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Magnet Program

Magnet Application 2024-25 will be open January 2024 (Important Dates below this page)
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The Career Technical Education

Career Pathway Program at East Side Union High School District was designed to provide exciting and unique educational opportunities to our students and to give them choices among many educational programs in our district.

The East Side Magnet Schools offer specialty programs focused on one of the fifteen industry sectors recognized by the California Department of Education. As a complement to traditional course work, Magnets provide an innovative learning experience for students of the East Side Union High School District. All Magnet programs meet the Competency and Graduation Requirements of the East Side Union High School District. Completion of these specialized high school programs will constitute an excellent background for college, employment, or military service.

Students who are incoming 9th graders are eligible to apply for the Magnet Program. Students selected through a lottery for participation in the Magnet Programs may attend the school selected as long as they continue to participate and meet the requirements of the program. Any student who is dropped from the Magnet Program must return to his/her home school.

Please contact (408)347-5244 or  <> with any questions.
Career Services
East Side Union High School District
830 N. Capitol Ave
San Jose, CA 95133

Magnet Programs


Arts, Media, & Entertainment


Animation Studio

 Are you artistic? Do you want to do work that is both lucrative and creative? The Animation Pathway Mt. Pleasant High School helps you develop core animation skills as well as the real-world professional skills needed to succeed in college and a variety of creative fields in animation.

Participating in Mt. Pleasant High School's trade program for the digital arts lets you use state-of- the-art software and produce traditional animation tests and short films. You'll also be putting your skills to real-world use as you visit local animation studios and participate in the Bay Area Teen Animation Festival. 

Mt. Pleasant

Multimedia Arts


Curious about working in the graphic design and entertainment industry?  The four-year Multimedia program at Santa Teresa helps you develop the technical and leadership skills that are key for success in the design world. You'll plan and execute design projects for the community and have access to local internships and regional competitions. 

Even if you're not sure if you want to pursue a career in art or design, the critical thinking, tools and leadership skills you learn are demanded by colleges and can be applied to most real-world opportunities. 

 Santa Teresa

Media Arts

The Overfelt Multimedia Academy is an exciting three-year program (grades 10-12) that provides students an opportunity to explore their creative potential through digital media. Students will work in graphic design, photography and photo-manipulation, music production, film, and live performance through their journey in the program. We focus on providing students a chance to learn about careers in digital media fields, meet professionals in the industry, visit Bay-area work sites, and learn what their choices are for secondary education while making room for their personal academic growth in high school. We emphasize professional mannerisms and collaborative work-based projects that allow our students to see the impact of what is possible when teams work together to achieve a goal. Learn to express yourself and through creative arts in the Overfelt Multimedia Academy.

 W.C. Overfelt

Business, Marketing, & Management


Entrepreneurship Marketing

Advance your college and business career by learning the strategies and skills that will prepare you for your post-secondary path in business.  You'll take integrated business courses which include Web Page Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. You'll also put advanced computer skills to use in a real world setting and have the chance to earn multiple certifications. Your final project includes writing a business plan and helping to operate a student-run business -

Whether you plan on pursuing an advanced degree or jumping straight into work after graduation, this Pathway gives you the leadership training and technical skills needed to succeed in business today. 

Piedmont Hills

Business Careers

Learn about the world of business as you gain valuable leadership experience while still in high school. You'll explore a variety of business and technology careers, test your skills in mock interviews and write a business plan that's strong enough to compete in the NFTE Classroom Business Plan Competition.

The Business Careers Pathway at Silver Creek High School has a rigorous curriculum that uses hands-on projects to teach business and marketing fundamentals. Get real-world insight as you address the challenges that most businesses face in Silicon Valley and beyond. Silver Creek High School business classes also receive advise and mentorship from Ernst and Young's "Adopt a Classroom". 

Silver Creek

Computer, Engineering & Science Related 


Engineering Academy

Want to make the world a better place through innovation? The Engineering Academy at W.C. Overfelt teaches you lifelong habits of mind and the knowledge needed to solve complex problems in a real-world context.
In addition to core classes in math, science and engineering, the Engineering Academy helps you develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. In this "school within a school" program, you'll experience a supportive and professional environment as you're guided by the same instructors throughout the program. 
WC Overfelt

Engineering Academy

Turn engineering theory into practice at Yerba Buena's High School's Engineering Academy.  We'll help you bring complex ideas to life while you learn engineering basics and hone the life skills needed for various careers and college degrees within aerospace, computer science and other engineering careers.

