ACADEMIC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Below is a list the subjects offered at Liberty Charter High School. Click the subjects to view courses and descriptions.

Standard English 9 Students will develop as writers as they analyze both classics like The Odyssey and The Tragedy or Romeo and Juliet and contemporary works like House on Mango Street and Picture Bride. This course is designed for students who might profit from more structure and support than what is available in the college prep and honors level English courses. It meets graduation requirements for high school, but not the a-g requirements of the UC system.
College Prep English 9 In this course, students explore classics like The Odyssey and The Tragedy or Romeo and Juliet, as well as contemporary works like House on Mango Street and Picture Bride as they develop as readers, writers, and speakers in their preparation for college. This course is a-g approved.
Honors English 9 In this course, students explore classics like The Odyssey and The Tragedy or Romeo and Juliet, as well as contemporary works like House on Mango Street and Picture Bride as they develop as readers, writers, and speakers in their preparation for college. This course is designed for students who desire a more rigorous experience in an English literature class than is offered at the college prep level. Students learn to read as writers, analyze literature, and think critically not only with contemporary literature, but especially with an emphasis on classics. This course is a-g approved.
Standard English 10 In this course, students work to meet California ELA Framework standards for graduation. A focus on writing, grammar, and literary analysis lay the foundation upon which the skills necessary in life beyond high school are acquired. Students will explore works by various authors, including John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, and Shakespeare. This course is designed for students who might profit from more structure and support than what is available in the college prep and honors level English courses. This course meets graduation requirements for high school, but not the a-g requirements of the UC system.
College Prep English 10 In this course, students explore classics like Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Concepts and skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking are taught throughout the year and assessed as part of a cumulative total. We focus on the literature of the western world. Students read works from Ancient Greece, Shakespeare, Enlightenment philosophers, and contemporary American writers. Students will be well versed in the major poetry of the west, as well as significant non-fiction works from a variety of sources in preparation for college. This course is a-g approved.
Honors English 10 In this course, students explore classics like Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, and Frankenstein as they develop as readers, writers, and speakers in their preparation for college. This course is designed for students who desire a more rigorous experience in an English literature class than is offered at the college prep level. Students learn to read as writers, analyze literature, and think critically not only with contemporary literature, but especially with an emphasis on classics. This course is a-g approved.
Standard English 11 In this course, students will continue their development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills as outlined in the California State Standards for English-language Arts. Students implement the writing process to construct multi-paragraph essays in a variety of genres while analyzing various literary devices in a wide variety of texts. Students will set individual achievement goals based on Language Arts proficiency standards, with a special focus given to students working toward passing the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). Students will develop critical thinking skills and demonstrate this ability both orally and in writing in preparation for life beyond high school. This course meets graduation requirements for high school, but not the a-g requirements of the UC system.
College Prep English 11 In this course, students explore American Literature as they continue their development of college-level skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking as outlined in the California State Standards for English-language Arts. Students implement the writing process to construct multi-paragraph essays in a variety of genres while analyzing various literary devices in a wide variety of texts. Students develop critical thinking skills and demonstrate this ability both orally and in writing to compose a concise thesis and support it using evidence from personal, literary, and published sources. This course meets graduation requirements for high school and has been submitted to the UC for a-g approval. This course is a-g approved.
AP English Language and Composition This rhetoric-based AP course, designed for highly motivated eleventh grade students, builds students’ capacity as literate citizens and effective communicators to a college level. Students will, as the college board course overview webpage states, Become a critical reader of predominantly nonfiction works, including expository, argumentative, analytical, and personal texts from various authors and time periods Understand the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience, subject, and genre and how each of these contributes to effective writing. Enhance your own writing skills and understand better each stage of the writing process as you develop expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions. This class will prepare students to take the AP English Language and Composition test in May, and it is required that all students who take this course, pay the exam fees and take the test. Because this class will normally be taken in place of a junior year of American literature, many of the readings will come from America, past and present. This course is a-g approved.
