SIT Post-Secondary Committee Recommendations

The Post-Secondary Committee believes that to ensure College/Career Readiness for each student at ETHS, the post-secondary planning process must begin as soon as a student enters high school. Students need to gain awareness and understanding of the opportunities available to them after high school and the paths that they need to take to get them there. Our recommendations are designed to explore two current methods of providing information to students and analyze how to adapt them to assist students with post-secondary planning in a more in a timely and accessible manner. These are by no means the only changes required to improve the current process.

1. A committee will be created to assess freshman orientation in its current state and make formal recommendations to better serve students regarding the post-secondary planning process. The goal is to assist students in making more informed choices of courses and extra curricular activities relating to their post-secondary plans. The committee will be composed of teachers, parents, counseling staff, administration and College and Career Center. It will assess what is now provided in the orientation and what is needed. The committee will report back to SIT by March, 2012.

The committee will explore:
  • Information currently disseminated at freshman orientation
  • Course selection process
  • Communication materials sent to families prior to orientation
  • Physical layout of orientation "stations"
  • Materials sent to parents about the various post secondary options available; frequency and timing
  • Staffing of orientation and use of volunteers
    • Student ambassadors
    • PTSA
    • etc
  • The feasibility of creating a post-secondary planning document/portfolio to assist students in identifying, developing and focusing their interests/passions relating to post-high school plans

2. Incorporate more post-secondary materials into in the course selection handbook, including:
  • List of course levels, course sequence and number of credits for each subject required/recommended for different types of colleges (currently in junior handbook)
  • Timeline/checklist for post-secondary planning
  • Timeline for courses beyond high school for different disciplines (e.g. what's after BC Calculus)
  • Page with graphics describing CTE courses (Shelley Gates handout)