At TREE, we meet all A-G UC requirements, are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), as well approved by the NCAA. To our academic instruction and programs, we also provide classes in Life Skills to develop our students’ Social and Emotional learning, as well as courses in Meditation and Yoga. We also offer a wide array of Elective Classes and support individual student interests with yearly Passion Projects they themselves select, design and complete. Our Community Service requirement provides students with opportunities to learn about how they can be of service to others, as well as developing their awareness for the challengers human beings face every day.
Our approach, in essence, is to provide every student at TREE with enthusiastic encouragement, support and guidance in discovering who they are and what they love. In doing so, we seek to prepare every student at TREE for not only academic achievement and success, but to also live lives filled with meaning and purpose through self-knowledge and an empathetic awareness for the needs of others.
Our senior year at TREE we call the Senior Seminar. The essence of the seminar approach is to harness the student’s knowledge, collected in the previous years of study, and apply them to today’s world to explore both the challenges and opportunities. Additionally, we offer courses in Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies and Economics to further develop our students’ awareness of their world, and how they can effect positive change in the world.
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OUR 9TH GRADE CURRICULUM
10th Grade Chemistry
10th Grade Literature
10th Grade Modern World History
In designing the curriculum for this course, we have aligned the California State Content Standards for 10th Grade History with the Common Core State Standards for History and Social Studies to ensure that students with a range of interests and learning styles get the most from this class. The entirety of World History cannot be taught in a single year. Historians make entire careers out of studying a single region over a narrow period of time, and even then must choose which sources to study in depth, and which to gloss over. For this class, we will focus primarily on events from the 16th century to the present. As a class, students will examine the process of globalization and how it has precipitated political, environmental, economic and socio-cultural in various regions throughout the world. As students become more familiar with the phenomena being studied, each will pursue (alone or in small groups) more directed inquiry into the concepts and narratives that they find most compelling. By the end of the year, each student will be able to trace one or more present-day challenges or pressing concerns to its historical roots, and present a clear argument about the significance of this connection.
10th Grade Geometry
This course is designed to emphasize the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. It includes the study of transformations and right triangle trigonometry. Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed. It also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures. Toward the end of the year we will spend some time focused on SAT/ACT geometry. Students who complete Geometry should take Algebra II next.
10th Grade Spanish: Beginners
In our classroom, we will do a variety of activities and exercises including talking in Spanish, practicing pronunciation and grammar, and interacting in Spanish in pairs and small groups. Much of the class is conducted in Spanish in order to offer as much exposure to the language as possible, but English is used when necessary to offer clarity and efficiency. In this course, we deal with all basic language skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Grammar is studied not so that a student can recite grammar rules, but so that students gain an understanding of how language works; you must speak in order to learn to speak. Some students may feel inhibited by the idea of making mistakes in front of others but we will work together to make the atmosphere as tension-free as possible. Students will have the opportunity to learn about cultural aspects from various countries around the Spanish-speaking world. Students should expect to participate daily in class activities and be prepared to move, act silly, and have fun exploring another language and culture.
10th Grade Spanish I
10th Grade Spanish II
10th Grade Study Skills
10th Grade Learning Lab
10th Grade Inner Peace (Meditation)
Based on the forthcoming book by Venerable Burin, the inner peace curriculum explores how we can bring more equilibrium, calmness and mental focus to our everyday lives through the art and techniques of meditation based on age or principles.
10th Grade Life Skills
The Life Skills course is designed to assist students in growing and deepening their capacity to build relationships and community. An integral part of this process is to further curiosity and challenge the assumptions we hold about ourselves and others, in order to become better able to understand and value differing perspectives.
OUR 10TH GRADE CURRICULUM
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OUR 11TH GRADE CURRICULUM
Literature Seminar with Dr. Paul Cummins
The Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies
Senior Mathematics and Science
Interested seniors may elect to take classes in either pre-calculus, advanced Physics or Human Anatomy.
Senior Math (Pre-Calculus Elective)
Precalculus starts taking a much deeper look at functions and why they are so important in preparation for Calculus. Students will learn about polynomial functions, how to find their zeros, how to graph functions, and how to solve nonlinear equations. Graphing and solving of equations will also be extended to several types of nonlinear equations such as exponentials, logarithms, radicals, and rationals. After polynomials have been covered, the focus will turn to trigonometry and geometry. Students will learn about the unit circle, right triangles, trigonometric functions, and conic sections. Also, a brief introduction to limits will be discussed at the end to help familiarize students with Calculus concepts. This class is intended to explore the world of algebra and prepare students for entry into Calculus through engaging activities and math discussions. Students will learn to think critically, come up with creative solutions to problems using previously learned tools, and focus on detail and precision.
Senior Foreign Language
Senior Physical Education
OUR 12TH GRADE CURRICULUM
The Senior Seminar
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA REQUIREMENTS
1. Complete 15 A-G courses (11 of them by end of junior year)
You need to complete a minimum of 15 college-preparatory courses (A-G courses) with a letter grade of C or better.
For courses completed during the 2020 winter, spring or summer terms, UC will also accept a grade of pass/credit.
You must complete at least 11 of these courses prior to the beginning of your last year of high school.
The 15 courses are:
a. History: 2 years
b. English: 4 years
c. Mathematics: 3 years
d. Science: 2 years
e. Language other than English *or equivalent to the 2nd level of high school instruction: 2 years
f. Visual and performing Arts: 1 year
g. College-prep elective (chosen from the subjects listed above or another course approved by the university): 1 year
2. Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (3.4 if you're a nonresident) in these courses with no grade lower than a C.
Option to submit SAT/ACT test scores
Freshman applicants for fall 2021-2022 have the option to submit SAT/ACT scores with their application. Applicants will not be penalized in the admission review process if they don't submit SAT/ACT scores.
If you're a state resident who has met the minimum requirements and aren't admitted to any UC campus to which you apply, you'll be offered a spot at another campus if space is available, provided: