For Students & Families
Linked Learning is transforming secondary education into a relevant and engaging experience, exposing students to previously unimagined college and career opportunities.
Bringing together college-prep academics, technical education, work-based learning, and support services, Linked Learning helps prepare students for success in college, career and life.
Goals for Oakland
- By 2020, 100% of 10th graders will have a pathways goal
- By 2020, 80% of high school students will be enrolled in a pathway
- By 2020, 85% will be the cohort graduation rate across the City
What is a Pathway?
A career pathway is a career-themed program available at a high school. An academy is another term used at individual schools to describe career pathways.
OUSD Pathways consist of a group of students who experience industry-themed curricula. This curricula integrates career and technical education courses, core academic courses, work-based learning opportunities, and student support services.
OUSD Pathways are supported by a team of teachers across subject areas and grade levels who collaborate regularly to help students learn. By blending theoretical knowledge with real-world application, OUSD Pathways result in personalized educational experiences that inspire students and prepare them for college, career and community.
How to enroll in a pathway
- Usually during the winter of 9th grade, students get opportunities to learn about pathway offerings at their school and make selections
- Pathway placements are announced in the early spring
- Students select the courses they want during the spring
Oakland Unified School District has 19 high schools and each high school offers an exciting variety of pathways. Pathways are open to ALL students within the OUSD. Students get to choose a high school pathway based on a career field that interests them—healthcare, engineering, performing arts and law, just to name a few.
In Linked Learning, students take the core academic subjects with career-focused electives. Teachers weave classes together through the career theme students are interested in. For example, you’re not taking math for the sake of memorizing formulas, but you use those lessons to design a bridge or construct a stage. Or in English, you not only learn to write about great literature, but you learn to write a closing argument for court. In addition to professional learning in the classroom, you’ll get exposure to the real-world through job shadowing, apprenticeships, and internships before you even leave high school!
Linked Learning education will help you decide what you want to do after high school. Plus Linked Learning students are more likely to be on track for graduation, and to qualify for admission to a four-year university. You will be better prepared for challenges you will face both in college and your career, and you will have the skills and knowledge you need to seize opportunities that come your way.
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