Course Selection

The District Course Selection Guide, or course catalogue, provides valuable information on course descriptions by department, college admissions testing, guidance and planning and educational options.

2018-2019 Course Selection Guide

For further information on planning courses based on time management, Career Technical Education, recommendations from departments and graduation requirements, see the tabs below. Note that MVHS may not offer all of the district's courses; a MVHS Course List can be among the documents below. 

Course Selection Documents & Presentations

Courses and Time Management

Title Brief Description Link
Course Registration for 2018-2019 (Infinite Campus) Current MVHS students will be registering for courses through Infinite Campus, an online utility. This document steps through this online registration process. Infinite Campus Registration Info
Course Selection Guide for 2018-2019
 
A complete list of Fremont Union High School District courses, including paragraph descriptions. Requirements for graduation, as well as requirements for UC, CSU, and Private University admission. College Admission Testing and Planning are also covered. Not all courses are offered at MVHS. For a list of class options, see the list immediately below. Course Guide for District
MVHS Course Offerings for 2018-2019 When students are signing up for courses, they will need to include course names and numbers. This document gives a list of all courses offered (with course number) for the 2018-2019 school year. List of Courses offered at MVHS
FUHSD Career Technical Education (CTE) Courses FUHSD has many opportunities for rigorous, hands-on learning in a variety of industries. This document provides a list of these courses available at different sites in our district. CTE Courses
Time Management Worksheet for 2018-19 This time management activity is a tool for conversation at home between students and parents. We hope it will help students make healthy, informed decisions in regard to requested courses, extra-curricular commitments, and daily living activities for a well-balanced student lifestyle.
Also see the estimated out-of-class workload for each course in the second document at right.
Time Management Worksheet

Outside Class Work Estimate 
4- Year Plan Students fill this out in their freshman year to plan out their academic classes for the next 4 years at Monta Vista My 4-Year Plan

Information for Eighth Graders

Title Brief Description Link
8th Grade Course Selection Presentation This presentation is meant as an overview for current 8th graders. A timeline for choosing classes is covered, along with a typical 9th grader's schedule and graduation requirements. Specific disciplines (such as English, Math, Science, etc.) are discussed, along with course offerings within each discipline. 8th Grade Presentation
FAQ for 8th Grade Families about High School Math This document was prepared by the Fremont Union High School District for all 5 of our high schools. It addresses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding high school math course selection and placement. 8th Grade Math FAQs

Information for Continuing Students

Title Brief Description Link
Course Selection Presentation for Continuing Students Grade-specific presentations that seek to help parents and students make course selections. Calendars are provided that includes turn-in deadlines, along with an overview of graduation requirements. The various departments and their course offerings are reviewed, along with a list of contact information for the various alpha groups. 9th Grade Presentation

10th Grade Presentation

11th Grade Presentation

AVID

Title Brief Description Link
AVID Executive Summary A brief description of the AVID program in general, with a summary of what is covered in each grade level. AVID Executive Summary
AVID at Monta Vista A brief description of the AVID program at Monta Vista. Discusses the goals of the program and the type of student it serves. AVID at MV

English

Title Brief Description Link
English Department Presentation A description of English courses offered by Monta High School English Dept. Presentation
Decision Matrix for 9th/10th Grade English Courses A description of Freshman/Sophomore English courses. Includes lists of core texts, homework expectations, grading rule breakdowns, and types of assignments. English Frosh/Soph Courses
Decision Matrix for 11th Grade English Courses A description of Junior English courses. Includes lists of core texts, homework expectations, grading rule breakdowns, and types of assignments. English Junior Courses
Decision Matrix for 12th Grade English Courses A description of Senior English courses. Includes lists of core texts, homework expectations, grading rule breakdowns, and types of assignments. English Senior Courses

Math/Computer Science

Math Course Selection FAQs for 8th Grade Families

What Math Courses Does FUHSD offer?

Core Courses

Core Courses

Algebra 1 (Common Core)

Required for high school graduation.

Support classes available for those who need them.

Geometry (Common Core)

Required for high school graduation.

Geometry Enriched offered for advanced students at some sites.

Algebra 2 (Common Core)

Required for 4-year college eligibility.

Algebra 2/Trig offered for advanced students.

Upper Level Sequence I

Upper Level Sequence I

Applications of Advanced Math

Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics

College-level course—credit granted at the discretion of college/university.

Upper Level Sequence II

Upper Level Sequence II

Pre-Calculus

(formerly Math Analysis)

Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB

Two quarters of college-level calculus—credit granted at the discretion of college/university.

Upper Level Sequence III

Upper Level Sequence III

Pre-Calculus Honors

Weighted grade-point in UC system.

Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC

One year of college-level calculus—

credit granted at the discretion of college/university.

Which math courses do ninth graders take in FUHSD?

Most freshmen take one of the following courses in 9th grade:

  • Algebra 1 (with additional support if necessary)
  • Geometry or Geometry Enriched
  • Algebra 2 or Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Fremont Union High School District does not offer any pre-Algebra course options. However, we have a variety of interventions designed to support and accelerate learning for students who struggle with Algebra in 9th grade.