Standard English 12 In this course, students will continue their development of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills as outlined in the California State Standards for English-language Arts. Students implement the writing process to construct multi-paragraph essays in a variety of genres while analyzing various literary devices in a wide variety of texts. Students will set individual achievement goals based on Language Arts proficiency standards, with a special focus given to students working toward passing the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). Students will develop critical thinking skills and demonstrate this ability both orally and in writing in preparation for life beyond high school. This course meets graduation requirements for high school, but not the a-g requirements of the UC system.
College Prep English 12 The twelfth grade college prep English course provides students with a survey of British literature from Beowulf to contemporary pieces. Students will not only build cultural literacy as they explore these rich-in-heritage literary works of art, but also develop reasoning and writing skills. In addition to readings from the textbook, students will study in depth two full-length novels, complete an extensive research project, and write several shorter assignments using various genres of writing. This course is designed to meet California Academic Content Standards for 12thgrade English. This course is a-g approved.
AP Literature and Composition The purpose of the Advanced Placement course in Literature and Composition is to assist students in gaining valuable experience in collegiate-level instruction while earning college credit. The AP course demands of students a high level of independence and motivation. Students enrolling in the course are required to sit for the exam administration in May. The designation of a course as AP requires an audit by the College Board in order to ensure that high standards of instruction and rigor are implemented consistently within all high schools. As a result, students can expect the AP Literature and Composition course to require high levels of academic motivation, reading that is rigorous in volume, breadth, and depth, and standards consistent with instruction in an undergraduate-level college literature course. This course is a-g approved.
College Prep World Geography This course is designed to prepare students for all future history classes and active informed citizenship. As students study both the physical and human geography of each of the seven regions of the world, they learn to think critically about the geographical problems and issues facing our planet such as urban sprawl, climate change, population trends, consumption, and international cooperation. This course is a-g approved.
AP Human Geography
College Prep World History Literacy and leadership are foundational principles upon which Liberty Charter High School is built. Literacy does not just refer to the ability to read and write, but also to the literary, mathematical, historical, scientific, and cultural knowledge necessary to communicate. This year long course addresses historical literacy by examining the past from a global perspective, focusing on the enduring aspects of the human experience. Organized according to 3 time periods spanning 1450 C.E. to the present, this course offers a balanced and diverse investigation into regional civilizations across time. By the end of this course, students will be able to offer historically informed interpretations of, and solutions to, contemporary problems as they become the local, national, and international leaders of their generation This course provides some of the literacy, communication skills, and analytical tools students will need in order to be good leaders. This course is a-g approved.
AP World History Literacy and leadership are foundational principles upon which Liberty Charter High School is built. Literacy does not just refer to the ability to read and write, but also to the literary, mathematical, historical, scientific, and cultural knowledge necessary to communicate. This year long course addresses historical literacy by examining the past from a global perspective, focusing on the enduring aspects of the human experience. Organized according to 5 time periods spanning 8,000 B.C.E. to the present, this course offers a balanced and diverse investigation into regional civilizations across time. By the end of this course, students will be able to offer historically informed interpretations of, and solutions to, contemporary problems as they become the local, national, and international leaders of their generation. This course provides some of the literacy, communication skills, and analytical tools students will need in order to be good leaders. This course also prepares students to pass the AP world history exam administered in May. Depending on their AP world history exam score, students may be awarded college credit for this course. This course is a-g approved.
College Prep US History By involving ourselves in the History and Culture of the United States of America, students will become more familiar with the founding Ideals that have guided and continue to guide our nations’ course. Those ideals of Liberty, Equality, Democracy, Opportunity, and Rights permeate the our discussion throughout the entirety of our two semester course. Students will engage in reenactments of historical events, both in class and out. Students will write about US History from the view point of our founding ideals. And students will involve themselves in the process of History through inquiry based activities. This course is a-g approved.
AP US History Literacy and leadership are foundational principles upon which Liberty Charter High School is built. Literacy does not just refer to the ability to read and write, but also to the literary, mathematical, historical, scientific, and cultural knowledge necessary to communicate. This year long course addresses historical literacy by examining the past from diverse perspectives. By the end of this course, students will be able to offer historically informed interpretations of, and solutions to, contemporary problems as they become the local, national, and international leaders of their generation. This course provides some of the literacy, communication skills, and analytical tools students will need in order to be good leaders. This course is a-g approved.

