Brea Olinda Unified School District offers many specialized programs to meet the needs of the diverse learners in our schools. Our pathways in education begin at the elementary level
Laurel Magnet School for Innovation and Career Exploration
One of the most noteworthy aspects of Laurel Elementary Magnet school are the community partnerships that are built in every classroom and every grade. Unlike common partnerships practiced in districts across the country where community members are asked to provide support through monetary donations, this partnership is unique in that it centers on “intellectual capital” and classroom partners directly impact and inform instruction.
As part of the Career Exploration program, each classroom (TK-6th grade) is partnered with a local business so that students can learn and explore careers and engage in hands-on problem solving with the partner. Partners come from a variety of industries and include the local fire department, police department, local eateries, veterinarian offices, hotels, trash and waste companies, medical professionals, air conditioning, and technology leaders.
Partners work collaboratively over the course of the year to coach and inspire students to learn new technology skills that apply to the industry as well as explore the various ways to apply their in school learning in the real world environment. After many brainstorming sessions, field trips and classroom visits, students are given the opportunity to showcase their work to their community partners during an annual Career Exploration Showcase.
But, Career Exploration does not stop here. As a school of innovation, Laurel has also forged a school-wide Career Exploration & Innovation partner with the Discovery Cube Science Center of Orange County. This school-wide partnership provides staff, students and their families unique hands-on opportunities through engaging, innovative science-based programs.
Falcon Academy of Science and Technology
It is with great pleasure to share with our Falcon Academy families and community the exciting partnership our school began in the 2018-2019 school year! The BOUSD School Board approved the implementation of a computer science immersion program called Code To The Future for Falcon Academy students in Kindergarten to 6th Grade. Our students have the opportunity to learn fundamentals of Computer Coding as part of their daily curriculum. Through this 21st century literacy, students will develop critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills. The program is designed to help students attain the skills needed for success later in their education and to have the opportunity to meet the demand for skilled employees in this field.
Code To The Future will engage and teach students through innovative ways such as block-based programming languages, robotics, and text-based programming environments. To have students learn coding at an early age will be able to set them apart from others in any setting. We will use coding to complement core content areas and will continue to offer the same, outstanding instruction in Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, and PE. Coding is an exciting, integrated enhancement to the excellent learning already taking place at Falcon Academy!