Prepare for college and career, as early as the ninth and tenth grade.

Even as you start high school, you can be making decisions that benefit your life after graduation! Explore colleges, prepare for tests, and learn about the realities of all your dream jobs.

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Get ready for graduation.

You may already have your high school personal graduation plan – the list of all courses you need to graduate high school. But it’s a good idea to refer back to these tools to make sure you’re on track. You might also want to check for any prerequisites – classes required for admission to a specific college or major – you need to take.

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Learn and prepare what you'll need for college.

To get into college, there are things you need to nail in high school. Learn what standardized test scores and GPA you’ll need for your colleges of interest. Study with test preparation tools before and after you take the PSAT.

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Explore careers.

By now you probably have some ideas about what you’d like to do, but there are so many more jobs out there than you can even imagine! Explore our career planning tools to match your interests and skills to things like your desired income and lifestyle.

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Understand the money stuff.

If you ask students and families what they’re most worried about after graduation, the answer is generally the same: money. Students are worried about finding jobs that pay well or getting financial aid to help them in college. Use our financial planning tools to start preparing now.

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All Resources for Early High School

Career Clusters and Endorsements
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What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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MiddleGalaxy
JOBS AND CAREERS

Lead a space voyage in this web and mobile game exploring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a variety of careers.

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MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

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Grad Requirements

Career Clusters and Endorsements
BLOG

What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

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When and Why to Take the TSIA
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The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

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MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

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Jobs and Careers

MiddleGalaxy
JOBS AND CAREERS

Lead a space voyage in this web and mobile game exploring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a variety of careers.

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Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

Discover opportunities you never knew existed! Texans share their career journeys. Explore their stories and get inspired.

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MapMyGrad
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students zero in on skills and interests to explore careers and endorsements, and plan a path through high school.

MapMyGrad lightning bolt logo
Texas Reality Check
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Curious how your college and career path will impact your future income? How easy it will be to pay off student loans? Find out.

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GenTX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Gain access to a collection of resources that help you and your student begin preparing for college in high school – including admissions, financial aid, and more.

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Texas Career Check
JOBS AND CAREERS

Learn about hundreds of careers with this career search for high school students. Explore salaries, popularity, and more. 

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Your Bright Future
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

Use the resources on this site to help students explore careers. Your Bright Future is the Texas Workforce Commission hub for informing high school students about labor market Information.

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Roadtrip Nation
JOBS AND CAREERS

Students travel across the nation to talk to their heroes and job crushes and understand college and career decisions along the way.

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Launch My Career
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Explore handy charts to compare your choice of school, career, and income to others. Research your college and career options

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College Planning

Maximize Winter Break at Any Age
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Ahhh, winter break! Time to rest and relax. It’s also a great opportunity to zero in on your future. For students with their eyes set on college, take the most of your winter break with these tips

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Career Clusters and Endorsements
BLOG

What are the differences between Career Clusters and Endorsements, and how do they hang together?
This is the second in a series of posts on high school endorsements.

Icon of lightbulb surrounded by smaller icons of calculators, beakers, atoms and graphs
When and Why to Take the TSIA
BLOG

The Texas Success Initiative Assessments (TSIA) are part of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) program designed to help a student's college or university determine if the student is ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Let us explain when and why to take the exam!

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Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
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The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

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ACT vs SAT
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Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

Text logos for SAT and ACT
MiddleGalaxy
JOBS AND CAREERS

Lead a space voyage in this web and mobile game exploring the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a variety of careers.

Swirling galaxies with MiddleGalaxy logo
Share Your Road
JOBS AND CAREERS

Discover opportunities you never knew existed! Texans share their career journeys. Explore their stories and get inspired.

Screenshot of career profile showing education, skills and tasks
Adventures in Education
FINANCES

Access financial aid information, money management tools, and scholarship opportunities as students prepare to pay for college.

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Compare College TX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Compare College TX enables you to compare Texas public two- and four-year universities by cost, graduation rate, and more.

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GenTX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Gain access to a collection of resources that help you and your student begin preparing for college in high school – including admissions, financial aid, and more.

