High School Course Catalog

Planning

High school students may meet requirements for graduation through the regular program of studies, through meeting requirements of the special education program or other alternative programs of study.  Information on these options is available from the counseling center.  Upon graduation from high school each student should have completed a post-high school career plan.

 

There are a number of decisions that students should consider as they plan their high school course selection.  Students should visit the career center in their school and consistently attend any pertinent career seminars, information nights, or any other planning activities offered by the high school.  It is important that students realize that each course selected should be chosen while considering post-high school options. Students should use the worksheets found under the Planning Tab of this online course catalog to review their progress each year.  Additionally, sample four-year plans are noted further down in this section.  Below are suggestions of actions students can take at each grade level to increase their academic success.

 

Grade 9 (Freshman)

Complete Four-Year Planning Sheet to make a plan for courses in grades 9-12.

Consider various post-high school choices:

  • Visit with adults in various occupations and with school counselors.
  • Utilize the Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS) at Green River Community College. The WOIS is a computerized survey of your interests matched to career/job specifications.

Grade 10 (Sophomore)

Review Four-Year Planning Sheet.

  • Experiment with various course options.
  • Change plans as necessary to ensure meeting high school graduation requirements, including the minimum basic skills standards.
  • Investigate the various Career and Technical Education training programs available within the Kent School District.
  • Ensure enrollment in any prerequisite classes required for entry into a program.
  • Confer with the school’s career specialist about the variety of career options. Each high school’s career center contains occupational research materials.

Continue to consider various post-high school choices.

  • Review all admission requirements for any colleges and universities under consideration.
  • Visit with adults in various occupations and with school counselors.
  • Utilize the Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS) at Green River Community College. The WOIS is a computerized survey of your interests matched to career/job specifications.
  • Meet with school career specialists and counselors regarding any questions relative to Career and Technical Education or college preparatory course selections.

Grade 11 (Junior)

Review Four-Year Planning Sheet.

  • Change planning sheets as necessary relative to any courses that are not successfully completed during the 10th grade. Continue to consider various post-high school choices.
  • Review all admission requirements for any colleges and universities under consideration.
  • Visit with adults in various occupations and with school counselors.
  • Utilize the Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS) at Green River Community College. The WOIS is a computerized survey of your interests matched to career/job specifications.
  • Meet with school career specialists and counselors regarding any questions relative to Career and Technical Education or college preparatory course selections.
  • Correspond with technical schools, community colleges, or four-year colleges about possible post-high school training programs. They will respond to requests for information. Consider making on-site visits.
  • Meet with college and military personnel as they visit schools. Begin the nomination process if planning to apply to a military academy.

All 11th grade students in the Kent School District will take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).

Correspond with technical schools, community colleges, or four-year colleges about possible post-high school training programs. They will respond to requests for information. Consider making on-site visits.

 

Grade 12 (Senior)

Review graduation requirements to ensure proper enrollment in courses for June graduation.

Take the SAT or the ACT if applying to a college requiring these scores.

Apply to colleges under consideration. Notify the post-secondary school of choice to place name on a waiting list for the chosen program.

Follow guidelines regarding financial aid and scholarship application.

Explore possible job choices if choosing to work following high school.

Finalize decisions regarding post-high school choice. Ensure that all deadlines are met.

 

 

Technical

There are a wide variety of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in the Kent School District. These programs provide training for students which lead either to entry-level job skills or to admission to post-high school educational programs. The Kent School District Career and Technical Education transfer programs are district wide and open to students enrolled in the district that meet the prerequisites of the course. Careful planning may allow a student to prepare for post-high school education as well as to complete a Career and Technical Education program. The career center in each building has resources for students to use in planning their education and future.

 

College Entry

College admission may require courses beyond those required for graduation from the Kent School District. See your counselor and check individual college catalogs and/or college websites for specific requirements for colleges in which you are interested. Also, tests for college entrance are administered at various times during the sophomore, junior, and senior years. See the Appendix in this document for information about the college testing schedule.

Additional Resources

Sample Four-Year Student Plan: College-Preparatory Program

Sample Four-Year Student Plan: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Sample Four-Year Student Plan: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program

Sample Four-Year Student Plan: Dual College-Preparatory/Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program

Sample Four-Year Student Plan: The Arts/Music Program/College Preparatory

Four-Year Student Plan Organizer

Four-Year Student Plan Worksheet