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Open House Dates!

To learn more about a specific school, or the pathways and programs at a specific school, you can also attend the following Open House Events:

DPHS: December 8
SBHS: December 14
SMHS: December 9

All Open House sessions begin at 6:00 p.m. They are designed specifically to welcome and inform students and parents of incoming 9th graders, and new to the area or transfer students. Open Houses provide details regarding the course selection process; the transfer window, and introductions to school programs and staff. For more information about specific school sessions and zoom links for the webinars, please visit the school websites.


School Transfers Now Available!

Interested in a pathway, academy, or program of choice that is not available at your zoned home school? Submit an intra-district transfer request application for 2021-2022. The deadline to apply is January 29, 2021.

Intra-District Transfer webpage


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 2021-2022. Families are encouraged to connect with those schools and academy leads for more details about their application.

Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy
SMHS AAPLE Academy
SMHS Health Careers Academy
PEAC
AVID

 

What is Showcase Today . . .

The Santa Barbara Unified Programs of Choice Showcase is a virtual experience where our students, families, and community can explore interactive web-pages displaying specialized learning opportunities for our students in our high schools. The Showcase includes our Career and Technical Education Pathways, our Academies, and other programs of choice like PEAC and AVID, and International Baccalaureate. For each program, you will see videos and quotes from current teachers, and past and current students. You will learn about the skills students will acquire when they participate in each pathway as well as the work-based learning opportunities they will experience. The courses for each pathway are also listed, and information is provided about how each course can earn students a-g credit, and sometimes dual enrollment credit.

We hope that this Virtual Experience encourages students to think about their future and get excited for their transition to high school. This website and all of the connected pages will remain posted for the remainder of the academic year as a resource for students, families, counselors, and teachers.

What was Showcase . . .

The Santa Barbara Unified School District High School Showcase is a special event that takes place every November. Held at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, the Showcase provides an opportunity for Career and Technical Education programs, Visual and Performing Arts, PEAVC/AVID, Middle College, and other elective offerings to ‘showcase’ what they do. Each high school puts together booths and exhibits for their programs, and high school students build and host the exhibits. All eighth grade students in the SBUSD (approximately 1500) are brought to the Earl Warren Showgrounds by bus, so they can move around the exhibit hall, learn about the programs they could participate in during high school, and connect with older students who can tell them about their experiences and invite them to learn more. In the evening, the Showcase opens up to parents and the public, and attendance at the event has typically been over 2,000 guests. The Showcase is strategically held in November so that when the course selection process begins in December, all students have had some experience to reflect on when they choose their classes and their high school.

 

 

CTE Pathway

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.


CTE Pathway
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


CTE Pathway
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


College Readiness
Programs of Choice

College Readiness Programs of Choice pathways prepare students for college and careers, but are not directly linked to a specific industry sector. College Readiness Programs of Choice may be between 3-4 years and include strategies and supports for students to transition to a four-year college after high school. SB Unified Programs of Choice are:

  • DPHS International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

  • SMHS AAPLE Academy

  • PEAC

  • AVID