In Aurora Public Schools students have been developing their individual and career academic plan (ICAP) since the 1st grade when they begin talking about planning & possibilities as well as career exploration.

In middle school the process expands to include the College and Career Readiness (CCLR) competencies, including:

  • social-emotional learning
  • interpersonal skills
  • academic skills
  • career knowledge
  • transition skills

Social Emotional Learning


Students who understand their strengths can begin to build goals toward a future that best fits their interests and skills. When students develop grit and perseverance, they are better able to overcome obstacles.

Interpersonal Skills


Teamwork, communication, and digital literacy development are important to produce students who are able to advocate for themselves and be productive in the workplace.

Academic Skills


Academic performance is a strong predictor of post-secondary success. Grade point average, study skills, and math achievement all help students set themselves up for success.

Career Knowledge


Through understanding the characteristics of various careers and the training necessary, students can begin to build their pathway to a meaningful career based on strengths and interests.

College Knowledge


Post-secondary awareness or "college knowledge", incorporates all of the skills needed to identify the post-secondary training that is a right fit for students, as well as the characteristics of the institutions providing the best-fit education to help students achieve their goals.

Transition Skills


Transitions are a part of life as a student, from elementary school through career placement. Building coping skills around transitions from elementary to middle school to high school, then to independent life can help students to successfully adapt to new situations.

High school students are working with a team of adults who help them understand how these competencies are vital to their future successes. Below is the scope and sequence of ICAP content that students engage in while they are bringing to life their plans, skills, and credentials.

Staff uses a web-based tool, Naviance, to capture all of the work students are doing in their exploration of College and Career & Life Readiness (CCLR).

You can find the full High School Lesson Sequence google doc by clicking here


Goals for grade 9: Ensure students make a successful transition to high school, develop successful study habits, create a high school course plan, and begin to identify a post-secondary path.

Best Practices: To increase outcomes, consider the following for grade 9

  • Teachers discuss the transition to high school each day for the first 3 weeks of school.

  • Invite members of the community to discuss budgeting, career pathways, and college options with students.

  • Revisit goals quarterly with students, including those related to self-confidence, academics, and careers.


Goals for grade 10: reinforce career and academic knowledge to prepare students as they enter a period of decision-making for their future.

Best Practices: To increase outcomes, consider the following for grade 10.

  • Implement a career apprenticeship or job shadow program connecting students with local businesses

  • Host a family night to foster student-adult relationships and communication

  • Connect with a local financial institution to discuss the meaning and value of debt


Goals for grade 11: Assist students in mapping out their post-secondary path and be BEST PREPARED to reach their career goals after high school.

Best Practices: To increase outcomes, consider the following for grade 11

  • Host a college planning day to allow students to learn about assessments, financial aid, and the college application process

  • Prepare families for the FAFSA by meeting with parents individually or in a group to set expectations and respond to questions regarding paying for college

  • Use advisory periods to allow teachers to work with students to access progress towards academic, career, and post-secondary goals.


Goals for grade 12: Ensure students have the tools to execute their post-secondary plan and that they are prepared for their post-high school transition.

Best Practices: To increase outcomes, consider the following for grade 12

  • Host a panel of college students discussing the transition to college

  • Invite a financial institution to discuss budgeting and conduct a budgeting activity with students

  • Work with students to understand the resources available at college and how to advocate for themselves in a post-secondary setting

Help sheets for Teachers & Student logins can be found here