Academic Planning

Academic Planning can be broadly defined as encompassing all aspects of academic life,including social, emotional, and behavioral development, as well as the more obvious focus on making long-term academic, college-preparation, and career decisions.  Key counselors are committed to providing a progression of experiences and opportunities that support the academic, social, and emotional development of students.  They strive to help all students become knowledgeable about key learning benchmarks and the academic options and choices within APS to prepare students to make post-secondary choices based on their interests, talents, and skills.


Students discuss course options and develop a plan that will lead to meeting graduation requirements as well as college and career goals. Students develop 21st-century skills in critical and creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication and media technology in order to thrive in college and/or a career.

PREK – 2:

FOCUS: Students begin to build a strong foundation for their academic careers by learning about goals and goal-setting. Students begin to learn about college and careers,through the curriculum with teachers, during classroom guidance lessons with the school counselor, and during school-wide college and career activities.

TAKE ACTION: Share your goals for your child’s education with your child. Talk to your child about college, jobs and career experiences in the community. Talk with the teacher and the counselor about how to work together to accomplish your goals for your child’s education and career.

3 – 5:

FOCUS: Students set educational goals and learn how to monitor their progress towards the goals. Students focus on college and career awareness, and how their personal interests are connected to future careers. Students also learn how skills they use in school connect with college and the world of work.

TAKE ACTION: Set goals with your child at home, and talk about how to accomplish those goals.Include your child when making family decisions and working together on family projects. Ask your child about her/his interests and connect these interests with jobs, work and careers. Visit a college campus in your community or take a virtual college tour on a computer.

SCHOOL OPTIONS:  What school is right for my child?

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