Beckman Course Selection Guide

9th Grade: 2020-2021

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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.

AP and Honors Limit Information

In an effort to create a healthy academic balance, freshmen may request up to two weighted classes (AP or Honors). If the student wishes to request a third honors or AP class, the student and parent must complete an online interactive presentation and turn in a signed AP Limit Waiver.

Both the presentation and waiver can be found here.

  • Link to Online Waiver Activity “How-To” HERE
  • Link to Online Waiver HERE
  • Download Paper Waiver HERE
  • Link to FAQ's HERE

Bring your signed paper waiver with you to registration.



English 1

English 1 H (Course Placement Recommendation: B Grade or Better in Grade 8 English)


Your student will be placed in a math class based on their grades and 8th grade Mastery Checkpoint score.

Algebra Enrichment (Pre Algebra)

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 Honors (Course Placement Recommendation: A or strong B in 8th grade math and proficient 8th grade matery checkpoint score)

Geometry (Course Placement Recommendation: C Grade or Better in Algebra 1)

Geometry Honors (Course Placement Recommendation: A Grade in Algebra 1)

Algebra 2/Trig (Course Placement Recommendation: C Grade or Better in Geometry)

Algebra 2/Trig H (Course Placement Recommendation: A Grade in Geometry)



AP Biology (Strong study habits/skills/grades in science and math classes recommended)

AP Biology Informational Video

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Spanish for Native Speakers


Students wishing to participate in Athletics MUST TRY OUT. In the meantime, all 9th grade students will be placed into Life Fitness. Team websites and coachs' contact information can be found here or on the BHS Website under “Athletics.”

Life Fitness

PE Marching Band/Jazz Ensemble

PE Colorguard/Jazz Ensemble

Prospective Athletes

Pancakes for Patriots

Saturday, May 2nd, 9-11am

3588 Bryan Avenue

Irvine, CA

All prospective athletes are encouraged to attend. Come have a pancake Breakfast ($5), meet coaches, learn about and sign up for summer camps, and get tryout information.

Athletic Physicals

Saturday, May 16th, 9-11am

3588 Bryan Avenue

Irvine, CA

Meet in the Beckman Gym for $25 athletic physicals


Elective Pathways Video


Human Body Systems-how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health

Engineering Design-research, analysis, teamwork, engineering standards, technical documentation

Photo Design-technical photo skills to make art and develop individual and cultural experiences

Graphic Design-applying 2D design to solve real world visual arts problems

Dramatic Production-writing, script analysis, directing, design, acting, self-evaluation, and critique


Exploration of Art-exploring visual art forms including drawing, painting, digital art, and sculpture

Dramatic Production-writing, script analysis, directing, design, acting, and understanding theatrical genres

Concert Orchestra-study and performance of music written for varying combinations of string instruments

Symphonic Band-develop and practice basic instrumental techniques

Guitar-reading chords, strum techniques of classical guitar playing while singing

Mixed Chorus-study and performance of music written for varying vocal ensembles


AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY-studying processes shaping human understanding, use & alteration of earth’s surface.

Yearbook-photo journalism, layout, copy fitting & writing, head-line and outline writing, and picture cropping *Requires separate application

AVID-working in tutor-led groups, learn note taking, outlining, test-taking skills to prepare for college *Requires separate application (see below)


Students must list two course alternates in Aeries. These are used when the first-choice elective is unavailable.

Registration Dates and Deadlines

Currie-April 1st

Columbus Tustin/Tustin Connect-April 2nd

Utt-March 31st

Pioneer-April 7th

Orchard Hills-April 8th

ASB/Student Leadership

Early College Information

If you are the parent of an 8th grader interested in Beckman’s Early College program, you will need to attend our 8th Grade Parent Night on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 6:00pm. Be sure to attend the Early College breakout session.

Early College is not for everyone, so if you decide you want to pursue it, you will have to apply & get admitted to the program. Our program is a 4-year commitment. You will receive an application packet at the parent night; you can also print the forms below to begin the process. A completed application, current transcript (may be printed off Aeries--does not have to be official) and 3 teacher recommendations must be returned to Beckman on April 21, 2020.

See below for Program Overview PowerPoint and Application Packet

Aeries Login

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

Video on How to Enter Your Course Requests in Aeries DUE MARCH 30TH

8th grade Aeries Tutorial


  • 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 course alternates in the event our first choice is unavailable.
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