Following a $15 million renovation project, the Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School with Emphasis on Science and Technology opened in September 1998. Through the efforts of a magnet school task force that included educators, business partners and other community members, Clark was designed for students who want a challenging curriculum to prepare them for further education and the highly skilled, technology-oriented jobs of the 21st century.
Since the school's inception, there has been an ongoing commitment to self-study and data-driven improvement that has refined the school's academic programs--programs that epitomize the seamless integration of a rigorous college prep curriculum with career technical education.
Clark's curriculum is based on school reform research, including California's plan for secondary schools, "Second to None," as well as the SCANS Report, "Aiming High, Breaking Ranks: Changing ah American Institution," and the work of the governor's School-to-Career Task Force.
Entering ninth graders are introduced to Clark's unique CTE focus through two foundation courses. The College and Career Prep course allows students to start planning their high school, higher education and future career paths. The Technology Literacy course provides Clark's students with introductory skills that prepare them to undertake more advanced courses in their chosen curricular strand. Clark's curriculum is designed to provide every student with the preparation necessary to succeed in college and in future careers.
Clark's students are guided in their choice of high school courses by following one of four curricular strands: science/engineering, computer applications (including business applications and computer programming), digital arts or technology systems (computer repair and networking).
Strategies for success
Over the years, Clark has won many international, national and state awards as one of America's most successful high schools.
These awards include the California State Distinguished School, the …