Algebra 1* – Algebra 1 is a course with emphasis on the development of an understanding of the symbolic language of mathematics.  Algebraic skills and concepts are developed and applied in a wide variety of problems solving situations.
Pre-Requisite:  Can only be taken if student had Algebra 1 in 8th Grade
(yearlong, 10 credits) UC, CSU

Geometry (9-12) – Geometry is a course that develops an understanding of the concept of proof in geometric contexts and constructs formal logical arguments.  Algebraic techniques are applied in the solution of problems involving geometric figures in two- and three-dimensions. (yearlong) Due to the difficult nature of this class, students must have excellent study skills and have completed Algebra 1 with a grade of A or a high B.   Please note that all students taking any Geometry class during the summer will be given a PVPUSD placement test in the fall and must receive a grade of A in order to move forward into Algebra 2.  It is not recommended to take this class for advancement in the summer.
Pre-Requisite:  Can only be taken if student completed Algebra 1 with a grade of A or a high B.
(yearlong, 10 credits) UC, CSU

Creative Writing – Creative Writing is a semester-long course that introduces the basic elements of story writing in a variety of genres and formats, with a secondary emphasis on reading to study the craft of other writers.
(semester, 5 credits) UC, CSU

Public Speaking – Public Speaking is a semester-long course that helps gain the skills and confidence to become effective speakers.  Students acquire practical techniques as they deliver speeches.
(semester, 5 credits) UC, CSU, CTE

Beginner EL Support Class – For students who are in the early stages of English language development. Students will receive leveled support in language acquisition, structured writing support, and reading comprehension using a variety of supplemental materials and online programs.  Improving oral language, such as speaking and listening skills, will also be a large component of the class. (yearlong)

Writing Workshop 9/10 – Writing Workshop 9/10 is a semester-long elective that prepares for the demands of academic expression such as standardized tests, entrance exams, and writing admissions essays.  This course enriches students’ personal narrative, descriptive essay, expository, persuasive, and research skills.
(semester, 5 credits)

Transition to Algebra – Transition to Algebra is a semester-long course that reviews math skill and concepts, including preparation for Algebra 1.
(semester, 5 credits)

Transition to Geometry – Transition to Geometry is a semester-long course in preparation for High School Geometry (semester, 5 credits)

Biology 1 – Biology 1 is a course designed to meet college entrance requirements as a laboratory science. The material presented in the course includes Cell Biology and Basic Chemistry, Plant Growth and Development, Genetics, Evolution and Natural selection, Reproduction, Physiology of the Human Body and corresponding functions and ecology. Students enrolled in Biology 1 may continue into Chemistry and Physics.
Pre-Requisite:  Completion of Algebra 1
(yearlong, 10 credits) UC, CSU

Biology 1 H – Biology 1 Honors is a course that prepares for the Advanced Placement Biology course (Biology 2 AP) that follows.  Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course.
Pre-Requisite:  Accelerated Science 8 with a grade of B or better, and completion of Algebra 1
(yearlong, 10 credits) UC, CSU

Chemistry 1 – Chemistry 1 is a course designed to meet college requirements as a laboratory science.  This course will cover and investigate the periodic table, atomic structure, chemical bonding, the conversion of matter and energy, stoichiometry, gases and their properties, acids, bases, solutions, chemical thermodynamics, rates of reactions, chemical equilibrium, nuclear processes, and introduces organic and biochemistry.  Experiments, mathematical calculations and models are used to attain an understanding of the concepts, principles, and theories of chemistry.
Pre-Requisite:  Completion of Geometry
(yearlong, 10 credits) UC, CSU

Chemistry 1 H – Chemistry 1 Honors is a course that prepares for Advanced Placement Chemistry course (Chemistry 2 AP) that follows and other advanced science courses.  Coverage of the material in this course will be more in-depth and emphasize more problem-solving than the Chemistry 1 course.  Experiments, mathematical calculations and models are used to attain an understanding of the concepts, principles, and theories of chemistry.
Pre-Requisite:  Completion of Geometry
(yearlong, 10 credits) UC, CSU

Ceramics 1 – Ceramics 1 is an introductory course that uses ceramic materials to emphasize hand-building techniques as well as beginning wheel thrown forms.  The course  provides all students with an opportunity for creative expression and cognitive development in a nonverbal way.  Assessment is based on effort and improvement, regardless of entry-level skills or personal aptitude.
(yearlong, 10 credits) UC, CSU, VPA, CTE

Drawing & Painting 1 – Drawing and Painting 1 is a course that explores and expands aesthetic perceptions, as well as develops skills for using visual arts media effectively.  These skills will enhance the student’s ability to interpret and communicate ideas, feeling, and values.
(yearlong, 10 credits) UC, CSU, VPA, CTE

Photography 1 – Photography 1 is a course designed that provides self-directed and advanced instruction and knowledge of opportunities in photography from traditional to digital.  Students will use editing software to create digital portfolio projects and presentations.  Students will study various professional photographers throughout world history, making connections to their own use of the camera.
(yearlong, 10 credits) UC, CSU, VPA, CTE

S = Semester
Y = Yearlong

*Enrollment in Algebra 1 for incoming 9th grade requires verification of passing grade (D or better) in Algebra 1 taken in 8th grade.  Grades will be checked at summer school and any student ineligible to take the class will be offered the opportunity to switch to a different class (based on availability) or will be dropped with no refund.

Class offerings are dependent upon teaching staff availability; not all classes are offered every summer.