each description contains information on which grade level(s) may take the course, what (if any) prerequisites are required before taking the course, whether it can be repeated for credit, and whether it meets entrance requirements for the University of California and the California State University systems UC/CSU.
College prep classes will be designated by a “P” after the course title. All AP and college prep classes meet entrance requirements for the California State University and University of California systems and will be designated UC/CSU. Students must pass a UC/CSU course with a C or higher to be UC/CSU eligible.
Each course has a bracketed subject area designation that shows which subject area requirement can be met by the course, what grade level the student must be in to take the course, and what if any prerequisites must be met before the student may enroll in the course.
Although a course may be used to meet more than one subject area requirement, each course can only be used to meet one requirement. Some course availability may be contingent upon student interest and enrollment.
Guide to Terms:
AG = Agriculture
AP = Advanced Placement
ELD = English Language Development
WASC _ Western Association of Schools and Colleges
IEP = Individual Education Plan
P = College Prep
UC/CSU = University of California / Cal State University
CTE - Career and Technical Education
ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT / ENGLISH SUPPORT: 9th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: English assessment will be used to place students in ELD
A beginning course in English as a second language. It gives students wide experience in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the English language. There is an emphasis on communication in real life contexts as well as on vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Historical and cultural aspects of the English speaking world are also studied. This class may be taken as a support class for English I.
ENGLISH I-P: 9th Grade
The emphasis of the course will be the study of literature, incorporating extensive reading, analysis (both individual and group), writing and speaking. We will work on the various forms of writing: creative, descriptive, narrative, and expository. A passing grade is needed as a graduation requirement. Course instruction is geared to assist students in meeting the California State English/Language Arts Standards and the Expected School wide Learning Results (ESLRS) established for Coast Union High School. In order to qualify for Honors English II (sophomore year), a student must earn an 'A' (at least 90%) in both semesters of English I and be recommended by his/her teacher. UC/CSU
ENGLISH II-P: 10th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of English I with a “D” or better.
English II is a more intense extension of English I in that it is a survey of different kinds of literature mixed with a continued study of grammar, composition skills, and increased vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on students being able to write in a legible, literate, and intelligent manner with minimal grammatical errors. Different kinds of composition are explored as are a variety of methods for understanding and appreciating literature. Students are expected to do homework on a regular basis, take notes in class, come prepared to learn, study at home, and be disciplined enough to participate intelligently in a college prep course. UC/CSU
ENGLISH III-P: 11th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of English II with a grade of “D” or better.
English III is a one-year college preparatory course with an emphasis on the study of American literature from its early days to contemporary writings. Students will also prepare themselves for the SAT I and SAT II, with a review of vocabulary and grammar usage. Course instruction is geared to assist students in meeting the California State English/Language Arts Standards. UC/CSU
AP LANGUAGE and COMPOSITION: 11th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of English II with a “B” or better.
The AP English Language and Composition course focuses on rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts and the development and revision of well-reasoned, evidence-centered analytic and argumentative writing. At the heart of an AP Language and Composition course is the reading of various texts. While writing represents a significant component of this course, the core skill required is the ability to read well. The course requires students to become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their reading and writing should make students aware of interactions among a writer’s purposes, reader expectations, and an author’s propositional content, as well as the genre conventions and the resources of language that contribute to effectiveness in writing. UC/CSU
ENGLISH IV / CSU EXPOSITORY READING & WRITING-P: 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of English III with a 'D' or better.
The goal of the Expository Reading and Writing Course is to prepare college and career-bound seniors for the literacy demands of higher education and the work-force. Through a sequence of fourteen rigorous instructional modules, students in this yearlong, rhetoric-based course develop advanced proficiency in expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The cornerstone of the course--the assignment template--presents a process for helping students read, comprehend, and respond to nonfiction and literary texts. They will read closely to examine the relationship between an author's argument or theme and his/her audience and purpose; to analyze the impact of structural and rhetorical strategies; and to examine the social, political, and philosophical assumptions that underlie the text. Course texts include contemporary essays, newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, reports, biographies, memos, assorted public documents, and other non- fiction texts. The course materials also include modules on two full-length works (one novel and one work of non-fiction). Written assessments and holistic scoring guides conclude each unit. UC/CSU
AP ENGLISH: 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of English III or AP Language and Composition with a grade of “B” or better is recommended.
