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Agriculture & Natural Sciences

about 1 year ago

Plant Soil I, Plant Soil II

Plant and Soil Science covers topics such as plant classification, physiology, reproduction, plant breeding, biotechnology, and pathology. Students will learn about soil management, water, pests, and equipment as well as cultural and harvest practices. Students will get the chance for plenty of hands-on, real-life experiences selecting, growing, and harvesting their own crops. Students will also have the opportunity to earn the industry recognized credential- the Bayer Crop Science/Plant Science Certificationthat can help young people find skilled employment and give them the option of later returning to school for a higher degree.


Grade: 9-11

Year – 10 credits

Meets UC/CSU “D” and “G” requirement

The Plant and Soil Science course is designed to use the theories of scientific experimentation as it applies to the plant and soil science world.  Students will learn the principles of plant growth and physiology while maintaining garden beds in both soil and soilless forms.   Students will practice advancements in technology by creating and maintaining gardens in aquaponic systems and using the process of experimentation to discover the successes and restrictions of such systems.


Grade: 10-11

Year – 10 credits

Meets UC/CSU “D” and “G” requirement

The Plant and Soil Science II course is designed to use the theories of scientific experimentation as it applies to the plant and soil science world.  Students will build upon the principles of plant growth and physiology as learned in Plant and Soil Science I while maintaining garden beds in both soil and soilless forms.   Students will practice more advancement in technology by creating and maintaining gardens in hydroponic systems and using the process of experimentation to discover the successes and restrictions of such systems.  Students will be given the chance to investigate the science of plants and the botanical world, including the classification, cellular structure and life processes, physiology, nutritional requirements, and reproduction. They will also examine plant ecology, plant genetics, plant evolution, and taxonomy. Students will be able to apply the knowledge they gain in the on-site greenhouse facility 


Grade: 9-12

Year – 10 Credits

Meets UC/CSU “F” requirement

This course focuses on the historical trends of floral design and the current design features of floral products.  Major units of study will cover historical connections of usage of foliage, floral preservation, and current day trends.  Students also learn agribusiness concepts in merchandising, advertising, sales, and operating a retail floral business.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.

This course is designed to provide the student with theories and principles related to fine arts. Students will apply their knowledge in a series of design elements and laboratory experiments understand the impact of the world economy on the floral industry

Building & Construction

about 1 year ago


Grades: 9-12        

Semester – 5 credits

Prerequisite: None

Students learn entry-level skills in the construction industry and study the fundamentals of residential and commercial building practice. Students construct model concrete slab foundations, erect stud walls, build up roof components, and assemble roof truss elements in a scale home project.  In addition, students learn about typical tract home assembly practice along with modular home construction techniques. Course can be repeated for credit.


Grades: 9-12

Year – 10 credits

Prerequisite: Construction I

Students work collaboratively in student teams of two, completing two weeks of hands-on activities in each sixteen Construction Trade Areas (CTA).  Each CTA begins with an understanding of the tools, vocabulary, and materials used in the trade.  Students follow the Taylors as they remodel their home.  Each CTA describes how the trade contributes to the completion of the remodeling project and where the trade fits into the timeline.  The CTA incorporates a video of each activity and presents step-by-step instruction, guiding students through the CTA.  A CTA guide book follows the video and gives the students detailed written instructions on each activity.  Students use industry accepted tools and materials as they complete the hands-on activities.  The following are the sixteen Construction Trade Areas:  Blueprint reading, Communications, Electrical, Finish Carpentry, Hand tools, Plumbing, Roof Framing, Wall Framing, Cabinet making, Drywall, Estimation, Green Construction, HVAC, Power tools, Tile Setting, Weatherization.

Construction III 

Grades: 10-12

Year – 10 credits

Prerequisite: Construction II or teacher’s recommendation

Students work in teams to complete assigned tasks, projects, and modules.  The projects may come from the school or community.  Students may also complete any of the 16 Construction Trade Areas (CTA) they may not have had time to finish in Construction II. Additional CTAs for Construction III are as follows: Concrete, Hydraulics, Solar, Fiber Optics, Masonry, & Surveying.

Pathway Sequence:

*Construction II to III= Pathway Completion 

Tech theater 

Grade: 11      
Year - 10 credits

This course is designed to provide the student with a hands-on introduction to the art of scene design and construction, stage lighting, and sound. The lectures and activities are intended primarily as a means of educating the student in an area of the Theater world that will enhance his/her understanding and awareness of the behind-the scenes processes involved in stage productions.  F or G category in A-G's


CTE Courses at RVHS

about 1 year ago

What CTE Courses are offered at RVHS and what are their pathways?

