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Academic and Career Planning


An academic and career plan (ACP) represents a fluid, mapped academic plan reflecting a student’s unique set of interests, needs, learning goals, and graduation requirements. It goes beyond the traditional “four-year plan” by recording a student’s connections to the larger community, including community service, volunteerism, hobbies and activities, and postsecondary planning.

Development of an ACP involves students' participation in school counseling activities beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school. These activities focus on academic, personal/social, and career development with the purpose of preparing the students for postsecondary/college and career choices.

Parents/guardians are an integral part of the ACP process by supporting ongoing career exploration. Additionally, parents are invited to participate in an ACP conference with their child and the school counselor at 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grades.

Ideally, ACP conferences occur during the school day with the student, parent/guardian, and counselor. Alternate scheduling may be arranged with the school counselor to meet the needs of parents/guardians. ACP conferences should last between 30 and 45 minutes. This process will help parents and students make informed decisions to meet their academic and career goals.


ACP conference topics:

  • Self-awareness - "Who am I?"
  • Career planning and management - "What do I want to do?"
  • Academic progress and management - "How will I get there?"
  • Special concerns


Throughout high school and with school counselors, students view and update ACP documents. Completed ACPs are stored in the e-portfolio of Career Cruising.

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Academic and Career Plan Expected Outcomes for K-12 Students

A student's personal, academic, and career success depends on access to tools and guidance throughout their educational career. Participation in an ongoing process of goal setting, self-reflection, assessment, and career exploration is a key component of student success along with the creation of an Academic and Career Plan (ACP).

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