Academy History

Dos Pueblos High School (DPHS), in collaboration with UCSB, Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), and local industry partners determined that our community would benefit from the presence of an engineering program designed for students at a secondary level.

The staff at DPHS decided that the most effective way to implement this program would be with the support of a Specialized Secondary Program Grant offered through the California Department of Education (CDE). DPHS applied for and received a four-year grant from the CDE, consisting of one planning year and three implementation years. The DPEA offered its initial course during the 2002-2003 academic school year with the introduction of Engineering 1 and Computer Science 1. We offered additional courses and engineering emphases throughout the life of the grant, and we fully implemented the program in its current form during the 2005-2006 school year when we added the capstone senior-level Regional Occupation Program (ROP) Robotics course, supported by the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO) .