9th Grade: PlanAcademic and Career Planning (ACP) in 9th Grade

What does ACP look like for 9th graders?

As a freshman, students will create a tentative 4-year course plan taking into consideration their career cluster research and what seems to be a good fit for them.  They will plan course sequencing that both aligns with their career cluster and post-secondary needs while also learning the importance of getting involved in clubs, student organizations and volunteer work.

If you have questions about ACP, please contact your child's school counselor.

Below you will find the ACP experiences for students in 9th grade.

Click on each experience to learn more about what students will learn, who will be teaching it and how parents can support their learning at home.

  • Students will complete a self-assessment relate to the Redefining Ready! Criteria to reflect on their growth and progress toward their desired post-secondary plan.
  • ACP Advisors will guide students to the Redefining Ready! Criteria and facilitate a self-assessment as well as a conversation about where they are compared to where they need to be for their planned pathway.
  • Parents can talk with your student about...
    • Their plans for the future.
    • Help them fill in some gaps where they may have not considered all options.
    • Challenge them in their thinking to make sure they have fully explored and researched potential career options.
  • Students will complete the interest inventory (called Career Matchmaker) in Career Cruising.
  • ACP Advisors will lead students through interest inventories.
  • ACP Advisors will show students which high school clubs and activities align to their career interests.
  • ACP Advisors will guide students through the selection and finalization of a career cluster(s).
  • ACP Advisors and school counselors will help student select courses aligned to their career cluster and pathway.
  • Parents can talk to their student about...
    • Discuss their plans for the future
    • Reflect on involvement at the high school level and how it aligns to their career interests
  • Students will review their course plan yearly to ensure its accuracy as well as its relevance for their post-secondary plan.
  • ACP Advisors will review student course plans.
  • Parents will assist their child in the creation and maintenance of their course plan by encouraging their student to review it regularly and by supporting any adjustments.
  • ACP Advisors will lead students through self-interest inventories in Career Cruising.
  • Students will complete the interest inventory (called Career Matchmaker) in Career Cruising.
  • Parents can talk to their student about their results and how it aligns with their interests and career clusters.