Academic & Career Planning

Academic and Career Planning (ACP) is a student-driven, adult-supported process in which students create and cultivate their own unique and information-based visions for post secondary success, obtained through self-exploration, career exploration, and the development of career management and planning skills. Chapter PI-26 is the legislation in the State of Wisconsin that requires every school district to provide academic and career planning services to pupils enrolled in grades 6 to 12 in the school district beginning in the 2017-18 school year.

Mission and Vision

The mission and the vision of academic and career planning at the state level is to: “Empower ALL students to travel the road TO adulthood through education and training to careers!” by:

“Reimagining K-12 education to equip students

  • with meaningful and supportive adult relationships
  • and the ability to adapt to opportunities and challenges
  • on their personalized journeys to successful lives”

This aligns with Stoughton Area School District’s mission in “Preparing students for the emerging world in which they will live.”

Engaging Parents

  • ACP conferences in 8th and 11th grade with all students and parents/guardian
  • Post-HS options night and financial aid night
  • 6th and 9th grade orientation events
  • Counselors are available to discuss academic and career planning throughout the year
  • Kick-off to college apps
  • Parent teacher conferences related to academic and career options throughout MS
  • Goals for next year
    • Yearly updates about each grade in the newsletter
    • Seminars for career pathways

4 Stages to successful Academic and Career Planning (ACP)

ACP Activities

Graduation Requirements

Future Goal-Career Pathways

To Be Determined

Advanced Placement Course Offerings

Career and Technical Education

SASD Career-Based Learning

Individualized ACP support

  • ACP conferencing for 100% of students in grades 6, 8, 11, and 12
  • Career Information software tool: Career Cruising
  • For students with a disability, special education case managers are invited to ACP conferences, and school counselors are invited to IEP meetings (Insert Link for Special Education)
    • A transition statement must be created by age 14
    • Inclusion of the Transition Job Developer at the IEP meetings at the high school level or as early as age 14 for career planning. Transition Job Developer
    • DVR (Department of Vocational Rehabilitation) can be the connection between school services and long term services for people with disabilities. Eligibility for DVR is essential for eligibility for long-term supports.
    • ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) upon eligibility is the access to long-term care services and mental health services past high school age.
    • WITIG Wisconsin Transition Innovation Grant provides access to events, success stories, and informational values regarding graduation and transition services.
    • An easy to use tool that helps with planning for career, independent living, and post-secondary education.

Career Cruising

Coming soon: Madison Region Economic Partnership (connect students to local employers for job shadow, interviews, etc.)


Fox Prairie Elementary
Ashley Billstrom-Luedtke

Kegonsa Elementary
Jake Schultz

Sandhill Elementary
Ethan Anderson

River Bluff Middle School
Anne Fimreite
(Purple, Gold and Blue blocks)

Dave Gerszewski
Counselor (Students L-Z)
(Red, Yellow and Green blocks)

Stoughton High School
Andrew Burke
Counselor (Students A-G)

Ann Ash
Counselor (Students H-N)

Kristin Natzke
Counselor (Students O-Z)

Keli Melcher
Director of Student Services

Lauren Woodring
Administrative Assistant