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College and Career Readiness

What is career guidance?

Career guidance helps students make clear, careful, and individual choices for college and career readiness in the areas of academic planning, course selection, goal setting, career planning, and post-secondary transition, including admissions and financial responsibilities.

The Career Guidance lessons work to teach college and career readiness knowledge and skills through the following themes.


  • Career and College Development

  • Learning Techniques

  • Ownership of Learning

  • Meta-cognitive Skills

  • Transition Skills

  • Academic Eligibility

  • Financial Literacy

High School Pathways


High School Pathways are like majors in college, except that you start your learning experience in high school. Every student, no matter what their post-secondary plans are, can benefit by selecting and following a sequence of career-related classes designed for their area of interest.

  • A Pathway is a sequence of courses within your area of interest.

  • A Pathway will connect your career interests from high school to college and/or career.

  • A Pathway is your educational road map guiding you to the high school courses and post-secondary options most relevant to your chosen career destination.

  • A Pathway will help you acquire the depth of knowledge and skill linked with specific post-secondary programs that will lead to a certificate or degree and/or career

What is an Engineering, Manufacturing, & Technology Pathway?


Engineering, Manufacturing, and technology students want to solve problems, big or small, develop new technology and push innovation to the next level. Our students will be prepared for university-level work because of the high standards and expectations of this rigorous college preparatory curriculum focusing on advanced mathematics and science.


Those who choose careers in this pathway apply essential math and science content and skills in a real-world context. Science and math occupations include those in physical, environmental, and human endeavors. Career possibilities range from teachers of science and math to lab technicians to NASA astronauts.


What is a Visual and Performing Arts Pathway?


Our Visual and Performing Arts students gain hands-on foundational skills in their chosen mode of expression, including studio art, fashion design, interior design, acting, theatre production, vocal and instrumental performance, and film and audio production. They also develop cultural awareness and the communication, creative, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in a variety of fields.


Students in the Visual and Performing Arts may seek direct employment as artists, musicians, designers, actors, or audio producers, or they may pursue a bachelor’s or graduate-level degree for a career in teaching, art direction, theater production, fashion, or interior design, media arts, and film.


What is a Business, Management, and Administration Pathway?


The Business Management Pathway provides students the opportunity to develop skills to be successful in customer-focused careers and gain experience in the areas of technology, communication, and management. Students will explore the basics of business ownership and practice the fundamental concepts of developing a business plan while organizing and directing all functions of operating a business.


An essential aspect of every business institution and organization, students investigate the field of financial management, including how it is impacted by industry standards as well as economic, financial, technological, international, social, legal, and ethical factors. Students formulate and interpret financial information for use in financial management decision-making, such as compliance and risk management. This pathway may include programs of study for accounting, banking, securities and investments, and other financial specializations.

Careers in this pathway are related to the business environment. These include entrepreneur, sales, marketing, economics, and management. Finance workers keep track of money.  You might provide financial services to a business or individual. Or you could maintain financial records or give advice to business executives on how to operate their business.

What is an Information and Communication Technology Pathway?


Information Communication Technology students gain knowledge and skills needed to effectively apply, use, and manage technology when solving problems specifically related to information and communication.  Students will focus on using technology to provide a stable operating environment. In our information-based society, teaching practical skills for analyzing, processing, managing information that will allow them to then create technology-based solutions using a user-centered approach and evaluate the roles of information in a variety of organizational settings is a valuable skill set that is currently sought by employers.


Information technology workers are in a growing and always changing field. You might work with computer hardware, software, multimedia, or network systems. You might design new computer equipment or work on a new computer game. Some information technology workers support and manage computer hardware. For example, you might make sure the networks are working or manage a network that links people across the world. Or you might support others and answer questions about specific software or hardware.

What is the Health Service Pathway?


Students will study to identify and treat injuries or diseases and explore the academic skills needed to serve the community through health-related services.  In Health Science you can prepare for a career that promotes health, wellness, and diagnosis, and treats injuries and diseases. Some careers involve working directly with people, while others involve research into diseases or collecting and formatting data and information.

  • Biotechnology Research and Development

  • Diagnostic Services

  • Health Informatics

Advanced Placement Diploma


What is AP?
Advanced Placement (AP) is a program run by College Board that allows High School students to take courses that can earn them college credits and/or qualify them for more advanced classes when they begin their university studies. The AP program enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. AP courses are weighted courses
(1.25) provided the student achieve the qualifying scores on the respective College Board Exam.

AP classes are optional courses. All students registered for AP courses must sit for the college
Board AP exam and bear the cost of the required resources and exam.

SAISD offers the following AP Courses*:

  • AP English Language and Composition

  • AP English Literature and Composition

  • AP Biology

  • AP Chemistry

  • AP Physics 1

  • AP Physics 2

  • AP Physics C1

  • AP Physics C2

  • AP Calculus AB

  • AP Psychology

*AP Classes are subject to student enrollment in each course.
*Students can enroll in any AP EXAM through our school’s testing center.



What are the benefits of AP Courses?

  • Standout in the admission process...Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought out the most rigorous course work available to them.

  • Students learn rigorous college-level content and skills...AP Exams are an essential part of the AP experience, enabling students to demonstrate their mastery of college-level course work.

  • Universities in more than 60 countries recognize AP Exam scores in the admission process and/or award credit and placement for qualifying scores.

  • Saves Money – Most of the nation’s colleges and universities, plus colleges and universities in 24 other countries, grant credit, and/or placement for qualifying AP Exam grades.

  • AP students have higher college GPA’s

  • Scholarship Opportunities

AP Pathway:


The AP International Diploma (APID) is a globally recognized certificate awarded to students who display exceptional achievement across a variety of disciplines. Available to international students attending secondary schools outside the U.S. and to U.S. high school students applying to universities outside the country, the APID certifies outstanding academic excellence with a global perspective. (But it's not a substitute for a high school diploma.)

Students don't need to apply for the APID; it's automatically awarded in the year all eligibility requirements are met. The College Board notifies students by email after the award has been conferred. Students may self-print an APID certificate from AP Scores. School administrators with access to AP Scores for Educators may identify APID students using the AP Scholars Report.


APID Eligibility Requirements:


  • Students must score a 3 or higher on 5 or more AP Exams

  • Exams taken multiple times only count once—the highest score will be used for award calculation

  • Students must attend a school outside the U.S. or U.S. territories

  • Students attending a school within the U.S., U.S. territories, or the DoDEA network must send AP score(s) to a university outside the U.S.


For more details about CAREER AND GUIDANCE COUNSELING, you are kindly requested to check the SAIS-Dubai Career and Guidance Counselling Site.


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