High School and Beyond Plan

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The High School and Beyond Plan is the culmination of a four-year process that helps all students think about their future and how to get the most out of high school, so that they’re ready to pursue their adult lives, no matter what direction they plan to take.  Students write their first plan in 9th grade and then continue to revise it throughout high school to accommodate changing interests or goals.

 

The High School and Beyond Plan will expand as each class is able to complete more of Olympia High School's career and college readiness curriculum.  Students will have 3-4 lessons per year during which they will work with counseling staff to complete the High School and Beyond Plan components, and increase their career and college readiness.  Lessons will revolve around three questions:

1) Who am I?
2) What, then, can I become?
3) How do I become that?

The Career Cruising website (www.careercruising.com) provides students with access to a comprehensive career and college readiness program that will help them learn about potential careers that match their interests, skills, lifestyle interests, values and learning styles.  With that information in hand, students will also be able to determine the type of training or education that is needed after high school to prepare for their career(s) of interest.  Students can then adjust their class choices each year to fit with their goals.  The website also enables students to research colleges, explore financial aid options build a resume and learn about in-demand career fields, among other features.

The High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) itself will represent the culmination of what students learn in their Career Cruising lessons, and will be discussed annually with parents during Student Parent Conferences in the Spring.  In the senior year, the students' HSBP will be due on February 28th and will be evaluated by the Career Counselor or Career Specialist to determine if they meet each student's HSBP graduation requirement.  Those who do not meet standard will be contacted to make adjustments until standard is met.

For each graduating class, minimum requirements for their High School and Beyond Plan can be found on each student's Career Cruising Portfolio "My Plan" homepage:  to see an itemized list, click on the “My Progresslink next to the progress bar graphic.  When all requirements have been met the bar indicator will read “93% standard met” since the last item ~ the Annual Review ~ must be completed by Career Center staff. Once the Annual Review is complete in early March, students who are done will show 100% on their progress bar indicator.

Note: The login and password format is as follows:

LOGIN = ohs-normal login  (NO SPACES ~ EX: ohs-reykdalke)

PASSWORD = student's normal lunch/ID number (possibly with a 0 in front if his/her number if it is only 6 digits)

RESUME WRITING RESOURCES / 2016-17 HIGH SCHOOL & BEYOND PLAN PRESENTATIONS/LESSON INSTRUCTIONS:

Resume Writing Resources:

Stop in the Career Center for more support.

 

CLASS of 2017 Lesson Plans

Click here for the Fall Presentation - Senior Class of 2017 

Click here for the Senior Reflection Piece

Click here for the Senior Completion Instructions for the High School & Beyond Graduation Requirement

Click here for the Spring Presentation

Senior Climate/Counseling Survey  https://goo.gl/forms/RDgqBsJwrrc4YKp22

 

CLASS OF 2018 Lesson Plans 

Junior Climate/Counseling Survey   https://goo.gl/forms/W6jcqLJA5uv5pwmu2

Junior Presentation:  Click here for the Junior Presentation

Junior Spring Survey   https://docs.google.com/a/osd.wednet.edu/forms/d/1jsQ9itClJxiHaMnwOFw8KMhfHaSvE_tqASy9uNtEUXI/edit?usp=sharing_eip&ts=592853bd

CLASS OF 2019 Lesson Plans

Click here for the Sophomore Lesson #1 

Click here for the Sophomore Presentation #1

Sophomore Climate/Counseling Survey    https://goo.gl/forms/V8VU8rP98Q1yn8dJ2

 

CLASS OF 2020 Lesson Plans

Click here for the Fall Presentation - Freshman Class of 2020

Click here for the Spring Presentation - Freshman Class of 2020

Click here for the Spring Instructions - Freshman Class of 2020

 

 

Student Parent Conference Resources

Click here for a worksheet with detailed information to help students prepare for their Student Parent Conference

Click here for a "Road Map" that parents can use to help students complete their Student Parent Conference

Check out ruwix.com to learn the solution of the Rubik's Cube and other twisty puzzles like Pyraminx, Square-1 etc.

Scholarship Information

Career Assessment Tests
 

CAREER ASSESSMENTS

 

High School & Beyond Plan

The High School and Beyond Plan is a WA state graduation requirement and represents the culmination of what students learn about their skills, interests and goals for post high school.  Lessons are administered by grade level utilizing the online Career Cruising program.  These activities should be discussed with parents and staff during annual Student Parent Conferences in the Spring of each student's freshman, sophomore and junior years.

Senior year, the finalization of each students' plans  are due March 1, 2018 and will be evaluated by the Career Center Counselor & Counseling Team to determine if they meet each student's High School and Beyond Plan graduation requirement. Those who do not meet standard will be contacted to make adjustments until standard is met.

HSBP completion requirements - By grade level 

Career Cruising an online portfolio program, provides students with access to a comprehensive career and college readiness information.  Lessons are provided for grades 9-11, with completion requirements differing at each grade level.

The program provides information that assist students to find information about potential careers that match their interests, skills and learning styles.  With that information in hand, students will also be able to determine the type of training or education that is needed after high school to prepare for their career(s) of interest.

