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COURSE PLANNING IN HIGH SCHOOL & POSTSECONDARY A GUIDE FOR GRADES 11-12. CAREER GUIDANCE WASHINGTON. MAKE THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL. Use the rest of your time in high school wisely Make a High School & Beyond Plan based on your goals Research postsecondary programs

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COURSE PLANNING IN

HIGH SCHOOL & POSTSECONDARY

A GUIDE FOR GRADES 11-12

CAREER GUIDANCE

WASHINGTON

make the most of high school
MAKE THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL
  • Use the rest of your time in high school wisely
  • Make a High School & Beyond Plan based on your goals
  • Research postsecondary programs
  • Take the courses you need to be admitted to postsecondary
explore your interests
EXPLORE YOUR INTERESTS

Choose a Career Cluster

choose careers to explore
CHOOSE CAREERS TO EXPLORE
  • Research different careers:
    • WA Career Bridge
    • Career interviews
    • Job shadows, internships
  • Learn about the postsecondary education you need
  • Plan the courses you need to prepare
  • Make the most of junior and senior years
what education will you need
WHAT EDUCATION WILL YOU NEED?
  • Learn what education you will need after high school:
    • No education after high school(will limit what you can do)
    • Apprenticeship
    • 6 month-1 year certificate
    • Two-year AA/AS degree
    • Four-year BA/BS degree
    • Postgraduate degree (MD, JD, MBA…)
which courses to take
WHICH COURSES TO TAKE?
  • During junior year, plan your courses for senior year
  • Your courses should meet:
    • High school graduation requirements
    • Postsecondary admission requirements
  • During senior year, apply for postsecondary programs and research majors and courses
graduation requirements
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

*Note: Districts may seek an extension to 2018 for some parts of the 2016 requirements.

junior senior timeline
JUNIOR – SENIOR TIMELINE
  • Find classes to prepare for your postsecondary and career goals
  • Choose the most rigorous courses you can: AP, IB, CTE, dual credit
  • Plan courses around your goals and interests
  • Apply for postsecondary during fall of senior year
advanced courses
ADVANCED COURSES
  • Take as many years of math and science as possible
  • Take honors, AP, or IB classes that cover advanced material
  • Take electives that let you build skills (orchestra, band, art, metalworking, etc.)
career prep cte classes
CAREER PREP (CTE) CLASSES
  • Preparation for career & postsecondary options
  • High academic standards
  • Emerging fields, including:
    • Health Sciences
    • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
    • Construction
cte skills centers
CTE SKILLS CENTERS
  • Regional high schools for CTE classes
  • Attend regular high school half day, Skills Center half day
  • Skills Center programs include:
    • Computer programming
    • Firefighting
    • Audio Production
    • Culinary Arts
    • Health Care
    • Construction
    • Marketing
cte stem
CTE – STEM
  • STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Includes Biotechnology, Agriculture Technology, Nanotechnology, several areas of Engineering, and other technologies
  • STEM helps students USE science, technology and math to solve real world problems
dual credit programs
DUAL CREDIT PROGRAMS
  • Some courses give high school AND college credit
  • Courses may be at your high school or community college
  • Many CTE courses offer dual credit
dual credit ap
DUAL CREDIT: AP
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses can help you earn college credit in high school
  • End-of-year exam determines if you qualify
  • Some AP courses pair with CTE classes:
    • Computer Programming
    • Commercial Art/Studio Art
    • Environmental Science
dual credit tech prep
DUAL CREDIT: TECH PREP
  • Tech Prep courses can help you earn college credit in high school
  • Prepare for an apprenticeship or save college tuition
  • Courses include:
    • Horticulture
    • Environmental Science
    • Automotive Technology
    • Digital Communications
    • Accounting/Business
    • Health Science
    • Veterinary Medicine
dual credit running start
DUAL CREDIT: RUNNING START
  • Take courses at community college while you’re a high school student
  • Nearly any subject is available
  • Prepare for college or a career
  • Talk with your high school counselor for more information
what s next
WHAT’S NEXT?
  • Set a plan for your final years of high school
  • Take the courses you need for:
    • Graduation requirements
    • Postsecondary admission requirements
  • Ask about advanced, CTE, and dual credit classes
  • Research postsecondary opportunities
course plan for senior year
COURSE PLAN FOR SENIOR YEAR

If you are going to college next year, what types of courses will you take?

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