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Principal Nathan Schar
641 Norseman Dr.
Modesto, CA 95357
Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Education and Human Development Academy (EHDA)



The Academy Model

The Partnership Academy Model is a three-year program, grades 10-12, structured as a school-within-a-school. There are currently over 500 funded programs throughout California. The model, originating with the Philadelphia Academies in the late 1960s, spread to California in the early 1980s. Academies incorporate many features of the high school reform movement that includes creating a close family-like atmosphere, integrating academic and career technical education, and establishing viable business partnerships. Emphasis is also placed on student achievement and positive post secondary outcomes. Academies have been carefully evaluated and shown to have positive impacts on school performance. Key components of the Academy model are:

  • Curriculum focused on a career theme and coordinated with related academic classes;
  • A voluntary student selection process that identifies interested ninth graders;
  • A team of teachers who work together to plan and implement the program;
  • A variety of motivational activities with private sector involvement to encourage academic and occupational preparation such as a mentor and internship program, enhanced curriculum, classroom speakers, field trips, and post secondary options.

Linked Learning

Results from a four-year evaluation of the Linked Learning District Initiative show significant gains in student outcomes. Compared with similar peers, students participating in certified Linked Learning pathways are:

- Earning more credits in the first two years of high school.
- More likely to be on track with the a-g credits they need for college eligibility.
- Reporting greater confidence in their life and career skills.

About EHDA

In preparing today's students for tomorrow's careers, Johansen's Education and Human Development Career Pathway offers both young men and women the opportunity to:

  • Develop occupational and personal skills required for employment.
  • Manage and conserve individual and community resources.
  • Make sound consumer and financial decisions.
  • Build positive interpersonal and family relationships.
  • Reinforce educational skills necessary for earning a living.
  • Explore job & career pathways through job shadowing opportunities.

Career pathways lead to associate (A.A., A.S.) degree options and baccalaureate (B.A., B.S.) degrees.

Mission Statement


The Johansen High School Education and Human Development Academy is designed to provide students with theory, education, practical skills, and experience that they will need in order to be prepared to continue their education and pursue a career in the "People Professions". This program will also include direct instruction and preparation that will enable the students to be a positive influence on the lives of children and young people under their care. At the same time it will provide them with rewarding connections to the business world.


Student Activites

Johansen Education and Human Development students participate in integrated curriculum projects, job shadowing, reading buddies, mentoring programs, community service projects as well as a rigorous academic program. All of these aspects of the Academy help students to understand the connection between school and their future careers. The Academy program helps students to be life-long learners and participants in meaningful community service.

Pathway to Success

The Education and Human Development Academy offers an introduction to a career in education. Students will study human development from birth to death and will have the opportunity to work with children of various ages-preschool to school-age. Learning by doing. Hands-on training and project-based learning is a very important component of the Education and Human Development Academy. Sophomore and Junior students have the opportunity to observe our oncampus preschool and assist in elementary classrooms in the community.


Coordination with area colleges and universities gives the student an opportunity to receive college credit while taking the Academy's articulated high school courses.

Future Careers

Some of the fastest growing careers of the future will be in the fields of Education and Human Development. Such as...

  • Teacher: Preschool, Elementary or Secondary
  • Recreation Program Director
  • Family Law Attorney
  • Psychologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Juvenile Court Probation Worker


Click here to watch a video about EHDA.


For more information or questions about becoming part of Johansen's EHDA program, please contact:

Donnie Donaldson

Donnie Donaldson
EHDA Academy Lead Teacher
[email protected]
(209) 574-1760