High school teachers, college faculty and deans, along with industry partners collaborate to create the Scope & Sequence. The Scope & Sequence provides a year-by-year overview of the school’s program, covering the full range of grade levels and content areas, paying particular attention to the integration of high school and college courses, along with work-based learning experiences. See a sample Scope & Sequence here.
The Scope & Sequence also establishes the pace at which students progress. Different versions of the Scope & Sequence are created to enable students to graduate in four, five or six years. All students complete the same high school and college requirements, but the pace at which they move can vary.
Developing Scope & Sequence pathways is a complex process that must take into account high school graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, the requirements and prerequisites of the associate degrees offered, and the workplace skills identified in the skills mapping process.
Decisions made about the Scope & Sequence have implications for many other aspects of the school, such as teacher hiring (e.g., which content areas are needed and in which year?) and Workplace Learning planning (e.g., where is the time in the school day for Workplace Learning and how does it align with the academic content?).
Finally, the Scope & Sequence is a visual representation of the school program. It is a living blueprint that should be reviewed and revised appropriately at regular intervals throughout the school’s development in light of student performance and/or changes in college degree requirements or industry skills standards.