Listed below are classes that will be offered through Palos Verdes Peninsula Summer School for Summer 2020.

You may only register for one course per semester or one yearlong course.


Summer High School Courses for 10th through 12th Graders (*classes available for incoming 9th grade)

All Summer High School classes will be held ONLINE for Summer 2020. The below options are subject to change.

Please note that all courses are UC/CSU approved. See below for NCAA approval information. See course description for prerequisite information.

UC approved and NCAA approvedUC approved NOT NCAA approved
Biology 1 Honors*Biology 1*
Biology 1 Honors ReviewBiology 1 Review
Chemistry 1World History
Chemistry 1 ReviewWorld History Review
Chemistry 1 HonorsUS History
Chemistry 1 Honors ReviewUS History Review
Photography 1*Government**
Drawing and Painting 1* & 2Economics**
English 1 ReviewAlgebra 1 Review
English 2 ReviewGeometry* ***
English 3 ReviewGeometry Review
Algebra 2 Review

There will be a mandatory orientation for students enrolled in online classes. Click here for Important dates. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding online courses.

*Classes available to incoming 9th graders.

**You may register for American Government or Economics OR both classes. This class is for incoming Seniors only.

***Due to the difficult nature of this class, students must have excellent study skills and have completed Algebra 1 with a grade of A or a high B. It is not recommended to take this class for advancement in the summer. Students who take yearlong geometry over the summer are not recommended to take Algebra 2 Honors in the fall.

Class Descriptions (classes subject to change)

Biology 1 – Biology 1 is a course designed to meet college entrance requirements as a laboratory science. The material presented in the course includes Cell Biology and Basic Chemistry, Plant Growth and Development, Genetics, Evolution and Natural selection, Reproduction, Physiology of the Human Body and corresponding functions and ecology. Students enrolled in Biology 1 may continue into Chemistry and Physics. (yearlong)

Grades: 9,10,11,12
Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1

Biology 1 H – Biology 1 Honors is a course that prepares for the Advanced Placement Biology course (Biology 2 AP) that follows.  Laboratory investigations are an integral part of this course. (yearlong)

Grades: 9,10,11,12 – Year
Prerequisite: Accelerated Science 8 with a grade of “B” or better, or completion of or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1; Placement in accordance with District honors policy

Biology 1 A (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Biology 1A Review is a make-up of the first semester of Biology 1. (first semester)

Biology 1 B (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Biology 1B Review is a make-up of the second semester of Biology 1. (second semester)

Biology 1H A (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Biology 1H A Review is a make-up of the first semester of Biology 1H. (first semester)

Biology 1H B (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Biology 1H B Review is a make-up of the second semester of Biology 1H. (second semester)

Chemistry 1 – Chemistry 1 is a course designed to meet college requirements as a laboratory science.  This course will cover and investigate the periodic table, atomic structure, chemical bonding, the conversion of matter and energy, stoichiometry, gases and their properties, acids, bases, solutions, chemical thermodynamics, rates of reactions, chemical equilibrium, nuclear processes, and introduces organic and biochemistry.  Experiments, mathematical calculations and models are used to attain an understanding of the concepts, principles, and theories of chemistry. (yearlong)

Grades: 9,10,11,12 – Year
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or completion of Geometry

Chemistry 1 H – Chemistry 1 Honors is a course that prepares for Advanced Placement Chemistry course (Chemistry 2 AP) that follows and other advanced science courses.  Coverage of the material in this course will be more in-depth and emphasize more problem-solving than the Chemistry 1 course.  Experiments, mathematical calculations and models are used to attain an understanding of the concepts, principles, and theories of chemistry. (yearlong)

Grades: 9,10,11,12 – Year
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment or completion of Geometry

Chemistry 1 A (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Chemistry 1A Review is a make-up of the first semester of Chemistry 1. (first semester)

Chemistry 1 B (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Chemistry 1B Review is a make-up of the second semester of Chemistry 1. (second semester)

Chemistry 1H A (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Chemistry 1H A Review is a make-up of the first semester of Chemistry 1H. (first semester)

Chemistry 1H B (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Chemistry 1H B Review is a make-up of the second semester of Chemistry 1H. (second semester)

English 1 A (Review) – Repeat Class only- English 1A Review is a make-up of the first semester of English 1. (first semester)

