OHS Health Academy Honored

The Oceanside High School Health Academy earned the prestigious title of a 2017 Distinguished Academy. Out of 409 California Partnership Academies, the OHS Academy was one of 16 across the state to earn a visit from the California Department of Education.

On February 9, OHS was informed the program was a 2017 California Partnership Academies Distinguished Academy. OHS is one of only 14 schools statewide warranting inclusion in this inaugural class of honorees.

An incredible group of teachers, led by Debbie Foley, are part of this exciting career pathway for students at Oceanside High School. The Health Academy is a three-year program that begins in tenth grade. The curriculum includes classroom presentations, health/science fairs, on-site blood drives, as well as a Health Occupations Students of America campus chapter. The Health Academy includes instruction on medical assisting and and pathways to become an Oceanside Firefighter. A manual was developed in collaboration with the Oceanside Fire Department (OFD) to outline the steps to take to become part of the OFD team.

Recently, the San Diego Union Tribune ran a story about Oceanside High students, benefits from the program and their healthcare career ambitions for their future. To read about it, click Oceanside students get a jump on health careers, May 6, 2017.

photo: Oceanside High School Health Academy class teacher Kim Roy instructs student Otto Allen as he injects saline solution into fellow student Lukas Soelberg. (Charlie Neuman)