KeystoneThis course will address essential knowledge, skills, and behaviors that all students need to live successfully in today’s world. This course emphasizes a project-based approach that utilizes higher-order thinking, communication, leadership, and management processes. The focus of the course is the impact of today’s choices on tomorrow’s possibilities. Topics to be addressed include higher order thinking, communication, leadership, and management processes; exploration of personal aptitudes, interests, principles, and goals; life and career exploration and planning; decision-making and organizational skills; time-management, note-taking and outlining skills; and managing personal resources. The opportunity for ninth graders to develop four-year plans with counselor participation is required. Career folders should be developed or upgraded. Other resources that will be utilized during the course include Sean Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, DISCOVER software, and interest and learning style inventories. This is a foundational course designed to teach knowledge and life skills that are essential for all high school students regardless of their career interests.