Landmark School is in their 4th year of implementing Career Academies. Students in 7th and 8th grade focus on college and career readiness on Wednesday mornings throughout the school year. The first Wednesday of the month is focused on exploring high school, colleges and skills for employment. On the other Wednesdays in the month, students explore one of six career field through community partnerships which provide hands-on learning, guest speakers and tours of work places. The six career academies offered at Landmark School are:
"One life lesson learned was to work hard and never give up. Do your best and you will be successful." - Isaiah Baird, Student
The Career Academies at Glendale Landmark directly mirror the CTE courses within the Glendale High School District. By participating in career academies, the Landmark students have a foundation of information and abilities that enable them to enter their high school program with greater success. In addition to having a high level of preparedness to succeed, they impact the classroom environment with their contributions. Students in career academies participate in tours on the high school campus to meet with teachers, students and tour facilities. Students are presented with what characteristics and behaviors will enable them to be successful in their transition to high school by current students. Should they choose to participate in the elective program, their career academy experience may give them priority placement in the high school class.
Career Academy students have been introduced to pre-ECAP activities with an emphasis on being “High School Ready”. Students have documented their grades and middle school activities on an electronic ECAP form that mimics the one used on the campus of Glendale High School. Emphasis was made on teaching the students grade point averages, diploma requirements, and university admission standards. In addition, they have participated in building their portfolio in AzCIS by using several of the assessments and activities. Entering high school with a solid understanding of procedures in conjunction with career oriented activities has assisted these students in developing their high school ECAP with a solid foundation of knowledge.
In addition, Career Academy students are entering high school with connection and relationships with instructors, students, and school counselors. It has been found that these students make active use of their school counselor as a partner in their high school education.
Bronwyn Campbell, M.A.
School Counselor, Glendale High School
Gina Schmitz, School Counselor