Dear Student and Parents:
This booklet is intended to assist students and parents with charting a student’s four-year progress through the coursework required for graduation at Granite Bay High School. There are a number of questions that should be discussed and answered between the student and parents prior to using this booklet.
Question # 1: What is your primary educational goal at the conclusion of your senior year?
Question # 2: What area of study do you want to emphasize, if any? Does your student have natural abilities or a passion for a particular field?
Question # 3: Is there a career your student is interested in pursuing?
There are three major segments to the booklet which can guide you in developing an appropriate four-year plan.
Section 1 provides a general overview of guidance services, important references and definitions. This portion of the Guide provides both the requirements for high school graduation and college admission. There are sample tables illustrating possible student schedules. There is a worksheet to use in filling out your student’s four-year high school program.
Section 2 is dedicated to course descriptions listed by each department. It is important to note that some of the elective courses listed in the Guide are not offered every year. Required courses are always offered, but only those elective courses that generate appropriate sign-ups and have adequate staffing are actually taught in any given school year. Please pay particular attention to the pre-requisites that many of the courses require.
Section 3 describes special programs offered by various agencies not limited to GBHS and the Roseville Joint Union High School District. Placer County’s 49’er Regional Occupation Program and Sierra Community College information can be found in this section.
Our goal is to provide the best information we can so that parents and students can develop an academic and career preparation plan that best meets our students’ post-secondary goals. Your assistance and involvement is critical to your student’s success.
This 2010-2011 Planning Guide is available on the school web site at: www.granitebayhigh.org
Section 1: General Information 1
College Admission Requirements 2
List of Courses Meeting UC Requirements 6
Four-Year Educational Paths 7
Section 2: Department Course Description 11
CTE (Business, FACS, ITE) 11
English Electives 18
PE Electives 24
Social Science 29
Visual Arts 33
Performing Arts (Drama, Choir, Dance, Instrumental Music) 35
World Language 40
Section 3: Special Programs 42
Elective Pathways 43
49er regional ROP 47
GRANITE BAY HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS
Counselors at Granite Bay High School are assigned according to students’ last names. The alphabetical assignments are as follows:
A - Ek …………………………………… Tiffani Gieck
El - K …………………………………… Carey Bussey
L - Ri ……………………………………… Paul Stordahl
Ro - Z …………………………………… Walt Wild
Special Services ………………………Janice Lucas
Student Support Counselor …… Marlon Morgan
4 x 4 BLOCK SCHEDULE
Granite Bay High School is on 4 x 4 Block schedule that has students taking up to four courses over an 18-week period. Students meet in four classes for 86-minute periods each school day with the exception of special schedule days such as rallies, collaboration days and assemblies. In December of every year, students complete their fall courses and begin up to four new courses for the spring term in January. All freshmen and sophomores are required to be enrolled in four courses each term. Juniors are permitted one off-campus per year while seniors are permitted one off-campus each term pending being on target to complete A -G requirements and scoring at the basic level on the CST’s.
I. Satisfactory citizenship and attendance
II. 260 credits including the following required subjects:
(Five credits earned for successful completion of each course every 9-week grading period.)
English 40 credits (grades 9, 10, 11, 12)
Math 20 credits – Includes successful completion of Algebra I (or higher) and one additional math class beyond Algebra 1 (Geometry or higher).
^ 30 credits to include:
World Studies - 10 credits (grade 10)
(or AP European History)
U. S. History - 10 credits (grade 11)
Government/Economics - 10 credits (grade 12)
Science 20 credits (must be UC/CSU approved) to include:
Biological Science - 10 credits and
Physical Science - 10 credits
Physical Education 20 credits (grades 9 & 10)
Health and Safety 10 credits
Fine Arts or World Language 10 credits
Electives 110 credits
III. Pass the California High School Exit Exam
A student’s transcript will list three different grade point averages (GPA’s): Academic GPA (9-12), Academic GPA (10-12), and Total GPA (9-12). Each is calculated differently:
COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (UC/CSU)