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Transition to High School 8 th grade, June 17, 2010. Guest Speaker. Why I became a teacher? High school and college experiences that prepared me for my career. Diploma Options. There are 2 FCPS diploma options Standard Diploma: 22 Credit Advanced Diploma: 26 Credit

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Transition to High School

8th grade, June 17, 2010

Guest Speaker

Why I became a teacher?

High school and college experiences that

prepared me for my career.

Diploma Options

  • There are 2 FCPS diploma options

    • Standard Diploma: 22 Credit

    • Advanced Diploma: 26 Credit

  • Which diploma do you think colleges look for?

  • What are the differences between the two?

Choosing the right Courses in HS

  • Consider your academic strengths and decide whether to take Honors, or AP/IB courses.

  • Review the requirements for the diploma you are seeking to make sure you take every class required to graduate.

  • Consider your career interests when choosing courses and extra curricular activities.


  • Academies - A high school academy is a center within an existing high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that successfully integrate career and academic preparation.Career Experiences - Students have the opportunity to enhance their career technical education (CTE) through internships, job shadows, apprenticeships, community service and student run businesses.


Chantilly Academy

Engineering & Scientific Technology

Health & Human Sciences

Edison Academy

International Studies & Business

Engineering & Scientific Technology

Fairfax Academy

Communications & The Arts

Falls Church Academy

Health & Human Services

Marshall Academy

International Studies & Business

Engineering & Scientific Technology

West Potomac Academy

Communication & the Arts

Health & Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions

  • For which students are academy courses scheduled?Only 11th & 12th grade students may enroll in academy classes

  • How are students transported to Academy programs from their base schools?Students may be provided with transportation between their base schools and an academy.

  • What are advantages of taking an Academy course?Eligible academy students have the opportunity to participate in career-related internships and experiences in the local business community. Each academy has a career experience specialist available to assist academy students in finding meaningful career experience programs.

  • Ask you counselor during you freshman year for more information.

Career Trivia: Making smart choices to prepare for your future career

Directions: Work in groups of four to select core courses, electives, extra-curricular activities or an FCPS academy that will help you prepare for the following careers.

Career #1:

  • Career Cluster: Government & Public Administration

  • Career Title: Foreign Affairs Officer, State Department

  • Description: formulate, represent and implement US foreign policy. Civil Service employees support the foreign policy mission from offices in Washington, DC and worldwide. This position influences, develops, manages, and implements the President's Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) program

Career # 2

  • Career Cluster: Finance

  • Career Title: Financial Advisor

  • Description: Advise clients on financial plans utilizing knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans, and real estate. Duties include assessing clients' assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, and financial objectives to establish investment strategies.

Career #3

  • Career Cluster: Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

  • Career Title: Video Game Designer

  • Description: Create detailed design documents. A design document contain descriptions of all aspects of an electronic game - mission, plot, rules, flow charts, sound, artwork, and special features. The design document is the blueprint used by graphic artists, sound designers, and programmers to create the software that results in the video game.

Career #4

  • Career Cluster: Architecture & Construction

  • Career Title: Architect

  • Description: Design, plan, and supervise the construction of buildings. They are responsible for the safety, usefulness, and aesthetics of their buildings. They must design structures that satisfy their clients' needs while conforming to the laws and regulations of the areas in which the structures will be built.

Personal Reflection

  • What careers am I interested in?

  • What courses will help me prepare for my future career interests?

  • Do I want to attend college?

  • Am I willing to work hard in high school?

  • Will I be able to complete fours years of each core subject?

  • Am I willing to complete the 3-year (or 2 + 2 years) world language requirement? 

  • What diploma type am I currently seeking?

  • What is my rationale for choosing to seek that diploma?

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