In Englewood Schools, college and career exploration is an essential part of ensuring every student is prepared to achieve their individual postsecondary plan. This exploration process begins as early as preschool and continues throughout a student’s school career. Our students engage in a multi-year process that intentionally guides them in the exploration of career, academic and postsecondary opportunities. With the support of adults, students develop the awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and skills to create their own meaningful and powerful pathways to be career and college ready.
Students in grades 7-12 create an Individual Career and Academic Plan, or ICAP, that helps them imagine a future career and design the way to get there. Students have a chance to look inside ─ to determine their interests and passions, and to look outside ─ to explore and experience career and higher education opportunities. With greater knowledge, students can imagine and then craft their individual pathway to success.
The ICAP helps students:
- Establish personalized academic and career goals
- Explore career and postsecondary educational opportunities
- Select courses that match their goals and interests
- Apply to postsecondary institutions
- Secure financial aid
- Transition into the workforce or higher education
A student’s ICAP work is ongoing and is carried with them throughout their middle and high school years, evolving and changing as they hone in on their talents and aspirations and more clearly define their goals.
Creating an ICAP is a partnership between the students, parents and school staff. Parents have access to their student’s ICAP via Naviance, and students and parents can review, revise and edit the ICAP any time. Parents are encouraged to take part in this process.
For questions regarding ICAP, please contact your student’s school counselor.