12th Grade

Language Arts
All seniors must take either English IV or Honors Literary Theory. There will be two sections offered for each of these courses.

  • The prerequisite for Honors Literary Theory is a minimum grade of 85% in 11th grade English or the recommendation of the teacher. Spots are limited for this class so it is important that students only sign up if they are certain they meet the criteria.

Social Science
All seniors must take Government (semester 1)/Economics (semester 2).

Math
All students must complete Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II to graduate. Students who have not completed Algebra II must enroll in that course. Intro to Statistics (taught through Berkeley City College), Honors Pre Calculus, and AP Calculus are available, but are not required.

  • College Statistics Prerequisite- Passing grade in Algebra II
  • Honors Pre Calculus Prerequisite - Passing grade in Algebra II
  • AP Calculus Prerequisite – Minimum B- in Pre Calculus

Science
No required course. Honors Physics and Environmental Science are both available.

  • Physics (Honors)- Honors physics is an algebra based physics course looking at how the physical world works. Topics covered include, linear & projectile motion, Newton's Laws, momentum, energy, & waves. This is a math-based course so students must have completed Algebra II with a B or better.
  • Environmental Science (Honors) - This course is an opportunity to explore environmental issues with scientific, social, political and economic lenses. Students will work with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world and use them to identify, analyze, and problem-solve environmental issues. Prerequisite grade of B or higher in Chemistry and a serious desire to delve into environmental issues.

Language other than English
All students must complete a minimum of 2 years in the same language to graduate. However, a 3rd year is highly recommended by UCs.

  • Spanish – Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish II (Honors), Spanish III, Spanish III (Honors)
  • French – French I, French II, French III (Honors)

Other languages like American Sign Language are available off campus via concurrent enrollment through the Peralta System (Alameda, Laney, Merritt, and Berkeley City College). Many of these language courses offer 2 years of credit for each semester taken. Students who are interested in concurrent enrollment must check in with their grade-level counselors.

Elective Offerings

  • AP Psychology – AP Psychology is an advanced senior elective. It meets 1st period, and on-time daily attendance is expected. Students must have an 80% or higher for both semesters of 11th grade English to enroll. All students planning to enroll in AP Psychology should have attended the required meeting with Mr. Taylor or must check in with him in person ASAP. Additionally, they are required to join the Google Classroom for the course and monitor it over the summer
  • Ethnic Studies (Honors) – This course is about the way race and ethnicity operates in the daily lives of Americans. As a class, we will analyze, discuss, and interpret a variety of media, predominantly texts, which depict the oppression and resistance of ethnic groups within the U.S. Students will end the year with a greater understanding of the systemic inequalities that thrive in our society and the actions being taken to counter these systems. Through extensive writing, analysis, and discussion, all students will improve their ability to process material at a college level. 
  • Mock Trial - this elective teaches about the judicial system and how a trial actually works. The years starts off with an overview of our country's judicial branch and how it functions. Around October the class is assigned a “case” that students study in order to prepare to compete against other schools’ teams. Students act as lawyers, witnesses, and other court room players. They make a case on why their client should be found guilty or not. This course includes independent and group work and encourages students to have the best presentation of their case. After the trial competition is over, the class switches to debates. Students pick topics and have a wide range of debates against their classmates. This class is great for students who have an interest in the judicial system and want to do fun competitions. The only requirement is that students have a desire to be and participate in class, and participate in the competitions.
  • Teacher’s Aide - Students who have an extra period and are not interested in taking an elective course can choose this option to assist a teacher in the classroom each day. If students have a preference for which teacher they work with, they can coordinate this with that specific teacher. 
  • Student Leadership - In this class high school students of all grade levels will create the structure that provides student voice on campus. Through this channel student government will be implemented, student events will be planned, school assemblies will be organized, and peer leadership will be established. This class is not limited to students interested in student government and is open to all students interested in solidifying student voice on campus. Students who are in student government must sign up for Leadership.