PACE, Professional Advisory in Career Education

  • How PACE Works

    PACE meets every day for 25 minutes. The advisory teacher will present a lesson designed to improve some aspect of the high school experience. These may be provided in a variety of formats, from team-building activities to group discussions, to video presentations and more. In particular, some topics covered will be: 

    • Employability Skills
    • Community Service
    • Personal Success Plan
    • Career Interest Inventory
    • Testing Interpretation
    • Four-year Plan
    • Registration

    The student’s specific team will design other advisory sessions to discuss important issues. Advisory teachers will assist students in compiling a folder that will assist them in defining their career path and choosing courses for the following year. The student folder may include such items as:

    • Personal Success Plan
    • Four-year plan
    • Pocket Resume
    • Awards and commendations earned
    • Products created at Singley Academy

    PACE's Mission Statement

    To provide each student with an advisor who will aid them in maximizing their high school experience.

    Preface to the Teacher

    • The advisory committee will prepare lessons for all PACE activities.
    • The advisory committee will prepare guidelines for the PACE folder.
    • The advisory committee will train the teachers as necessary.
    • The counselors and teachers will receive in-service credit for the training sessions.

    Benefits of Advisory to Teachers 

    • Advisories protect instructional time.
    • Advisories model teamwork, caring, and other desirable outcomes.
    • Everyone develops a more complete view of school.
    • Faculty interacts with students in a different setting.
    • Parents and other community members can become involved.

    Introduction to the Academy Advisory

    We, the educators at Jack E. Singley Academy, strive to provide the best education possible for our students. Our goal is to work with students and parents in order to produce graduates of the highest caliber, mature young men and women who possess the skills and confidence to meet any challenge their futures may hold. We must acknowledge, however, that many obstacles exist in the typical education systems of today:

    Students may not see how what they learn in one classroom is related to what they learn in others.

    • Students may not understand the relationship between their education and their future, whether they plan to seek further education and training or enter the workforce immediately after high school. The student must assess where he or she is, seek options, make decisions, and plan in order to go from where they are to where they want to be.
    • Students may feel “lost in the crowd” because they do not find a supportive peer group or a specific adult they can turn to for guidance and individualized attention. This is especially true of ninth-graders, who may experience difficulties in the transition from middle school to high school.
    • Students and parents may feel powerless because they are not allowed enough input about their future plans. Additionally, some may feel the high school preparation is too general and unclear to be useful.

    We believe that when students cannot overcome obstacles such as these, a variety of problems can follow. As frustration rises, some drop out; others quietly fail. Some disrupt classes; others are truant. One major long-term consequence is that these young adults will have fewer and fewer options for employment in today’s competitive workplace. If students are to have a chance for a job that will allow them to support themselves and the families they will later have, then earning a high school diploma is a critical first step. Our intent is to address the root causes of student dissatisfaction in the hope that more will complete high school successfully. We have designed this advisory program with all these concerns in mind.