Academic and Career Planning



Virginia Code 8 VAC 20-131-140 requires:


Beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, all schools shall begin development of a personal Academic and Career Plan for each seventh-grade student with completion by the fall of the student's eighth-grade year. Students who transfer from other than a Virginia public school into the eighth grade shall have the Plan developed as soon as practicable following enrollment. Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, students who transfer into a Virginia public school after their eighth-grade year shall have an Academic and Career Plan developed upon enrollment. The components of the Plan shall include, but not be limited to, the student's program of study for high school graduation and a postsecondary career pathway based on the student's academic and career interests. The Academic and Career Plan shall be developed in accordance with guidelines established by the Board of Education and signed by the student, student's parent or guardian, and school official(s) designated by the principal. The Plan shall be included in the student's record and shall be reviewed and updated, if necessary, before the student enters the ninth and eleventh grades. The school shall have met its obligation for parental involvement if it makes a good faith effort to notify the parent or guardian of the responsibility for the development and approval of the Plan.


Essex County Public Schools uses the Virginia Wizard to create academic and career plans for students and to provide career and college planning for families.  Virginia Wizard provides career information, college planning assistance, and assistance with financial aid and scholarship searches.  Career information available on Virginia Wizard includes assessing skills, interests, and values, a resume builder, and interview assistance.  The college planner option includes a college search, test preparation, an option to search majors, college information search, and a college cost calculator. 


Students receive access information from their school counselor.  Virginia Wizard is located at

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

Please follow the link here to the SCHEV Website.  Users may select any Virginia higher education institution's Web page and click on tabs for information on admissions. tuition, enrollment, debt, success, wage, and other data.



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