• Students' Successful Transition to Post Secondary Plan

  • Minnesota Statutes, section 120B.125

    Legislation requires all students, starting in grade nine, to have a "plan" around seven key elements.  This plan includes academic scheduling, career exploration, 21st century skills, community partnerships, college access, all forms of post-secondary training, and experiential learning opportunities. These seven elements are integrated into the student experience and programming for Edina Public Schools secondary students.
    1. Provide a comprehensive academic plan for completing a college and career ready curriculum premised on meeting state and local academic standards
    2. Developing 21st century skills such as teamwork, collaboration, and good work habits
    3. Emphasize academic rigor and high expectations
    4. Help students identify personal learning styles that may affect their post-secondary education and employment choices
    5. Help students succeed at gaining/gain access to post-secondary education and career options
    6. Integrate strong academic content into career focused courses and integrate relevant career focused courses into strong academic content
    7. Help students and families identify and gain access to appropriate counseling and other supports and assistance that enable students to complete required coursework, prepare for post-secondary education and careers, and obtain information about post-secondary education costs and eligibility for financial aid and scholarship

    In the fall of the grade eight year, students take a Personality Type Indicator, a Career Interest Profile, and or the ACT EXPLORE test.  School counselors and advisory teachers use the resulting data to help each student gain a better understanding of self, develop a four-year secondary plan, and explore potential post-secondary options.  Grade nine students at South View Middle School engage in a variety of advisory-based leadership, service learning, and academic activities tied to potential career options while their grade nine peers at Valley View Middle School participate in the formal Ramp Up to Readiness program.  Counselors at the middle school level provide individual post-secondary planning support throughout the grade nine experience.  Students in grade ten take the ACT PLAN test in October to help identify career and college preparedness.  School counselors meet with students to discuss outcomes and develop strategy for maximizing potential and post-secondary options.  In grade 11, students participate in the ACT PSAT test in the fall and the ACT in the spring. Small group and individual meetings with school counselors help students review and interpret results.  Additional meetings are utilized to support the college selection process and discuss post-secondary preparatory exams (ACT, SAT, ASVAB, AP), financial aid/scholarships, military programs, career pathways, etc. Students in grade 12 meet with counselors on an individual basis to guide post-secondary planning and transition, to include college application, financial aid counseling/support, resume development, practice interviews, employment application completion, etc.

    Throughout the secondary experience students and families are invited to use Naviance, an interactive college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. Our school-based College and Career Center hosts college and military representatives throughout the year for consultation with secondary students and their families.  A formal Alumni Survey administered annually further informs district post-secondary planning and transition services across the secondary student experience.

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