PRIME Schools in California

Esperanza High School, Anaheim, Calif. High School, Anaheim, California, is a comprehensive four-year public high school that is part of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. The school serves an enrollment of 1808 students of the primarily residential community in the northeast part of Orange County. It is a California Distinguished School and is home to numerous academic clubs and various C.I.F. championship athletic programs. With an API of 861, the school’s rank is in the top 25 percent of Orange County high schools and in May 2007, received a full six-year clear accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Hawthorne High School – Los Angeles, Calif. Established in 2004 on the campus of Hawthorne High School with 34 students, today the School of Engineering and Manufacturing has 347 students and has a rigorous educational program built on the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum, a nationally recognized leader in engineering curriculum at the high school level. It is a California Partnership Academy through the California Department of Education and is a PLTW Model School (2008-2009), one of 14 schools out of 3,000 nationwide. HHSEM students reflect all walks of life, multiple ethnic and religious backgrounds, varied levels of educational proficiency, and involvement of SME Los Angeles & Ventura County Chapter #173.

John Glenn High School, Norwalk, Calif. John Glenn HS is a comprehensive high school serving 1500 students in South Los Angeles County, grades 9-12. JGHS has been a Project Lead the Way and a Linked Learning (CTE) school since 2013 and provides students with the opportunity to matriculate through the PLTW pathway. The PLTW program has partnered with the school’s California Partnership Academy, Transportation Career Academy Program (TCAP) to provide additional academic support in the areas of Computer Technology, Computer Aided Design and Urban Design. PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy. JGHS also partners with the Southeast Regional Occupation Center and Cerritos College to provide access to state of the art engineering and technology training. JGHS is a proud partner of the SME #233 chapter.

Petaluma High School, Petaluma, Calif. Petaluma High School is a public high school located in the city of Petaluma, California in the Petaluma Joint Union High School District. The educational mission of its instructional program is to provide a student-centered academic and vocational curriculum. Students can self-select a pathway leading to certification at graduation, leading to post-secondary opportunities, credit enhancement, or directly to the workforce. This curriculum fosters responsibility, citizenship, communication, respect for others, for the world in which we live, and promotes lifelong learning. In 1992, Petaluma High School was named a California Distinguished School.

Rocklin High School, Rocklin, Calif. Rocklin High School, located in beautiful Northern California, is one of the region’s top performing comprehensive high schools of 1850 students, and provide nearly 1300 Advanced Placement exams annually. We offer a variety of opportunities for all learners to excel in academics, athletics and student government. Our mission is to inspire continuous intellectual, personal and social development. To that end, we build for success on the pillars of character, communication, commitment, curriculum, challenge, and community.

RHS Engineering prepares students for 21st century employment in a variety of STEM career fields. Our student’s explore opportunities pertaining to Engineering and Manufacturing careers, technologies, tools and education through hands-on educational methodologies- meeting or exceeding the current California State Standards in Engineering and Manufacturing. Our students actively work with the Sac Valley Chapter of SME, Sierra College and SkillsUSA California to further gain insight into these opportunities. Our curriculum has been approved by the University of California, and is recognized as general elective preparation for college bound students (UC “G” Credit); it is the first machine shop program in the state to hold that designation.

San Pasqual High School, Escondido, Calif. Students at San Pasqual are given a strong grounding in the manufacturing trades, particularly general construction. Over the course of a full school year, students are introduced to 18 construction trades. Stations are set up throughout the classroom, with each station representing a different trade (such as drywall, painting, electrical, plumbing, masonry, woodwork, and cabinet making). Students rotate stations every 10 to 15 days. As they build their projects, they learn how to work with different raw materials and operate complex tools.