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Secondary Programs

Estancia High School 

In the Engineering and Design Pathway which is centered on Project Lead The Way, students are provided a comprehensive approach to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. 

The Estancia Patient Care Pathway offers students diverse career opportunities within the medical industry. Courses and activities include medical terminology, emergency medical responder, sports medicine, fire department ride-along, and trauma shadowing opportunities.

In the Construction Technology Pathway students obtain practical hands on learning experiences to prepare them for college, technical school, and/or apprenticeships in the industry. Courses in this program teach basic safety, material handling and construction related projects.

The Digital Visual Media Arts Pathway combines arts and technology. Courses include multimedia communications, computer graphics, advanced computer graphics, and entrepreneurship, where students learn the fundamentals of opening and running a small business.

Please visit the College and Career website for more information on the various pathways. 


Costa Mesa High School 

The Delta Academy offers tailored curriculum for students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of science, math, and engineering. The Delta program enables students to explore Career Technical Education by heightening real life experiences, offering early exposure to top universities, using the most purposeful curriculum, following the latest trends, and advanced technologies. For more information and to apply please contact Lindsey Skelton at lskelton@nmusd.us.

The Academy of Creative Expression is an arts based program that infuses the arts into social science, math, science, language arts, and world language. Through an identified pathway and project based learning, each course involves special projects, a focus of study, and performances with a focus in visual and performing arts. For more information and to apply please contact Jacqueline Ames at james@nmusd.us.

The Costa Mesa High School Patient Care Pathway offers students diverse career opportunities within the medical industry. Courses and activities include medical terminology, emergency medical responder, sports medicine, fire department ride-along, and trauma shadowing opportunities.

The Digital Visual Media Arts Pathway combines arts and technology. Courses include multimedia communications, computer graphics, advanced computer graphics, and entrepreneurship, where students learn the fundamentals of opening and running a small business.

In the Engineering and Design Pathway which is centered on Project Lead The Way, students are provided a comprehensive approach to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

Please visit the College and Career website for more information on the various pathways. 


Corona del Mar High School 

The Performing Arts and Multimedia Academy includes a variety of courses in theater, choral, orchestra, drama, dance, and visual arts. Students also develop connections with professionals already in the field to help mentor them. For more information and to apply please contact Morgan Beckman at mbeckman@nmusd.us.

The Academy of Global Studies offers a full spectrum of courses designed to foster critical thinking skills, collaboration, and problem solving. Students participate in a rigorous curriculum within the social studies and world language departments that empower them to be globally competitive. Curriculum-based projects and activities help develop skills and tools to foster international relationships with schools in Brazil and Japan. Some students in this program are already positively impacting the world by raising more than $57,000 to commission the construction of four water wells in underserved communities. For more information and to apply please contact Laura Mayberry at lmayberry@nmusd.us.

The Digital Visual Media Arts Pathway combines arts and technology. Courses include multimedia communications, computer graphics, advanced computer graphics, and entrepreneurship, where students learn the fundamentals of opening and running a small business.

The Engineering and Design Pathway is centered on Project Lead The Way, students are provided a comprehensive approach to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

Please visit the College and Career website for more information on the various pathways. 


Newport Harbor High School

Newport Harbor High School offers students the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, which is based on international standards that offer college-level courses in English, math, science, history, and an elective to develop a greater sense of international-mindfulness. Elective choices in this program include a third language, college-level art class, or an IB business and management class. Students also take theory of knowledge, which is an interdisciplinary college-level seminar, in addition to two extra-curricular projects which include a research paper, and community service. Additional options are being developed including IB computer science and IB astronomy. The IB program allows participants to appreciate other cultures and points of view, see the connections between academic disciplines, and serve the community. Students in the program are encouraged to think independently, drive their own learning, and engage with people in an increasingly globalized and rapidly changing world. For more information and to apply please contact Alma DiGiorgio at adigiorgio@nmusd.us.

The Business Management Pathway trains students in fields of business administration, international trade, and various financial service specialties (e.g., accounting, banking, and investing). Students master basic business principles and procedures before proceeding to the career path specializations. These concentrations emphasize concepts of accounting and finance, computer applications, taxes, investments, and business managing.

The Software and Systems Development Pathway focuses on providing students with the fundamental concepts and terminology of software application development and skills in designing simple computer programs. In addition to introducing important programming constructs and methodologies, students learn the fundamental concepts and terminology of software application and develop skills in designing and writing simple computer programs.

The Production and Managerial Arts Pathway is for aspiring video and filmmakers in the production of film, video, and media projects for business and/or entertainment. Students experience both the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking in conjunction with learning about historical and contemporary traditions and conventions. Students acquire the basic principles of story development, screenplay writing, visual composition, color theory, set up and operation of camera, sound and lighting equipment, and software applications for video and audio post-production.

The Food, Service, and Hospitality Pathway provides skills and training in kitchen safety and sanitation, equipment and facility use, knife skills, introductory baking and pastry, meats and poultry, short order cook, catering, and cashiering. Students will also learn food preparation for cold pantry, salads, soups, and sauces. Student will participate in the planning, costing, prep, serving, and storage.

Please visit the College and Career website for more information on the various pathways.