During high school, you will accomplish key milestones in pursuit of your post-high school pathway. For example, you will:
- Learn about dual credit opportunities. View WA’s Public Four-Year College & Universities: Dual Credit Tool.
- Take postsecondary entrance and placement exams.
- Develop a list of postsecondary choices.
- Apply to postsecondary programs or institutions.
- Prepare a financial plan and apply for financial aid. Estimate your award with the financial aid calculator.
- Understand your financial aid options, including state financial aid programs and private scholarships.
- Complete all high school graduation requirements.
It is important to stay organized and to know the lingo. There are a lot of unfamiliar terms that you may encounter when preparing for college.
- This College Knowledge Glossary from WCAN College Knowledge Book can help. Available in Russian | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese.
- Get organized for the college and financial aid application process by using this Senior Year Binder System.
HIGH SCHOOL COURSEWORK, PLANNING, & SUPPORT
- All About High School. From WCAN. Russian | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese
- AP Exams - Test Preparation. The College Board offers practice questions and tips for AP exams.
- APStudents. Watch videos and hear from AP students, learn about AP courses, and see how AP can help you get ahead in high school, college, and more.
- Dual-credit Search Tool. Earning college credit in high school can save students time and money when they get to college. Dual credit opportunities can include Advanced Placement, Running Start, College in the High School, and Gateway to College. Use this tool to make sure the college credits you're earning in high school will transfer to your college of choice.
- Khan Academy. A personalized learning resource for all ages. They offer SAT test prep, college admissions, and financial aid information, growth mindset information and much more.
- OSPI Graduation Toolkit. This resource helps educators and families understand state graduation requirements. It’s just been updated with new materials and information.
- Picking the Right High School Classes. From WCAN. Russian | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese
- ReadyWA. Tools to help you plan your path.
- State Board of Education: Student and Family Resources. Learn more about diploma requirements, including the High School and Beyond Plan as well as the number of credits needed in each subject.
COLLEGE EXPLORATION & PREPARATION
- Benefits of Going to College. From WCAN. Russian | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese
- Big Future. Free, step-by-step approach college and career exploration and planning tool.
- College and Career Connection. From WCAN. Russian | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese
- Get Schooled. This website helps young people thrive in high school, college, alternative pathways, and early career jobs, through a unique blend of compelling digital content, gamification, and personalized support and engagement.
- http://independence.wa.gov This website is for foster youth. It contains info on college access, scholarships specifically for youth in foster care, jobs, housing, self-advocacy, and more.
- SchoolHouse Connection. Have you experienced homelessness? Are you considered an unaccompanied homeless youth? Find resources to help you pursue your path after high school.
- Think College! Find info about college programs for students with intellectual disabilities.
- Unigo.com. An online resource that allows you to explore colleges, connect with current students, and get expert advice on how to succeed in college and beyond.