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Special Day Classes have modified curriculum, but follow the content standards for California Public Schools. Special Day courses offered are:


SPECIAL DAY CLASS (SDC) AMERICAN DEMOCRACY - The course will work on building skills that help them understand historical, geographic, political, economic and cultural topics. Material covered:

  • analysis of the influence of ancient governments (Greece and Rome) and early English law on Enlightenment thinkers, leading to the evolution and growth of democratic government.
  • characteristics of different political systems
  • fundamental principles and values of American democracy as expressed in the Constitution and other documents
  • U.S. Constitution, analyzing the unique roles and responsibilities of the three branches of government
  • rights and obligations of citizens in a democracy
  • fundamental democratic values and principles of civil society
  • the law and the rights of individual citizens
  • a comparison between the powers of national, state and local governments
  • an evaluation of American politics

SPECIAL DAY CLASS (SDC) ECONOMICS - The course will work on building skills that help students understand basic economic terms and concepts. Material covered:

  • basic economic terms and measuring supply and demand
  • analysis elements of America’s market economy
  • understanding the influence of the federal government on the American economy
  • the U.S. labor market in a global economy
  • the economic behavior of the U.S. economy
  • analyze issues of international trade and world economic forces
  • personal finance in the economy


SPECIAL DAY CLASS (SDC) MODERN WORLD HISTORY - The course works on helping students build skills to better understand ethical and moral principles of ancient civilizations and the development of western thought, specifically the growth of democracy in history. Material covered:

  • the historical movement toward self-government and individual liberty with a focus on English law, the Enlightenment and the American and French Revolutions.
  • the effects of the Industrial Revolution on Europe’s unrest that grew out of the growth of industrialized nations.
  • the New Imperialism of the 19th Century in China, India and Africa by European nations.
  • the unification of Italy and Germany and the causes of World War I.
  • the history of Russia leading to the Russian Revolution and the rise of Communist, Fascist and militaristic totalitarian governments in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
  • the Great Depression’s effect on the world in the 1930’s.
  • World War II
  • the world after World War II, the United Nations, the rise of The People’s Republic of China and the beginning of the Cold War
  • the end of colonialism and the increase of nation building after World War II
  • Vietnam, the Space Race, the fall of Communism, the Middle East and global terrorism 
  • the information, technological and communications revolutions

SPECIAL DAY CLASS (SDC) US HISTORY - The coursework builds skills to students understand historical, geographic, political, economic and cultural topics. Material covered:

  • significant events in the founding of the nation and the U.S. Constitution with a review of major events in the growth of the United States before 1870. 
  • industrialization, immigration and expansion of the country.
  • the history of minorities and the growth of populist ideals in government.
  • the change of the U.S. to being a world power in the Pacific, the Spanish American War and World War I.
  • American inventors and inventions that change the world.
  • the political, social, economic and technological developments of the 1920’s
  • the way the Great Depression and New Deal changed federal government’s role
  • U.S. actions leading to and participation in World War II
  • Post-World War II America and the cultural changes in the 1950’s and 1960’s
  • the Cold War
  • the Civil Rights Movement
  • social problems and domestic policy issues in contemporary American society
  • the American political system 1980 to present
  • Terrorism, the War on Terror
  • the United States in the 21st Century

SPECIAL DAY CLASS (SDC) ENGLISH LITERATURE - Students are encouraged to listen actively to spoken English in a range of social and academic contexts. Students will:

  • read, analyze, interpret, and create a variety of literary and informational text types 
  • develop an understanding of how content is organized in different text types 
  • learn that different languages and variations of English exist and recognize their home languages and cultures as resources to value
  • develop an understanding of how content is organized in different text types and across disciplines using text structure, language features, and vocabulary, depending on purpose and audience

The SFUSD recommends 10th grade students read about different adolescent experiences including: loss of innocence, initiation into adulthood, and self-discovery, as an exercise in reflecting on the cultural mosaic that constitutes America's diverse population.