The 9th grade House structure was developed to create small and supportive learning communities. Students within each House share a common team of teachers, incorporating California Studies (English/Social Studies), Biology, Math and Computer Science.
The House structure ensures that freshmen are connected to a select team of caring staff who use research-proven best instructional strategies to teach the curriculum, as well as address student needs in a smaller, more personal environment. Our 9th grade teachers work collaboratively and are committed to the learning of the students they share.
The freshman orientation course “Freshman Seminar”, which is taught through the Exploring Computer Science course, focuses on developing the personal and academic skills of these students, while connecting them to their academic and career pathways, which will define their next three years of high school.
Most 9th grade class decisions and activities are overseen by a Board, which includes administrative, teaching and support staff representatives:
In addition, the staff of each House meets as a group at regular intervals (at least twice a month) during shared conference periods.
CLASSES JANUS NEPTUNE SOL
California Studies Brenda Rivera Nicholas Rey Jessica Fagen
California Studies Portia Carryer Matthew Colley Rosa Seidelman
Biology Sierra Flynn Sierra Donaldson Glen Augustine
Mathematics Kevin Ji Johanna Langill Seth Zimmerman
Computer Science Michael Taylor Amy Talley Rick Frey
Dept. includes Spanish, French, Chinese & Italian
9th Grade PE teachers are Patricia Brandt & Stacey O'Connor
Due to the size of the freshman class and the need to balance the Master Schedule — plus the choice of many students to take a World Language — freshmen are sometimes taught by teachers outside the House structure:
Boost is a peer tutoring program open to all 9th grade students. It takes place several afternoons a week after school throughout the academic year, and is offered in all four core subjects — Math, Biology, English and History (California Studies). While many students use Boost for extra help, all freshmen are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to do homework in a quiet academic setting with support available whenever needed. More information here.