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MISSION STATEMENTThe mission of the Valley View School District as an educational community is to develop a rigorous and relevant curriculum and a nurturing environment which will empower all students with the resources and abilities needed to:

become contributing members of our changing society

access and process information into useful lifelong learning skills

develop critical thinking and leadership skills and

promote responsible citizenship.

career pathways
Career Pathways
  • A career pathway:
    • a coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career related courses,

leads to an associate degree, and/or an industry-recognized certificate or licensure, and/or a baccalaureate and beyond

career pathways5
Career Pathways

Relevance & rigor leading

to postsecondary


  • Pre K-12 focus
  • Career readiness skills
  • Link school and courses with careers
  • Internships and job shadowing
  • Extracurricular & service learning
why choose a career pathway
Why choose a Career Pathway?

To help focus on a career area that matches interests

To help set goals and discover classes

To create career awareness

To encourage planning for post-secondary education and opportunities

To provide knowledge that relates your high school education to the world after graduation

how do i choose a career pathway
How do I choose a Career Pathway?

Research various career fields and complete designated career development activities

Example: building a career portfolio beginning in 9th grade

Counselors, parents and teachers can assist you

Complete the self-assessment in Career Cruising

the plan
The Plan…
  • Students explore career information from the 5 major career pathways:
    • Arts, AV Technology, and Communications
    • Business, Management, and Administration
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
    • Human Services
    • Health Sciences


This Pathway is designed to cultivate students’ awareness, interpretation,

application and production of visual, verbal and written work.

If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, you might consider a future in one

of the sample occupations listed below which are categorized by level of post-secondary training.


◊ Performing Arts (PA) ◊ Visual Arts (VA) ◊ Publishing Arts (PU)


*High Priority Occupations–Job categories that are in demand by employers,

have higher skill needs and are most likely to provide family-sustaining wages.



This four-year plan of study should serve as a guide as you develop your

academic core requirements and electives.

All plans should meet VVHS graduation requirements.



Please Note: Before selecting any elective, be sure all prerequisites have been met.

Check the course description pages of this booklet for elective requirements.

Note: The recommended pathway electives are to be used as a guide.

Students may not repeat courses that they have passed and earned credit, except for the CTC and Band and Chorus.

pathway option arts av technology communications
Pathway Option:Arts, AV Technology,& Communications

Focus Areas:

  • Performing Arts (PA)
  • Visual Arts (VA)
  • Publishing Arts (PU)
Focus Areas:

Business Management (BM)

Marketing & Sales (MS)

Finance (F)

Information technology (IT)

Pathway Option: Business, Management, and Administration

pathway option science technology engineering mathematics
Pathway Option: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

Focus Areas:

Construction & Architecture (CA)

Manufacturing (M)

Engineering & Engineering Technology (ET)

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL)

pathway option human services
Pathway Option: Human Services

Focus Areas:

Law, Public Safety, & Government (LPG)

Counseling & Personal Care (CPC)

Hospitality & Tourism (HT)

Education (E)


Pathway Option: Health Science

Focus Areas:

  • Health Science (HS)
  • Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources (AFN)
grades 9 12
Grades 9-12

Enrollment in an elective subject

related to the pathway choice

Participation in career related activities

directly related to a career pathway in elective and required courses

Career focused graduation project

completed in the senior year

grades 9 1218
Grades 9 - 12

All relate to Student’s Pathway Choice:

Opportunities for shadowing

Presentations by speakers

Counselor directed career activities

Career Cruising

what is important
High School GPA and Class Rank

Prepare by taking PSAT


Challenging Courses



Co-curricular activities or work

Community Service

What is Important?
know yourself
Know Yourself
  • Values
  • Ambitions
  • Achievements
  • Academic Strengths
  • Interests
  • Your Standout Talents
student information
Student Information

MySpace - Internet Accounts

Colleges and universities along with future employers are checking internet sites before admitting students

Discipline Record

Many schools now ask if you have ever been suspended or expelled. Most ask if you have had a drug or alcohol violation


Federal Financial Aid Form now asks if student has been convicted of a drug violation

courses do matter
Courses Do Matter!

Students need to take challenging courses

Need to balance:

Student Ability vs. Work Load

2 0 and go is no more
2.0 and Go – is no more

A “C” average will not get your child into a selective college today

More than ever are applying

It is hard to “fix” a low GPA

9th grade classes can come back to haunt you!

12 th grade is too late
12th Grade Is Too Late!

Admission requirements:



Biological & Physical Sciences

Social Studies

Foreign Language

psat test information
PSAT Test Information
  • The following presentation explains the PSAT test that your child took in October 2009.
  • The PSAT is the best preparation for the SAT.
  • Students should continue to practice using the PSAT test booklet and answer sheet they will receive this evening.
  • Check and for additional test preparation. (on-line SAT prep)
sat scoring
SAT - Scoring

Math Score: 200 - 800

Critical Reading Score: 200 – 800

Writing: 200 – 800

Writing Sub scores

Multiple choice: 20-80

Essay: 2-12

Ranges: 600-2400

choosing your college priorities
Choosing Your College Priorities

What is important to you?

  • Location
  • Academics
  • Size
  • Campus Appeal
  • Social Life
  • Total Cost (w/aid)
what information do college admission officers review
What information do college admission officers review?
  • Grades / Overall GPA
  • Strength of high school course selections
  • Admission Test Score
  • Essay
  • Teacher and counselor recommendations
  • Class rank
  • Student’s demonstrated interest
  • Personal accomplishments
  • Personality characteristics
  • Courses in progress Junior and Senior year
sat critical reading math writing scores
SAT Critical Reading, Math & Writing Scores

Critical Math & Reading Scores only – Reported by The College Handbook

parents role
Parents’ Role

Help your child balance academics, co-curricular activities and social demands

Discuss career plans and goals

Use critical information to set a realistic path

Student’s strengths & interests


Students will take PSAT

Prepare for the SAT/ACT

10 tips for parents
10 Tips for Parents
  • Help your student understand the college search process
  • Be realistic and non-judgmental
  • Be in the "back seat" - and not the driver - of the college search process
  • Be open to dialogue and responsive to questions
  • Be aware of deadlines and fees due
  • Know that things have changed since your college days
  • Don’t overemphasize your own alma maters
  • Don’t compare your student with others
  • Don’t dwell on disappointments, like a rejection letter
  • Celebrate successes!
do you have a plan
Do you have a plan?

Develop a career plan

Career Cruising

Focus on broad career strands

Meet with your school counselor

Do I need a two/ four year program or certificate?

What schools offer the program?

What are the school’s requirements? Do I need the SAT or ACT? Am I taking the right classes?

Sophomore Year

Continue to stress–Academics are Important!

Fall, take mandatory PSAT

Begin to look at college requirements

Junior Year

Narrow career/college choices & visit

Fall, take PSAT

SAT prep courses

Spring – take SAT (March, May or June) exam

Attend Post-Secondary Information Night (March 11, 2010),Valley View Career Fair (March 12, 2010), Northeast College Fair (April 26, 2010)

  • Senior Year
  • **Apply early – Apply early – Apply early!
  • Meet with your counselor
  • Possibly take SAT/ACT again or SAT II
  • Gather information for financial aid application
what s next
What’s Next?

Focus on future course options

  • Set your goals!
  • Develop your Career Plan!
  • Get Involved!
  • Take advantage of SAT prep offerings