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 both a document and 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-secondary goals. Implementing ICAPs provides students access to 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 Portfolio is a document which includes information specific to each student’s post-secondary plans aligned to their career goals. The completed ICAP portfolio will include a four-year course plan, long-term and short-term goals; results from career and interest inventories; a résumé; a schedule of assigned, upcoming and completed tasks; education and career plans; standardized test scores and GPA; reflective writing; journal notes or documents regarding meetings and learning experiences both in and out of school; scholarships; and service hours. This information produces a thoughtful program of study leading to proficiency for graduation and post-secondary experiences.
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 processes.
The ICAP process requires regularly scheduled activities conducted throughout the academic school year that engage students in the three ICAP phases:
- Exploring - Develops students’ ability to identify their learning style, personality traits, career interests, skills and work values.
- 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-secondary pathways.
- Transitioning – Develops students’ career and academic readiness skills, the traits, work habits and behaviors needed to navigate career and academic transitions and pursue growth opportunities throughout life.
What's included in an ICAP?
An ICAP will include at least the following:
- a four-year course plan
- long-term and short-term goals
- results from career and interest inventories
- a résumé
- a schedule of assigned, upcoming and completed tasks
- career plans
- college plans
- standardized test scores
- reflective writing
The completed ICAP portfolio may also include: journal notes or documents regarding skills; lists of interests, challenges, accomplishments and extracurricular activities; grades; examples of work; personal goal statement; scholarships; and service hours. Each ICAP contains only information specific to that student.
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.