Some of the themes covered in this AP US History course include:

American Diversity
American Identity
Culture
Demographic Changes
Economic Transformations
Environment
Globalization
Politics and Citizenship
Religion
Slavery and Its Legacies in North America
War and Diplomacy
College Prep American Government Literacy and leadership are foundational principles upon which Liberty Charter High School is built. Literacy does not just refer to the ability to read and write, but also to the literary, mathematical, historical, scientific, and cultural knowledge necessary to communicate. This semester long course addresses literacy by examining the American political system. By the end of this course, students will be able to offer historically informed interpretations of, and solutions to, contemporary problems as they become the local, national, and international leaders of their generation. This course provides some of the literacy, communication skills, and analytical tools students will need in order to be good leaders. This course is a-g approved.
AP American Government Literacy and leadership are foundational principles upon which Liberty Charter High School is built. Literacy does not just refer to the ability to read and write, but also to the literary, mathematical, historical, scientific, and cultural knowledge necessary to communicate. This year long course addresses historic and cultural literacy by examining the institutions and politics that make up the US Government. By the end of this course, students will be prepared to succeed on the AP US Government and Politics exam, and be prepared to be active participants in the political system. This course is a-g approved.
College Prep Economics Literacy and leadership are foundational principles upon which Liberty Charter High School is built. Literacy does not just refer to the ability to read and write, but also to the literary, mathematical, historical, scientific, and cultural knowledge necessary to communicate. This semester long course addresses economic literacy by examining economics from a global, national, and personal perspective. By the end of this course, students will be able to offer historically informed interpretations of, and solutions to, contemporary problems as they become the local, national, and international leaders of their generation. This course provides some of the literacy, communication skills, and analytical tools students will need in order to be good leaders. This course is a-g approved.
Math Foundations This standard course is designed to help students prepare for Mathematical Literacy and the California High School Exit Exam. This course is designed for students who need to understand basic arithmetic operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide) on whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Students taking this course will study percent problems and other basic math topics. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements but is not a-g approved.
Mathematical Literacy This course addresses mathematical literacy by developing students that can communicate effectively in mathematics and apply those skills learned to real-world applications. This course will focus on the relationships between mathematics in the classroom and to everyday life. Mathematical literacy will develop mathematical understanding by incorporating the use of various web based resources, simulating real world interactions with money and finances, and CAHSEE mathematics exit exam readiness. Various related resources will be presented and utilized to develop mathematically literate students. This standard course is designed to help students prepare for Mathematical Literacy and the California High School Exit Exam. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements but is not a-g approved.
Pre Algebra This standard course is designed to help students prepare for Algebra 1. Students taking this course should have basic arithmetic skills but may need some review. Topics covered in this course will include number sense, integers, equations, inequalities, exponents, ratios, graphing, spatial thinking, measurement, geometry, patterns and functions, statistics and probability, logic, and beginning algebra concepts. Algebraic concepts are connected to arithmetic skills to build a foundation necessary for success in algebra 1. A wide variety of instructional techniques will be used, including teacher direct-instruction, small group collaborative learning, and inquiry/lab activities. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements but is not a-g approved.
