160-4-8-.09 STUDENT ADVISEMENT.
(a) Apprenticeship – a structured program that connects school- based
occupational instruction and related paid work-site experiences in order to prepare
students for the world of work. Students are able to receive a high school diploma, a
postsecondary certificate, or degree or industry certification.
(b) Articulation –an agreement between a high school and a postsecondary
institution regarding the awarding of both secondary and postsecondary credit for a
dual enrollment course.
(c) Cooperative education - structured student learning in a paid work position
while concurrently enrolled in a related Career, Technical and Agriculture Education
class, which connects career interests to academic and occupational learning in
cooperation with business and industry.
(d) Dual enrollment - a program through which high school students take courses
from an eligible state public or private postsecondary institution while still enrolled as
a high school student and receive credit both at the high school and at the
(f) Individualized education program (IEP) - a written statement for each child
with a disability that states the present level of academic achievement and functional
performance. The IEP is developed, reviewed, and revised in accordance with the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended.
(g) Individual graduation plan – a student specific plan developed detailing the
courses necessary for a high school student to graduate from high school and to
successfully transition to postsecondary education and the work force.
(h) Internship – a structured placement, either short term or long term, which
enables a student to connect career interests to academic and occupational learning in
cooperation with business and industry in a paid or non paid position.
(i) Joint enrollment- an arrangement whereby a high school student is enrolled in a
postsecondary institution while continuing to pursue his or her high school diploma.
Joint enrollment coursework earns postsecondary credit only.
(j) Local education agency- a local school system pursuant to local board of
education control and management.
(k) Mentoring- support and guidance provided to students through relationships
with adults who advise and act as role models for students.
(l) Service learning- a teaching method in which guided or classroom learning is
deepened through service to others in a process that provides structured time for
reflection on the service experience and demonstration of the skills and knowledge
(m) Teacher as advisor- a teacher or professional educator in the school who
assists a small group of students and their parents or guardians to set postsecondary
goals and help them prepare programs of study, track academic progress and provide
advisement and support as needed.
(a) Each local education agency (LEA) shall provide students in the sixth, seventh,
and eighth grades counseling, advisement, career exploration, career interest
inventories, and information to assist them evaluating academic skills and career
(b) Each LEA shall ensure that each student develops an individual graduation plan
before the end of the second semester of the eighth grade. The individual graduation
plan shall be developed in consultation with the student’s parents, guardians, or
individuals appointed by the student’s parents or guardians to serve as their designee.
(c) Each LEA shall provide guidance, advisement, and counseling to each high
school student that will enable the student to successfully complete his or her
individual graduation plan and prepare him or her for a seamless transition to
postsecondary study, further training, or employment.
(d) Each student’s individual graduation plan shall:
1. Include rigorous academic core subjects and focused course work in mathematics
and science or in humanities, fine arts, and foreign language or sequenced career
2. Incorporate provisions of a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP),
3. Align educational and broad career goals and the student’s course of study;
4. Be based on the student’s selected academic and career focus area as approved by
the student’s parent or guardian;
5. Include experience-based career oriented learning experiences, which may
include but not be limited to, internships, apprenticeships, mentoring, cooperative
education, and service learning;
6. Include opportunities for postsecondary studies through articulation, dual
enrollment, and joint enrollment;
7. Allow flexibility to change the course of study but remain sufficiently structured
to meet graduation requirements and qualify the student for admission to
8. Be approved by the student and the student’s parent or guardian with guidance
from the student’s school counselor or teacher advisor; and
9. Be reviewed and revised, if appropriate, upon approval by the student and the
student’s parent or guardian with guidance from the student’s school counselor or
(e) An individual graduation plan may be changed at any time throughout a
student’s high school career upon approval by the student and the student’s parent or
guardian with guidance from the student’s school or teacher advisor.
Authority: O.C.G.A. §20-2-131; 20-2-151(b); 20-2-281(b);20-2-326; 20-2-327
Adopted: July 21, 2011 Effective: August 11, 2011