Special Programs Enhance Education
Agoura High School
Awarded a Silver ranking by the 2017 U.S. News and World Report list of Best High Schools, Agoura High School strives to develop “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring Chargers who are active citizens engaged in 21st century learning.”
A California Distinguished School and IB World School, Agoura High School boasts an active student government, 50+ clubs, vibrant performing arts and award-winning instrumental music programs, student publications and competitive interscholastic sports leagues.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
Agoura High School’s IB curriculum is a rigorous, college-prep program for highly motivated students. The liberal arts and sciences courses are geared to stimulate thought and creativity and enhance students’ international perspective. Students may pursue the prestigious full IB Diploma or take IB courses individually. IB classes follow a curriculum mandated by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in Cardiff, Wales, and include papers, projects, portfolios and other assignments. Students can earn college credit for scoring well on IB exams, held annually in May.
College Technical Education
CTE classes offer students a chance to gain hands-on experience in various career fields, such as Architectural Drawing, Auto Technology, Business & Entrepreneurship, Careers in Education, Child Care Occupations, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design & Merchandising, Film & Video Production, Microsoft Office Certification, Retail Sales, Sports Medicine, Technical Theater, Theatre III (Prof. Actor), Web Design and Wood Shop. During the program, students learn job skills at actual job sites or in simulated work environments.
Newbury Park High School
With an emphasis on “Nobility, Potential, Humanity and Scholarship,” Newbury Park High School strives to produce “critical thinkers, effective communicators, knowledgeable problem solvers and active community members.”
Recognized as a California Distinguished School and NCLB Blue Ribbon School, NPHS boasts the region’s oldest and largest International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement courses, award-winning student publications, music, performing arts and academic programs, and more than 70 clubs. Each year, approximately 95% of NPHS graduates enter colleges and universities throughout the world.
Digital Arts and Technology Academy
DATA is a college-prep school-within-a-school, with a focus on career experience, technology and higher education. The unique program offers a smaller learning community within NPHS’s population of 2,600 students. Starting in the 10th grade, DATA students take their core classes together through senior year, fostering relationships with peers and teachers. DATA teachers meet regularly to discuss strategies for meeting student needs, and DATA students have unique opportunities, including educational fieldtrips, guest speaker presentations, college visits, job shadowing, career mentorship and internships. Courses include Computer Programming, Web Design and Mass Media.
The IB Diploma Program is a rigorous pre-university course of study for highly motivated juniors and seniors. Courses include multiple languages, a social science, an experimental science, mathematics and an elective. The prestigious IB program offers college credit for students scoring 5 or higher on a 7-point scale on IB exams.
The Majors Program
Students explore careers and develop related knowledge and skills. Programs include Arts, Media, and Entertainment; Building and Construction Trades; Food Service and Hospitality; Information and Communication Technologies; Liberal Arts & Human Services; and Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). Students complete 30 hours as an intern, volunteer or employee and receive career training, including interviewing skills, job shadowing, resume preparation and academic and post-secondary planning support.
Thousand Oaks High School
A California Gold Ribbon School, Thousand Oaks High School aims to provide a “safe and nurturing environment” in which to “impart the knowledge that will empower each student to be a successful, healthy adult and a responsible, contributing member of society.” TOHS offers College Preparatory/Honors/Advanced Placement courses designed to challenge students to meet their highest potential, along with award-winning programs in athletics, yearbook and newspaper production, choir, band, drum line, color guard, Academic Decathlon, Mock Trial, dance and performing arts.
The Center for Advanced Studies and Research
Gifted and high-achieving students have the opportunity to conduct and present authentic research while engaged in college-level courses designed to develop and enrich their skillset and inspire a higher level of passion and knowledge. The program aims to inspire students to learn and grow as individuals and as part of the broader community. By completing the course of study and the program requirements, students can graduate with distinction, earning the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma.TOHS is a model school for the new and innovative College Board-approved AP Capstone Program, which includes AP Seminar and AP Research.