A course designed to help students prepare for the AP English Literature exam, this class offers motivated readers an opportunity to experience a wide range of literary themes and genres and engage in stimulating and academic conversation regarding these works. Although encouraged to take the AP exam in the spring, all students who LOVE to read and discuss the ideas generated through literature are welcomed. Emphasis is on the novel, poetry and drama; the reading list covers different eras of work. Themes and motifs discussed include speculative/futuristic fiction, the heroic journey, magical realism, etc. Students taking honors or AP courses earn an extra grade point and those students who take and pass the AP exam may earn college credit. See specific colleges for their AP policy. UC/CSU
GENERAL MATH I, II, III: 9th - 12th Grade
General Math is for students who need/request assistance with math skills.
FOUNDATIONS MATH (Pre-Algebra): 9th Grade
Foundations Math prepares students for Algebra I. Students will learn basic facts and procedures, develop the understanding and ability to use them in new and challenging problems, and acquire problem-solving strategies. Graphing, order of operations, decimal work, percentage work, probabilities, multiplication, subtraction, division and addition of integers, areas of squares, rectangles, and parallelograms, and elementary work with variables are some of the specific areas that will be covered. In addition, considerable time in the second semester will be spent reviewing the concepts necessary for successful completion of the standardized tests to be administered in April.
ALGEBRA I-P: 9th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Foundations Math (Pre-Algebra) with a grade of “C” or better or passed 8th grade math with a grade of “C” or better.
The purpose of this course is to give students an introduction to the skills involved in mathematical problem-solving. By using operations with monomials, polynomials, factoring, radical expressions and exponents, students will be able to solve problems using linear and quadratic equations, and systems of equations. UC/CSU
ALGEBRA II-P: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Geometry with a grade of “D” or better
This course reviews and extends topics covered in Algebra I, including solving and graphing of linear and quadratic equations. In addition, this course introduces concepts necessary for subsequent mathematics courses including complex numbers, solutions of higher degree equations, graphing and analysis of equations of the conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions, and sequences and series. UC/CSU
GEOMETRY-P: 9th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I with a grade of “D” or better.
An integrated team and individual learning course. Problem solving skills in data organization, looking for patterns, drawing diagrams, making systematic lists/tables, finding and solving sub problems, and writing algebraic representations to make and test conjectures about angles, lines, congruence, polygons and circles; communicate mathematical understanding in clear conjectures, explanations and/or justifications; understand the interdependence between algebra and geometry; learn a core set of geometric facts and relationships about polygons, circles, prisms congruence and measure; use coordinate geometry as often as possible, particularly for the study of area, perimeter, transformations, congruence and functions; and develop facility with ratios, particularly in the areas of similarity, right triangle trigonometry and probability. UC/CSU
AP STATISTICS-P: 11th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Alg. II with teacher approval or Math Analysis with grade of “C” or
The purpose of the AP course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: 1. Exploring data, 2. Sampling and Experimentation, 3. Anticipating Patterns, and 4. Statistical Inference. Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, advanced placement or both for a one-semester introductory college statistics course. This does not necessarily imply that the high school course is one semester long. Students would also receive an extra grade point if they pass this course. UC/CSU
MATH ANALYSIS-P: 11th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra II with a grade of “C” or better.
The trigonometry portion of this course involves methods of solving for unknown sides and/or angles of triangles and solving trigonometric equations. The pre-calculus portion will broaden previously learned concepts and introduce new concepts which will facilitate success in a college calculus course. UC/CSU
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS: 12th Grade preferred
Prerequisite: Completion of at least Algebra II with a grade of “C” or better
This course will provide a comprehensive review of high school math concepts and introduce concepts needed for college mathematics courses. Topics to be covered will include algebra, geometry, graphing, applications of trigonometry, probability, and statistics. UC/CSU
AP CALCULUS A/B-HP: 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Math Analysis with a grade of “C” or better.
