Graduation Requirements

Welcome to the Fife School District Career & College Readiness website. In grades 6-12, students begin exploring career and college readiness options that include career inventory assessments, organizational success skills, and career and college research. Students focus on how to link learning to life. The lessons and activities students complete each year build on skills and knowledge preparing them for success.

The High School and Beyond Plan is a state graduation requirement. The career and college readiness activities and lessons students complete each year culminate with a project and presentation in their senior year. Students demonstrate their career and college readiness by presenting a one year after graduation plan.

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Career & College Readiness

Preparing students for Career, College, and Life

    • Learning to be career & college ready!

    • Preparing for post-secondary success!

    • Demonstrating evidence of career & college readiness!

What is the High School & Beyond Plan?

Culminating Outcome: A one year after high school graduation plan prepared for options in career, college, and life.

The High School & Beyond Plan helps students gain knowledge and skills to plan current and future goals. Students revise their plan annually to accommodate changing interests, personalized pathway choices, and post-secondary goals on what they expect to do the year following high school graduation. Post-secondary aspirations may include pathways for application to four-year colleges or universities, two-year community or technical colleges, apprenticeship programs, industry standard certificate programs, military training, or on-the-job training and workforce entry.

High School and Beyond Plan state guidelines:

    • Identification of career goals, aided by skills and career interest survey assessments and identification of educational goals for graduation and beyond

    • A four-year plan for courses taken in high school that satisfies state and local graduation requirements and aligns with students' secondary and postsecondary goals that may include education, training, and careers

    • Options for satisfying state and local graduation requirements, academic acceleration, dual credit courses, Career and Technical Education programs, and graduation pathway options

    • Resume or activity log, that includes the student’s education, work experience, community service, including how districts recognize community service (RCW 28A.320.193)

    • Evidence that the student has received information on federal and state financial aid programs that help pay for postsecondary programs

Fife School District has aligned grades 6-12 with the Washington State Career Guidance Themes & 21st Century Skills to prepare all students for Career and College Readiness.

Washington State Career Guidance Themes

► Career and College Development

► Ownership of Learning

► Transition Skills

► Learning Techniques

► Metacognitive Skills

► Academic Eligibility/Academic Acceleration

► High School and Beyond Plan

► Financial Literacy

21st Century Skills

► Critical Thinking




Xello Electronic Career Portfolio

Students create a Career & College Readiness electronic portfolio using Xello that includes career readiness lessons, career interest surveys, personal goals, career and college research, financial aid applications, scholarships, job descriptions, salary, occupational outlook and high school course planning. In grade 12, students present their High School and Beyond Plan.

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Lessons are integrated in the 6th and 7th grade Connections classes at SLMS.

Grade 6

Welcome to Middle School: Skills for Success

Xello Lesson: Career Interest Survey

  • Match Careers to Interests

Xello Lesson: Decision Making

  • Identify Big Decisions

  • Understand Benefits & Consequences of Decisions

Xello Lesson: School Subjects at Work

  • Connect School Subjects to Careers

Xello Lesson: Interests

  • Explore Connection Between Interests & Careers

Xello Lesson: Time Management

  • Understand Importance of Time Management

  • Create a Time Budget

Grade 7

Xello Lesson: Learning Styles

  • Explore Learning Styles

  • Connect Learning Style to Careers

Xello Lesson: Discover Learning Pathways

  • Investigate Post-Secondary Pathways

  • Connect Pathways to Careers

Xello Lesson: Personality Styles

  • Reflect on How Your Personality Affects Choices

Xello Lesson: Biases and Career Choices

  • Identify Biases of Gender, Ethnicity, Ability, and Class in the Workplace

  • Explore How Biases Influence Career Choices

Xello Lesson: College Bound Scholarship

Middle School & Beyond Planning

Students start their High School & Beyond Plan lessons in 8th grade during their Family class.

