Course Catalog

2019-20 Course Catalog

Welcome to Mission Hills High School! For a .pdf version of the Course Catalog, click here.


We offer a four-year comprehensive high school program with courses ranging from Career Technical Education (CTE) to Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which may result in college credit for work done in high school.  In addition to a strong academic program, MHHS provides many opportunities for students to become involved in student government, sports, music, drama, community service, and other extracurricular activities.


How to Use This Course Catalog


This publication contains important information for both students and parents/caregivers. A successful high school career requires careful planning and monitoring of each student’s progress. Families are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the graduation and college entrance requirements explained in these pages and use this information as they discuss and develop students’ four-year plan.

Graduation Requirements

A student must earn 230 credits in order to graduate from Mission Hills High School. Each course is worth five credits per semester. Students and parents are encouraged to monitor carefully the student’s progress towards meeting these requirements. Failure to complete six classes successfully each semester will jeopardize a student’s timely graduation.

College Entrance Requirements

Students planning to go directly to a four-year college or university must meet college/universities entrance requirements. Those interested in private colleges or universities should contact the appropriate schools early in their high school career to ensure they are taking the necessary courses.

College and university information is available on campus in the College and Career Center. Students are invited to peruse the college catalogs and use the computerized college search programs available. In addition, a wealth of information is available on the Internet; most institutions, both public and private, maintain informative and up-to-date sites easily located with a brief search. Detailed information on Internet sites related to college selection, financial aid, and SAT/ACT and preparation is located in the College and Career Center.

Entrance requirements for the four-year public university systems in California are outlined on the following page. Please note that students must pass with a grade of C or better in any courses taken to fulfill entrance requirements. Although D grades are considered passing for purposes of graduation, they are NOT considered passing by the university systems.

A list of MHHS courses which meet UC and CSU admissions requirements may be found on the UC website http://www.ucop.edu/agguide/.  Select the “A-G Course Lists” box, enter “Mission Hills High School” on search line, then click on view course list “Mission Hills High School (San Marcos, California).”


San Marcos Promise

The San Marcos Promise is a educational foundation designed to enhance the lives of students, families and the communities in North San Diego County. It offers a promise of hope and opportunity for San Marcos youth and a long-term goal of reinforcing the culture of San Marcos as a well-educated, vibrant, prosperous community for years to come. Through a variety of resources and ongoing support programs, The San Marcos Promise works alongside the schools in San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) to ensure students are empowered to embark on their future path and are adequately prepared to succeed after graduation- whether that's on a college campus, in a career program, or whatever educational path they have chosen to reach their career goals.

 

For more information on the promise programs visit the San Marcos Promise website: http://thesanmarcospromise.org/


Graduation & University Admissions Requirements

Mission Hills High School

University of CA

CA State University

 

Class of 2023

Class of 2022

Class of 2020 & 2021

ENGLISH

4 Years

4 Years

4 Years

4 Years

4 Years

(40 credits)

(40 credits)

(40 credits)

MATHEMATICS

3 Years

2 Years

2 Years

3 Years

3 Years

Including Geometry

Including Geometry

Including Algebra I

Algebra 1, Geometry, & Algebra II.

Algebra 1, Geometry, & Algebra II.

(30 credits)

(20 credits)

(20 credits)

Four years recommended

Four years recommended

HISTORY

3 Years

3 Years

3 Years

2 Years

2 Years

(30 credits)

(30 credits)

(30 credits)

American History & World History

American History & World History

SCIENCE

2 Years

2 Years

2 Years

2 Years

2 Years

1 year of Life Science

1 year of Life Science

1 year of Life Science

Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics.

One year of life and one year of physical science with lab.

1 year of Physical Science

1 year of Physical Science

1 year of Physical Science

(20 credits)

(20 credits)

(20 credits)

Three years recommended.

Three years recommended.

LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE)

2 Years*

2 Years*

2 Years*

2 Years

2 Years

(20 credits)

(20 credits)

(20 credits)



 

 

 

Three years recommended.

Three years recommended.

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS (VAPA)

1 Year*

1 Year*

1 Year*

1 Year

1 Year

(10 credits)

(10 credits)

(10 credits)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

2 Years

2 Years

2 Years

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(20 credits)

(20 credits)

(20 credits)

ELECTIVES **

60 credits

70 credits

70 credits

1 Year of Approved course from any  “a-g” subject area

1 Year of Approved course from any  “a-g” subject area

TOTAL

230 credits

15 units                                                (7 must be taken in grades 11-12)

15 units

TESTING

NONE

SAT or ACT (with Writing)

SAT or ACT

Minimum Grade

A grade of D is passing for Graduation.

*C or better in all “a-g” courses

*C or better in all “a-g” courses

*10 Credits of CTE may replace 1 year or LOTE or VAPA. **Any course which exceeds specific subject area requirements counts as elective credit.


