Verdugo Hills High School

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 is a MINIMUM DAY! Students will be dismissed at 12:37 p.m.
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Academics

Bell Schedule
 
 
Description / Period Start Time End Time Length
Breakfast in the classroom (BIC) 8:00 AM 8:11 AM 11 min
Period 1 8:11 AM 9:41 AM 90 min
Period 2 9:47 AM 11:15 AM 88 min
Lunch 11:15 AM 11:45 AM 30 min
Period 3 11:51 AM 1:19 PM 88 min
Recess 1:19 PM 1:32 PM 13 min
Period 4 1:38 PM 3:06 PM 88 min
 
One of the most unique features of VHHS is our bell schedule. Unlike a traditional six-period schedule, VHHS students have 4 blocked classes that meet daily each semester. This allows VHHS students to take 8 classes a year. This equates to 40 credits towards graduation each semester. In a traditional six-period bell schedule students typically only take 6 classes (30 credits) and have the burden of managing 6 classes a semester.
 
Benefits of VHHS Bell Schedule:
  • Class periods are typically 90 minutes long, allowing students the opportunity to dive deeper into content areas.
  • Students are able to focus on 4 content areas. Counselors work with each student to develop an academic schedule that meets his/her needs.
  • More time on task and less time wasted in passing periods.
  • More options for elective courses, including dual enrollment courses with Mission College.
  • Mirrors college schedules: Focus is placed on 4 classes per semester.  
  • Prepares students for the rigor and pacing of college.
  • Opportunities for students to accelerate.
  • Opportunities for struggling students to repeat a course during the regular school day.
  • Promotes building relationships: Low student to teacher ratios.
 
Academic Programs
A-G Requirements
What is the A-G College Requirements?
The A-G College Entrance Requirements are a sequence of 15 high school courses that students must complete (with a grade of C or better) to meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. The combined courses are intended to be a representation of the basic level of academic high school preparedness required to successfully complete university level coursework.
High School Graduation Chart:
Subject Required # of Years VHHS Courses
A) History/Social Science 2
World'History Honors'World'History' AP'World'History US'History Honors'US'History AP'US'History Principles of'American'Democracy Principle's of American'Democracy (H)
AP Government Economics
AP European History
Latin American Studies
Mexican American Studies
B) English 4
English 9
Honors English 9
English 10
Honors English 10
AmericanLiterature
Honors American Literature Contemporary Composition
Honors Contemporary'Composition Advanced Composition
Honors Advanced Composition
Lit Analysis
Honors Lit Analysis
AP English Literature AB
AP English Language AB
Creative Writing
Speech
C) Mathematics
3
4 years competitive

Algebra 1

Algebra 2

Geometry

Pre Calculus

AP Calculus A/B

AP Calculus C/D

Statistics and Probability

AP Statistics and Probability

D) Laboratory Science
2
4 years competitive
Biology
Honors Biology
AP Biology
Marine Biology
Physics
Honors Physics
AP Physics
Chemistry
Honors Chemistry
AP Chemistry
E) Language Other than English
2
3 years competitive
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
Spanish 4
Spanish Speaker 1
Spanish Speaker 2
AP Spanish Language
French 1
French 2
French 3
French 4
F) Visual and Performing Arts 1
Instrument
Advance Orchestra
Keyboard
Music Tech
Chorus
Theater
Dance
Drawing
Intro Art
AP Studio Art
Painting
Sculpture
Digital Imaging
Digital Imaging Production
G) College Prep Elective 1
No introductory level courses.
Can be met through completion of course from (a-f) subject areas beyond minimum requirements.
Physical Education 2
Advanced'PE Advanced'Conditioning
JROTC
Team Sports
Advanced Marching Band
Health 1/2
Health
Service Learning Project  
Integrated into academic course curriculum.
Career Pathway Selection  
Completed with counselor at annual Individualized Graduation'Plan (IGP) meeting.
Total Minimum Credit 210
The purposes of the A-G College Entrance Requirements are to ensure that entering students:
• Can participate fully in the first year program at UC and CSU in a broad variety of fields of study
• Have attained the necessary preparation for courses, majors, and programs offered at UC/CSU
• Have foundational subject-matter knowledge that will ensure success in university level     
  coursework
        • Have attained essential critical thinking and study skills.
Passing Grades
Beginning with the class of 2017, the A-G Requirements will be part of LAUSD’s graduation requirements. LAUSD will require a minimum grade of 'C' or higher to pass the minimum A-G 15-course sequence. If a student earns lower than a 'C' in any of these courses, the student must either repeat the course and earn a grade of 'C' or better, or in approved cases, validate the course by earning a 'C' or better in a more advanced course.
Eligibility for College
Parents and students should be aware that completion of the A-G requirements does not guarantee admission to a university. A student’s grade point average and test scores will also factor into admissions decisions. In order to be competitive, students should plan to take higher level courses that exceed the minimum A-G requirements. Students should consult with their counselor for guidance. 
College Prep Courses 
What are college prep courses?
Coursework designed to meet the learning needs of the average, typical high school student. All classes meet California's Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and meet the A-G College Requirements standards. These classes are designed to appropriately challenge students in being college and career ready after high school graduation.
Honors Courses
What are they:
Honors classes are more rigorous and in-depth and are designed for students who want to challenge themselves. VHHS offers a wide variety of subjects. Honors classes are open to all students.
What are the benefits of taking honors courses
  • The classes make the transition to college-level work easier
  • You’ll develop excellent time management skills as you balance the more demanding workload with your other commitments
  • Colleges look favorably on students that challenge themselves and excel
Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
What are AP courses?

Advanced Placement is a program run by the College Board that allows students to take special high school courses that can earn college credit and/or qualify you for more advanced classes in college. AP courses are designed to give students the experience of an introductory level college class while still in high school. In addition students who take and pass the AP exam with a score of 3 or higher can get college credit. Grades earned in AP courses can enhance a student's GPA.