Eighth-grade students across the Peoria Unified School District ventured to high school and explore all academic and elective areas offered in ninth- through twelfth-grades as part of the district’s annual MyLife Days on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Thursday, Dec. 5.
MyLife Days gives the students an opportunity to take a field trip with their classmates to the high school they may be attending next fall and learn about a variety of academic programs, class electives and the types of classes that are required for specific careers.
The award-winning MyLife program prepares students for college and careers by exposing them to career pathways as early as elementary school. Most recently, the program received the 2013 Quality of Life Enhancement Best of the West Award from WESTMARC.
As part of the district’s Career Development planning process, students within each grade level are offered age-appropriate career exploration opportunities – Career Awareness in kindergarten through sixth-grade, Career Exploration seventh- through eighth-grade, followed by Career Preparation for students in high school, leading to Career Management.
As elementary students will learn, high schools within the district offer a wide variety of unique programs – from the arts to college-level credit courses – to help prepare students with the 21st Century skills needed to be successful. In addition, the district offers Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes such as culinary arts, engineering, fire science, nursing and more. Students will have more opportunities to learn about each of these programs during informational meetings held on the high school campuses in December and January.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.