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American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

The American School Counselor Association National Model is endorsed by all school counselors in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district. ASCA provides school counselors with the ability to develop and implement a comprehensive school counseling program that focuses on student outcomes and mastery of standards, just like how all of the other core academic areas are measured.  All of the ASCA student standards fall into three domains of development: academic, career and personal/social. School counselors across our district work with students inpidually, in small groups, and in classrooms to deliver our curriculum to our students, and to foster their sense of success and well-being.

Please see the attached document to view all of the ASCA National Standards and Competencies for Students. 

Adams 12 School Counseling Curriculum

Adams 12 Grades 6-12 Counseling Curriculum

Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAP)

Starting in 6th grade, students create and begin working on their inpidual ICAP with the support and guidance of educators, school counselors, industry partners, and pre-collegiate groups.  Through their inpidual ICAP, students learn to discover their interests, plan intentionally, and build pathways to success for life after high school.  The ICAP process includes gaining knowledge about Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness (PWR) through a multi-year, research based, process.  

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 
PDF icon ASCA Student Standards.pdf290.53 KB