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Burbank Unified School District HIGH SCHOOL Course Description
Guide
BURBANK HIGH SCHOOL – JOHN BURROUGHS HIGH SCHOOL
INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES
BURBANK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT | 1900 W. Olive Ave. Burbank, CA 91506

CONTENTS
GENERAL INFORMATION .............................................................................................................................. 1 STUDENT INFORMATION .............................................................................................................................. 4 WHEN READING THIS GUIDE ........................................................................................................................ 7 ALTERNATE CREDITS ..................................................................................................................................... 9 VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN SELECTION CRITERIA ....................................................................... 9 GRADUATION HONOR CORDS .................................................................................................................... 10 WHEN MAKING COURSE SELECTIONS ........................................................................................................ 10 POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS............................................................................................... 11 COURSE DESCRIPTION GUIDE BY DEPARTMENT ........................................................................................ 15
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT........................................................................................................................... 16 ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (ELD) DEPARTMENT ................................................................... 19 FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT ........................................................................................................................ 21 WORLD LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT ....................................................................................................... 33 MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT ................................................................................................................ 37 PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ..................................................................................................... 43 ATHLETICS ............................................................................................................................................... 46 PRACTICAL ARTS DEPARTMENT AND CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION................................................. 49 SCIENCE DEPARTMENT ........................................................................................................................... 65 SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT............................................................................................................... 69 SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ....................................................................................................... 73 NON-DEPARTMENTAL COURSES............................................................................................................. 74

HIGH SCHOOL PARENT/STUDENT GUIDE
GENERAL INFORMATION
Access: The Burbank Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discrimination against an individual or group based on race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information; a perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The Burbank Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to the District’s programs and activities. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the District’s programs. When signing up for classes, every attempt will be made to give students their first or second choices; all decisions are made on a space-available basis. Furthermore, although many courses are listed in this guide, not all classes are offered each semester or year. Inquiries regarding the equal opportunity policies, and the filing of grievance procedures covering discrimination complaints, may be directed to each school’s administration. In addition, information on the Uniform Complaint Process can be found at the District website.
CREDIT FOR OFF-CAMPUS SCHOOLING There may be instances when students wish to enroll in an off-campus program, such as one given at a local community college. If this situation occurs, the student must fill out the appropriate application and receive written permission from the Director of Secondary Education in advance in order to receive high school credit. The high school counselors can facilitate this process.
GRADING SYSTEM Report cards are distributed to students after approximate five-week instructional units. Only final semester grades are mailed home. It should be kept in mind that the only grades which are considered permanent, and therefore recorded on transcripts, are those issued at the end of each semester. Progress report grades do not become a part of the permanent record, but keep students and parents apprised of how the student is progressing in each of the enrolled subjects.
HONORS AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT CRITERIA
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The Burbank Unified School District aims to provide access to all advanced courses of study to students who indicate a desire for more challenging coursework and who have demonstrated the ability to be successful as indicated by prior performance. If a student receives an “A” or a “B” in the prior course, he or she may self-select an Honors or Advanced Placement level course. If a student receives a “C” in a prior course, he or she must meet with the counselor to discuss class expectations and schedule load before the class will be approved. If a student receives less than a “C”, he or she is not eligible for an Honors or Advanced Placement course.
PARENT PORTAL The Parent/Student Portal available through www.burbankusd.org provides information regarding student’s attendance and grades. Parents can get login information at the student center or counseling office of their child’s school.
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) PROGRAM Classes are open to grades 9-12 with completion of prerequisite courses, except for Retail Marketing, which is limited to students age 16 and up.
CTE classes are for students who are interested in exploring careers, working immediately following high school, or learning marketable skills to work their way through college. This program offers many vocational courses which give students the opportunity to develop entry-level job skills. In addition, the District has three NAF academy programs. These are Business, Medical and Engineering. These are CTE pathway programs that provide both academic and vocational instruction.
STUDENT SERVICES:
CAREER CENTER – The Career Centers of both Burbank and Burroughs High Schools maintain an extensive library of current college catalogs and directories for student use. Information on private schools, military academies, career technical education/vocational schools, study abroad, and summer programs is also available. The Career Centers also maintain an extensive library of occupational and vocational materials. Students can explore career options, career testing, and a wide variety of printed material. College representatives, military recruiters, and representatives from various occupational areas are scheduled throughout the year to speak with interested students.
