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College Planning for High School Freshmen

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Author:Diane Selman
System: Jefferson County
School: Shades Valley High School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 29477


College Planning for High School Freshmen


This lesson is designed to prepare high school freshmen for goal-setting and financial planning opportunities for college. Students will create a college planning portfolio. This lesson contains a financial aid component.



 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Career Cluster Electives
CTE (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Personal Finance
5 ) Determine factors that affect money management, including career choice, education, skills, and economic conditions.

•  Identifying opportunity costs of financial decisions
Career Cluster Electives
CTE (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Personal Finance
7 ) Determine practices that allow individuals and families to maintain financial security.

Examples: determining needs and wants, creating a budget, setting goals, keeping records, developing a personal financial plan, saving, investing

Career Cluster Electives
CTE (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Personal Finance
19 ) Determine the impact of technology on personal financial management.

Human Services
HUM (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Family and Consumer Sciences
9 ) Describe consumer issues related to meeting the needs and wants of individuals and families.

Examples: budgeting, establishing credit, purchasing insurance, investing and saving, reporting taxes

Human Services
HUM (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Family and Consumer Sciences
20 ) Determine factors to be considered in the development of an effective career plan.

•  Describing procedures for obtaining employment in careers related to family and consumer sciences and human services

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will analyze personal interest inventories to create a college planning portfolio. Students will analyze information to update portfolio on an annual basis.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Essential Question: Why is it important for individuals and families to invest for their future? How do you develop a career plan?


CTSO: Members use FCCLA Power of One program to set personal goals.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Project Handout, Rubric, Paper, Pen, Porfolio binders

Technology Resources Needed:

Internet, Spreadsheet Software, Presentation software, Printer


Teacher will ensure that:

1.) students are introduced to opportunities beyond high school by developing short and long term goals,

2.) students will research academic and financial requirements for college,

3.) students must have basic Internet research skills,

4.)Schedule guidance counselor as classroom speaker.




1.) Students will identify possible career opportunities by personal interest inventory. Log on to Enter the freshman tab and follow instructions under "Explore Your Interests". Results should be placed in student portfolio.

2.) Students will identify possible career opportunities based on career interest survey. Log on to and complete the Jung Typology Test. This test will help to identify personal strengths to career paths. Print results for college planning portfolio.

3.) Students should create a Venn diagram to compare results of Personal Inventory to Jung Typology Test.

4.) Students will research job trends by completing Career Research Project. Log in to Click on the "Why Go" tab. In the section, "Find Your Passion", complete the "What Do You Like". Research career opportunities which align with personal Career Interest Results.

5.) Students should log on to Enter the freshmen tab and review each section. Print documents for portfolio.

6.) Students will develop a four year high school plan to meet high school diploma requirements and college entrance requirements. Utilize local high school guidance counselor as classroom speaker.

7.) Students should review college entrance exams on located in the tab "What to do". Identify dates of practice test at local high school and enter on personal planning calendar. Complete FAFSA4caster under "How to Pay" tab to estimate possible financial aid.

8.) Develop a career plan and resume using examples provided on Enter the tab middle/hs students "Explore Careers" to review samples under "Develop a Career Plan".

9.) Identify volunteer community service and summer job opportunities to support career and college interest.

10.) Complete attached Goal Sheet Project.

11.) On click on the US Roadsign that states "Create your College Roadmap". Customize your roadmap. Print roadmap and place in portfolio.

12.) On a separate page: Write a narrative of a discussion between you and your parents identifying goals established for your freshman year of high school and desired interest in college.

13.) Use the attached College Freshman Portfolio Rubric to grade students' work.

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Assessment Strategies

Teacher will use the Rubric in grading student portfolio projects.




Students can identify colleges for specific career interest.


Peer helpers will review portfolios to assure documentation is complete.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.