This course prepares students for the Calculus A/B Advanced Placement Examination. Topics to be covered include functions, limits, differentiation and the associated rules, integration and the associated rules, and applications of differentiation and integration. Students taking honors or AP courses earn an extra grade point and those students who take and pass the AP exam may earn college credit. See specific colleges for their AP policy. UC/CSU
PE I: 9th Grade
Physical education course I provides the foundation for high school instruction. Students develop proficient motor skills in each area of physical education; they expand their capabilities for independent learning; and they examine practices that allow for sound decision making to enhance successful participation in movement activities. The major emphasis of study includes physical fitness, and individual/dual activities.
PE II: 10th Grade
The tenth grade physical education program will give students opportunities to experience activities they may want to pursue on their own. A well-planned physical education program offers students a wide variety of activities. The emphasis of study for the tenth grade is team and individual sports, outdoor education, combative, and analysis of movement.
INTRAMURAL SPORTS : Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: Passed PE I and PE II
This course will focus on developing students’ knowledge of and competency in motor skills, movement patterns, and strategies essential to perform a variety of physical activities. These activities may include: badminton, tennis, two-player volleyball, running, walking, strength and core training. Students will also continue to expand their knowledge for fitness concepts and participate in activities to maintain and improve their health related fitness.
AG BIOLOGY-P: 9th-11th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Integrated Ag. Science with a grade of “C” or better or concurrent enrollment in Geometry.
This course covers Cell Biology, Biomes, Ecology, Genetics and Protein Synthesis, Evolution, Plants and Animals. All subjects covered are linked to their agricultural backgrounds using plant and animal systems. This class includes membership in the National FFA Organization. This one-year lab science is for all college-bound students but especially those with career interests in the diverse field of agriculture. UC/CSU
BIOLOGY-P: 9th-11th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Integrated Science with a grade of “C” or better or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1.
Course covers ecology, cell biology and microscopes, photosynthesis and cell respiration, genetics, cell reproduction, evolution and human biology. Human biology is explained through the hands-on dissection of a fetal pig. Emphasis is on the interactions and processes of life, and the detailed processes of genetics and DNA. Students will learn fundamentals and current research in this changing field. This course will prepare students for further study in other advanced courses in biology, environmental sciences, microbiology or chemistry. UC/CSU
AP BIOLOGY-P: 11th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry with a “B” or better and concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or more advanced math.
This class follows the curriculum of the College Board. It covers: Science as a process, Evolution, Energy Transfer, Continuity & Change, Relationship of Structure to Function, Regulation, Interdependence in Nature, Science, Technology and Society. College credit may be given for an AP Exam grade of 3 or higher! Check with the individual college for requirements. Students taking honors or AP courses earn an extra grade point and those students who take and pass the AP exam may earn college credit. See specific colleges for their AP policy. UC/CSU
CHEMISTRY-P: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology or Ag. Biology with a grade of “C” or better and concurrent enrollment in Algebra II or more advanced math.
This is an introductory course in theories and concepts of modern chemistry. The course emphasizes the structure of the atom, periodic properties, bonding and common reactions, solutions and equilibrium, and acid-base reactions. The student will be briefly introduced to quantum mechanics, organic formulas, and nuclear chemistry. The laboratory work will develop students’ ability to apply chemical principles; as well as acquaint students with chemical lab techniques. UC/CSU
AG CHEMISTRY and SOIL-P: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Enrolled in or passed Alg. 1
This course presents the principles of matter supplemented with laboratory experimentation with emphasis on chemistry’s applications to the environment and agricultural practices. Students will be involved in hands-on laboratory study that will use critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The students will receive an in-depth look at various concepts in chemistry including: chemistry and its relationship to agriculture, matter and energy, the periodic table, bonding, chemical reactions, moles, gases, and gas laws. All students are members of the Future Farmers of America and will have a supervised agricultural experience project (SAE).
Key Concepts/ Learning Goals:
- Gain a basic understanding of chemistry based on NGSS with an Agricultural emphasis.
- Develop skills necessary for success in college and business. UC/CSU
AP CHEMISTRY-P: 11th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Students must have passed Chemistry with a B or higher.
This AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course taken during the first years of college. This course enables the students to undertake work in the chemistry sequence in college or to register for courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. This course is structured around the six big ideas in the AP Chemistry curriculum provided by the College Board. Students should attain a depth of understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry and reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The course will also allow students to develop their ability to think clearly, express ideas orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. This course is open to all students that have completed a year of high school chemistry and who understand, and are willing to work outside of the class studying, doing homework, writing reports, and finishing lab work if needed. UC/CSU
PHYSICS-P: 11th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Chemistry with a grade of “C” or better and concurrent enrollment in Math Analysis or higher math recommended.
