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Individual Career and Academic Plans

DPS requires all students to graduate having a plan for after high school that is meaningful to them. Students will continue to work with their counselors, teachers and families to develop, update and complete their personalized Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAPs), a process which starts as early as the sixth grade. 

Through this personalized career and academic planning process, students are empowered to learn about themselves and evaluate their path to career and college including setting and marking progress towards goals, exploration career and college options, planning towards high school graduation, and learning about financial literacy and financial aid opportunities. This ongoing development creates a personalized roadmap for students, so they are able to explore possibilities and achieve milestones towards their career and college aspirations. At the end of their senior year, students will turn in the completed plan to fulfill the ICAP requirement. 

To see what your students are learning and when, keep reading!

Teacher helps a Merrill Middle School student with their ICAP

6th Grade

Academic Planning

Students will learn about terms and semesters, standards-based report cards and the characteristics ad skills of a successful middle school student during this lesson from Aug to Nov 1st.

Academic Planning

Students will learn their learning style preferences, how to leverage these strengths and how this connects to the world of career during this lesson from Nov 1 to Dec 31st.

Career Exploration

Students will explore careers after having completed the Holland’s Career Inventory and learning the varied careers that may interest them during this lesson from Jan 1 to March 24th.

Goal Setting

Students will learn about SMART goal setting and how to make incremental progress towards their academic, career and college goals during this lesson from April 1 to June 10th.

7th Grade

Goal Setting

Students will learn about after school extracurricular activities and the importance of being active in the community while creating a resume during this lesson from Aug to Nov 1st.

Career Exploration

Students will learn the connection between their career interests and natural strengths after taking the Strengths Finder during this lesson from Nov 1 to Dec 31st.

College and Financial Aid Planning

Students will learn about the benefits to attending any varied postsecondary option and how to pay for it during this lesson from Jan 1 to March 24th.

Academic Planning

Students will explore their work values as well as their academic beliefs and mindsets and how to grow them through a hands on activity during this lesson from April 1 to June 10th.

8th Grade

Career Exploration

Students will learn their career interest cluster and prepare for the 8th Grade Career Fair during this lesson from Aug to Nov 1st.

School Choice

Students will learn about their career interests and free high schools programming including courses and work based programs aligned to their interests during this lesson from Nov 1 to Dec 31st.

Postsecondary and Financial Planning

Students will learn their options to earn college credit through DPS including ASCENT, Concurrent Enrollment, etc during this lesson from Jan 1 to March 24th.

Postsecondary Planning

Students will understand the various career paths in their identified interests areas and postsecondary paths and financial aid to support them obtaining their goal during this lesson from April 1 to June 10th.

9th Grade

Parents, want to support your 9th grade student towards postsecondary success? Find a checklist in English or in Spanish.

Graduation Planning

Students will learn about their graduation requirements, options to get there and how to plan for ongoing success throughout their four years during this lesson from Aug to Nov 1st.

Goal Setting

Students will learn about the academic and extracurricular requirements of college and scholarships and plan to expand their resume during this lesson from Nov 1 to Dec 31st.

Academic Planning

Students will learn about high school structures, grade point averages (GPA) and their High School Graduation Requirements during this lesson from Jan 1 to March 24th.

Career Planning

Students will explore their career interests again, and explore the career and postsecondary options available to them during this lesson from April 1 to June 10th.

10th Grade

Parents, want to support your 10th grade student towards postsecondary success? Find a checklist in English or in Spanish.

Graduation Planning

Students will track their progress towards graduation requirements, learn about their options and how to plan for success throughout their high school years during this lesson from Aug to Nov 1st.

Career Planning

Students will take a Career Interest Inventory and explore the careers and postsecondary paths and high school opportunities available to them during this lesson from Nov 1 to Dec 31st.

Goal Setting

Students will expand their knowledge on and start to compare the career, college and financial aid options available to them that align to their goals during this lesson from Jan 1 to March 24th.

Postsecondary Planning

Students will learn more about the varied education options available after high school and how to pay for them, including the DSF scholarship, during this lesson from April 1 to June 10th.

11th Grade

Parents, want to support your 11th grade student towards postsecondary success? Find a checklist in English or in Spanish.

Graduation Planning

Students will track their progress towards graduation requirements, learn about their options and how to plan for success throughout their high school years during this lesson from Aug to Nov 1st.

Career Planning

Students will learn about the varied careers they may be interested in and will write and plan towards building their resumes them during this lesson from Nov 1 to Dec 31st.

Goal Setting

Students will expand their knowledge of GPA, test scores and the importance of a strong college essay with all students writing a draft during this lesson from Jan 1 to March 24th.

Postsecondary Planning

Students will learn and further explore their financial aid options including grants, loans and scholarships while starting scholarship applications during this lesson from April 1 to June 10th.

12th Grade

Parents, want to support your 12th grade student towards postsecondary success? Find a checklist in English or in Spanish.

Graduation Planning

Students will track their progress towards graduation requirements, learn about their options and how to plan for success throughout their high school years during this lesson from Aug to Nov 1st.

Postsecondary Planning

Students will understand and track completion towards college applications, FAFSA, financial aid applications, scholarships and financial aid offers during this lesson from Nov 1 to Dec 31st.

Goal Setting

Students will research career expansion opportunities and financial literacy including earning outcomes while updating their resume during this lesson from Jan 1 to March 24th.

Postsecondary Transition

Students will track progress towards transitioning to college or the workforce and an opportunity to ask for transition support during this lesson from April 1 to June 10th.

Parents, want to support your 12th grade student in transitioning to college? Find a checklist here.