Academic and Career Planning (ACP)
Preparing students for college, career and life.
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.
Our ACP resources and processes help us ensure that every student is given opportunities to reach their potential through academics, the arts and co-curricular activities. All students will graduate with an attainable plan to reach their goals. You can view a PDF overview of our ACP Process or keep scrolling for an overview by grade.
Below is an overview of our ACP process.
Click on the grade levels to read more about what students will learn, who will be teaching it and how parents can support their learning at home.
5K to 4th Grade: Awareness
Students in our elementary schools have a multitude of opportunities to experience the world of work through classroom instruction, field trips, guest speakers and ACP geared life skills lessons. Each child is encouraged to explore their developing strengths and interests through our diverse curriculum.
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.
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