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ICAP Lessons

Monarch Counselors went into 9th through 11th grade classrooms in October and November to talk with students about ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) and help them update their plan. Students learned about ICAP  and the incredible tools available at their disposal through Naviance and Infinite Campus.

According to the Colorado Department of Education: The intent of the ICAP policy is to ultimately decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates by assisting students in developing and maintaining a personalized post secondary plan that ensures readiness for post secondary and workforce success. An ICAP should be designed to assist a student and his or her parent or legal guardian in exploring the post secondary career and educational opportunities available to the student, aligning course work and curriculum, applying to post secondary education institutions, securing financial aid, and ultimately entering the workforce.

We worked with students to develop a four year plan, complete interest and career inventories, and explore career and college options. Students and parents can access Naviance through the counseling website.  Parents/Guardians can obtain log in information by contacting their assigned counselor or calling the counseling office at 720-561-5634.


We will be taking requests for 2nd semester schedule changes from December 11th through December 15th.


Sophomores and Juniors: Interested in attending Career and Technical Education – Boulder (CTE Boulder)?

Attend the CTE tour in the early afternoon of February 1st. Additional information and directions for how to sign up are coming soon!  CTE Boulder programs are available to all BVSD high school students as elective credits in career and technical educational areas. In small classes, students follow a sequence of courses that provide hands-on technical skills and academic knowledge needed to prepare for an immediate career and/or further education. CTE is a state-certified Designated Area Vocational School and offers many state-approved vocational secondary programs. Certifications in CTE programs may be earned after course completions ranging from one semester to two years. CTE students with transcripted certifications are eligible to apply for articulation credit at Front Range Community College.

For more information, click here.


It is time to start thinking about the classes you want to take next year! Course selection for the 2018-2019 academic year will take place in February.  Remember to think about graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, and matching your course choices here at Monarch to your future career and educational interests!


Seniors interested in Front Range, please be on the look out for information about a FRCC tour that will take place in February.


SENIORS: Many colleges have upcoming application deadlines  (November, December, and early January) – plan ahead!


College reps from colleges all over the country (and beyond) come to the Monarch High School Post Grad Center to meet prospective students. Be sure to check out the upcoming college visits on Naviance. Students must sign up through Naviance in order to have their absence excused.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

FAFSA went live on October 1st and seniors/parents NEED to submit it as soon as possible for consideration for many financial aid opportunities as well as many scholarships.

REMEMBER: You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you want to apply for federal and state financial aid for college. Many colleges and universities, especially public institutions, also require the FAFSA. Complete your FAFSA here.  (This is the official FREE application through the government.)

Last names beginning A–D: Tom Hacker, thomas.hacker@bvsd.org720-561-4207
Last names beginning E–K: Alex Cyr, alexandra.cyr@bvsd.org720-561-4204
Last names beginning L–Rn: Jo Harpring, jo.harpring@bvsd.org720-561-4210
Last names beginning Ro–Z: Jill Benisch, jill.benisch@bvsd.org720-561-4203

Please be sure to check out the MHS counseling website here.

Alexandra Cyr
Monarch High School
School Counselor