Emphasis is on the physics principles, and allows students to explore how science and mathematics are applied in the real world. Lectures, labs, and activities involve moving objects, catapults, and construction of an electronic circuit board robot. Areas of study include motion and forces, universal gravitation, conservation of energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, waves, and electricity and magnetism. This course will prepare students for a concentration in physics, chemistry, or engineering at the college level. UC/CSU
ANIMAL SCIENCE-P: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology or Ag. Biology with a 'D' or better.
This course will provide the student with principles in Animal Science focusing on mammalian production, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, nutrition, respiration, and genetics. Includes membership in FFA. UC/CSU
ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology or Ag. Biology with a “D” or better.
This is a hands-on science class which includes membership in the National FFA Organization. Students learn: use of horticulture industry tools, greenhouse management, plant propagation, landscape design, record keeping and irrigation technology. Students will have an ongoing supervised agricultural experience in horticulture project throughout the year.
ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE 2, 3, 4: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology or Ag. Biology with a “D” or better.
This course covers instruction that expands the Agriculture knowledge and skills of Horticulture to include more advanced scientific computations and communication skills needed in the horticulture industry. Some of the topics studied include greenhouse plant production and management, bedding plant production, watering systems, light effects, landscape design, general maintenance and personal development and growth. FFA competitive events and leadership roles will be addressed during the class as they grow through all these vast experiences.
VETERINARY SCIENCE-P: 11th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Passed Animal Science with a “C” or better.
Through this course students will be able to get a veterinary assistant certification that they can use to get a job in a veterinary clinic. Students will get hands-on experience and exposure to animal production, health, nutrition and care. Possible internships with local vet clinics or ranchers can lead to jobs and industry experience. UC/CSU
CAREER and GLOBAL STUDIES -P: 9th Grade
This is a course designed to enhance basic study skills and prepare the students for the rigor required in high school college prep courses. In this course students will spend a semester completing the Cuesta College Get Focused Stay Focused Course as dual credit course for college. Students graduate with two vital and unique documents: their dynamic 10-year Career and Life Plan along with their skills-based education plan. The second semester is designed using topics related to current events and World Geography, students will engage in higher levels of reading, writing, inquiry, oral communication and collaboration. This course builds upon standards found in the History/Social Science and English/Language Arts state frameworks. UC/CSU
WORLD HISTORY-P: 10th Grade
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of world events and cultures regarding economic, political, social, and geographical changes that have taken place in the modern era from 1715 to present. Students will learn about concepts, events and people, as well as important historical dates. This course follows state standards and ESLRS. UC/CSU
U.S. HISTORY-P: 11th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of World History with a “D” or better.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the events: economic, political, and societal that shaped the course of the United States from 1765 to the present. Students will learn important historical events and relevant concepts to help in their understanding historical changes at work in the U.S. from its beginning to the present. This course follows state standards and ESLRS. UC/CSU
AP U.S. HISTORY-HP: 11th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of World History and English II with a grade of “A” or better.
The advanced placement program in United States history is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in American history. The program prepares students for college by making demands upon them equivalent to those of full-year college introductory courses. Students taking honors or AP courses earn an extra grade point and those students who take and pass the AP exam may earn college credit. See specific colleges for their AP policy. UC/CSU
U.S. GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS-P: 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of U.S. History or AP U.S. History
Economics is a one-semester course that will allow students to study economic principles and theories and understand how they influence economic policy on a world, national and local level. This course wills information students about Macro-economic and Micro-economic principles. In addition, students will gain further economic insight from occasional guest speakers. Government is a one-semester course that teaches students how to become effective participants in our American democratic system, it is imperative students know and understand how the government operates and what their roles in that government are. This class emphasizes the foundations of the American governmental system, the structure of the national government, and the importance of basic civil liberties. UC/CSU
AP U.S. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS/ECONOMICS-HP: 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of U.S. History or AP U.S. History with a “B” or better is recommended
This course is an intensive study of the structures of government and the process of the American political system. All students are encouraged to take the AP exam in the spring. Students taking honors or AP courses earn an extra grade point and those students who take and pass the AP exam may earn college credit. See specific colleges for their AP policy. UC/CSU
PSYCHOLOGY-P: 11th - 12th Grade
Psychology is a high school level course that is appropriate for 11th-12th grade students who want to focus on the individual behavior and why an individual thinks, feels and reacts a certain way. An emphasis on research methods, stages in childhood and adolescence, psychological testing and psychological disorders will be focused on in the class. The course provides students with information about issues that all individuals encounter concerning themselves and their relationships with family, friends and acquaintances. This is a college prep course and requires advanced reading and critical thinking skills. UC/CSU
ASB (Associated Student Body): 9th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Must be elected or appointed to office.
