Career and College Pathways Overview
Career and college may seem far away, but it is never too early to take that first step and get on the right track. Hillsboro School District is committed to ensuring all students are college- and career-aware, eligible and prepared.
Becoming aware involves early exposure to colleges and careers, interest mapping, guidance lessons and the completion of national standardized tests. It also involves students and parents understanding the requirements for high school graduation as well as entrance requirements for technical or vocational schools, two-year community colleges, four-year public and private colleges, and even the military.
Becoming eligible involves students completing the necessary steps to proceed with their post-high school choice. This includes ensuring they meet entrance requirements, applying for their choice(s) within the deadlines, planning for paying college tuition and/or supporting themselves, and planning the steps needed to achieve their future goal.
Becoming prepared involves gaining the knowledge, skills and work ethic that lead to future success. Students will need a well-rounded education in a wide array of subjects, good study and work habits, and the skills to prepare them for independent living.
Middle School Preparation
Middle school is important because you are laying the foundation in a lot of subjects and forming good study habits. Developing certain skills in middle school will make it easier to adjust to the challenges of high school and college and will lead to a wider variety of career and college options. The Career & College Planning Timeline provides a summary of preparation tasks. Get more details on what you and your parents can do to make the most of your middle school education and start planning for high school coursework.
High School Preparation
In high school, you will start exploring careers and colleges through our Naviance career planning tool as well as college and scholarship search tools. Familiarize yourself with the resources in your counseling centers. Start planning for college entrance tests such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT. Get involved in your school and community through sports, clubs and/or volunteering. Visit college campuses. Set a timeline for yourself that includes testing, application and scholarship deadlines. Above all, keep on track to meet high school diploma requirements! The Career & College Planning Timeline provides a summary of preparation tasks. Get more details about navigating through high school and beyond.