Central College & Career Academies and Pathways

  • Beginning with the class of 2025, Central High School will implement the OPS College and Career Pathways. During the 2021-2022 school year, CHS 9th graders will participate in an exploratory Freshman Seminar course, designed to introduce students to the high school experience by discovering school opportunities in career-based and pathway programming. Freshmen students will also be involved in the Freshman Academies, comprised of small teams of teachers and students that will engage with one another on a daily basis, developing meaningful and supportive relationships as they transition to high school. 

    The timeline for the OPS pathway programming at Central High School will take place over the next four years. Students entering high school as freshmen during 2021-2022 will be part of the Freshman Academies. We will continue to expand opportunities for students over the next four years.  

    The pathway model brings three important advantages to our school: 

    1.   Every student in a pathway will collaborate with teachers and students inside and outside of their pathway focus area. In a pathway, students will take a series of four or more classes during their high school experience focused on a group of related careers, or cluster. Students in a pathway take classes with a wide range of other students across career interests. 

    2.   Every student can feel engaged. With multiple different pathway options available, students will be able to find/enhance their passions. Even if students may not be interested in a particular career field, our pathways are focused on building transferable skills in the areas of writing, reading, problem solving, and the creative arts.  The pathways are built so EVERY student gets to explore their interests!  

    3.   Every student will feel prepared for the future. The Central pathways are dedicated to building successful pathways for EVERY student's future goals.  Whether a student is looking for a four-year collegiate experience, trade school, apprenticeship, or even going right into the workforce, the pathway experience is intended open doors for all students.  By working with local businesses and developing real-life projects, students will build a resume that shows leadership, teamwork, time management, and responsibility - all while having FUN!  Work-based learning, real-world experiences, and practical problem solving will prepare every student for their future. 


    The CHS Pathways are:

    • STEM
    • Leadership and Global Studies
    • Global Arts