Thousand Oaks High School's EThOS Entrepreneurship Academy Receives Statewide Honor
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Thousand Oaks High School's EThOS Entrepreneurship Academy Receives Statewide Honor

The California Department of Education has named Thousand Oaks High School’s EThOS Entrepreneurship Academy a 2020 California Partnership Academies Distinguished Academy. EThOS is among a very select group to receive this recognition – and is one of only six to receive the 2020 Distinguished Academy status, out of 393 California Partnership Academies (CPAs) statewide.

In order to be selected as a CPA Distinguished Academy, the California Department of Education team responsible for oversight of these programs, along with their esteemed partners at the Career and College Support Network, Graduate School of Education, UC, Berkeley, exhaustively review reporting documents, then visit sites, to certify the following:

·         Complete compliance with California Education Code sections 54690-54697;

·         Articulation and/or dual credit with post-secondary institutions;

·         Industry certifications earned by students;

·         High quality, effective partnerships with industry;

·         Low attrition rates, particularly among the required majority of at risk students enrolled in the CPA;

·         Exemplary graduation rates.

According to the CDE, “the dedication, professionalism, and compassion required to develop and implement a program achieving all of the above requirements is without parallel in education.”

In general California Partnership Academies, like EThOS, are three year programs, for students in grades ten through twelve, structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies incorporate integrated academic and career technical education, business partnerships, mentoring, and internships. EThOS is designed for students who seek the tools to nurture their creativity and become self-starters with an entrepreneurial mindset. EThOS students gain vital entrepreneurial leadership skills, while engaging college preparatory English, history, math and EThOS elective classes. Project based learning and business models are used.

Historically, only about 10% of California Partnership Academies have received the Distinguished Academy honor over a 35 year period, according to the CDE.

Congratulations to the students, staff, and administration of Thousand Oaks High School’s EThOS Academy! To learn more about EThOS please visit: tohs-ethos.org. Applications are now available online for students who would like to apply to the EThOS Academy for the 2020-2021 school year.

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