Academics

Academic Programs

Programs

The Computer And Media Pathway at Apple Valley High School CAMP envisions students of various abilities and backgrounds using technology to improve their individual academic achievement as well to enhance their career opportunities and options. CAMP graduates will demonstrate industry-ready skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will enable them to enter the informational technology profession directly or to continue their post-secondary education. As an Academy, CAMP schedules its students into classes taught by a core group of teachers. These teachers encourage students to use technology in their classes for note taking, research, and activities. Each year includes a cross-curricular project: in the sophomore year, students participate in “The Zombie Apocalypse”; in the junior year, students complete the “CAMP Tank” project; and in their senior year, students will produce a portfolio to highlight their skills and help them transition to a university, trade school, or directly to the industry.

MAHST envisions students of various abilities and backgrounds using medical teachings and technology to improve their individual academic achievement as well to enhance their career opportunities and options. MAHST graduates will demonstrate industry-ready skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will enable them to enter the Medical profession directly or to continue their post-secondary education.

ASB

ASB at Apple Valley High School has changed a great deal since 2004 when ASB expanded to encompass a classroom where the ASB students meet for class, business meetings, and projects. The office itself houses the Activities/Athletics’ Secretary, the ASB Bookkeeper, computer work stations for the ASB students, offices for the Activities/Athletics’ Director, and a student run store where spirit gear, yearbooks and snacks can be purchased.

AVEX - Apple Valley Engineering Extension

The AVEX Program provides an opportunity for students to explore their innovative side by analyzing problems, and designing solutions using 21st-Century tools such as 3D Printers, CNC Machines, Laser Cutters, and other advanced manufacturing technology.

Early College Program

The AVHS Early College Program allows AVHS students to take college-level coursework during their traditional high school day. It encompasses classes that students can use to complete graduation requirements while receiving college credits. All classes are offered on the AVHS campus during the traditional school day in a 5th/6th block and are completely free. No book or supply costs. Students can apply to the Early College Program after attending the information evening in February. If you have any questions please feel free to email Ms. Ciancio at Janena_ciancio@avusd.org.

Apple Valley High School has an extensive CTE program. When combined with ROP courses, the quantity and variety of offerings at AVHS surpasses those of any other school in the area. There are multiple courses in each of the following categories: Agriculture (FFA), Athletic Training, Automotive Technology, Baking, Construction, Computer Science, Graphic Design, Medical, Multimedia, Precision Machining, Restaurant Occupations, Web Page, and Welding. Follow the link for more information on CTE- Career Technical Education

The agriculture program at Apple Valley High School consists of two pathways: Agriscience, Agriculture Engineering Pathway Course Offerings: Agriscience Animal Science 1 Animal Science 2 Veterinary Science Ag Business & Careers Plant & Soil Science Agriculture Biology Ag Engineering Intro to Ag Engineering Intermediate Ag Engineering Advanced Ag Engineering ROP Ag Welding/Fabrication

Agricultural/Industrial Engineering - Welding

This program is great for students that like to work hands-on. Students learn: mechanical drawing, computer solids modeling, welding skills (SMAW, GMAW, OAW, GTAW), metal fabrication skills, and machining techniques. The shop is outfitted with high tech tools such as: 30 laptop computers with SolidWorks, 3D ABS plastic printer, CNC plasma table, hydraulic shears, sheet metal brake, tube bender, Lincoln Electric and Miller welders and also a metal cutting lathe. Students have the opportunity to compete in welding and fabrication contests through SkillsUSA and also their projects compete through the FFA in the San Bernardino County Fair. Students leave with the skills necessary to: get a job in the welding and fabrication business, continue their welding education at Victor Valley College, continue their engineering interests at a four year college, or just be able to build or repair something in their garage.

Auto

Auto 1 is an Introductory class that teaches the theory and operation of the Automobile incorporating hands-on training of basic services. Automotive technology is a three year pathway where the second and third year focuses on more advanced service, repairs and diagnostics. Students perform these tasks on shop vehicles as well as vehicles brought in by students, staff and community members.

Construction

In this course, students discover and develop their skills in the craft and trade of Carpentry. This course is designed to serve students with limited background in carpentry and to serve students who enjoy learning through creativity and hands-on projects. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and skill level by completing several projects. The course includes the use of basic and advanced tools and equipment, as well as special materials.

