The 9th Grade English Curriculum centered around the theme of Identity & Societal Relations, allows students to explore their own identity as well as the significance of different identities of those around them in their diverse communities. Students work towards mastery of this essential concept, while working towards mastery of the CA Common Core Standards. Students will be challenged and given the opportunity to grow in their practical language skills through meaningful class discussions, journal prompts, essay writing, creative projects, oral presentations. Students will continue to use and practice grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary skills. With an understanding of the fundamentals of literary analysis, students will be able to construct a multi-paragraph essay as well as experiment with other essay forms and modes.
This course will examine the comic book medium and look at its multitude of genres today. It will survey the course of comic book evolution and its growth in worldwide popularity. In addition, by exploring this medium of art and entertainment, students will also learn how to write a script for the intended purpose of creating their own comic book. Learning this format will allow students to transfer their understanding on to other mediums such as movies or television. This skill will enrich those who are seeking a career path in film entertainment.
This course builds upon students’ prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and the mechanics of writing. It includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Various genres of literature are used to improve reading skills; writing exercises are linked to students’ reading assignments. Specific content depends upon the Common Core Standards for Grade 10.
This course emphasizes the development of 21st century skills, with practice in analytical, creative, and expository writing, along with continued focus on rigorous reading and critical thinking. Literature in this course includes multicultural units of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and short stories. Some oral presentations and outside readings are required.
This course emphasizes the continued development of 21st century skills, with an emphasis on critical thinking and research-based writing, using mostly non-fiction materials. With analytical thinking and purposeful research, students will be able to synthesize their findings into new ideas.
Global Studies course takes a regional approach to globalization and world geography. It is
designed to provide accurate and current information regarding world regional geography and
foundational framework for understanding development patterns around the world. Essential
topics include location, the environment, culture, language, and global economic dynamics. Important theories, concepts, and principles are utilized throughout the class for each region. We analyze a pattern
of development from the imprint of European colonialism on culture to the impact of that humans have on the environment and global changes.
Looking at world history through the lens of noted conspiracies and propaganda campaigns, this course examines how incomplete truths and full-out fallacies can influence the course of human history. Through research based learning, students will students to explore a wide range of topics related to U.S. and World history that are often ignored in the traditional high school history class.
This class explores world history through texts, debates, seminars, quizzes, tests, class work and projects. The goal of this class is to be academically rigorous while allowing students to draw connections between the past and present. It examines world events from 1600s to the present, and explores the impact of the democratic and industrial revolutions, the forces that led to world domination by European powers, the wars that changed empires, the ideas that led to independence movements and the effects of global interdependence.
Students will examine our nation’s history and create a multi-faceted understanding about how the nation has evolved politically, economically, socially and geographically. This course will allow students to understand how and why the rights and freedoms they enjoy today as citizens were forged, then altered and thus, shaped a nation the world had not yet seen allowing the United States to become one of the most powerful and influential countries in the world.
American Government class includes a brief overview of the founding, establishing, and functioning of the government of the United States of America. It is an introduction to the basic concepts of American government including the workings and function of the three branches of government , the American political process and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Honors class requires writing of a paper on a comprehensive research of our judicial system.
Economics is a short analysis of basic economic theories and the major economic systems of the world. This class will give the students a greater understanding of economics ranging from the viewpoint of the individual consumer or small business owner to the global economy. It will study the law of supply and demand, forms of business, labor unions, government finances and influence on the economy, money and prices, inflation and deflation cycles.
Where did everything come from? How did we get to where we are now? Where do humans fit in? Where are things heading? These are questions that origin stories of different cultures have addressed for thousands of years. Big History attempts to answer them by examining the entire past of the Universe using the best available ideas from disciplines such as astronomy, chemistry, biology, and history. Throughout the course, we will explore different scales of time and space and view human history from new angles. You’ll learn what we know and what we don’t, consider our place in the Universe, and develop your own ideas for what the future may hold.
