Course Catalog: Student Planning Guide
If you have questions about planning for high school and beyond, make an appointment with your Academic Counselor.
The Graduation Pathways Matrix was prepared by the PCHS site-base committee as a guide for PCHS students and parents as they plan the student’s course of study during his or her high school years. It is especially valuable for 8th grade students and their parents, because many hopes and dreams that Park City families have require careful educational planning right from the day the student enters high school. For example, the minimum requirement the Park City School District sets for a diploma from PCHS are simply not adequate for admission to all selective American colleges and universities. The graduation pathways guidelines are intended to help counsel parents and students in course selections appropriate to those families’ plans after graduation. Graduation Pathways attempts to incorporate two important considerations when making course selections: general areas of career interest and post-high school educational goals. Parents and students have told PCHS that the Graduation Pathways is a useful tool as they organize their high school years.
Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. Family Connection offers innovative, easy-to-use web applications for high school students and their parents. Family Connection will help guide students' academic and career choices, as well as providing you with opportunities of self-exploration, college research, resume building, and more. Students will use Family Connection as part of the College and Career Readiness curriculum provided by the school counselors in grades 8-12. PCHS Naviance Family Connection
College and Career Readiness
A College and Career Readiness (CCR) meeting is to be held once during a student's high school experience. During these meetings with the student, parent, and their academic counselor, guidelines are established for course selection, graduation completion, and occupational planning. Contact the Counseling Center for more information about dates and times for these conferences.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways
Technological advances and global competition have changed the nature of work. Jobs today require high-tech knowledge and advanced technical skills. Work and learning will be integral parts of your life as you pursue your personal pathway to success. Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides you with the technical skills and academic knowledge you will need to prepare for life after high school—future employment and/or a successful transition to post-secondary education.
Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS)
In collaboration with business and university partners, and with the help of teachers, counselors, parents and volunteers, the Park City School District is designing the Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS) program to launch in the 2013-14 school year. It is an entrepreneurial, innovative approach to education that is designed to give high school students the opportunity to deeply explore their interests in an industry-based learning approach. Businesses are committed to supporting our efforts and PCCAPS students will be solving real business problems, with real tools, working with experts in their field, being mentored by real employers, leading to actual contribution. Courses will be offered in Engineering, Software Development, Business Strategy, Marketing, Digital Media and Teacher Education.
Learning is student driven; licensed instructors will facilitate the learning process through problem-based projects comprised of authentic and relevant industry assignments. Curriculum is built on industry standards and is designed to provide junior and senior level students the experience and skills they need to succeed both in the competitive college scholarship and admissions environment and in the twenty-first century global workforce. PCCAPS will give students the opportunity to learn professional skills like critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leading by influence, agility and adaptability, initiative and entrepreneurialism, effective oral and written communication, and accessing and analyzing information: All skills necessary for success in the "real world".
The opportunity for students to learn by doing will, for some, provide the intrinsic motivation to excel. For others it may help them get into the college of their choice, get the job they want, or differentiate themselves in the scholarship pool. Some will learn they do not want to go into the field they believed was their goal. Others will find their true passion. Whatever the students' life goals are, the PCCAPS program will help them achieve those goals.
See the PCCAPS website for more information.
Concurrent Enrollment is a Utah Valley University/High School partnership program that gives qualified students the opportunity to earn college credit. The college curriculum is taught at Park City High School by Park City High School staff. Some classes can count towards general education college requirements, while others count as specific requirements towards a college major. The cost to the student is minimal compared to the cost of the same class taken on a college campus. Visit the Concurrent Enrollment catalog page for more information.
Related Work-Based Learning
Earn credit while learning about a career of your interest. Related Work-Based Learning opportunities are available. Contact the Counseling Center for information. See the Internships Course Description for details in the Career and Technical Education sections.
The Park City School District does not provide transportation to the sites involved in the Related Work-Based Learning program. Students must arrange their own transportation independently of the school district. The school district does not assume any liability in connection with private transportation arranged by the student. Classes that are taught off campus by the MATC staff fall under this same procedure as well.
Online Classes (Outside Credits)
There are a lot of options for online learning these days. Which options are best for your student? There are many important factors to consider, so make sure you are choosing the right online program. Students and parents should discuss outside credit options with their guidance counselor BEFORE taking ANY online/outside courses for credit. Ultimately, all decisions regarding the selection and completion of outside credit courses are the responsibility of the student and parents. See the Online Courses page for more information.
Park City High School is obligated to accept high school credits from other educational institutions reflecting the appropriate accreditation. When in doubt, verify with AdvancED (advanc-ed.org) or your Counselor. A transcript or information from the school should reflect the accrediting agency. Park City High School reserves the right to deny credits that have not been properly approved.
Attention Athletes! If you plan to participate in athletics in college at the NCAA Division I or Division II level, it is your responsibility to make sure the online classes you choose meet NCAA eligibility requirements.