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Four Year Plan Form

SEA students complete a four-year plan that meets or exceeds high school graduation requirements and college entrance requirements.  For example, SEA students take 4 years of math and 5 years of science, where only 2 or 3 are required.  Within their four-year plan, students choose one of two pathways, depending on their interests. The Engineering Pathway prepares students to go on to a 4-year university. The Technology Pathway prepares students to go on to a community college or technical school.  Honors students can take Pre-AP courses in grades 9 & 10, and AP courses in grades 11 & 12.  The four year plan also has room for electives that may interest students, such as technical courses, other AP courses, band courses, business courses, or graphic arts courses.

The SEA Four Year Plan:
Our Four Year Plan lays out all of the courses that an SEA student will take each year, for all four years of high school.  All plans have some things in common, to ensure that each student meets high school graduation requirements, SEA graduation requirements, and any requirements for what the student wants to do after high school (such as college admission requirements).  But each plan is also unique, because Academy students have a variety of choices, both in the electives they take, but also in the courses they choose to meet the requirements.

Creating a Four Year Plan: Before making their Four Year Plans, we ask our students to think about what their current plans and goals are after high school go directly to a four-year college, go to a community college, go to a technical school or career,  go into the military?  Based on that, students choose from one of two pathways.  Students planning to go to a four year college choose the Engineering Pathway, since it includes all college entrance requirements.  Students planning on a technical school or career choose the Technology Pathway, since it includes a few more technical courses.  Other students can choose either pathway.  For students who are unsure, we recommend the Engineering Pathway so that it keeps the college option open for them.  Based on their pathway choice, students then complete their Four Year Plan.  The form that students use is linked below.

Reviewing & Updating: Within the parameters, students can always make changes to their Four Year Plans as their interests, goals, and abilities develop.  Each student's Four Year Plan put into a Word document and saved where students can get to it.  We encourage students to review their Four Year Plan at least once each year, when they are requesting classes for the following school year, and to update it as need be.

Requirements Covered By The Four Year Plan: Here is a summary of the SEA requirements students meet, with high school and college requirements alongside them for comparison:

Subject Area SEA Graduation Requirement High School Graduation Requirement College (UC/CSU) Entrance Requirement
(Note: must be UC approved courses)

5 courses, including Engineering 1, Engineering 2, Engineering 3, and 2 other physical sciences (Chemistry, Chem Honors, Physics, or AP Physics) (includes 3 UC approved courses)

3 courses (at least one life science and at least one physical science)

2 lab science courses (3 courses recommended)

Mathematics 4 courses 2 courses 3 courses (4 recommended)
English 4 courses 4 courses 4 courses
Social Science 3 courses 3 courses 2 courses
Physical Education 2 courses 2 courses none
Fine Arts

Technology Pathway: 1 course, any Fine Arts course Engineering Pathway: 1 course, UC approved Visual or Performing Arts course

1 course (either Fine Art or Modern Language)

1 course, Visual or Performing Arts

Modern Language

Technology Pathway: none Engineering Pathway: 2 courses

1 course (either Fine Art or Modern Language)

2 courses (3 courses recommended)

Technical Courses

Technology Pathway: 2 courses (Industrial Tech, Technical Drawing, or Computer Programming) Engineering Pathway: none

none (may use as electives) none
Electives 3 courses 7 courses 1 course

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