Seeing Structure in Expressions
- Interpret the structure of expressions
- Write expressions in equivalent forms to solve problems
Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Functions
- Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials
- Understand the relationship between zeros and factors of polynomials
- Use polynomial identities to solve problems
- Rewrite rational functions
- Create equations that describe numbers or relationships
Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities
- Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning
- Solve equations and inequalities in one variable
- Solve systems of equations
- Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically
1) Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2) Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3) Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4) Model with mathematics.
5) Use appropriate tools strategically.
6) Attend to precision.
7) Look for and make use of structure.
8) Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
This course is a study of Euclidean Geometry. Topics discussed include dimensional objects, angular measurement, congruency, similarity, deductive and inductive reasoning, formal proofs, relational computations, right triangle trigonometry, and applications. Algebraic techniques are integrated and emphasized throughout the course to aid in the understanding of geometric concepts and applications, and to reinforce proficiency in algebraic skills. The contents of this course are crucial for success on ACT / SAT exams.
This course is an extension of Algebra I and provides further development of the concept of a function. Topics include: Relations, functions, equations and inequalities, polynomials algebraic fractions, logarithmic and exponential functions, sequences and series, counting principles, and probability. This material in this course will help prepare you for the ACT / SAT exams, and college admission exams.
This accelerated course will begin with a review of the calculus topics covered in Introduction to Calculus. There will be further study and discussion of the fundamental principles of calculus. Advanced topics in integration will include arc length, work problems, additional techniques in integration, and further study of the transcendental functions and infinite series.
Flex Math is a course designed to help students boost math skills and recover Math credit that may have been lost earlier in the year. Students in Flex Math have usually already taken Algebra 1, Geometry or Algebra 2 but have not yet successfully completed the course. The Flex Math curriculum is personalized and directly targeted to help fill the gaps in student understanding.
Earth Science and Engineering is a course to examine Earth and Space sciences, as well as help prepare students for more advanced science courses. Students will be examining the formation of the solar system, as well as the processes that shaped the Earth into what it is now. Students will also be examining the impact of humans on the Earth and how we can minimize these impacts through engineering practices.
Biology is a study of living things and how they relate to their environment. Students will explore cell structure and function, genetics and heredity, evolution and classification, diversity of living organisms and their ecological roles, and an introduction to animal structure and function. With the aid of laboratory exercises, projects, and technology resources, students will learn how organisms perform life functions and how they interrelate.
Physics is an Algebra-based, hands-on, fun laboratory course, introducing students to the amazing world of matter, energy, and their interactions. We will study motion, forces, energy, electromagnetism, optics and sound. Students will learn how to predict what matter and energy will do, and why. To help students learn, labs will be incorporated into each unit. This class moves at a FAST pace and builds upon existing math skills and scientific knowledge.
Students must take and pass Algebra 1 prior to taking Physics.
Chemistry is a hands-on, challenging laboratory course, introducing students to the exciting world of atoms and their interactions. We will study atomic theory, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and equations. Students will learn what makes up our universe and how matter interacts. Labs will be incorporated into each unit. Students will need to use their past scientific knowledge to solve problems, analyze and apply scientific data, design experiments, use computers to monitor progress, and present scientific concepts in a public forum.
Students must take and pass Geometry prior to taking Chemistry. Students are encouraged to take Biology and Physics, prior to taking Chemistry.
BioTech is a course that focuses on how to most effectively use technology to improve Biological research. Students will learn real world laboratory techniques, and will develop the skills necessary to be successful in a higher education biotechnology course or career. This class is almost entirely hands-on, and is based on the laboratory experiments performed.
Space Science is an advanced and rigorous science course for the college bound individual that covers the broad field of space science with an emphasis on astronomy, rocketry, and relativity. Space Science is inquiry-based and project intensive and will require students to use their past scientific knowledge to solve problems, analyze and apply scientific data, design projects, use computers to monitor progress, and learn to speak in a public forum.
This course introduces students to basic drawing techniques and helps students improve their art skills regardless of their skill level at the beginning of this class. This class mainly focuses on realistic drawing and the skills needed to be successful in this type of drawing. The class is focused on improvement. The goal is that students leave the class at a higher level of drawing than the entered.
