Santa Barbara Unified School District

Course Pathways

College and Career Readiness Pathway

This structure represents the course sequence that students normally follow to complete this pathway. However, different student interests may mean that students follow somewhat different sequences to complete the pathway. Students should work with their counselors to determine the best routes for them to follow to achieve their personal educational goals.

If students are interested in taking advanced courses, such as Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and SBCC Dual Enrollment, they should indicate their interest either in Naviance or in discussions with their counselor. Counselors will work with students and parents throughout the course planning process to help ensure that students are placed in a course level aligned with individual student interests and goals.

 

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

English / Language Arts

40 credits of high school English/Language Arts are required for high school graduation.

Social Studies

30 credits of high school social studies are required for high school graduation.

Mathematics

30 credits of high school mathematics are required for high school graduation. Completion of Math I, Math II and/or Math III prior to grade 9 shall satisfy the requirements for those specific courses, but shall not exempt the student from the requirement to complete three mathematics courses in grades 9-12. Math Placement Information

Science

20 credits of high school science are required for high school graduation.

Additional Courses

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA)

10 credits of foreign language or visual or performing arts are required for high school graduation.

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Courses

Foreign Language

10 credits of foreign language or visual or performing arts are required for high school graduation.

Foreign Language Courses

Physical Education

20 credits of physical education are required for high school graduation.

Physical Education Courses

Health

5 credits of health are required for high school graduation.

Health Courses

Electives

45 credits of electives are required for high school graduation. Credits earned beyond the graduation requirements for other subjects will apply towards the elective credit requirement.

Electives Courses

Career Technical Education

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Because the demand for agricultural specialists through-out the state in both urban and rural areas is high, there are more job openings than there are qualified applicants. Within the Agriculture and Natural Resources pathways, workers in some of the fastest-growing and/or highest-wage occupations in California include agricultural marketing and sales personnel, agricultural engineers, laboratory and research technicians, animal reproduction specialists, environmental scientists, landscape and turf managers, and pest management specialists.

Agriscience Pathway

Arts, Media, and Entertainment

The Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry sector offers jobs that require a vast range of creative and technical knowledge and skills. Flexibility and adaptability to a rapidly changing professional landscape are key elements to an individual’s ultimate success in a career in arts, media, and entertainment. Consequently, most of the professions found in this sector require students to become familiar with information and skills across several different academic disciplines and career pathways as well as within their primary pathway.

Design, Visual, and Media Arts Pathway

Building and Construction Trades

A strong demand for workers continues in the Building Trades and Construction industry sector, and that demand increases as populations, businesses, and local economies expand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction is among the top ten of the nation’s industries. Nationally, more than one million construction jobs will be created over the next decade, with job categories ranging from laborers to engineers to contractors.

Mechanical Systems Installation and Repair Pathway Residential and Commercial Construction Pathway

Business and Finance

Students master basic business principles and procedures before proceeding to career path specializations. The specializations emphasize concepts of accounting and finance, including computer applications, taxes, investments, and asset management as well as pathways in international business and business management. Because almost every business and organization has a financial and management component, students will find that opportunities exist in many career paths in addition to those in business and finance.

Business Management Pathway

Education, Child Development, and Family Services

Education, Child Development, and Family Services is one of the fastest-growing industry sectors in the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, three of the ten fastest-growing segments of this industry sector are child care services; individual, family, community, and vocational rehabilitation services; and community and residential elder care services. Another career in this sector, teaching, will continue be one of California’s most vigorous areas of employment.

Child Development Pathway Education Pathway

Engineering and Architecture

The Engineering and Design industry sector provides a strong foundation in engineering and design for students in California. To prepare students for the vast scope of job opportunities in this field, middle schools, high schools, regional occupational centers and programs, apprenticeship programs, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities provide education and training in engineering-related occupations. The demand for engineers in a variety of specializations throughout the state and the nation will remain high.

Engineering Design Pathway Environmental Engineering Pathway

Health Science and Medical Technology

Health Science and Medical Technology continues to be one of the fastest-growing industry sectors in California, offering numerous opportunities and benefits. Of the more than 300 careers within this sector, about 41 percent require professional-level preparation; about 33 per-cent, technical-level preparation; and 26 percent, assistant-level preparation. The Health Science and Medical Technology pathways and careers offer options to match a variety of the aptitudes, interests, abilities, and academic achievement of students.

Healthcare Operational Support Pathway Patient Care Pathway

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

The Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation industry sector includes California’s fastest-growing industries: travel, recreation, and food and hospitality. Nearly 900,000 jobs are directly supported by the travel industry, making tourism the state’s third largest employer. The California restaurant industry is the largest employer in the state. Students choosing a career in this industry sector are eligible for positions throughout the world, with potential for advancement and ready availability of continuing employment.

Food Service and Hospitality Pathway

Information and Communication Technologies

Information Technology (IT) careers involve the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services. IT careers are available not only in the IT industry but also in every other sector of the economy. The IT sector contains some of the fastest-growing industries, such as software publishing, Internet publishing, service providers, Web search portals, and data-processing services.

Networking Pathway Software and Systems Development Pathway

Marketing, Sales, and Services

Marketing, the transfer of goods and services among businesses and consumers, affects the economy at every level. According to California occupational employment projections, retail trade will be the fastest-growing industry in the state. As businesses in America evolve to compete successfully in the global marketplace, a growing need exists for employees with business expertise and the ability to analyze and respond to emerging trends. This sector is designed to prepare learners for careers in planning, managing, and performing marketing activities.

Entrepreneurship/Self-Employment Pathway