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Coburn, Tara

Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

What is the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism?

The Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (est. 1991) is a specialized learning community dedicated to helping students define their path for success while still in high school. Academy students go to the same classes together, learn about career opportunities in the Hospitality & Tourism industry, and attend many fun field trips and events (most at no cost to the student). Skills such as public speaking, presenting, team problem solving, entrepreneurship and innovation are emphasized in academy classes. Students make resumes, learn interview skills, get personalized college application help, and have industry mentors (hospitality/business/tech). Our graduates say that the best part of the academy, aside from the fun field trips, was that the academy really prepared them for college and their future careers.

What courses do I take?

Introduction to Hospitality & Tourism  10th Grade
This dynamic course will introduce you to the fascinating world of hospitality and tourism. From airlines and hotels, to travel and event planning, this course has it all. You will also learn important employability skills such as: creating a resume, interviewing, public speaking, and customer service. 
Industry Familiarization Trip to Monterey (day trip)
Hospitality & Tourism Management 11th Grade

This interactive course will provide you with the opportunity to learn and apply industry-specific principles of management and entrepreneurship. In the first semester, you will learn the necessary skills to be able to start, own, and operate/manage a restaurant. Second semester you will participate in a business plan competition where you can compete locally and win cash prizes.


Industry Familiarization Trip to  San Francisco (overnight trip)

Marketing Hospitality & Tourism 12th Grade

This course continues where the junior course leaves off and delves even deeper into the world of advertising and marketing. Students participate in multiple design challenges, including Microsoft's World Series of Innovation and NFTE’s Business Plan Competition


Industry Familiarization Trip to Disneyland (3 day 2 night trip)

Academy Events

Field Trips & Job Shadowing

All levels sophomores, juniors, and seniors are able to participate in multiple day-long job shadowing opportunities in the hospitality, business, and tech industry. Past trips have gone to Hayes Mansion, Marriott, Doubletree, The Fairmont, IBM, Linked-In, Cisco, Mission College, SAP Center, and many more! These trips are provided at no cost to the student.


Each grade level (sophomore, junior, senior) has a specialized Industry Familiarization Trip each yer. This is provided at a low cost to students, and is an optional activity within the program.

Academy Events

Non-Discrimination Statement

East Side Union High School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. East Side Union High School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to the Office of the Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services at (408) 347- 5061 or 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, Ca 95133.

Declaración Contra la Discriminación

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y el abuso en los programas educativos, las actividades o el empleo por causas de ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color de la piel, discapacidad, género, identidad de género o expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, estado de paternidad, embarazo o estado familiar o civil o asociación con una persona o grupo de personas con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side requiere que el personal escolar tome los pasos necesarios inmediatamente para intervenir cuando sea seguro hacerlo en caso de ser testigos de un acto de discriminación, acoso, intimidación o abuso.

Las preguntas o quejas de acusaciones de discriminación, acoso, intimidación y abuso o las preocupaciones sobre la igualdad y el cumplimiento de la ley con relación al artículo IX del Código de Educación deben ser dirigidas a la Oficina del Asistente del Superintendente para los Servicios de Enseñanza al (408) 347-5061 o a la siguiente dirección: 830 N. Capitol Ave, San José, Ca 95133.

Tuyên Bố Không Phân Biệt Đối Xử

(Non-Discrimination Statement)

Học Khu Trung Học East Side nghiêm cấm mọi hành vị kỳ thị, quấy nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt trong các chương trình giáo dục, các hoạt động hoặc trong công việc không được đặc trên cơ sở về tổ tiên, chủng tộc hoặc sắc tộc, tôn giáo, giới tính, khuynh hướng tình dục, cha mẹ, người mang thai, gia đình, hoặc tình trạng hôn nhân, hoặc liên hệ với một người hoặc một nhóm với nhiều điểm thực tế hoặc đặc điểm về nhận thức. Học Khu Trung Học East Side đòi hỏi nhân viên nhà trường phải tiến hành ngay các biện pháp can thiệp một cách an toàn khi họ chứng kiến các hành vi kỳ thị, quấu rối, hăm dọa hoặc bắt nạt.

Nếu có các câu hỏi hoặc khiếu nạo về sự phân biệt đối xử, sách nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt hoặc liên quan đến Title IX sự công bằng và tuân thủ các điều này xin qúy vị liên lạc với Văn phòng Phó Tổng Giám Đốc Đặc Trách Giáo Dục tại số điện thoại (408) 347-5061 hoặc địa chỉ 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133.