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Course Descriptions

Below, you will find our course descriptions for Hillside Middle School. This includes information regarding our International Baccalaureate Program and Academic Resources.
Incoming 6th Graders -2023/24

Educational Development Plan (EDP)

     What is an Educational Development Plan (EDP)?

An Educational Development Plan (EDP) is a document showing a student’s current interests, abilities, and career pathways.  It is more comprehensive than a schedule of classes because it includes information a student can use to make wise choices about post-secondary options.

Why have an EDP?

The State of Michigan requires that students must be given the opportunity to create an EDP beginning in the 7th grade and revises it appropriately throughout high school.  An EDP is designed to assist students to identify career development goals as they relate to academic requirements, which may be fulfilled through career and technical education.

How can students start/update their EDP?

Counselors meet with all classes to instruct students on updating their EDP annually.  The essential elements for updating an EDP are exploring careers, projected job openings, educational/training goals, career interest surveys, activities, experiences, and plans of action.



Say Hello to Xello!

Xello is software that helps students in grades 6–12 create their very own, unique roadmap for future success—enabling them to discover their own personalized pathway through self-knowledge, exploration and planning. Built on a proven model for student success, Xello aligns to the Michigan Career Development Model, including Educational Development Plans (EDP) and Talent Portfolios.
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Building Self-knowledge
Students define their interests, skills, preferences, and aspirations so they can explore the opportunities right for them.
Explore Options
Students learn about career possibilities and educational pathways by exploring rich engaging content and lessons.
Create a Plan
Students create dynamic actionable plans that outline the steps needed to achieve school, career, and life goals.
Learn and Reassess
As students gain experience, knowledge, and skills, they can reassess and change their plans for the future.


To find out more about Xello you may view the Introduction to Xello and this Parent Letter.

Xello Student Experience

 Articles and Resources for Parents


Stephanie Smyth
Middle School Counselor
Hillside Middle School
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Mary Daar, M.A., LLPC
Middle School Counselor
Hillside Middle School
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Jane M. Hart, M.A.
Middle School Counselor
Hillside Middle School
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