FAQ

FAQ

Why Career Path High?

Because you want more than just a diploma upon high school graduation. You want the skills and training necessary to be job ready and to command a competitive salary right out of high school!

What is Career Path High?

Career Path High is a Blended Learning Early College Charter High School – the first of it’s kind in Utah! Charter schools are public schools and are part of the Utah public education system. Career Path High was authorized by the Davis Applied Technology College (DATC), an a Institution of Higher Education, and approved by the Utah State Board of Education on February 8, 2013.

Who can attend Career Path High?

Career Path High is a public high school serving students in grades 9-12. Like all public schools, charters are open to every student regardless of race, religion, academic ability, or special needs. Charter schools provide students and their parents with choices and options that may better fit their individual needs and learning styles. Unlike traditional public schools, charters have no enrollment boundaries. We welcome all students!

Do students pay tuition to attend Career Path High?

No. We are a tuition-free, publicly funded school.

Where is Career Path High located?

Career Path High is located within the Davis Applied Technology College Campus in Kaysville, Utah. We have a Learning Center instead of a traditional high school facility. The power of our blended model comes from having our high school located inside an Institution of Higher Education. This allows our students to move seamlessly between the Learning Center and their DATC Career and Technical Programs. In addition to having the flexibility to work at home or remotely, students will attend a nurturing Learning Center with state-of-the art facilities.

Can you tell me more about the Career Path High model?

We are a Blended Learning Flex model, meaning we combine digital curriculum and instruction with the advantages of a face-to-face teacher component in a bricks and mortar setting. We utilize a technology rich environment to deliver our online curriculum and to facilitate learning. Our blended learning model removes restrictions and limitations that formerly have been defined by bell schedules and seat-time requirements of traditional models. The Flex model we have adopted will empower students over their own personalized learning path in a way that allows them to enroll in college while simultaneously attending high school. Our team of highly qualified teachers will get to know each student’s individualized learning style and academic needs. Through one-to-one interaction and rich data that informs instruction, teachers are able to constantly monitor progress and adjust student instruction accordingly. With our model, the teachers role is transcended. Rather than spending their time delivering the curriculum in traditional classroom style the curriculum is delivered online, freeing up the teacher to provide mentoring and tutoring to students both individually and in groups. Our model combines online learning with interactions in face-to-face settings with teachers and administrators. Blended learning provides control over time, place, path and pace and allows students to take charge of their own learning. The flexibility of this model is essential for allowing our students to successfully obtain both their high school diploma and a Career and Technical Certification upon graduation.

Does the school assign a computer for student use?

Yes. Because of the technology rich nature of our school, all students will be issued a laptop that travels with them to allow them to engage in their coursework anytime, anywhere. Laptops are school property and may only be used for school purposes.

How does the Career Path High Learning Center work?

At Career Path High we are reinventing secondary education! We are not a traditional high school. We do not operate in a traditional setting of classrooms and bell schedules. Instead, Career Path High has a Learning Center. This is a place where students may come for a variety of purposes; including but not limited to face-to-face instruction with teachers, peer-to-peer collaboration, project-based learning, scheduled teacher instruction, presentations, tutoring, club meetings or simply because they prefer the atmosphere of the Learning Center to do their online coursework and to socialize with other students.

Do students attend the Learning Center every day?

No. Our blended learning model and online curriculum provide maximum flexibility over time, place, path and pace. As students exercise personal responsibility, they are empowered over their own learning style. This means students can work anywhere as long as they are staying on pace with their coursework. If they prefer to work primarily at home, they can. If the teacher becomes concerned with a student’s progress, they may require that student to be at the Learning Center for scheduled periods of time. If students prefer to work primarily in the Learning Center, they can.

How do students access their teachers when they are not in the Learning Center?

At Career Path High the role of the teacher changes from a primary focus on synchronous curriculum delivery to a focus on individualized instruction customized to every student. Teachers will have regularly scheduled office hours daily. Whether remotely or in person at the Learning Center, students will be able to access their teachers during those times. Teachers will be available to assist students individually in a variety of ways using both technology and face-to-face instruction.

How will parents/guardians be notified of their student’s progress and grades?

At Career Path High we consider parents/guardians to be partners in their student’s education! Through our technology they will be able to log in and view their student’s performance in real-time. Parents will have direct access to their student’s academic information through the Learning Management System (LMS) dashboard. This will provide them with an up-to-date overview of their student’s grades and progress in every course. Progress Reports will be mailed to parents/guardians at the end of each trimester and will be provided at regularly scheduled Parent Teacher Conferences. Go HERE for a direct link to the parent observer account login and to view the tutorial. Go HERE to visit the State’s Accountability website.

Can you tell me more about the Early College aspect of Career Path High?