Students can then adjust their class choices each year to fit with their goals. The website also enables students to research colleges, explore financial aid options build a resume and learn about in-demand career fields, among other features. Career Cruising is the main component used to complete the graduation requirement of the High School and Beyond Plan.

Career Cruising: www.careercruising.com

How to login: .

*You must enter the PREFIX in the USERNAME field (OHS-)
Your USERNAME is the SAME login students are ASSIGNED from Olympia School District.   
Username:  OHS- (lastname middle initial) 
Password:  Your 7 digit student number (if you student number is 6 digits add a ZERO first) 
Example:  
Name - Will M. Smith  
Username:  OHS-smithwm
Password: 0123456


The ASVAB Career Exploration Program

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a comprehensive career exploration and planning program that includes a multiple aptitude test battery, an interest inventory, and various career planning tools designed to help students explore the world of work.

The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is intended for use with students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, as well as students in post-secondary schools. The Program provides tools, including the test battery and interest inventory, developed by the Department of Defense to help high school and post-secondary students across the nation learn more about career exploration and planning. Results of the aptitude test and the interest inventory enable students to evaluate their skills, estimate performance in academic and vocational endeavors, and identify potentially satisfying careers. These results are integrated with work values to help students identify and prioritize possible career choices. Students are encouraged to consider their own work-related values and other important personal preferences as they explore the world of work and learn career exploration skills that will benefit them throughout their work lives.

ASVAB Career Exploration Assessment will be given at twice a year (once per semester). There is not cost to taking the assessment and students will need to pre-arrange their absence from periods 1 through 3. Sign-up for the test in the Career Center.

 

 

College and Scholarship Checklist by Grade

Freshman and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation 

Sophomore and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation 

Juniors and their parents:

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation

Counselors will be meeting with the junior English classes to continue the Career Cruising College and Career readiness curriculum and talk about the timeline for their junior and senior years.  These presentations are scheduled three times throughout the school year. 

 COLLEGE CHECKLIST FOR JUNIOR YEAR

Summer

_____ Do a career interest inventory

_____ Make a list of important factors

_____ Research colleges online

_____ Make a list of prospective colleges

October

_____ Take the PSAT/NMSQT in mid-October

_____ Make a list of entrance requirements

 Spring

_____ Schedule time to meet with counselor for credit check and planning classes for senior year

_____ Make a college visit during breaks

_____ Take the SAT and/or ACT in May or June

_____ Take SAT II if required by college you plan to apply

_____ Start preparing portfolio, audition materials, writing samples, or other evidence of talent

_____ Request information from colleges by setting up college admissions email account; (Be sure to use an email address that is appropriate and mature, not one that an admissions officer would view as silly or inappropriate.)

_____Attend nearby College Fairs in the Spring to help them choose Colleges that are right for them. 

Seniors

By the first week of October, counselors will meet with seniors in each Senior Social Studies class to share information about the college application process, including information about application deadlines, counselor and teacher letters of recommendation, financial aid and tracking forms. Seniors who are enrolled in Running Start Social Studies classes might benefit from this information. Parents will find the College Planning Workshop helpful as well.

Letter of Recommendation Form

Click here for a link to the College Success Foundation Set Your Course Foundation


FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE CHECKLIST FOR SENIOR YEAR

Fall

_____ Review plans with counselor or career specialist

_____ Create Activity Log or College Resume

_____ Write college essay

_____ Register to take SAT or ACT if needed

_____ Finalize portfolio, audition materials, or writing samples

_____  Create an application spreadsheet to help track document deadlines

October/November

_____ Complete FAFSA for financial aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

_____ Complete personal statement/essay for application

_____ Complete applications online

_____ Ask counselor for letter of recommendation if needed

_____ Ask teachers for letter of recommendation if needed

_____ Request transcript be sent to colleges

_____ Meet all deadlines on time

January

_____ Complete FAFSA for financial aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

_____ Research scholarships and apply (OHS Senior Notes each month)

_____ Research scholarships at college and from trusted websites

            (www.fastweb.com; www.collegeboard.com; www.scholarships.com; www.thewashboard.org)

Spring

_____ Wait for acceptance and offers

_____ Review award letters and weigh your options

_____ Notify colleges of your final decision

_____ Send deposit to college

 June

_____ Request final transcript be sent to college (form in Senior Notes)

 

HONORS CLASSES

Olympia High School has open access to Honors Classes staring in 9th grade.  These classes cover the same academic material as regular classes, but are more in depth and typically faster paced.  Generally, they are not the equivalent of college-level work and do not earn college credit.  However, taking Honors courses show colleges that students are willing to take the academic challenge.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CLASSES

Olympia High School has open access to AP Classes, but students often must be prepared in prerequisites These courses prepare students to take rigorous nationally administered exams in May that can lead to college credit and/or placement. 

FINDING THE RIGHT COLLEGE

Factors to consider when searching for colleges include:

Programs of study or major

School size

Class size

Location

Climate

Support programs

Campus culture

Distance from home

Extracurricular activities

Athletics

Religious affiliation

Cost

Financial Aid options

Outside learning options/Study abroad program