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Adams 12 Five Star Schools has a counseling curriculum that aligns with state legislation, Colorado’s Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP); and national school counseling standards developed by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA).  It offers opportunities for students to explore careers and college, strengthen academic skills, and provides supports for social and emotional development.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model is endorsed by all school counselors in Adams 12 Five Star Schools.  ASCA provides school counselors with the ability to develop and implement a comprehensive school counseling program. All of the ASCA student standards fall into three domains of development: academic, career and social emotional.  School counselors work with students individually, in small groups, and in classrooms to deliver curriculum and foster their sense of success and well-being.

The Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) is a multi-year process that intentionally guides students and families in the exploration of career, academic and postsecondary opportunities.  With the support of adults, students develop the awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and skills to create their own meaningful and powerful pathways to be career and college ready. Students’ store their ICAP plans in Naviance where they have access to it anytime.

Middle School curriculum at-a-glance

6th Grade

Organization and Time Management Career Key Second STEP Social Emotional Learning (SEL)Lesson
Elementary to Middle School Transition Lesson Naviance
Log on and Tutorial
Career Key    

7th Grade

Goal Lesson StengthsExplorer Second STEP Social Emotional Learning (SEL)Lesson
Graduation Requirement Career Exploration Signs of Suicide

8th Grade

Career Research Lesson Career Research Lesson Second STEP Social Emotional Learning (SEL)Lesson
Graduation Requirement Career Exploration  
Four-year Plan    

ICAP Quality Indicators 

  • Self – Awareness (SA) - Understand how unique interests, talents, and aspirations play a role in decision-making and interpersonal relationships and how inpidual thoughts and feelings get students excited about life and learning. 
  • Career Awareness (CA) - Know the difference between jobs, occupation, and careers. Articulate a wide range of local, regional, national, and global career pathways and opportunities. Consider economic and cultural influences and the impact of stereotypes on career choice.
  • Post-secondary Aspirations (PSA) - Participate in career exploration activities centered on students’ passions, interests, dreams, and visions of their future self and perceived options.
  • Post-secondary Options (PSO) - Be aware of and participate in a variety of post-secondary and career opportunities.  Use tools such as career clusters, personality assessments and learning style inventories to highlight inpidual strengths and capabilities.

ICAP Quality Indicators By Grade 

  1. 6th Grade

    • (SA) Social Skills
    • (CA) Career Pathways
    • (PSA) Self/Career Exploration
    • (PSO) Awareness of Self(EE) Academic Environment (AP) Academic Discipline(ES) Job System Knowledge(FL) Financial Prep
  2. 7th Grade
    • (SA) Who am I?
    • (CA) Culture/Stereotypes
    • (PSA) Community Careers
    • (PSO) Opportunities
    • (EE) Risky Behaviors
    • (AP) Common Core Knowledge
    • (ES) Employability Traits
    • (FL) FAFSA
  3. 8th Grade
    • (PSA) Career Fulfillment
    • (PSO) Academic/Life Skills
    •  (SA) Learning Styles(CA) Economic Impact
    • (EE) Values/Beliefs 
    • (AP) Graduation Requirements
    • (ES) Employability Skills
    • (FL) Post-Secondary Financial Options in Colorado