Piner High School Pathways
Piner High School offers a integrated course of study in the following career pathways:
Arts and Communications Pathway
The Visual Arts strand includes courses in Ceramics/Scuplture and Art. Students demonstrate creativity, innovation and imagination through watercolor, oils and acrylics, pen and ink, charcoal, plaster and clay.
The Performing Arts strand includes courses in Drama, Instrumental and Vocal Music. Students create, learn and perform musical and dramatic compositions. Students in Drama will learn to interpret works through performance and production. Students in Instrumental and Vocal Music will learn, create and interpret musical pieces as part of a choir, band or orchestra.
Performing Arts Strand: Drama
Performing Arts Strand: Instrumental and Vocal Music
Media and Communications
The Communications and Media strand includes courses in Yearbook, Journalism. Students demonstrate and learn skills necessary for success in the publishing industry and learn to be responsible for producing the school newspaper, the yearbook, or a literary magazine. Students will apply artistic processes and skills through the study of film as an art form. They will also learn the skills, techniques and systems of photography and video production.
Building Trades and Construction Pathway
This program is designed to provide experience in the use of machines, as well as hand tools, in the development of a variety of woodworking and construction related projects. Students completing this pathway will have developed a wide range of experience and training that will prepare them for an entry-level position or to further their education at a two or four year college, trade, or technical school.
Business and Information Technology Pathway
This program is designed for students who wish to learn a variety of computer applications that are highly sought after in businesses today. Students are given the opportunity to learn the Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and the fundamentals of Outlook), as well as HTML and web page design. Students also have the option of earning industry-recognized certifications, which can set them apart from their competition in our competitive global marketplace.
Option One: Computer Applications & Web Design Pathway
Option Two: Computer Applications Pathway
Option Three: Web Design Pathway
Culinary Arts Pathway
In this program students gain hands-on training in food preparation, food sales, service experience, catering skills, culinary vocabulary, sanitation and safety procedures. Upon completion of the culinary arts pathway, students will have a marketable set of skills, which will prepare them well either for an entry-level position in the field, or further training at 2- or 4-year college, trade/technical school.
The economic outlook is wide open for students with an interest in the fields of engineering, architecture, design, or graphic communications. This program is articulated with Santa Rosa Junior College so that students who successfully complete this pathway will be able to readily advance to the next level of coursework should they continue their training at SRJC post high school graduation.
Health Science Investigation Pathway: (3 courses)
In order to provide students with the advanced knowledge and specialized training needed in today’s emerging scientific and technology based fields, Piner High School has developed coursework, in partnership with industry professionals, to offer students a truly “one of a kind” educational experience. Throughout the courses in Piner’s Specialized Biotechnology/Medical Program, students will gain a rigorous academic course of study coupled with highly relevant, “hands-on” training and experience. Students will learn via stimulating “hands-on” class projects, observation in community-based laboratories and hospitals, guest lectures from industry professionals, and through engaging, contextual learning in the classroom.
Students in this program will gain an exceptionally rich academic preparation in science, with specialized training/experience in biotechnology, medical science, anatomy, physiology, and advanced technology; thereby, gaining a competitive edge in college admissions applications. Students may apply to join this program through a special application process held yearly.
Individualized Pathway: (5 courses)
Subject to the written approval of the school principal or administrator-designee, instead of meeting the requirements of a Career Pathway, University Pathway, or Specialized Program students may meet the requirements of an Individualized Pathway, which shall be designed to allow the student to meet specific objectives which could not be met through adhering to the University or Career Pathway requirement. An Individualized Pathway shall be completed when the student has demonstrated proficiency in meeting district-adopted standards from not less than a total of five year-long courses selected from those required as part of the Career and University Pathways.