Credits

Credits towards MHHS graduation may be earned in the following manner:


  • Successful completion of courses offered during the regular school year or summer sessions.
  • Transfer of units from accredited private or other public schools.
  • Transfer of units from a community college.
    • 2-3 unit community college class = 5 credits at MHHS
    • 4-5 unit community college class = 10 credits at MHHS
    • Any class which is less than 2 units at a community college may not be transferred to MHHS for credit.
  • Completion of basic education adult school courses for high school credit.
  • Independent study as authorized by the California Administrative Code.

The following limitations apply unless prior approval for exemption is granted by the principal:

  • While attending MHHS, a student may apply no more than 30 credits from off-campus sources (community college, adult school, college, and university) towards graduation.
  • All courses which meet specific requirements (e.g., English, math, etc.) must be taken at Mission Hills High School or must have been completed at another accredited private or public school prior to transfer to MHHS.
  • Courses identified as repeatable may be taken multiple times for credit. Students earning a grade of D in a college prep A-G course may repeat the course for additional credit providing that they earn a grade of C or higher the second time through. The initial course with the D grade will be applied as elective credits for graduation purposes.


Expected Progress

Students are expected to pass all classes and earn 30 credits each semester. Students who fail to accumulate credits may be transferred to an alternative setting (Twin Oaks High School) in order to get back on track for graduation. By the end of each year, students should have earned a minimum of the following credits in order to remain at Mission Hills:

  • Grade 9 - 25 credits
  • Grade 10 - 95 credits
  • Grade 11 - 155 credits


Advanced Placement (AP) Classes:


Advanced Placement courses provide a college-level learning experience. Students who enroll in AP classes are expected to take the AP exams given in May of each year. Most colleges will grant credit for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP exams; thus, students may earn college credit while still in high school. Students earn an extra grade point for a grade of C or higher. State law mandates that weighted grades can be assigned only to courses designated as eligible by the University of California (UC). UC has approved weighted grades for all MHHS Advanced Placement courses as well as the honors courses in French III (H), Spanish III (H), Physiology (H), Biochemistry (H), Introduction to Engineering and Design (H) and Principles of Engineering (H). Our other honors classes have been approved by UC, but do not qualify for weighted grades.

Incompletes:

Incompletes are not given. Missed work due to excused absences must be made up within two weeks of the beginning of the following school term and the grade will be averaged in for a permanent grade. It is the student’s responsibility to contact teachers and make arrangements to make up work. If the work is not made up, the prior grade will be permanent.

Transferring Students:

A student who transfers to Mission Hills after the first six weeks of the semester with NO check-out grades from the previous school will receive grades of NM (no mark) for that semester at MHHS and will receive no credit for that semester. Students transferring to MHHS within three weeks of the end of our semester must make arrangements to complete credits in the district they are leaving prior to checking out. Mission Hills High School cannot grant another district’s credits if a student transfers in without meeting that district’s requirements. The transfer grades of students coming to MHHS will be averaged with the grades earned here when teachers compute a final grade. Students who were on track to graduate upon leaving their previous district during their senior year, but who are deficient in MHHS graduation requirements, may graduate from Mission Hills High School provided they pass six classes each semester. Students must attend MHHS their final semester in order to receive a Mission Hills High School diploma.

Student Scheduling:

During the scheduling process, students and parents/guardians have many opportunities to provide input regarding the courses the student should take. The student and their parents/guardians should check the transcript carefully to ensure that they are meeting graduation requirements and to use as a guide in planning the following school year.

If parents/guardians have concerns or questions regarding classes and requirements, they should contact the counselor before student selects courses.

Once the semester starts, class changes will only be made for a student who:

  • does not meet prerequisites
  • has taken the course over the summer, credit recovery,  and/or no longer needs the class
  • needs to drop an elective in order to take a required classes he/she has failed
  • has been placed in the incorrect level of a class (e.g., honors instead of college prep)

In order to maintain balanced class sizes, students are assigned to teachers randomly by a computer system designed to accommodate the needs of pupils, scheduled six periods a day in a total of approximately 100 different courses.

Schedule changes will be considered during the first two weeks of the first semester for elective changes and four weeks for level changes and are subject to teacher and administrative approval.  Students requesting to drop an AP class must have parent/guardian approval/signatures. For a variety of reasons, it may be necessary to revise students’ schedules at the beginning of the second semester. Students are not guaranteed identical schedules for both semesters.

Students may not change teachers once class assignments are made. A teacher change will only be considered if the student has had the teacher for an entire school year previously.  With support, students can be successful in every class with our highly-qualified teachers. A consistent policy in assigning students to classes ensures fair treatment for all. Throughout their lives, students will encounter many challenging and difficult situations. It is our responsibility as educators to help our young people develop strategies for dealing with those situations.

If a student is experiencing ongoing difficulty in a course, the following steps must be followed:

  1. Student meets with the teacher to discuss the difficulty and identify how best to deal with the issue.

     

    1. If further action is needed, the parent/guardian contacts the teacher.
    2. After a parent/teacher contact, the matter may be referred to an assistant principal who may choose to meet with the parties involved.  

