Specialized Programs

Biomedical Science Academy

The Gilroy High School Biomedical Sciences Academy is a sequence of four courses with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) proven hands-on, real world, problem–solving approach to learning. Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to bioinformatics, including mapping and analyzing DNA. Students must be concurrently enrolled in college prep math and science along with the PLTW courses.

Biomedical Science Academy

Gilroy High School is  home to  an advanced science pathway – The Biomedical Science Academy (BSA). The biomedical academy’s programs emphasize critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving. The hands-on learning engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they may not otherwise pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to post-secondary training and   career   success   in   STEM-related   fields.   The Biomedical Science Academy is a rigorous four year program, with a heavy emphasis in science and math, that includes courses from Project Lead The Way, a leading non-profit provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curricula in the United States.

STEM  education is  at  the  heart  of  the  today’s highly skilled tech and science -based global economy, and the Biomedical Sciences program was developed to give our students an opportunity to excel in a growing field. PLTW has created a powerful relationship with colleges and universities across the nation to provide the best opportunities for students who graduate with a certificate from the Biomedical Sciences program at GHS. As the BSA is in high demand, students interested in joining must complete an application in order to enroll in the academy. In addition, all BSA science and math classes MUST be completed at Gilroy High School and students MUST pass each semester with a C- or better in order to remain a part of the academy.

Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS)

College prep “D” or “G”

Prerequisites: 9th grade students concurrently enrolled in college prep science and math at GHS. In addition, Student must apply and be accepted to the BSA Academy.

Units: 10 Science Elective

This  course  provides  an  introduction  to  the  biomedical sciences through exciting "hands-on" projects and problems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bio-informatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart  disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease,  hypercholesterolemia,  and  infectious  diseases.  A theme through the course is to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After determining the factors responsible for the death, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person's life. Key biological concepts including: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. The course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses.

Biotechnology I

College Prep: “D” or “G”

Prerequisite:  10th Grade BSA Course.  A grade of C or better in both semesters of Biology and PBS and concurrent enrollment in college prep science and math at GHS

Units: 5 Units Vocational Education, 5 Units Science Elective

Credit or 10 units Science elective

Biotechnology I is a college preparatory and job-training course designed to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to pursue degrees and professions in the biotechnology field.   This course will be dynamic, challenging, engaging, and unlike other courses offered at GHS.   Students will not only have the opportunity to conduct investigations and utilize equipment used by professionals on a daily basis, but they will also gain insight into “cutting edge” science occurring in the Bay Area.  Upon completion of the first year elective, students will be able to enroll in Biotechnology 2 offered the following year, where they will apply and hone their knowledge and skills obtained in Biotechnology 1 in more complex and sophisticated experiments.  This 2 year sequence will produce students who will be sought after by many local businesses because of their knowledge, experience, and competitive edge.

Biotechnology II

College Prep: “D” or “G”

Prerequisite: 11th Grade BSA Course. A grade of C or better in both semesters of Biotechnology I and Chemistry and concurrent enrollment in college prep science and math at GHS

Units: 5 Units Vocational Education, 5 Units Science Elective

Credit or 10 units Science Elective

Biotechnology II is an advanced college preparatory and job- training   course.    As   a   continuation  of   biotechnology, students will apply their knowledge of standard lab operating procedures and unique techniques used in biotechnology as they conduct experiments focusing on some of the main domains of biotechnology.  This includes, but is not limited to, agricultural biotechnology, pharmaceuticals/biomedical, bioinformatics, diagnostic biotechnology, environmental and conservation biotechnology, and forensics.

Human Body Systems

College Prep: “D” or “G”

Prerequisite: 12th Grade BSA Course. A grade of C or better, both semesters of Biotechnology II and    Physics and concurrent  enrollment  in  college  preparatory  science  and math  courses  at  GHS.  Must  be  enrolled  in  Biomedical Science Academy.

Units: 10 Science elective

The human body is a complex system requiring care and maintenance. This course will engage students in the study of basic human physiology, especially in relationship to human health. Students will use a variety of monitors to examine body systems (respiratory, circulatory, and nervous) at rest and under stress, and observe the interactions between the various body systems.


