GRADS – Family Focus

SCED Code: 19905
Virginia Extended Description: 18
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Duration: 18 Weeks
Hours: 70
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No

Pregnant and parenting adolescents enrolled in the Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills Program (GRADS), with a family focus, will complete graduation requirements, build employment skills, and receive parenting and life-management skills to improve quality of life for themselves and their child. Content includes self-esteem, communication skills, and interpersonal relationships. In addition, the course includes instruction on pre- and postnatal care, wellness, and child development. Students will focus on evaluating the cost of parenthood and childcare, as well as balancing work and family and managing economic resources. Emphasis is placed on exploring careers and acquiring employability skills. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Note: GRADS – Family Focus may be offered as a complement to an existing concentration sequence in any Career Cluster. In some instances, where noted, it may be combined with specific courses to create concentration sequences.

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Early Childhood Development & Services
  • Childcare Workers
  • Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
  • Farm and Home Management Educators

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