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Best Practices & Award-Winning Career Choices Programs
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Choose a program below to access video, data, and stories that document Career Choices’ effectiveness in reducing dropout rates and increasing academic achievement. These schools have reached gold, silver, or bronze medal distinction as defined by the Career Choices Medal Survey.

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Bossier High School

Chickasha Middle School
Chickasha counteracts a dropout problem with an 8th grade course aligned with the goals of GEAR UP.

Coachella Valley High School
Learn how a dynamic course required for all ninth graders helped turn this school's dropout rate -- from the highest in their district to the lowest.

Dual Enrollment: Carpinteria and Santa Barbara City College
A partnership between Santa Barbara City College, Carpinteria High School, the Irvine Foundation, and Academic Innovations is allowing every freshman student at Carpinteria High School the opportunity to earn college credit through a class using the Career Choices curriculum.

Duval County Public Schools
This Jacksonville, Florida school district implemented Career Choices in 19 high schools.

Grace King High School
In 2006, this Metairie, Louisiana high school had only 74 percent of its freshman students going on to 10th grade. After implementing a Freshman Transition course using Career Choices, the 9th grade promotion rate jumped to 96 percent.

Indio High School
Indio High transforms dramatically with the implementation of a freshman transition program and a focus on forming meaningful connections between staff and students. Results include: two thirds fewer freshman expulsions, half as many students with three or more Fs, and seven times more students joining the California Scholarship Federation.

LeMars Community High School

McCormick High School
After one year of using Career Choices with all its students, this rural school transformed from a below-average school to one of two excellent schools in South Carolina.

McGavock High School
During the 2007-2008 school year, there were 11 changes made in the administration of McGavock High School. In fall 2008, McGavock initiated a Smaller Learning Community effort that included a 9th Grade Academy and a course called Freshman Seminar. By spring 2010, many positive changes helped McGavock regain community partners and institute wall-to-wall career academies.
North Valley Charter Academy
My10yearPlan.com® Interactive captivates students as they simultaneously gain an adult perspective on life and careers.

Ocean Springs High School

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Seaman Freshman Center
Seaman seeks a 100 percent graduation rate with a school created specifically for freshmen.

Silverado High School
Featured in the documentary, From Clueless to Focused, this large campus paired smaller learning communities with Career Choices to great effect in Victorville, California.

South Robeson High School
Robeson County Public Schools achieved a 23% decrease in dropouts in one year with a Career Choices class.

Success 101: A Prerequisite for Life (The Indio Documentary)
Indio High transforms dramatically with the implementation of a freshman transition program and a focus on forming meaningful connections between staff and students. Results include: two thirds fewer freshman expulsions, half as many students with three or more Fs, and seven times more students joining the California Scholarship Federation.

Vincent Middle High School
This school in rural Alabama developed a Career Choices course for their 8th graders to address the needs of young people in the community.

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