Engineering & Design

Pathway Information

High School Program:

  • Four year sequence of courses

  • Combined with traditional mathematics and science

  • Introduces student to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering prior to entering college or the workforce

  • Those not intending to pursue further formal education will benefit greatly from the knowledge and logical thought processes that result from taking some or all of the courses provided in the curriculum

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Students are given the opportunity to participate in competitions that span across different grade levels. These competitions allow students to show their hands-on skills, and draw upon the knowledge they have acquired through classes.

Some of these competitions include:

  • SkillsUSA (regional, state, & national)

  • Chevron Design Challenge

  • VEX Robotics Competition

Events/Community Outreach

The Engineering Pathway has many opportunities for students to volunteer in Pathways outreach events for middle school students, parents, and community members. Some of these events include:

  • District Science Fair

  • Science Fair Showcase

  • College & Career Fair

  • Maker Fair/Pathways Orientation

  • Wilcox Elementary Engineering Week

  • Haunted House (11th Grade)

  • Float Parade (10th Grade)

Field Trips

Our students are enriched with field trips throughout their high school career. They are able to attend 1 field trip each year throughout their four years in the Pathway.

These field trips include:

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech

  • USC Robotics Open House

  • Cal Poly Pomona

  • CSU Los Angeles Hydrogen Station

  • California Science Center

  • Royal Paper Box Company


Students often join clubs while in high school, and our Engineering Pathway has four clubs that are officiated and run by students. They are able to participate in events with their peers, fundraise for events, and host workshops for prospective students.

These four clubs are:

  • SHS Engineering Club

  • Femineers

  • VEX Robotics

  • SkillsUSA

Guest Speakers

We regularly host guest speakers in our classrooms to give students the perspectives of industry professionals.

We continue to have guest speakers from:

  • Boeing

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech

  • Gerald Desmond Bridge Project

  • LA County Department of Public Works

  • Virgin Orbit

Attributes of the PLTW Curriculum:

  • Is contextual project/problem based

  • Integrates national standards in mathematics, science, technology, and English

  • Is supported by comprehensive professional development for teachers

  • Prepares students for successful transition to college in all 2/4 year college programs

  • Is sustained and updated through a private not-for-profit foundation


Possible Characteristics of Prospective Engineering & Design Students

  1. Express a desire to be an engineer or technologist

  2. Enjoys working with computers

  3. Enjoys putting things together

  4. Inquisitive

  5. Likes to learn about how things work

  6. Team player

  7. Expresses self clearly (verbal and written)

  8. Displays an aptitude for art and design concepts

  9. Good problem solving skills