COUNSELING SERVICES – Students and parents are urged to take advantage of the academic and personal counseling opportunities that are made available to them. They may arrange to see their counselor during the
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day; if the counselor is not available, students may sign up for an appointment. Additional counseling services are available to students, with parent permission, through the Family Services Agency of Burbank. Drop-in services are also available through the Care Centers at each high school. Requests for student records, other than transcripts, are made through the Counseling Office. To order a transcript, visit www.parchment.com Library/Media Center – The libraries have developed into Campus Research Centers. Students have access to both print and on-line resources to help meet their research needs. Each library houses student computers with internet access and offers a wide selection of both fiction and non-fiction print titles which are available for check-out by the students. The libraries strive to support the various classroom curriculums. TRANSCRIPTS – Students may order transcripts through the school website for each high school. Students who have graduated after 2003 may complete the process electronically. Students who graduated prior to 2003 will have to complete an application also located on the school website.
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STUDENT INFORMATION
ATHLETICS: There are a large variety of athletic teams (varsity, junior varsity, freshmen) available to high school students who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and who are passing at least four classes.
ATTENDANCE: Compulsory attendance laws require that parents send their children to school. The law further states that a student must attend every scheduled session of every class, even if failure is imminent. The law applies to all students until they reach 18 years of age. Absences and tardies must be excused within three (3) days of the absence/tardy. A parent/guardian needs to call the Attendance Office at their high school each day that their student is absent or tardy. If you receive an automated call the evening your student is absent, this indicates that the school did not receive a call from a parent/guardian to excuse. All senior students’ attendance records must be cleared or they will not be able to participate in Senior activities and graduation.
CELL PHONES/BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE POLICY: 1. Students may possess or use personal electronic signaling devices on school campus provided that such devices do not disrupt the educational program or school activities and are not used for illegal or unethical activities such as cheating on assignments or tests or accessing inappropriate content. 2. The District assumes no responsibility for loss, theft, damage, or maintenance of student owned devices that are brought to school. Students are solely responsible for the security of their own devices. 3. Electronic signaling devices shall be turned off and kept out of sight during class time or at any other time as directed by a school district employee, except where deemed medically necessary or when otherwise permitted by the teacher or administration. No student shall be prevented from using his/her cell phone in case of an emergency, except where that use inhibits the ability of school district employees to effectively communicate instructions for the safety of students.
4. The District assumes no responsibility for data used by students on individual cell plans.
5. Use of electronic devices to record video, pictures, and/or audio (while on campus) is not permitted unless given specific permission by staff member.
6. Students are responsible for bringing fully charged devices to school. Devices cannot be plugged in and left in classrooms or other areas of the school. Teachers and staff are not responsible for devices left in classrooms or other areas of school. Teachers and staff have discretion to allow charging if they deem it to be appropriate.
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7. Devices are subject to search by school administration and/or law enforcement when it has been suspected that they have been used in an unlawful manner or there is reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing; such as (but not limited to) cheating on tests, unauthorized recording (audio and/or visual). Otherwise, school district employees will not search a device without the express authorized consent of the student and the student's parent or legal guardian.
8. Students are not permitted to record images, media, or student work without prior consent and authorization from a school administrator or teacher.
9. High school students may use electronic devices during passing periods, nutrition, lunch, and after school provided that they are not oppositional to any of the above policies. Middle school students are only permitted to use devices during class with staff members' permission.
10. Students may not use electronic devices in ways that would disrupt educational or other school activities.
11. Students cannot be required to use their own personal devices. The District expects that teachers will provide other tools for students to use (as required by instruction and equity of access) when personal devices are not available or students choose not to use them.
12. Students may not share their personal electronic devices (for classroom use).
13. Violations of these conditions may result in progressive discipline. If a student's use of an electronic signaling device causes a disruption, a school district employee, on the first offense, may direct the student to turn off the device or reprimand the student. On subsequent offenses, the employee may confiscate the device and return it to the student at the end of the class period, school day or activity. A student's right to carry such devices may be revoked for subsequent offenses except where deemed medically necessary. Students may be subject to other disciplinary measures when their use of an electronic signaling device violates independent school rules, such as prohibitions on cheating.
