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High School Electives

Immanuel offers a robust array of electives to support students as they explore and develop their unique God-given talents and interests.  While students enjoy these courses for personal growth, each of these programs also provides a foundation on which to build in the future, whether in pursuit of a college degree or career/technical certification.

 

Electives Offered 2021-22:

Introduction to Applied Agriculture:
This course will introduce students to a wide range of Agriculture Science areas and careers. The basic areas of study will include California Agriculture, Career Opportunities, an understanding and involvement in the FFA organization, Plant Science, Soil Science and Animal Science. Students will be given the opportunity to learn in the classroom and apply those skills “hands-on” at the school agriculture department. Students will learn valuable industry skills! Because the FFA organization is intra-curricular, students enrolled in an agriculture course are also a member of the National FFA Organization.

Introduction to Ag Mechanics:
In this course, students will study theories relating to the transfer of matter and energy through electrical, fluid, and mechanical systems. Students will also study more advanced fundamentals of mechanical and structural systems and facilities. Students will explore professional opportunities in the field of agricultural mechanics. Integral to this will also be the opportunity to participate in activities developed through FFA. By participating in this program, students will be better prepared to matriculate into post-secondary Agriculture programs.

Art and History of Floral Design:
This class involves the fundamentals of floral design theory, techniques, and skills currently practiced in the floral design industry, including wedding, sympathy, party, holiday, and themed floral designs. Subjects will include applied art principles, cut flower care & handling practices, proper and safe use of florist tools and materials, pricing of floral products, and use of current floral business technology. Skills to be developed include customer relations, consultations, pricing, and use of technology in the industry. Course instruction also includes construction of corsages, floral arrangements, foliage plant items, introductory ornamental horticulture, identification of plants and flowers, professional industry organizations, and career opportunities. Construction and servicing of special events, party, and holiday floral displays are included. In addition, the inter-curricular FFA program supports and enhances the materials covered in the classroom. This includes involvement in FFA activities, planning of an agriculture-based project, and keeping accurate records.

Advanced Floral Design:
Advanced Floral Design is designed to build off students' knowledge gained in Art & History of Floral Design with theories and principles of artistic design. Students will engage and apply practical skills and knowledge in elements and principles of design (line, shape/form, color, balance, and emphasis), history of floral art, arrangement styles and techniques, as well as seasonal, holiday and special event designs. Students will achieve this through creating, designing, identifying explaining and evaluating all topics of study. Students will research and study floral trends to understand and develop an appreciation for floral design with historical, cultural, formal and casual, ceremonial and traditional, including an understanding that floral designs are affected by society, culture, history, politics and economic influence. Advanced floral will reinforce use of taxonomy in identifying potted plants and cut flowers.

Ag Communications:
This class will cover all aspects of physical delivery as well as written and verbal organization, and listening skills. Students will be expected to provide constructive criticism of several short and lengthy speeches/speaking activities. In this class, you will be provided with a comfortable and supportive environment to improve this much necessary skill for life. You will gain serious confidence! Presentations will include speeches to inform, demonstrate, persuade, and entertain as well as verbal interpretation and group discussion. Students will also learn different aspects of communications via writing blog posts, managing social media and basic video editing skills. Technical skills such as email, text and soft skills will be presented in class. FFA participation and active involvement in the Agriculture Department are an integral part of this course.

Advanced Communications and Leadership in Agriculture:
This course is designed to promote and develop leadership in the Agriculture Industry. Through the planning and execution of numerous events for the school's FFA chapter, students will discover how to best effect change in their communities. Students will read extensively about the nature of leadership and its different styles. Additionally, students write frequently – critically, reflectively, persuasively – and speak about the real world issues in Agriculture. Topics will include current issues in Ag legislation, development of personal leadership skills, FFA operations, FFA Judging Teams and exploration of past and present needs in the Ag Industry and its leaders. A supervised Agricultural Experience project is required and will be developed with the aid of the instructor. Students will help plan, organize and put on events in FFA. Students are required to complete 20 hours per semester. FFA participation and SAE, Supervised Agricultural Experience, Project will be part of the grade for this course. 

AP Psychology (Dual Enrollment):
This class is an introduction to the field of psychology and is designed to introduce students to the major theoretical orientations of psychology. Topics covered will include psychological research, physiological psychology, development, learning, perception, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders and their treatment. These psychological concepts will be studied with the intent of helping students learn how these concepts can be integrated with a Christian worldview.

