California Partnership Academies
The California Partnership Academies (CPAs) are a network of approximately 500 programs supported by competitive state grants in California’s public high schools. Begun in 1985, the CPAs are designed to prepare students for both college and careers. The CPAs are based in the Curriculum, Learning, and Accountability Branch of the California Department of Education.
Please visit the CPA section of the California Department of Education's website for grant and funding information, program resources, and annual reporting requirements.
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California Partnership Academies - Distinguished Academies 2016
The California Partnership Academies "Distinguished Academies" have earned this title by surviving
a rigorous audit of all program components required by California Education Code sections
54690-54699. The first review for overall program compliance was made on CPA annual reports for
the most recent three years, to show both quality and continuity. Programs making this cut were
then reviewed for providing additional options to students such as articulation agreements, dual
credit, and industry certifications. Once a list of programs meeting these standards was in place,
each of the programs on the list were requested to provide the CDE with substantiating materials
for review; i.e., class rosters, integrated project curricula, meeting agendas and minutes, and
staffing schedules. Finally, each program was visited and reviewed by CDE, CCASN, and/or
Lighthouse Academy staff.
Gateways to useful resources: a collection of implementation guides and articles; a toolbox of templates and forms you can tailor to your own needs; Video Vignettes that spotlight exemplary CPAs; a list of Career Academy Support Organizations; archives of our web-based news publications, and more.
Separate directories for California Partnership Academies and Academies Nationwide that can be searched by state, high school, academy theme, and location. Each listing includes contact information.
The Pathways to Prosperity team is excited to announce a new three-part webinar series exploring work-based learning (WBL). We hope you will join us and share your insights and questions with state and regional members from across the Network!
Conceptualizing and Designing WBL
Wednesday, April 26, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Charlotte Cahill and Kyle Hartung
This live webinar will provide an introduction to WBL and the benefits of high-quality WBL for young people and employers alike. The webinar will explore how JFF's principles for effective WBL can be used to guide the design of a WBL continuum that incorporates career awareness, exploration, and preparation. Participants in the webinar will also learn about strategies for meaningfully integrating a WBL continuum into pathways design. The webinar will highlight examples of high-quality WBL from across the Network.
University of California Curriculum Integration (UCCI) is an initiative of Student Affairs, Admissions (High School Articulation) at the UC Office of the President, with funding administered by the California Department of Education. The UCCI program is dedicated to supporting California high schools as they work to prepare students for success in college and in life. The next UCCI conference on integrated curriculum will be held at San Diego State University on April 28th and 29th. Click HERE to register.
CCASN at UC Berkeley co-presented with the University of Toledo, Boston University and Tennessee State University on March 31st in Los Angeles at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference. This presentation focused on the GLOBE Mission EARTH program, which integrates student data collection, field investigation and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
California Partnership Academy Google Maps – LIVE
Maps with school, industry and contact information for all high schools that are participating in the California Partnership Academy model. Quick reference point to all CPA’s through industry sector, Lighthouse Academies, as well as Special Projects that include our partners from Cal LAW, California Labor Federation, and PG&E. See all maps here.
Policy Brief from the Pathway Teachers Network - February 2017
Policy initiatives that prioritize innovative approaches to California's College and Career Pathway Teacher shortages should produce a surge in innovative, industry-involved programs incorporating CTE teacher education and professional development for both new and in- service teachers. Click here for more.
New courses added to CPA Program List
New courses have been added to the CPA program list for adoption by CPA funded Academies. Courses on the CPA Program List may be adopted for use by any appropriate California Partnership Academy once they’re added to your district’s a-g list. To view the complete list of CPA Program courses, go here.