Concerned Parents of
African American Students

## High School Course Audit

#### CPAAS recommends that parents check to make sure that their
students are taking the proper courses in high school. We recommend that
our students take the courses that will maximize their preparation for college
and career.

### The requirements for admission to college are now the same
for the University of California and the California State Universities. If
your students have met these requirements, then they will be competitive when
applying for any college in the country.

### The following link will take you to the University of California to
determine if your student is taking the proper courses. After arriving at
the site, enter Skyline High School, or any other high school that you are
concerned about.

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**** CPAAS Course Advisory Alert ******

**As the start of the new
school year approaches, we wanted to make sure that your student is enrolled in
courses that give them the most educational opportunity and preparation for
college. This message is of particular concern for our 9**^{th} Grade
Parents but everyone should be aware of the implications.

**Science:**

As a 9^{th} Grader, your student can take either
Biology or Physical Science. __We strongly recommend that your student take
Biology as a 9__^{th} Grader. __Why?, because only Biology is
recognized by the UC/CSU Colleges__. In other words, Biology is considered a
Laboratory science course by the colleges and will be accepted by the colleges.
The Physical Science course offered in 9^{th} Grade IS NOT considered a
college prep course by the colleges. __IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE
COLLEGES FOR MEETING ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS____.__ __CPAAS,
therefore, strongly recommends that you demand that your student take the
Biology course in 9__^{th} Grade just as so many other 9^{th}
Graders at Skyline H.S. do.

**Mathematics:**

As a 9^{th} Grader, your student can take either
Algebra I or Algebra I (A). Algebra I is the __normal__ one-year
course. Algebra I (A), however, is part of an __alternative__ Algebra I
course expanded over two years. In other words, taking Algebra I (A) as a 9^{th}
Grader requires that your student also take Algebra I (B) as a 10^{th}
Grader as pass both in order to get credit for one year of Algebra I. At that
rate, your student would not be able to take Geometry until 11^{th}
Grade. The colleges WILL NOT accept taking one year of Algebra I (A) as meeting
the admission requirements. CPAAS strongly recommends that if at all possible,
your student take the __normal__ one-year Algebra I course.

Of course if your student has already taken Algebra I
before 9^{th} Grade, and passed the course, they should not be in
Algebra I, but should be taking Geometry or Advanced Algebra/Trig, depending on
their level.

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