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Curriculum Information

The curriculum at HSHMC will be:
  • standards-based, advanced, and rigorous
  • delivered by highly qualified educators
  • designed for students to meet and exceed A-G requirements for UC/CSU entrance
  • learned in a context of health sciences, health careers, and health education
  • engaging, meaningful, and individualized to meet students' need

HSHMC students will exceed high school graduation requirements determined by California Education Code (section 51225.3) and exceed A-G requirements determined by the California State University and University of California for freshman admission. The following sequence of courses outline the typical core program for HSHMC students:

Grade History-Social Science English Science Mathematics Health Sciences
9 US History and Public Health English 1 Anatomy and Physiology Math 1 (Algebra 1 or Geometry) Intro to Health Careers; Hospital Job Shadowing
10 Modern World History and Geography English 2 Biology Math 2 (Geometry or Algebra 2) Introduction to Public Health; Social Inequity in Health Care; Hospital Practicum
11 Government and Economics English 3 Chemistry, Genetics, or Physics and Engineering Math 3 (Algebra 2 or Statistics or Calculus) Biology, Psychology, or Public Speaking; Hospital Internship I
12 Integrated Arts English 4 Chemistry, Genetics, or Physics and Engineering Math 4 (Statistics or Calculus) Biology, Psychology, or Public Speaking; Internship II

HSHMC students will study world language for a minimum of two years before graduation. These, and a number of advanced courses (health, science, technology, etc.), will be available through our partnership with Community Colleges and some may be offered online as well. Physical education (P.E.) requirements will be met through personal fitness plans developed by students with staff, and may include P.E. electives, clubs, teams, and other sports alternatives.

Math Placement Policy

As described by the declarations in Section 1 of Senate Bill No. 359, a student’s ninth grade mathematics course placement can have a profound impact on that student’s future, including (but not limited to) college readiness, career opportunities, access to advanced math courses, and self-confidence.

It is for these reasons that the governing board of Health Sciences High & Middle College has decided to only offer high school level mathematics courses to incoming ninth grade students. All grade 9 students will be placed into the same high school level course: Integrated Math 1. All students will have access to the same Common Core State Standards aligned curriculum, with multiple levels and modes of support and enrichment offered within the course for the purposes of differentiation. This equitable placement provides all students the opportunity to progress through a complete sequence of high school math courses. Further, this sequence allows multiple opportunities for students to attend college-level math courses beginning in the eleventh grade.

As part of this class, 30 days into the semester, student grades and the first course competency will be reviewed to ensure that the placement is appropriate.

If a parent questions the placement of a student, that parent will be invited to meet with the math department and principal. If the parent does not find the response satisfactory, the parent will be offered a meeting with the Vice President for Faculty Affairs within 48 hours.


HSHMC students will have options to participate in on-campus electives and special interest groups. Topics for these will be determined in large part by students (e.g., painting, drama, music, student government, Health Occupations Student Association, yoga, karate, weightlifting, etc.).

Educational technologies, including a Learning Management System, podcasting, vodcasting, and internet-based programs, will enhance student learning and provide diverse opportunities for interactions with topic expertise.

In order to promote deep understandings, the curriculum will be organized into big ideas and essential questions. Students vote on the essential questions each year. Each teacher will address discipline-specific standards in a way that ensures students understand the purpose of the standards and their applications to real human issues.

Assessment Features

In order to ensure that students are meeting required grade-level competencies and prepared for the rigors of postsecondary programs, assessments will be administered and evaluated every 4-6 weeks providing specific and immediate feedback to students. Learning gaps will then be addressed in one-on-one and/or small group tutoring and interventions.

Health Sciences Pathways

Based in our partnership with the local community college, students will work with counselors and mentors to identify and develop a Health Science Pathway that meets the needs of the individual student. HSHMC students can take community college courses for credit toward both degree and Healthcare professional certification programs. For example, students will be able to enroll in courses such as Emergency Medical Technician training, anatomy and physiology, Physical Therapy assistantship, biochemistry, Respiratory Therapist certification, phlebotomist certification, and so on.

Furthermore, HSHMC coursework and internship program at Sharp hospitals will allow students to pursue vocational pathways in such fields as Biotechnology Research and Development, Diagnostic Services, Health Informatics, Support Services, and Therapeutic Services.