Introduction to Career Learning Communities

We’re excited to invite your student to participate in a Career Learning Community (CLC) next year. Please reach out to your child’s school counselor with any questions.

Career Learning Communities provide students with the opportunity to explore their career interests. Career Learning Communities are available to all students.  Your student will be receiving more information about these opportunities before they leave for Winter break. 

Here is some important and useful information about career learning communities so that you and your son or daughter can discuss these opportunities together. Research shows that students are more engaged with school and learning when their interests are personally relevant. 

How can my student sign up?

STEP  1: Review the available CLCs in the brochure and slide deck which provide an overview of the purpose, goals and options available to students. Additionally, the High School Program of Studies, is an online, interactive guide which lists all available courses.

STEP 2: Explore pathways aligned to your child’s interests, strengths and goals using Schoolinks and the Career Guide. Schoolinks is a college and career readiness platform that helps students discover their interests and strengths, and explore colleges and careers. (Instructions on how to create a guardian account). Additionally, the Career Guide provides an overview to explore and become familiar with career pathways, labor market data and in-demand career opportunities. (Career Guide in Spanish)

STEP 3: Identify a CLC of interest and register for the Gateway course. The Gateway Courses List provides students and families a list of introductory courses aligned to each Career Learning Community with course descriptions and course codes. Once your child identifies their courses of interest, families can use the Parent Portal and Student Portal to register for courses.

Where is each community?

Each Career Learning Community is located in one of our school buildings. Students participating in a community will take classes in the building where the community is located for a full day every other day. If the community school is not the student's home school, transportation will be provided to the community school.

Pathway School
Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Albemarle
Education & Human Development Albemarle
Math, Engineering & Science Albemarle
Geospatial, Technologies, Logistics, Robotics & Transportation Monticello
Global Leadership, Law & Social Justice Monticello
Health & Medical Sciences Monticello
Hospitality, Eateries, Amusement, Recreation & Tourism Western Albemarle
Environmental Studies Western Albemarle
Architecture, Design & Urban Planning Western Albemarle
Information & Communication Technology Center 1


When can my student sign up?

Course Registration Events Dates

Students and families select the classes of their choice including core, elective and CLC offerings in the Parent Portal and Student Portal.

Dec 5 -  Jan 3

Counselors meet with students and families to discuss course requests.

Jan 3 - Feb 24

All class selections and changes must be made by the last Friday in March. Students interested in a Career Learning Community after this point will be added to a waitlist.

Mar 31

Key Terms

A sequence of courses related to a common academic interest or career.  Some career learning communities have multiple pathways.

Gateway Course
The first course in the pathway for a specific career learning community.  This is a course that all students enrolled in the career learning community must take, usually in 10th grade.

Pathway Sequence
A group of two courses taken sequentially that form the major emphasis of the career learning community.  Most career learning communities have multiple pathway sequences to address individual student interest.  Students who take the first course in a pathway sequence must take the matching second course in the sequence.  Classes from two different pathway sequences cannot be mixed.  Each student in a career learning community must take a pathway sequence, usually in 11th and 12th grade.

Capstone Course
The final course in the pathway for a specific career learning community.  This is a course that all students enrolled in the career learning community must take, usually in 12th grade.

Pathway Plus Course
Courses that are regularly offered at a school that enhance and diversify the pathway experience for a student.  These courses are offered to all students including those not in the career learning community.  Students in a career learning community must take at least one Pathway Plus course, usually in 10th or 11th grade.