Starting in kindergarten and throughout their journey through to graduation, students are taught to identify and develop their personal
interests, passions, and competencies.
The Career Education curriculum fosters lifelong
learning, and consists of three major phases:
Developing Foundations, Exploring Possibilities, and Pursuing Preferred
Experiential learning, community connections, and personal reflection equally guide students as they transition along the career-life development path.
Developing Foundations in Career-Life Development
to Grade 5, career-life development is largely about the expanding sense of
self, positive community engagement, and reflection on learning and
goal-setting. Students develop an awareness of their personal interests and
strengths, and the roles and responsibilities of family, school, and community
in supporting their lifelong learning journey.
6-9: Exploring Possibilities in Career-Life Development
In Grades 6-9,
students continue to reflect on, self-assess, and set goals in personal
competency development and determine their strengths and preferences as they
explore career-life concepts such as identity, leadership, personal planning,
and transferable skills. Students are introduced to increasingly diverse
experiential learning opportunities and ways in which family, mentors, and community
networks support their continued career-life development.
10-12: Pursuing Preferred Futures in Career-Life Development
10-12, students further refine personal career-life development goals through
experiential learning, cultivating community connections, gathering authentic
evidence of learning, and reflecting on competency development. They explore
post-graduation possibilities in diverse educational, work, and personal life
contexts and build the personal career-life management skills needed to
effectively pursue who and how they want to be in the world. Career-Life Education (CLE 10) and Career-Life Connections (CLC 12) are part of the graduation
requirements, and Career-Life Connections includes a career-life exploration
component and a capstone.
students, contemplating career-life possibilities becomes prominent for the
first time during grades 10-12. Curriculum that provides an intentionally
aligned learning progression encourages students to move from exploring various
career-life possibilities and practicing employability skills to applying their
refined self-knowledge and career-life strategies as they move forward in
advancing preferred future possibilities.
The Capstone is a rigorous learning opportunity that allows students to reflect
and share in personally meaningful ways, and is a requirement for Career-Life
Connections and for graduation.
The purpose of the capstone is to let students demonstrate the knowledge, competencies, and passion(s) that they can offer the
world, as they integrate personal interests, strengths, and new learning with
preferred future possibilities.
It is a deeper learning experience that
supports the student’s continued learning journey into post-graduation
possibilities, and provides an opportunity to reflect and synthesize as well as
showcase and celebrate.