Career Clusters are broad occupational groupings based on a set of common knowledge and skills required for a specific career. Career Clusters provide opportunities for all students regardless of their career goals and interests.
Career Pathways are a sub-grouping of occupations and career specialties used as an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction. Career pathways are grouped based on their requirements for a set of common knowledge and skills for career success.
A Program of Study is a sequence of instruction (based on recommended standards, and knowledge and skills) This sequence of instruction provides preparation for a career.
An IGP includes a program of study and learning that represents a mapped academic plan reflecting a student's unique set of interests, needs, learning goals, and graduation requirements. It goes beyond the "four-year plan" by recording the student's connections to the larger community including examples of community service and volunteerism; membership in community organizations, participation in leadership activities outside of school; involvement in job shadowing, mentorships, and/or apprenticeships; and the pursuit of skill development through hobbies, athletics, and fine arts.
DeKalb School's comprehensive grades K-12 career development includes three levels: