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Graduation requirement: 3 Years / 30 Semester Credits

In addition to the one year requirement of a UC approved Visual and Performing Arts elective, students must complete an additional 30 semester elective credits. Classes which exceed the minimum graduation requirements may be considered as electives. Students may choose to take classes from the following departments:

Foreign Language
Physical Education
Visual and Performing Arts (either UC approved or not)
Other Electives


Our engineering courses are sequenced first to pique students’ interest in the general field of engineering, and then encourage them to think deeply, work collaboratively, and discover creatively how math, science, and engineering truly are woven together within their everyday lives.  Students tackle inquiry-based problem solving, explore the engineering design process, and develop important teamwork and critical-thinking skills.   Throughout these engineering courses, our students utilize the same industry-leading technology and software implemented in the world’s top companies.  Our multi-year plan is to offer a minimum of three engineering courses by the fall of 2016: the two ongoing core courses of Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE), along with a new engineering elective, Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE) to be offered Fall 2016.  Going forward, we plan to expand the elective options to include a breadth of engineering topics from Aerospace Engineering to Digital Electronics, as well as a Capstone Course.  These courses are offered in collaboration with Project Lead the Way.  


Introduction to Engineering Design

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UC Approved “g” elective

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for enrollment.  However a strong math background in algebra and the ability to visualize objects in three-dimensions is beneficial.

This course is the first of two core engineering courses.  Students dive deeply into the engineering design process of ideation and brainstorming, through iteration and prototyping, to testing and final solution.  They actively learn to apply math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects.  Working both individually and in teams, students design solutions to various problems using 3D modeling software (i.e. Autodesk Inventor Professional) on school engineering computers.  Using industry-compliant best practices, students learn to document their work in professional engineering notebooks.  

Principles of Engineering

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UC Approved “g” elective

Prerequisite: Although there is no prerequisite for enrollment, we strongly recommend that students complete the first core course Introduction to Engineering Design first.  A strong algebra background is advised.

This course is the second of two core engineering courses.  Students investigate a wide range of engineering subjects including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, and automation.  Students acquire problem-solving, research, and design skills, while developing strategies for design process, documentation, collaboration, and presentation.  Students engage in hands-on activities utilizing VEX robotics hardware, while learning to program in ROBOTC.  Using industry-compliant best practices, students learn to document their work in professional engineering notebooks.  

Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE),

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UC Approved “g” elective

Prerequisite: Algebra.  In addition, we strongly recommend that students (especially those with little or no prior computer programming experience) complete the Principles of Engineering (POE) course, as the ROBOTC programming experience in POE will provide a valuable context for CSE.

This CSE elective course, the third component of the engineering curriculum, implements the College Board’s 2013 CS Principles framework and aligns with CSTA 3B standards..  Using the programming language Python, this course introduces students to the concepts of computational thinking and computer programming, and hopes to encourage students to consider a career in computer science.   Students will develop programming expertise, and better understand the inner workings of the internet.  Projects include application development, cybersecurity, robotics, and simulation.   



Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship

Grade 11/12: Elective (1 Semester)

This survey course provides an overview of business concepts and will expose students to ideas of product development, accounting, marketing, and entrepreneurship.  Students will learn through projects, case studies, field trips and guest lectures.  Students will work in teams to develop a business concept, conduct market research, and explore its potential for becoming a viable venture.  Students will learn the business model-canvas approach.  Students will develop prototypes and test product or service concepts.  Students will also gain an introduction to design thinking.

Introduction to Economics

Grade 11/12: Elective (1 Semester)

UC approved

Economics is comprised of studies in both macro and microeconomics. The purpose of the course in microeconomics is to give students an overview and understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. The purpose of the course in

Macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.

Introduction to Personal Finance:

Elective. Pass/Fail.  Grades 11-12.  (1 credit unit, Second Semester)

This is a blended course with most of the material being provided online. The course will deal with topics such as budgeting, cost of living, debt and loans, credit cards, insurance, renting vs. owning, career salaries, retirement planning, and investing.  Course is pass/fail. This is a blended course and most content will be provided online with occasional class meetings.


Leadership and student government elective:

Grade 9-12: Elective (1 Semester)                    

Leadership and Student Government is a course designed to support and develop student leaders at Pacifica Christian High School and specifically within the Associated Student Government.  The elected members of the Associated Students, a body of elected student representatives and faculty approved department prefects, are urged to participate in the course as an elective; members of the Executive Council are strongly urged to have taken the course at least once.  Students taking the course will take part in the ASG as members at large, able to participate in all committees and events but not eligible to vote at the monthly meetings.

 The L&SG class teaches fundamentals of leadership, event planning, team building, marketing, strategic planning, and similar skills based development.  The course also serves as an introduction to parliamentary procedure and Roberts Rules of Order; students learn how to conduct meetings from an executive level, as well as work in functioning committees. The course will have practical application outside of class in all Student Life events (All School Retreat, Homecoming, school dances, MMM, etc), and related out of class projects.