This course introduces students to leadership skills and techniques and offers them a way in which to put these skills into action. Student activities touch all phases of student life, from Homecoming events to being politically involved in community issues that affect the school. Students learn how to bring about constructive change by working within the educational system, organize and plan a variety of events, manage student body finances, improve communication skills, and practice parliamentary procedure.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TUTOR: 11th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Must have appropriate transportation to drive to CGS from CUHS on assigned days.
Student must enjoy working with elementary/middle school age children. Student will be assigned to an elementary/middle school teacher to assist in the classroom and to work individually with children. Student must have transportation to and from selected school site. Student must meet with the guidance councilor before registering for class. Student grades, attendance, and school records will be reviewed prior to being selected for this course.
DIRECTED STUDIES: 9th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Current I.E.P. and Resource teacher recommendation.
This course offers students an opportunity to work on I.E.P. goals and review class material. The classes are very small and have both a teacher and a classroom aide.
MOCK TRIAL: 19th-12th Grade
This course is designed to help students understand the mechanisms and principles of the American justice system, which affects all citizens and residents. Using landmark supreme court cases, students will learn various topics pertaining to legal principles and practices, constitutional law, legal concepts and terminology, court room procedures, understanding of law enforcement, judiciary procedures and interpretations of principles through the process of role playing in the various situations one may encounter pertaining to the justice system and trials.
WEIGHT TRAINING: 11th-12th Grade
This course is designed as an elective in physical education. Daily activities will include stretching, cardiovascular training, and an individualized weight program designed to help the student-athlete further develop his/her strength and sports-related skills. Participation in an extracurricular sport is recommended, and priority will be given to those student
Fine, Visual & Performing Arts
ART I-P: 9th -12th Grade
Art I is a one-year comprehensive program that integrates the areas of aesthetics, art criticism, art history and studio productions. Students develop an awareness of, and appreciation for, the presence of art in everyday experiences. They learn to apply the elements and principles of design by working with a variety of media. The textbook website is oriented to help students by providing chapter summaries, quizzes, vocabulary and various activities. UC/CSU
ART II-P: 9th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Art I
Art II is a one-year exploratory course. It is based on the extension of knowledge taught in Art I. Students experience hands on application using the elements and principles of design in art designs and projects. The areas of aesthetics, art criticism, and art history are also studied, and used as a basis for inspiration of some projects. The Art textbook is used for reference in this class. UC/CSU
3D DESIGN: 9th-12th Grade
A variety of craft methods will be introduced in this class. Projects may include: Mosaic, stained glass, copper enameling, glass fusing, metal embossing, batik, wood burning and carving, mask making, weaving, and nature crafts, are among the methods that students will learn in this class. UC/CSU
AP STUDIO ART DRAWING-HP: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Art I and II
In this course, students will focus on preparing a portfolio for the Advanced Placement in Studio Art 2 Dimensional Art. Students will work at an accelerated pace on an advanced level. Students are required to submit an AP Studio Art Portfolio with an emphasis on drawing, painting and mark-making. UC/CSU
AP STUDIO ART 2 DIMENSIONAL ART-HP: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Art I and II
In this course, students will focus on preparing a portfolio for the Advanced Placement in Studio Art 2 Dimensional Art. Students will work at an accelerated pace on an advanced level. Students are required to submit an AP Studio Art Portfolio with an emphasis on drawing, painting, computer graphics and/or photography. UC/CSU
AP STUDIO ART 3 DIMENSIONAL ART-HP: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Art I and 3D Design
In this course, students will focus on preparing a portfolio for the Advanced Placement in Studio Art 3 Dimensional Art. Students will work at an accelerated pace on an advanced level. Students are required to submit an AP Studio Art Portfolio with an emphasis on 3 dimensional art forms. UC/CSU
CHORUS, 2,3, and 4-P: 9th-12th Grade
