Individualized Career and Academic Plan (ICAP)

  • ETHS is committed to empowering all students with the tools to make informed decisions about their post-high school options. Our goal is for every student to develop a broader awareness of self and the breadth of opportunities available to them after high school. An Individualized Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) is a process that seeks to engage and inform student decisions about courses and activities throughout high school while broadening student perspectives and supporting the attainment of post-high school goals. The ICAP is also an evidence-based product that is constructed through career development experiences that incorporate self-exploration and career exploration, career planning and skill-building activities and enhances the relevance of school and out-of-school learning experiences.

    The ICAP includes information specific to each student’s post-high school plans aligned to their career goals. This information leads to a thoughtful program of study necessary for success within a variety of post-high school experiences. 

    Completed ICAP "To Do's" are stored and viewed in the online post-high school planning tool SchooLinks. For questions or assistance, contact the Counseling, College & Career Services office.

    ICAP Process

    The ICAP process is student-centered where students take an active role in assessing, reflecting on, and planning based on their academic, career and personal goals. Although the process is student-centered, the ICAP is shared among parents/guardians, counselors, teachers and other designated school personnel as a means of supporting the student’s academic and career development. ICAP reports can be utilized by the district as a source of student-level data in programmatic planning and further evaluation of schoolwide practices.

    The ICAP process requires regularly scheduled activities conducted throughout the academic school year that engage students in the three ICAP phases:

    1. Exploring - Develops students’ ability to identify their learning style, personality traits, career interests, skills and work values.
    2. Planning - Develops students’ ability to connect their interests, skills and values to a range of career options, identify school courses and employability skills needed and identify corresponding post-high school pathways.
    3. Decision Making/Transitioning – Develops students’ ability to use available tools, resources and experiences to pursue growth opportunities throughout life. 

    What's included in an ICAP?

    Each ICAP will include at least the following:

    • career plans
    • college plans
    • four-year course plan
    • grade point average (GPA)
    • long-term and short-term goals
    • reflective writing
    • results from career and interest inventories
    • résumé
    • schedule of assigned, upcoming and completed to do's 

    A completed ICAP may also include: journal notes or documents; lists of interests, accomplishments and extracurricular activities; examples of work experiences; scholarship dollars awarded; service hours; and standardized test scores. 

    What are the benefits of having an ICAP?

    ICAPs are designed to be an effective strategy for delivering quality, equitable college and career development opportunities that improve student outcomes. Students who engage in ICAP-type activities often report stronger goal-setting skills, increased motivation to attend school and increased academic confidence. Participating in the development of ICAPs may also lead to better academic achievement, stress and health management and readiness to engage in career decision-making.

    What are ICAP To Do's?

    Many ICACP To Do's are assigned as part of both FASH (Freshman Advisory Study Hall) and SASH (Sophomore Advisory Study Hall) and supplemented throughout students' four years within the counseling curriculum. Other To Do's, are supported through additional ETHS programming. 

    9th Grade

    • Complete Personality Assessment
    • Review Career Clusters
    • Explore Suggested Careers
    • Attend Post-High School Options Program with Parent/Guardian 
    • Review Programs of Study Guide Plan Coursework & Share Post-High School Goals with Counselor 
    • Start Resume 
    • Plan Community Service & Extracurricular Activities 
    • Begin Financial Aid Discussion with Parent/Guardian 
    • Take PSAT 8/9

    10th Grade

    • Attend Financial Aid Night with Parent/Guardian 
    • Complete Interest Assessment 
    • Favorite Careers/Set Career Goal 
    • Attend Career Pathway Info. Session(s) 
    • Attend Post-High School Options Program with Parent/Guardian
    • Review Programs of Study Guide
    • Plan Coursework & Share Post-High School Goals with Counselor
    • Continue Community Service & Extracurricular Activities
    • Update Resume 
    • Explore Summer Opportunities 
    • Begin Exploring Colleges & Majors 
    • Take PSAT 10

    11th Grade

    • Continue Community Service & Extracurricular Activities 
    • Attend Post-High School Options Sessions with Parent/Guardian 
    • Attend Financial Aid Workshop with Parent/Guardian 
    • Take Practice SAT 
    • Attend Career Pathway Info. Session(s) 
    • Continue to Explore Careers 
    • Complete an Internship/Work/Job Shadow Opportunity 
    • Update Career Goal 
    • Update Resume 
    • Review Programs of Study Guide Plan Coursework & Share Post-High School Goals with Counselor 
    • Take Standardized Tests (SAT/ASVAB) 
    • Explore Summer Opportunities 
    • Attend Options Fairs & College Visits 
    • Explore & Favorite Colleges 
    • Evaluate College Costs 
    • Review Scholarship Lists

    12th Grade

    • Continue Community Service & Extracurricular Activities
    • Attend College Application Workshop 
    • Finalize College List 
    • Update Resume 
    • Confirm Pathway 
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
    • Apply to college 
    • Complete an Internship/Work/Job Shadow Opportunity 
    • Finalize Industry Certification 
    • Apply for Scholarships 
    • Compare Financial Aid Award Letters