Integrated Instruction

GHCHS Teacher Appreciation Video - GBF Jr. English Teacher - Fritz Smith





GBF CURRICULAR THEMES

21ST CENTURY CAREER ORIENTED
ECONOMICS & BUSINESS CONTENT FOCUS
ENGLISH PEDAGOGICAL FOCUS
ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOCUS
INITIATIVE, INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

GBF INTEGRATED COURSES

Sophomore Year
World History
(CP, Honors or AP)
English
(CP or Honors)
Math
(Algebra 2, Geometry, Math Analysis/Trig, Calculus)
Money & Banking (CTE)
(Introduction To Business Administration, Marketing & Economics)

Junior Year
United States History
(CP, Honors or AP)
English
(CP, Honors with AP Preparation)
Math
(Geometry, Math Analysis/Trig, Calculus, Business Statistics)
Business Statistics (CTE)
(UC/CSU Approved 4th Year “C” Math Credit, Introduction To Finance & Excel Certification Available)

Senior Year
Economics/United States Government
(CP, AP)
English
(CP, Honors, AP)
Entrepreneurship (CTE)


GBF INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS

Social studies, English and math content courses integrate real world topics from the fields of economics and business into the daily curriculum.

ADVANTAGE: Students that learn the context of their academic studies are more engaged and retain far more of what they learn.

GBF English courses teach students how to become analytical readers that examine and apply what they read at a deep level. These literacy strategies are supported in all GBF courses, and include silent sustained reading periods, regular use of annotation while reading, and maintenance of commonplace books.

ADVANTAGE: Analytical reading is an essential prerequisite for critical thinking. Our vertically integrated English program hones a student’s ability to evaluate evidence and sources, synthesize information, judge claims, understand motivations, interpret literary devices, and draw their own conclusions.

GBF courses incorporate project based learning and plentiful opportunities to collaborate with teachers and fellow students.

ADVANTAGE: GBF students develop the advanced collaboration skills that will set them apart in DECA competitions, college and their future professional careers.

All students receive four years of UC-approved math instruction that meets their specific needs for college and career. Statistics and spreadsheet computation enhance our math curriculum. GBF students attain a proficiency sufficient for them to become certified as Microsoft Office Specialists in Excel.

ADVANTAGE: Excel is one of the most critical computer skills required in professions as diverse as education to engineering to medicine to finance. Students’ mastery of Excel provides them a competitive advantage in their pursuit of college internships and part-time work while they are still in high school.

GBF students learn to gather, process and interpret data in their critical thinking. They build a strong foundation in statistical theory, and are exposed to predictive analytics, and other “big data” concepts.

ADVANTAGE: GBF students are prepared to prosper in a 21st century workplace where statistical analysis of voluminous datasets will be the norm in all fields of employment. Many private and public sector studies show that hundreds of thousands of data analyst positions will be created before the end of the decade, and millions more will require a proficiency in big data analytics in order to function in professional careers.

GBF students are taught the financial functions in a variety of real world applications that promote an advanced level of financial literacy.

ADVANTAGE: In the 21st century workplace, all participants must manage their own financial affairs. Our GBF students achieve a level of personal financial literacy that surpasses nearly all United States high school students, and even falls above that for most adults. Students use the financial functions to precisely plan for retirement, compare defined contribution versus defined benefit packages, and value all common asset classes including stocks, bonds, and real estate.

On-line business simulations make learning the basics of business fun and engaging. These real world simulations provide a broad overview of marketing, finance, and business administration. GBF students joining DECA are prepared to compete in on-line competitions against some of the top students in the country.