GenTX homepage with announcement for May 4 Decision day
College for All Texans
COLLEGE PLANNING | FINANCES

Find out your options on how to pay for college education costs. Understand tuition and fees, financial aid, and scholarships and loans.

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Texas GEAR UP
COLLEGE PLANNING

High school students plan for college and career with resources provided by Texas GEAR UP. Interactive games and tools set them on the path to future success.

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BigFuture
COLLEGE PLANNING

Learn what colleges offer your major, where you can get in, how much schools cost, and more with this College Board resource.

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Texas Career Check
JOBS AND CAREERS

Learn about hundreds of careers with this career search for high school students. Explore salaries, popularity, and more. 

Screenshot of Texas Career Check webpage: young boy in wheelchair, tabs labeled explore careers and explore education
Your Bright Future
COLLEGE PLANNING | JOBS AND CAREERS

Use the resources on this site to help students explore careers. Your Bright Future is the Texas Workforce Commission hub for informing high school students about labor market Information.

Screenshot of homepage: Woman reaching to the sky, tabs for job seekers, employers, workforce partners and families
Roadtrip Nation
JOBS AND CAREERS

Students travel across the nation to talk to their heroes and job crushes and understand college and career decisions along the way.

Texas Roadtrip homepage: Texas sky with label high school is a time to explore, create, and make mistakes
Khan Academy SAT Prep
COLLEGE PLANNING

Prepare students for the SAT with lessons and practice tests from this official partner of the College Board.

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Applying to College

TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
FINANCE

Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

Texas Flag labeled Texas Application for State Financial Aid
ACT vs SAT
BLOG

Students often ask themselves, do I take the SAT or the ACT? We do recommend that students take full length practice tests of both, or even take both tests (both offer fee waivers!) - but included here is a chart detailing the similarities and differences between the two major college exams.

Text logos for SAT and ACT
Resources to Share: National Merit Scholarship
BLOG

The fall is PSAT season, which means students have questions about the National Merit Scholarship. Often, students don’t fully understand why the PSAT is important, except as a practice for the SAT. We've created simple graphs that can help you guide your students.

Text - help students understand the national merit scholarship
TASFA: Help Texas Residents Access Financial Aid
FINANCE

Undocumented and DACA-status students are often confused or frightened about how to seek financial aid. In today’s climate, students may have a particularly hard time seeking this sort of help from authority figures. As a Texas educator, you can assure students that in-state financial aid is available to all students who reside here, not just citizens.

Texas Flag labeled Texas Application for State Financial Aid
Texas Reality Check
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Curious how your college and career path will impact your future income? How easy it will be to pay off student loans? Find out.

Woman and man reading smart phone, labeled lifestyle calculator
Adventures in Education
FINANCES

Access financial aid information, money management tools, and scholarship opportunities as students prepare to pay for college.

Screenshot of AIE homepage: colorful blocks with images of students and classrooms
Compare College TX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Compare College TX enables you to compare Texas public two- and four-year universities by cost, graduation rate, and more.

Icon of diploma with price tag, reading the average annual tuition and fees for a college varies substantially
GenTX
COLLEGE PLANNING

Gain access to a collection of resources that help you and your student begin preparing for college in high school – including admissions, financial aid, and more.

GenTX homepage with announcement for May 4 Decision day
College for All Texans
COLLEGE PLANNING | FINANCES

Find out your options on how to pay for college education costs. Understand tuition and fees, financial aid, and scholarships and loans.

Homepage with options for students, military and adult learners
BigFuture
COLLEGE PLANNING

Learn what colleges offer your major, where you can get in, how much schools cost, and more with this College Board resource.

Web screenshot: Young girl smiling. Options to find a college, pay for college or make a plan
Texas Career Check
JOBS AND CAREERS

Learn about hundreds of careers with this career search for high school students. Explore salaries, popularity, and more. 

Screenshot of Texas Career Check webpage: young boy in wheelchair, tabs labeled explore careers and explore education
Launch My Career
JOBS AND CAREERS | FINANCES

Explore handy charts to compare your choice of school, career, and income to others. Research your college and career options

Launch My Career homepage: Icon of ship launching into space, with buttons for hot jobs and top majors