Academic & Career Planning

The Sioux Falls School District has developed these steps to help you determine what academic and career plans you will choose as you begin high school and transition to postsecondary education, training, or the world of work.

  • A career interest inventory was given to you in 8th grade. You will take another career interest inventory and an ability assessment in 10th grade.
  • Your high school counselor and English teachers will provide academic and career planning activities during your English I, English II, and Composition classes.
  • Contact your counselors for information about articulation agreements between the all four State Technical schools programs, and Sioux Falls School District high school courses.
  • This high school course information website has an academic and career planning section for you and your parents/guardians to review. This section recommends that you:
  1. Consider your abilities, skills, and values as you select high school courses that will lead toward a career.
  2. Explore information at Your school counselor can help you get started with this.
  3. Review the Career Clusters. Where are you going? What elective courses should you take?
  4. Create a personal learning plan for yourself. The class of 2015 and beyond are required to have a Personal Learning Plan to graduate.

Career Cluster Exploration

Click on the links below and review each South Dakota Career Cluster. A career cluster is a grouping of occupations on common knowledge and skills. Each cluster framework has an established pathway and specialties included both technical and professional occupations. There are recommendations of elective courses in each section which connect to each of these career clusters.

You can find more information on each cluster at the South Dakota Department of Education website.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Education & Training
Hospitality & Tourism
Architecture & Construction
Human Services
Marketing, Sales & Service
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Government & Public Administration
Information Technology
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Business, Management & Administration
Health Science
Law, Public Safety & Security
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics