CTE is a fantastic approach to learning that provides technical skill proficiency, an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, or a degree and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes students’ academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, attitudes toward work, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the industry including entrepreneurship.

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Elite CTE Students Experience and Learn:

  • Cover Letter Writing, Resume Writing, & Portfolio Building
  • Mock Interviews
  • Industry based field trips
  • Internships
  • College Tours
  • Guest Speakers
  • Workshops
  • Apprenticeships
  • Industry Certificates
  • Exploration of Careers

These standards are integrated into every CTE course and classroom and describe the fundamental knowledge and skills that a career-ready student needs in order to prepare for the transition to postsecondary education, career training, or the workforce.

Speak with your Elite Educator for specific courses currently offered.

Standards for Career Ready Practice

  • Apply appropriate technical skills and academic knowledge.
  • Communicate clearly, effectively, and with reason.
  • Develop an education and career plan aligned with personal goals.
  • Apply technology to enhance productivity.
  • Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Practice personal health and understand financial literacy.
  • Act as a responsible citizen of the workplace and community.
  • Model integrity, ethical leadership, and effective management.
  • Work productively in teams while integrating cultural and global competence.
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  • Employ valid and reliable research strategies.
  • Understand the environmental, social, and economic impacts of decisions
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Pathways Currently Offered at Elite for Students in Grades 9-12

Performing Arts Acting Academy & Performing Arts Choir Academy

Arts, Media, & Entertainment CTE Sector

Performing Arts AcademyThis CTE pathway explores the design, visual arts, design, performing arts, production, and managerial arts. Students currently have the choice of two pathways: Performing Arts Acting or the Performing Arts Choir. This pathway integrates both independent work and interdependent management skills for career success. Pathway standards prepare students with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and practical experience students need to pursue their chosen profession, apprenticeship, college, and career post-high school graduation.

Occupations associated with this pathway:  Digital Animator, Artistic Director ,  Commercial Artist, Web Designer,  Composer, Music Arranger, Conductor,  Actor, Performing Artist,  Singer, Dancer, Voiceover,  Talent Management, and Producer.

Introduction  Acting or Choir
Concentration  Musical Theatre
Capstone  Acting II or Choir II
See MORE about College & Career in this Pathway!
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Adventure Academy

Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation CTE Sector

Adventure AcademyThe Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation sector provides students with the academic and technical preparation necessary to pursue high-skill, high-demand careers in these related and growing industries. The sector encompasses three distinct, yet interrelated, career pathways: Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition; Food Service and Hospitality; and Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation. The standards are designed to integrate academic and career technical concepts. The anchor standards include Consumer and Family Studies comprehensive technical knowledge and skills that prepare students for learning in the pathways.

The knowledge and skills are acquired within a sequential, standards-based pathway program that integrates hands-on projects, work-based instruction, and leadership development such as that offered through FHA-HERO, the California affiliate of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Standards in this sector are designed to prepare students for technical training, postsecondary education, and entry to a career.

Introduction  Introduction to Surfing or Introduction to Sailing 
Concentration  Mechanics of Surfing
Capstone  Coastal Preparedness

Below is a sample of what a typical high school Adventure Academy student’s schedule would look like:

Students who enroll in Adventure Courses will take our current course offerings in the Career Technical Education pathway: Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation.

The Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation pathway integrates various facets of the hospitality industry: lodging, travel, and tourism; event planning; theme parks, attractions, and exhibitions; and recreation. Students engaged in this pathway have broad experiences related to the specific industry segments, including industry awareness; organizational management; customer service; sales and marketing; facilities management; lodging; travel destinations; and reservations, ticketing, and itineraries. 

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Sample occupations associated with this pathway:

  • Guest Services Agent
  • Director of Conference Services
  • Certified Meeting/Event Planner
  • Eco-tourism Director
  • Sailing Captain or Crew – Charters/Day-sails
  • Hiking/Adventure/Mountaineering Guide
  • Action Sports Instructor
  • International Travel Tour Guide
  • Search and Rescue/Wilderness Responder
  • Action Sports Photographer/Videographer
  • EMT
  • National Parks Ranger
  • Tourism Coordinator

Digital Marketing Academy

Sales, Marketing & Service CTE Sector

Digital Marketing AcademyOur Elite Marketing Academy is an exciting way for students to learn relevant state standard materials to meet high school graduation requirements while also having the opportunity to gain industry knowledge and expertise! This gives students 21st Century Skills to enter college and career!

