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Pathways & Academies

2022-2023 Rising 9th Grade Pathway Orientation Guidebook

Career Technical Education Pathways produce college- and career-ready graduates with pertinent academic, career, creative and innovative thinking skills. Oakland Tech is committed to ensuring all scholars engage in a CTE-approved Pathway, embodied in our five Academies. Our curriculum engages our advisory boards comprised of business and industry partners to ensure we are teaching 21st century skills.

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Scholars are introduced to the Academies during 9th grade and join an Academy in 10th grade. Also see our programs, such as Paideia and Performing Arts. In most instances, students may participate in both a program and a Pathway. 

Oakland Tech Pathways/Academies Presentation March 2023

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Race, Policy, & Law (RPL) Academy

The Race, Policy, and Law Academy will prepare students to work together for equity and racial justice through careers in law, policy, organizing, and communications.

RPL Academy Flyer 2022-2023


Oakland Tech Fashion Academy (OTFA) / Fashion, Art, & Design Academy (FADA)

OTFA empowers its diverse student body through the development of creative, collaborative, reflective, and critical thinking skills in the fields of Fashion Design, Art and Animation within an equitable, work-based, and supportive learning environment shaped by the partnerships between our high-quality faculty and the greater Bay Area community. 

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Engineering Academy

The Engineering Academy seeks to tap into the creative potential of our scholars to design and build technology that solves current real-world problems. Our curriculum teaches students valuable skills in manufacturing, computer aided design, electronics, programming, and design thinking.

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Health Academy

Our students will...

  • Participate in experiential opportunities and conversations with employers and alumni to begin to build a professional network and clarity about goals.
  • Search and prepare to effectively apply for internships, jobs, and college/professional school programs.
  • Clarify their values, skills, and strengths to help them begin to identify opportunities that interest them.

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Computer Science Academy

Our students are critical thinkers and problem solvers. They are engaged, digitally literate citizens, who not only know how to use technology, but are excellent creators of technology to adapt to an ever-changing world. Computer Academy students are prepared for career and college, socially/ emotionally literate, and have collaborated effectively in a team setting where every team member’s voice is heard, valued, and supported. They will develop and use computational practices to deconstruct, manage, solve and communicate complex ideas.

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Computer Academy

“My favorite part about being in the computer science pathway is just being exposed to things that are new and also things that are definitely becoming increasingly relevant in today's world. There's no secret that we're in a technology revolution and every day I come in and I get to learn something new about how to make my own life easier by learning about computers.” —  Computer Science Academy Student

“I think I've learned how to think critically, especially when it comes to coding because it requires a lot of grit. I think you can't be giving up too easily because there's so much you can mess up on but there's so much you can improve on. And all the mistakes you make are just helping you as you progress in computer science because there's always something new you're learning.” —  Computer Science Academy Student

“The computer field is growing immensely, and so the computer science academy I felt would give me the best skills to be competitive in the job market. ... The way the computer academy is set up, it’s almost like a workplace, where you have your set groups of people working together on a project and in a proposal-like manner, delivering that project to the teacher.” — Computer Science Academy Student

Engineering Academy

“It's been really great. Engineering isn't something that you usually learn in high school so I think it's been a really great experience to learn drafting and AutoCAD and like other really great things to learn. You can use it in college or any jobs you get.” — Engineering Pathway Student

It’s a lot of hands-on work... we learn how to build stuff. When (our teacher) gives us something to do, we have to figure out how to do it and how to do it on our own.” — Engineering Pathway Student

Oakland Tech Fashion Academy (OTFA)

“The skills I've acquired can take me all the way to becoming a fashion designer, or I could work at a company in fashion merchandising. The skills I have acquired here in this academy have prepared me for what I want to do.” — Oakland Tech Fashion Academy (OTFA) Student

Health Academy

“These pathways help us tap into our passion because we're actually thinking about what we want to be in life when we get into high school.” — Health Academy Student

Race, Policy & Law Academy

“There is like a familial bond around RPL, just talking about the issues that we do talk about. It's really deep stuff. Like we're talking about race and oppression, and how some of us are more disadvantaged than others. So we’re really close, and I really like how it’s a tight-knit pathway.”  — Race, Policy & Law (RPL) Student

"The RPL job shadows and the internships were most memorable. They let us see how our future life could potentially look. They helped us see how to navigate those careers and build connections."  — Race, Policy & Law (RPL) Student

"RPL matured me more as a person and just opened up my mindset to see and learn about bigger things than just me. From job shadows to presentations to interviews, all these little things made me become more mature, and when it comes to being professional in certain situations, I think I’m well prepared for that."  — Race, Policy & Law (RPL) Student

A Few of Our Industry Partners

Computer Academy

Intel Logo

Intel “empowers students to become the innovators of tomorrow: … integrating technology into lesson plans builds the skills of the future to help students develop cognitive, technical, and social-emotional skills.”

Engineering Academy

Arcsine Logo

Arcsine is “a comprehensive architecture and interior design firm with an emphasis on method, aesthetic and client care.”

Fashion, Art, Design, Animation Academy

Mocha Logo

“MOCHA is committed to providing quality hands-on art experiences for children and their families.”

Health Academy


Biotech Partners Logo

“Biotech Partners has focused on helping youth achieve their goals. We focus on training youth for technical positions in bioscience, career advancement and continued education.”

Race, Policy & Law Academy

Children Now Logo

Children Now “aims to align the systems that prepare kids for college, career and civic life.” 

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