Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

College & Career Readiness

All students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers and life, prepared to pursue the future of their choosing. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs, and 92 percent of traditional STEM jobs, will require postsecondary education and training.

College and Career Readiness definition:

Students are ready to work, learn and succeed beyond high school. They can think deeply about what they are doing, know contextually why they learn, act purposefully to achieve their goals, and go successfully through life's transitions. They can qualify for and succeed in baccalaureate degree programs, certificate or career pathway-oriented training programs, or apprenticeships without the need for remediation or developmental coursework. They can complete such work at a level that enables them to continue pursuing their aspirations beyond the entry-level requirements of their chosen postsecondary pathway.


  • Proficiency in reading a wide range of materials and informational texts.
  • Fluent writing in several modes, most notably expository and descriptive.
  • Quantitative literacy through algebra and including geometry, combined with the ability to understand and interpret data.
  • Comprehension of the scientific method and organization of knowledge in the sciences.
  • Awareness of social systems and study of these systems.
  • Basic proficiency in a second language.
  • Awareness of learning techniques such as study skills and time-management.
  • Ownership of learning through goal-setting, persistence, self-awareness, self-efficacy, and motivation.
  • Basic collaboration and communication skills.
  • Basic critically thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Awareness of other cultures and one's own cultural identity.
  • Experiences in and appreciation of creative and expressive arts.

Students do not need to possess the same level of proficiency in each of areas above. Although college and career share many important elements of readiness, student interest and aspirations dictate the exact range and type of readiness skills each student needs to possess and demonstrate to be successful after high school. For instance, aspiring computer programmers will need significantly more quantitative skills, but less scientific knowledge than an aspiring nurse.

Contact Information

Kimberly Thomason

Coordinator, College/Career Readiness

Lisa Carrillo


Samira Yaganeh

Guidance Specialist/Counselor