Cincinnati Schools Offers Specialty High School Programs

Written by Stacey Andell for Schools K-12

Cincinnati Schools Woodward High School’s Career Programs

Woodward High School, which is part of Cincinnati Schools, established its career technical programs in 2003 and these programs have been growing ever since. All high schools in the Cincinnati Schools follow a college preparatory curriculum but as part of the restructuring of high schools in the Cincinnati Schools, small specialized courses were developed.  Woodward Career Technical High School is not only a resurrected small school but a replacement school for the razzed Woodward High School. Students began attending school in the new building in 2005. Theses career technical programs focus on the students’ needs for knowledge in the career technology fields and hands on experience that will give the students an edge in further education pursuits and the future job market. 

The Woodward Career Technical High School is designed to give students a smaller, more centered learning environment that will better prepare students for their future. The success of these programs over the last couple of years has led to Cincinnati Schools developing seven more small, focused high schools housed within the existing high schools.  Since 2003 the Woodward Career Technical High School has added one ninth grade class with the goal of being a full ninth to twelfth grade program. The redesigned building provides a corporate look and feel while housing the needed hands on laboratories. Over the next few years, Cincinnati Schools plans to redesign and rebuild all the high schools in the Cincinnati Schools system.

Cincinnati Schools’ Woodward High School’s Three Technical Programs

Cincinnati Schools has chosen as the three most important career technical programs as based on their potential in the future job market: advanced technologies, building technologies and health technologies. Students can choose which program is the best for them. The advanced technologies program focuses on the growth of automated and computer controlled manufacturing and the engineering principles needed to work in this field. The building technologies program prepares students to be leaders in the construction industry with a focus on computer based architectural design. The health technologies program educates students in health services careers focusing on biotechnology and medical laboratory work. With this in mind, Cincinnati Schools have team up with partners in the business world including Procter & Gamble Co.

Cincinnati Schools’ Aiken’s Public Service Learning High School

Another innovative high school program in the Cincinnati Schools is the Aiken’s Public Service Learning High School. This program focuses on service learning, solving real world challenges in context rather than students just completing community service hours. Students will be better prepared for college because they know how to deal with real world problems. The Aiken’s Public Service Learning High School program offers students the chance to earn college level credit for the work the students do. Students will have the chance to work with professionals in law enforcement, firefighters, and the emergency medical field. Aiken’s Public Service Learning High School will also have an intensive college preparatory program called University High School.