Guitar is taught by an accomplished and successful local musician who personalizes his instruction to help students of all musical abilities discover and hone their love for music. Mr. Maldonado lets each student pick a song that they want to play and he finds a way for them to learn it either by helping them find the tabs or by writing a version for them that is at their level of ability.
Mr. Maldonado can teach guitar at any level and is happy to have students take his class during all 4 years of their time at SET.
This course will introduce students to many of the influential leaders of our world, past and present. Our focus will examine leaders of the major living religious traditions as well as those outside of these traditions. Traditions examined include Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, & Islam, as well as many more. Students will investigate the belief structure, ritual system, literature, social interaction and historical impact of each leader.
Leadership SET Style is designed to ignite student success through the intentional study of self. This class emphasizes personal growth and development by challenging students to get to know themselves, to seek understanding of others, and to create a personal brand they are proud of.
Leadership SET Style II is about seeking depth in the discovery of your authentic self. This class challenges students to explore their own value systems, beliefs, and realities that have been created in their lives over time. Students will walk away from this class owning their stories, managing their lives, and having a strong sense of self.
This course is designed to introduce students to basic principals of the Spanish Language, prepare students for further language study, and foster interest about the Hispanic cultures. It is designed to help students develop vocabulary and fundamental sentence structure in the present, present progressive, and simple future tenses, and learn the uses of the infinitive, gender and number agreement and pronouns.This course focuses on the fundamentals of grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases and the ability to understand, read, write and speak simple Spanish. Basic geographic and cultural information is included on Latin America and Spain. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required for this class.
This course is designed to introduce students to basic principles of the Spanish Language, prepare students for further language study, and foster interest about the Hispanic cultures. It is designed to help students develop vocabulary and fundamental sentence structure in the subjunctive and preterit tenses, and continue learning the uses of the infinitive, gender and number agreement, and pronouns. This course focuses on the fundamentals of grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases and the ability to understand, read, write and speak simple Spanish. Geographic and cultural information is included on Latin America and Spain.
This course focuses on the fundamentals of grammar, practical vocabulary, useful phrases and the ability to understand, read, write and speak Spanish. Geographic and cultural information is included on Latin America and Spain. Spanish II is a required prerequisite for this class. It is designed to help students develop vocabulary and fundamental sentence structure in the present progressive, future, imperfect, and preterit tenses, and learn the uses of the reflexives, gender and number agreement and pronouns.
In this course students will get a crash course in the stock market. Students will learn what the stock market is, how it works, the different strategies investors use, and the will get to invest money in a REAL BROKERAGE ACCOUNT. Students will gain real world experience in the stock market as the invest the money we have raised, watch how their investments perform, and make decisions about trades we make as a class. This class will give students valuable insights, and get them thinking about their financial future.
Strength of Mind and Body gives students the opportunity to understand and implement the concepts of a healthy body, a healthy mind, and emotional wellness.
SET offers support classes for students who need an extra period in the day to get extra help and to work on outstanding assignments. The support classes are staffed by teachers and academic coaches who can give students personalized and targeted help. Pre-approval is required in order to sign up for this class.
A design and marketing course
In this class students learn the basics of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional computer design. We will use programs like Gimp (free version of Photoshop), Inkscape (free version of Illustrator), and Sketchup (3D modeling program).
Advisory meets once per week for between 10 minutes and 60 minutes depending on the time of year. For the majority of the time, students have a choice of either working on their Passion Project or getting extra help in classes when needed.
Roughly once per month, all students participate in a Passion Talk that is delivered by inspirational experts who have demonstrated passion in their field of business or field of study.
The Advisor is like an educational parent who knows how the advisees are doing, knows what makes them tick and helps them make good choices both inside and outside the classroom.
SET offers both English 101 and English 205 on campus taught by a Mesa College professor. Students receive college credit for grades of C and above and simultaneously receive Honors English credit at SET High.
In order to be eligible for the Mesa College English classes students need to score a 3 or 4 on the CAASPP standardized state test which is administered in May of the Junior year.