English 1 B (Review) – Repeat Class only- English 1B Review is a make-up of the second semester of English 1. (second semester)

English 2 A (Review) – Repeat Class only- English 2A Review is a make-up of the first semester of English 2. (first semester)

English 2 B (Review) – Repeat Class only- English 2B Review is a make-up of the second semester of English 2. (second semester)

English 3 A (Review) – Repeat Class only- English 3A Review is a make-up of the first semester of English 3. (first semester)

English 3 B (Review) – Repeat Class only- English 3B Review is make-up of the second semester of English 3. (second semester)

Algebra 1 A (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Algebra 1A Review is a  make-up of the first semester of Algebra 1. (first semester)

Algebra 1 B (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Algebra 1B Review is a make-up of the second semester of Algebra 1. (second semester)

Geometry – Geometry is a course that develops an understanding of the concept of proof in geometric contexts and constructs formal logical arguments. Algebraic techniques are applied in the solution of problems involving geometric figures in two- and three-dimensions. (yearlong)

Grades: 9,10,11,12 – Year
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 with a grade of “C” or better or teacher approval

Geometry A (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Geometry A Review is a make-up of the first semester of Geometry. (first semester)

Geometry B (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Geometry B Review is a make-up of the second semester of Geometry. (second semester)

Algebra 2 A (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Algebra 2A Review is a make-up of the first semester of Algebra 2. (first semester)

Algebra 2 B (Review) – Repeat Class Only – Algebra 2B Review is a make-up of the second semester of Algebra 2. (second semester)

World History – World History is a course that demonstrates a basic understanding of World History, Geography, and Culture.  Content will cover the foundation of political thought in the development of law, religion, philosophy, and culture, and the influence of ancient civilization on modern western society.  Students identify, analyze, and interpret significant historical information. (yearlong)

Grades: 10,11,12 – Year

World History A Review – Repeat Class Only – World History A Review is a make-up of the first semester of World history. (first semester)

World History B Review – Repeat Class Only – World History B Review is a make-up of the second semester of World history. (second semester)

US History – US History is a course that analyzes and evaluates American political, social, and economic behavior during major periods in the nation’s experience.  Multiple factors that effect continuity and change in historical settings are studied, in addition to the outstanding contributions of individual Americans.  The course traces the change in ethnic composition of American society, the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women, and the expanding role of the Federal government in addressing critical issues. (yearlong)

Grades: 11,12 – Year

US History A Review – Repeat Class Only – US History A Review is a make-up of the first semester of US history. (first semester)

US History B Review – Repeat Class Only – US History B Review is a make-up of the second semester of US history. (second semester)

American Government – American Government is a semester-long course that gives a critical perspective on politics and government in the United States.  The course compares systems of government in the world today and analyzes the life and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.  The course promotes familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up the American and comparative political system. (semester)

Grades: 12 – Year

Economics – Economics is a semester-long course that involves the study of microeconomics and macroeconomics to help students become responsible citizens and effective decision makers.  The course provides an understanding of basic economic principles, including the law of supply and demand, scarcity, the role of the market place, competition, and consumer choice.  In addition, the course deals with macroeconomic topics of inflation and unemployment, measures of national wealth, the economic role of the government, and international trade and finance.  The course also includes personal economic decision-making: investments, budget process, job choice, and consumer information. (semester)

Grades: 12

Drawing & Painting 1 – Drawing and Painting 1 is a course that explores and expands aesthetic perceptions, as well as develops skills for using visual arts media effectively. These skills will enhance the student’s ability to interpret and communicate ideas, feeling, and values. Tuition includes $60 materials fee. (yearlong)

Grades: 9,10,11,12

Drawing & Painting 2 – Drawing and Painting 2 is course that extends concepts learned in the first year of study.  Areas of further exploration include drawing and painting skills, visual communication, and historical and cultural art traditions, aesthetic valuing and career awareness. Tuition includes $60 materials fee. (yearlong)

Photography 1 – Photography 1 is a course designed that provides self-directed and advanced instruction and knowledge of opportunities in photography from traditional to digital. Students will use editing software to create digital portfolio projects and presentations. Students will study various professional photographers throughout world history, making connections to their own use of the camera. Tuition includes $60 materials fee. (yearlong)

Grades: 9,10,11,12


(For complete descriptions of courses offered, please refer to the PVPUSD Course Description Handbook)

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