Culinary/Baking

This program is great for students who are interested in learning techniques used in either Culinary Arts or Bakery Occupations fields. Depending on the Pathway, students will learn Safety & Sanitation, Kitchen & Measuring Basics, Yeast Breads, Quick Breads, Pies, Cakes, Soups & Sauces, Potatoes, Appetizers, Breakfast Foods, Salads & Sandwiches, and so much more. Students will earn the San Bernardino Food Handlers Card and earn a National Certification for Food and Nutrition, all while gaining work experience by participating in our catering events. Students have the opportunity to compete in several SkillsUSA contests: Bakery Occupations, Culinary Arts, and Restaurant Service. Students leave with the necessary skills to get a job in the Food Service Industry or continue their education at Victor Valley College in their Restaurant Management Program.

Graphic Communications

Graphic Communications involves Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, which are part of the official training series for adobe graphics and publishing software. The lessons are designed to let you learn at your own pace. You’ll learn the fundamental concepts and features you’ll need to master the program. Students also work hands-on with industry-standard equipment.

Precision Machine

Precision machining is the process of taking engineered blueprint or CAD models and turning them into machined parts by hand or using computer programming. We apply the principles of engineering and product development to manufacture the parts correctly and improve the designs of some components throughout the manufacturing process. The tools we use change over the course of the AVEX engineering pathway.

Sports Medicine/Therapy

Sports Medicine is a class designed for the education on injuries commonly seen in sports and how they are treated in a medical setting. Students will gain knowledge and understanding through academic lectures as well as hands on activities. The class is designed to show how injuries are prevented, diagnosed, and rehabilitated. Students will also learn what a Sports Medicine Team is and the roles of all members involved. In addition to injuries and other healthcare professions students will also learn about nutrition, physical fitness, and legal concerns that are often faced by the Sports Medicine Team.

Web Page

Make web pages from scratch and learn the three computer programming languages that make up almost everything you see on the Internet. We will cover everything you need to know from building your first page to building large sites you can be proud of very quickly. We compete in SkillUSA to show off our work and have crushed it every year!

Advanced Web Page

After learning more advanced coding, students in Advanced WebPage Design develop and work on their own projects. These students can apply to be hired by the school district to be our web administrators and take over all of the websites for the school district and its schools. They make projects for teachers and school clubs as we need them. We branch out to other topics such as video games, app creation, and the business of web design.

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO's)

HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. Hosa is a student-led professional organization focusing on team work, professionalism, and leadership development.

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. All students in the agriculture program are also members of FFA and are required to participate in numerous activities.

SkillsUSA is a national career technical student organization that focuses on leadership development and closing the skills gap. SkillsUSA students get to show off their skills through regional and state level competitions. Students who earn medals represent the best our state has to offer in career technical and leadership fields. Gold medalists will advance to national level competitions where they will no longer represent our school, but the entire state of California.

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

Seal of Biliteracy

In order to qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy, a student must complete 4 years of study or pass a valid exam in a language other than English. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in English and maintain a 3.0 in their language class.

French Program

French I/II/III (H)

All French classes require that you engage in French and participate in the daily conversations to improve your French. In recent years the Apple Valley French program has moved on from the standard fill-in the test to Performance Based Assessments (PBA) which makes up a 50% of the grade. PBA don't just assess a students ability to memorize answers, it assess their abilities to read, write, speak, and comprehend French. Students will also engage in cultural exploration through Crafts, Video, Dance, Music etc.

AP French Language and Culture

The AP French Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. Students who take the AP class are not required to take the AP test but are highly encouraged.

Spanish Program

Spanish I/II/III (H) Or Spanish for Spanish Speakers I/II

All Spanish classes require that you engage in Spanish and participate in the daily conversations to improve your Spanish. In recent years the Apple Valley Spanish program has moved on from the standard fill-in the test to Performance Based Assessments (PBA) which makes up a 50% of the grade. PBA don't just assess a students ability to memorize answers, it assess their abilities to read, write, speak, and comprehend Spanish. Students will also engage in cultural exploration through Crafts, Video, Dance, Music etc.

Spanish IV Language and Culture (AP)

This class is offered in both AP and Non-AP. Develop your Spanish language skills and learn about the cultures in Spanish-speaking parts of the world. You’ll practice communicating in a professional manner in Spanish and study real-life materials such as newspaper articles, films, music, and books. Students who take the AP class are not required to take the AP test but are highly encouraged. Students will also engage in cultural exploration through Crafts, Video, Dance, Music etc.