Marketing Pathway Using both creative and systems processes, develop marketing concepts and principles and their practical application in marketing and management. Subject matter includes market research, economics, marketing budgets, creative development and design, and marketing foundations/ functions with an emphasis on public relations, advertising, branding, promotion, product/service management, pricing, and distribution. Specialized programs of study in this field may include sports marketing, hospitality marketing, advertising or market research. Students in the Marketing, Sales, and Service sector is designed to align coursework and opportunities to current and projected career paths. Since marketing and innovation are two major competitive aspects of business today, this pathway will allow students to have hands-on experience to learn various functions of today’s businesses and the rapid changing of technology and economy. This pathway offers a firm foundation for advanced education, entry into a career, and success in the global marketplace.

Occupations associated with this pathway:  Customer Service Representative, Business Owner, Consultant , Sales Manager, Real Estate Broker, Fashion Buyer, Meeting event Planner, Market Research Analyst , Marketing Manager, and Public Relations Specialist.

Introduction  Principles of Marketing A 
Concentration  Digital Marketing A
Capstone  Digital Publishing Yearbook A
Learn about Elite Marketing
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Explore an enrichment program that allows you to pursue your passion.

Meet our CTE Director!

Mrs. Ashlea Kirkland-Haynes
CTE Director

[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Students can meet these standards while taking Adventure CTE courses and also gain relevant industry experience! Stay tuned as Elite will be offering integrated CTE/Core academics as well!

Examples of Industry Certifications students can earn while completing their High School Diploma:

WFR – Wilderness First Responder

A week-long course designed to teach essential wilderness medicine and to administer care in a wilderness environment. Certification lasts 3 years.

WFA – Wilderness First Aid

Typically used as a stepping stone for the WFR, this first aid training teaches how to treat common wilderness injuries. Certification lasts 2 years.

CPR/AED- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & Automated Electronic Defibrillator

Standard procedure for resuscitation and use of an AED.

ASA Small Boat Sailing License 

An in-depth course designed to prepare skippers to single and double-hand small dinghies.

Challenge Course Certification – Level 1

Practitioner certification to lead groups through low-risk challenge course features.

Students have two opportunities during the first learning period of our Year Round program:

LifeSail – Sailing Community Partnership _See Our Year Round Track Option under the “Academics” tab!
Freedom Surf – Surfing Community Partnership  _See Our Year Round Track Option under the “Academics” tab!

The Adventure Academy’s focus is to create a sense of purpose in the outdoor community and prepare you with the skills that employers in the outdoor industry desire. Continuing your education and refining your specialization will only increase your opportunities for employment and progression. Not to mention, we have a lot of fun!

  • Leadership: teamwork and comradery are essential skills to a successful group adventure.
  • Communication: become an outstanding communicator by practicing presentation and speaking skills with our piers.
  • Entrepreneurship: learn what it would be like to run your own guiding business.
  • Decision Making: outdoor experiences are a very real way to observe the outcome of decision.
  • Preparedness & Accountability: forgetting something essential can be detrimental to a trip and teaches ownership of our mistakes. Learn how to pack and plan accordingly for your adventures, from food preparation to gear selection.
  • Survival skills: understand what it takes to survive without the comforts of civilization.
  • Specialization: hone your skills to become a pro in a number of disciplines, such as surfing, sailing, paddlesports, mountain biking or snowsports.

There are no prerequisite courses for the Adventure Academy, but just like athletics, you must have an annual fitness physical to ensure you are healthy and can participate in outdoor activities. Ambition, a good attitude and the willingness to try new things would be the best prerequisites.

The outdoor industry is vast, from medical first-responder positions to designing gear for top manufacturers and being a tour guide on an international adventure. If you have a passion for the outdoors and enjoy working with people, then a career in the Recreation Sector may be good for you.

Some field trip opportunities include:

PALI Institute – Wilderness Skills Outing

Mountain & Sea Adventures – White’s Landing Catalina Island Camp

Devil’s Punchbowl – Nature Area

Silverwood Lake – Paddlesports Weekend

Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center – Ecology and Biology Learning Center

San Antonio Ski Hut – Mountain-top Excursion 

Regardless of your skillset, we will get you up to speed and give you the information and knowledge to run with the rest of the pack. Besides, outdoor recreation is so much more than camping! We strive to expose students to a variety of outdoor experiences and encourage independent growth in the disciplines that students show an aptitude.

Building your quiver of equipment takes time and resources, but you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to enjoy the outdoors. We strive to make the outdoors accessible to everyone and focus on outings that don’t require families to spend excessive amounts of money. We have partnered with outdoor manufacturers to offer top-notch gear at affordable prices so you can start building a gear-bank. However, hygiene is very important and we suggest that you outfit yourself with a few items that are best kept to yourself: clothing, sleeping bags, personal care products, cutlery and dinner/cookware.