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Electives

 

School to Work
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: One semester                  
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit
Course description: This course emphasizes locating and applying for a job; interviewing skills, appropriate dress, and follow-through.  It also addresses attitude, workplace ethics, teamwork, leadership, and etiquette. Students research various careers and develop their own individualized career plans.
 
Career Exploration

 

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor and site administrator
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit
Course description: This course is designed for students who wish to gain marketable skills while going to school. Students must have work assignments approved by the instructor, must work fourteen hours a week, and must also attend the School to Work class (see above). Students are required to do the classroom work of the non-working students, plus additional projects as assigned. The instructor will monitor the student’s work experience through his/her supervisor.
 
Child Development I
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit
Course description: Students work in the on-site child care center under the direct supervision of the Child Care Coordinator. In addition to helping in caring for the infants and toddlers, students are given text assignments related to basic parenting skills, including child safety, discipline, nutrition, and health. Students are also assigned a child whose development they must note and assess in a daily journal.
 
Child Development II
 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Child Development I
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit
Course description: Students work in the on-site child care center under the direct supervision of the Child Care Coordinator. In addition to helping in caring for the infants and toddlers, students are given text assignments related to contraception, pregnancy, prenatal development, and childbirth. Students are also assigned a child whose development they must note and assess in a daily journal.
 
Child Development III
 
Prerequisite:   Successful completion of Child Development II
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit
Course description: Students work in the on-site child care center under the direct supervision of the Child Care Coordinator. In addition to helping in caring for the infants and toddlers, students are given text assignment related to the first twelve months of child development. Students are also assigned a child whose development they must note and assess in a daily journal.
 
Child Development IV
 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Child Development III
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit
Course description: Students work in the on-site child care center under the direct supervision of the Child Care Coordinator. In addition to helping in caring for the infants and toddlers, students are given text assignments related to the second and third years of child development. Students are also assigned a child whose development they must note and assess in a daily journal.
 
Computer Applications
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit
Course description: This course introduces students to the use of personal computers. Students learn about the different types of computers and applications available. They also learn how to choose applications for various tasks including word processing, spreadsheet development, web navigation, desktop publishing, and photo editing. Emphasis is placed on developing a sound foundation in handling files and basic text manipulation.
 
Forum I
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: two semesters                  
Number of credits: 1 required Elective credit
Course description: Forum is a mandatory elective. Students will begin with Forum I and attain another level with each new year of attendance at Vista Nueva. Forum includes presentations, school projects, and leadership. Level I provides an introduction to the culture of the school so that students understand staff expectations and the school’s structure and conventions.

Forum II

Prerequisite: Forum I
Length of course: two semesters                  
Number of credits: 1 required Elective credit
Course description: Forum II teaches social skills needed for independent functioning within the community. Topics include self-control, self-expression decision-making, appropriate behavior, and how to interact with others and maintain relationships.
 
Forum III
 
Prerequisite: Forum II
Length of course: two semesters                  
Number of credits: 1 required Elective credit
Course description: Forum III is designed to strengthen students’ personal and group leadership skills. Students are expected to act as school representatives, and are enlisted to help with school functions.
 
Forum IV
 
Prerequisite: Forum III or Senior
Length of course: two semesters                  
Number of credits: 1 required Elective credit
Course description: Forum IV students are responsible for planning and organizing graduation and other special events such as dances and school celebrations. This group is expected to work as a team to create a professional atmosphere and to inspire school involvement.
 
Graphic Communications
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: one semester  
Number of credits: 1 required Elective credit
Course description: This course focuses on the creation of professional marketing materials. Students learn to use desktop publishing tools to create printed items including business cards, postcards, business letterhead, menus, catalogs, and print advertisements. Emphasis is on basic technology usage and high-quality results.
 
Journalism I
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit or 1 Communication credit
Course description: This course introduces students to the field of journalism and prepares them to produce a school newspaper and yearbook for publication. Basic concepts of journalism, including journalistic ethics, journalistic writing style, and newspaper terms, are introduced. Students learn to use available technology, including computer applications, to produce newspaper and yearbook copy. Emphasis is placed on writing for publication.
 
Journalism II
 
Prerequisite: Must apply and receive instructor approval
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit or 1 Communication credit
Course description: Students learn to plan and execute the publication of a school newspaper and yearbook. Students are responsible for developing and meeting deadlines, maintaining professional standards for content and production, and ascertaining the needs and interests of the school community. Specific topics introduced budgeting for production cost, planning for printing and binding time, and editing for content and appearance. More advanced technological skills, including photo manipulation, are addressed. Emphasis is placed on high production quality and timelines. 
 
Life Skills Life-Management
 
Prerequisite: None
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1
Course description: This course provides students with information in a wide range of subjects so they become better-informed consumers and more productive adults. Goal setting, decision-making, prioritizing, management of money, time, energy, stress, and resources; relationships; and the development of the self are a large part of the course.
 
Office Aide I-IV
 
Prerequisite: Approval of the site administrator
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit
Course description: Provides students with the opportunity to work in campus offices, developing skills related to clerical office work. Duties may include, typing, receiving visitors, answering the telephone and using office equipment. Emphasis is placed on appropriate work attitude, human relations, and proper office procedures. 
 
Student Aide I-IV
 
Prerequisite: Approval of the site administrator
Length of course: one semester
Number of credits: 1 Elective credit
 
Course description: Provides students with the opportunity to work in one of several campus offices or with individual teacher, assisting the appropriate professionals with their duties.