Academic Counseling

College and Career Readiness

One of the most helpful tools students have to prepare for college and career is the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP), a process that starts as early as sixth grade. Click here for more information.


Individual Academic and Career Plans (ICAPs) are a part of The Denver Plan. ICAPs meet state legislation requirements and are a graduation requirement for students graduating in 2011 and beyond. Starting in sixth grade and continuing throughout high school, students create and update an ongoing plan which includes counselor or advisor-led activities on career interests, goal setting, college opportunities, financial aid, and non-cognitive skills which increase academic success.

Students and families can access the website for their ICAP here.

Email: Your students will type in their school ID (lunch number)
Password: Your students will type their 6 digit birthday ( ex. 060505)

Personal Education Plans

Personal Education Plans (PEPs) or Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAPs) are part of The Denver Plan and are graduation requirements. Starting in sixth grade and continuing to 12th grade, schools, including McAuliffe Manual,  incorporate the use of electronic ICAPs for each student as a counseling and guidance tool. The district wide tools for this process include using both College in Colorado and Naviance, and counselor-led lessons.

Denver Public Schools has automatically created accounts for all 6-12 grade students on, and for all 9-12 grade students on Naviance. Students can log into their accounts at, by clicking the ‘sign in’ button. Please DO NOT have students create a new account! Each student already has an account, which was created by DPS. Log in as follows:

Account Name example: dps123456 (dps+student ID number)

Password example: 040900 (6 digit birthday, mmddyy)

CollegeInColorado is a comprehensive online resource to help college-bound students in Colorado select a college, apply for admission, understand eligibility and opportunities for financial aid, complete elements of the FAFSA online, and plan careers. can serve as a valuable tool in choosing a college or university, planning to meet admissions requirements, and getting answers to commonly asked questions. is designed to be useful throughout the admissions process, from the time students begin to research post secondary plans in middle school.

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Service Reflection

We require that students participating in a community service trip reflect upon this experience and document it in their College in Colorado accounts. Students can log into College In Colorado, find the service learning reflection by using the Profile tab, then the Experiences tab, and finally the Community Service and Service Learning tab.

Action (learning by doing and experiencing) and service are integral values of the IB community. Students take action when they apply what they are learning in the classroom and beyond. IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a commitment to service—making a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Service as action is an integral part of the program, especially in the Middle Years Program.

Student service reflections should include:

  • How did I feel while performing the service?
  • What did I perceive?
  • What did I think about the activity?
  • What did the activity mean to me?
  • What was the value of the activity?
  • What did I learn from the activity and how might this learning (for example, a change of perspective) apply more widely?

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