Chorus is a non-audition group open to freshmen through seniors. The class emphasizes basic music theory, vocal training, sight singing and performance. A variety of music is learned including classical, jazz, folk, modern, and multi-cultural. Singers perform in fall and spring concerts, festivals, and sing at many other local venues. No previous experience is necessary. UC/CSU
SPANISH I-P: 9th - 12th Grade
Prerequisite: “C” or better in previous English class
Students will learn the Spanish verb tense system, acquire a vocabulary of approximately one thousand words and be able to write a simple paragraph at the end of this entry-level course. UC/CSU
SPANISH II-P: 10th - 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish I with a grade of “C” or better or teacher approval
Welcome to the Spanish II class where we will further explore the wonderful Spanish-speaking world. We will advance in our reading, writing, listening and speaking skills at an intermediate level. By the end of the school year, you will be able to communicate better in a Spanish-speaking environment. UC/CSU
SPANISH HERITAGE SPEAKERS III-P: 11th - 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish II with a grade of “C” or better or demonstrates mastery of Spanish language.
This course will meet the needs of the heritage speaker by focusing on literacy skills. We will develop more reading, writing, listening and speaking skills at an advance level, while studying Spanish literature, geography, culture, grammar, vocabulary and orthography including accents. UC/CSU
AP SPANISH-HP: 11th - 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish III with a “B” or better is recommended
AP Spanish language course covers the equivalent of a third-year college course in advanced writing and conversation. It includes oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar and composition. The students taking this course have the following objectives; the ability to compose expository passages and the ability to express ideas orally with accurately and fluency. This course will develop language skills that can be applied to different activities and disciplines. Extensive training in the organization and writing of compositions will be an essential part of the Language and Culture course. The teacher uses Spanish exclusively in class, encouraging the students to do the same. UC/CSU
Vocational, Technology, Computer Literacy
AGRICULTURE MECHANICS, 2, 3, and 4-P: 9th-12th Grade
A comprehensive introductory shop/laboratory-oriented course that covers the essential concepts and skills related to agricultural mechanics. The student will learn to use hand/power tools and measuring devices. They will also have the opportunity to develop skills in basic electric wiring, plumbing, concrete foundation, carpentry, painting, welding, cutting, and trade skills. UC/CSU
PUBLICATIONS / YEARBOOK: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Teacher approval / English grades will be considered.
Designed for students interested in news, journalism and developing their skills as a writer. The course explores the contemporary media and the ethical responsibility issues inherent in the press today. Students will learn the fundamentals of news reporting, photojournalism, design layout and digital media. Students will create 8 original stories using varied structures, writing techniques and photography. The Publications class publishes the school newspaper, HoofBeats and the Yearbook, El Bronco both in print and online. The course incorporates extensive research skills; investigative reporting; expository, argumentative, and journalistic writing skills; the writing process; and problem solving techniques. Students work as a collaborative team to brainstorm school issues, write and select articles, create layouts, maintain a working budget, and market the yearbook to the school and community.
CYBERSECURITY / ITC ESSENTIALS: 10th-12th Grade
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra I, Algebra II
Prepares students for a career in network administration and technical support with a focus on cyber security. The course includes a series of technical subjects that provide hands-on knowledge and skills in computer hardware, operating systems, networking and security concepts. Industry based curricula are utilized in a networked environment to assist in preparing students for industry recognized certifications. Students go through the intricate problem solving exercises that mimic the technical challenges of the real world. The program targets students preparing for careers in cyber security, information and communications technology.
CTE IT ESSENTIALS: 11th - 12th Grade
Prerequisite: Algebra I and Physics
The study of the concepts of physics, electronics, mathematics and engineering as applied to the information infrastructure present in today’s connected society. In particular, the science of electronic technology and the mathematical and logical structure of computing and networking systems will be explored in depth. Concepts studied will include basic electronics concepts, binary and hex representation of numbers, and concepts of network information transport.
