Career Planning

Mrs. Madge Motyka assists students with career exploration and planning for post-secondary opportunities.  She provides Career Trek opportunities throughout the school year.  Mrs. Motyka is available to meet with individual students to research career options. Additionally, your son/daughter will participate in Career Cruising sessions throughout the school year.  . 

 

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Add – Academics – Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete 18 academic units of credit (minimum)
  2. Complete 2 units of physical education credit – which is all 4 years (.25 credit for each semester of attendance).
  3. Successfully complete:
    • Four units of English
    • One unit of Unites States History
    • One-half unit of Government & One-half unit of Economics 
    • Three units of mathematics course work, with successful completion of a 300-level course. One of the three required units must be Algebra 1, and one unit must include Geometry content
    • Two units of science (1 year-Biological science, 1 year-Additional lab science)
    • One unit of art, world language, music, or vocational education (Applied Technology, Business Education, Family and Consumer Science)
    • One-half unit of Consumer Education (or equivalent)
    • One-half unit of Health
  1. Complete 30 hours of classroom instruction in safety education (Driver education classroom instruction. Behind the Wheel is not a requirement to graduate)
  2. Pass a qualifying examination of the State and Federal Constitutions, Declaration of Independence, use of the American flag, and the Australian (secret ballot) method of voting.
  3. Participate in State testing at each grade appropriate level.

 

The chart below compares the academic expectations of various post-high school opportunities available to graduates. It is intended only as a general guide. Colleges expect a student to program at least four core academic subjects into each year. Those college preparatory subjects are: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages. Highly selective institutions require greater numbers of these core academics.

 

Counselors act as resource people but many specific questions are better directed to the college or university admissions staff. Final decisions are always up to the colleges. They are usually based on the number of academic courses and the grade point average in those courses, as well at the student’s scores on standardized admissions tests (ACT, SAT).

 

Requirements for admission to individual colleges and universities vary. Students who cannot maintain a “C” grade average (2.0) in high school may have some difficulty qualifying for college entrance. Some colleges may admit students with lower grade point averages, but who score well on entrance exams.

 

ACADEMIC AREAS

DISTRICT 211 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CAREER PROGRAMS, VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS 

4-YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER PROGRAMS

HIGHLY SELECTIVE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

ENGLISH

4 years

4 years

4 years: Emphasis on written and oral communication and literature

4 years

MATHEMATICS

3 years

including a 300-level course

2 years

3 – 4 years: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry

4 years recommended through Calculus

SCIENCE

(Laboratory Sciences)

2 years

2 years

3 – 4 years: Recommended core areas: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

4 years: Recommended core ares: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

SOCIAL STUDIES

2 years: US History and 1 semester of Government and 1 semester of Economics

2 years

3 years: Emphasis on history and government (requirement varies)

3 – 4 years

WORLD LANGUAGE

1 year or Vocational Education/Fine Arts

None Required

2 years**

2 – 4 years

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION or FINE ARTS

1 year or World Language

None Required

2 years: **May include courses in: Applied Technology, Art, Business Education, Life and Family Studies, or Music

1 year recommended

*Additional District 211 requirements include: health, consumer education, driver education, and 4 years of physical education.

**World Language preparation may be recommended or required by colleges and universities. State supported universities in Illinois may accept vocational education or fine arts courses in lieu of foreign language. Check with college of your choice or your counselor for details.

 

 

 

 

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