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Piner High School Pathways

 

Piner High School offers a integrated course of study in the following career pathways:

 

Arts and Communications Pathway

 

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts strand includes courses in Ceramics/Scuplture and Art.  Students demonstrate creativity, innovation and imagination through watercolor, oils and acrylics, pen and ink, charcoal, plaster and clay.

 

Recommended Sequence

Ceramic/Sculpture

Courses

Art

Courses

Introductory

Ceramics 1-2

Art 1-2

Skill Building

Ceramics 3-4

Art 3-4

Advanced Skill

Ceramics 5-6

Art 5-6

Alternative to Advanced

AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art

 

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts strand includes courses in Drama, Instrumental and Vocal Music.  Students create, learn and perform musical and dramatic compositions.  Students in Drama will learn to interpret works through performance and production.  Students in Instrumental and Vocal Music will learn, create and interpret musical pieces as part of a choir, band or orchestra.

 

Performing Arts Strand: Drama

 

Recommended Sequence

Drama

Courses

Introductory

Drama 1-2

Skill Building

Drama 3-4

Advanced Skill

Drama Production, Stagecraft, Film Studies

Dance or Vocal Music

 

Performing Arts Strand: Instrumental and Vocal Music

 

Recommended Sequence

Instrumental Music

Guitar Music

Vocal Music

Introductory

Concert or

Jazz Band

Beginning Guitar

Concert or Treble Choir

Skill Building

Concert or

 Jazz Band

Intermediate Guitar

Concert or Treble Choir

Advanced Skill

Concert or

Jazz Band or Conducting

Advanced Guitar

Concert or Treble Choir

 

 

Media and Communications

The Communications and Media strand includes courses in Yearbook, Journalism.  Students demonstrate and learn skills necessary for success in the publishing industry and learn to be responsible for producing the school newspaper, the yearbook, or a literary magazine.  Students will apply artistic processes and skills through the study of film as an art form.  They will also learn the skills, techniques and systems of photography and video production.

 

Media Strand

 

Recommended Sequence

Yearbook

Courses

Journalism

Courses

Introductory

Yearbook

Journalism

Skill Building

Yearbook

Journalism

Advanced Skill

Yearbook or Journalism

 or Photography

Yearbook or Journalism

 or Photography

 

Building Trades and Construction Pathway

This program is designed to provide experience in the use of machines, as well as hand tools, in the development of a variety of woodworking and construction related projects.  Students completing this pathway will have developed a wide range of experience and training that will prepare them for an entry-level position or to further their education at a two or four year college, trade, or technical school.

 

Recommended Sequence

Courses

Introductory

Construction Technology

Skill Building

Machine Wood Working 1-2

Advanced Skill

ROP Cabinetry

 

 

Business and Information Technology Pathway

This program is designed for students who wish to learn a variety of computer applications that are highly sought after in businesses today.  Students are given the opportunity to learn the Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and the fundamentals of Outlook), as well as HTML and web page design.  Students also have the option of earning industry-recognized certifications, which can set them apart from their competition in our competitive global marketplace.

 

Option One:  Computer Applications & Web Design Pathway

 

Recommended Sequence

Courses

Introductory

Computer Foundations 1-2

Skill Building

ROP Computer Applications

Advanced Skill

ROP Web Design 1-2

 

Option Two:  Computer Applications Pathway

 

Recommended Sequence

Courses

Introductory

Computer Foundations 1-2

Skill Building

ROP Computer Applications 1-2

Advanced Skill

ROP Computer Applications 3-4

 

Option Three:  Web Design Pathway

 

Recommended Sequence

Courses

Introductory

Computer Foundations 1-2

Skill Building

ROP Web Design 1-2

Advanced Skill

ROP Web Design 3-4

 

 

Culinary Arts Pathway

In this program students gain hands-on training in food preparation, food sales, service experience, catering skills, culinary vocabulary, sanitation and safety procedures.  Upon completion of the culinary arts pathway, students will have a marketable set of skills, which will prepare them well either for an entry-level position in the field, or further training at 2- or 4-year college, trade/technical school.

 

Recommended Sequence

Courses

Introductory

Culinary Arts 1-2

Skill Building

Culinary Arts 3-4

Advanced Skill

Advanced Applications in Culinary Arts

 

 

Engineering Pathway

The economic outlook is wide open for students with an interest in the fields of engineering, architecture, design, or graphic communications.  This program is articulated with Santa Rosa Junior College so that students who successfully complete this pathway will be able to readily advance to the next level of coursework should they continue their training at SRJC post high school graduation.

 

Recommended Sequence

Courses

Introductory

Computer Foundations 1-2

Skill Building

Computer Assisted Drafting 1-2

Advanced Skill

ROP Computer Assisted Drafting

 

 

Health Science Investigation Pathway:  (3 courses)

In order to provide students with the advanced knowledge and specialized training needed in today’s emerging scientific and technology based fields, Piner High School has developed coursework, in partnership with industry professionals, to offer students a truly “one of a kind” educational experience.  Throughout the courses in Piner’s Specialized Biotechnology/Medical Program, students will gain a rigorous academic course of study coupled with highly relevant, “hands-on” training and experience.  Students will learn via stimulating “hands-on” class projects, observation in community-based laboratories and hospitals, guest lectures from industry professionals, and through engaging, contextual learning in the classroom. 

 

Students in this program will gain an exceptionally rich academic preparation in science, with specialized training/experience in biotechnology, medical science, anatomy, physiology, and advanced technology; thereby, gaining a competitive edge in college admissions applications.  Students may apply to join this program through a special application process held yearly.

 

Recommended Sequence

Courses

Introductory

Biotechnology/Health Services 1-2

Skill Building

Biotechnology/Health Services 3-4

Advanced Skill

Honors Senior Science Seminar

 

Individualized Pathway:  (5 courses)

Subject to the written approval of the school principal or administrator-designee, instead of meeting the requirements of a Career Pathway, University Pathway, or Specialized Program students may meet the requirements of an Individualized Pathway, which shall be designed to allow the student to meet specific objectives which could not be met through adhering to the University or Career Pathway requirement.  An Individualized Pathway shall be completed when the student has demonstrated proficiency in meeting district-adopted standards from not less than a total of five year-long courses selected from those required as part of the Career and University Pathways.