Dear Parents and/or Guardians:
First of all, thank you for opening up this page. As educators we know that involved parents and guardians are one of the most important keys to supporting and creating successful students. The fact that you are interested in what your child is learning at Liberty Ranch High School shows your interest and support for your student’s educational goals.
So what exactly is this course your student has been enrolled in?
In very short terms it is a class designed to help freshmen students look into and plan for their OWN future.
So why have we chosen to enroll each and every student into College and Career Readiness (CCR)?
The answer is multilayered, but simply put, research shows that students with a plan-SUCCEED. As educators our job is to help your child gain knowledge and skills that will enhance their college, career and civic life. We continually ask ourselves how to make this happen and it begins with a focused question: where will these students be in 10 years? As adults we know looking into the future and preparing for it is important, but how much thought have our students given to the future? In 10 years will they be thriving in a career that supports their desired lifestyle or turning to their families for handouts and free rent while scrambling to figure out who they are, who they want to be, and what they want to do with their life?
You may be thinking, “My student can barely see past Saturday night, let alone what life will look like in 10 years!” Not to worry. Our class, using the Career Choices curriculum, will be exploring a step-by-step decision-making process and enabling all students to articulate the answers to three questions: Who am I? What do I want? How do I get it?
Through this process, your student will be challenged to envision a future that includes:
This class, taught by trained teachers, is designed to help ALL kids deal with the two major tasks of adolescence: establishing their identity and deciding what they want to do with their lives. Each of the more than 100 active-learning activities builds on the ones before. Students use texts, workbooks and an online portfolio to compile ideas, information and self-evaluations that they continue to look at over the course of their high school years. They will revisit what their goals and plans for the future were during their sophomore, junior and senior years. Our staff will be able to see your students plans for the future and when appropriate refer to that plan to help advise or encourage your student.
As students work through the material, you can expect them to come home with a lot of questions and comments about their own self-discovery process and what “reality” looks like for a self-sufficient adult. We’ll be discussing everything from job interviews to mortgage payments to how to feed a family of four on a tight budget—so don’t be surprised if, at some point, you hear “I had no idea how much money I cost you!” Please be prepared to listen and offer your insight, as your input and support will add a great deal of meaning to this very valuable learning process.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about witnessing this journey of self-discovery. Your child is about to learn why excelling in high school is important to future life satisfaction and how setting goals and staying true to their passions will lead to the achievement of all they desire.
Thanks for your support, and if you have any questions about the program please feel free to email your child’s CCR teacher or Mrs. Neumann who is charge of overseeing the program.