Harmony Magnet Academy was the first school in Porterville Unified School District (PUSD) (CA) to implement an approach to transforming high school education that combines rigorous academics, career-based learning in the classroom, work-based learning, and integrated student supports. High schools implementing this approach, known as Linked Learning, focus on specific industry themes, such as engineering, health care, performing arts, and others, to provide students with relevant learning experiences that directly engage state and local business and industry, higher education, and other community members.
Students at Harmony Magnet Academy participate in one of two Linked Learning career pathways―engineering and performing arts. Through PUSD’s Linked Learning approach, students (1) benefit from small learning communities and take classes as part of a cohort; (2) experience integrated curriculum across their career and technical education and academic courses; (3) participate in work-based learning tied to their industry-themed curriculum; (4) benefit from personalized student supports that meet the academic, personal, social, and emotional needs of the student; and (4) increase their learning time through block scheduling that allows time for accelerated and differentiated instruction. Each industry pathway has counselors and academic assistants who mentor students to provide additional personal, academic, and work-based learning support. PUSD offers twelve Linked Learning pathways across five high schools that are open to all students districtwide. Learn more about Linked Learning.