Courses Offered


Teacher Education Pathway 

Industry - Education, Child Development, and Family Services

Introduces students to the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today's K-12 classrooms. Topics include teaching as a profession and career, historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system, contemporary educational issues, special education, content standards and frameworks, teacher performance standards, and inclusion education.

For more information - Please contact: Michael Thrasher, Education Pathway Director, mthrasher@sbunified.org,

(805) 967-4581 x (ext.5625)

Child Development 

Industry - Education, Child Development, and Family Services

The Program is designed to allow students the opportunity to experience courses that focus on paths related to Early Childhood Development and the overall Education field. Students get to utilize various instructional techniques, experience new technological opportunities, see education programs and visit local colleges/university programs to help better shape their focus as they move through the program.

For more information - Please contact: Michael Thrasher, Education Pathway Director, mthrasher@sbunified.org,

(805) 967-4581 x (ext.5625)

Construction Tech 1 & 2

Industry: Construction

 Students will design and build a scaled sustainable structure that encompasses the various facets of the building and construction trades. The capstone project will be a " Students will create documents within the project package that include a bill of materials, vendor list, estimates, purchase orders, and labor costs. All written components of the package must be written to technical industry standards, which stress clarity and organization. Students can complete the enrollment and registration for this course through SBCC to earn dual enrollment credit for CT 115.

For more information - Please contact: Erik Leighland at eleighland@sbunified.org

San Marcos High School Culinary Arts Pathway

Industry:  Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

The Cafe Royale Culinary Arts Management Program teaches students the foundation skills needed for a career in the hospitality industry.  Students will utilize a two year ProStart curriculum which is supported by the National Restaurant Association. This includes classroom study, lab work, field trips and mentored work experience along with hands on experiences in operating our on site cafe, Cafe Royale.

For more information please contact: Donna Barker, Chef Educator at (805) 967-4581 (ext. 5649), dbarker@sbunified.org

Health Careers Academy

Industry: Health Care

The San Marcos High School Health Careers Academy is a unique partnership between Santa Barbara City College and Cottage Health Systems. Collaboration between school and community health resources provides an effective educational program, which promotes teamwork, problem-solving, and work site experiences. It is a three-year program that provides students with excellent opportunities to learn about the health care industry through hands-on experience, professional guest speakers and foundation skills.  Our goal is to provide a wide variety of health career experiences so that, upon graduation, students will be prepared for skilled entry-level jobs and/or entrance into colleges, universities or technical schools.

Website: https://smhca.squarespace.com/

For more information- please contact Marcene Tate at mtate@sbunfied.org

San Marcos Entrepreneurship Academy

Industry: Marketing, Sales and Services Pathway

The San Marcos High School Entrepreneurship Academy is a dynamic three year program that enhances the core curriculum through the personalized study of business, marketing, economics and finance. The Academy will provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience to springboard their own entrepreneurial visions into action through rigorous coursework, relevant experience in local business community partnerships and student run business ventures. Upon completion of the Academy, students will have the foundation to effectively create their own business and/or successfully pursue a business related college degree.


For more information - please contact Graham Oleson at goleson@sbunified.org