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College Preparation, Internship, and Leadership Electives

AVID  9 (N109)

Grade Level: 9

Prerequisite: 2.0 GPA Minimum

Meets the UC/CSU “G” requirement

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an elective class for students who are college-bound. The AVID curriculum focuses on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading (WICOR) through the AVID High School curriculum in both teacher and tutor-led activities. While concurrently enrolled in a college-prep course of study, students learn strategies to enhance success to prepare them to meet the UC A-G college entrance requirements. Note-taking, outlining, writing, speaking, reading, test-taking, strategies, and self-awareness are stressed. In addition, the course includes college motivational activities and intensive preparation for SAT.   


AVID 10 (N110)   

Grade Level: 10     

Prerequisite: 2.0 GPA Minimum

Meets the UC/CSU “G” requirement

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an elective class for students who are college-bound. The AVID curriculum focuses on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization and reading (WICOR) through the AVID High School curriculum in both teacher and tutor-led activities. While concurrently enrolled in a college-prep course of study, students learn strategies to enhance success to prepare them to meet the UC A-G college entrance requirements. Note-taking, outlining, writing, speaking, reading, test-taking, strategies, and self-awareness are stressed. In addition, the course includes college motivational activities and intensive preparation for SAT.   


AVID 11 (N111)

Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite: 2.0 GPA Minimum 

Meets the UC/CSU “G” requirement

The AVID Seminar for the junior and senior years prepares students for entrance into four-year colleges by emphasizing analytical writing, preparation for college entrance and placement exams, college study skills, oral language development, note- taking, and research. Seminar students are expected to participate in, and eventually act as moderators for, Socratic Seminars, philosophical chairs, and peer tutors in their senior year. In addition, students are required to make oral presentations to the class on topics related to career searches, contemporary issues, and social concerns, all the while focusing on a culminating senior paper, portfolio, and/or project.


AVID 12 (N112)

Grade Level: 12  

Prerequisite: 2.0 GPA Minimum 

Meets the UC/CSU “G” requirement

The AVID Seminar for the junior and senior years prepares students for entrance into four-year colleges by emphasizing analytical writing, preparation for college entrance and placement exams, college study skills, oral language development, note- taking, and research. Seminar students are expected to participate in, and eventually act as moderators for, Socratic Seminars, philosophical chairs, and peer tutors in their senior year. In addition, students are required to make oral presentations to the class on topics related to career searches, contemporary issues, and social concerns, all the while focusing on a culminating senior paper, portfolio, and/or project.


ASB Leadership (N122 & N123 )   

Prerequisite: Application and teacher approval required. 

Course does NOT meet a UC/CSU A-G requirement   

This course develops student leadership skills, public speaking, life skills, and service through instruction and school wide and community activities and involvement.  As an academic class, students will be required to submit work and demonstrate a working knowledge of class topics and skills.  Students will participate in business and financial planning, scheduling, marketing, advertising and event planning, in addition to parliamentary procedure, democratic voting, and aspects of student government.


PLUS (Peer Leaders Uniting Students) Character Leaders (N700)

Grade Level: 10-12 

Prerequisite:  Student application, teacher recommendations, and interview.

Course does NOT meet a UC/CSU A-G requirement 

Students enrolled in this class will become MVHS’s PLUS Team. The PLUS Team of students is the catalysts of establishing a positive campus culture for all students to participate and achieve personal success. The PLUS Team will facilitate forums of discussions between students on campus. Through this course, students will experience positive peer influences, engage in an academic atmosphere, integrity, honesty, responsibility and resiliency. For more information visit the MVHS PLUS website.


Link Crew (N705)

Grade Level: 10-12   Prerequisite: Application and teacher approval required.

Course does NOT meet a UC/CSU A-G requirement 

The purpose of Link Crew is to tap into students' leadership potential, in order to contribute to a positive transition to high school for incoming 9th-grade students. Link Crew students will be trained to act as team leaders, motivators, role models, and peer facilitators who provide support to their freshmen “crew” throughout the year. The course includes a focus on increasing the sense of community on campus, an improvement in the school’s learning and social climates, and ensuring a successful transition for incoming freshmen students into high school. The Link Crew course provides time to design and implement connections for current freshmen through both academic and social follow-up and to learn valuable leadership skills through a variety of classroom activities. 


Internship (N171)

Grade Level: 11-12   Prerequisite:  Student application, teacher recommendations, and employer interview.

Course does NOT meet a UC/CSU A-G requirement 

This community internship course integrates academic and applied learning by providing students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a career field.  This experience will provide the intern with a vision of the skills necessary for this career, the multiple facets of a business setting, and exposure to related career fields unknown to the student prior to the internship. Students meet periodically with the Internship Coordinator.