At the British International School of Washington, we view college and career readiness as part of the learning journey. By nurturing a students interests at a young age, through preparing secondary students for exams and college applications, our University Counseling office helps students to be prepared for their global future.
Preparing for a Global Future
Future-mindedness at every age
Early Years: We encourage parents and teachers to support student indicators of interest at a young age. As children mature those interests may persist or they may drop off, but it is all part of that early exploration process. We recommend that exposure to career ideas and university options become a natural part of the conversation.
Middle Years: At this stage, families are encouraged to provide exposure to friends, family and neighbors who would be willing to share their career paths with their child. Support and encouragement continue in school throughout the curriculum. The school embraces the “Big Ideas” of communication, discovery, interpretation and collaboration which are all critical developmental skills for college and university readiness. Detailed discussions in the Health and Well Being class, with specific units on note taking, organizational skills and time management set the foundation for more challenging academic work. A unit on “passion” allows students to research an area of personal interest and share with the class their knowledge and experience, with the teacher guiding the connections to career options and related college majors.
Secondary Years: Students are encouraged to continue thinking about, exploring, researching and experiencing the world of work. The launching pad for this process is the introduction of Naviance Student, a web-based college and career planning service designed for students and their families. Students engage in a classroom discussion on the factors that influence career choices such as interests, skills and environmental factors. There are several follow up activities including the Career Interest Inventory and Career Cluster Finder available. Students can research careers grouped into the same cluster which typically require similar education and training. A culminating activity is our annual Career Day featuring volunteers through the school’s Parents in Partnership Program. Students select to attend several different presentations offered by our volunteers in a wide array of careers including healthcare, engineering, cyber-security, international relations, law and media.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program is at the heart of all post-secondary college and career planning. The IB Coordinator and the University Counselor work as a team throughout the IB course selection process. As students learn more about their IB options, great care and consideration is taken in matching student’s career and university interests with the appropriate IB courses. Ensuring that country-specific and course/major requirements are intertwined with the students overall academic strengths and interests is a critical component in designing a strong IB Diploma Program. As a rigorous pre-university course of study, it is important for the learner to understand that all elements of the program are integrated to support college readiness. As a result, students are encouraged to think about incorporating CAS activities that support and expand a student’s interests.