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Schedule Planning Tools

Current students: For complete information on coursework planning and counseling tools, please visit the Course Selection page of the Counseling website
 

Course Selection Sheets (2021-22)

View/print a PDF or work online with a digital copy using a Google sheet.
 
 
Honors/AP Contract (2021-22) - view PDF
 

Course Catalogs

 
Course Catalogs serves as a course selection guide for students and parents who are seeking information about courses at Los Altos High School. The catalogs are published annually and reflects the most current offerings; however, it cannot be assumed that every course listed here is offered each semester. Core courses for graduation and entrance to the University of California and California State Universities are always offered. Elective courses are offered based on student sign-ups and the availability of qualified teaching staff.

As a basic planning tool, the handbooks features brief descriptions of courses offered and a listing of high school graduation and college entrance requirements. The Catalogs are intended to be used together with other supplementary materials. Using these resources in conjunction with the support of their parents or guardians and counselors, students will be able to design a course schedule that reflects their interests and aptitudes and meets their post-high school goals.

Los Altos High School encourages and welcomes the continuous participation of parents during this planning process and throughout students’ high school years. Parents are partners in the educational process and their active participation is key to students’ success.
 
2021-22 Digital Course Catalog (Videos!)

2021-22 Digital Course Catalog (Videos!)

Course Videos

LAHS Course Videos - Listed by A-G Subject Areas

This section is still in progress. We will continue to add course videos as they become available.

Health (Required for graduation)

  • Health Education - NCP
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Non-Departmental Elective

  • Credit Courses - NCP
  • Student Government (ASB) - NCP 
  • Student Community Leaders (SCL) - NCP 
  • Yearbook - NCP
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P. E. (Required for graduation)

 
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A) Social Studies (A-G Subject Areas: A & G)

Students will exceed the 2 year UC & CSU college entrance requirement by fulfilling graduation requirements if earning a C- or higher in these courses.
 
 

Departmental Electives:

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B) English (A-G Subject Areas: B)

Students will meet the UC & CSU college entrance requirements by fulfilling graduation requirements if earning a C- or higher in these courses.
 
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C) Math (A-G Subject Areas: C)

For graduation, students must pass: Algebra I & Geometry
 
For UC & CSUs, students must pass: 3 years of math, earn a C- or higher both semesters of Geometry and pass S2 of Algebra 2 with a C- or higher. Students are encouraged to take 4-years of mathematics. The bolded math courses are required for A-G eligibility. Please review the course pathway chart.
 
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D) Science (A-G Subject Areas: D)

The UCs and CSUs require two years of laboratory science (life science and physical science). Four years of science is recommended. Please review the course pathway chart.
 

Science Pathway Website

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E) Language Other Than English/ LOTE (A-G Subject Area: E)

The UC and CSU require completing of level 2 with a C- or higher. 3 levels recommended for UC's. 
 
 
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F) Visual & Performing Arts (A-G Subject Area: F)

Students will meet the 1 year UC & CSU college entrance requirement by fulfilling the graduation requirement if earning a C- or higher in one of these VPA courses.
 

Visual Arts:  Elective Video

  • AP 2D Art & Design - CP  (f)
  • AP History of Art - AP (f)
  • AP Drawing - AP (f)
  • Digital Photo - CP (f)
  • Drawing I, II & III - CP (f)
  • Painting I - CP (f)
  • Photography I &  II - CP (f)
 

Performing Arts

 

Interdisciplinary

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G) Tech Engineering & Design (TED) (A-G Subject Area: G)

1 year required for UC & CSU. This can also be fulfilled by any elective course that exceeds the requirement in another category.
 
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Other G Electives

 

Course Label Notes

Notes: 

CP = College preparatory course.
H = Honors sections of this class.
NCP = Non-college prep course. 
 
A-G indicates classes that satisfy the UC/CSU admission requirements
a = History/Social Science
b = English
c = Math
d = Laboratory Science
e = Language other than English
f = Visual & Performing Arts
g = College Prep Electives