High School and Beyond Plan and Naviance
High School and Beyond Plan at Seattle Public Schools
The State of Washington requires all students to create a High School and Beyond Plan. Seattle Public Schools expects students entering grade 8 to begin to develop a 5-year plan including 4 years of high school courses, resume or activity log, and post high school career and college goals. The plan should be updated over time as the student develops high school plans. School counselors, staff and parents help students develop their individual plans in the district approved tools. Learn more on the OSPI High School and Beyond Plan webpage.
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
Naviance: An Online College and Career Planning Tool
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.
Seattle Public Schools uses Naviance to support our Advisory and High School and Beyond Plan programs. If families choose not to use this tool, their students will be given an alternative activity to meet the high school and beyond plan graduation requirement.
Student Access to Naviance Grades 6th – 12th
Students in grades 6th through 12th have year-round access to Naviance except during maintenance time periods that are announced by the vendor or the district in advance.
How to Access Naviance
How Students Log into Naviance
Students log into Naviance through the Seattle Public Schools’ student portal (not the Source). The student portal and Naviance can be accessed both at school and from home.
Each student must know their district username and password to access the student portal. Students can contact any teacher or librarian for assistance with their district username and password.
Alumni Access to Naviance
Graduating seniors lose access to the district’s student portal after they graduate. Graduates who would like to continue using Naviance must change their username and password in Naviance before August 1. This will enable alumni to access Naviance directly at naviance.com.
Summer Support for Students
If you need help over the summer, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, a phone number if possible, and a brief description of your issue or question. You can also leave a voice message at 206-743-3600.
Parent and Guardian Access to Naviance
Naviance parent guardian accounts are now available. Access is view-only plus the ability to add colleges to your student’s prospective college list.
Note : Having a valid user account for the Source, the district’s parent portal, is a prerequisite to obtaining a Naviance parent guardian user account. Read about parent and guardian access.
Benefits of Naviance
Naviance helps high school students:
- Explore college possibilities and career fields
- Create a 4-year course plan and stay on track for high school graduation
- Understand financial options for college including scholarship search
- Identify best-fit colleges, college majors and careers fields
- Develop resumes and portfolios for job and college applications including their transcript and letters of recommendation from teachers
Naviance helps middle school students:
- Learn about themselves
- Become aware of the wide range of career possibilities available to them
- Build a strong foundation for high school success (course selection, grades, graduation)
Naviance helps families:
- Research career and college possibilities with your student
- Help your student take ownership of college and career planning process
- Help your student examine their strengths, interests and goals
- Explore financial options for college including scholarship search and financial aid information
- Stay up-to-date on time sensitive dates
Watch an overview of Naviance:
Student Data and Opt Out Information
During the formal purchase process completed in 2018, the district thoroughly vetted Naviance’s policies and practices with respect to preserving data security and student privacy. We know every family is different and respect your families’ views about protecting student data. Families may choose to opt their students out of using this tool during an annual opt out time period (window) at the start of the school year. Read more about Naviance’s commitment to data security and student privacy.
For students to utilize the college application support tools in Naviance, some student demographic and academic records need to be shared. This includes gender, ethnicity, and transcripts. Seattle Public Schools uses Naviance to deliver high school and beyond plan lessons in grades 8-12.
The High School and Beyond Plan is a Washington State graduation requirement. By opting out of Naviance, you are opting out your student of this curriculum and your student will be given an alternative activity while peers are using Naviance to meet the high school and beyond plan graduation requirement. Please note the alternative activity is limited to the minimum requirements for Washington state.
Opt-Out Windows for 2021-22 Grades 6-12
Parent guardians, non-parent guardians, and students who are 18 years or older may document their decision to use or not use Naviance in the Source starting on August 16, 2021 through September 24, 2021.
During this 6-week period, to opt your student out:
- Log into the Source
- Choose “Preferences”
- Under “Application Preferences” click on Naviance to display the online form
- Document your decision and click “Submit.” You will receive an email confirmation for your records
Read about how to set up a Source account.
What happens if a family misses the opt-out window?
If a family misses this window, please call 206-743-3600 and leave a voice message or email email@example.com and we will provide an alternate accommodation for you. Families will be notified in advance to minimize missing the window.
- The Source
- Student portal
- How to set up a Source account.
- Counseling and Guidance
- Access Naviance
- Access Naviance at Home