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The Software Engineering and Gaming Academy (SEGA) is a college preparatory program with a focus on software engineering through the lens of video game development. SEGA prepares the student for college and a career in software development by engaging the student in the use of video game development as a tool to acquire the following skills and domain level knowledge: general programming skills, practical debugging, design, testing methodologies, technical writing, pair and team programming, problem solving and information analysis, and effective software development processes.

entrance criteria

No minimum criteria.

Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and current enrollment in Algebra 1 may apply as a Laureate student. 

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Sample Schedule

SEGA students are encouraged to build experience outside of the classroom through Service Learning (volunteering) and through Work Based Learning (internships, job shadow, exploring careers, etc.). To receive the SEGA Medallion,  40 hours of service learning with at least 10 hours related to your pathway industry sector are required.

*In addition to service learning/work based learning, to earn a medallion you must:

  • Complete 3 Pathway courses with a 3.0 in pathway courses
  • Take 1 AP or Dual Enrollment Class

Pathway Courses are in bold.

Grade 9

  • Level : Game Design
  • English 1-2
  • Algebra 1 or Geometry Acc
  • Biology of the Living Earth
  • World Language 1-2
  • PE/Sport/Marching Band
  • Visual and Performing Art Elective  (Graphic Design 1-2 recommended)                                        

Grade 10

  • English 3-4 
  • Geometry or Algebra 2 Acc
  • Chemistry in the Earth's Systems
  • Modern World History*
  • World Language 3-4
  • Academic Elective* (Recommended AP Computer Science Principles or Graphic Design 3-4)

Grade 11

  • Level 2:  Game Development
  • English 5-6*
  • Algebra 2, Functions/Stats/Trig or Pre-Calculus
  • Physics of the Universe or Elective Science*
  • U.S. History*
  • World Language 5-6* or other Elective*
  • Academic* or Athletic Elective

Grade 12

  • Level 3:  SEGA Capstone Course
  • Diverse Voices and Media Literacy, CSU Expository Reading and Writing or English Literature*
  • Calculus*,  Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry*,  Finite Math or Intro to Data Science, Statistics*
  • Government/Economics* 
  • Academic*or Athletic Elective (2-3 recommended)

*There is an AP Course available for all students in this subject area.

Course of Study is subject to change at the discretion of the district.

Work-based learning 

  • Partnership and speakers with Amazon Future Engineers
  • Training and Certification in Unity, Java Script, HTML/CSS, Construct3 
  • Port of Long Beach Data Tech Tour
  • Professional Externship and Sony International
  • JPL Tour
  • TSA - Technology Student Association
  • AT&T Hacemos Big Tech Day
  • CSUDH E-Sports Facility Tour

Industry Partners 

  • Amazon Future Engineers Program
  • The Coder School
  • Independent Professional Developers
  • AT&T Hacemos
  • CSULB Society of Women Engineers
  • CSUDH E-Sports

For more information

For more information, please complete the following form. Your questions will be forwarded to an appropriate staff member. Please allow 5-7 days for someone to contact you. We look forward to hearing from you!