Academic & Career Planning

ACADEMIC & CAREER PLANNING

Academic and Career Planning, or ACP is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills.

ACP in EASD

COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL COUNSELING

The ultimate goal of a comprehensive school counseling program is student success. The program’s design, delivery, and content are dedicated to enhancing the ability of all students to fully utilize the educational opportunities available to them. The PreK-12 program is delivered through direct and indirect services designed to address three domains of student development: academic, personal/social, and career.

Comprehensive school counseling programs are integral to the school’s educational environment and partner with other academic and behavioral initiatives to effect positive changes in student achievement and behavior. Professional school counselors plan the comprehensive school counseling program and facilitate its delivery in collaboration with school administrators, other professional educators, and community members to produce measurable results. In a comprehensive program, the school counselor serves as a leader, advocate, and collaborator working to recognize and remove systemic barriers to student success. Resulting positive changes include increased student achievement, an improved graduation rate, better attendance, reduced disciplinary referrals, completed individual learning plans, and increased student participation in the community.

Student Services also has a Resource Center where students may obtain current post secondary information on colleges, technical schools, careers, apprenticeships, financial aid, and the military. We also utilize Career Cruising, a web-based career development site, which provides current and comprehensive college and career information and is available to all students.

The high school years are a time of many challenges for the individual student. These challenges come in the form of classroom achievement, selection of and preparation for careers and higher education, pressure to use drugs and alcohol, loss within a family, acceptance by peers and family, and countless others. As counselors, we work with students to help them cope with these demands, to think globally, and to make good choices in their lives.

We encourage parents to become involved in their children’s education. Although counselors are available for support and to provide assistance in course selections, overcoming personal obstacles, and exploring career alternatives, it is ultimately the responsibility of parents and students to monitor educational planning and, along with the Pupil Services Department, assure successful completion of graduation requirements.