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High School & Beyond Plan

A Graduation Requirement

What is a High School & Beyond Plan?

The High School & Beyond Plan is a Washington State requirement which helps students set goals and plan for their future including a post high school career/college plan. Seattle Public Schools uses Naviance to support students in creating their High School Graduation Plan. You can’t graduate without one!

The State of Washington requires all students to create a High School and Beyond Plan. Seattle Public Schools expects students entering grade 8 to begin to develop a 5-year plan including 4 years of high school courses, resume or activity log, and post high school career and college goals. The plan should be updated over time as the student develops high school plans. School counselors, staff and parents help students develop their individual plans in the district approved tools. Learn more on the OSPI High School and Beyond Plan webpage.

High School and Beyond Planning is a state requirement which helps students walk through the process of goal setting, future planning and self assessment. Students learn about their learning styles, career interests and they are asked to consider how the courses they select support their career goals. Additionally, students learn about college costs and selecting a college that meets the students needs. Students are encouraged to change their goals and plans as they move towards graduation to include their new interests and knowledge. Visit the district High School and Beyond Plan and Naviance for more information.


Naviance: An Online College and Career Planning Tool

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As a part of the SPS High School and Beyond Plan, students use Naviance to explore colleges and career paths, analyze skills and talents and help them stay on track to reach academic goals. Naviance fosters post-high school planning communication and collaboration for students, counselors and families.

Seattle Public Schools uses Naviance to support our Advisory and High School and Beyond Plan programs. If families choose not to use this tool, their students will be given an alternative activity to meet the high school and beyond plan graduation requirement.

Naviance is a comprehensive college, career and life readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life. Please follow the information listed below to help you complete your High School and Beyond Plan.

High School & Beyond Plan Requirements 

There are three main tasks Seniors must complete in order to have MET the High School & Beyond graduation requirements.

Please note: Some BHS Seniors have already MET the HS and Beyond requirement on the SPS transcript. However, all students should also follow these steps to complete these tasks through Naviance.

Note: More detailed instructions on each of the below steps can be found on student’s BHS School Counselor Schoology page.


Required Steps on Naviance

Students log onto Clever and select the green Naviance icon. Learn more about Naviance.

Three Main Tasks

  1. Complete an Interest Inventory |Most Seniors have this completed | Complete either “Do What You Are” or “Strengths Explorer”
  2. Create OR upload a Resume |Most Seniors still need to complete this step | Create a Resume in Naviance using their template or upload your own using directions on the Counseling Schoology page.
  3. Complete a SPS Graduation Survey | All Seniors will take this survey | This survey will be available in May/June 2022

After competing all three steps, BHS Counselors will change senior transcripts to MET for the HS & Beyond Plan.

Let your BHS Counselors know if you have any questions at all!


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