Beckman Course Selection Guide

CURRENT 11th GRADERS SELECTING COURSES FOR 12th GRADE

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This Course Selection Guide is for the class of 2023, current 11th graders, to select their 12th grade courses.


Included in this Guide:


  • Course Selection Timeline
  • Review of Graduation and A-G College Eligibility Requirements
  • Typical Schedule for 12th grade
  • 7 Period Day Qualifications
  • 5 Period Day Qualifications
  • Healthy Limit Waiver
  • Course Options for 12th grade
  • Coastline ROP Courses
  • How-to Update Classes in your Aeries Academic Plan, Deadline 3/4/22
  • Challenge Process Information
  • Add/Drop Policy & Disclaimers
  • Community College Course Info: Dual vs. Concurrent Enrollment
  • Q&A: Padlet Wall

COURSE SELECTION DATES

March 4 – Deadline for changes to online Aeries Academic Plan

March 7- March 29– Individual Student Meetings with Counselor in English classes

May 10 - May 17 – Challenge Process

Graduation & A-G Eligibility Requirements

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Typical 12th Grade Courses

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Key
  • What does CP stand for? College Prep- this is the standard-level course option.
  • What does H stand for? Honors- this is an advanced-level course.
  • What does AP stand for? Advanced Placement- this is an advanced course that includes a comprehensive exam at the end of the course. Your score on this exam could earn you college credits depending on your score and if the college you attend someday accepts AP credit.
  • What does ELD stand for? English Language Development- these courses are designed specifically for English language learners to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. Students are placed into these courses if applicable.

7 PERIOD DAY QUALIFICATIONS

Only students in the following programs may add a zero period to their schedule: ASB, Early College, AVID, Instrumental Music, and Yearbook.

5 Period Day Qualifications

Rising seniors who have earned 180 or more credits by the end of their junior year may limit their schedule to a five period day. Check 'Graduation Status' in Aeries to ensure you need 50 credits or less to graduate.

Students in Early College must have a six period day including two IVC periods and 4 BHS periods.

Healthy Limit Information

In an effort to create a healthy academic balance, juniors may request up to three weighted classes (AP, Honors, Dual Enrollment). If the student wishes to request a fourth weighted class, the student and parent must complete an online interactive presentation and turn in a signed Healthy Limit Waiver. This waiver process only needs to be completed ONE time throughout the student's high school career.

Please review FAQs and find links to the two-part process here.

COURSE OPTIONS: MUST CHOOSE 5 COURSE (3 ELECTIVES)

#1 ENGLISH (4 Years Required)

  • English 4 ERWC
  • AP English Lit & Comp
  • Eng. ELD A, B, C

#2 American Government/ Economics

  • College Prep American Government/College Prep Economic (1 Semester of Each)
  • AP Government & Politics/AP Economics (A/B Days; Year Long Course*)
*AP Government and Economics are semester classes spread out over the entire year; therefore, you will earn 2.5 credits for each class each semester.

#3 MATHEMATICS

Algebra 2 Options

  • Algebra 2 (Placement Recommendation: C Grade or Better in Geometry)
  • Algebra 2/Trig (Placement Recommendation: C Grade or Better in Geometry)
  • Algebra 2/Trig H (Placement Recommendation: A Grade in Geometry)
  • Finite Math
  • Statistical Reasoning in Sports


After Algebra 2 Options

  • Statistical Reasoning in Sports
  • Pre-Calculus (Placement Recommendation: C Grade or Better in Algebra 2/Trig)
  • Pre-Calculus H (Placement Recommendation: B Grade or Better in Algebra 2/Trig H)


After Pre-Calculus Options

  • Statistical Reasoning in Sports
  • Applied Calculus (Placement Recommendation: C Grade or Better in Pre-Calculus)
  • AP Statistics (Placement Recommendation: C Grade or Better in Pre-Calculus or Algebra 2/Trig)
  • AP Calculus AB (Placement Recommendation: B Grade or Better in Pre-Calculus or C Grade or Better in Pre-Calculus H)
  • AP Calculus BC (Placement Recommendation: B Grade or Better in Pre-Calculus H)


NOTE:

  • If you have completed your Mathematics graduation requirement then student may select another elective course from the list below; however, four years of math is recommended.
  • See TUSD Course Catalog for Placement Recommendations

#4 SCIENCE

  • Chemistry AP
  • Physics
  • AP Physics (Placement Recommendation: B Grade or Better in Biology and Chemistry)
  • Forensic Science (Placement Recommendation: Successful Completion of Two Other Years of Science)
  • Biology AP
  • Environmental Science AP


NOTE:

  • If you have completed your Science graduation requirement then student may select an elective course from the list below.
  • See TUSD Course Catalog for Placement Recommendations

#5 LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH

  • French 1, 2, 3, AP
  • Chinese 1, 2, 3, 4H, AP
  • Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4H, AP
  • Spanish for Native Speakers 2, 3



NOTE:

  • If you have completed your Visual/Performing Art or World Language graduation requirement and/or your A-G Language Other Than English requirement then student may select an elective course from the list below.
  • See TUSD Course Catalog for Placement Recommendations

#6 ELECTIVES

You can choose from any of the categories below. Students please be ready to provide two alternate elective choices during your course selection meeting with your school counselor in case your first choice is not available.


