Strategy 3: We will build systems that guide students through the process of planning and achieving individualized goals.

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Results Statement 1: Implement structures to increase access to information, resources, and programs relating to postsecondary planning for students and families.

 
    The Superintendent will convene a Guidance Steering Committee. This standing committee will identify and develop programs to support students through the process of planning and achieving individualized goals, and will conduct annual evaluations of counseling and other related efforts.
 
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2012-2013: The Guidance Steering Committee convened through three meetings to discuss foundational/policy questions related to the implementation of this plan.
 
The Guidance Steering Committee worked with the District’s Communications and Projects Officer to begin drafting a College Planning Guide. The committee also developing a new Guidelines and Expectations for Student Counseling Services. A minimum number of experiences will be required, with tracking. This requirement will greatly increase mandatory contacts between guidance counselors and students in our schools.
 
2013-2014: The District hosted the annual College and Career Fair in October at Howell High School. Over 2,000 families attended and over 200 colleges and universities were represented to provide students and families with information and guidance. Each school also hosted a variety of events and programs to ensure support and guidance for postsecondary planning for our students and families. Individual school presentations and events included: The College Application Process for Seniors, Understanding the Financial Aid Process, Junior College Planning, Understanding PSAT Scores, Understanding ACT Explore Results, and Using Naviance Family Connection. The Office of Guidance and Operations unveiled a new web site to provide a single destination for community members looking for resources.
 
2014-2015: The District hosted the annual College and Career Fair in October at Colts Neck High School. Over 2,000 families attended and over 175 colleges and universities (two and four-year), technical and career and post-secondary educational institutions and branches of the armed services were represented.
Each school hosts a variety of events and programs to ensure support and guidance for postsecondary planning for our students and families. Individual school presentations and events included: The College Application Process for Seniors, Understanding the Financial Aid Process, Junior College Planning, Understanding Your PSAT Score, Understanding your ACT Explore Results and Using Naviance Family Connection. Additionally, these presentations and supporting materials are posted on our Guidance Department webpages as an additional resource. The Office of Guidance and Operations webpage and individual school webpages include a range of resources and materials for college and career planning including: the FRHSD College and Career Planning Guide, HESAA Student Loan information, and Scholarship Offerings.
 
The FRHSD is hosting a presentation on the college admissions process. Peter Van Buskirk, former Dean of Admission at Franklin & Marshall College will present, “The Admission Game.” His presentation provides “insider information” and resources to demystify the complex and often frustrating college admission and selection process. Mr. Van Buskirk also provides a “behind the scenes” understanding of the components that influence college admission committees. This presentation will provide information and support to students in the college and career planning process.
 
Our Guidance Department staff meets individually with each student to develop a personalized college and career “game plan.” Our Strategic Plan calls for a clear and uniform set of expectations and guidelines for student/counselor contact time throughout the six high schools in order to provide adequate resources and supports for students as they navigate the waters of high school and plan for college and/or a career pathway. The minimum number of counseling-related experiences for 9th and 10th graders is three counseling sessions and a minimum of five counseling sessions for 11th and 12th graders. The counseling-related experiences include counselor-initiated individual counseling, group counseling and classroom visits. In 9th grade, students complete a Personality Profile/Career inventory using Naviance. In 10th and 11th grade, students continue career exploration and begin the college search process. This process includes careful selection of courses and a range of tools available in Naviance to search for a college or university that meets individual selection criteria and student needs and wants.
 
The Office of Special Services and the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) planned for the coordination of events for the 2014-2015 school year focused on providing information and resources to parents to maximize the success of their child. In December, FRHSD hosted two SEAC workshops that focused on accessing services for students with special needs. Future SEAC events for the current school year will focus on educating parents about social-emotional needs and supports as students navigate high school and beyond. For the current school year, FRHSD also joined efforts with the Regional Professional Development Academy (RPDA) to provide high quality professional training opportunities for parents and district staff members. Additionally, each high school has invited the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to speak with seniors and their parents about supports and services available to students after high school to support their educational and career endeavors.