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Pathways/Academies

Pathways/Academies

The Academy Model

The Partnership Academy Model is a three-year program, grades 10-12, structured as a school-within-a-school. There are currently over 500 funded programs throughout California. The model, originating with the Philadelphia Academies in the late 1960s, spread to California in the early 1980s. Academies incorporate many features of the high school reform movement that includes creating a close family-like atmosphere, integrating academic and career technical education, and establishing viable business partnerships. Emphasis is also placed on student achievement and positive post secondary outcomes. Academies have been carefully evaluated and shown to have positive impacts on school performance. Key components of the Academy model are:

  • Curriculum focused on a career theme and coordinated with related academic classes;
  • A voluntary student selection process that identifies interested ninth graders;
  • A team of teachers who work together to plan and implement the program;
  • A variety of motivational activities with private sector involvement to encourage academic and occupational preparation such as a mentor and internship program, enhanced curriculum, classroom speakers, field trips, and post secondary options.

The Pathway Model

The pathway model is very similar to the Academy Model, but offers a little more flexibility in terms of core class choices. The model is usually a four-year program, grades 9-12, structured as a school-within-a-school. Students take a series of elective classes along a specific path or career focus.  Pathways also incorporate many features such as creating a close family-like atmosphere, integrating academic and career technical education, and establishing viable business partnerships. Key components of the pathway model are:

  • Curriculum focused on a career theme and coordinated with related academic classes;
  • A voluntary student selection process that identifies interested eighth graders;
  • A team of teachers who work together to plan and implement the program;
  • A variety of motivational activities with private sector involvement to encourage academic and occupational preparation such as a mentor and internship program, enhanced curriculum, classroom speakers, field trips, and post secondary options.
  • Students can take college prep, pre-advanced placement, or advanced placement courses.

Johansen offers three academies, and two pathways.

Academies

Agriculture Academy (AG)

The Agriculture Academy promotes the integration of academics and a career focus in three career pathways - Agriculture Mechanics, Animal Science, and Plant Science. Students in the Agriculture Academy can participate in FFA activities that promote premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. Freshmen may enroll in Integrated Ag Science 1-2 and, at the end of their freshman year, choose a career pathway: Ag Mechanics, Animal Science or Floral Design/Plant Science for their elective. The two-year sequence of Integrated Ag Science 1-2 and 3-4 meets the physical science and biological science graduation requirements.

Education and Human Development Academy (EHDA)

In the Education and Human Development Academy (EHDA), college credits, job shadowing, internships, field trips, great speakers, and integrated curriculum are just a few of the benefits available to all students enrolled in the Education and Human Development Academy at Johansen High School. Students interested in the career fields of education, children, or any people-to-people professions are encouraged to enroll in the academy during their sophomore year. Receiving a head start on their college career, learning technology skills and participating in hands-on learning are made possible by a team of dedicated teachers in the disciplines of Social Science, English, Science and Child Development.

Industrial Technology Engineering Academy (ITEA)

The Industrial Technology and Engineering Academy (ITEA) prepares students for life and for a worthwhile, high-paying career in a technological world. The Industrial Technology and Engineering Academy includes a secondary through university-level career pathway in the following areas: communications, manufacturing, construction, energy/power and transportation. Students who complete a sequence of strong integrated academic courses, industrial and technology courses, job shadowing, internships and work experience will be realistically prepared for a meaningful and productive career.

Pathways

Digital Arts & Technology Advancement (DATA) pathway

In the Digital Arts & Technology Advancement pathway (DATA) students learn cutting-edge media and technology and apply what they learn on cross-curricular projects in their core classes, preparing them for 21st-century careers and post-secondary studies. Students have two paths of study they can pursue: Digital Media Broadcasting, which is a series of multimedia courses with an emphasis on video and television production; and Digital Media Arts and Game Arts, which is a series of digital arts, design, and programming courses centered around pursuing a career in computer science/video game design. Technology is woven into the fabric of study throughout the student's high school experience.

Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA) pathway

In the Visual And Performing Arts pathway (VAPA), the arts are alive and well at Johansen. Students now have the opportunity to join Johansen's dynamic VAPA Pathway and have access to award winning programs in all disciplines of the visual and performing arts including: Art, AP Music Theory, AP Studio Art, Band, Beginning and Advanced Ceramics, Beginning and Intermediate Choirs, Commercial and Graphic Art, Beginning and Advanced Drama, Guitar, Jazz Band, Marching Band & Color Guard, Orchestra, Photography, Piano, and Viking Singers - a select, advanced vocal ensemble. Students in VAPA are able to take the most rigorous course of academic classes combined with four years in the arts meeting graduation and college acceptance requirements.

For more information on one of our academies or pathways, please select their link from the menu on the left.