Teaching Academy

Independence High School

Pathway Contact

Harriet Garica

The Teaching Pathway at Independence High School prepares you for any level of college and gives you real world opportunities to hone the skills critical for success in any teaching profession or leadership role. Work collaboratively with teams of students and practice professional level presentation skills by student teaching at elementary and middle schools in Silicon Valley.

Your team of Independence High School instructors will provide guidance throughout the four years of the teaching program and will mentor you as you select a college or explore career options. The Teaching Pathway is critical for anyone who needs to communicate effectively with children, from teachers to counselors, school directors and social workers.

By the end of the teaching program at Independence High School you’ll be able to:

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  • Write a lesson plan and teach it
  • Prepare a professional teaching portfolio
  • Work collaboratively
  • Give a professional level presentation

In addition to becoming traditional classroom teachers in all levels, we’ve seen our high school graduates become the following:

  • School administrators, including pre school directors
  • Psychiatry, counseling, social work
  • Officer in the military (we’ve had 3 West Point graduates)
  • Training professionals in international business

What types of real-world teaching opportunities do you offer at Independence High School?

  • Internship in an elementary school or high school
  • Mentor program in an elementary school
  • Job shadowing in an elementary school
  • Teaching science lessons through Biology class
  • Teaching Academy Club
  • Field trips to local destinations typical of schools
  • Field trips to local colleges (SJSU, SCU, community college)

Can I get college credit while attending Independence High School?

Yes, while attending the teaching academy at Independence High School you can earn up to 15 units of college credits through dual enrollment. We’ll provide guidance and personal assistance to help you make a smooth transition from high school to college using the credits you’ve accumulated toward your major. Ask us about scholarships and learn more on our college field trips.

What types of certification can I get through the teaching academy?

CPR certification

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