General Electives

  • Psychology/Sociology
  • AP Psychology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Computer Science Principles OR AP Computer Science A- Priority will be given to students in the Engineering Pathway. Students should include an alternate elective.
  • IVC Dance 77 Dual Enrollment- Meets "F" requirement for A-G. 100% Online during Fall of senior year.
  • Yearbook 1, 2 -*Requires separate application. Email completed applications to cblair@tustin.k12.ca.us Students should include an alternate elective.
  • AVID- *Requires separate application (see below). Email completed applications to tdawson@tustin.k12.ca.us Students should include an alternate elective
  • Music Appreciation (Not A-G)
  • Stagecraft
  • ROP (See Coastline ROP section below)
  • Work Experience (Not A-G; students must have an active work permit on file)
  • Strength/Conditioning
  • Racquet Sports
  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Financial Literacy
  • PE/Marching Band / Jazz Ensemble
  • PE/Color Guard / Jazz Ensemble
  • Beckman Athlete - If your student is interested in trying out for one of our Beckman High School Athletics Programs. Please review the information available on our Athletics webpage.


CTE Pathway Electives

Applied Medical

  • Human Body Systems
  • ROP Sports Medicine- Priority will be given to students in the Applied Medical Pathway. Students should include an alternate elective.
  • KNES 85 and KNES 212/NUT2 - Priority will be given to students in the Applied Medical Pathway. Students should include an alternate elective.

Engineering- Priority will be given to students in the Engineering Pathway. Students should include an alternate elective.

  • Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering-
  • AP Computer Science Principles OR AP Computer Science A-

Visual Imagery (Photography) -Priority will be given to students in the Pathway. Students should include an alternate elective.

  • Photo Design
  • Visual Imagery *Fulfills Photo 50 at Saddleback College so students may earn 3 transferable college credits through our Articulation Agreement by taking this course.
  • Advanced Visual Imagery
  • AP Studio Art: Photo

Graphic Design -Priority will be given to students in the Pathway. Students should include an alternate elective.

  • Graphic Design 1
  • Graphic Design 2
  • Graphic Design 3
  • AP Studio Art: Graphic

Filmmaking -Priority will be given to students in the Pathway. Students should include an alternate elective.


Art Pathway Electives

  • Exploration of Art
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Adv. Drawing and Painting (Requires Teacher Placement)
  • AP Studio Art (Requires Teacher Placement)

Theater Arts

Instrumental Music

  • Concert Orchestra
  • Symphonic Orchestra (Requires Teacher Placement)
  • Chamber Orchestra (Requires Teacher Placement)
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble (Requires Teacher Placement)
  • Guitar

Vocal Music

  • Mixed Chorus
  • Treble Choir Advanced (Requires Teacher Placement)
  • Madrigals (Requires Teacher Placement)

Coastline ROP

ROP offers many options for career focus hands-on training electives classes, some including working with animals, fire rescue, automotive tech, culinary arts, and dental assisting. Many of these classes include internships at a local business and industry sites where ROP students continue to improve their problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills. ROP is free to high school students and meets once or twice a week offering high school students with 5 or 10 high school credits. Students may not take more than 7 courses total between their Beckman courses and ROP courses. Students can register for Coastline ROP classes with Ms. McDonald starting in April/May 2022.

Aeries Login

To Enter your Course Requests, log in to Aeries and go to Student Info and Course Requests

VIDEO: HOW TO ENTER COURSE REQUESTS IN AERIES DUE MARCH 4, 2022

Current 11th Grade Course Selection Video

Do I need to complete the Challenge Process?

What is the Challenge Process?


  • When you do not meet the prerequisite for the course


What do I do to Challenge the placement?


  • You complete a challenge form stating that you understand you have do not meet the requirement, but you want to enroll in the course. Please understand you will BE REQUIRED TO REMAIN IN THE CLASS UNTIL THE END OF THE SEMESTER regardless of grades and be expected to perform in this higher-level course.
  • All challenges done between May 10th - May 17th
  • Electronic form will be on our website

FALL ADD/DROP POLICY

For the first few days of school add/drops & challenge requests will be available via electronic form on our website. Following this students will be able to request a level drop until the end of the fourth week of school, moving from an honors/AP course to the CP level course, but students will not be able to request add/drops & challenges.

Disclaimers

  • Parent and student have reviewed and agree to the expectations of all courses selected.
  • We realize these are course requests and placement is not guaranteed.
  • We understand that teacher and/or period requests will not be accommodated due to scheduling constraints.
  • We have listed two mandatory elective alternates in the event our first choice is unavailable.

Community College Courses: Dual vs. Concurrent Enrollment

Interested in enrolling in a community college class? Learn more about the options and process on our Community College Classes webpage.

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Questions? Post on the Padlet Wall

Post questions on the Padlet Wall. A School Counselor will respond back to you within 48 hours.