Individual Career and Academic Plan

ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan)

All Colorado students are REQUIRED to complete an ICAP – Individual Career and Academic Plan.

What is the ICAP?

The purpose of the ICAP is to assist students and their parents/legal guardians in exploring the post-secondary career and educational opportunities available to the student, aligning coursework and curriculum, applying to post-secondary education institutions, securing financial aid and ultimately entering the workforce.

ICAP is a multi-year process, one that will span the lives of students who are now in middle and high school and that will continue into adulthood.  By adopting research-based best practices and by revamping our knowledge for developmentally appropriate ICAP activities with secondary students, Colorado’s schools and districts now focus on a meaningful process which results in a plan.

ICAP must include:

  • Career and college interest surveys,
  • Written postsecondary and workforce goals, intermediate benchmarks and data reflecting progress toward those goals,
  • scores on assessments,
  • experiences in service learning and/or work environments,
  • activities that establish connections between school-based instruction and the world of work,
  • an intentional sequence of courses that reflect progress towards the postsecondary goal
  • academic progress,
  • college application(s), a resume, or alternative work-based applications,
  • an understanding of the financial impact of life after high school, including an education


ICAP High School Quality Indicators:

Self-Awareness: Understand how one’s unique interests, talents, and aspirations play a role in decision-making and interpersonal relationships and how individual thoughts and feelings get students excited about life and learning.

Career Awareness: Know the difference between jobs, occupations, and careers. Articulate a wide range local regional of local regional, national and global career pathways and opportunities. Consider economic and cultural influences and the impact of stereotypes on career choice.

Postsecondary Aspirations: Participate in career exploration activities centered on students’ passions, interests, dreams and visions of their future self and perceived options.

Postsecondary Options: Be aware of and participate in a variety of postsecondary and career opportunities. Use tools such as career clusters, personality assessments and learning style inventories to highlight individual strengths and capabilities.

Environmental Expectations: Consider how school, family, community, culture and world view might influence the students’ career development and postsecondary plans.

Academic Planning: Apply the skills and knowledge necessary to map out and pass the academic courses required to achieve postsecondary goals.

Employability Skills: Define, develop and hone skills that increase the likelihood of becoming and remaining successfully employed and civically responsible citizens.

Financial Literacy: Recognize personal financial literacy and financial aid topics and vocabulary and know what options are available to pay for postsecondary. Understand and articulate personal financial literacy concepts, the cost of postsecondary options and apply this awareness to the postsecondary career and academic planning process.



9th Grade ICAP Standards & Activities.docx



10th Grade ICAP Standards & Activities.docx



11th Grade ICAP Standards & Activities.docx



12th Grade ICAP Standards & Activities.docx




Whether your plans include college, the military, or going to work, you can get a jump-start on planning for a successful transition from high school to your future.

Just log into your Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) through our FAMILY CONNECTION web site (supported by Naviance) to explore all your options.  

To log into your FAMILY CONNECTION ICAP account, just follow these steps:
  1. Go to


     2.  Log into your ICAP account with your SVVSD computer username and password login credentials.


     3.  Click on the MY PLANNER tab on the top right of the home page to check out what tasks you've been assigned to complete in your ICAP based on your grade level.



     4.  Check in with the SVOGA counselor if you need help exploring all the AWESOME features offered through FAMILY CONNECTION to help you prepare for life after high school!