Business Technology Course DescriptionsTop of Page

ThClick to select an picture...e Woodside High School Business Technology Academy is a school within a school. The Academy is a smaller learning community made up of dedicated teachers working collaboratively. The core subjects taught within the Business Academy include: Math, Social Studies, English and various CTE courses including Intro to Computer Applications and Web Design & Development.  As a California Partnership Academy, our academy falls under the Business Technology Career Pathway, with an emphasis on Information Technology. Each year also has a focus. During sophomore year, students are encouraged to develop their computer application skills, for example Word, Excel and PowerPoint in their English, Math, Intro to Computer Applications, and Social Studies classes while exploring post-secondary options. The junior year is focused on career and college research in collaboration with mentors and learning how to use Photoshop, Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver in Web Design & Development. Students continue to advance in their four core subject areas and emphasize research skills along with advanced web design. The senior year in the academy is focused on advanced web design and completion of the Senior Thesis.
 
Our academy has various Articulation Agreements in place with the local community colleges that allow students to earn college credit for their CTE courses, which are transferable to four year colleges.  In addition to the all-school graduation on Bradley Field each year, Academy students also participate in a more intimate ceremony in the PAC where they are personally recognized for their accomplishments and awards are presented.  We have been lucky enough to also have the pleasure of presenting the Edward F. and Vera Z. Harris college scholarship to a small handful of deserving graduates.
 

Meet the TeachersTop of Page

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Zachary Powell, English, Jose Campos, Social Studies, Michael Moses, Math, Lynn Emrick, Computers/CTE

Class of 2017 After High School Plans Top of Page

What our graduates are doing now:

  • 7 students went to Canada College
  • 7 students went to College of San Mateo
  • 4 students went to Foothill College
  • 2 students went to San Francisco State University
  • 1 student went to San  Jose State University
  • 1 student went to Notre Dame De Namur University
  • 1 student went to Hofstra University
  • 1 student joined the US Marine Corp, Aviation Field
  • 1 student went to University of Oregon
  • 1 student went to San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology
  • 1 student went to Pen State  University
  • 1 student went to San Joaquin Delta College
  • 1 student went to Santa Barbara Community College
  • 1 student went to Southern Virginia University
  • 1 student went to Mt. San Antonio College
  • 1 student went to Biola University
Fields of study pursued by our graduates
  • Accounting & Economics
  • Advertising
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry & Business
  • Cosmetology & Business
  • Criminology
  • Digital Arts
  • Drafting
  • Engineering
  • Film
  • Fire Science
  • Food Nutrition
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Studies/Psychology
  • Marketing
  • Marketing & Business Management
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Structural Design
  • Video Technology

Business Academy Events and ActivitiesTop of Page

September - Ropes Course at Fort Miley, team building activity, Sophomores
 
October - Intel Computer History Museum (tour and group activity), Juniors
                  CAL CPA panel discussion at  Canada College, Juniors
                  Box field trip - Seniors
                 School Wide Haunted House put on by all grade levels

November  - Mentor Match Up Breakfast, Juniors
                        DPR field trip, Sophomores
 
Spring Semester (date to be determined) - San Francisco State or San Jose State tour
                                                                               Face Book Field Trip, Seniors

March - Electronic Arts field trip, Juniors
 
April - Career Fair, Juniors
             Symposium, Sophomores
 
April - UC Santa Cruz tour, Juniors
 
May -  Oracle problem solving and competition event , Sophomores
             Mentor End of Year Breakfast, Juniors
             BTA & Green Academy Graduation in the PAC, Seniors
             

Ropes Course Team Building in Fort MileyTop of Page

Business Technology Academy, students during our Ropes Course activity at Fort Miley, Class of 2018
Business Technology Academy, students during our Ropes Course activity at Fort Miley, Class of 2018
Business Technology Academy, students during our Ropes Course activity at Fort Miley, Class of 2018
Business Technology Academy, students during our Ropes Course activity at Fort Miley, Class of 2018
Ropes Course
Ropes Course
Ropes Course
Ropes Course
Ropes Course
Ropes Course
Ropes Course
Ropes Course

Mentor Match Up BreakfastTop of Page

Mentor Match Up Breakfast
Mentor Match Up Breakfast
Mentor Match Up Breakfast
Mentor Match Up Breakfast
Mentor Match Up Breakfast
Mentor Match Up Breakfast
Mentor Match Up Breakfast
Mentor Match Up Breakfast

End of Year BBQ welcoming incoming students and saying goodbye to our seniorsTop of Page

BBQ
BBQ
BBQ
BBQ
BBQ
BBQ
BBQ
BBQ
BBQ
BBQ
BBQ
BBQ

Haunted House Fund RaiserTop of Page

Haunted House
Haunted House
Haunted House
Haunted House
Haunted House
Haunted House
Haunted House
Haunted House
Haunted House
Haunted House
Haunted House
Haunted House