Grade 8

Xello Lesson: Study Skills and Habits

  • Explore Time Management Skills

  • Reflect on Study Challenges

Xello Lesson: Skills

  • Update Experiences Timeline

  • Reflect on Your Skills

  • Update Careers

Xello Lesson: Jobs and Employers

Xello Lesson: College Bound Scholarship

Xello Lesson: Explore Career Matches

  • Update Matchmaker

  • Update Careers

  • Investigate Career Matches

High School & Beyond Planning (prior to registration)

  • Xello Course Planner

  • Graduation Requirements

Coug 102 Lessons - College Research Activity

  • Research Colleges of Interest

Grade 9

Exploring Career & College Readiness - Health Class Presentation

  • Connect with FSD Resources for Success After High School

  • Research College Credit Options at FHS

Xello Lesson: Self-Advocacy

  • Identify Strategies for Speaking Up

Xello Lesson: Transition to High School

  • Boost Confidence

  • Explore How to Get Involved

Xello Lesson: Getting Experience

  • Explore Methods for Gaining Skills

Xello Lesson: Exploring Career Factors

  • Investigate Career Decision Factors

High School & Beyond Plan (revisit annually)

  • Xello Course Planner

  • Graduation Requirements

COUG 102 Lessons - Career Research

  • Research Careers of Interest

Xello Lesson: Building a Resume

  • Create & Upload a Resume

Students are assigned to a small cohort group and teacher called their Family. Their Family class meets during the 40 minute FLEX time approximately twice a month. The Family teacher guides students through their 3 years at Fife High School and facilitates High School & Beyond Plan lessons.

Grade 10

Xello Lesson: My Work Values

  • Update Careers

  • Update Matchmaker

  • Identify What’s Important to You

Xello Lesson: Careers and Lifestyle Costs

  • Update Experiences

  • Focus on earnings and sample career paths

  • Identify different types of post-secondary programs

Xello Lesson: Workplace Skills and Attitudes

  • Identify Skills Employers Value

  • Rate Your Workplace Skills

Xello Lesson: Program Prospects

  • Match Programs to Career/Academic Goals

High School & Beyond Plan

  • Revisit and update 4-year plan and resume

  • Graduation Requirements

Grade 11

Xello Lesson: Choosing a College

  • Update Schools

  • Determine Your Personal Preferences

  • Feel Confident College Search Process

Xello Lesson: Career Demand

  • Update Careers

  • Assess Current Demands

Xello Lessons: Paying for College


  • Scholarships

Xello Lesson: Entrepreneurial Skills

  • Could you be your own boss?

  • Explore Business Models

Xello Lesson: Work/Life Balance

  • Update Experiences

  • Reflect on Activities You Like

  • Investigate Work/Life Balance

Preparing for SAT/ACT College Testing

  • Explore SAT/ACT Resources

High School & Beyond Plan

  • Revisit and update 4-year plan and resume

  • Graduation Requirements

Grade 12

Xello Lesson: Career Path Choices

  • Update Careers

  • Connect Interests to Career Choices

  • Exploring a Career Change

Xello Lesson: Defining Success

  • Explore College Applications

  • Brainstorm What Success Means to You

  • Reflect on How Your Can Feel Successful

  • Explore Xello Resource Hub

Xello Lesson: Career Backup Plans

  • Update Careers

  • Match Skills to Backup Plans

  • Complete a Backup Career Planning Readiness Survey

Xello Lesson: Financial Aid Check-in

Xello Lesson: Job Interviews

  • Update and/or Create Resume

  • Identify Strong Interview Techniques

  • Practice Responding to Interview Questions

  • Explore Resources in Xello

High School & Beyond Graduation Project

  • Career Planning

  • 5th Year Plan

  • Budget for 5th Year Plan

  • Connecting Learning to Future Plans

  • Update resume

Student from the
- Class of 2020 -

I found the career and college research very helpful! It narrowed down if I wanted to stay in state or go out of state, what I wanted to look for in a college (diversity, enrollment, & class size) and what I saw in each college that could better my career! I didn’t know what I wanted to do at first so taking quizzes and determining my likes and dislikes helped see what I didn’t want to do so I could focus more and narrow down on what I did want to do.