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AP Human Geography


Grade Level: 9                    RBV Graduation: Elective                                  UC/CSU A-G: "A" 


Prerequisite: None                                                                                 
AP Human Geography is a yearlong course that focuses on the study of human populations and their impact on the physical geography of the planet.  Emphasis is placed on human and environmental interaction, globalization, and cultural diversity. Case studies from around the globe are used to develop knowledge and skills.  Focus is on preparation for the College Board AP Human Geography exam. 

 

 

World History 2


Grade Level: 10               RBV Graduation: World History                               UC/CSU A-G: “A”


Prerequisite: None

This college preparatory course focuses on European History with an emphasis emphasis on writing and critical thinking.  

 

 

AP European History 


Grade Level: 10               RBV Graduation: World History                               UC/CSU A-G: “A”


Prerequisite: None

This intensive college preparatory study of European history from the Renaissance to the present emphasizes writing, critical thinking, analysis of original-source documents and preparation for the AP exam.

 

 

AP World History


Grade Level: 10                RBV Graduation: World History                               UC/CSU A-G: “A”


Prerequisite: None

This intensive honors level course will develop a greater understanding of the human interaction and development across the globe, while tracing the relationship of change and continuity through world history.  Major focuses of the course will be on trade, systems of international exchange, war and diplomacy. This course will also prepare students for the AP Exam in May.  

 

 

United States History


Grade Level: 11                 RBV Graduation: US History                                   UC/CSU A-G: “A”


Prerequisite: None

This college preparatory survey of U.S. history focuses on the 20th century with an emphasis on writing and critical thinking.

 

 

AP United States History


Grade Level: 11                 RBV Graduation: US History                                  UC/CSU A-G: “A”


Prerequisite: None

This intensive college preparatory survey of U.S. history from colonial times to the present emphasizes writing, critical thinking skills, analysis of original documents, and preparation for the AP exam. This is the first year of the IB History Sequence.

 

 

American Government


Grade Level: 12                 RBV Graduation: Government                               UC/CSU A-G: “A”


Prerequisite: None

This one semester college preparatory course surveys the American political system.  In addition to coursework, six (6) hours of community participation are required to earn a passing grade in this course.

 

 

Economics


Grade Level: 12                  RBV Graduation: Economics                               UC/CSU A-G: “G”


Prerequisite: None

This one semester college preparatory course surveys the American economic system. In addition to coursework, six (6) hours of community participation are required to earn a passing grade in this course.

 

 

AP American Government with Economics


Grade Level: 12                   RBV Graduation: Gov&Economics                    UC/CSU A-G: “A”


Prerequisite: None

This course is a yearlong study of the philosophical and Constitutional foundations of United States government and a practical analysis of how the government works today.  While foundational principles are addressed, the emphasis on the course is in gaining a practical understanding of current government institutions, partisan politics, and public policy.  In addition, course will integrate the California Economics Standards to fulfill course requirement.  The yearlong course is designed to prepare students who wish to take the AP Government Exam. In addition to coursework, six (6) community participation credits are required per semester to earn a passing grade in this course.  This course is a yearlong course. If you drop this course at the semester, you are required to complete both American Government and Economics. 

 

 

IB History of Americas HL2


Grade Level: 12                       RBV Graduation: Gov&Economics                 UC/CSU A-G: “A”


Prerequisite: None

This intensive college preparatory study of 20th century World history/diplomacy/economics and Latin American history prepares students for the IB exam. In addition to coursework, six (6) community participation credits are required per semester to earn a passing grade in this course.  An individual research project is required. This course is a yearlong course. If you drop this course at the semester, you are required to complete both American Government and Economics. 

This is the second year of the IB History Sequence.

 

 

Social Studies Electives

 

 

History of American Sport


Grade Level: 11-12                  RBV Graduation: Elective                                 UC/CSU A-G: “G”


Prerequisite: None

The History of American Sport is an elective full year course that will allow students to explore the impact sports have had on the history of the United States.  Students will see the connection between events in the sports world and the historical times in which they occurred.  Students will participate in debates, create projects based and follow current events in the world of sports.  Students will also study the impact of such athletes as Babe Ruth, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson and others.

 

 

Socio-Political History of Rock and Roll


Grade Level: 11-12                  RBV Graduation: Elective                          UC/CSU A-G: “G”


Prerequisite: None

Course will cover social and political history of the United States between 1950-2000 as seen through the lens of music and the musicians of the times. Musical genres ranges from blues to rockabilly to punk to heavy metal to hip-hop.  Emphasis is placed on significant historical events such as the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and the impact of U.S. foreign policy. Students will be instructed through the use of primary source documents, lyric analysis, music, original video clips and reflective discussions.  Assessments include projects, analysis and interpretation, and reflective writings. 

 

 

Introduction to Ethnic Studies 


Grade Level: 11-12                  RBV Graduation: Elective                   UC/CSU A-G: "G"             Click for: Video Description


Prerequisite: None

This Ethnic Studies course will examine the history, cultures, politics, and sociological status of Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, and Latino Americans through from the beginning of the 20th century to present day.  In addition, students will consider the short and long-term impact of race, prejudice, and discrimination in U.S. history and culture, but will also examine the strides made legislatively and socially to create positive changes within the United States.

 

 

Psychology


Grade Level: 11-12                 RBV Graduation: Elective                     UC/CSU A-G: “G”             Click for: Video Description


Prerequisite: None

This two-semester course presents a survey of selected topics in the field of psychology. The study of human behavior is covered through experimentation and observation. 

 

 

IB Psychology SL/HL1


Grade Level: 11-12                  RBV Graduation: Elective                    UC/CSU A-G: “G”             Click for: Video Description


Prerequisite: None

This one-year college preparatory course surveys theory, experimentation, research and preparation.

 

 

IB Psychology HL2


Grade Level: 12                        RBV Graduation: Elective                    UC/CSU A-G: “G”            


Prerequisite: IB Psychology SL/HL1

The HL Psychology course is to offer students a second year of study that would be needed to fulfill the requirements for the IB Diploma Program while also allowing other students to continue studies in the field of Psychology in possible preparation for the Higher Level External Test.  The IB Diploma Program, for students aged 16 to 19, is an academically challenging and balanced program of education that prepares students for success at university and life beyond. Students take courses in six different subject groups, maintaining both breadth and depth of study. Psychology higher level is in group 3, individuals and societies. HL2 will give students an understanding in one of the additional option areas (Sports Psychology, Human Relationships, Developmental Psychology, or Health Psychology. Additional work will also be completed in a Higher Level Internal Assessment and Qualitative data unit, and substantial review from the previous years study in preparation for the Higher Level Examination.