Career Pathway (also called a Career Academy) is a great way for seniors to explore an area of
interest and to create a senior project. It can be a hands-on project or
a research paper. It can involve designing or improving a product or
service, organizing an event, or demonstrating an advanced skill. All
students are encouraged to select an endorsement area and complete a
who plan to do a Senior Project (Extended Application) need to fill out
a 1-page application form and give it to the appropriate Career Pathway teacher by Nov. 1 of their senior year. The teachers (sometimes called deans) are listed on
the application. After students turn in their application to their teacher,
they then meet with that person to receive information and guidance
about completing their project and agree upon timelines. To complete a
senior project, students need to be able to work independently and
manage timelines themselves. Senior projects meet the Extended
Application graduation requirement that is required for a diploma.
Pathway course requirements are meant to be flexible. Students can work
with their teacher on all modifications to the course requirements listed
below, especially in cases in which a course was cancelled or could not
Requirements for individual Career Pathways differ slightly, although the general requirements for all academies are:
- Complete the prescribed Career Pathway coursework. (See below.) Students work with their Career Pathway teacher to determine if any modification to the required coursework is needed; this means that the teachers will work individually with students in cases when prescribed classes are not offered or in instances where a student was unable to be scheduled into a prescribed course. In such cases, other coursework may be substituted.
Propose and complete a Senior Project.
Students meet with their teacher to review requirements, additional
activities, and timelines for their Senior Project. Students will need
to take the initiative to contact their teacher and set up times to
regularly meet. They will also complete a job shadow/internship and write a research and/or reflection paper.
Make a presentation about the project to a panel of teachers, parents, and/or community members.
Students should contact Mr. Healy if they have questions. For more information, please reference the Career Pathway Information document.