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As we continue to transition into Common Core, FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) department is fully committed to getting our students College and Career ready. You will continue to see a transformation in the expectations placed upon the students to explore life after high school and being fulling prepared both academically, and socially/emotionally. Our priority is helping our students become successful adults!


Have a wonderful year!


Ms. Althausen, and Ms. Bravo,


Althausen, Tara (530) 661-4551 FACS Teacher
Bravo, Sandra Teacher
Pacheco, Leslie Teacher

Home Economics & Health Department Goals & Philosophy


Home Economics and Health prepare students to become positive, productive members of families, the workplace, and the community that equips students with essential skills for living through instruction in seven content areas:

  • child development and guidance

  • consumer education

  • family living and parenting education

  • fashion, textiles and apparel

  • food and nutrition

  • individual and family health

  • leadership development 

Home Economics Related Occupations focuses on preparing students with skills for earning a living and careers in six pathways:

  • child development and education

  • consumer services

  • family and human services

  • fashion design

  • manufacturing and merchandising

  • food service and hospitality


The attitudes, skills, and knowledge learned in these content areas provide a basis for success in balancing home and work responsibilities as well as for transitioning to career pathways in home economics related occupations.

Home Economics and Health provide a basis for students to select courses that further develop their life management skills and/or pursue a HERO or Skills USA career path option. Both programs prepare students for transitioning to post-secondary education, including baccalaureate degree programs.

FHA - HERO, the career technical student organization for students in Home Economics and Health, provides leadership and career development opportunities that are integral to both Home Economics/Health and FHA-HERO programs. Through FHA-HERO, students learn interpersonal, leadership, citizenship and career skills for a successful future.

A unique feature is the direct link between the application of science, technology, career-technical, and life management skills that prepare students for careers as well as for managing work and family roles. A vital segment of the educational system, Home Economics/Health education integrates academic and career-vocational skills, concepts and principles in the context of work, family and personal responsibilities. Home Economics/Health education is a necessity for all students for effective living and earning.

Please note: At this time PHS does not offer FHA-HERO, however it does offer SkillsUSA to students

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to prepare students for leadership in the world of work. SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.


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