Buena Vista College & Career Academies and Pathways

  • Since opening in 2022, Buena Vista High has been proud to offer a Freshman Academy, as well as, a unique combination of pathway courses. With its eye on high-paying, high-demand 21st Century careers, Buena Vista has developed courses that not only give students important skills, but also the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school.  Students are exposed to these pathways as 9th graders as members of Buena Vista Freshman Academies, which all 9th graders participate in. 

    The pathways model brings three important advantages to every Bison:

    Every student in an academy has a team of teachers working for them every day.

    In each pathway, teachers are teamed together across disciplines to support all students.  English, social studies, math, and science teachers build collaborative projects and support each individual student.  This allows for additional support for students who need to be challenged as well as those who need further assistance.

    Every student can feel engaged.

    With nine different focus areas in the two pathways, every student can find their passion.  Even if you may not be interested in a particular career field, pathways are focused on building transferable skills in the areas of writing, reading, problem-solving, math, engineering, and the creative arts.  The pathways are built so EVERY student gets to explore their interests!

    Every student will feel prepared for the future.

    The Buena Vista High 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 academy experience will open doors that may previously have been closed.  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 Health and Education Pathway features themes in the areas of Human Performance, Behavioral Health and Teaching as a Profession.  

    The SMART Technology Pathway features themes in the areas of Cybersecurity, Software and Application Development, Information Technology, Mechatronics, Automation and Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Nanotechnology.