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Get Focused...Stay Focused!™

Initiative Goals for High School Graduates:

A carefully-considered career path
An informed major or program of study
A college or post-secondary path
A 10-year career and life plan
A unique skills-based education plan

The Get Focused…Stay Focused!™ model is a classroom-based, comprehensive guidance program designed to:

Increase high school and college completion AND
Assure successful entry into the workforce with the skills required to succeed.

The Get Focused…Stay Focused!™ high school program* consists of three interrelated components:

  1. Students complete a semester or year-long freshman, comprehensive guidance course that helps students identify their interests and life goals, discover a career aligned to those interests and goals, and develop an educational pathway to prepare for that career. Ask your local community college about the possibility of students getting dual enrollment college credit or articulation credit for the 9th grade course.
  2. The freshman course culminates with the development of an online, skills-based, 10-year career and education plan that is updated each year throughout high school and used by advisors for counseling and instructors for academic coaching.
  3. During the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades students update their 10-year plans as they take a series of follow-up instructional modules that help them expand their career and education options. They'll learn the process for selecting and applying to post-secondary education and identifying the skills needed in the workforce.
How is GFSF different from other college and career-ready programs?

Why a 10-year Plan?

* for details on the new GFSF Middle School program and college programs

Carpinteria High School’s Dual Enrollment Freshmen CourseZoom
>Dr. David Cash, Superintendent of Santa BarbaraZoom
An overview of the 10-12th grade follow-up modulesZoom
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Partners or collaborators
Foundation for California Community Colleges
George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative
California Community College Chancellor's Task Force on Student Success
Academic Innovations LLC
UCSB Graduate School of Education California Dropout Research Project
UC Educational Evaluation Center, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Eastern Oregon University’s College of Education
California SB1070 Coordinators from select regions
Santa Barbara Foundation
Santa Barbara City College Dual Enrollment Department
Carpinteria and Santa Barbara Unified School Districts
Santa Barbara County Office of Education’s Partners in Education