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Recognition Highlights Academies and Pathways Meeting Highest Quality


ELK GROVE, Calif. – March 22, 2018 – The Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees recognized 50 Career Technical Education (CTE) academies and pathways that demonstrated progress in quality improvement. In addition, the 12 highest performing , CTE academies received district certification and many accolades during the District’s February 20, 2018 Board Meeting.

In order to assure that its CTE academies and pathways provide a high level of service to students, EGUSD works with teacher leaders, counselors and site administrators in a continuous quality monitoring process that includes self-assessment and action planning and can lead to certification. By demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement, CTE programs remain eligible to receive supplemental resources, funding and professional development in order to support academies and pathways in achieving their goals.

Academies and pathways at nine comprehensive sites and two alternative sites participated in the continuous improvement process. Twelve of the academies (representing 23 pathways) met the criteria for certification at the Platinum or Gold levels. Forty-nine academies and pathways performed at the candidate (Silver) or foundational (Bronze) levels.

In collaboration with an instructional coach, academy and pathway teams self-evaluated their performance against the Seven Essential Elements of a High Quality Pathway, a rubric developed by ConnectEd in collaboration with practitioners from throughout California. The elements align with other quality indicators, including the CTE federal compliance monitoring tool and the California Department of Education’s 11 Elements of High Quality Pathways. The rubric includes 24 total criteria in the following elements:

  • Student Outcomes-Driven Practice
  • Equity, Access and Achievement
  • Program of Study
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Personalized Student Support
  • Pathway Leadership and Partnerships

For each of the 24 criteria, academy and pathway teams rank their performance at one of four levels:

  • Beginning and Emerging
  • Developing and Approaching
  • Meeting and Advancing
  • Excelling and Sustaining

For the highest levels of certification the evaluation process concludes with a site visitation by a team from the District Office that includes classroom observations and conversations with teachers, counselors, site administrators, students, parents, and business partners. The visiting team validates the results of the self-study and offers suggestions for continued growth.

The Board certified the following academies that rank at the Platinum and Gold levels:

  • Ag Tech Academy, Florin High School
  • Biotech Academy, Sheldon High School
  • Culinary Arts Academy, Cosumnes Oaks High School
  • Design and Technology Academy, Monterey Trail High School
  • Digital Media Academy, Pleasant Grove High School
  • Green Energy Technology Academy, Laguna Creek High School
  • Innovative Design Engineering Academy, Pleasant Grove High School
  • Law and the World Academy, Florin High School
  • Manufacturing Production Technology Academy, Laguna Creek High School
  • Sports Careers Academy, Laguna Creek High School
  • Sustainable Agriculture & Green Education, Elk Grove High School
  • Technology and Digital Arts Academy, Elk Grove High School

In addition, the Board recognized the following academies/pathways with the following ranking:

Silver Level:

  • Digital Communication Arts, Cosumnes Oaks High School
  • Architecture Design Engineering, Cosumnes Oaks High School
  • Medical Careers, Cosumnes Oaks High School
  • Software and Systems Development, Cosumnes Oaks High School
  • Childhood Education, William Daylor High School
  • Construction Trades, William Daylor High School
  • Automotive Technology, Elk Grove High School
  • Culinary Arts, Elk Grove High School
  • Culinary Arts, Florin High School
  • Aeronautical Engineering (Project Lead the Way), Florin High School
  • Design Arts, Franklin High School
  • Green Renewable Energy Engineering Network, Franklin High School
  • School of Technology Engineering and Media, Franklin High School
  • Animation Pathway, Monterey Trail High School
  • Fashion Design and Merchandising Pathway, Monterey Trail High School
  • Agriculture Pathway, Pleasant Grove High School
  • Biomedical (Project Lead the Way), Pleasant Grove High School
  • Agriculture Pathway, Sheldon High School
  • ARTSwork, Sheldon High School
  • Building Trades, Sheldon High School
  • Engineering Design, Sheldon High School
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sheldon High School
  • Fire and Emergency Services, Valley High School
  • HealthTECH Academy, Valley High School
  • Manufacturing Engineering (Project Lead the Way), Valley High School

Bronze Level:

  • Broadcast Journalism, Cosumnes Oaks High School
  • Careers in Education, Elk Grove High School
  • Automotive Technology, Florin High School
  • Information Technology Academy, Florin High School
  • Animation, Franklin High School
  • Fashion Design & Merchandising, Laguna Creek High School
  • Sports, Music and Entertainment Marketing, Monterey Trail High School
  • Production & Managerial Arts, Rio Cazadero High School
  • Phlebotomy Technician, Rio Cazadero High School
  • Software and Systems Development, Sheldon High School
  • Allied Health – EKG, Valley High School
  • Allied Health – Medical Assisting, Valley High School
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Valley High School


February 20, 2018 Board Meeting Recognition 

CTE Academy/Pathway Recognition Presentation


About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.

For more information about the Elk Grove Unified School District, please visit www.egusd.net and follow us @ElkGroveUnified on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and Eventbrite.

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