CTE AUDIO PRODUCTION: 10th -12th Grade
Students will learn the history of sound production and the technical advances in the industry. Knowledge and utilization microphones, digital, analog and computer based audio editing and recording equipment, and software programs such as Garageband, Logic and Digidesign Pro tools. Study and training will prepare students for careers in music engineering and production, post-production for film and television and live sound-mixing for theater and concerts. Students will develop an extensive digital audio portfolio. UC/CSU
CTE DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION: 9th -12th Grade
In this introductory Pathways course, students will participate in the pre-production, production, and post-production processes of digital media products. This course focuses on exploration of emerging platforms for distribution and full expression through digital media technologies. Students will begin their preparation and training for the Adobe Certification Exam. This class is the prerequisite to the Advanced Digital Media Production course. UC/CSU
CTE ADVANCED DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION: 11th -12th Grade
Prerequisite: Digital Media Production
In this advanced Pathways course, students will participate in the pre-production, production, and post-production processes of digital media products. This course focuses on exploration of emerging platforms for distribution and full expression through digital media technologies. Students will begin their preparation and training for the Adobe Certification Exam. This class is the prerequisite to the Advanced Digital Media Production course. This is a Capstone Course for students in the Arts, Multimedia and Entertainment Pathways. UC/CSU
CTE ADVANCED DIGITAL AUDIO PRODUCTION: 11th -12th Grade
Prerequisite: Passed Audio Production and teacher recommendation
Advanced Audio Production allows students to grow and expand their leadership skills and industry knowledge. The course will prepare students for careers in music engineering and production, post-production for film and television and live sound-mixing for theater and concerts. UC/CSU
CTE INFORMATION PROCESSING: 10th -12th Grade
Student will begin to explore engineering, the design process, simple machines, control systems, fluid systems and many other technology systems and processes. The principles of math and technology are explored as to how they relate to a global society. Students will explore teamwork, decision making, troubleshooting, problem solving, independent research, and career exploration. Upon completion of each unit, students will engage in a lab based project to test their new competencies.
ROBOTICS: 10th-12th Grade
Robotics is a high school level course that is appropriate for 10th-12th grade students who are interested in the design, engineering, and programming of robots or another technical career. The course will be offered as a dual enrollment class where students may receive Cuesta College credit as well as high school credit. Students will learn programming languages and will be challenged to build robots while learning and using STEM and Robotics principles.
Senior & Scholarship Information
Senior Timeline: September – December 2022
• Finalize decisions as to which colleges you will apply. There is a fee for University applications. Application Fee Waivers are available. Community College applications are free of charge.
• Sign-up to take or retake the SAT I, SAT Subject Test, or ACT if needed.
• If you haven’t already, you should visit campuses you are planning to apply to.
• Applying to a private university? Application deadlines vary, check your dates!
• Questions about college: Visit with Ms. Brossette
• Update your resume—your list of accomplishments, involvements, and work experiences—with your senior year activities. Your resume will help you complete your applications and essays.
• Ask teachers/counselors to write letters of recommendation (if required for your application). Supply a resume to anyone writing you a letter of recommendation.
• October 1: FAFSA is open for applications for 2023-2024
•CSU (California State University) applications are available for submission Oct. 1. See a counselor if you need help or have questions.
• Start working on UC (University of California) essay questions.
• Early Admissions Applications are available for some universities, check your dates!
• If you plan to play college sports and haven’t signed up for NCAA Clearinghouse, the time is now!
• SAT and ACT tests are still being administered, some universities will not accept scores after the October test date, check your dates!
• If required for your university application ask your counselor, teachers, and coaches or employers for letters of recommendation. Give them a minimum of two weeks meet your deadlines and make sure to provide them with a copy of your resume.
• If you applied for EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) be sure you’ve asked for letters of recommendation and completed all necessary paperwork.
• UC applications are available for submission November 1-November 30.
• UC Personal Insight Questions should be in the final stages. Make sure to ask for feedback and proofreading before sending them off.
• Finish UC and CSU applications.
• Begin looking at Scholarship Information
• Local Scholarship information will be passed out in your Government class
Please visit with Ms. Brossette anytime you have questions or need help.
Senior Timeline #2: January – June 2023
• FAFSA Applications available online @ www.fafsa.ed.gov must be completed by March 2, 2023. Some funding is first come, first served.
