Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 9-12 - page 9

High School Graduation and Beyond
Focus on graduation requirements
as you create your 4-year CCR-Plan. Graduation
requirements are a set of core classes that all students must take to receive a high school diploma.
It is critical to earn all of the required credits each year in order to stay “on-track” to graduate.
Most students will graduate with more credits than they need, and that’s great! Graduation
requirements are minimal requirements, so most students maximize their high school experience by
taking college prep courses, concurrent enrollment courses, CTE courses and more!
Did you know?
The majority of Utah’s high school students are
maximizing
their education and learning
opportunities and opting for a rigorous 4-year high school experience. They do this by:
Participating in
concurrent enrollment
courses and options.
Taking advanced
career and technical education (CTE) courses
.
Taking and passing
skills certification
tests
connected to CTE courses.
Graduating early and utilizing the
Centennial
Scholarship
option.
Graduating from high school with an associate degree
and qualifying for the
New Century Scholarship
.
Taking courses that qualify for the
Regent’s
Scholarship
.
Participating in
early college
programs in both
community colleges and applied technology colleges.
Participating in
work-based learning
opportunities –
internships, job shadowing, etc.
Volunteering
their time in their communities to learn
the importance and the value of service.
Accessing courses through
online programs
.
If you want to take advantage of everything available, you’ve got to
plan
.
Creating a 4-year high school plan is a good place to start. The 4-year plan is developed in 8
th
grade
and is updated and revised as your interests and needs change.
Parents, teachers, and especially
your school counselor can help you
with the 4-year planning process. Get important information,
advice, and suggestions for your plan. Use interest and aptitude survey results to inform your
decisions. Your individual meetings with your school counselor will become a very important part of
the 4-year planning process. If you take time to plan, and fill in the details for classes you choose,
you will be prepared to take advantage of all of the options described above, and you will maximize
your high school experience. If you fail to plan, you may not be able to take classes in their
appropriate sequence or classes that are prerequisite to others.
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