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Star Academics Electives



Creative Writing Workshop-Short Fiction (grade 8 – 12)

This course is an elective workshop class that builds fiction-writing skills, provides an overview of short fiction literature, and develops skills in constructive criticism. Students write a short story, practice peer review, and rewrite the story, incorporating appropriate criticisms. Students then submit a final draft to the instructor. Guided by White and Strunk’s The Elements of Style, students learn how to write with style and precision.


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00058 La Mirada W 3:00PM-4:00PM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add

Culinary Arts (grade 8 – 12)

Great cooking requires the right technique. Whether students want to pursue a career in the food industry or cook a gourmet meal for their family and friends, they need to learn the fundamentals of cooking. Students in this course gain valuable skills by hands-on instruction on various topics including food and kitchen safety, knife skills, understanding recipes, food science, and more. All students in this course should expect to eat and have fun.
NOTE: This course has an additional materials fee of $20 per semester.


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00026 Garden Grove R 1:45PM-2:45PM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add
00129 Temecula Valley R 1:45PM-2:45PM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add

Digital Photography (grade 8 – 12)

This fun and interactive course provides basic photography skills through class assignments, photo field shoots, and field trips. Students in this course learn how to incorporate color, pattern, texture, lighting, and composition into their photographs in order to enhance the final image and produce a better photograph. Students learn about nature, landscape, portraiture and documentary photography as well as influential photographers in various styles.
NOTE: This course has an additional $20 materials fee per semester at our La Mirada campus only.


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00024 Garden Grove T 1:45PM-2:45PM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add
00041 La Mirada F 10:50AM-11:50AM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add
00131 Temecula Valley T 1:45PM-2:45PM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add
00167 Yorba Linda T 3:00PM-4:00PM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add

Film (grade 8 – 12)

This course is an introduction to film production. Students learn the basics of preproduction, production, and postproduction, culminating in a finished short film. They are taken through the aesthetic and technological principles of filmmaking, including script development, crew organization, camera work, editing, and sound. Weekly exercises familiarize students with the various aspects of filmmaking, turning theory into practice and improving their skills through hands-on experience.


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00169 Yorba Linda R 3:00PM-4:00PM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add

Public Speaking-Effective Communication Strategies (grade 8 – 12)

Public Speaking-Effective Communication Strategies (grade 8 – 12) This course is a practicum in speech and effective communication. Topics include research skills, the structure of a speech, rhetorical devices and their use, and an introduction to basic communication theory. Students will prepare and deliver several speeches of varying lengths and topics.


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00060 La Mirada F 3:00PM-4:00PM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add
00130 Temecula Valley T 1:45PM-2:45PM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add
00150 Yorba Linda T 10:50AM-11:50AM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add

Yearbook (grade 8 – 12)

This two-semester course develops an understanding of the production and publication of a yearbook through lecture, discussion, and specialized projects that enhance learning about layout, photography, design, editing, advertising, sales, and fundraising. The course culminates in the marketing, sales, and distribution of the finished product.


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00151 Yorba Linda R 10:50AM-11:50AM $220.00 OPEN Login to Add

SAT and Career Prep (grade 10 – 11)

This one-semester course is designed for juniors, although sophomores who have taken geometry may also take it in order to be better prepared for the PSAT or SAT. In this course students identify their skills and interests through assessment, then research suitable careers and university programs. They also review the admissions process and research financial aid opportunities, including scholarships and grants. This course covers SAT preparation in which students learn important strategies for success in all aspects of the SAT including math, critical reading, and essay writing.


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00063 La Mirada W / F 3:00PM-4:00PM $320.00 OPEN Login to Add
00070 Online - 12:00AM-12:00AM $320.00 OPEN Login to Add
00135 Temecula Valley T / R 1:45PM-2:45PM $320.00 OPEN Login to Add
00171 Yorba Linda T / R 3:00PM-4:00PM $320.00 OPEN Login to Add

Sample Class Schedules

For an idea of how to fit Biola Youth Academics into your high school schedule
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