Elementary Schools

Keeping the doors of opportunity open for all students

By 8 years old, students have already formed misperceptions and attitudes about the college and career options available to them. Without consistent and purposeful college and career discussions, powerful factors such as socioeconomic status, gender, and parental expectations can prematurely limit a child’s potential college or career paths.

Defining the Right Approach to Elementary College and Career Awareness

There is a growing sense of urgency to deliver consistent, standards-aligned curriculum through teacher-led sessions that address the key areas where students are closing doors on their own futures, such as:  

  • confronting misperceptions about college affordability, gender, and societal norms,
  • fostering hopefulness about students’ futures
  • building the mindset and skills to face adversity, and
  • reinforcing that students’ own interests and values are what matter in guiding their decisions today and in the future.

To achieve these goals, educators are seeking engaging, high-impact ways to help K-5 students, connect their interests to a wide variety of career paths, make a direct link between success in school and achieving their goals, and provide tools to overcome obstacles they’re likely to achieve.

Introducing Naviance for Elementary School

Naviance for Elementary keeps doors open and preserves students’ hopefulness by reinforcing the range of options students can follow and the practical paths to achieve their goals.

The blended learning experience includes 5-8 college and career awareness lessons per grade, each 50-60 minutes, that teach all students that their unique strengths and interests can lead to exciting opportunities.

Students will learn about college affordability, how to overcome adversity, and how to develop a network of adults who are invested in their success. Teachers have detailed lesson plans with rich, age-appropriate content to get students excited and reinforce strong home-school connections. Naviance for Elementary School opens doors to close the aspiration to achievement gap.


Making students feel in control of their learning and their environment helps foster engagement and excitement. Through interactive, classroom discussions and lessons elementary students will discover what makes them unique and how their strengths can lead to future success.

Jennifer Quintana

Naviance for Elementary School opens doors for teachers to have conversations with students about their futures. It also helps students understand why school is important. It’s hard for kids at this age to think about their future. Naviance opens up doors for more conversations than they’ve ever had before.

Jennifer Quintana Elementary School Counselor
Coronado Hills Elementary School

College Awareness

Naviance for Elementary School introduces students to the steps in their educational journey—and to understand why they are important to their long-term success. They learn key concepts about ways to finance college, how to overcome obstacles, and how their strengths can lead to a fulfilling career—regardless of their parents’ income or gender stereotypes.

Tori Blackburn

It’s critical for my students to be introduced to college and careers at this age because many of our students have never thought about their college and career futures before. The majority of our students’ parents have not had continuing education after high school or might not have completed high school so it’s important that these 5th graders see some of the opportunities that will be available to them one day.

Tori Blackburn 5th Grade Teacher
Sable Elementary School

Career Exploration

Architect. Astronaut. President of the United States. Elementary students have a natural curiosity for the “adult” world and have great dreams for their future selves. Naviance for Elementary School allows to explore a range of careers, the role of their community in college and career success, and how to begin making a plan toward possible career paths.

Academic Planning

Students will begin to understand that what they’re studying in school directly relates to the careers they can pursue—and their long-term success in life. Students will learn which career fields relate to which subjects. As these concepts develop, students will understand that their education is a key part of the path towards their future with the goal of keeping them highly-engaged in what they’re learning moving forward.

Tori Blackburn

I truly believe that all of the 10 and 11 years olds I am around every day think of what their future can hold thanks to Naviance for Elementary School.

Tori Blackburn Fifth Grade Teacher
Sable Elementary School
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