Intel Computer History Museum Field TripTop of Page

Intel Field Trip
Intel Field Trip
Intel Field Trip
Intel Field Trip
Intel Field Trip
Intel Field Trip
Intel Field Trip
Intel Field Trip

Sonoma State & UC Santa Cruz Field TripTop of Page

Sonoma State field trip
Sonoma State field trip
Sonoma State field trip
Sonoma State field trip
Sonoma State field trip
Sonoma State field trip
Sonoma State field trip
Sonoma State field trip
Sonoma State field trip
Sonoma State field trip
Sonoma State field trip
Business Technology Students touring Sonoma State University, Class of 2018
Business Technology Students touring Sonoma State University, Class of 2018
Business Technology Students touring Sonoma State University
Business Technology Students touring Sonoma State University, class of 2018
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip
UCSC field trip

Oracle ChallengeTop of Page

Oracle Challenge
Oracle Challenge
Oracle Challenge
Oracle Challenge
Oracle Challenge
Oracle Challenge

Various Professional Field Trips (Rocket Fuel, Canada College, DPR Construction)Top of Page

DPR
DPR
DPR
DPR
DPR
DPR
DPR
Field Trip
Field Trip
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Field Trip
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Field Trip
Field Trip
Field Trip
Field Trip
Field Trip

Students having fun, working in class and participating in other Academy eventsTop of Page

Computer class
English class
Computer class
History class
Jose Campos with his US History Class
History class
Computer  Class
Mr. Campos working with students
Club Day selling event 2017
Club Day selling event 2017
Club Day selling event 2017
Club Day selling event 2017
Club Day selling event 2017
Club Day selling event 2017
Club Day selling event 2017
Lexie Pretto, Senior History Teacher
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Student Computer Assignments using various Adobe software applicationsTop of Page

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movie poster
Photoshop
Photoshop
Photoshop
Photoshop
Photoshop
Photoshop
Photoshop
Photoshop
Photoshop
Photoshop
Photoshop
Illustrator
Illustrator
Illustrator with drawing pads
Illustrator with drawing pads
Illustrator with drawing pads
Illustrator
Photoshop

Frequently Asked QuestionsTop of Page

1. Do Business Academy students take regular classes with non-academy students?

Yes. You will have classes with non-academy students while in non-academy classes such as Drivers Ed, Ceramics, and Science.

2. Do I need to take seven classes because of the Academy?

The Academy will not make you take a seventh class, but if you are short credits or there is a conflict, we will recommend that a student take seven classes.

3. Can I choose not to take Computer Applications, and still be in the Academy?

No. Computer Applications is the focus point of the Academy. California mandates that CPA (California Partnership Academy) students are enrolled in a CTE course while in the Academy.

4. Are Academy classes harder than regular mainstream classes?

Academy offers smaller classes and more personalized attention, but the classes are challenging in rigor and expectations.

5. What if I change my mind about the Academy?

We ask all prospective Academy students to put forth a sincere commitment to stay in the program for three years, but we will listen to each case independently.

6. How long is the Academy program?

You start in your sophomore year and we see you through graduation (a total of three years).

7. What makes the Academy different than the rest of Woodside High School?

You will have four core classes with four core teachers to help you succeed in school. You would also work and have classes with the same Academy students for all three years.

Helpful Academy Files and LinksTop of Page

Below are links that can be helpful for parents and students.


California Partnership Academies
State of California Link.

Peninsula Academies

A common link to other Academies on the Peninsula.

Academy Facebook Page
A link to the Facebook Academy Page for students to check the upcoming events and information about the Academy.

Business Academy Application
If you are interested in applying to the Business Academy please print the attached form, fill it out, and turn it in to C-12.
 
Academy Brochure

Follow the Business Academy on Instagram: @whs_business_academy

Academy Staff Top of Page

Mr. Campos, Social Studies Teacher

Ms. Emrick, Career Technical Education Teacher

Mr. Moses, Math Teacher

Ms. Jenny Ortez, Academy Senior History Teacher

Business Academy Teachers Hard at Work - IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATEDTop of Page

Ms. Emrick helping a student

Mr. Moses teaching math

Academy StaffTop of Page

Modern World History and US History & Business Technology Academy Coordinator
 
English II & III
Ext: 49631
 
Mathematics
Ext: 49680 
 
Intro to Computer Applications Academy & Web Design & Development Academy
Ext: 49671 
 
English IV
Ext. 49663
 
Government
Ext. 49642
 
Mentor Program Coordinator
English II & III
English II & III
English II & III

Contact the Academy Program CoordinatorTop of Page

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