This is 3 of 6 articles series to promote the importance of Individual Career Academic Plan (ICA) process and the school counselor’s role in guiding all students through this process
By CINDYLEE HERRERA, M.A. LSC
SLV BOCES Counselor Corp Grant
VALLEY — Milestones - Students earn grades to get to the next level milestone until they earn graduation credits needed to graduate from high school. In sports athletes practice, play pee-wee, town team kids sports then to junior high, and ultimately high school level sports. All students go through milestones in order to achieve the next level of life experience, personal success, and post-secondary workforce readiness for graduation from high school.
The definition of milestone is: “a significant event in history and/or career.” All students will go through grade level milestones to ensure they are on track for graduating from high school and the ultimate goal of succeeding in whatever career choice they make.
Here are a few examples of grade level milestones students will work on with help from their school counselors, teachers, administration, and parents/guardians.
9th grade: study and work hard to earn good grades.
Get involved with school clubs/programs, community extracurricular activities.
Take virtual campus tours of colleges across America via web search.
Talk with the school counselor to keep on track with required course work for graduation.
Explore career options.
Take the ACT EXPLORE test to better prepare for the ACT your junior year.
10th grade: Keep grades up; retake courses if necessary.
Continue conversations with the school counselor and parents
Expand in extracurricular activities, especially in areas of post-
secondary career choices.
Take courses that are challenging.
Take the PLAN test to prepare for the ACT in your Jr. year.
Take virtual campus tours of colleges.
11th grade: There is two part milestone process to the Jr. year,
beginning fall semester - each month August through December and
then Spring semester - January through June.
Take the ACT test.
Practice writing personal essays (a letter/essay handed in with all
information needed in portfolio for college application or
Search Financial Aid/scholarship options availability.
Keep consistent contact with school counselor.
12th grade: There are monthly milestones students need to
Maintain grades; utilize credit recovery if needed and main-
tain graduation credits.
Ask a trusted adult (teacher, coach, club sponsor, school
counselor, principal, etc…) to write a letter of
APPLY FOR COLLEGES OR VOCATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTES!!!
APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, THE MORE THE BETTER CHANCE TO
Keep in regular contact with school counselor to assist
through this process.
KEEP OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS/GUARDIAN.
Fill out FASFA –financial aid report to determine financial aid
PARENTS/GUARDIANS KEEP CONSISTENT CONTACT WITH YOUR CHILD/REN’S
As always parents, school, community, and students working together ensuring the students sense of connection, with the ultimate goal- graduating from High school. Then on to post-secondary workforce readiness.
This information is taken from collegeincolorado.org website.