College & Career Readiness
The School District of Ashland is committed to providing a solid foundation for all students to be successful in their chosen path after graduation. The vision of an Ashland graduate identifies the knowledge, skills and dispositions our students should have in order to be ready to effectively navigate college, career and future opportunities. Click here for more about what College and Career Readiness means.
Why is it important to focus on College & Career Readiness?
The more students can connect what they are learning now to their future, the more prepared they will be for success. Through their planning and learning experiences in middle and high school, students will also learn that it is important to be ready for change, as it is likely they will have multiple careers in their lifetime.
Nearly all of our students aspire to continue their education after high school. That is good news since most jobs require that they do. There are, however, many different ways to pursue a post-secondary education and each has value in the current and projected economy. Finding the right fit for each student is critical to ensure that they make a wise investment and are adequately prepared to be successful.
Students also need to understand and value their future role in the economy and know how to develop a plan to secure credentials that differentiate them from others who will be competing for the same opportunities someday. They need to know what it takes to secure and sustain employment at the time that is right for them.
Most importantly, students need to develop self-confidence and self-advocacy skills required to persevere when things don’t go as planned.
Academic & Career Planning (ACP)
For students in grades K-5, we are focused on developing a love of learning and providing a foundation for Academic and Career Planning at the secondary level. Many opportunities exist to enrich the curriculum at all grades. Students in grades 6-12 are provided with additional instruction, access to Xello and mentorship during their advisory periods.
Who is Involved in ensuring our students are College & Career Ready?
School District of Ashland staff, parents, community members, business and educational partners all play a part in ensuring our students are college and career ready. We are committed to leveraging internal and external resources and partnerships to support our students in planning and preparing for their future.