Opportunities and Options Await

Opportunities and Options Await

We believe that all students must have access to a positive and challenging learning environment. The right environment is vital to guiding and inspiring students to realize their individual potentials. Downey Unified School District does just that with a positive school culture, safe and clean campuses and a knowledgeable and caring staff. Regularly raising our standards and improving all aspects of our programs, we always strive to offer our students the best…because they deserve the best!

Downey Unified School District is now accepting applications for children who live outside the Downey Unified boundaries. We welcome motivated students interested in sharing our vision.

CSU & UC Ready

Career Technology Education

Early College Program


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Setting Our Students Up for Success

All Downey Unified graduating students are CSU and UC-ready by completing 220 credits and earning Cs or better in courses that meet CSU and UC “A-G” course requirements. Our graduation requirements match the Cal State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems. he A-G course requirements ensure students have attained core subject knowledge that fully and effectively prepares them for college and makes them college-eligible.
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Outstanding Graduation Rate

Downey Unified continues to have a higher graduation rate than the state average and higher than the 11 surrounding districts.

Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways

CTE courses provide students with an opportunity to acquire real-life skills to prepare them for successful, continuing education or entry-level career positions. CTE Pathways can provide dual enrollment opportunities, certification in software programs, or even participation in competitions.

Arts, Media & Entertainment

  • Animation
  • Dance
  • Film & Video Production
  • Art, Business and Science (ABS)
    of Game Design — coming soon

Building & Construction Trades

  • Construction Technology
  • Welding 

Education & Family Services

  • Principles of Education

Engineering & Architecture

  • Engineering

Health Science & Medical Technology

  • Biomedical Science


  • Culinary Arts

Information & Communication Technologies

  • Computer Science
  • Information and Technologies with Cerritos College and Amazon Web Services (AWS) — coming soon
  • Audiovisual — coming soon

Manufacturing & Product Development

  • Advanced Manufacturing Product Design
  • Welding

Public Services

  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Practices


  • Automotive Technology

Early College Program

Earn College Credits While Still in High School

Downey Unified’s Early College Program, in partnership with Cerritos College, is designed for students who want to get a head start in college. Students have the opportunity to take Cerritos College classes at their high school and complete approximately 46.5 units transferable to a CSU and/or UC while earning their high school diploma simultaneously. 8th-grade students are encouraged to apply for this four-year program, which will save time and money when attending college.

Learn more about the Early College Program here.

Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC)

Preparing Students for Life After High School

JROTC is a military-regulated high school program whose purpose is to educate high school students in leadership roles. The JROTC curriculum provides equitable and challenging academic content and authentic learning experiences for all students (Cadets). All lessons are designed using a four-part model to motivate the Cadet, allow the Cadet to learn new information, practice competency, and apply the competency to a real-life situation. The JROTC program helps teenagers gain character attributes, as well as leadership, life skills, and a sense of determination they can use to succeed in their education, career, and life ahead.

While participating in JROTC carries no commitment to later serve in the military, students will be exposed to the over 150 different careers the US Army offers, and many skills that are transferable to life after high school.

Learn more about the JROTC Program here.

Not quite ready? Call (562) 469-6518 for more information.

Do you live in Downey? You can enroll now!

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11627 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241

(562) 469-6500