High School Level

Academic & Career Readiness

What opportunities can you explore that align with your interests to help you learn about potential careers? Based on your interests, what skills, values, experience, and education do you need to pursue career options?

School counselors, career coaches, and teachers expose students to a variety of career exploration opportunities to help students align their interests to their post-graduation plans through course offerings, internships, special programs, volunteer opportunities, and extracurricular activities.

Academic & Career Plan

An Academic & Career Plan (ACP) is developed collaboratively with the student, parent/guardian(s), and school counselor. It is developed in middle school and reviewed and updated before students enter the ninth and eleventh grade. The ACP is a guide to help students develop their plan of study for a pathway within a career cluster. Students are encouraged to select their high school courses based on post-graduation interests. This information is tracked using the ACP. Developing an ACP helps provide successful student transitions between high school and post-graduation education.

Transition Tuesday's

In partnership with Hampton City Schools and Newport News City Public Schools, York County School Division provides Transition Tuesday on the second Tuesday of each month from 12 - 1 p.m. During these sessions community partners provide resources and information to assist families of students with disabilities on how to navigate the workforce, financial literacy, higher education, mental health resources, and more. Please speak with your student's case manager to learn more about this opportunity.

Steps for Success

  • Log into Major Clarity and take the assessments
  • Review your assessment results with your family and begin exploring careers
  • Investigate training and education needed to pursue your career of interest
  • Explore course offerings at your school using the Program of Studies
  • Begin drafting your Academic & Career Plan with your family
  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss your academic and career goals

Career Clusters >>

Career Clusters are broad groups of occupations with common features. There are 17 categories that encompass a broad array of careers. Learn more

Career Coach >>

Career Coaches help students explore a variety of career pathways through organized activities such as class presentations, career fairs, lunch and learns and more. Learn more

EngagedIN YCSD >>

This program connects interested parents, community members, and businesses with schools and students to share their career experiences or expertise with students. Learn more

I'm Determined >>

An online tool developed to provide direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. Learn more

Level Up Virginia >>

Provides information on educational options such as certificate programs, apprenticeships, the military, trade schools, two-year and four-year colleges, and universities. Learn more

Major Clarity >>

A Career & College Readiness platform that offers an interactive personalized career simulations based on student interest according to assessment of personality and learning styles. Learn more

Program of Studies >>

Provide students and their parents with information that will assist them in course selection and with long-range academic and career planning. Learn more

Specialty Programs >>

Through the many specialty program offerings, the York County School Division offers many opportunities for students to express unique talents and abilities, as well as pursue interests. Learn more

Work Experience >>

Work-related experiences (WREs) comprise of school-coordinated workplace experiences that are related to students' career goals and/or interests, are integrated with instruction, and are performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations. Learn more

Postsecondary Data >>

A list of the top 100 professions in the Commonwealth and the top 10 degree programs at institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth. Learn more
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