Academies and Programs
Academies are comprehensive and rigorous “schools within a school” centered on career fields. Students study with the same team of teachers and group of students from 10th to 12th grades in their English/Social Studies and academy lab courses. Sometimes courses include math and/or science, depending on the Academy of choice. Students can take advantage of internships and paid summer jobs in their fields.
Freshmen attend an academy fair in January where they learn about the programs of the various academies. Interested students then apply to an academy and are notified of their acceptance several weeks later, prior to registering for the next year’s classes.
One of the strengths of Oakland Tech is our academy system. In academies, students in grades 10-12 are given the ability to specialize in a particular field of interest. The application process for our academies begins in the second semester. All 9th grade students will be visited by a team of students in their English classes to learn about the process and then attend our Academy Fair (also through their English class)....Read more
The English Language Learners department has two components: the content areas of Mathematics, Sciences, and Social Sciences are taught by CLAD/BCLAD personnel using sheltered strategies and simplified language. The students are grouped by language fluency in these classes, but the curriculum and standards are the same as the mainstreamed students (course descriptions for these classes… Read more
The mission of the Paideia Program is to educate the whole child by teaching thinking and communication skills. To learn content without the ability to synthesize, analyze, create, and relate one’s findings to others through sophisticated verbal and written communication is to perform only part of one’s function as a scholar....Read more
The Performing Arts program at Oakland Tech offers a-g Arts Instruction in Music, Dance and Theatre Arts. Students may also take Dance as their P.E. credit. With focus on process, rehearsal and performance, the Performing Arts program offers training in a broad spectrum of historical and contemporary performance work. ...Read more
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