Annual College Track Competition Overview
• 4 grade-level contests
• weekly mini-project demonstrations
• weekly college status points
• 5-level college status scale
• peer partner teams build teamwork skills.
College Track Team of the Week Awards
• 2-member teams at each grade level compete.
• At the end of the school year, team with the most points wins the award.
• Weekly Award Point Categories:
1) College Track Project
2) Personal Learning Experiences
3) Peer Partnering
4) Classroom Attendance
Bonus Categories: 1) Mentoring, 2) Events.
College Track Pearls of The Year Award
• Points scored weekly by individual pearls accumulate.
• At the end of the school year, 1 pearl at each grade level wins this award.
• Award Point Categories:
1) Advanced Placement
2) Advanced Credit Course Selection
3) Course Completion
4) Grade Point Average
5) Annual Awards Luncheon.
College Track Handbooks
• Rubrics govern each point category. A handbook, organized by grade level, is provided to each pearl explaining each rubric, the score cards used, the point system, the selection of judges and scoring panels, procedures, rules, activity fees, registration requirements, and sponsorship opportunities.
Teacher Advisory Council (TAC)
Five teachers who are members of the Teacher Advisory Council of the chapter are responsible for each grade-level challenge. They issue points to college track teams. Each grade level advisor issues 0 to 5 points to each pearl in each weekly point category. So, each pearl may receive up to 25 points in each category that was active that week. The events and mentoring categories are not active each week. A best practices guide is created and approved each year.
Annual Chapter Awards Luncheon
At this culminating chapter event, project displays and reports are presented to parents, sponsors, community supporters, district administrators and college partners. Scoring panels interview students and award points. The college track pearl of the year trophy for each grade level is presented by the high school principal.
9th Grade - Annual Career Exploration Challenge
Each 9th grade pearl completes a career plan project that requires the development of an occupation-based career plan document, a career plan display, and a career plan report. In addition, a series of self-directed personal learning experiences relating to interests, values, personality, occupations, industries is required.
10th Grade - Annual College Planning Challenge
Each 10th grade pearl completes a college plan project that requires the development of a comprehensive college plan document, a college plan display, and a college plan report. In addition, a series of self-directed personal learning experiences relating to targeted occupations, college degrees, and colleges of interest is required.
11th Grade - Annual Scholarships Challenge
Each 11th grade pearl completes a college funding project that requires the development of a college funding plan document, a funding plan display, and a funding plan report. in addition, a series of personal learning experiences relating to targeted scholarship, grant, and loan sources is required.
12th Grade - Annual Community Service Challenge
Each 12th grade pearl completes a community service and college acceptance project that requires completion of a community service project and a college acceptance project. Written project reports and project displays are required. Community service builds character, discipline, and connections to the realities of real world issues pearls will face as adults. It helps pearls to identify how they may contribute to improving conditions in their communities.