High School Counseling Curriculum

College & Career Prep

Course Description:

College & Career Prep is a course designed to challenge 11th grade students in the various aspects of the career and college search process.  In this course, students learn about their career interests through online assessments and surveys.  They discover through online resources the many opportunities for learning outside of the classroom based on their career and major interests – such as available online courses and summer opportunities.  To further aid them in this process, each student is paired with a staff mentor, who they meet with on a bi-weekly basis to discuss assigned topics, such as goal setting, resume writing, and defining their professional interests.  Students begin completing some of the requirements of the college application process, including preparing and registering for the SAT & TOEFL tests, becoming versed in using Naviance/Family Connections – our online web-based services used in applying to colleges, completing their personal resumes, writing 2-3 college essays in narrative form, and attending both the Career and College Fairs along with other scheduled meetings with college representatives. Students will learn about the factors that need to be considered when choosing a college by using online and book resources.  They will collaborate to create infomercials and then use these factors to narrow down their college choices to ten(10) schools which fit their family’s and personal criteria.  Finally, students attend a 1-2 day long job shadow with a professional in their career field of interest and reflect on this experience in a online discussion forum.

Units:

  • Mentor Partnership
  • Career & Major Exploration
  • Outside Learning Opportunities
  • College Choice
  • Crafting a Resume
  • The Narrative Essay

Skills and Understandings:

Students will be able to:

  • Choose & describe three (3) careers with corresponding majors that match their personality, skills, and interests.
  • Identify five (5) free, online courses that are of interest to them, (offered on a variety of web sites through hundreds of reputable universities around the globe).
  • Use online databases to choose five (5) professional articles about current research being done in their identified career/study field of interest.
  • Articulate the factors needed to be considered when choosing a college.
  • Attend a College & Career Fair to further define their career and secondary education goals.
  • Write 2-3 drafts of different college essays, using the narrative format to be used in their college applications.
  • Be able to evaluate their own work, and the work of others.
  • Develop personal voice in their essays, and articulate themselves in a clear and concise manner.
  • Design a personal resume, which includes their experiences, knowledge, skills, and hobbies, which will be used in the college application process.

This course upholds the KAS mission statement by:

  • Developing a sense of community on KAS’ campus through their mentor-mentee relationships.
  • Empowering students to develop a strong sense of personal commitment and dedication to their own learning through career and major exploration.
  • Allowing students to establish a sense of self-discipline by helping students create a maintainable schedule and to meet regular deadlines.
  • Allowing students to develop their communicative skills through a variety of assignments, requiring them to articulate their thoughts and ideas to different audiences.

 

Intensive College Writing

Course Description:

Intensive College Writing is a course designed to challenge 12th grade students in the various aspects of the writing process, while also applying what they have learned to their college application essays.  Students learn about the different characteristics of a successful college application essay and complete multiple writing assignments to practice mastering such techniques.  Students use class time to work on college applications, while also completing their resumes, student info sheets used for requesting recommendation letters, and financial and scholarship applications.  Students become versed in the art of clearly, and concisely, filing out numerous application forms and answering application essay questions, all while using creativity, word choice, and their own personal voice.

Units:

  • Career & Major Exploration
  • College Applications 101
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Crafting a Resume
  • The College Essay
  • Application Submission

Skills and Understandings:

Students will be able to:

  • Choose & describe three (3) careers with corresponding majors that match their personality, skills, and interests.
  • Write multiple college essays, using the narrative format to be used in their college applications.
  • Be able to evaluate their own work, and the work of others.
  • Develop personal voice in their essays, and articulate themselves in a clear and concise manner.
  • Design a personal resume, which includes their experiences, knowledge, skills, and hobbies, which will be used in the college application process.
  • Identify the jargon used in the college application process, and know how to navigate through such terminology when searching for information and completing the application process.

This course upholds the KAS mission statement by:

  • Allowing students to develop a strong sense of personal commitment and dedication to their own learning through career and major exploration.
  • Allowing students to establish a sense of self-discipline by helping students create a maintainable schedule and to meet self-set deadlines.
  • Allowing students to develop their communicative skills through a variety of assignments, requiring them to articulate their thoughts and ideas to different audiences.