Academic and 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

ACP Portfolio Tasks

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.)

Contact Us

Keli Melcher
Director of Student Services
Sarah MacFarland
Inclusion Support Teacher
Amy Ruck
Inclusion Support Teacher
Jenny Geishert
Administrative Assistant
Contact Us
320 North St. Stoughton, WI 53589
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