Whether you’re headed for an advanced degree or want to explore possibilities within one of today’s top growing industries, Career Pathways give you a head-start toward both college and career.About Career Pathways
Any pathway will give you the support, skills and resources you need to succeed in career, college and life. While still in high school, you can explore what’s really out there in a field of your choice.
“I would say just go for it because it’s a really different experience, and it’ll give you a really competitive edge.”
“I recommend you take the opportunity to participate in the pathway, because I believe it’ll make you more successful in your future careers.”
The East Side Magnet Schools offer specialty programs focused on one of the fifteen industry sectors recognized by the California Department of Education. As a complement to traditional course work, Magnets provide an innovative learning experience for students of the East Side Union High School District. Learn about the various programs offered.
Yes, the Magnet program is part of the regular high school and meets the Competency and Graduation Requirements of the East Side Union High School District. Students who complete these specialized high school programs get a head start on college, career, or military service.
In addition to taking all the academic courses needed to graduate high school, students take at least two Career Technical Education (CTE) courses from their chosen pathway. For example, a student in the Visual and Commercial Art Magnet at Santa Teresa High School will take Visual Commercial Art 1, 2 and 3 as electives along with their regular academic classes.
Once accepted, the student will be transferred to the Magnet school. For example, if the student is scheduled to attend Andrew Hill High School in the fall, but was accepted to the Business Magnet at Silver Creek High School, they will be withdrawn from Andrew Hill High School and enrolled at Silver Creek High School. Therefore, Silver Creek High School will be their home school where they will attend the next four years.
There are several factors that we have to consider when we start a new pathway at one of our schools.
All entering freshmen are qualified to apply to the magnet program.
No, the Magnet program is only offered to incoming freshmen.
No. Students can apply to only one Magnet Program.
When there are more applicants than available spots, we use the lottery system.
No, we don’t have a waiting list.
No, all students must go through the same application process and be placed in the lottery, if necessary.
No, all students must go through the same application process and have to be placed in the lottery, as necessary.
No, it’s not first-come-first served. All applications will go into the same pool and, depending on demand, will pass through the lottery.
No. Depending on the number of applicants, many magnet programs need a lottery to select students.
Can I attend the lottery? Yes, once we receive your application, you’ll get a letter with the date, time and location of the lottery. If COVID-19 restrictions are not in effect, people are welcome to attend the lottery in person.
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You can get a paper version of the application at the district office. Stop by the Career Services Department at 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133.
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Yes, they may ask to be removed from the program, and they will then withdraw as a student at PHHS and will need to enroll at their home school.
Your child would not apply for the magnet program. The term “magnet” is used for students who live outside the PHHS attendance area. Instead, a student who lives within the attendance area would become a part of the program, by enrolling in “Introduction to Business” as a freshman and continue through our course pathways. As a sophomore, when enrolled in “Computer Graphic Design,” their teacher will confirm if they want to commit at that time to the entire program.
You can apply to magnet and wait for the lottery to occur. If, at that time, your child is not selected, you can submit an Intra District form. If this is denied you can submit an appeal. There are no assurances that students who live outside the PHHS area will be accepted as PHHS is normally impacted.
By enrolling in the program, your child is committing to the program as a priority and the class will take up one of their electives for each of the four years at PHHS. But your child could supplement their academics with summer courses and community college courses as would be best determined when they meet with their academic counselors.