Career Planning 

Preparing students for college, career and life.

Stack of books with graduation cap on top, says "congratulations"Career Planning 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 Career Planning 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 Career Planning Process or keep scrolling for an overview by grade. 

Below is an overview of our Career Planning 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.

Develop awareness during elementary school5K 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 career geared life skills lessons. Each child is encouraged to explore their developing strengths and interests through our diverse curriculum.

Explore options during intermediate school5th & 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.

Create connections in Middle School7th & 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.

In 9th and 10th Grade, the focus is on Planning9th & 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.

Study and refine plans during the junior year11th Grade: Study & Refine

Through guided reflection with their Career Planning 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.

Execute Plan during Senior Year12th 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.

After graduation, alumni asked to ReflectPost Graduation: Reflect

As they progress along their career path, we encourage our students to continually reflect, study and refine their plan as needed.