The Academy of Fine Arts at Santa Susana encompasses a comprehensive, rigorous series of hands-on, project based courses designed to teach students the elements and principles of art and design as well as the drawing and painting skills necessary to become successful artists. Through the fine arts sequence of classes, students will put their creativity to work to find their artistic voice. We offer AP (college level) capstone classes in drawing and painting, design and sculpture. Students have the opportunity to build a professional fine art portfolio and receive college credit at the same time.
Come and explore the world of literature and discover its profound influence over societal triumphs and troubles. Learn how to formulate your own argument, conduct research, write stories, present ideas confidently, all in the name of evoking empathy amongst readers and audiences. From To Kill A Mockingbird to Romeo and Juliet, we read and write about a plethora of encapsulating stories. Beyond what we read in class, you will also get the chance to learn how to create your own reading plan and read novels of your own particular interest that will push you to overcome personal challenge. We move fast, and we learn a lot in this foundational year of English. You will leave this class beyond prepared for the rest of your high school career.
In English 10H, students will focus on analyzing and comprehending works of literature and how it influenced the time period, along with its influence on today's society. During this course, students will be expected to write essays in an academically informative, argumentative way. This course is devoted to students studying literature from around the world and is designed to prepare students for the accelerated coursework in Advanced Placement English: Literature and Composition and Advanced Placement English: Language and Composition.
This course is an interdisciplinary course that will help students to become critical thinkers, collaborate with peers, and learn academic research skills on topics of the student's choosing. So if you have an interest in learning how to research all that your heart desires, this is the class for you!
AP Language and Composition
In English 11AP Language and Composition, students read diverse nonfiction texts (memoirs, creative nonfiction, travel and science writing, political documents, and editorials) that explore mature topics related to American society: race, gender, sexuality, class, health, and the environment. Additionally, students will prepare for both the SAT and AP English Language exam by learning how to write engaging essays across a variety of nonfiction genres, focusing on argument, rhetorical analysis, and source-based argument (synthesis).
AP Literature and Composition
A wild romp through "the classics" in a college-level survey course of British literature on par with those taught at presitigious universities. Covers works from the Anglo-Saxons (Beowulf) to the elegant drawing rooms of Austen's Pride and Prejudice,on to the Gothic castles of Frankenstein, and through the 21st century (popular contemporary literature of merit). Writing focuses on preparing students for college level essays: scholarly research, literary analysis, etc. We also assist students with AP test preparation, resumes, and college application essays.
AP US History
Advanced Placement US History is designed to give students a foundation in the subject matter of US History and in major interpretive questions that derive from the study of the following themes: Colonial History, Revolution, Constitution and New Republic, Jeffersonian Democracy, Jacksonian Democracy, Sectionalism and Territorial Expansion, Creating an American Culture, A Nation Torn by Conflict, Post Civil War, American Imperialism, World War I, Interbellum Period, World War II and Cold War, Modern and Contemporary America.
Advanced Placement Government is designed to give students a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States. It involves both the studies of general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that make up the American political reality. Satisfies the graduation requirement.
AP Macroeconomics is divided into six units. The semester begins with a study of basic economic concepts. Students then study measurements of economic performance including national income and aggregate price levels. Macroeconomic problems of unemployment and inflation are introduced in the second unit and in units three and four the tools our federal government and central bank use to combat them are taught. To better understand unemployment, inflation, and their solutions the course teaches the aggregate demand and aggregate supply model. Unit five includes a study of economic growth, national debt, and the much-debated long-run perspectives on macroeconomic stabilization policies. The course concludes with a study of international economics and the world economy
Explore the ideas, theories, and methods of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You’ll examine the concepts of psychology through reading and discussion and you’ll analyze data from psychological research studies.
AP Human Geography
AP Human Geography introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences.
Take all pathway courses.
Honors - 3.8 GPA
High Honors - 4.0 GPA
Must complete a senior project.
Courses and Course #’s
Honors or Advanced Placement courses in English Language Arts:
English 11AP Language and Composition
English 12AP Literature and Composition
Advanced Placement courses in Social Studies:
AP World History
AP US History
AP Human Geography
AP Psychology (when available)
Santa Susana High School
3570 E. Cochran St.
Simi Valley, CA 93063