 Courses & Teachers:

Health Sciences & Medical Technology:

Karen Gutierrez,

· EMR Extended (Emergency Medical Response) (11th )

· Allied Health Occupations (12th)

Jeremey Cortez,

· Sports Medicine I , II

· Sports Medicine Lab

Edu. Child Develop. & Family Services:

Ramona Godfrey,

· Psychological Development of Children (11th )

· Principals & Practices of Teaching Young Children  (12th)

Building & Construction:

Andrew Wahe,

· Construction I, II, III

· Tech. Theatre

Engineering & Architecture:

Dale Cox,

· Principals of Engineering

Bruce Hill,

· Engineering II

Arts, Media & Entertainment:

Steve Brockman,

· Video production I, II

Information & Technology:

Timothy Eleinko,

· Computers

Steve Brockman,

· Network Administration

Agriculture & Natural Sciences:

Valerie Barber,

· Plant Soil I, II

Eleni Gross,

· Floriculture

Marketing, Sales & Services:

Glenn Dumas,

· Introduction to Business

· Retail & Marketing

Education, Child Development & Family Services

about 1 year ago

Psychological Development of Children-    Yearlong- 10 credits

Grades: 11-12

“a-g” approved-meets “g” elective


This course is a study of the developmental stages of children from conception to adolescence. It offers a theoretical and applied academic foundation to the components of psychology, including cognitive, biosocial, and psychosocial development. This is the perfect course for students who are interested in careers in the education, child development, psychology, medical, social work, law enforcement fields! Highlights include: Baby Think It Over infant simulators during fall semester, and a six week hands on practicum experience at the local elementary schools during spring semester! This course will prepare students for enrollment in the Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children “capstone” course.


Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children-                                                     

Grades: 11-12

“a-g” approved-meets “g” elective

  • 3Period block-must attend all periods! (12:38-4:10)

This course is designed to prepare students for entry- level employment. Students will learn how to work with infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. Topics addressed include: Intro to child care industry, development of children, curriculum, health and safety, and guidance and discipline. Specialty core units include: art for the young child, math and science for children, best nutrition and cooking practices, observations in the child care setting, and the creation of job portfolios.  Student must have reliable transportation to off campus child care site. 

Certificate of Training

 will be awarded if student completes the course with B or higher and has completed all community classroom/instructional hours needed for course. The 

Certificate of Training

 qualifies students for employment as provisional teachers under Title XXII in accordance with California Community Care Licensing regulations. The 

Certificate of Training

 also meets the Title V requirements for a Child Development Assistant Permit as issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students also receive State mandated “Child Care Provider 8 hour Preventive Health and Safety” training, as well as American Heart Association Pediatric CPR and First Aid.

Pathway Sequence:

*Child Psychology to Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children = Pathway Completion

Engineering & Architecture

about 1 year ago

Engineering 1 (Engineering Principles and MESA)



Yearlong – 10 Credits

Engineering I is a high school level course that is appropriate for 10th grade students who are interested in engineering. This course is designed to provide an introduction and foundation in engineering principles for students. The major focus is to expose students to the engineering design process, engineering standards, research and analysis, technical documentation, career opportunities, communication methods, and teamwork. Engineering I gives students the opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving while understanding course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. Students are engaged in an instructional program that integrates academic and technical hands-on preparation and focuses on engineering technology and design through the use of robotics. Engineering I used in combination with a teaming approach, challenging students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities and understand the engineering design process

The MESA acronym stands for Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement.  MESA enables students to prepare for and graduate from a four-year college or university with a math-based degree in areas such as engineering, the sciences, computer science and mathematics.  In this course, students will engage in projects that will challenge their ingenuity and creativity, and discover the mathematics behind their engineering creations.  Some objectives of this course include:

1) To develop complex problem-solving skills.

2) To understand the fundamentals of basic physics.

3) To prepare students for University-Level coursework.


Grades: 10-12th

Yearlong – 10 credits

RobotEngineering II provides an in-depth understanding of engineering principles for students. The course offers the following components: classroom/laboratory and hands-on learning with academic and project-based instruction through advanced robotics. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, presentation, and career opportunities.

Pathway Sequence:

* Principles of Engineering (Engineering I) to Engineering II = pathway Completion

Health Sciences & Medical Technology

about 1 year ago

EMR EXTENDED       -        YEAR LONG      -        10 CREDITS

          Grades: 11-12

This course will teach students to provide immediate care to an ill or injured person and train them in the pre-hospital setting to assist Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. Instructional content area skills include the history of healthcare, Anatomy Systems and related Medical Terminology. This course will prepare students for enrollment in the Allied Health Occupations Course Capstone.

Certificate of Training and RCC credit (2units) will be awarded if student completes the entire year with a B or higher for both semesters.


ALLIED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS       -        YEARLONG           -        30 CREDITS

       Grades: 11-12  & (16 years old)

        3 Period block (12:38-4:10)

This course is designed to explore entry- level health careers in the hospital and/or community setting. Emphasis is placed on those skills required of a health care worker in various departments. Instructional content area includes the history of Healthcare, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities, infection control, Vital Signs, Scheduling Appointments, Electronic Health Care records and related Medical Terminology. Students will receive HealthCare Provider CPR training.

This course has a community classroom portion that requires the following: Social Security Number, Negative TB Test, Background Clearance and reliable transportation. 

Certificate of Training and RCC articulation credit (2 units) will awarded if student completes the course with B or higher and has completed all community classroom/instructional hours needed for the Allied Health Occupation course. 

