Contact: Tracy Muilenburg, College and Career Readiness Counselor (CCR), firstname.lastname@example.org
99% of ISB graduates go on to two and four-year colleges after graduation; therefore college planning is embedded in our curriculum.
→ Freshman and Sophomore Year:
Students should be focusing on academics, as well as exploring interests through extracurricular activities, work experiences, Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs), and service.
Gear Up Oregon provides checklists that include tasks and resources for each year of high school.
→ Junior Year
In the fall, the entire junior class attends the NACAC College Fair in Portland.
Each spring counselors meet with every junior. The agenda and information covered can be found in these Google Slides. Following the meeting, the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) are emailed meeting notes and a copy of the student’s transcript.
During the summer after the junior year it is important that students spend time resting and rejuvenating as well as pursuing hobbies and interests they may not have time for during the school year. However, we do like to refer to the summer between junior and senior years as an “active recovery” period. Students are encouraged to spend some time each week working on their Extended Essay, CAS, and/or college applications.
Get a head start on letters of recommendation. Most public universities do not require letters of recommendation, but many private colleges and universities do. The more useful information students provide recommenders, the better the letter of the recommendation will be. To find more information and to start working on the Letter of Recommendation Request Form visit here.
→ Senior Year
We hit the ground running when school starts back in session senior year. Counselors go into English classes during the first week of school to go over the senior year and the college application process (see the Class of 2018 presentation here). One of their first assignments for English is the college essay for which they get feedback from the teacher and counselor.
Students should take into consideration how there hard work in the IB program will pay off as they transition to college. One benefit is college credits earned from their IB coursework. The easiest way to find out credit granting policies at a college or university in which you are interested is to Google “International Baccalaureate” and the name of the college or university of your interest. For example, “International Baccalaureate Oregon State University” will lead you to this page.
For general information about IB recognition and how the IB Organization works with universities visit:
BSD College & Career Information
Throughout the school year Beaverton School District holds informational presentations on post-graduation planning. To see dates for upcoming presentations this year, as well as to access the presentations and handouts from each session, visit here. In order to serve all students district CCR counselors offer identical presentations at two different locations within the same week. We ask that families only attend one session.
Career Planning Curriculum
All ISB students in grades 6-12 participate in Career Education and post-graduation planning. Students participate in advisory lessons and organized events, often using resources available through Career Information Systems (CIS). As students move into the high school years, they are provided opportunities to participate in Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs) provided by BSD’s partnership with the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce School to Career Program. These hands-on, interactive experiences are an excellent way for students to explore areas of interest further and make connections with professionals in the community. Beginning Freshman year, students are expected to participate in at least one CRLE each year of high school as part of their Career Education credit required for graduation. More information on the Career Education credit and CRLEs can be found here.
Middle School Curriculum Areas of Focus:
During the middle school years students are in the process of exploring who they are, discovering new interests, and developing their plan for the future. Our counseling department focusing curriculum using the guidance of the American School Counselor Association K-12 College and Career Readiness Standards for Every Student. This includes using tools found in the middle school version of CIS, such as interest inventories and career exploration, understanding the mindsets and behaviors are more important that solidified plans at this developmental stage.
Career Education Credit Requirements (High School Only)
The following lists the required activities in each grade level in order to complete the .5 Career Education credit required for graduation. Students receive .125 of this credit each year by completing these activities. Students who do not fulfill the required activities will receive an “I” on their transcript and will be required to make up this work the following year in order to receive this Pass/Fail credit.
Goal Setting and reflection throughout the year
Complete Work Importance Locator or Occupations Sort and reflection (CIS)
ACT (at school in spring)
Mock Interview (several MI opportunities are provided throughout the year. Students who have interviewed for a job, summer program, volunteer work, etc. can waive an in-school MI using this form.)
Goal Setting and reflection throughout the year
Complete Workplace Employability Skills and reflection (CIS)
FAFSA or ORSAA (optional, but encouraged)
*Students are also required to complete a satisfactory Extended Essay (EE), even if not a full IB Diploma candidate. The EE is ISB’s Senior Project.
CRLE and Experiential Learning Opportunities through Hillsboro Chamber
BSD works in partnership with the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce School to Career Program to provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on learning experiences.
Career Days and Career Spotlight Events: Career Days and Career Spotlight Events are 3-hour to all-day events led by professionals in the community in order for students to gain insight into various careers.
To guarantee a spot in an area of your interest during the 2018-19 school year, fill out the application found here. Students are able to sign up throughout the school year for these opportunities without this advanced application, they are just not guaranteed a CRLE experience in the area of their interest if spots fill up.
Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs): An ELO (Experiential Learning Opportunity) is a 15-hour unpaid career education placement. It may include one or several professionals providing you with information on a specific career interest, helping with your resume and interview skills, touring the worksite, observing, and occasionally, hands-on activities. You are not required to be skilled, but may be asked to help with basic job functions or preparing for upcoming events.
To sign up for an ELO fill out the application here. Your application for an ELO will not be complete until you submit a resume to Mrs. Muilenburg. Here are some resume creation tips OR you can use this resume creator provided by the Hillsboro Chamber.