Linked Learning is an approach to education that transforms the traditional high school experience by bringing together strong academics, a demanding technical education, and real-world experiences to help students gain an advantage in high school, post-secondary education, and careers.
FIVE Guiding Principles of Linked Learning
Linked Learning prepares students to succeed in college, careers, and life.
Linked Learning prepares high school students for a full range of post-graduation opportunities.
Linked Learning connects academics to real-world applications.
Linked Learning improves student engagement.
Linked Learning provides a teaching and learning environment that offers students the opportunity to authentically apply the Common Core State Standards in real-world contexts, ultimately leading to increased engagement and achievement.
Four Critical Components of Linked Learning Academies All Linked Learning academies include the following components:
Rigorous Academics: A rigorous academic component that includes English, mathematics, science, history, and other pertinent courses.
Real-world Technical Skills: A technical component of three or more courses that help students gain the knowledge and skills that can give them a head start on a successful career.
Work-based Learning: Students engage in job shadowing, apprenticeships, and internships, before they leave high school, helping them understand all the possible choices available to them.
Personalized support: Personalized support services, including resume and interview counseling and supplemental instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics, that help students master critical academic and technical components of their education.
Students Learn What They LoveStudents select an education pathway based on their personal and career interests. The pathways reflect California’s largest economic industry sectors, ranging from:
Media and entertainment
Engineering and design
Selecting a pathway in high school does not determine a student’s lifelong career path. Instead it enhances the high school experience by exposing students to a range of professions and develops students’ skills and confidence, which are needed in any profession.
Students gain real-world experience and make connections with professionals in their field of interest through paid internships, job shadowing, and apprenticeships.
Linked Learning includes a college-preparatory curriculum that helps meet the necessary A-G requirements for admission to a UC or CSU.
Linked Learning prepares high school students for a full range of post-graduation opportunities and ensures that students gain both academic and technical skills, since both are necessary for a complete education and a successful future.
Visit our high school webpages for more information about their Linked Learning Academies:
District's Linked Learning brochure
for more information.