California's high schools are not working for large numbers of young people, with students feeling bored, unchallenged, or unclear about the relevance of school. Linked Learning is a high school improvement approach that makes learning exciting and challenging. It connects strong academics with real–world experience in a wide range of fields, such as engineering, arts and media, and biomedical and health sciences—helping students gain an advantage in high school, college, and career.
In January 2013, LACOE became one of 20 Linked Learning Pilot Districts in California, and the Hollywood Media Arts Academy was selected as one of two community day schools to implement the program—a high school improvement approach focused on new media that combines academics, career technical education, and real world experience in industry-themed pathways.
Pathways that link learning with student interests and career preparation lead to higher graduation rates, increased college enrollments, and higher earning potential. Used in schools throughout California, this integrated approach helps students build a strong foundation for success in college and career—and life. Each Linked Learning site:
- Offers students personally-relevant, wholly-engaging, and rigorous academic and technical curricula combined with exposure to real-world professions.
- Helps prepare students to graduate from high school well prepared to enter a two- or four-year college or university, an apprenticeship and formal job training.
- Exposes many students in school to previously unimagined college and career opportunities.
- Learn more about Linked Learning by clicking here.