Pleasant Grove High School Academy / Pathway Programs
Agriculture Pathway (FFA) — The Pleasant Grove High School Agriculture Pathway offers students the opportunity to complete a comprehensive four-year program to prepare them for continued college education, as well as training for future careers in a variety of fields. A ”learn by doing” approach is used that combines the traditional classroom with an outdoor laboratory, plus community and leadership based activities. The Agricultural Education program integrates three core areas:
- Classroom/Laboratory Instruction – contextual learning within interactive classes that are inquiry-based.
- FFA: development of premier leadership, personal growth and career success for all students.
- Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs (SAEP): work based learning experience in a “real-life” setting through a project-related to agriculture.
The above model produces well-rounded individuals who are prepared to be leaders in agriculture, business and industry.
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Digital Media Academy (DMA) — The mission of the Digital Media Academy is to produce industry-ready students who will use digital media to persuade, entertain, and inform. Students will become digital media artisans who communicate and collaborate to solve problems and to increase their awareness of themselves and the world around them. The academy’s rigorous and relevant curriculum allows students to integrate elements from multiple content areas and to explore the ways digital media enhances and enriches their education. Ultimately, students will have developed skills specific to the arts, media, and entertainment industry to successfully enter the workforce or a post-secondary program upon graduation.
Students work with high-end technology in a hands-on, fully functional television studio, use industry-standard editing software, and have the opportunity to experience how the profession works. Students have the choice of going in depth into either the art and craft of animation or digital media production. Students will receive a high quality education in the digital media fields as well as developing the highly transferable skills of communication, collaboration and problem-solving. Students leave DMA prepared for both college and career. Articulated post-secondary credits are available.
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Innovative Design and Engineering Academy (IDEA) — The Innovative Design and Engineering Academy (IDEA) is a technology-driven program with an engineering academic pathway. IDEA students learn the fundamentals of both architectural and mechanical CADD, experience a hands-on engineering lab and create animated 3D (3-dimensional) models. Academy students also share the same core classes of English, Social Studies, Math and Science. This allows students to use their technology skills and knowledge towards mastering the standards in both these subjects. Students also complete projects that bridge these classes as well as their Career Technology class.
BioMedical Academy — The Biomedical Academy challenges students to take on the same problems as biomedical science professionals, such as teaching healthy lifestyle choices, designing prosthesis and using DNA gel electrophoresis to solve a crime. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. In this small learning community, students have opportunities for leadership and enhancing soft skills in an academically rigorous environment.
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Pleasant Grove High School Academy / Pathway News
Pleasant Grove High School held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 to celebrate the opening of two classrooms for their Biomedical Academy. With the goal of increasing student achievement through small learning environments, career exploration and...
Challenge Based Learning (CBL) is an approach used to teach students real-work skills through real-world, hands-on curriculum. This year, three Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in the Elk Grove Unified School District utilized CBL with their students....
A few Pleasant Grove High School students in the IDEA Academy built a custom cat ramp for the Sacramento SPCA. Well done for making an impact, one paw at a time! Click here to view the...
Board of Trustees Recognizes 50 Top-Quality Career Technical Education in Elk Grove Unified School District Programs
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...
Talk about an amazing hands-on learning opportunity! 150 students from Cosumnes Oaks, Elk Grove, Florin, Franklin, Monterey Trail, Pleasant Grove and Sheldon high school attended Sacramento City College (SCC) on Thursday, February 1, 2018 for the college’s second...
Are California’s utilities ready for their customers to charge electric vehicles (EV) in their homes? It's a question that Pleasant Grove High School's IDEA Academy students will answer during their spring presentation to SMUD. During the event, students asked...
Pleasant Grove High School (PGHS) is pleased to announce that the new Biomedical Academy (BA) is a first-time recipient of a $35,000 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), funded through Bayer AG, the large German pharmaceutical company. Beginning in 2017-2018, PGHS...
Sacramento’s new Farm-to-Fork Capital slogan may be a marketing moniker across the region. However, California farmers have long believed in providing consumers with healthy foods. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Golden State has...