High school and beyond

The purpose of the High School and Beyond Plan is to provide students with an opportunity to explore their interests and abilities; select coursework that will best prepare them for their post-secondary goals; and demonstrate preparation for college, careers and life.

In alignment with the mission of Vancouver Public Schools, and Washington state’s graduation requirements, the High School and Beyond Plan is a requirement for all graduates and includes five components.

  • The career cruising activities encourage students to explore their learning styles, abilities and career and education interests; set goals relative to their future; and compile school and community involvement throughout sixth through 12th grades in an electronic portfolio.
  • The course planner in career cruising allows students to develop a four-year plan of high school courses aligned with their career and post-secondary plans and is now the vehicle by which students will forecast for next year’s classes. The plan is developed in eighth grade and reviewed annually by students in cooperation with counselors, career specialists and parents.
  • The resume will prepare students for a successful transition to work and other post-high school opportunities.
  • High school and beyondThe budget will be completed as part of a financial literacy unit of instruction in the classroom designed to increase awareness of important financial information and skill-building for life-readiness.
  • To incorporate the family connection, students will be given the opportunity to share the components of their High School and Beyond Plan annually with parents as part of the student-led conferences.

Timeline 2018-19

Required component Who supports students in this? When?
Career cruising requirements Career specialists 12th grade: September
11th grade: October
10th grade: November
9th grade: December/January
MS counselors 6th–8th grade: Spring
Career cruising course planner Counselors and career specialists 8th-11th grade: During the forecasting window February-April
Resume 11th-grade English teachers Late spring
Budget 12th-grade social studies teachers Spring
Family connection Students/families During student-led conferences
HSBP components should be done by April 18, 2019 in time to be shared at student-led conferences. Seniors should complete HSBP components in career cruising by April 18, 2019, but no later than June 1, 2019 so this requirement can be marked complete on their transcript prior to graduating from high school, per Washington State law.

For grade-level breakdowns, please reference the High School and Beyond Plan overview.

VPS has eliminated the culminating project effective with the 2014-15 school year. However, the High School and Beyond Plan is still a state graduation requirement. Please reference the FAQ document for specific answers to common questions relative to this transition.

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The resume is a required component for all 11th grade students as part of the High School and Beyond Plan. Below you will find resources to assist teachers and students in the development of the resume.

Three lessons

Graduation dates

Running Start

To fulfill the High School and Beyond Plan, all Part- and Full-time Running Start students must complete the 12th grade required activities in Career Cruising. Please reference the 12th grade Career Cruising Requirements and complete all required activities and assignments. Please see your counselor or career specialist for career cruising access information.