Career Technical Information

Career  Technical  Education  is   offered  through  single courses  as  well  as  through  comprehensive  programs  of study. GHS offers the following CTE pathways: Health Science & Medical Technology (Sports Medicine & Biotechnology), Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary Arts I and II), Agriculture & Natural Resources (Ag Biology, Horticulture, Veterinary Science, Small Engines), Arts, Media& Entertainment (Digital Animation, Advanced Photography), Building Trades & Construction (Woodshop, Advanced Woods), Fashion & Interior Design (Fashion Design I and II), Marketing, Sales & Service (Marketing), Public Services (Law Enforcement), and Transportation (Autos, Advanced Autos Small Engines).

Dual Immersion Program

Dual immersion is dual language education in which native English speakers and native Spanish speakers are integrated for academic content instruction through both English and Spanish. Instruction is at least 50% in English. Students begin in the primary grades and extend through grade 12. The Dual Immersion Programs strives to promote bilingualism and bi- literacy,  grade-level  academic  achievement,  and  positive cross-cultural  attitudes  and  behaviors  in  all  students. Currently, GHS offers DI in: Global History, World History, Biology and Biotechnology. Exiting Dual Immersion must be recommended by previous DI teacher (and/or Spanish for Spanish Speakers teacher).  Exiting DI students must also continue to demonstrate proficiency in English Language Arts, as determined by CST and/or  English  teacher recommendation.

Non-DI students that wish to enroll in this course must receive a 4 or 5 on the Woodcock-Munoz Spanish test, or be recommended by a Spanish for Spanish  Speakers teacher, as well  as  having  demonstrated  proficiency  in English  on District Benchmark Assessments.

Independent Studies

The Independent Studies program offers students who have special circumstances the opportunity to take independent study courses on the Gilroy High School campus. These courses are in place of the regular high school classes. Enrollment in Independent Studies is based on need and must be approved by the Principal and application submitted by the students’ Academic Coordinator.

* Courses are non-college preparatory

Migrant Program

The Migrant Program supports migratory children and helps to ensure that migratory children who move among the states are not penalized in any manner by disparities among states in curriculum,   graduation   requirements,   or   state   academic content and student academic achievement standards.   The Migrant Program also ensures that migratory children not only are provided with appropriate education services (including supportive services) that address their special needs but also that such children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state and academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet. 

Newcomer Program

The Newcomer program is an intensive program of instruction for newly arrived immigrant students at the Beginning level of English Language Development. Students receive instruction in the following areas:  ELD, Math, Social Studies and Civics. Students may request a 5th year to complete high school graduation requirements.

Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by Gilroy Unified School District.  California Assembly Bill 815 established the State Seal of Biliteracy to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, writing in one or more languages in addition to English.   The State Seal of Biliteracy is awarded by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Goals:  In  awarding  the  Seal  of  Biliteracy  to  graduating seniors who met the requirements, Gilroy Unified School District seeks to:   * Encourage students to develop and maintain biliteracy and multilingual skills; * Prepare students to enter into the global era and be able to communicate across national borders and languages; * Promote the development of language and cultural appreciation and cross-cultural understanding; * Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills.

Eligibility: The Seal will be awarded to graduating seniors from Gilroy Unified School District who have mastered academic English and any other language.  Students wishing to receive the Seal of Biliteracy must submit an application form to their home district and meet the following requirements.   1) Complete all high school graduation requirements. 2) An overall 2.0 grade point average in all English Language Arts courses.   3) Demonstrate proficiency in English assessment TBD 4) Demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages other than English (includes American Sign Language) through one of the four options.

How to Apply: If you meet the requirements, or think you will when the AP scores are released, pick up a State Seal of Biliteracy application from your high school counselor/Academic Coordinator or go online to the Gilroy Unified  School  District  web  site  under  Departments- Secondary Education.

Language Proficiency Options:

A.   Pass a foreign language Advanced Placement examination with a score of 3 or higher or an International Baccalaureate examination with a score of 4 or higher. Or

B.  Complete a four-year high school course of study in a foreign language and attain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in that course of study. Or

C.   Pass  the  SAT  II  foreign language examination with  a score of 600 or higher. Or

D.  Pass an approved language exam from an authorized educational or governmental agency.

Achieve Early Advanced Proficiency level on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT), which may be administered an additional time, as necessary.

Special Education

The Gilroy Unified School District offers a wide range of special education programs and related services. “Special Education” consists of (1) specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs whose educational needs cannot be met with modification of the regular instruction program and (2) related services that may be needed to assist these individuals to benefit from specially designed instruction. Eligible students, who have learning, communication, physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities are provided programs and services as determined by their individualized education programs (IEP).