Algebra A Algebra A covers the first semester of the Alegbra 1 course. Algebra A will include the study of integers and variables, constants, mathematical symbols and equations. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
Algebra B Algebra B covers the second semester of the Alegbra 1 course. Algebra B will include the study of linear equations and equalities, irrational numbers, and multi-variable equations. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
CP Algebra I This course introduces the language and methods of algebra. Included in this course are solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities; solving equations of two variables through graphic and algebraic methods; working with irrational numbers; reasoning and logic; and applying algebraic methods into practical situations. Students will be actively engaged using concrete and virtual materials and appropriate technologies such as graphing calculators and computer software. Problem solving is integrated throughout the different components of the curriculum. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
CP Geometry This course of study begins with the language of geometry and the logic of geometry, followed by parallelism, congruent triangles, inequalities in triangles, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles, circles, constructions area, area and volume of solids, and transformation geometry. Use of geometry specific software and websites are emphasized. Students will be actively engaged using concrete and virtual materials and appropriate technologies such as graphing calculators and computer software. Problem solving is integrated throughout the different components of the curriculum. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
Honors Geometry This course of study begins with the language of geometry and the logic of geometry, followed by parallelism, congruent triangles, inequalities in triangles, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles, circles, constructions area, area and volume of solids, and transformation geometry. Use of geometry specific software and websites emphasized. Topics are treated in depth and alternative assessments are added to the traditional tests. Students will be actively engaged using concrete and virtual materials and appropriate technologies such as graphing calculators and computer software. Problem solving is integrated throughout the different components of the curriculum. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
CP Algebra 2 Algebra 2 is a course designed to challenge students in their applications of various algebraic techniques. The course expands on the basic algebraic concepts involved in solving equations and inequalities, factoring polynomials, graphs, exponents, and solving quadratic equations. In addition, it examines quadratic, logarithmic, and exponential functions, the application of functions to real world problems, conic sections, probability, trigonometric functions, and complex numbers. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
Honors Algebra 2 Honors Algebra 2 is a course designed to challenge students in their applications of various algebraic techniques. The course expands on the basic algebraic concepts involved in solving equations and inequalities, factoring polynomials, graphs, exponents, and solving quadratic equations. In addition, it examines quadratic, logarithmic, and exponential functions, the application of functions to real world problems, conic sections, probability, trigonometric functions, and complex numbers. Honors Algebra 2 is an accelerated course designed to develop deductive reasoning and organized logical thinking patterns. The honors class will provide students with a challenging, in-depth study of intermediate algebra. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
College Readiness Mathematics This course is designed with the specific needs of high school students to prepare them for college-level mathematics courses. There is both Algebra and Trigonometry in this course. As we progress through the course we will work with linear, quadratic, and higher-degree polynomial functions: the absolute value and piecewise linear functions; the greatest integer function and other step functions; square root functions, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions: and trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions. Graphing is also emphasized so that students become proficient in both drawing and interpreting graphs. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
Honors Pre-Calculus The goal of this course is to help the student cover the algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric function and their graphs, as well as analytic geometry in preparation for the course in calculus. The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of Algebra II. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
AP Calculus This course will be presented with the same level of depth and rigor as a entry level college and university courses. This course is in preparation of the advanced placement examination in the subject. This course will cover subjects such as limits of functions, continuity of functions, derivatives, integrals, L’Hospital’s rule and many others. Calculus is a widely applied area of mathematics and involves a beautiful intrinsic theory. Students mastering this content will be exposed to both aspects of the subject. This course counts toward the mathematics graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
Life Science
Earth Science
College Prep Biology This course covers the study of living things and is designed to meet the UC (d) laboratory science entrance requirements. Biology focuses on the study of life by examining the five fundamental concepts of cellular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and physiology. The scientific process and laboratory skills are emphasized along with biology’s connections to other scientific disciplines. Students learn scientific writing skills and also examine current biological issues. This course counts toward the science graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
Honors Biology This course covers the study of living things and is designed to meet the UC (d) laboratory science entrance requirements. Biology focuses on the study of life by examining the five fundamental concepts of cellular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and physiology. The scientific process and laboratory skills are emphasized along with biology’s connections to other scientific disciplines. Students learn scientific writing skills and also examine current biological issues. This course counts toward the science graduation requirements and is a-g approved.
