What is Academic Career Planning?

Implementation Plan

All students in grades 6-12 are developing Academic and Career Plans guided by parents, teachers and counselors. This plan is a step-by-step process that leads students through a series of tasks that provide direction towards career decisions. The following links include each secondary building's Academic Career Plans:

Labor Market Needs

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family engagement

Current Practice:

  • School counselors meet with ALL students and parents/guardians in Academic Career Conferences at grades 8, 10, 12 to discuss future plans, goals, and review Career Cruising portfolios.
  • 5th grade (in-coming 6th graders) orientation
  • Middle School Fall Open House
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Freshman Orientation
  • Junior Parent Night
  • Wausau East Cafe Night
  • Wausau West Parent Advisory Night


  • Wausau School District Social Media (Facebook & Twitter)
  • School Newsletters
  • School District E-Flyers
  • Skyward, Infinite Campus

acp activities

  • 6th Grade Imagine College
  • 7th Grade Mindtrekkers
  • 8th grade Central WI 8th grade Career Fair
  • 8th grade Heavy Metal Tour
  • 8th grade Junior Achievement Career Day & Career Fair
  • Greater Wausau High School College, Career and Hiring Fairs
  • Career Counseling Conferences

student outcomes


  • In 2019-20, 91 students graduated high school with high demand certifications in business & industry, Department of Workforce Development and Department of Public Instruction Skills Certifications
  • 43 students in Youth Apprenticeship
  • 68 students in Business Opportunities & Marketing Internships
  • 10 students in Aspiring Educators Internships


A variety of programs are offered in the Wausau School District to assist students in identifying their interests, skills and career paths.

Advanced Placement Programming

International Baccalaureate Programming

Project Lead the Way

Dual Credit Programming

Career and Technical Education

High School Career Centers

Career and Technical Student Organizations

Youth Apprenticeship


Job Shadows

Junior Achievement

Business Tours / Field Trips

Guest Speakers

Career/Hiring Fair

engaging partners

The Wausau School District is blessed with strong community organizations and thriving business and industry. As a result, our students benefit in so many ways from an engaged community. The Wausau School District is proud of the community we live in and the engaged community partners.

    • Northcentral Technical College
    • UW-Marathon County
    • UW Stevens Point
    • The United Way of Marathon County
    • The Boys & Girls Club
    • Judd S. Alexander Foundation
    • B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation
    • Sonnentag Foundation
    • Wausau School Foundation
    • Junior Achievement
    • Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce
    • North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
    • Wisconsin Automotive and Truck Education Association
    • Wausau Area Builders Association
    • Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturers Alliance
    • Central Wisconsin IT Alliance