Courses Offered at El Rancho HS

IB Classes
Code Title Department Description

English HL (IB) English Part of the International Baccalaureate Program
IB English HL 1A and 1B is the highest level honors/AP English course that a student can take at El Rancho High School and is offered during a student’s junior year. This course enables an exploration of one of the more enduring fields of human creativity, and provides opportunities for encouraging independent, original, critical and clear thinking. It also promotes respect for the imagination and a perceptive approach to the understanding and interpretation of literary works. Through the study of a wide range of literature, the language A: literature course encourages students to appreciate the artistry of literature and to develop an ability to reflect critically on their reading. Works are studied in their literary and cultural contexts, through close study of individual texts and passages, and by considering a range of critical approaches. The response to the study of literature is through oral and written communication, thus enabling students to develop and refine their command of language. HL students are required to study 13 works and complete 5 major assessments through which HL students are expected to show a deep understanding of content and writer’s technique.

History of the Americas (IB) History and Social Studies Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program
IB History of the Americas at El Rancho High School will focus on the Americas from 1890 to the 1990s and will be completed over two years. The course will focus on the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the causes and effects of 20th century wars and the tensions between superpowers during the Cold War.

TOK - Theory of Knowledge (IB) English Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program
The course asks students to reflect on the nature of knowledge, and on how we know what we claim to know. TOK is part of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) core, and is mandatory for all IB Diploma candidates ( from