We've partnered with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to create a 4-year engineering program filled with courses that are rigorous, hands-on and reality-based. At this high school for architecture and design, you'll get the technical basics as well as numerous opportunities for networking, leadership roles and job shadowing in the tech industry. The Engineering Academy at Yerba Buena High School gives you the foundational education, tools and opportunity to solve real-world challenges and design electric hybrid cars. 

Yerba Buena

Engineering Academy

Do you love designing concepts and bringing them to life? The Engineering Academy at Independence High School lets you design, build and test prototypes while learning the basics needed for various careers and college degrees within aerospace, computer science and other engineering careers.

At this high school for architecture and design, you'll solve hands-on engineering challenges and attend core classes with the same group of students. This "school within a school" model helps you maintain an advanced focus, develop strong bonds, and strengthen your collaboration and leadership skills. Experience rigorous, real-world engineering challenges as you get a head-start on college and career. Please apply here.


Health Careers


Health & Human Services/ Medical Magnet

Interested in exploring the medical field? Get first-hand understanding of the professions in health and human services. Whether you're expecting to pursue an advanced degree upon graduation, or to immediately launch your career, this Pathway gives you the education, skill sets and real-world experiences that look great on a college application or professional resume.

Throughout the program you'll have multiple opportunities to explore the medical field and earn select certifications while still in high school.  You'll also work with the same students and the same group of teachers, ensuring high levels of social and academic support.

Andrew Hill


Public and Human Services


Child Development  &  Education

Whether you're interested in eventually becoming a teacher, a pediatrician or a social worker, the Child Development and Education Pathway at W.C. Overfelt High School helps you develop and practice the particular skills needed for a career working with children and young adults.  During this 4 year high school trade program, you'll get both theoretical and hands-on experiences in early childhood education.

We'll also help you discover your own learning style and career interests and expose you to the many fields of opportunity, from education and day care to medical and mental health. The Child Development & Education pathway is articulated with San Jose City College and Mission College's Child Development Programs. 

W.C. Overfelt

Construction & Architecture

Do you want to use power tools? Wonder what it's like to read drawings and have the skills to bring them to reality? The Construction and Architecture Pathway at Yerba Buena High School gives you the technical knowledge and problem solving skills for a career in the construction field and success in pursuing life-long learning within the construction profession.

Learn the critical thinking and technical skills to solve the real challenges found on a real construction site while still in high school.  We don't use simulations to teach- you'll do hands-on projects in our labs and solve problems in real time. 

Yerba Buena

Teaching Academy

The Teaching Pathway at Independence High School prepares you for any level of college and gives you real world opportunities to hone the skills critical for success in any teaching profession or leadership role. Work collaboratively with teams of students and practice professional level presentation skills by student teaching at elementary and middle schools in Silicon Valley.

Your team of Independence High School instructors will provide guidance throughout the four years of the teaching program and will mentor you as you select a college or explore career options. The Teaching Pathway is critical for anyone who needs to communicate effectively with children, from teachers to counselors, school directors and social workers. 


Special Academic Programs


International Baccalaureate

A rigorous, comprehensive project-based learning experience for students seeking challenging university preparation opportunity. International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are taught during the junior and senior year with pre-IB courses taught during the the freshman and sophomore year. Utilizes a project-based curriculum assessed against rigorous international Baccalaureate Diploma. Courses transfer over for college credit with many universities offering IB diploma recipients sophomore standing. Incorporates use of instructional technology, including laptops and internet communications. 

Andrew Hill

*(M) -Magnet program require transfer from Home School to Magnet School.
*(M) -Magnet program require transfer from Home School to Magnet School.

Key 2023-2024 Magnet Dates
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January 29, 2024
    Magnet Application Open and Available online
February 9, 2024
    Magnet Application due by 5:00 PM via online
    East Side Union High School District
    830 N. Capitol Ave
    San Jose, CA 95133
March 13, 2024
    Magnet Lottery at 3:00 PM
    The Lounge at East Side Union High School District 
April 5, 2024
    Notification letters mailed to parents
April 15, 2024
    Parents' acceptance forms due by email at:
May 15, 2024
   Enrollment process begin at the accepted Magnet school