Upper School Courses

Criminal Justice (2 semesters)
Teacher: Katie Soto

Semester A: This course will introduce you to our nation’s criminal justice system, as we explore the history of the legal system and reforms that have led us to our current system today.  We will develop a deep understanding of what justice means. We will explore several different policing strategies and also interviewing and investigation techniques during a mock investigation. Finally, we will explore the court system with an introductory look at the trial process. 

Semester B: This course is a continuation of Intro to Criminal Justice A, where we will continue to explore the criminal justice system. This course will focus on the juvenile justice system, where will explore the differences in the adult and juvenile justice systems. We will gain an understanding of the corrections system and what it’s goals are. Lastly, we will take on the current hot topic of reform, and identify changes that are needed in our criminal justice system.

(UC a-g credit )
Healthy Lifestyles (1 semester)

This one semester course in health various components of mental, emotional, social, consumer, physical and reproductive health. It provides students with age-appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and the preventative measures necessary for creating a life-long healthy lifestyle. This essential class fosters the concept of living a healthy, well-balanced life in all facets. This course fuses everyday real health issues in an invigorating, exciting, explorative, technology filled way allowing students a much more comprehensive, and imaginative way to study themselves and the make meaningful connections to the world around them.

Sociology (1 semester)

This one-semester elective course is designed to give students an introductory overview of the major concepts in the field of sociology. Sociology is the scientific study of society and the relationships of the individual within a society. It studies social behavior, social organization and cultural institutions. It uses empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a better understanding of social order, deterioration and change. This course will cover issues relating to: law and crime; family and gender; work and leisure; culture including art, music and film; communications, particularly social media; death and dying; and peace, war and conflict. It will devote an emphasis on recognizing population and demographic phases and their impact, as well as race and ethnic changes that resulted from these shifts.

(UC a-g credit )
Psychology (1 semester)

This one-semester elective course is designed to give students an introductory overview of the major concepts in the field of psychology. It begins with a survey of history and systems in psychology, influential schools of thought, prominent figures and how each contributed to the development of the field. It provides opportunities to explore studies regarding psycho-biological processes, research methods, human development, personality theories, learning, perception, memory and psychological disorders and effective treatments. Students will create hypothesis regarding human behavior, conduct studies, collect data, sort and analyze that data and write summary conclusions. Students will hold conversations to deepen their ideas, practice using evidence to support their positions, see flaws in each other’s study designs to arrive at their own beliefs, opinions and further questions. Major goals of this course include: learning to observe human behavior without interpreting it through personal inferences; becoming better listeners; thinking about their own thought systems, experiences and beliefs in new ways (practicing metacognition); to gain insight into the behavior of those around them through familiarity and application of psychological principles, critical thinking skills and sophisticated, if not entirely formal, analysis.

(UC a-g credit )
Mock Trial (2 semesters)
Teacher: Katie Soto

Explore crime and justice through a real-world approach in which you take on the role of a prosecutor or defender in a criminal trial. Learners will explore the court system, the roles of everyone involved in the court, and the trial process. As a prosecutor or defender, you will have the opportunity to prepare your case for trial.

(UC a-g credit )

Middle School Courses

Social Media Smarts (1 quarter)
Teacher: Erin Jones

It’s hard to be a gatekeeper in a world with no fences. Parents have little control over the flow of information to their kids, who see too much, too soon. We no longer hear conversations or see what our kids create and share with others. Since we cannot cover their eyes, or shadow them everywhere they go, we need to teach them how to behave responsibly in the digital world. This is an eight week course in social media smarts.

Cyberbullying Awareness (1 quarter)
Teacher: Erin Jones

Cyber bullying is using technology (usually a computer) to harass, intimidate, embarrass, or demean others. People who might not act mean offline sometimes bully others online because they can’t see or be seen by the people they are hurting. Learn how to protect yourself and others from this dangerous type of behavior. This is an eight week course.