NTPS: The High School and Beyond Plan
The High School & Beyond Plan is a requirement for graduation in the state of Washington and revolved around three questions: Who am I? What can I become? and How do I become that? The plan helps students reflect on their future and get the most out of high school. Starting in 8th grade, students work with school counselors and advisors to create their own individual plan (called their Personalized Pathway) throughout high school and revise their plan annually to accommodate changing interests or postsecondary goals on what to expect once they graduate. Those aspirations may include applications to four-year colleges or universities, two-year community or technical colleges, apprenticeship programs, industry-standard certificate programs, military training, or on-the-job training.
- starting in 8th grade
- career goals, aided by a skills and career inventory assessment;
- educational goals;
- four-year course-taking plan that fulfills state and local graduation requirements and aligns with the above goals called a Personalized Pathway;
- completed resume by the end of 12th grade (will include a compilation of any activities/athletics, leadership opportunities, work experience, or community service) that can be used for writing personal statements, application essays, or scholarship applications;
- 20 hours of community service
- if the student has not met the standard on state assessments, interventions, academic support courses, or both that enable the student to meet the graduation requirements must be a part of the plan.
The plan will follow the student through high school and will be updated annually to reflect new assessments results, reviews of transcripts, and assess progress towards the goals listed above.
NTPS will update the High School & Beyond Plan for each student who has not earned a score of level 3 on the middle school mathematics assessment by ninth grade, to ensure that the student takes a math course in both 9th and 10th grade. This course may include career and technical equivalencies in math. Parents and guardians are encouraged to be a part of the process of developing and updating the plan.
Starting with the Class of 2021, the content of the third credit of math and the third credit of science must be chosen by the student based on their interests with agreement of the student's guardian, school counselor, or principal.
High School & Beyond Plan Checklist
Starting in 9th grade, NTPS high school students begin working towards completing their High School and Beyond Plan as part of the requirements of graduation. Learn more about the High School & Beyond Plan or ask your school's counseling office.
Annually, students complete tasks associated with building their portfolio. These tasks include activities and surveys taken through Career Planner, assembling a 4-year plan (also through Career Planner), participating in student-led conferences during conference week each spring, and finally, as a senior (12th grade), completing 20 hours of documented community involvement.
For 9th to 11th Graders
These items are to be completed annually in advisory (or on your own). Career Planner is accessed via Chromebooks (see instructions below for each step).
These steps are the same as 9th-12th graders, but adds the requirement to finish the 20 hours of community involvement to complete the requirements and meet graduation requirements.
Completion of Career Exploration Activities
Assembly of MY PORTFOLIO in Career Planner
Assembly of MY FOUR YEAR PLAN in Career Planner
Community Involvement Requirement
Financing Your Future
Student-Led Conference Participation