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Students & Families

Preparing for What's Next

It is never too early to start planning for a college and career. But the options can seem endless, and we know there are a lot of hard and often confusing decisions you need to make. We’re here to help you prepare for success! By September, you’ll be able to use the following resources, all for free!

A career exploration game: What does it actually mean to be a doctor? What do engineers do all day? If you’re really good at writing and speaking in public, what sort of job would be a good fit for you? Middle Galaxy is a fun, interactive way for you to really understand different types of jobs. Your teacher might let you play it in your class, or you can play it at home or on your phone.

A graduation planning tool: What are you interested in? What are you really, really good at doing? Map My Grad includes a bunch of questions to help you figure out your skills and interests. You can use that information to figure out the classes you should take in high school so you can graduate and be on your way to the job or career that you hope to get.

A family guide: How can you, as a parent or guardian, help your child make the best choices in school? What are the best questions to ask to have a good conversation about your child’s future? Our family guide will help you have these conversations and make these decisions, so your child can succeed and excel in and after high school.

In the meantime, you can access our resource library below. We have curated the best college and career websites and tools from across the state that can you prepare for life after high school.

7th & 8th Grade

9th Grade

  • Launch My Career Texas

    Explore how majors, careers, institutions and endorsements interact on this website from the state of Texas

  • GenTX: Preparing for College in High School

    Join Generation Texas—the largest team of high-schoolers in the U.S. who are committed to continuing their education after high school.

  • College Portrait

    A source of basic, comparable information designed for anyone to learn more about public 4-year colleges and universities

  • Future Ready Texas

    Resources to help navigate your STAAR report card

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade + Returning Student