    Transcripts

    Student transcripts contain important information.  You will find the courses taken listed by semester. It is your responsibility to monitor progress throughout high school to ensure that you are meeting graduation requirements.


    Associated Student Body (ASB)

    An active Associated Student Body (ASB) offers many opportunities for students to participate in student government. The five top ASB positions – President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and School Board Representative, are chosen in a school-wide vote. Other students may apply to serve as one of the 12 senate commissioners, responsible for specific aspects of school life. Commissioners are selected by the elected officers in conjunction with the ASB Director. Other opportunities for involvement in student government include running for and serving as a Class Officer or as an elected representative to Student Congress.

    Performing Groups

    Students interested in visual arts, drama, music, dance and pageantry are encouraged to pursue those interests in a variety of ways. Groups at MHHS may include the following:

    The Arts Program

    Instrumental Groups

    Pageantry

    Dance

    Marching Band

    Varsity/JV Cheer

    Drama

    Jazz Band

    Dance

    Chorus

    Color Guard


    Ballet Folklorico

    Symphonic Band



    Course Description

    Descriptions of the courses offered at Mission Hills High School are outlined in the following pages. Students should take note of the grade levels at which the course may be taken, prerequisites, and the length of the course (semester vs. year-long).

    Some of the abbreviations commonly used in this section are explained below.

    AP Advanced Placement (designates classes to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exams, which may result in a student’s receiving college credit for a course, even though the course was completed in high school)

    CSU California State University (identifies courses which meet the entrance requirements of that school)

    ELD English Language Development (designates English classes for those learning English as a second language)

    P College preparatory (designates classes accepted by colleges and universities for purposes of meeting their entrance requirements)

    H Honors (designates honors classes designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement classes)

    CTE Career Technical Education (designates classes funded from that source)

     

    UC University of California (identifies courses which meet the entrance requirements of that school)

    History


    5001/5002 WORLD HISTORY (A/B) P

    Grade level: 10

    A-G Designation: A - History

    World History focuses on the modern world. Students view essential elements of modern society within the themes of moral and ethical principles, industrialization, imperialism, war and disillusionment, human rights, and ideology and democracy. Students will read and analyze a variety of primary and secondary historical sources.  Varying types of assessment, including essays, performance tasks, multiple-choice and short answer tests, and short- and long-term projects, are used to guide instruction.

    5007/5008 AP WORLD HISTORY

    Grade level: 10

    A-G Designation: A - History

    AP World History focuses on world cultures from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Students view essential elements of society within the themes of moral and ethical principles, industrialization, imperialism, war and disillusionment, human rights, and ideology and democracy. The course prepares students to meet the Common Core State Standards and Advanced Placement exam in World History. Varying types of assessment, including essays, performance tasks, multiple-choice and short answer tests, and short and long-term projects, are used to guide instruction which is designed to meet the requirements for depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by state gifted standards and the Advanced Placement program.

    5013/5014 US HIST (A/B) (P)

    Grade level: 11

    A-G Designation: A - History

    US History focuses on the United States, historical documents, and history from the beginning of the development of democratic traditions to the present day. Instruction is guided by essential themes and questions which focus students’ assignments, discussions, and projects. Critical events, literature, and art are placed in geographical and historical context as students gain greater awareness of the political and economic forces that affect their everyday lives. In addition to a focus on US History, writing tasks, projects and assignments align with and focus on Common Core State Standards and prepare students for the statewide assessment they will take in the spring semester. Students will take multiple Performance Tasks each semester to help prepare for this exam. Writing, reading, and critical thinking are integral and required components.

    5015/5016 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

    Grade level: 11

    A-G Designation: A - History

    AP United States History focuses on the United States from the time of the colonies to the present. Students look at the developing elements of American society within the themes of identity; peopling; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America and the world; environment and geography; and ideas, beliefs, and culture. Assessment is done via essays, multiple-choice and short answer tests, and short-and long-term projects. The course prepares students for the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in U.S. History based on College Board requirements and Common Core State Standard. Instruction is differentiated to provide the depth, complexity, novelty, and pacing required by State gifted standards and the AP program. It is noteworthy that exam includes various and numerous writing prompts; therefore, the course place special emphasis on frequent and rigorous writing.

    5021/5022 GOVERNMENT/ECONOMICS (A/B) (P)

    Grade level: 12

    A-G Designation: A - History

    American Government/Economic focuses on the basic concepts and principles of the American political and economic systems from the beginning of the development of democratic traditions to the present.  The course covers the structure and function of the American system of government, the roles and responsibilities of citizen participation in the political process, and the relationship of the individual to the law and legal system.  Instruction is guided by essential themes and questions which focus students’ assignments, discussions, and projects. The class stresses critical analysis of public issues as well as integrates and reinforces social studies skills as students gain greater awareness of the political and economic forces that affect their everyday lives.

    5023/5024 AP