Academic & Career Planning
Academic and Career Planning and PI-26 Implementation at
Cedar Grove-Belgium School District
Academic and Career Planning, or 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.
Information about ACP
What does ACP stand for?
ACP means Academic and Career Planning or Plans.
“Planning” emphasizes the Process; “Plans” indicate the “Product.”
What is ACP?
Academic and Career Planning (ACP) is a collaboratively developed, student-driven process for planning for success in middle school, secondary school, and post-secondary academics and career development. Research on the benefits indicates that the ACP process increases student motivation, engagement, school connection, and awareness of individual strengths and weaknesses. Students utilizing ACP also improve their understanding of postsecondary options, better connect their goals to educational coursework and career goal activities, and engage in long-term planning for life after high school graduation.
The term ACP refers to both a process that helps students engage in academic and career development activities and an e-portfolio product that is created and maintained for the student’s academic, career, and personal advancement. These student-owned planning and monitoring tools help students create personalized programs of study that are aligned with high school graduation requirements, personal interests, and individually-defined career goals.
The ACP process is meant to ensure that all students have the opportunity to direct their learning to provide opportunities that will inform their choices for the future. The ACP process will foster personalized learning through activities and experiences to connect academic courses and personal, social and career goals. This should be supported in a way that advances goal setting, decision-making and self-advocacy skills. Building those skills will support postsecondary school, employment and life-long learning options over time.
Which students will participate in ACP?
All students enrolled in grades 6 through 12 in a public school district will participate in ACP.
This also includes students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Programs (IEP)/Post-secondary Transition Plans (PTP), as well as students with Section 504 Accommodation Plans, English Language Learners, and students who are Gifted/Talented.
The ACP Model is KNOW-EXPLORE-PLAN-GO
- KNOW- Who am I?
- Self-awareness activities
- Individual reflection and goal-setting
- EXPLORE- What do I want to do?
- Career awareness assessment
- Career research
- PLAN- How do I get there?
- Connecting middle and high school instructional activities with opportunities to explore or learn more about a particular field of interest.
- Work-based learning opportunities
- Extra-curricular and community-based learning experiences
- Postsecondary training options
- Financial plan to cover cost of postsecondary training
- GO- Do IT!
- Update regularly
- Adapt/Modify Intentional Sequence of Courses
- Adapt/Modify Personal Goals
- Adapt/Modify Postsecondary/Career Goals
- ACP Conferencing with families