College & Career Readiness is a Priority at PVHS

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Starting in the 2021-22 school year, PVHS is taking another step to make sure all students are ready for life after high school. The District has added a new College and Career Ready Seminar to graduation requirements.  PVHS counselors will teach this course giving students the opportunity to learn about their own interests and the post-secondary options available to them.

Students will earn 0.125 credits a year by participating in this sequence for one-quarter of each year, likely opposite a PE or Health class.  Some of the topics to be presented are listed below.

9th Grade 10th & 11th Grade 12th Grade
  • Time management
  • Organizational skills
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Earning credits
  • Goal setting
  • Academic planning
  • Interest inventory
  • PVHS certificate programs
  • SEBH
A blend of virtual lessons and 8th period seminar.
  • Job shadow
  • Lunch and learn
  • Career research/pathways
  • College exploration
  • ACT prep
  • PVHS certificate programs
  • NCAA/athletics
  • Academic planning
  • Course selection
In person, 2nd, 3rd or 4th quarter
  • Personal statement/essay writing
  • Scholarships
  • College applications
  • Highly selective schools
  • Apprenticeships/Military
  • High school to Postsecondary transition



In person, 1st or 2nd quarter

The College and Career Ready Seminar is in alignment with the following state standards:

1.  Self-understanding - Interest inventory, work-values assessment, skills assessment, reflection, etc.

2.  Career Information - Career research - based on self-understanding results and includes job description, employment outlook, earnings and training and educational requirements

3.  Career Exploration - Engage students in activities that reveal connections between academics and careers.  Examples include tours, job shadows, lunch & learn, work-based learning, internships and service learning

4.  Postsecondary Exploration - Present postsecondary pathways to students and engage them in purposeful goal setting to achieve desired outcomes.  Include activities and reflection related to appropriate academic planning and the financial impact of postsecondary options.  

5.  Career and Postsecondary Decision - Complete relevant activities to meet previously identified postsecondary intention.  These include applications for admission and scholarships, FAFSA, admission/placement examinations, personal statements and letters of recommendation.  Activities to increase high school to post-secondary transition (reducing "Summer Melt) will also be included post-graduation.


Each student will create an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). Students will use a state-approved career and academic planning software tool (Xello) to assist in the creation, revision and completion of the ICAP Essential Components.