VUSD offers nine new electives at high schools


Courses range from guitar to AP government, engine mechanics to computer game development
VISALIA – High school students in Visalia will have nine new courses ranging from guitar to AP government and engine mechanics to computer game development.
The elective courses were approved by the Visalia Unified School District board of trustees last month and will begin in the 2019-20 school year this fall.
Accounting Business Finance is a two-semester course that meets the junior level career technical requirement for the Business Finance Academy. This two semester course introduces students to fundamental business organization; recording of business financial activities; preparation of accounting statements; and the analysis of financial activities for sole proprietorships and corporations. Throughout the year, the accounting cycle will be completed for both types of business organizations, through the preparation of work sheets and financial statements, special journals, and subsidiary ledgers.
In Computer Programming and Game Development, sophomores, juniors and seniors will learn syntax and commands in real time to create various levels during game development modules and manage real-world websites. Course content focuses on developing applicable understanding and mastery of several popular web development and programming languages, such as Python, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML, and CSS.
From computer language to verbal language, VUSD will also be offering Mandarin Chinese II. This course develops speaking, writing, and reading proficiency on topics expanded to include life outside of school and in the real world. The course also identifies cultural perspectives and practices of the Chinese-speaking world.
Music is also its own language and VUSD will be adding two guitar classes for all grade levels. Guitar Explorations delves into the variety of career pathways available in professional music. The course includes music theory and performance as well as the study of historical and contemporary music, with a focus on musical careers. Students gain an appreciation of music as an art form and develop the skills necessary to pursue a variety of careers in professional music. This course is the concentrator course in the Performing Arts – Professional Music pathway.
Guitar Performance will build on foundational music theory and technical knowledge to prepare students for specific career paths in music creation, performance, or production. Students will gain a greater mastery of harmony, composition, and guitar performance technique. This course is the capstone course in the Performing Arts – Professional Music pathway.
VUSD will also be adding two courses to its Engine/Power Mechanics and Technology classes. A new junior level class Engine/Power Mechanics & Technology 3) provides an in-depth look into theory, operation, adjustment, diagnostics, maintenance and repair and their mechanical systems of Agriculture equipment. The hands-on course also includes engine and equipment safety, tools, engine and maintenance, service techniques, and general knowledge of the engine and power mechanics industry. Students will combine coursework with associated projects.
Engine/Power Mechanics & Technology 4 will specialize in the transportation sector, including On-Road; Off-Road; Stationary; Rail; Water/Sea; Air; Space; and Small Engines and Specialty Equipment. The course is an introduction to the procedures for obtaining a commercial license.
If you are more interested in regulating transportation, you might want to check out AP U.S. Government and Politics. This senior-level, Advanced Placement course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality.