California’s high schools are not working for large numbers of young people, with students feeling bored, unchallenged, or unclear about the relevance of school. Linked Learning is a high school improvement approach that makes learning exciting and challenging. It connects strong academics with real–world experience in a wide range of fields, such as engineering, arts and media, and biomedical and health sciences—helping students gain an advantage in high school, college, and career.
Pathways that link learning with student interests and career preparation lead to higher graduation rates, increased college enrollments, and higher earning potential. While there is no one right way to implement a pathway, each embraces four core components. Used in schools throughout California, this integrated approach helps students build a strong foundation for success in college and career—and life.