Santa Monica High School Career Technical Education Pathways
Relevant. Real-world. Rigorous. Career Technical Education (CTE) helps students gain valuable academic and technical skills for postsecondary institutions and high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers across a wide range of industry sectors. Nationwide, students are experiencing high-engagement and are graduating college and career-ready through a variety of sequential career-related courses called pathways.
Nestled in the heart of Silicon Beach and surrounded by the entertainment industry, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has CTE pathways designed to prepare students for local industry. Specifically, Santa Monica High School offers six pathways in Arts, Media, & Entertainment (AME), Engineering, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) and Transportation.
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Samohi Academies integrate multiple courses (e.g.: a CTE course, a content area course and an applied English course) giving students a dynamic project-based capstone experience. Currently, Samohi offers the Engineering Academy where students take Engineering Design and Development, Applications of Physics in Engineering, and English 12 for Engineering. Future academies are in development and will launch in subsequent school years.Academies offer students a chance to participate in CTE while integrating a content area course and an applied English course - it's a 3 for 1 opportunity for students!