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HS & Beyond Plan

The Mead School District’s Future Ready program is designed to lead each student toward meaningful careers by asking three questions:

  • Who are you?
  • How do you fit in this world?
  • How much money do you need?

A large part of our Future Ready curriculum is completion of the High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP), a WA state graduation requirement.  The HSBP consists of 5 tasks and starts in the 8th grade:

  • Task #1: Completion of a Career Interest Inventory
  • Task #2: Creating a four year plan
  • Task #3: Selecting a post-high school pathway (College / Military / Apprenticeship / Working / etc.)
  • Task #4: Completing a resume
  • Task #5: Learning about FAFSA and the financial aid process

In addition to tracking the five required HSBP tasks, our Future Ready counselors work with students in a variety of other ways to help prepare them for what’s next.  Here is a snapshot of what each student can expect to experience as part of getting Future Ready.

Grade 8: Self Exploration
*Students begin the self-exploration stage by completing the “Matchmaker Quiz,” a career interest inventory in Xello. Students explore and save five potential careers of interest. (8th Grade Counselor - Spring)


Grade 9: Self Exploration
*Students continue the self-exploration stage by completing the Xello Personality Style Inventory. Students deepen knowledge of career options through additional research in Xello. (College/Career Counselor - Winter/Early Spring)

*Students examine what it takes to be a successful high school student. They will examine their learning style by completing the Xello Learning Style Inventory and be introduced to credits, the high school transcript, graduation requirements, and resources for academic support.(Grade Level Counselor - fall)


Grade 10: Career Exploration 
*Students gain a thorough understanding of the different post-secondary pathways (military, apprenticeship, vocational/trades, two year or four year college). Students will create a post secondary goal and plan on Xello to help them prepare for a pathway of their choice. (College/Career Counselor)

*Students review graduation and college admission requirements to identify their progress. Students register and select course work that is aligned with their future goals and post-secondary pathway. (Grade Level Counselor - Registration)


Grade 11: Post-Secondary Planning 
*Students attend the T-2-4 fair in the fall to learn about potential post secondary training and education opportunities.

*Students receive an overview of the college admissions process, information on college prep testing requirements, scholarship and financial aid information, vocational and technical training options, apprenticeship opportunities, and military options. Students will meet individually with the College and Career Counselor to support their planning and progress. (College Career Counselor - Spring) 

*Students build a resume to reflect their experiences, activities, volunteer service, and future goals. (English teachers) 

*Students review academic progress, perform transcript review,  and assess graduation requirements. Students will set academic goals and plans based on their future pathway.  (Grade Level  Counselor - Visit Fall)

*Students will review admission requirements and register for courses that direct them towards their high school and beyond plan. (Grade Level  Counselor -  Registration Visit)


Grade 12: Decision Making & Postsecondary Transition
*Students attend the T-2-4 fair in the fall to learn about potential places and start the application process.

*Students receive financial education through a partnership with STCU. Students will receive information on budgeting, loans, establishing credit, and financial planning. (STCU - Spring)

*Students start the post-secondary admissions process, complete any necessary testing requirements and follow a senior timeline to reach their goals. (College/Career Counselor and Grade Level Counselor)

*Students learn about the financial aid process and how to complete the FAFSA. Students know how to identify and apply for scholarships. (College/Career Counselor - Fall)