Professional Leadership

Why This Class

When it comes to decisions made after high school, you want your student to hit a home run: to choose the schools that meet their needs and career goals, to craft a competitive application for each school or program, and to gain admission to one or more of those options.

Mentors in this course help students examine their professional and adult career options by asking thoughtful questions to ensure their choices are the right ones for them.

Students study the decisions that they will make as they enter the adult realm. They discuss how to set goals and keep commitments, how to deal with setbacks and failures, and how to develop grit. Mentors will guide students through a realistic exploration of talents, interests, job options, and career paths.

Each student will then research a specific college or alternative career option

By the end of this course, students are ready to start the next chapter of their lives with confidence. They have the knowledge and skills to create their post-secondary experience on their terms.

Overarching Questions

What is a good life path for me?

What education or training do I need to achieve my life goals?

How will I finance my education and goals?

How can I become a life-long learner?

What are good test taking strategies?

Do I need to take a college entrance exam?

Reading List

College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step By Step by Robin Mamlet and Christine Vandevelde

The Real ACT Prep Guide 2018 Edition by ACT (optional, 3rd edition works too) — only required if your student is planning on taking the ACT

SELF Journal by BestSelf Co. (optional) — Students have the option of using the SELF Journal (one per semester) or a journal system of their choice.

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 11th (Junior)

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5

Format: Live, self-paced

Credits: 0.5

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Please note that program and course descriptions, as well as reading and materials lists, are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year. Book and materials lists for the upcoming school year are published in SIS mid to late June. Some courses require subscriptions e.g., Adobe software or online magazines that may not be covered by partner schools.