Delavan-Darien School District

Academic and Career Planning

Mission of the Delavan Darien School District

The mission of the Delavan-Darien School District, a partnership of students, families, staff, and community, is to ensure each student is prepared to succeed and contribute as a 21st century citizen by providing a real-world education that is engaging, thought-provoking, and culturally diverse.

What is ACP?

Academic and Career Planning, or ACP, is a student-driven, adult-supported process.  Students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post secondary success.  This is obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills over the course of the 6th-12th grade experience.

Developing an Academic Career Plan (ACP)

Developing an academic career plan ensures that a student is ready for college and a career.  All students in the Delavan Darien School District will experience a dynamic Academic Career Plan.  This plan will evolve from 6th-12th grade learning experiences, both in and out of school that support employability skills, career awareness, exploration, planning and training.

College Ready

An individual is college ready when they are effectively able to navigate the world of higher education. It means a student:

  • Evaluates post-secondary options (2 year college, 4 year college, apprenticeships, military academies).
  • Understands expectations for completing a postsecondary credential with value in the projected economy.
  • Participates in career/college readiness such as action planning, financial preparedness, college planning or career resume development.
  • Demonstrates academic knowledge and skills (gained from core and elective coursework).
  • Demonstrates life skills such as having a productive self-concept, advocating for self, persevering, and demonstrating self-management skills.
  • Demonstrates effective organizational and social behavior skills.

Career Ready

An individual is career ready when they are effectively able to navigate the world of work (employability). It means a student:

  • Identifies the skills and interests they would like to leverage in a career.
  • Has a general understanding of the industries in which they could work.
  • Understands how to identify the value of specific careers in the projected economy.
  • Applies what they have learned in a service/work setting.
  • Understands expectations to find and sustain employment.
  • Participates in career/college readiness such as action planning, financial preparedness or career resume development.
  • Demonstrates academic knowledge and skills (gained from core and elective coursework).
  • Demonstrates life skills such as having a productive self-concept, advocating for self, persevering, and demonstrating self-management skills.
  • Demonstrates effective organization and social behavior skills.