College Prep Chemistry This course covers the periodic table, properties of matter, conservation of atoms, kinetic molecular theory, acid-base reactions, solutions, energy, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, molecular bonding, and nuclear chemistry. This lab-oriented course provides ample opportunities for investigation and experimentation using technology and written and oral communication for an appreciation of how Chemistry applies to your daily life. Chemistry is a college-preparatory course for students planning to attend university after high school. It is highly recommended in preparation for most professional careers. This course is designed to satisfy the UC lab science requirement. This course counts toward the science graduation requirements and is a-g approved. Prerequisites: Algebra I
Honors Chemistry This course covers the periodic table, properties of matter, conservation of atoms, kinetic molecular theory, acid-base reactions, solutions, energy, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, molecular bonding, and nuclear chemistry. This lab-oriented course provides ample opportunities for investigation and experimentation using technology and written and oral communication for an appreciation of how Chemistry applies to your daily life. Honors students will be challenged to inquire about current socio-biological issues of importance and develop/design their own research and/or investigation beyond the level of the College Preparatory class. Chemistry is a college-preparatory course for students planning to attend university after high school. It is highly recommended in preparation for most professional careers. This course is designed to satisfy the UC lab science requirement. This course counts toward the science graduation requirements and is a-g approved. Pre-Requisites: C or better in Biology, C or better in Algebra I, or Teacher/AP approval
AP Physics
Spanish 1 & 2 In this course, students begin the formal study of Spanish. Topics include letter-sound correspondence; the alphabet; basic punctuation, capitalization, and accentuation; the use of cognates to increase comprehension; the vocabulary of greetings, numbers, telling time, days, months, dates, weather, seasons, activities, question words, people, descriptive words, “tener” expressions, articles,, and subject pronouns; the structure of sentences and questions, regular and irregular verbs in the present indicative, number, gender and person agreement. The skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing will be stressed within the context of Spanish speaking cultures. This course is a-g approved.
Spanish 3 & 4 This course is designed to strengthen and amplify the linguistic foundation possessed by the native speaker of Spanish whose language skills in Spanish may not yet be at the ninth grade level. The course will concentrate on vocabulary building, reading and studying the literature, art, history, current events, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Development of the students’ writing skills is emphasized with journal writing and in-class essays. Reading comprehension will be practiced frequently using a variety of sources including readers, newspapers, literary texts, and Internet sources. This course stresses the use of the Spanish language as a way of understanding the Spanish-speaking world. This course is a-g approved.
Spanish 5 & 6 This course is designed for the student who has shown success at prior levels of study of the Spanish language. Students in level three must be willing to work to refine and perfect a command of the spoken Spanish language as well as gain a broader grasp of some of the cultural and literary realities of the Hispanic world. Through short readings, films, slide lectures and music, this course addresses the fundamentals of both New World and Peninsular cultures. It takes an historical approach, based on the notion that no culture or language can be understood without a firm grasp of its’ roots. The key periods of the Hispanic past in Spain and the New World are studied in particular depth. Students are also expected to keep abreast of current events each week. This course will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Literature Exams. This course is a-g approved.
AP Spanish Language
AP Spanish Literature
Recognizing that being successful in today’s world requires more than reading, writing arithmetic, Liberty Charter has developed a program that will prepare young men and women for the future with real life skills that are required for 21st Century success. During the internship portion of the class students will be placed in businesses as interns. They will be given the opportunity to use all the skills they have learned in school in a real world work environment. Students will earn class credit for the hours they work. At the beginning of the course students will be given the chance to list their top three interests and they will be placed in an internship that best matches their interests and gifts. During the Financial literacy portion of the class students will work through an online financial education curriculum at www.everfi.net. Once students have completed the financial piece of the program they will have basic knowledge in the area's of credit cards, debt, interest rates, loans, saving, budgeting, financing education, investing, and credit score. The goal of this class is to give students real world experiences that will teach them tools that they can use in their lives as they grow into young adults.
Technology I
Technology I is a foundational course to prepare each Liberty Charter High School student with the skills to succeed in projects and assignments they will undertake during their time at LCHS and in future education.

The first semester will address introductory basics of Google apps and on the Microsoft Office Suite. These tools will be needed to complete future projects for other classes at LCHS.

The majority attention will be given to the Microsoft Office tools. Each of the following tools will be explored extensively: Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The second semester will expand into other applications of computer technology such as: graphics editing and video production and editing.
