Career and Technical Education
Applications for Academies and Programs of Choice
The following academies and programs of choice have an application process for 8th grade students transitioning to 9th grade in 2022-2023. Families are encouraged to connect with those schools and academy leads for more details about their application.
- Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy
Emily Shaeer - firstname.lastname@example.org
- SMHS Health Careers Academy
Marcene Tate - email@example.com
- SMHS AAPLE Academy
Erik Nielsen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Gaby Cabrera - email@example.com
Gaby Cabrera -firstname.lastname@example.org
SB Unified currently offers 17 career technical education pathways within 8 industry sectors. There are CTE Programs in our three comprehensive high schools (Dos Pueblos High School, San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara High School) and at three of our junior high schools (Goleta Valley Junior High School, LaCumbre Junior High School, Santa Barbara Junior High School). SBUSD CTE also includes two California Partnership Academies; the Multi-media Art and Design Academy (MAD) and the Visual Art and Design Academy (VADA), both at Santa Barbara High School. Santa Barbara High School hosts the Computer Science Academy; San Marcos High School hosts the Health Careers Academy, and Dos Pueblos High School hosts the DP Engineering Academy, and there are additional pathways at each school site as well.
How to connect with Santa Barbara Unified School District CTE Staff:
- Julissa Garcia, College and Career Readiness Coordinator, email@example.com or (805) 963-4338 x6259
Career and Technical Education Showcase
Career and Technical Education in Santa Barbara Unified
The state of California considers completing a Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway to be of equal importance to earning UC a-g completion when identifying students as college and career ready.
CTE Pathways are 2-3 years of single industry-based classes that apply academia and career skills training for a rich student experience of project-based coursework. Students who complete CTE pathway coursework are designated as CTE Pathway Completers.
Students choose their other academic courses.
All SB Unified CTE classes also earn students UC a-g credit.
Some SB Unified CTE classes also earn students college credit through our dual enrollment partnership with SBCC
Students are encouraged to complete pathways, but can finish just one year’s coursework, and explore other programs, if they wish.
(CTE Pathways include Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities and experiences, such as guest speakers, mock interviews, field trips, job shadowing, and internships.
Some of our Academy Programs are also CTE Pathways.
Programs of Choice
CTE Pathway Programs of Choice are 3-4 year programs that include a CTE pathway and also provide additional leadership, supports, and extra-curricular activities for students. There are two types of CTE Pathway Programs of Choice in Santa Barbara Unified: Programs of Choice Academies and California Partnership Academies.
Programs of Choice Academies are 3-4 year programs that include a CTE pathway. They include:
The opportunity for students to choose their academic courses.
Courses that earn students UC a-g credit, some provide Honors/AP credit, some provide college credit through our dual enrollment partnership with SBCC.
Strong student leadership organizations
Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities and experiences, including guest speakers, mock interviews, field trips, job shadowing, mentorships, and internships.
Programs of Choice Academies are:
DPHS Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy
SBHS Computer Science Academy
SMHS Entrepreneurship Academy
SMHS Health Careers Academy
CA Partnership Academies
California Partnership Academies are 3-4 year programs that include a CTE pathway and a prescribed program of academic courses. The model is best described as a ‘school within a school’, resulting in small learning communities and specifically designed for students at risk of not completing high school.
The academic and elective courses focus on a single industry sector, and provide students with interdisciplinary curriculum and project based learning.
Students are grouped together for 3-4 periods a day within the academy, and remain in this sequence until graduation.
All courses earn students UC a-g credit; some provide Honors/AP credit, some provide college credit through our dual enrollment partnership with SBCC
California Partnership Academies include Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities and experiences, including guest speakers, mock interviews, field trips, job shadowing, mentorships, and internships.
SB Unified California Partnership Academies are:
SBHS Multimedia Art and Design Academy
SBHS Visual Art and Design Academy
Creativity and appreciation for the arts are important for all students to have a well-rounded education that exposes them to new ideas and perspectives. Arts education boosts school attendance, academic achievement, and college attendance rates; improves school climate; and promotes higher self-esteem and social-emotional development. Santa Barbara Unified is proud of the Art, Theater, Dance, Media Art, and Music Performance elective programs each of our high schools offer. All of the Visual and Performing Arts classes offered are approved for A-G credit. Students can take stand alone art courses, or a sequence of art courses to build their skills in a particular discipline.