No matter what math class you take as a freshman, if you work hard and demonstrate that you understand course standards, you will have opportunities to accelerate your learning and reach our high level math courses before you graduate. Your 9th grade math teacher and your guidance counselor will be able to help you develop a plan for acceleration if you demonstrate the interest and capacity to do so.

How are expectations in high school courses different than in middle school?

In high school, your grades have consequences. In middle school, if you did not do well in math in 7th grade, you still moved on to 8th grade math. In high school, if you do not pass a class that you need for graduation, you will have to repeat it and pass it in order to earn credit. You need to earn credit for at least Algebra I and Geometry in order to graduate. If you want to be eligible for a four-year college, you will need to have passed at least Algebra II; and you probably will want to consider taking higher level courses, too.

The University of California and the California State University System (as well as most private colleges and universities) require that you pass a class with a “C” or better in order to have that class count in your application for admission.

How will my 9th grade math course placement be determined?

Sometime between February and April of your 8th grade year, you and your parents will be invited to a meeting to learn about the course selection process for your high school. At that time, you will be advised to consider a number of factors in making a request for your ninth grade math class.

Generally, 8th graders who successfully complete:

Should take this course in 9th grade:

Algebra Readiness OR Algebra Fundamentals OR

Introduction to Algebra OR Common Core Math 8

Algebra 1

Algebra 1

Geometry

Geometry

Algebra 2

However, if you are doing very well in your 8th grade course (getting an A), you may want to consider taking a more challenging course:

 

If you are doing very well in…

You might want to try….

Algebra 1

Geometry Enriched

Geometry

Algebra 2/Trigonometry

 

When making your math course request for 9th grade you should consider the following:

  • What is the next course in this sequence?
  • How are you doing in your current math class? (Check your latest progress report.)
  • What is the work load in the other high school classes and activities you want to take in 9th grade? (This will be described to you in high school orientation meetings.)
  • What are your outside extracurricular time commitments? (For example: club sports; Scouts; music lessons, church or community activities)
  • If you choose to take a higher level class (i.e. Geometry Enriched instead of Geometry; or Algebra II/Trig instead of Algebra II), are you willing to put in the extra time and work that will be involved in being successful in this class?

 

Once your high school has all course requests from both incoming ninth graders and current students, the information will be used to determine the number of class sections needed and staffing needs for the next school year. It can be very difficult to change courses once you complete the selection process, so it is important that you choose wisely.

 

What if I change my mind after requesting a math class?

In the spring of 8th grade you will take a diagnostic test (the University of California’s Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project, or MDTP) that will give you information about your readiness for high school math courses. You will take this test in your 8th grade class. You should consider the results of this diagnostic test as one piece of information, along with your 8th grade math course performance, your interests, and your plans for future math courses, to help you make your math course selection. Your high school will provide additional information about course selection during guidance presentations for incoming students and parents.

Later in the spring, you will receive confirmation of the courses which you have requested for 9th grade. At this time, you will know more about how you are doing in your 8th grade class and you will also have your MDTP results. Using that information, you should consider once again whether you have selected the right course for you.

If you are confident of your choice, you can expect to be assigned to that math class. If for any reason, you wish to reconsider your original choice, you will have the opportunity to do so during the course verification process.

What happens to students who “over-reach” by requesting a class and then find that it is more difficult than they expected?

It is very important to make careful choices when requesting your ninth grade courses, because getting it wrong can make it difficult to find the classes you want after school starts.

If you do need to change your math class, there is a very real possibility that you will have to change your entire schedule and enter new classes with new teachers several weeks into the school year. You may also be required to drop an elective class that you originally chose.

Often when students request a transfer to another math class after the start of the year, all math classes at the school are already full. Should this happen to you, you should work with your Guidance Counselor or Assistant Principal to consider what options are available to you.

Remember, you can avoid this by making careful choices during the course selection process!

My middle school math courses have recently aligned to the Common Core Standards. Will my high school classes also be aligned to these standards?

All California schools are revising curriculum in relation to the Common Core in kindergarten through high school. The new standards will be incorporated into FUHSD’s current courses. The Common Core State Standards are designed to focus math instruction and build skills and habits progressively over a student’s school career so that they understand mathematics deeply and can use it to solve authentic, real-world problems.

Fremont Union High School District recognizes that the promise of the Common Core may not be realized until all students have experienced this curriculum throughout their elementary and middle school years. Students who are currently in middle school may have had the benefit of a few years’ experience with the Common Core. FUHSD is transitioning to Common Core curriculum in deliberate, gradual ways so that all students can be successful.

Can I take a high school math course in the summer so that I can take a higher-level class as a freshman?

Students who are thinking about taking a summer course in order to advance in the math sequence should research and consider their options very carefully. These courses are much shorter than the full year course and may not provide enough time and practice to prepare you for the next class in high school. Some summer programs do not cover all the content of a full-year course so you may miss key concepts or skills. This is especially important to consider now that students are assessed on new, more rigorous content under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The demands of CCSS leave little time for review of concepts that were supposed to be learned in a previous course.

