Complete a High School and Beyond Plan - Graduation Requirements
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Complete a High School and Beyond Plan

The High School and Beyond Plan is a graduation requirement. It's a collection of written or digital documents designed to help students think about their future and choose coursework that prepares them for their goals after high school.

Starting in middle school, students work with their families and school staff to create their High School and Beyond Plan based on their own Personalized Pathway Requirement. They continue to revise their plan each year throughout high school as their interests or goals change.

The High School & Beyond Plan could include:

  • Identification of career and life goals through a career interest inventory.
  • Identification of educational goals in a personalized pathway in support of career interest.
  • A four-year course plan for high school aligned with postsecondary plans.
  • Identification of assessments needed to earn a diploma and achieve postsecondary goals.

The Washington State Board of Education established the High School and Beyond Plan as a graduation requirement in 2000. The requirement is effective for students in the graduating class of 2008 and beyond, through WAC 180-51-061, WAC 180-51-066, and WAC 180-51-067. Please visit State Board of Education for more information.

Each school district determines the guidelines for the High School and Beyond Plan. Please contact your local school district to obtain a copy of the guidelines that have been established for your district.

NEW! Electronic version: A digital version of the High School and Beyond Plan is now available for all students. Check with your school district's director of student information for more information.

High School & Beyond Plan Templates
Download lessons for each grade level to create a High School and Beyond Plan. Please visit Career Guidance Washington for more information.

Requirements to earn a high school diploma

   Updated 11/16/2016

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