Focusing on the Future

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Focusing on the Future (FOF) exposes high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences. The program also informs parents of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning.

Session at FOF 2016The experience includes large and small group sessions for students and parents. Following an opening session, students in grades 6–8 attend four workshop sessions, each session offering six different topics. Parallel sessions are held for students in grades 9–12, parents, and counselors. Other activities include a lunchtime panel discussion with William & Mary students and an opportunity for a campus tour.


Click on the "Register for FOF" button above to download our brochure and complete the registration form. 

Student Workshops 

Students have the opportunity to learn about four career areas. Students are exposed to (a) information about work habits and "habits of mind" (e.g., precision and objectivity in math, skepticism and curiosity in science) that lead to successful careers in various fields, (b) an interactive discussion about a variety of career opportunities in a particular field, and (c) steps to take to prepare for specific careers.

Parent and Counselor Workshops

Parents and counselors have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops, which will assist them in guiding their children and students with academic and career planning.


If you have any questions, please call the Precollegiate Learner Programs Coordinator, Sarabeth Varriano at (757) 221-2362. You can also contact us by [[sep,email]].