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In addition to a traditional high school experience, Johansen also offers excellent programs (many of which are unique to our school) that prepare students for careers and post-secondary studies.
The Agriculture Academy promotes the integration of academics and a career focus in three career pathways - Agriculture Mechanics, Animal Science, and Plant Science. Students in the Agriculture Academy can participate in FFA activities that promote premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. Freshmen may enroll in Integrated Ag Science 1-2 and, at the end of their freshman year, choose a career pathway: Ag Mechanics, Animal Science or Floral Design/Plant Science for their elective. The two-year sequence of Integrated Ag Science 1-2 and 3-4 meets the physical science and biological science graduation requirements.
Students learn cutting-edge media and technology and apply what they learn on cross-curricular projects in their core classes, preparing them for 21st-century careers and post-secondary studies. Students have two paths of study they can pursue: Digital Media Broadcasting, which is a series of multimedia courses with an emphasis on video and television production; and Digital Media Arts and Game Arts, which is a series of digital arts, design, and programming courses centered around pursuing a career in video game design. Technology is woven into the fabric of study throughout the student's high school experience.
College credits, job shadowing, internships, field trips, great speakers, and integrated curriculum are just a few of the benefits available to all students enrolled in the Education and Human Development Academy at Johansen High School. Students interested in the career fields of education, children, or any people-to-people professions are encouraged to enroll in the academy during their sophomore year. Receiving a head start on their college career, learning technology skills and participating in hands-on learning are made possible by a team of dedicated teachers in the disciplines of Social Science, English, Science and Child Development.
The Industrial Technology and Engineering Academy prepares students for life and for a worthwhile, high-paying career in a technological world. The Industrial Technology and Engineering Academy includes a secondary through university-level career pathway in the following areas: communications, manufacturing, construction, energy/power and transportation. Students who complete a sequence of strong integrated academic courses, industrial and technology courses, job shadowing, internships and work experience will be realistically prepared for a meaningful and productive career.
The arts are alive and well at Johansen. Students now have the opportunity to join Johansen's dynamic VAPA Pathway and have access to award winning programs in all disciplines of the visual and performing arts including: Art, AP Music Theory, AP Studio Art, Band, Beginning and Advanced Ceramics, Beginning and Intermediate Choirs, Commercial and Graphic Art, Beginning and Advanced Drama, Guitar, Jazz Band, Marching Band & Color Guard, Orchestra, Photography, Piano, and Viking Singers - a select, advanced vocal ensemble. Students in VAPA are able to take the most rigorous course of academic classes combined with four years in the arts meeting graduation and college acceptance requirements.
AP offers college level courses and exams for highly motivated students in secondary schools. Its reputation for excellence results from the close cooperation among secondary schools, colleges, and the College Board. More than 2,900 universities and colleges worldwide grant credit, advanced placement, or both to students who have performed satisfactorily on the exams, and 1,400 institutions grant sophomore standing to students who meet their requirements.
Johansen is the leading school in the area in advanced technology career training. We offer cutting-edge introductory, intermediate, and advanced coursework in a variety of high demand fields, including 3D Visualization & Animation, Computer Programming, Multimedia, Video Game Design, Video Production, and Web Design.
The Philosophy of the Visual Arts Department at Johansen High School is to encourage all students to learn about the Arts as a process of intellectual growth and self-discovery and as a contribution to the advancement of our collective cultural heritage. We believe that the creative process is essential to learning and we strive to provide a diverse, comprehensive curriculum that includes creating, making aesthetic judgments and developing a unique artistic voice. We challenge students to become life-long learners who understand and appreciate the potential of the Arts to enhance their lives by making them more involved, creative and responsible citizens.
The Johansen Instrumental music department is a vibrant program achieving high honors and making a strong impact in their community and with every student's life. The program includes the ensembles: orchestra; concert band; jazz band; marching band; color guard; winter drum line. All of these ensembles perform at various festivals, on campus concerts, community events, as well as other types of events. Students in ensembles learn music from across the ages and genres and never cease growing as musicians and citizens.