Pathway Sequence:

*ROP EMR to Allied Health Occupations = Pathway Completion


SPORTS MEDICINE I            -        YEAR LONG      -        10 CREDITS      

          Grades: 9-12

            Meets UC/CSU “G” requirement

A curriculum based and on site educational program for students to develop their skills as a physical therapy aide, athletic trainer assistant, fitness instructor, medical, and sports equipment salesperson. The students will be trained at community locations to practice and develop the skills they have learned in the classroom. Subject matter will also include such items as personal attitude, appropriate work habits, and professional appearance.

SPORTS MEDICINE II         -        YEAR LONG      -        10CREDITS

Grades: 11-12

Prerequisite: Sports Medicine I

Meets UC/CSU “G” requirement

The aim of the Sports Medicine & Therapeutic Services Level II program is to further develop the basic knowledge and skills of a Sports Medicine & Therapeutic Services Level I that in turn will improve their ability to contribute to safer sporting events and organizations.  It is anticipated that the experience gained since completion of the Level I course will provide course participants with sufficient insight to assimilate this higher level of knowledge into their role as an Athletic Trainer.

As a consequence of completing the required course units it is expected the Sports Medicine & Therapeutic Services Level II will be able to apply appropriate first aid and emergency care of athletes at a more advanced standard than a Sports Medicine & Therapeutic Services Level I.

Pathway Sequence:

    *Sports Med. I  to Sports Med II = Pathway Completion

     *EMR to Sports Med I = Pathway Completion        

-Sports Med. Lab is an optional component that corresponds with the Sports Med. Program.

Information & Techonlogy

about 1 year ago


Grade: 9-12

Year – 10 credits

Meets UC/CSU “G” requirement

This course provides an introduction to the breadth of the field of computer science through an exploration of engaging topics. The course is designed to focus on the conceptual ideas of computing and help students understand understand why particular tools may be better suited to solve various problems. The goal is to develop the computational practices of algorithm development, problem solving, and computer programming in the students. Students will have the benefit of keeping current with issues that involve computers and technology through current event articles and student discussions. Assignments will require time spent in class be utilized effectively to complete all the projects. The students will also be learning new typing skills or improve upon their existing typing skills.

Marketing, Sales & Services

about 1 year ago


“G” category in A-G's, approved by the University of California Schools and offers 3 college articulated credits, if a grade of an A or B is maintained for the entire year. 

You will become familiar with the student resource videos called “Biz Kids” to learn: 

1. Business in the Global Economic Environment-How organizations operate in the U.S.; How the U.S. system compares to other economies and how economic decisions are made. 
2. Business Organization and Management-The important relationship between business ownership and how it affects our economy. 
3. Business Operations and Technology-Study of the most important functions of business and the activities that managers and employees complete for each. 
4. Personal Financial Management-Study the components of personal financial management starting with wise consumer buying and the understanding that fundamental financial choices are based on daily money management skills.
You will become familiar with the use of “MicroType”, a student-friendly typing software program. Students are required to type at least 25 words per minute. 

You will become familiar with the use of Microsoft Office 2016 Suite- Word, Excel, & Powerpoint (Microsoft Office Suite Certificates will be earned). 

Each student will be required to take the “Soft Skills” Modules to learn proper Customer Service, Workplace Ethics, and Effective Decision Making in the Workplace. (Soft Skills Certificates will be earned) 

Each student will be required to participate in Mock Job Interviews with our Military and other community business leaders. 


G category in A-G's. 

Prerequisite: teacher recommendation 

Year - 10 credits 

This course combines classroom and community classroom instruction to prepare students for employment in the retail/marketing industry. Training will include elements of the sale, types of retailing, types of merchandise, customer relations, merchandising, pricing, inventory control, visual merchandising, operations, promotional elements, and human resources. Emphasis is placed on real world application of learning through work experience in the community. Employability skills emphasized include: preparing for employment, business attitudes, work habits and attendance. Students will operate the Rancho Verde High School Student Store. Each Student will be required to take and pass the California Food Handlers' test and will receive the Food Handler's Card free of charge (card good for 2 years then needs to be renewed).

Media & Entertainment

about 1 year ago


Grade: 9-12

Year – 10 credits

Meets UC/CSU “F” requirement

This course is designed so students work as members of the studio production crew, videographers, editors, lighting, sound or producers; they experience much of the “real world” of broadcasting by learning to work as part of a team, meeting deadlines, and learning the true meaning of professionalism.  Students in the Video Production I Class primarily produce RVTV Student News as well as creating their first packages for broadcast within the Student News.


Grade: 9-12

Year – 10 credits

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Meets UC/CSU “F” requirement

This course is designed so students can use what they have learned in Intro RVTV Class Video Production I. As members of the advanced TV/Video production staff, students carry special responsibilities beyond those of students in most classes.  Students will have to be able to do filming’s for school events which generally take place after school and sometimes into the evenings.   Students will prepare these videos for the school districts TV channel.  This honor brings with it both added privileges and responsibilities for the students in this class.