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Huntington Beach Union High School District

Special Programs

Huntington Beach Union High School District (HBUHSD) has several special programs throughout the district that provide students with a more in depth look at various academic fields.

Here are a few examples of those special programs available at HBUHSD.

  1. Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) at Huntington Beach High School
  2. Center for International Business and Communication Studies (CIBACS) at Edison High School
  3. International Baccalaureate (IB) at Ocean View High School

Academy for the Performing Arts

Mission Statement

To provide a creative education that cultivates in students the focus, dedication and collaboration necessary to achieve excellence in the arts.


To inspire our youth to become the confident artists, leaders and audiences of the future through academic, technical and artistic education.


Igniting the creative artists of the future.  

What is APA?

The Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) is a magnet program of HBUHSD that started in 1993. The program was started to provide an intensive educational program that cultivates in students the discipline, dedication, and commitment necessary to achieve excellence in the arts and to inspire our youth to become artists and audiences of the future through academic, artistic, and aesthetic education.

The program strives to create a scholarly atmosphere for talented young performers, writers, composers and technicians alike, offering pre-professional arts education in a comprehensive high school setting.

Why APA?

Research suggests a direct correlation between involvement in the arts or arts education and heightened mathematical, reading, critical thinking and organizational skills in addition to better self-concept, tolerance and empathy for others.

APA provides artistic and technical outlets for young artists and arts enthusiasts in grades 9 - 12 on Huntington Beach High School’s Campus. We train our students to focus on both their academic and artistic education simultaneously.

APA’s visual/performing arts courses fulfill the admission requirements for college and universities including those of the University of California and the California State University systems.

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Center for International Business and Communication Studies

CIBACS Mission Statement
  1. To prepare students for tomorrow’s high-tech international business environment.
  2. To equip students with effective communication and technology skills.
  3. To encourage creative, responsible, self-motivated students who are life-long learners
What is CIBACS?

Center for International Business and Communication Studies (CIBACS) is a four-year magnet program at Edison High School. It was started in 1995 by Gary Rhoades and Richard Gruner. Both men are former teachers at Edison High School. CIBACS is a unique program that offers its students an enriched and integrated curriculum that is enhanced through competitive projects, job shadowing, and internships with business partners.

Students are prepared to progress to advanced applications of technology. They are taught to access, interpret and employ verbal, nonverbal, and electronic sources of information. Students learn to work effectively in a team and are sensitive to needs, problems, aspirations and customs of other cultures. CIBACS produces high school graduates who meet the employability requirements for tomorrow’s high tech, international business environment.

CIBACS students are challenged by creating a portfolio highlighting skills and achievements. CIBACS students will speak, write, and listen effectively, and will deliver persuasive presentations. After working for many weeks they present a final project to a panel of judges.


Our primary goal is to establish long-term relationships with a number of Orange County businesses. These partners make a significant investment of time for CIBACS students by helping to provide them with realistic training and mentoring. In return, they receive CIBACS graduates who are the best-prepared prospective employees in Orange County. Business Partners gain improved public relations and the knowledge that they are helping out–being a part of the solution.

There is development and growth for students into management positions as they progress through the program. Students can plan and run conferences, initiate correspondence, greet visitors, become peer teachers and tutors, and perform any number of tasks. This gives students an opportunity to gain important skills that will later be beneficial in the work place.

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International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

What is International Baccalaureate?

International Baccalaureate (IB) is a magnet program at Ocean View High School, designed to meet the needs of highly motivated students and to promote international understanding. As a two-year, comprehensive and rigorous pre-university program, IB provides one of the most respected secondary educations available. Successful IB candidates are typically granted advanced placement credit at the finest universities and colleges in the nation.

The effectiveness of the IB program is due not only to the depth of the individual courses, but also to the comprehensive nature of the program. Unlike other honors programs, the IB Program requires each student to take courses in six academic areas. Students participating in the full diploma program are actively engaged in a liberal arts curriculum that includes:

  • Curriculum containing six subject groups
  • Research paper (extended essay)
  • Critical thinking class (theory of knowledge)
  • Participation in extracurricular activities and community services (CAS)
Why International Baccalaureate?

Motivated by a mission to create a better world through education, the International Baccalaureate is more than its three educational programs. IB values the hard-earned reputation for quality, for high standards and for pedagogical leadership. IB achieves its goals by working with partners and by actively involving our all stakeholders—students, parents, and teachers. IB promotes intercultural understanding and respect, not as an alternative to a sense of cultural and national identity, but as an essential part of life in the 21st century.

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  • Magnet - Programs designed to draw students interested in a particular field to a school.