Technology II
Technology II is the Microsoft IT Academy certification course. The goal of this course is to prepare each student to take the Microsoft Office certification tests for the Office Suite tools. Not all students have to take the Microsoft certification testing, but all students who successfully complete the class coursework will receive a class certificate of completion for each MS Office Suite tool they have successfully completed.

The required class coursework is the Microsoft Office Suite of tools. Each of the following tools will be studied extensively: Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and Access.

Once the MSIT coursework is completed, the students will expand into other applications of computer technology in student directed exploration and application.
This class concentrates on many areas of photography: technical skills, creativity, composition, and computer/digital imaging. Control of photo equipment and techniques, experimentation, problem solving, and portfolio development are critical to the course. This course meets on Gold Days throughout the school year with 2-3 class sessions each week. Throughout the course assignments are designed to build technical skills and creative expression. It is crucial to keep up with every project, as the critiques for each assignment provide substantial information and feedback on each individual's work. This course is designed for students with little or no photography background. First semester instruction will cover all foundational concepts of photography, including an introduction to the use and proper handling of the 35mm camera, light reading as a creative tool, exploration of photography used as both a creative tool and for documentary photography, and preparation of photographs for exhibition. Creative and technical instruction will be presented through lectures, study of the great masters of photography along with the history of photography, in class critiques, as well as through discussions with the teacher.
Art appreciation 1 is a first year art course in the fundamentals of art. This course is an introduction to art theory and application in the areas of drawing, conceptual design, painting and color theory. This course emphasizes the necessary skills to provide students with a perceptual base leading to understanding artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context. The art elements and principles of design serve as a foundation for each unit covered. Assignments are created to meet each of the 5 content strands of the Visual Art Standards, with projects that focus on the elements of art and design (line, color, shape/form texture, value and space) and the principles of art and design (balance, contrast, dominance, emphasis, movement, repetition, rhythm, subordination, variation and unity). Selected historical or cultural contexts will be applied with attention to analysis, interpretation, and judgment of student work as well as appreciation of art works from other cultures and times. This course is a-g approved.
Art appreciation 2 is a second year art course in the fundamentals of art. This course continues to develop the student’s understanding and application of art theory and application in the areas of drawing, conceptual design, painting and color theory. This course emphasizes the necessary skills to provide students with a perceptual base leading to understanding artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context. The art elements and principles of design are reinforced in each unit covered. Assignments are created to meet each of the 5 content strands of the Visual Art Standards, with projects that focus selected historical or cultural contexts will be applied with attention to analysis, interpretation, and judgment of student work as well as appreciation of art works from other cultures and times. This course is a-g approved.
AP Studio Art 2-D: The AP Studio Art 2-D course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and wish to develop mastery in the concept, composition, and execution of their ideas. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios of their collected artwork for evaluation to the College Board Advanced Placement Program towards the end of the school year. Portfolios that pass the evaluation will earn college credit. In building the portfolio, students experience a variety of concepts, techniques, and approaches designed to help them demonstrate their abilities as well as their versatility with techniques, problem solving, and ideation. The AP Studio Art course addresses three major concerns that are a constant in the teaching of art: (1) a sense of Quality in a student’s work; (2) the student’s Concentration on a particular visual interest or problem; and (3) the student’s need for Breadth of experience in formal, technical, and expressive means of the student’s art. Students are encouraged to become independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art. This course is a-g approved.
ACADEMY Reading Comprehension and Reading Fluency The goal of these courses is to move students to grade level in their literacy skills. These courses are designed to improve your reading comprehension by providing practice in specific skills that are part of the comprehension process. Two periods are offered to better fit schedules for some and to provide double the help for others. The name “Comprehension” is used for module 6 and “Fluency” for module 7 but the goals remain the same. Students who take both classes will pursue the same goals in both classes, but use different tools to accomplish those goals. Within a period, classes of different levels are provided so that students can get instruction that best meets their needs. Classes are also designed so students can move at their own pace and accelerated learning is expected.
ACADEMY Writing Skills The writing classes in the Academy are designed to provide support for English language learners and struggling writers to reach the basic requirements of writing needed to be successful in high school classes. English language learners will be supported to pass the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) and all students in the program will be supported to be successful on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Three levels of Academy writing classes are offered. Classes are designed so students can move at their own pace through the three classes and accelerated learning is expected.
