Individual Pathways Plan

All students in grades 7-12 will develop an Individual Pathways Plan (IPP) that they will review and revise twice each year.

The plan will help students to:

  • identify their interests and strengths

  • explore opportunities

  • make meaningful decisions

  • set goals for the future 


Parents and teachers are an important part of this student-led process.

The IPP is part of Creating Pathways to Success, The New Education and Career/Life Planning Program for all Ontario students (grades K-12).  The program emphasizes the importance of careful planning as students make their way through school.

The program is built upon 4 key questions: 

  • Who am I?

  • What are my opportunities?

  • Who do I want to become?

  • What is my plan for achieving my goals?


How can I support my children in the Individual Pathways Planning process?

Familiarize yourself with Career Cruising and the IPP.

All students in grades 8-12 select their courses online in My Pathway Planner and are familiar with this tool. For resources and tools to use in My Pathway Planner to the My Pathway Planner support page.

Engage your children in conversations about the IPP. Help them as they review and revise their plans. Value the subjects and types of courses that your children are choosing based on their interests and preferred learning styles. Emphasize the importance of valuing all initial post-secondary destinations  as viable options that honour their individuality.


Components of the Individual Pathways Plan (IPP):

  • assessments for skills and learning styles

  • career research

  • post-secondary research

  • scholarships and financial aid

  • educational plan (course selection)

  • goal setting

  • activities and experiences

  • assignments

  • journal 


As you have informal conversations with your children about experiences they may like to try based on their interests and strengths, you may want to direct them back to their IPP to engage in further research and to keep a record of their ideas and learning.