Academic Career Planning
What is Academic and Career Planning?
Beginning with the graduating Class of 2018, the State of Wisconsin required that all students in 6th through 12th grades complete a portfolio of work related to their high school academic performance and their career exploration and planning process.
5th & 6th Grade: Exploration
While at intermediate school, students begin to explore career clusters in a more personalized way through the use of career exploration software and interest inventories. They learn about the importance of looking at their skills, interests and personality when determining if a career cluster might be a good fit for them and worth further exploration.
7th & 8th Grade: Connections
Students will experience a variety of hands-on opportunities to help them begin narrowing the focus of possible career options. Throughout their time at JRG, they will thoughtfully consider who they are, their strengths and interests and begin making connections to career clusters that could be a good fit.
9th & 10th Grade: Plan
Throughout freshman and sophomore year, students will explore course options while taking into consideration their skills, interests and personality. They will learn about multiple post-secondary options for the careers they are considering. Students will plan course sequencing that both aligns with their career interests and post-secondary needs while also learning the importance of getting involved in extracurricular opportunities.
11th Grade: Study & Refine
Through guided reflection with their ACP advisors, juniors will research what is needed to be successful on the paths they are considering, assess themselves against those requirements and refine their plan as needed to meet their personal goals. This may be done through job shadows, interviews, career speakers and more. With these experiences students will be able to develop an actionable plan for their future.
12th Grade: Execute Plan
During their senior year, students will execute their plan. Whether it is preparing for interviews, completing college applications or meeting with a recruiter, our students will be ready.
Post Graduation: Reflect
As they progress along their career path, we encourage our students to continually reflect, study and refine their plan as needed.
Life After Graduation: Beginning the Planning Process for College & Career
Academic and Career Planning can involve Career Specialists or College Advisors from our local area University of Wisconsin and Technical Colleges.
Focusing Now & How it Connects to My Future
Academic and Career Planning involves supporting our students to achieve at their highest level academically while in high school. Working hard and succeeding in courses that are challenging for our students is key in being prepared for the next step beyond high school, whether that's onto a four year university, a two year technical college, or direct entry into the work force.