CLUBS: The high schools have a great number of clubs which meet on campus, all of which are a great way to get involved, support your school and have fun. A current list of all the clubs on campus, as well as applications to start a new club, can be picked up in the ASB Room.
COUNSELORS: Counselors are available to work with academic, instructional, college and career as well as social or personal issues. Students may make appointments to see their counselor on a request basis. Students who fall behind in credits because they have failed classes are called in by their counselor to discuss credit recovery. Counselors hold meetings with students to discuss graduation requirements and course registration.
DAILY BULLETIN:
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The bulletin is updated each day and posted on the school’s website to relay information to the students. Pertinent information regarding classes, campus news, holidays, activities, clubs, and athletic schedules are updated daily as a primary means of communication for students. Time is allotted at the beginning of period two for the bulletin to be read or televised. Students are responsible for listening to the bulletin each day or watch the telecast announcements.
DANCE REGULATIONS: Several dances are scheduled throughout the year. A valid I.D. card must be presented for admission to dances. Guest passes will be available from the front office. Guests are required to have a valid picture identification. Middle School students and adults 21 and over may not attend high school dances. All school rules apply at dances. Once a student leaves the dance, s/he will not be allowed to reenter, and will be expected to leave the campus.
FEES: Pupils are prohibited from being required to pay a fee for participation in an educational activity offered by a school or District that constitutes an integral fundamental part of elementary and secondary education, including, but not limited to, extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
LOST & FOUND: Check lost and found at each school for all lost items. Textbooks are returned to the library. Lost and found will be cleaned out quarterly for donation to charity.
LUNCH PASSES: If a junior or senior student has been issued a lunch pass through the Discipline Office, he/she may leave campus ONLY during lunch. Passes are valid only during the scheduled lunch period; therefore, if a student leaves campus on a lunch pass and does not return for afternoon classes, a parent must call the same day to excuse those classes. If a call is not received the same day, the absence is considered a truancy and cannot be excused. Passes may be revoked for disciplinary, attendance or academic reasons.
P.E. UNIFORMS: Uniforms approved by each school are required at all times. Uniforms may be purchased at the student store. Alternatively, students may also wear a shirt and a pair of shorts in the same colors, but may not wear their school clothes. Check with your school for guidelines. A designated lock may be required for P.E. lockers which can be purchased in the student store.
SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES & BICYCLES:
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Students are not permitted to ride skateboards, roller blades or bicycles on the campus. Bicycles and skateboards must be secured in the racks provided.
STUDENT STORE: The student store is open during nutrition, lunch and designated hours. School supplies, locks, P.E. clothing and spirit wear are regularly kept in supply.
WHEN READING THIS GUIDE
When reading the High School Parent/Student Guide, students and parents will need to keep in mind that this document represents the instructional programs housed at both Burbank and John Burroughs High Schools. All courses are not offered at both schools; however, the high schools in the District offer equally comprehensive and challenging programs. The terms and definitions below will make reading this guide easier and more accessible.
ADDING/DROPPING CLASSES: Students may change courses for credit up to the end of the 3rd week of a semester. No changes may be made after the 3rd week.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This High School Parent/Student Guide contains details of the main activities and content of each course, and in some instances, an indication of expectations of performance for those students who enroll in the course.
COURSE OFFERINGS: Every class listed in this Guide may not be offered due to enrollment or staffing considerations; however, all effort will be made to provide students with the maximum number of course offerings possible.
LENGTH OF CLASS: Classes are either one semester or one year in duration. When a student enrolls in a year-long class, he/she will remain in the class for its duration.
NOTATIONS:
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Classes designated with the letters “AB”: “A” indicates the first year, and “B” the second year of a twoyear class. When a course is followed by a number, it either refers to the grade level (9=freshman, 10=sophomore, etc.) or the year (1=1st year, 2=2nd year, etc.) PREREQUISITES: This section in the course description section shows the prerequisite(s) or conditions necessary for admission to the class. If the line indicates “None” no specific prerequisites exist.
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