What is the Konocti Education Center (KEC)?

The KEC is located next to Woodland Community College: Clearlake Campus and includes specialized programs in the area of the Arts (Konocti School for the Arts), College immersion (Middle College Pathway), and Health (Konocti Health Magnet School), plus the Lewis School for Independent Studies and the Cornelison Events Center. The specialized programs (or Magnet Schools) are “schools of choice” and provide a focused area of instruction.

This exciting four-year program, funded by a $1.2 million dollar grant, provides students in grades 9-12 with a rigorous and challenging activities-based education emphasizing post-secondary education and health career occupations.

KEC work is integrated with academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum.  KEC has developed partnerships with businesses and post-secondary schools providing pathways to employment and/or associate, bachelors, and advanced degrees.  Along the way, students develop career-relevant, real-world 21st Century skills.

We will closely monitor your progress and provide you with many opportunities to master course content and gain valuable field experience.

Following the Upward Bound model, if accepted in the Konocti Education School, you will be challenged, but supported.  Class sizes will be smaller, tutoring will be provided, and the Konocti Education Center is adjacent to both Woodland Community College and St. Helena Hospital, Clearlake in order to facilitate job shadow and internship experiences.

KEC courses meet a-g requirements necessary for entrance into the UC college system.

Konocti School for the Arts (4th-8th grades)

KSFA offers an integrated approach to learning, embedding drama, dance, music, and art into instruction. Our philosophy stresses a non-competitive environment where students can focus on learning, without fear of failing. Courses are designed to help students see, feel and interpret their everyday world in imaginative new ways.

Konocti Middle College Pathway (9th-12th Grades)

Through collaboration with our neighboring campus, The Lake County Campus of Woodland College, the KEC provides highly motivated students an opportunity to explore college and earn credits while still in high school. The KEC/Middle College Grant allows students to attend college classes the year after graduation, with supports, while completing their certificates or AA/AS degrees and/or preparing for transfer to a four-year college. Students in the Middle College Pathway continue taking the required high school coursework to earn their diploma while completing a minimum of four college classes per year. Additional college classes may be taken upon approval, and summer classes are also offered; students are encouraged to take summer classes starting the summer after their eighth grade year.

Konocti Health Magnet School (7th-12th Grades)

KEC’s Medical Magnet School was initiated through a California Career Pathway Trust grant. Utilizing real-world, hands-on curricula and project based thematic instruction, students collaborate on a variety of projects each year. In addition, sophomores produce the annual elementary school health fair, juniors complete a variety of job-shadow experiences and teach health lessons to elementary school students. Seniors complete medical/ healthcare internships as well as a senior project. Students take numerous field trips to colleges and medical facilities, complete at least 6 college units and have use of medical equipment and a laptop computer while in the program.

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