Carlton High School

Personal Learning Plan Information

Minnesota legislation requires all students (no later than 9th grade) to have a Personal Learning Plan. The plan elements are listed below.  Carlton High School is committed to providing these elements to all students through our College & Career Counseling Program.

  • Develop career and employment related skills such as team work, collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking and good work habits.
  • Emphasize academic rigor and high expectations
    • Students review transcripts and set goals each semester.  Rigorous College level courses available through concurrent enrollment.
  • Identify interests, aptitudes, aspirations and personal learning styles
    •  Interest Inventory, aptitude assessment and learning style survey each year (MCIS)
  •  Set appropriate career and college goals
    • Annual review of personal, educational and career goals (MCIS)
  • Provide access to education and career options
    • Students complete activities to increase knowledge about options after high school including College/Tech School Field trips and career/college speakers.
  • Provide strong academic content and integrate relevant career-focused coursework and experiential learning opportunities.
    • Career-focused coursework completed in 8th grade to prepare for Personal Learning Plan in high school.  Research completed each grade level culminating in a focused research paper and presentation in grade 11.
  • Support and assistance to prepare for postsecondary options
    • Students complete activities focused on how to select apply and pay for college. Students attend college fairs in grades 8 and 11 and grade 10-12 may elect to attend the National College Fair.  Individual meeting with counselor each grade level.  Students visit colleges in grade 9 and 11 to learn admissions criteria and tour campus. Monthly senior class session and Fall/Winter/Spring individual meeting with school counselor during 12th grade.
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities through community partnerships
    • Information and support is provided to students about accessing opportunities within the community.  Chart Your Future program in 12th grade.
  • Revise/review PLP annually
    • At the end of each school year, the student, and counselor review a summary of the student’s progress and future plans.  Parent support through meetings, email, or conferences.

Students will create Personal Learning Plans through MCIS: Minnesota Career Information System

The Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) is a comprehensive web-based system that guides students through the career development process to create plans for postsecondary education and careers. Each student creates a portfolio to keep track of postsecondary institutions of interest, occupations of interest, assessments results, scholarships as well their Personal Learning Plan.

Your Personal Learning Plan is created by completing various grade-level specific checklist activities in MCIS.  You will view your Personal Learning Plan annually by the student, parents/guardians and Counselor. 



Minnesota Career Information system gives students information about career choices and colleges. See school counselor for the school password.

Career units are taught in grades 8, 9 and 11 in English and Social Studies classes.

Career and College Fairs - Attended as a class in the fall for Juniors and the spring for 8th graders. Students in grade 10-12 and their parents have the opportunity to attend the National College Fair in Minneapolis in October for a bus fee of $5.00