Our students will enroll in a chosen Career and Technical Program offered by the DATC. That college experience will enhance their high school learning and make it more meaningful. All course work, whether hands-on or online, will help students progress toward completion, mastery, certification and job placement. Students are expected to graduate from Career Path High with a high school diploma and a completed industry-based technical certificate. We believe that the right blend of digital curriculum, high school and DATC hands-on mentored training, and appropriate use of technology will give students a personalized pathway to a diploma and career certification that leads to job placement in Utah’s modern work force with a higher wage and greater success in college.
  • Our students will be located on the DATC campus and simultaneously immersed in a high school and college track while experiencing a college environment.
  • Our students will be given the unique opportunity to access a 21st century college model with “state-of-the-art facilities”, lab environments, and DATC’s schools of expertise.
  • Our student’s learning will be competency-based, allowing maximum flexibility to work on their own path and at their own pace to coincide with the career and educational pathways and the college experience of the Davis Applied Technology College.
  • Our students will be provided with an accelerated track to both career placement and college.

Do students pay tuition to attend the Davis Applied Technology College?

No. Career Path High students do not pay tuition to attend the DATC!* Students will pay a one-time annual registration fee of $75 charged by the college for participation in any DATC programs. Other course fees may apply, depending on the program. See our DATC Programs page or talk with DATC Student Services for more information on fees. *The DATC charges Career Path High School an annual per student fee for students participating in a Career and Technical Program.

In what grade are Career Path High students enrolled as a college student in the DATC Programs?

Beginning in the 11th grade. All 11th and 12th grade students are required to enroll in a DATC Career and Technical Program for approximately twelve hours per week, depending on the specific Career and Technical Program they select. Students in the 9th and 10th grades will focus on their high school studies while preparing for their college experience.

Will students complete High School with a Career and Technical Certification?

Yes! Students who begin their Career and Technical Program as a Junior will be able to complete it by graduation.

How many DATC Career and Technical Programs do students have to choose from?

Go to our Career page on the website to see a full listing.

Will you assist students in choosing their DATC Career and Technical Training Program?

Yes. Counseling services and administration of Career Path High will work together with DATC Student Services to assist students in exploring and selecting the right program that appeals to their interests and aptitudes. In addition, every student will have a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) which will govern their high school and career track. Their PLP will contain student goals and academic expectations for both high school and their selected career pathway, including completion of their DATC program and credits necessary for graduation and post-secondary plans. Students in the 9th and 10th grades will use their PLP for career planning as well. Career Path High will provide a variety of opportunities for students to be exposed to the many Career and Technical Programs available through the DATC.

Will credits earned at Career Path High be transferable to other high schools?

Yes. Career Path High is a public school. All credits are transferable to other schools. As required by all public high schools in Utah, Career Path High must be accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), an accreditation division of AdvancED.

Can students still participate in extra-curricular activities at their boundary school?

Yes. Utah Code 53A-1a-519 allows for all charter students to participate in extra-curricular activities at their boundary school. For additional information see our Dual Enrollment Policy. You must also talk with your boundary school where you would like to participate for specific information about the extra-curricular activities that apply to the law. Career Path High will also offer a variety of student organizations, clubs and activities to keep students involved and socially engaged with their peers.

What are the options for students interested in attending LDS Seminary?

Students have multiple options:
  • There are a limited number of classes offered to our students in a seminary building located adjacent to the DATC facility. The seminary schedule may vary based on demand and will be made available prior to class registration.
  • Students may contact the seminary program at their boundary school and enroll there.
  • Students may contact the seminary program at Davis High School to see if they have availability and enroll there.

Will the Career Path High experience help to prepare students for additional post-secondary education?

Yes. As an Early College High School, Career Path High provides excellent preparation for any additional post-secondary education. The Career Path High model assists students in developing personal responsibility for both their high school and college studies while operating in a college environment. Students attending Career Path High already have the advantage of the college experience and training.

In addition to a Career and Technical Certification can students earn credits to other Institutions of Higher Education while enrolled in the DATC?

Through a DATC agreement with WSU, approved programs can qualify towards an Associate of Applied Science Degree at WSU. See Student Services at the DATC for details.

Why should I choose Career Path High over a traditional high school?

Because you want more than just a diploma upon high school graduation. You want the skills and training necessary to be job ready and to command a competitive salary right out of high school! Our Mission: Career Path High changes lives and strengthens society by guiding students on a path to college success and career readiness. Our Vision: Career Path High’s partnership with the DATC will create a learning community that empowers students and fosters achievement. Through an optimal blend of virtual instruction and hands-on mentored training, our students will receive a world-class education that prepares them to be strong leaders and contributing citizens.
  • The emphasis of Career Path High will be to provide an individualized path for students where they can work to their strengths, rather than be dictated by a traditional classroom delivery method. Students will learn to identify and capitalize on their own preferred learning styles and create a plan which supports their learning and gives them control over time, place, path, and pace. Face-to-face instruction and one-on-one tutoring will support optimal student learning.
  • A nurturing high school and college learning environment will provide a strong support system for students. The individualized instruction precipitated by blended learning and technology along with the students personalized learning plan (PLP), data-driven instruction and hands-on mentored training will provide the student-centric environment not found in a traditional model.
  • Through technology our high school program will share many of the same approaches as the college with a primary focus on individualizing instruction. Career Path High will operate in an environment that is technology rich. Instructional technologies will be carefully selected to inspire teaching and learning. We will use a customized approach in integrating digital tools to create an optimal blended learning model for personalized education.
Our Commitment: Every student will graduate with a high school diploma and a pathway to a career through technical certification. The goal is 100% student placement either in the workforce, an institution of higher education, or continuation in an Applied Technology College program.

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