New Program of Study posted

Cover: 2020-21 Program of Study

The 2020-21 Program of Study is now available. Printed copies will be distributed soon to all our eighth-grade students next week, hot off the press, but you can click here to view, print and/or download the electronic version. Copies will also be available at our high schools for use during advisement and when new students enroll.

There’s a great graphic on page 3 that provides information about the Empower College & Career Center. The center will open in the facility that currently houses Jackson County Comprehensive High School after the new JCHS opens in the 2021-22 school year.

The new International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme being offered at Jackson County Comprehensive High School is described on pages 4-5.

The Graduation Plan — a vital roadmap — is provided on pages 6-7. It can be updated each year and begins with classes offered to sixth-graders.

From the introduction to the 48-page book, which lays out coursework and pathways:

“Preparing students for success after high school is inherent in the Jackson County School System’s Vision. Whether students plan to enter the workforce immediately or attend college after high school graduation, careful consideration of course options can impact their futures. To better prepare students for the demands of the 21st Century economy and for post-secondary education, the Jackson County School System has provided this planning guide for use by students and their parents. Use this Program of Study and planning guide to help set career goals and plan for a world of work options.

Go over the information in the guide together and begin to have discussions concerning post-secondary plans and how you can reach the goals that you set. Bring this guide with you to each annual advisement appointment and share with your advisor as you all work together to map out the next year’s schedule of courses. Finally, mark your choices in the Graduation Guide section as you go through school and as your career decisions possibly change and evolve. This planning guide shows the clear connection between classwork and future success, pointing out the relevance of academic learning in the classroom. It also provides information on a variety of occupations that differ in the scope of education and training required in order to obtain employment. The courses you choose today will have an effect on your future course options and opportunities.

For more information, contact our schools‘ guidance department staff.