College & Career Readiness

This year --

  • We will use a new online program called Xello.  This is an online career and college website that we will explore in science and ELA classes.  Students will be taking some inventories to begin getting an idea about their strengths and interests with regards to careers and training programs/college.
  • This year all 8th graders and 7th graders who signed up, had the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9.  More information is offered on the left menu or at the website collegeboard.org or this Counseling website.
  • It is an appropriate time for students to begin to "see" in to their futures of learning, work, and individual interests --- in life!  Begin pointing out each student's individual assets and strengths so that they have reflect of these valuable traits.  Encourage practice and exposure to things that may be a challenge -- like shyness and Drama class, etc.
  • The first steps are AWARENESS to the world of work as it directly relates to one's own personality, interests, strengths, and challenges.
  • There are many different PATHWAYS through specific education study, formal and informal schooling, and job development that can lead to a meaningful and productive living and learning throughout the lifespan.  A few of such pathways are introduced in middle school, and further, the concept of pathways is introduced.
  • Not least important, 8th graders will begin their BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL PLANS, which ultimately will be a required part of their graduation package of coursework and credits.  Our 8th graders will be set to graduate in 2023! 
  • Any student or parent who wishes to discuss pathways, colleges, careers, or educational planning is invited to attend future presentations or arrange for an appointment with their school counselor.
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