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Developmental Guidance

Our vision is to help our students plan for life.  The guidance program is designed to help students understand what their options are, and to provide them the opportunity to explore several avenues and make responsible decisions.  Group Guidance is a four-year sequential program in career and educational planning.  This program provides opportunities for students to explore their interests, abilities, and values and apply these to career and post high school educational decisions.  We will make every attempt to assign all students to a group.  Senior and freshman students will meet one day per cycle for quarter one of the school year.  Sophomores and juniors will meet one day per cycle for quarter two of the school year.

Developmental Guidance-Course Syllabus

Grade 9

I.    Introduction and Orientation

A.    Role of the counselor
B.    Course Outline
C.    Students Responsibility/Middle School vs. High School
D.    Respect
E.    Summer School
F.    Who’s who at FHS
G.    Intro Survey-Grade 9 Information Sheet

II.    Maximizing your High School Experience

A.    Academic
1.    High School requirements, communication with teachers, independence, self-advocacy
2.    College requirements
3.    Transcript
4.    GPA
5.    Class rank
6.    Extra-curricular activities
7.    Community service
8.    Part-time work

III.    Responsibilities, Priorities and Goals

A.    Definition of responsibilities and priorities
B.     Responsibilities survey –most important and least important
C.    Looking for ways to maximize time
D.    Definition of Goals – Short term and Long term goals
E.    Goals Activity

IV.    Time Management and Procrastination

A.    Time Management survey and discussion
B.    Procrastination survey and discussion
C.    ABCs of Time Management
D.    4 D’s of Time Management

V.     Learning Styles

A.    Learning styles activity and discussion
B.    Definition and description of each style
C.    Student responsibility to learn

VI.    Perception, Cliques, Social Tier of High School

A.    Perception activity and discussion
1.    How individuals look at things differently
2.    How individuals view others
3.    How others view individuals
B.    Cliques – Definition
C.    Cliques and stereotype discussion
D.    The social tier of high school
1.    Who has the power
2.    Why they have the power
3.    Attributes of each group

VII.    Mean Girls

A.    Complexities and subtleties of high school power
B.    End of unit review and wrap-up

Grade 10

I.      Orientation

A.     Review permanent record, high school transcript and class rank
B.    Compute GPA, review grades
C.    Review high school graduation and college admission requirements

II.     Planning Portfolio and Career Decision Making

A.     Complete appropriate sections of career planning portfolio
B.     Gain insight into career decision making process

III.      Orientation to Career Planning

A.     Time Management
B.    Organization
C.    Budgeting

IV.     Initial Career/College Planning

A.    Internet, print resources, and Naviance
B.    Review of FHS requirements
C.    College criteria’s

V.    Social Behavior and Relationships

Grade 11

I.    Orientation

A.    Review grade 10 data
1.    GPA
2.    Unweighted GPA
3.    Class rank
4.    Grades
B.    Review high school graduation and college admissions requirements

II.    Course selection process

A.     Importance of academic rigor in senior year
B.    Relevant courses to your intended major

III.    Naviance (Computer Software program)

A.    Knowledge of Self
1.     Achievements
2.     Aptitudes
3.     Interests
4.     Values
5.     Motivation

IV.    PSAT results-interpretation

A.    Go over the importance of Standardized tests
1.    SAT
2.    ACT

V.    College Visits-Tours-Interviews-College fairs

A.    Criteria
B.    Time-line

VI.    Post secondary options

A.    Four-year college
B.    Two-year college
C.    Community college
D.    Military
E.    Trade School
F.     World of work

VII.    Job Shadowing/Internships with Ellen Pillsbury

A.    Knowledge of Careers
B.    Types of Jobs
C.    Necessary Skills and Abilities

VIII.    Resume Writing and Interviewing

Grade 12

I.    Orientation

A.     Review syllabus
B.    Review permanent record, GPA, class rank
C.    Check high school credits and graduation requirement / Important to follow through / Effort the whole year / Attendance and credits. Don’t leave it up to choice.

II.    Student responsibilities/school responsibilities/higher education admission requirements/college admission testing

A.    Timeline-Senior calendar
1.      ACT/SAT dates
2.     College Fairs
3.     Recommendation requests-“Brag Sheets”
B.    Student/School responsibilities for recommendation
C.    Massachusetts State College admission requirements
D.    SAT/ACT registration material

III.    College Selection

A.    Criterion used in selection-How to narrow it down (location, size, major etc)
B.    Target/reach/Safety selections
C.    Resources-counselor/Joe O’Neil/Connect.edu/Naviance/College Board/Books
D.    Visits and Interviews

IV.    Applications

A.    Admission options and policies
B.    Application package-essay/common application/on-line applications
C.    FHS application procedure
D.    Students responsibilities and rights in the admission process

V.    Risky behaviors-Prom Times / Good Choices / Internet / Face Book

VI.    Budget

A.    Education in relation to employment-unemployment
B.    Education in relation to financial stability
C.    Staying on a budget after you move away from home
D.    Credit card risks

VII.    Senior Transition Day

A.    What to bring to college
B.    Strategies to be successful
C.    College experience vs. High School experience