High School, College, Career
Career and College Readiness
Helping Students Prepare for High School Graduation and Become College and Career Ready
The Seattle Public Schools strategic plan outlines the goal of all students prepared for college, career and life. We continue to focus on engaging our students in experiences and courses that prepare them for the future. College and Career readiness exposes students to challenging course work, internships, knowledge of self and guides students to create an individual plan for post-secondary success.
Students learn about themselves, their interests and the skills needed to be successful in any career. Students take courses and engage in internship, job shadows, career interest inventories, college level course work, and a variety of other activities in order determine their post-secondary plans. For some that may include a 4-year degree, a professional certificate, military training or an apprenticeship. Through Career and Technical Education (Career and Technical Education programs provide academic and technical skills for students.) courses, Seattle Skills Center, advanced coursework and other learning experiences, our district is helping prepare students for life after high school graduation. For many careers, college is a part of a students’ pathway. There are many steps students should take to be prepared for college. From College Level courses, or A recognized alternative course offered by colleges made available to high school to College Admissions requirements, we have gathered some resources to help students learn about options that have during high school. Learn about career readiness.
School Counseling and Guidance
Seattle Public Schools’ school counseling program provides comprehensive, developmental school counseling services that address the academic, career and social/emotional development of all students. The school counseling program supports student goal setting, perseverance, knowledge of self, understanding personal and community strengths and exploring careers. Learn more about school counseling and guidance.
Specific information about Washington state and Seattle Public School’s graduation requirements. Read graduation requirements.
High School and Beyond Planning
High School and Beyond Planning is a state requirement which helps students walk through the process of goal setting, future planning and self assessment. Students learn about their learning styles, career interests and they are asked to consider how the courses they select support their career goals. Additionally, students learn about college costs and selecting a college that meets the students needs. Students are encouraged to change their goals and plans as they move towards graduation to include their new interests and knowledge.
- Identify a career goal
- Interest and Skills Assessment
- Identify education and career goals
- Research career goal and what it takes to get there
- Professional/technical program options, 2-year degree options, 4-year degree options, On-the-Job training, Apprenticeships, Military or other educational training
- Determine the right fit of the post secondary program to reach career goal
- Does the program offer the courses, cert or degree needed? Among other considerations.
- Determine 4 year course plan that can be updated each year
- Addresses graduation requirements and post secondary admissions requirements
- Work-Based Learning, Job Shadows, Internships, Service Learning
- Resume or Activity Log
- For students who have not yet met high school graduation standards, identify available interventions, academic supports, and courses designed for students to meet standards
As a part of our High School and Beyond Plan, our students use Naviance to explore colleges and career paths, analyze skills and talents and help them stay on track to reach academic goals. Naviance fosters post-high school planning communication and collaboration for students, counselors and families. Learn more about Naviance.
Transition services, mandated for students with disabilities, are services above and beyond conventional high school classes that provide extra support for students who need assistance in preparing for college, in obtaining and sustaining employment, in independent living skills, and in other areas necessary to independent and successful adult life. Learn more about transition services.
High School Option Schools with Continuous Enrollment
Seattle Public Schools offers a number of Option schools provide a variety of programmatic opportunities, different curriculum, and educational with continuous enrollment where students can learn and find great educators, strong academic programs and engaged community. Option schools provide a variety of programmatic opportunities, different curriculum, and educational with continuous enrollment are those other schools and services that are available to meet individual student needs throughout the year. Students may request assignment to one of these Option schools provide a variety of programmatic opportunities, different curriculum, and educational and/or may be referred there and assigned individually as appropriate.
Unlike attendance area schools, students may transition into or out of continuous enrollment Option schools provide a variety of programmatic opportunities, different curriculum, and educational during the school year. The annual timeline and deadlines for assignment to attendance area schools do not apply to Option schools provide a variety of programmatic opportunities, different curriculum, and educational with continuous enrollment. Learn more about high schools with continuous enrollment.
Phone : 206-252-0735
College and Career Readiness Staff
Director of College and Career Readiness
Lead Data Reporting Analyst
Program Manager for School Counseling
School Counseling Specialist
School Counseling Specialist
Secondary Re-visioning Project Manager