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Art (IB) Visual and Performing Arts Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program
EN601


English HL 1 (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.
EN602


English HL 2 (IB) English Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program



History HL 1 & 2 (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.
MA601


Math HL 1 (IB) Math Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program
MA604


Math HL 2 (IB) Math Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program
MA603


Math SL 1 (IB) Math Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program
ML601


Spanish HL 1 (IB) World Languages Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program
ML602


Spanish HL 2 (IB) World Languages Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program
SC601


Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL (IB) Physical Education Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program
Sports, Exercise and Health Science (SEHS) incorporates the disciplines of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and nutrition, which are studied in the context of sports, exercise, and health. Students will study a range of core and optional topics, and carry out practical (experimental) investigations in both laboratory and field settings. This will provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding necessary to apply scientific principles and critically analyze human performance. Where relevant, the course will address issues of international dimension and ethics by considering sports, exercise and health relative to the individual in a global context. SEHS prepares students for courses in higher education related to sports fitness and health, and also for employment in sports and leisure industries.



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 IBO.org)
SS604


U.S. History HL (IB) History and Social Studies Part of the IB International Baccalaureate program
This Honors U.S. History course focuses on the Americas from 1890 to the 1990s and is completed over two years. The course focuses on the causes and effects of 20th-century wars as well as the events leading to the Cold War. In addition to these major areas of study, and in order to create a more global understanding of these events, we also study the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The course emphasizes the importance of encouraging students to think historically and to develop historical thinking skills. It develops the skills of critical thinking in order to develop an understanding of multiple interpretations of history. Teachers explicitly teach thinking and research skills such as comprehension, text analysis, transfer, and use of primary and secondary sources. The historical skills students use focus on content, origin, purpose, comparison, and synthesis.