AP Spanish V Literature

Exclusive to Apple Valley High School, AP Spanish Literature is equivalent to a college level introductory survey course of literature written in Spanish. Students continue to develop their interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills in Spanish language as well as critical reading and analytical writing as they explore short stories, novels, plays, essays, and poetry from Spain, Latin America, and U.S. Hispanic authors along with other non-required texts. Students who take the AP class are not required to take the AP test but are highly encouraged. Students will also engage in cultural exploration through Crafts, Video, Dance, Music etc.

Special Education (SPED)

Special Education Transition Program for Students with Severe Disabilities

Apple Valley Unified School District provides a life-skills-based curriculum for individuals with severe disabilities ranging in age from 18 to 22 years old. The goal is to provide opportunities for students to learn how to live, work, and play in their community as adults. This program facilitates the transition from traditional school-age programs to adulthood

SAI Class

Our Specialized Academic Instruction classes allow students on Individualized Education Plans access to the general education program while providing accommodations.


Co-Teach Classes

Apple Valley High School supports the diverse academic and social emotional needs of all students, including those identified as having a disability and those who haven’t. In our co-teaching classes students are taught by two teachers. This allows for reduce student/teacher ratio, increase of instructional options, diversity of instructional styles, greater student engaged time and participation levels.


Visual and Preforming Arts (VAPA)

Visual Arts courses include Beginning and Advanced Ceramics, Beginning and Advanced Drawing and Painting, and Advanced Placement Studio Art. AP Studio Art was introduced to provide more challenging opportunities for this unique group of individuals. AP course offerings include: AP 3D Design, AP 2D Design, and AP Drawing. The curriculum of all Visual Arts courses is based on the “F” requirements of the A-G requirements as well as the California State Framework Content Standards for the Visual Arts.

Drama

The Drama Department at AVHS meets or exceeds theatre programs in most comprehensive high schools. The curriculum includes both Drama I, Advanced Drama classes, and Theatre Production classes, all of which satisfy F Requirement of the UC/CSU A-G Requirements. In the Theatre Production class you get to try out lighting, sound, costuming, makeup, and stage management. The program produces two major productions per year supported by the Sundevil Actors’ Guild.

Ceramics

In ceramics, students will be introduced to hand building techniques with clay. Emphasis will be placed on the elements of art; form, shape, line, texture and color. The focus will be on the hand building techniques; pinch, coil and slabs. Functional as well as sculptural applications will be explored.

Drawing/Painting

Draw Paint is designed as an introductory course in which students will learn basic drawing and painting techniques building up to advanced. The course incorporates the California Content Standards for art and is focused on the study of the Elements of Art, Principles of Design, Color Theory, Art Literacy, Art Analysis, Enduring Understanding, Essential Questions, and Creative Expression. The goal is to prepare students for advanced and college level courses in which they creatively express their interpretation of the world around them with intent and purpose.

Apple Valley High School offers a wide variety of courses for students who express an interest in music. Students may choose from both instrumental and choral music, as well as music appreciation. Instrumental Music The Instrumental Music program at Apple Valley High School has been a vibrant community of musicians for over thirty years. For more information, please contact Patty Thayer at 760-247-7206 x 71501 or email her at patty_thayer@avusd.org To check out our current newsletter, click here.

Other Programs

The Bridge to VVC Program

The VVC Bridge program is a program that supports our 12th grade students as they apply to VVC and complete all steps necessary to enroll at VVC as first-time freshman

English Language Development (ELD)

The AVHS English Language Development (ELD) program provides a variety of supports to parents and students from homes that primarily speak another language other than English. A bilingual counselor, teacher, tutors, and classified staffing provide: placement testing, academic/ personal/ career counseling, ELD classes, and paraeducator tutoring to support students to transition successfully into core academic courses. The B-20 Family Center provides bilingual tutoring at lunch and after school as well as hosts ELAC meetings and educational workshops for parents.

Journalism I - Newspaper

Through planning the newspaper both in design and deadlines, Students will learn 21st century skills. Students will learn interview and writing skills.

Journalism III - Yearbook

Through planning the yearbook both in design and deadlines, Students will learn 21st century skills. Students will learn interview and writing skills. Students will learn how to compose and edit photos. Students will have real life deadlines from the plant, and learning how to develop and stick with a budget. Students will have to make decisions about the culture of the school and the ethical responsibility of being a journalist in the 21st century.