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Dublin High School Adding 8 New Classes: Mandarin, AP Psychology and more…

January 26, 2011

The DUSD School Board recently approved the addition of eight new classes at Dublin High School for the 2011-12 school year. Mandarin 1 & 2 are being added to Dublin High’s line-up of Foreign Language offerings.  Dublin High’s Advanced Placement program is being expanded with the addition of AP Psychology. The Dublin High Engineering Academy, which opened for the 2010-11 school year, is being expanded to include Introduction to Engineering Design (part of the Project Lead the Way Engineering curriculum). A new, non-AP, Calculus course is being added for students interested in Calculus but not ready for the existing AP Calculus option. Social Studies expands with the addition of America in the 60’s and Culinary Arts with Baking & Pastry. Academic Decathlon, the study of major historical and cultural movements, also prepares top performing students to compete in the California Academic Decathlon.

A summary of the new 2011-12 course descriptions are available below:

  • Mandarin 1: This is a beginning Mandarin Chinese course intended for students with no prior knowledge of any Chinese speaking or writing ability. This course will focus on the Chinese Zhuyinfuhau / Hanyupiny in (phonetic) system: tones, rules of phonetic spelling, and pronunciation drill; and Chinese characters: creation and evolution, stroke order, structure, and the writing system. Reading and writing skills are introduced. Students will learn the basic sentence patterns, and develop the Chinese language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Read more…
  • Mandarin 2: This course is designed for students interested in a continuation of learning Mandarin Chinese. This course will focus on the review of grammar and a further development of reading, speaking, listening and writing skills. This course presupposes a basic knowledge of Chinese Zhuyinfuhau / Hanyupinyin, words, sentences, and grammar. Emphasis will be placed upon practical use of Mandarin, so that students will experience the world of Communication among the Chinese language speaking people. For students who have not taken Chinese 1, please contact the counseling office for a readiness assessment to be admitted to this class. Read more…
  • AP Psychology: The purpose of the AP course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific student of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Read more…
  • Calculus: This course is a not an Advanced Placement course (Dublin High already offers AP Calculus).  Some students are not prepared for AP Calculus but they do have the skills to be successful in an introductory Calculus course.  Students will study the basic calculus concepts of a first semester college Calculus course.  Since the course is not AP, the pace of this Calculus course will be slower and this should allow students the opportunity to be successful in this introductory course.  The course will support the standards listed above. Read more…
  • Introduction to Engineering Design: The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. Students use 3D solid modeling design software to help them design solutions to solve proposed problems and learn how to document their work and communicate solutions to peers and members of the professional community. Read more…
  • Baking & Pastry: This course focuses on the fundamentals of basic baking.  Baking fundamentals include the process of understanding ingredients, weights and measurements, formula conversion and costing of recipes.  Students will also use equipment associated with baking and develop different types of breads, pastries, and pastry related showpieces. As the new graduation requirements are implemented, students will need electives to demonstrate relevancy of rigorous coursework as it relates to specific career pathways.  This course offers students “hands on” experience while supporting core academic work. Read more…
  • America in the 60’s: This course will discuss America’s most turbulent decade: the 1960’s.  The social and political forces at work that forever change America will be analyzed and discussed.  The presidencies of Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, and Nixon and Ford will be evaluated, as well as the Vietnam War.  The social movements, Civil Rights, anti-war, Women’s Movement, and early stages of gay liberation will also be discussed.  The incredible social upheaval and cultural changes from Pat Boone to Elvis and from Lawrence Welk to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will be examined.  Counter-culture and the lifestyle changes of the period as well as the major technological developments that occur will be evaluated.  Connections from the 1960’s to the current time period will be examined. Read more…
  • Academic Decathlon: This course includes the study of major historical and cultural movements and their relationship to Economics, Literature, Music, Social Science, Art, and Science. Students use critical‐thinking skills to research, organize and use data collected from a variety of sources for essays, as well as prepared and impromptu speeches regarding their field of study.  This is a highly challenging academic course that includes academic competition.  Much time is required outside of school for research and competitions, including Saturdays. Read more…
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