Johansen offers both junior varsity and varsity cheerleading. Cheerleaders create routines including dance, jumps, tumbling, cheers, and stunts to direct spectators at sporting events, rallies, and other activities to cheer for the school's teams. Cheerleading contains aspects of school spirit and competition.
The Johansen High School Vocal Music Department provides students the opportunity to perform great choral literature while entertaining local audiences and performing at a variety of civic and community events. Johansen Choirs are truly honored to represent our community in a variety of capacities. They also have the opportunity to tour throughout California, often giving students their first experience outside of Stanislaus County.
Johansen has a wide range of clubs to suit a variety of student interests, including: Agape, Key Club, National Art Honor Society, Ping Pong, Hip Hop/Freestyle, Anime, Future Business Leaders of America, French, Spanish, Associated Latino's Union, Dance Production, Technology/Video Gaming, Photography, Black Student's Union, Link Crew, Future Farmers of America, FHA, Foodies, Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, Academic Decathlon, I Can, Pals, Viking Gardeners, & Purple Reign.
Johansen's culinary arts program provides students with the opportunity to prepare for careers in the food preparation and restaurant industry. This exciting program includes hands on food preparations projects.
Johansen's dance program teaches students the art of dance. Numerous styles of dance are studied, and students apply what they learn in performances.
Find your inner actor! Drama is designed to introduce you to the art of acting and to develop a foundation in the theater arts. Study acting through exercises, improvisation, movement, scene study and analysis, character development and production. Learn about the structure of drama styles of acting and the history of theater, while having fun designing and engaging in performances.
In Floriculture/Design, students will explore the floriculture industry on a more technical and advanced level. Students will expand upon their creative expression, aesthetic valuing, perceptions, and historical and cultural context. The art elements and principles of design will serve as a foundation for each unit covered.
Leadership is "organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal". Students that are part of this valuable program learn to be leaders at their school and in their community.
The Link Crew program, which uses members of the junior and senior classes as Link Crew leaders, provides a structure which guides freshmen toward both academic and social success. Link Crew helps create an environment where freshmen learn that people at school care about them and their future by removing the culture of negativity toward freshman and replacing it with support, connection and a sense of comfort and belonging.
In mock trial, students participate in rehearsed trials to learn about the legal system in a competitive manner. The mock trial program was started to allow high school students to experience the courtroom in a hands-on role. Mock trials are set up and structured just like a real court, bound by the same rules. This helps students to know exactly what role each of the different people in a court (judges, lawyers, witnesses, etc.) do in the judicial system. Cases typically have to do with problems faced by teens, and will usually involve teenagers as witnesses.
Our music department also offers guitar and piano classes which give students an introduction into two great musical instruments. These classes cover the basics of understanding music and a basic proficient ability to play the instruments.
Johansen is one of the only schools in the district with an open computer lab for students that need computer access to both work on projects and for teachers that book it for technology based lessons.
Powderpuff football games are an annual tradition at Johansen. The game puts girls from the junior class against girls in the senior class in a flag football or touch football contest. Boys, usually athletes, will be the cheerleaders. Powderpuff usually occurs before homecoming.
Johansen offers a wide variety of sports for students to choose from including: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.
Johansen's sheet metal and industrial fabrication program is designed for students who plan to pursue industrial technology careers and/or training. Students will explore the three primary areas of industrial technology: production, manufacturing and construction, using hands-on laboratory exercises throughout the course. Students will practice the basic skills necessary to successfully function as an entry-level technician.
The Johansen Work Experience program is an excellent way to earn up to 20 credits per year. Also, students can work up to 40 hours per week if they are enrolled in Work Experience (otherwise a regular work permit only allows a student to work up to 20 hours per week). Class is held one day per week in the Career Center. Students must be on track for graduation to be in Work Experience.
The yearbook program puts students at the creative helm of recording, highlighting, and commemorating each given school year in a published book which is distributed to the student body. Students learn and apply desktop publishing and photography to produce a work of art that the student body will cherish for a lifetime.