If you want to challenge yourself and accelerate within the FUHSD math course sequence, your guidance counselor or freshman year math teacher will work with you to explore various options after your freshman year.

If you do decide to take one of these courses during the summer, it is extremely important that you notify an administrator or guidance counselor at your high school in advance. The administrators or guidance counselor will explain your options and will ask you to document your plans as part of your course selection request.

If you take a summer course without notifying your high school in advance, it is likely that there will not be a space in the class you want in the Fall.

Can I "self-study" and skip a class in high school?

You should think very carefully about this before you decide to make this course request because:

  • Some colleges and universities require the completion of certain courses. The University of California, for example, requires that students take Geometry even if there is evidence that they could do the work without the course.
  • Remember, if you request a higher-level course and decide after the start of the year that it is too hard, another math class may not be open or available, or may require a change to all your classes.

If I take Algebra 1 in Ninth Grade, will I be able to take advanced math and science courses and get into college?

Yes. Colleges are looking for students who take rigorous coursework in high school, and are emphasizing the importance of four years of math so that students have a strong foundation for college-level mathematics. But it is important to know that many students do not take Advanced Placement math classes in high school and are accepted to four year colleges and universities. These students typically take a course sequence that looks like this:

  • Ninth grade: Algebra 1
  • Tenth grade: Geometry or Geometry Enriched
  • Eleventh grade: Algebra 2 or Algebra 2/Trigonometry
  • Twelfth grade: Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus Honors, or Applications of Advanced Mathematics

However, no matter what math class you take as a ninth grader in FUHSD’s schools, if you work hard and demonstrate that you understand course standards, you will be able to progress through FUHSD’s math and science course offerings and meet college eligibility requirements.

You will want to consult with your ninth grade Algebra teacher and your Guidance Counselor to determine how you should consider your math and science pathway progression in relation to your achievement level and goals, your interests, and other courses you are thinking about taking.

Title Brief Description Link
MV Math Course Offerings and Paths A presentation that reviews the possible sequences of Math courses at Monta Vista. Computer Science classes are mentioned as Math Electives. Math - Course Selection Information
MV Math Curriculum Sequences A list of possible math course sequences for incoming freshmen, describing the choices available in the math department. Math Classes
AP Computer Science Principles A flier summarizing the AP Computer Science Principles Course. There is also a table comparing the two AP CS courses. AP CS Principles

AP CS A vs. AP CS P comparison

Physical Education

Title Brief Description Link
Physical Education in grades 9 and 10 A brief description of the Physical Education courses taught in grades 9 and 10 at MV. The electives for PE 10 are outlined, along with a response to the question: "Why take PE?" PE Courses

Science

Title Brief Description Link
Science Core Curriculum Presentation A presentation about the science curriculum at Monta Vista. This includes an overview of FUHSD graduation requirements, UC and CSU admissions requirements, and recommended class sequences. The courses that follow Biology, including Chemistry, Physics, and Physiology, are discussed. The difference between non-honors, honors, and AP is reviewed. Science Presentation
Which Science Class Should I Take Next Year? Prerequisite courses, recommended grade ranges, key events, and main ideas are compared in this table. Science Course Selection Guide
Information about Physics Courses A slide presentation comparing the physics options and a diagram showing how recommendations work for each course. Physics Course Comparison

Paths for Physics Courses
Information about the STEM Research Course A flyer with information about the Independent STEM Research Course for incoming 9th and 10th graders. How to apply and course outline. STEM Research Course

Form to apply to take STEM Research Course

Social Studies

Title Brief Description Link
Social Science Curriculum Presentation A brief presentation describing the social science curriculum at Monta Vista. Sophomores have a choice of World History courses, juniors take US History, and seniors must complete US Government and Economics. The different choices for each year are covered. Social Studies Presentation
American Studies Comparison American Studies is a junior-level course that combines the elements of Regular US History and American Literature. The differences and similarities between these choices are covered. American Studies
AP US History and Regular US History The junior-level courses of AP US History and Regular US History cover many common themes and yet there are also many differences. This document compares these two courses. APUSH and RUSH Comparison
Gov AP and Econ AP in Comparison with Gov and Econ The senior-level courses of AP US Gov and US Gov cover many common themes and yet there are also many differences. The same is true for AP Econ and Econ. This document compares these courses. AP Gov, AP Economics, Government & Economics

FUHSD Graduation Requirements

A student must earn a minimum 220 units, meeting specific course and subject area requirements, in order to receive a high school diploma:

CONTENT AREA

CREDITS

English

40

Social Studies

30

Mathematics

20

Science

20

Physical Education

20

Electives

70

Selective Electives*

20

*Selective Electives

Students must complete 10 credits each in two (2) of the following three (3) areas:

  • Applied Academics: Career Technical Education, Business, Computer Science, Industrial Technology, Living Skills, Work Experience
  • Visual/Performing Arts: Art, Music, Theatre Arts
  • World Languages: Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish

For more information about graduation requirements, please refer to the District Course Selection Guide or your high school's Guidance Office.