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Throughout the school day, students are supported to think about how their experiences help them to grow and get closer to who and what they want to be. This is the Academic and Career Planning Process.

MMSD is currently implementing Academic and Career Planning (ACP)  in grades 6-12.

As part of Academic and Career Planning, students will:

  • Explore  educational opportunities and careers
  • Attend post-high school and career fairs
  • Develop a high school plan (8th grade)
  • Create a resume (10th grade)
  • Develop a personal statement (11th Grade)
  • Develop a post-high school plan (11th Grade)
  • Save  work they are proud of  in a portfolio
  • At the end of the year, use work samples from their portfolio to reflect on their growth and future plans

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Why ACP?

Madison has a goal for all our students to graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful in college, career and community. This goal was developed with feedback from more than 2500 students, teachers and community members. You can see these skills above in what we call the MMSD Graduate Vision. Teachers support student development of Graduate Vision skills as part of the Academic and Career Planning process.

Through Academic & Career Planning students are beginning to answer these questions:

  • Who am I?
  • Where am I going?
  • How will I get there?
  • Who are we together?

Portfolios and Portfolio Presentations

Two tools that help students to answer how they have grown and what they have learned about themselves are the Portfolio and the Portfolio Presentation. 

A Portfolio is a place where students put pieces of work they are proud of and reflect on assignments that have helped them to grow or learn about themselves. 

Students will be putting assignments like resumes, personal statements, post high school plans, and career reflections in their portfolios.

A Portfolio Presentation is an end-of-the-year event where students pick key items from their portfolio to share the story of their growth with an adult or older student.  Madison schools recruit volunteers to interview students, and gives them the chance to showcase all they learned about themselves over the school year.

Families Matter in ACP!

We know that families have hopes and dreams for their children. Academic and Career Planning  helps family members learn and support the interests and dreams of their children as they continue to develop. Family support is one of the critical ways that young people see themselves in the world. We want families to know they matter in the ACP process.

Here are some ideas for family involvement:

  • Ask students about what they are learning about themselves, their strengths, and their challenges
  • Discuss your student’s goals.  What academic and personal goals does your child have?  How will these goals help them towards their future?
  • Ask your student what supports they need. 
  • Encourage your student to pursue their interests and passions in opportunities outside of the classroom.

School-specific ACP links: