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pathway description

The AIMS Academy is a school-within-a-school program funded through the California Department of Education, California Partnership Academies. Our mission is to serve any student in the Long Beach Unified School District who is interested in investigating medical careers through academic and vocational education. Through internships, guest speakers, and hands-on career investigation, AIMS students are able to experience first-hand the opportunities that exist in the medical field. The AIMS Academy provides a close family-like atmosphere where students are provided the skills necessary to set and achieve the goals that will assist them in their future.

entrance criteria

No minimum requirements.  All interested students are welcome to apply 
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Sample Schedule

This pathway does not require any AP courses, but AP Courses are available where indicated

Pathway Elective courses shown in bold

Grade 9

  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • English 1-2 or English 1-2 Accel
  • Algebra 1 or Geometry
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Spanish 1-2
  • PE or Sport
  • Visual and Performing Arts Elective

Grade 10

  • Health and Career Exploration
  • English 3-4 or 3-4 Accel
  • Geometry or Algebra 2
  • Medical Biology
  • Modern World History
  • Spanish 3-4
  • PE or Sport

Grade 11

  • Applied Medical Occupations and Terminology
  • English 5-6 or AP English and Composition
  • Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus
  • Medical Chemistry
  • U.S. History
  • Academic* or Athletic Elective

Grade 12

  • AIMS Hospital Health
  • AP English language and Composition
  • Calculus* or  Statistics*
  • Anatomy Physiology
  • Government/Economics*
  • Academic* or Athletic Elective

*AP course available in this subject area

Course of Study is subject to change at the discretion of the district.

Work-Based Learning

  • Paid Internship opportunities through LBUSD Business Partnerships
  • Students conduct a health fair at Grant Elementary school
  • SIM Lab Long Beach Memorial
  • Industry Valued Certifications:  OSHA / HIPAA/CPR 
  • Students create a professional resume, learn interview techniques and participate in mock interviews
  • Internships at Lakewood Regional Medical Center 
  • Students earn nursing assistance certification
  • Students zoom with health industry professionals 

Industry Partners

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Long Beach Memorial Hospital 
  • Lakewood Regional
  • LBUSD Internships
  • Veterans Hospital
  • Long Beach Health Department
  • City of Long Beach HEAL Zone

For more information

For more information about AIMS, contact Valerie Gonzalez, Pathway Coordinator:

(562) 423-1472