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21st Century Pathways


Avondale School District engages with local businesses and organizations as well as institutions of higher learning in order to provide unique programming for our students. 

We know that our students have individual strengths and interests and dreams that require us to think beyond the traditional classroom. We align with partners who support us in our efforts to provide our students with relevant and authentic learning experiences.

Please contact Avondale High School Counselor, Kim Olszak if you have any questions about the information contained in this page:
21st Century Pathways
21st Century Pathways

The Avondale School District 21st Century Pathways Program encompasses the essential 21st Century skills of creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.

9th Grade - Transition Course 1x per month, 2 hours per session
  • Topics / Support:
    • Self-Awareness, self-control, self- monitoring
    • Soft Skill
    • Study skills, time management, organizational skills
    • Academic Prep: Key cognitive strategies reinforcement
  • Experiences: Job shadowing, volunteer / community service, guest speakers
10th Grade - Explorations course - 2x per month, 2 hours per session
  • Topics / Support:
    • Skill Building - reinforcement of study skills, times management and organizational skills
    • Character Education - Integrity, advocacy and public speaking skills
    • Career Prep - assessments, inventories, learning styles
    • Exploring careers within the community
  • Experiences: Job shadowing, volunteer / community service, college campus exposure, exploring program options, guest speakers
Summer Program: all students 9th, 10th, 11th grade students in the Early College program. 
  • 2 days  (9 am - 3 pm)
  • Academic and Non-CORE content skill evaluations and intervention plans developed (i.e., Academic Center services, after school tutoring, attendance, Avondale Youth Assistance referrals, counseling referrals) and action plan for upcoming year
  • Team building and creating connections
  • Program expectations
  • Guest speakers
  • Academic remediation
  • College campus tour
Program Overview
  • Culture and climate must come first
  • Comprehensive and all-encompassing program of preparation for the future
  • Program expands awareness of post-secondary skills/education options
  • Affect effects academics and connections matter
  • Program will make high school students college and career ready by making them college and career ready experienced
  • Pathways program encompasses the following principles:
    • Career and college readiness base on:
      • Academic Preparation and Alignment: Pacing and developmental considerations. Providing lessons, pedagogy and assessments that model college/post-secondary instructional practice.
      • Non-CORE Content Skill Development: Process type skills that support academics success. Study skills, note-taking, test taking, etc.
      • Social Maturity Development: Maturity, accepting responsibility for the consequences of actions, self-advocacy, self-awareness, self-control and interpersonal skills.
  • Credentialing to move through and track progress in the program, based on requirements in the program:
    • Assignments become portfolio pieces
    • Standardized test scores to indicate readiness for college programs
    • Grades and attendance
    • Behavior
    • Volunteer / community service hours
Download Application
For non-resident enrollment please complete the Schools of Choice Enrollment application AND the appropriate application for the program applying for.
For resident enrollment please complete the Avondale Resident Enrollment application AND the appropriate application for the program applying for.

Avondale School District SCHOOLS OF CHOICE Application - click here.

Avondale School District RESIDENT Application - click here.

To download an application for the courses described below:

21st Century Pathways Program Application - click here.
Avondale Early College Application - click here.
Early Middle College (EMC) Prep Application - click here.
Project Lead the Way / IT Application - click here.
Early Middle College (EMC) Prep Program (9th Grade)
Available to 9th grade students who are considering the Early College option for 10th grade. Students will become part of the 21st Century Pathways Program and will be placed in a more rigorous curriculum to ready them for college classes in 10th grade. Fall NWEA scores for both math and reading or other standardized test scores (current - within 1 year) will be accepted.  The score must be at or above 60% national percentile ranking to qualify for this program.

Avondale Schools Early College
(Grades 10th - 11th)
Avondale's early college program is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in being challenged or who may need support to get to college. We have partnered with Rochester College to offer students the opportunity to earn college credit or an Associate's Degree. An early college program extends high school by one year in order to earn BOTH a high school diploma and an Associate's Degree, 60 college credits, or a technical certificate at NO COST to the student or his family. A new program of study has been offered this year which would allow students to earn 65 credits, complete all pre-requisites for the Rochester College Nursing Program which would allow our students to apply to nursing schools a whole year early! Rochester College also offers a partnership scholarship for students who stay to complete their Bachelor degree with them!

Project Lead the Way / IT
(9th - 11th Grade)
Project Lead the Way is a dynamic learning environment to engage students in problem/project-based real-world activities that will challenge them to think critically as they learn the use of the computer technology in our CTE computer courses. Students will work in collaborative groups on challenges to design solutions using thinking skills that will be enhanced through their learning process. Students will have the opportunity to take an Advanced Placement exam for possible college credit. Certain classes will have the CompTIA A+ TestOut PC Pro Certification test which will give the student the equivalent qualifications of working in the IT industry one year experience and is sought out by IT companies. Another course will have the CompTIA Network+ / TestOut Network Pro Certification, an industry standard cetification of IT professionals a nd a security course which will offer the CompTIA Security+ / TestOut Security Pro Certification for students. Articulation agreements with several colleges may provide college credit for successfully completing certain identified CTE courses.

Oakland Schools Technical Programs
Programs offered at Oakland School Technical Campus are designed to prepare JUNIOR and SENIOR students for entry-level skills in various trades and vocations. Sophomores can be considered for placement at OSTC provided they have a clear EDP showing a vocational track, good attendance, a plan to complete graduation requirements and are part of and in good standing with the 21st Century Pathways Program as freshmen. 11th and 12th grade students will be given priority in filling available spots. Students have a variety of options for career pathways and can earn college credit or real world credentialing in vocations allowing them to graduate from high school and enter directly into the workforce with basic skills / certification.

Oakland Technical Early College (11th Grade)
Oakland Schools Technical Campuses have partnered with Oakland Community College to combine Early College opportunities with their technical program. During 11th and 12th grades, students take high school requirements, their OSTC program, and college courses aligned toward a technical degree. Students attend Oakland Community College full-time during an added 13th year earning their high school diploma and completing an Associate Degree.

Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement Courses are available for students who desire an advanced curriculum. AP Examinations are administered nationally each spring to interested students. Students pay a fee to take an AP test. They may earn college credit based on the score. AHS offers eleven Advanaced Placement courses. These courses are AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP U.S. History, AP Psychology, AP Government,. AP Word History, and AP Art. Course grades are weighted for college admissions and scholarships only.

Dual Enrollment
Avondale High School students have the opportunity to dual enroll in college courses in Michigan post-secondary institutions when certain criteria are met. Dual enrollment provides an increased variety of options to students. Avondale School District will financially support dual enrollment for any student in grades 9-12 who has achieved an adequate score on a standardized test in the subject area in which they want to take a course that is not offered at AHS.