Middle schoolers: plan for high school and beyond!

Big changes are on the horizon! Learn about possible futures by playing a game with MiddleGalaxy. Plan high school classes on MapMyGrad. Find other tools to help you as you plan for high school, all right here.

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Choose what to focus on.

In Texas, your high school graduation plan is tailored to what you want to do. In eighth grade you pick an area of interest or skill (called an endorsement) that you want to focus on in high school. Let us help you explore the endorsements!

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Plan for high school.

Did you know that in high school you get to pick some of your own classes? How exciting! How scary! MapMyGrad can help you make the right choices to put you on the road to an exciting future career.

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Understand your options.

Some jobs you've heard of – doctor, teacher, lawyer, detective – but some jobs you may not have! You might make a really good actuary or phlebotomist. Our game, MiddleGalaxy, can help you learn about these options.

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Game your way to success.

The future can be scary. It's far away. There's a lot of pressure. It feels like you have to plan now for something you can't even imagine. Luckily, Texas OnCourse has fun games and quizzes to help you plan for what's next.

Important Dates and Deadlines

DEC-
JAN

GRADE 8

Prep for personal graduation planning and high school registration

JAN

GRADE 8

Choose your endorsement!

FEB

GRADE 8

Select your courses for next year!

All Resources for Middle School Students and Families

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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High School Endorsements: The Basics
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What are endorsements? For parents and guardians, hearing that their eighth grader will have to select an endorsement can be confusing. After all, when today’s adults were in school, such a thing didn’t exist!

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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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High School Endorsements and Career Paths
ENDORSEMENTS

Prepare students to select high school endorsements with labor market and career information.

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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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High School Endorsements: The Basics
BLOG

What are endorsements? For parents and guardians, hearing that their eighth grader will have to select an endorsement can be confusing. After all, when today’s adults were in school, such a thing didn’t exist!

Man in graduation cap selecting from tiny versions of himself as doctor, businessman, chef and construction worker
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
High School Endorsements and Career Paths
ENDORSEMENTS

Prepare students to select high school endorsements with labor market and career information.

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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.

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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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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
High School Endorsements: The Basics
BLOG

What are endorsements? For parents and guardians, hearing that their eighth grader will have to select an endorsement can be confusing. After all, when today’s adults were in school, such a thing didn’t exist!

Man in graduation cap selecting from tiny versions of himself as doctor, businessman, chef and construction worker
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
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
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

Applying to College

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