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Casteel High School is a public, comprehensive 7-12 school, which emphasizes a college preparatory curriculum, while offering technology and vocational based programs to meet the needs of all students. Casteel was established in the fall of 2015, and will graduate its first class in the spring of 2019. Casteel is a part of the Chandler Unified School District, in the Southeastern part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Chandler Unified School District serves over 45,000 students in grades K-12 in 44 schools and encompasses 80 square miles.
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When students enter 7th grade, they need support to build their executive function skills as well as gaining an introduction to college and career education. In the LCC course, students research colleges/universities and careers to develop their own college and career profile. Students are exposed to SAT/ACT prep. This course focuses on learning good study habits, time-management/organizational skills, and Cornell note-taking. Students learn the concept of growth mindset and understanding how persistence, effective effort, and practice lead to success. Students look ahead to the future and create college portfolios and examine their strengths and interests as they begin career profiles. 7th grade students use the AzCIS program to help support the curriculum in this course.
In Casteel High School's 7th grade, Life Connections and Careers class, the students are given valuable tools that help them be good students and provides numerous opportunities to better understand themselves and the world around them. The value of this course is immeasurable because it lays the foundation of what it means to be a successful student as well as a productive member of the community.
Crystal Lipinski, Life Connections and Career Teacher