New courses approved at Mountain View High for next school year


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The MVLA District Board approved Mountain View High School’s proposal to offer four new courses in the next school year. These classes are all in alignment with the MVLA District plan to expand Career Technical Education (CTE) offerings.

Mountain View High School students can expect to see a larger variety of courses in the next school year, as the Mountain View–Los Altos Board of Trustees approved the new classes Business Management, Work Exploratory, Architecture II and Health Careers in the recent Board meeting. These course proposals for the 2023-2024 school year were approved in the unanimous vote on Thursday, November 17.

After approval from Associate Superintendent Leyla Benson in the past fall, MVHS brought the proposal to the Board for the final stage of approval. These new additions align with the District’s plan to expand Career Technical Education (CTE) courses — classes designed to integrate core academic knowledge and preparation for higher education and careers. All four courses are eligible and approved for A-G University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) graduation requirements. 

“We’re very proud of the efforts we’re making towards our career technical education pathway, and very excited about the new courses,” said Superintendent Nellie Meyer. 

Business Management aims to provide students with academic and analytical skills to succeed in business courses in college, as well as to provide experience in small business management. Business Management will connect into the Business Management II course. 

In the Work Exploratory course, students will explore various careers and job opportunities within a chosen field. The Health Careers course will offer different opportunities for students in the healthcare field specifically, and it will help students to complete health-related projects. According to Santa Clara County, healthcare is one of the top three fields of employment growth around the country. 

In a survey conducted by MVHS, many students expressed interest in both the Health Careers and a Work Exploratory courses. Mountain View High will also implement Architectural Design II as a capstone course, to be taken after the currently-existing Architectural Design I class.