College Career Readiness

S.O.S. (Student Opportunity & Success)

College and Career Preparation Program

Sugar Creek Charter School is dedicated to the enhancement and development of our students. In an effort to meet the needs of preparing students for life after high school, we are launching a new comprehensive college and career preparation program beginning Fall 2014. The Student Opportunity& Success (S.O.S.) Program is designed to help students acquire the necessary soft skills that are required to be successful in both college and in the workforce.

The S.O.S. Program consists of three components: STEP Seminars, S.O.S.Life Plan Counseling, and the“Bust-A-Move” Student Opportunity program.

S.O.S Team Members
Tela Thigpen, Director of College and Career Services (Class of 2018)
William Livingston, High School Guidance Counselor (Class of 2019)
Pamela Guinyard, College and Career Counselor (Class of 2020)
Montesia Deas, Student External Opportunity Coordinator
Myeisha Willis, 8th Grade “Transitions” Teacher


The S.O.S. Seminar Program is a MANDATORY comprehensive seminar course program for the students at Sugar Creek Charter School. Each year, beginning in ninth grade, students will complete a two semester, instruction led course.The S.O.S. Team will address different areas of growth that will ultimately lead to each student graduating with an individual, well thought out Individually Appropriate Life Plan to aid in the pursuit of a successful future.

CCR I – 9th Grade (“STEP UP” Freshman Seminar)

“Step- Up” is a two semester required Freshman Seminar course given to all 9th grade students at Sugar Creek Charter School. This course will be used to help students transition from middle school to high school and cultivate their minds in preparation for life after graduation. This course will also enhance the character education skills learned in elementary and middle school. Second semester career planning will take place giving students an idea of various areas of interest to explore.

CCR II -10th Grade (“STEP IN” Sophomore Seminar)

With one year of high school already completed, sophomores will reflect on the previous year and begin setting long term goals. Students will begin to enhance reading and writing comprehension and apply them to real life examples, problems and situations.Community service hours will be completed by each student and Career Planning will extend into internship and job shadow opportunities.

CCR III – 11th Grade (“STEP FORWARD” Junior Seminar)

In CCR III, students will dig deeper into post-secondary decision making, further develop critical life skills to use for the future and complete test preparation developed for students to successfully ACT/SAT. All juniors will take the state mandated ACT test during the Spring semester. Juniors will also develop college application and graduation plans in Naviance /Family Connections for use during senior year. Students will engage in additional external opportunities including pre-college academic/ leadership programs, internships and community outreach.

CCR IV – 12th Grade (“STEP OUT” Senior Seminar)

Students will take all of the skills learned in the previous years and apply them through the college admissions process. Leading to this point, students will reevaluate their “Life Lines” and complete their decision paths. Students will also explore the pros/cons of different types of colleges, learn how to find the right fit for you, and receive help with completing college applications. Students will also look at financial aid options for college and/or technical school. Students will also complete a “Life After” series to prepare them for life plan of their choosing.

Guidance Office

S.O.S Counseling

Each student will construct an Individual Life Plan as a result of personal meetings with college and career counselors. During these meetings, students will privately discuss their life plans and discover opportunities to achieve their desired goals. Counseling Services include but are not limited to: course planning, college matching, scholarship search, life counseling, and graduation support.

Student External Opportunities

“Bust-A-Move“ Student Opportunity Program

In an effort to further prepare our students for college and life, we believe that classroom discussions and planning are not enough. Students need to be exposed to enriching opportunities outside of the classroom to aid in the development of a well thought out life plan. There is no better way to know if something is for you than to experience it first-hand. Over the course of their high school careers, students will participate in various opportunities for community service and outreach projects, job shadowing, and pre-college leadership programs.

Program Goals

• 100% of Students Graduate High School
• 100% of Student have a comprehensive, fully developed “Life Plan” that will follow the student after graduation
• 100% College Acceptance (2-year, 4-year,Technical, ect.)
• 80% Meet college benchmark scores on ACT/SAT Standardized Test in one or more areas
• 100% Students complete a minimum of 270 hours of external opportunity
• 100% Updated Contact Information for Current Students and Alumni
• 100% Students using Naviance/Family Connections
• 75% Matriculation of Student Life Plans.