Liberty Charter Schools aim to fill society's need for well-educated individuals who have both the desire and the ability to help themselves and their communities. We need diverse leaders who are knowledgeable, empathetic, courageous, creative, and who are capable of communicating effectively across such divides as race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. There will be numerous other opportunities at Liberty Charter Schools to grow and learn about the exercise of leadership. Students will be encouraged to help design and assist in the administration of many school programs, including our disciplinary process, student recruiting, all-school meetings, and school yearbook and newspaper. We encourage all students, adults, and community members to assist us in our leadership adventure. True leadership is much more than formulating a vision and implementing it. It means encouraging people to take control of their own lives and helping them to find their own solutions, rather than attempting to provide them with answers. We believe all individuals, can create positive change in many ways, contexts, and places. This school will be a training ground for the change agents of tomorrow.
Leadership 9 As students grow into young adults they are faced with many decisions and life issues that will mold their future. The goal of Leadership 9 is to equip our students with the personal tools to be able to deliberately live life in a way that will set them apart from the norm. In Leadership 9 the students will walk through the "8 Keys of Personal Success". Those Keys are "This Is It", "Ownership", "Speak With Good Purpose", "Commitment", "Failure Leads To Success", "Integrity", "Flexibility", and "Balance". By taking a deeper look into each of these keys the students will see importance of and how to take responsibility for their lives, work hard toward achieving goals, and become a person who can stand firm in the face of trials. Students will be given time to learn these keys in a large group setting, a small group setting, through interactive media, and while playing specific games pertaining to the topics. Leadership 9 will be both entertaining and educational, and will give skills that will help the transition from childhood to young adulthood.
Leadership 10 The three themes of Liberty Charter High School are literacy, leadership, and technology. Literacy is more than just the ability to read and write. It also includes cultural literacy, having the necessary breadth of knowledge and experience upon which to meaningfully communicate and participate in our global age. The information gleaned from this course will help students improve their self awareness and analysis, an integral aspect of understanding and meaningfully participating in the world. Secondly, this course will provide students with learning styles, careers, and college majors that may be good matches for their personality type. Good leaders are typically found in occupations that correspond to their personality type, skills, talents, strengths, and interests. Through this course, students will be able to make informed choices as to what careers to pursue so that they match their life’s work to their personality types, gifts, skills, and interests. To accomplish these goals, students will use computer technology to complete the Myers Briggs and Strongs Interest Inventory assessments online. Students will then receive detailed reports based on the results of the assessments, analyze the reports, and make an academic plan for their junior and senior years.
Leadership 11
Leadership 12 Leadership 12 is designed to give students a solid foundation for moving out of high school into post high school experiences. This would include attending a college or university. Class sessions will be devoted to helping our seniors define what type of post secondary school they are interested in and how to get there. Through researching options, students will come to understand how to secure funding for the school of their dreams and how to write a winning essay for a college application. Seniors will also learn some practical living skills like budgeting, grocery shopping, and balancing a bank account. The key tenets of Liberty of persistence, integrity, perseverance and inter-connectivity will be personified as our seniors recognize that everything they do during their senior year sets a foundation for the years to come after high school.
Yearbook is a production class for the school yearbook. The first semester is focused primarily on the mechanical production of the yearbook. Student will use various software tools to layout and publish the yearbook. Each student will also utilize digital photography to capture events throughout the school year. The second semester (after the yearbook has been submitted for publication) is focused on self-critiquing and analysis of the submitted yearbook. Here students will apply journalistic understanding to the yearbook process.
This course is designed to be an introduction to classic and contemporary practices in theatre arts. Students can expect a wide range of knowledge, skills, and practice that will challenge their abilities as actors and producers of the theatre. This is an academic course and will require study outside the classroom. Basic understanding of stagecraft, acting practices, rehearsal techniques, and character development will be the focus of the year. There is no pre-requisite for this course. Students of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend and do their absolute best.