Decisions or predictions are often based on data—numbers in context. These decisions or predictions would be easy if the data always sent a clear message, but the message is often obscured by variability. Statistics provides tools for describing variability in data and for making informed decisions that take it into account.
This course is designed to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced. Students will then begin analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals. This class is important for any student planning to take a college algebra or college pre-calculus class.
Biology for retake and Marine Bio for those interested in going further in Bio
Environmental Science is an elective science course for the integrating the physical and biological sciences to study the environment and to find solutions to numerous environmental issues. Students will develop the knowledge and analytical skills to successfully make educated conclusions about environmental topics and situations. This class is inquiry-based and includes lab work and research. Students will use their past scientific knowledge to solve problems, analyze and apply scientific data, design experiments, use computers, and present ideas in a public forum.
Forensic Biology is an advanced and rigorous science course for the college bound individual that covers the broad field of forensics with an emphasis on the biological, chemical and physics aspects. Forensics is inquiry-based and laboratory intensive and will require students to use their past scientific knowledge to solve problems, analyze and apply scientific data, design experiments, use computers to monitor progress, and learn to speak in a public forum.
Marine Biology is the study of living things that inhabit the oceans and their interactions with each other and the environment. This includes the biological, chemical, physical, and geological principles that affect the environment these marine organisms live in.
American Sign Language
Develop and hone your creative writing skills in this fun and interactive English elective.
Students will examine how non-fiction films are created. This class will proceed in two distinct phases: the first explores how filmmakers give shape, structure and voice to their films, across the disparate and ever-evolving forms of documentary. Students screen and analyze a range of innovative and acclaimed films. In the second phase of the course students write their own documentary film proposals, beginning with research, through short treatments, and culminating in fully developed proposals. In the third phase of the course students will create a visual presentation of their proposals, including short trailers, scenes, and/or full documentaries.
Improv is an acting class specifically designed to help students develop their communications skills by teaching them the art of improvisation. Students quickly learn to shed their shyness and fear of public speaking as they discover that improvisation is a practiced skill that can be quickly mastered through fun games similar to the hit show "Who's Line is it Anyway?"
All SET students must complete 50 hours of internship before graduation. The internships are designed to give students real-life work experience that will either introduce them to a potential career options or, perhaps even more importantly, help them remove a career option from their list if they find that they do not enjoy the work.
Internships should be completed in the junior or senior year.
A writing sample and teacher approval is required for this course. In this rigorous class, students will compose approved pieces fit for publication, be exposed to a variety of types of journalistic writing (like writing for news, sports, opinion, politics, and entertainment), and learn to critique writing samples (including their own). Students will also receive a variety of news articles to read in order to promote modeling and exemplification. This course is ideal for students who plan on pursuing a career heavily associated with English Language Arts.
Passion Projects can be an academic subject, a much loved hobby, a dream for a business, an expression of talent or the drive to answer the question, “what if…”.
Passion Projects are an outgrowth of our school’s dynamic entrepreneurial mindset. Our 9th-12th graders collaborate to create works of art, start a business or investigate a problem.
All students — from incoming freshmen, to newly transferred juniors, to graduating seniors — are invited to ponder what they are passionate for, to set up a project to tap into and ignite those dreams and to share it with their SET peers and community.
The 2nd year of PE is completed independently at SET by playing a sport, joining the bowling team, or by proving that you are exercising by tracking steps using the SET High Fitness Tracker.
Note that the 1st year of PE has a nutrition/health requirement that must be fulfilled by taking Strength of Mind and Body.
Spanish Literature is a language course that reinforces and strengthens students’ ability to discuss, read, and write in Spanish through the analysis of Spanish language film and literature. Students will continue to develop their Spanish language skills while also working on mastering new concepts in Spanish. These skills will be formed by exploring historical events in the Spanish-speaking world as they explore readings and film. The focus on history will enhance the student’s knowledge of the cultural diversity and historical complexity of the Spanish-speaking world.
This class teaches students modern business skills and helps them develop their own business plan from the ground up. Students will learn how to create a website, plan and execute different marketing strategies, observe and analyze economic and social metrics relating to business, and think critically about important business concepts and skills.