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Career Technical Education
Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway Program
Benicia High School has committed to the expansion of career technical education curriculum for all students. Career technical education programs show many students the relevance of applied learning. The connection between school and careers after graduation results in increased student motivation to succeed in school. Our high-tech economy demands more highly-skilled workers. Many high-demand, high-wage jobs require training in technical skills along with academics. Career Technical Education is dedicated to preparing students for successful employment, college or continuing education, apprenticeships, and/or entrepreneurial opportunities.

Selection of a career sector provides our students the opportunity for successful employment and/or post-secondary training. Selection also provides educational opportunities to enter the employment sector at a more advanced level.
Provide a sequence of courses with curriculum that integrates employment skills relevant to that employment sector. Each Pathway will consist of a sequence of two or more courses.
The Career Pathway listings below give recommendations for course sequencing, but may vary according to student interest and scheduling parameters. The goal is student exploration.

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English Language Arts
Benicia High School requires 4 successful years of English in order to graduate. Benicia proudly offers a variety of english/language arts courses to help accommodate the varying needs of every student. For a full listings of courses and their descriptions please click here.

Two years of mathematics are required for graduation.  Integrated Math 1 must be successfully completed to meet the Algebra portion of the graduation requirement. It is recommended that students take additional math classes.  See Math Course Pathway at the end of this catalog.

Choose your course wisely.  Students will not be allowed to drop a math course once the school year has started.

Alternative course work:  Students wishing to take alternative course work (Summer school, Independent Study, Credit Recovery, Community College, On-Line, etc.) should be aware that it may not meet the prerequisite for advancement.  We recommend you contact the math department chair before starting course work.  Four weeks (30) hours of summer school is equivalent to one semester of work.  Work done in summer school is generally completed for credit recovery only and does not guarantee a change in the fall schedule nor the acceptance of the course work.

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Physical Education
The state of California has a two-year physical education graduation requirement.  Our classes follow the California State Framework for Physical Education and are taught by California Credentialed teachers.

The ninth grade core class is required.  We also offer a variety of elective classes for our students to choose from upon successful completion of their ninth grade year with a “B” or better, or a student may take P.E. 10 to fulfill their second year requirement.  A physical education rubric is utilized to insure that all students understand what the basic expectations are for successful completion of course content.

The student’s current school year’s first semester grade and teacher approval will determine elective eligibility.  Students may not make up ninth or tenth grade core P.E. classes in an elective class.  Course work may be made up in summer school or a P.E. 10 class during subsequent school year semesters.


This course is required at the ninth grade level. Students participate in a variety of team sports and games and learn health-related and skill related fitness. A unit in First Aid is included in this course. Uniforms are mandatory.

Grade: 9                                               Year


This course focuses on individual and dual sports and may include units in archery, golf, badminton and weight training.  Team sports are included.   Uniforms are mandatory.

Grades: 10, 11, 12                              Year


Prerequisite: Student must have a B or better in the last P.E. class completed.

This course includes instruction and daily training on turns, kicks, leaps, and jumps.  Students experience a variety of dance moves from ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Students learn dance routines. Appropriate dance attire and shoes are assigned by the instructor.

Grades: 10, 11, 12                              Year                       UC/CSU – f


Prerequisite:  Dance 1, or for those with dance experience, consent of instructor.

Advanced Dance students focus on choreography and dance production.  Students are required to perform with the Music, Drama and Art Departments.  The instructor determines class attire.

Grades: 10, 11, 12                              Year                       UC/CSU – f

YOGA   New

Prerequisite: Student must have a B or better in their previous P.E. course

This is a beginning level activity course exploring the principles of Hatha and Vinaysa flow yoga, and how they apply to achieving lifetime fitness.  This course incorporates yoga postures (asanas) designed to strengthen and tone the body.  Breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation techniques are learned and practiced throughout the course.  Yoga pants or sweat pants will be the required uniform.

Grades: 10, 11, 12                              Year


Prerequisite: Student must have a B or better in their previous P.E. course

Cardio Fit is a course offered to those interested in developing their overall health.  In this course, we will explore CrossFit, strength training, circuit training, tabata and yoga to improve the overall strength and functionality of the body.  Students will push their body limits and create goals for athletic performance, personal health and lifelong well-being.  All fitness levels are welcome.  The focus will be on personal growth and progress.  Take advantage of this unique course.

Grades: 10, 11, 12                              Year


Prerequisite: Student must have a B or better in their previous P.E. course

This class focuses on training principles, the techniques of conditioning, goal setting and sport specific activities.  It is also designed to enhance athletic achievement through proper training.  PE uniforms are required.

Grades: 10, 11, 12                              Year

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