EThOS Entrepreneurship Academy
Designed for entrepreneurial-minded students, EThOS provides a unique opportunity to learn business and leadership skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. Students take college-prep courses, as well as electives, with a focus on project-based learning and business models. The program includes opportunities for job shadowing, mentorships, conferences and fieldtrips. Led by progressive and innovative faculty, EThOS students use MacBooks, Chromebooks, Skype, voice thread, iMovie and the latest technology throughout the curriculum, which includes participation in special programs, such as Finance Park, Connecting to Success, and Money and Me, behind the scenes tours of Los Robles Hospital and the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce and a leadership program at Disneyland.
Westlake High School
A National Blue Ribbon and California Gold Ribbon school, Westlake High School aims to “Provide a coeducation in a safe and positive learning environment; prepare students to function academically, vocationally, culturally and socially as responsible citizens; encourage personal integrity, pride and the life-long pursuit of knowledge and well-being; prepare students to make a meaningful contribution to an ever-changing society.” Ranked No. 1 in Ventura County and 29th in the state, WHS offers a full range of programs in academics, fine and performing arts, athletics and clubs. More than 90% of WHS graduating seniors attend college or university.
Westlake Information Technology Academy
The Academy Program is a California Partnership Academy combining high quality academic instruction with work-based learning experiences and a focus on preparation for post-secondary and career opportunities in Information Technology and Multimedia. The unique “school within a school” offers a more specialized and personalized high school experience for 10th-12th grade students. A team of innovative instructors teach an integrated curriculum that includes core academic college-prep courses, as well as Game Design, Computer Graphics and Digital Media.
Career Technical Education Pathway Program
The CTE program focuses on career and college readiness in a variety of industries, including Biotechnology & Research, Health Services, and Video Game Development. Students gain real world experience and develop job skills linked to specific post-secondary programs that lead to certification and/or a college degree. Students also participate in Essential Career Connections, such as field trips, networking, job shadowing, competitions, special projects, resume building, interview practice, mentorships and internships in addition to completing a core academic curriculum.
Job Shadow Program
Students in Grades 10-12 gain industry-specific knowledge and job skills through the job shadowing program. The annual Career Speakers Day at Moorpark College features presentations and hands-on demonstrations by professionals in 20+ career fields.
Oak Park High School
A California Distinguished School, Gold Ribbon School and National Blue Ribbon School, Oak Park High School was also named an Honor Roll School—and this year received accolades as a Green Ribbon School for their creative environmental education strategies.
With the mission to “ensure a high-quality educational experience, which will develop the intellectual, personal, social and cultural foundation of all students and instill in them a desire to achieve excellence,” OPHS offers a rigorous, college-prep curriculum, thriving arts and athletics programs and an engaged community.
Career Technical Education Pathways
CTE courses equip students with job skills and industry-specific knowledge in a variety of career pathways, including Architectural Design, Game Design/Programming, Engineering & Design, Production & Managerial Arts, Robotics, Software & Systems Development, Visual & Media Arts and Web Design. The curriculum includes academic and technical skills, knowledge and training to educate students about career choices and prepare them to succeed.
As the only district in the United States to receive the 2018 Best of Green Schools School System Award, Oak Park Unified employs numerous sustainable, renewable, energy and resource-efficient programs throughout its campuses.
Green initiatives include:
- Nontoxic, environmentally friendly products, including organic fertilizers, eco-safe pest-reduction products and natural cleaning supplies
- Purchasing recycled paper
- A “no additive” Child Nutrition policy, meatless menus, daily fresh fruits/vegetables
- Green bioswale systems to absorb rainwater
- Solar panels and “cool roofs”
- Energy-efficient lighting, heating/air conditioning
- Electric vehicle charging stations
- On-campus recycling
- Community Environmental Education and Awareness Committee and Wellness Council
- Campus hydration stations.
School/community activities to increase environmental awareness include:
- Walk-to-school days
- Big Sunday National Day of Service
- Earth Week & EarthFest
- Oak Park Clean-up Day
- Recycling events.
Partnerships with LIFE Animal Rescue, NASA, Monterey Bay Aquarium and The National Park Service, among others, promote environmental literacy and social action to empower the next generation.