The Pathways Program offers juniors an opportunity to concentrate their studies in and gain wider exposure to a career of their choice. The program's primary goal is connecting students' academic work with potential career pathways. Students develop career connections by combining the high expectations and academic rigor of a college preparatory academic program with the real-world relevance of career and technical education. This integrated approach, used in more than 2,500 schools nationwide, helps students build a strong foundation for success in college, career, and life.
Students who participate in the Pathway program join small learning communities and take a dedicated cluster of courses in their Pathway. Students are co-taught by a group of teachers who take an interdisciplinary approach to each Pathway's course work and collaborate on common curriculum units within the Pathway's course cluster. Additionally, students in the Pathway can take relevant BHCC courses and an internship. For the 2020-21 school year, there are three Pathways available:
Pathway Core Components
- Academics: All students take rigorous, standards-based, academic core courses united by a cross-disciplinary teaching approach and career theme.
- Internship: all students participate in a Semester-long community- or school-based internship related to their Pathway.
- Performance Assessments: Students demonstrate mastery of their academic coursework through at least three interdisciplinary performance assessments. College Coursework: Students enroll in Bunker
- College Coursework: Students enroll in Bunker Hill Community College courses at CHS to experience college-level coursework and fulfill pre-requisites and/or coursework toward certificates and degrees in their Pathway focus area.
Enrolling in a Pathway
To be considered for the 2019-20 Pathway program, students must:
- Be in good standing in at least three (3) of their four (4) core academic classes (ELA, history, math, and science) at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
- Submit an application to the Pathway program of their choice;
- Be able to take the complete Pathway course cluster while staying on track towards meeting their graduation requirements.
The Benefits of Enrolling in a Pathway
Pathway students have an opportunity to take courses together with a group of students who share common interests.
Pathway students are able to connect with people already employed in their field of interest. Pathway students participate in an internship program, and each Pathway provides numerous field trip opportunities and hosts guest speaker presentations regularly. These activities all support academic learning while giving students real-world opportunities to explore potential careers.
Pathway Course Clusters
When students enroll in a Pathway, they register for a specific cluster of courses that form the core of their Pathway experience. Students must register for all of their Pathway's courses to participate. Students may not register for individual Pathway courses.