Art 1 P
This course is designed to provide a foundation of visual arts concepts and to allow exploration of these concepts through the use of a text, online educational platform as well as time practicing art. All five components of the California Standards will be covered within this course; Artistic Perception; Creative Expression; Historical and Cultural Context; Aesthetic Valuing and Connections, Relationships and Applications. In addition to expanded opportunities to express ideas through visual arts, students will explore art theory, apply the conventions of art criticism and develop basic skills through experimentation with media and techniques used to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art including: drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and mixed media.

Advanced Art P
The class is designed to continue to advance students to refine techniques used in the making of art.To elevate students familiarity with the fundamental principles of design.To help students learn to critically analyze art both verbally and in writing. To continue to develop students' ability to recognize the different stylistic characteristics of art of different cultural periods and individual artists.

Culinary Arts 1:
Culinary Arts 1 is a beginning cooking/baking class, designed for students to learn and practice various techniques and procedures in the kitchen. Safety, sanitation, food related illnesses, nutrition, culinary terms and methods will be explored. Gingerbread house construction, cake decorating, and projects such as a personal recipe binder and “Teacher of the Day” will be part of this class.

Culinary Arts 2:
Culinary Arts 2 is an advanced cooking/baking class, designed for students to learn and practice various techniques and procedures in the kitchen. Labs and projects will further develop skills, serve our community, and learn about culinary job opportunities.

Drafting:
Drafting and Architecture is a course that is a blend of both mechanical drawing and architectural design and drawing. The student will begin with learning how to handle three view drawings, sections, elevations, perspectives and technical illustration. Once basic skills are learned this course becomes creating, thinking, innovating, design lab where students are learning how to step out of the box in designing either graphically or architecturally. An emphasis will be placed on rendering and illustrating using colored pencils, graphite, markers and 3D modeling. Each student will take on an individual design project that will be presented at Open House.

Advanced Drafting:
Advanced Drafting allows students to build on skills learned in Drafting and explore and focus on specific areas of interest. These may include, but are not limited to, Technical Illustration, Architecture, and/or Engineering, to name a few. The course will then be shaped to develop the students’ expertise and skills in their specified fields of study. 

Interior Design:
Interior Design is a course where students will learn traditional technical drawing techniques using the tools of the trade with a focus on interior spaces. Floor plans, elevations, furniture plans, and presentation techniques will be addressed as students create their own interior layouts. Students will build upon their technical drawing techniques by rendering surfaces to illustrate textures and materials as well as 3D modeling. Using colored pencils and markers, students will learn how to render soft surfaces (upholstery and drapes), hard surfaces (stone, wood, marble, glass) and to give their work depth with shade and shadow. Students will create a project to include a floor plan, elevations, colored renderings, as well as surface and furniture samples to be presented at Open House.

Entrepreneurship: 
This course provides students with in-depth concepts of management, marketing concepts, and business throughout the sports industry. Topics covered include management theory, ethics in sports, facilities management, sports finance, high school and college sports authority organizations, sports marketing, sports law, sports agents, and emerging issues in sports. Economic and entrepreneurial concepts, including the law of supply and demand, business ownership, leadership, and legal issues, will also be infused into the course work. 

Automotive:
Our first year Automotive Technologies students will first learn basic welding skills followed by proper procedures related to tire, oil changes, fluid levels, etc. Advanced students will be allowed to bring in outside projects such car servicing and repairs, mild modifications, etc. In addition, the class is building a vehicle for auction. All students are able to take Auto Technologies all four years.

Manufacturing Technology:
First year Industrial Technologies students will be exposed to all facets of welding procedures at an intensive level. This will include, but not limited to, oxy-acetylene MIG, ARC welding. Advanced students will continue welding in TIG welding applications in stainless steel and aluminum. Additionally, students will learn to operate machine shop equipment such as lathes and mills. Students are allowed to bring in outside projects as approved by the instructor.

Journalism:
Introduction to Journalism focuses on the basics of journalism writing, including headlines, feature writing, the basic news lead, the inverted pyramid style of a news story, ethics in journalism, interview skills, photojournalism, and editorials. Students will also learn about the history of journalism and the free press in the United States, and will publish several student newspapers in digital form throughout the year. 