• Local Scholarship Applications are due January 13, 2023 by 3:30 pm / no late applications will be accepted. Follow the directions on the blue sheet given to you.
• Check on scholarships available through the colleges/universities you applied to.
• Emails from the colleges/universities you applied to may be sent asking for additional information needed for admission.
• Letters of acceptance may begin to arrive.
• Complete Cuesta application.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY!
• Continue your general/outside scholarship search.
• Check on scholarships available through the colleges/universities you applied to.
• Submit your FAFSA by March 2 to qualify for Cal Grant.
• SAR (Student Aid Report) sent via email to students who filed FAFSA. Emails from the Federal Student Aid Commission may be sent to you in regard to additional documentation needed.
• Letters of acceptance may begin to arrive.
• Attend Local Scholarship Interview practice sessions.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY!
• Submit your FAFSA by March 2.
• Thursday, March 9, 2023 LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEW DAY
• SAR (Student Aid Report) sent via email to students who filed FAFSA.
• Continue your general/outside scholarship search.
• Emails from the Federal Student Aid Commission may be sent to you in regard to additional documentation needed.
• Financial Aid packages may begin to arrive via email or mail from the colleges you applied to.
• Housing applications for many colleges/universities are available.
• Letters of acceptance may continue to arrive.
• Attend all Local Scholarship Interview practice sessions.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY!
• SAR (Student Aid Report) sent via email to students who filed FAFSA in March
• All letters of acceptance should arrive by the end of April
CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY!
• Notify colleges/universities of your decision to accept/ decline their offer of admission
• Continue correspondence with the Financial Aid office to complete all paperwork.
• Request final transcripts: Let Ms. Aguilar know where to mail your final transcript
CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY!
• Request final transcripts: Let Ms. Aguilar know what college/university to send your final transcript
• Pass all of your finals!
• Graduate! June 1, 2023 @ 1:30 pm in the CUHS gym
• Local Scholarship thank you notes due to Ms. Brossette by June 1, 2023
• Cuesta College Registration (sign up for classes)
CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY!
Local Scholarship News & Info
All qualifying Coast Union seniors may apply for these scholarships. In order to participate in the local scholarship interviews, students must meet the following criteria:
1) Minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average (Check with Ms. Brossette before you begin the scholarship application to verify your cumulative GPA)
2) Participate in at least one extra-curricular activity at CUHS or have completed community service hours
3) Student completes application and attaches two letters of recommendation
4) Application and essay must be grammatically correct or will not be accepted (example: NO lower case I’s, proper mechanics and grammatical structure) If you wait until the last minute to submit your application, and it does not meet the above criteria, your application will not be submitted for consideration.
Print the Word Document when complete
January 13, 2023
Completed application due by 3:30 pm
Submit a digital folder of your application and recommendation letter to Ms. Brossette.
*Some donors will require hard copies: paperclip together – do not staple.
March 9, 2023
Students who submitted a scholarship packet will be interviewed by various committees representing organizations and individuals who sponsor scholarships. These interviews will be conducted in the high school library on a scheduled basis, approximately ten minutes per interview. After the interviews, the individual organizations will rate the candidates and submit their recipient names to Ms. Brossette.
The Scholarship and Awards Committee will meet and review the scholarship applications and recommendations of the scholarship donors.
May 18, 2023
Senior Awards Night – Scholarships announced
June 1, 2023
Thank you notes and proof of college enrollment due. All thank-you notes must be turned in to Ms. Brossette by this date. Proof of enrollment must be given to Ms. Brossette before scholarship money is released. Remember to put stamps on your letters.
It is your responsibility to inform Ms Aguilar where to send your final CUHS transcript.
Coast Unified School District provides a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic, extracurricular and other educational support programs, services and activities. The CUSD School Board prohibits, at any district school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student by anyone, based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group, identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
Links of Interest
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County Scholarships: https://www.cfsloco.org/available-scholarships/
Take a virtual tour of college campuses: www.youvisit.com/education
The GoodCall’s Scholarship Engine requires no personal information and it’s free to use. You can check it out here: www.goodcall.com/scholarships
College Vine: Great resources and search tool for colleges: https://www.collegevine.com/
Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) / https://studentaid.gov/
California Dream Act Student Aid Application/ https://dream.csac.ca.gov/landing