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Multimedia Arts and Design (MAD) Academy

Santa Barbara High School
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The Multimedia Arts and Design (MAD) Academy prepares students for college and the workplace by providing both traditional and interdisciplinary project-based learning in the evolving field of media arts and technology. The Academy’s collaborative environment emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, meaningful community service and the development of leadership skills.

International Baccalaureate Program

Dos Pueblos High School
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The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Dos Pueblos High School is an internationally recognized college preparatory academic program designed to fulfill the aims of IB Mission statement: to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Engineering Academy

Dos Pueblos High School
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The Engineering Academy is a four-year program designed to give students a real-world, interdisciplinary, project-based approach to learning. The program strives to create a balance between theory and application, and gives students the opportunity to learn about physics, art, computer-aided design, and manufacturing.

Computer Science Academy

Santa Barbara High School
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The Computer Science Academy exposes students to computer science and computer-related careers through a series of engaging courses, extracurricular activities and outreach events so that graduates will have a core literacy in computer science that provides broad opportunities for pursuit of post-secondary education and as members of the 21st century workforce.

Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA)

Santa Barbara High School
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The Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) is a unique program that integrates college preparatory coursework with career-focused art and design instruction. Through a community of committed teachers and professional art mentors, VADA provides students a dynamic and relevant high school experience by using art and digital design as a catalyst to engage students in their academic studies.

Health Careers Academy

San Marcos High School
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The Health Careers Academy is a unique partnership between Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and the Regional Occupation Program. The academy provides students with hands-on experience to prepare them for skilled entry-level jobs in the health care industry or entrance into colleges, universities and/or technical schools.

Entrepreneurship Academy

San Marcos High School
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The Entrepreneurship Academy’s innovative curriculum equips the next generation of civic and business leaders with the tools to successfully develop their own business ideas. Students are engaged in a prescribed three-year course of study in entrepreneurship that expands their ability to spot opportunity, assess risks involved, and understand how to effectively start and operate a small business.

Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership and Enrichment

San Marcos High School
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The Accelerated Academic Program for Leadership and Enrichment (AAPLE) is focused on academic excellence, leadership, and service to the community. Students balance Honors, Advanced Placement, Santa Barbara City College, and, potentially, UCSB coursework while gaining a deeper understanding of organizational and civic leadership.