Advanced Journalism:
Advanced Journalism builds on the skills learned in Introduction to Journalism, including a further study of journalism as an exploration of the world outside of oneself. Students are expected to advance their news writing skills, go deeper into interviewing sources for profiles and other news stories, and show heightened skills in photography, design, and layout. Students will be given more responsibilities in assembling the newspaper and will be coached in how to help beginning students edit their writing. New skills learned will include beginning podcasting and broadcast journalism."

Peer Mentor:
The Peer Mentor program is offered alongside the Intervention program. Peer mentors assist intervention or SOAR students with classroom activities, helping students stay focused and participate in lessons, socially interact with other students, and work on alternate lessons provided by the teacher. A peer mentor may also help the teacher prepare materials for instruction. 

Concert Choir:
Concert Choir is designed for intermediate level singers who are continuing to develop their choral musical skills. Musical literature selections cover a wide span, from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, to Gospel, Contemporary Worship and Musical Theatre. Performances include numerous Immanuel events, Seasonal Concerts, Musical Theatre productions and a Spring Ministry Tour. Topics covered include 4-6 part singing, sight reading, music theory, musical phrasing/articulation, scales, triads, composers, music history, solo singing, musical production, and performance.

Women’s Choir:
Women's Choir is designed for entry level singers who are new to the choral music experience. Musical literature selections cover a wide span, from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, to Gospel, Contemporary Worship and Musical Theatre. Performances include several Immanuel events, Seasonal Concerts, Musical Theatre productions and a Spring Ministry Tour to Southern California.

Men’s Choir:
Men's Choir is designed for entry level singers who are new to the choral music experience. Musical literature selections cover a wide span, from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, to Gospel, Contemporary Worship and Musical Theatre. Performances include several Immanuel events, Seasonal Concerts, Musical Theatre productions and a Spring Ministry Tour to Southern California.

Madrigals (Chamber):
Chamber Singers is the most select vocal group at Immanuel. This 18-24 member ensemble is for students with exceptional musical talent. Chamber has earned consecutive 1st place awards in music competitions in California, New York, Vancouver B.C. and London, and has toured England, France, Ireland and Scotland. Chamber Singers performs Collegiate-level music literature at 50+ events annually.

Drama:
Drama is designed for students who are interested in developing theatrical skills, on and off the stage. Students will participate in two main stage plays annually, as well as "crew" the two musical theatre productions. Topics covered include voice projection/articulation, stage movement, confidence in presentation, monologue studies, scene workshops, character development, costumes/stage makeup, set design/construction, crew duties, and stage lighting.

Video/Filmmaking:
This course is designed for entry level students who are new to the Video & Film Making experience. Instruction is focused on capturing everyday activities with the intent of producing highlight videos, as well as Studio Film instruction during the bi-weekly chapels. Experiences will range from using student iPads to studio cameras and video editing software in the computer lab.

Worship Fundamentals:
The primary objective for Worship fundamentals is to provide the students with the opportunity to learn the "How" and "Why" of worship, in the context of serving the Student Body and the greater community. The students will learn many new skills and will study Old and New Testament worship, the Heart of Worship, Worship vs. Performance and Scriptural Influences in Worship.

Sports Medicine:
This course provides an opportunity for the study and application of the components of sports medicine including but not limited to: First Aid & CPR, common athletic injuries, emergency procedures, human anatomy and physiology, taping, wrapping, sports medicine related careers, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. 

Study Hall:
In this course, students are assigned a period in the school library during which they can work on assignments for other classes. This course receives no credit or grade. 

Teacher/Office Assistant:
In this course, students assist teachers or office personnel. This course receives half credit and is graded on a pass/fail basis. 

 

Tutor:
This course is designed to provide a classroom experience for those who may be interested in becoming an elementary teacher. Students are assigned to an elementary classroom in which they assist teachers and work with elementary students individually or in small groups. 

Yearbook:
The yearbook class produces the annual, called the “Torchbearer”. Concepts of photo layout, elementary page design, copy, graphics, and headings are learned. Students will be using computers to create the yearbook. Students will acquire a basic ability to take and compose photographs that will be placed on their assigned pages. Students chosen for this class will need to have demonstrated good writing skills, imagination, and creativity, along with a high degree of reliability, organization skills, and dedication. The students will be responsible for selling business ads, meeting deadlines, and accepting responsibilities that accompany the creation of an annual.