Middle School is an excellent time to start really exploring career interests. If students have an idea of what they're interested in, they can plan their classes in high school accordingly. Below is information on some ways the Elmwood School Counseling Program assists middle school students with career exploration and planning.
In Middle School, students take the EXPLORE assessment, which is a practice for the ACT college entrance exam. It also contains a career exploration component, which helps students plan for high school and beyond. This is usually taken in December and results are discussed during the 8th grade Careers class.
To learn more about the assessments taken in high school, click here.
8th Grade Careers Class
Each 8th grade student will take a 9 week Careers exploration class, taught by the School Counselor. During this class, students learn about career options and begin to narrow down their interests by Career Clusters, or broad occupational groupings. Experiential field trips are also part of the class as well as guest speakers. Click here to go to the class web page.
High School Planning
During the 8th grade careers class, all students create a four year plan for high school (program of study). These plans are aligned with the student's future career goals and include experiential learning opportunities in high school as well.
Click for the high school course registration book to learn more about our high school curriculum.
Higher Education Resources
Students are introduced to higher education options while in middle school. Here is a list of resources from the high school page.
Wiscareers is a great tool for career exploration, education resources, and even budgeting tools. This is a free service to students, provided by the Elmwood School District. Click here for more information.