High School & Beyond Plan General Information
Washington State's High School & Beyond Plan is a graduation requirement that supports students in exploring their interests, planning high school coursework that is aligned to those interests, keeping track of major assessment scores, and logging work and other relevant experience.
In practical terms, the High School & Beyond Plan (HSBP) has various elements each school year. Some will be completed with the guidance of the College & Career Center, and others will be completed with the student's counselor.
Students will complete HSBP Assignments via Canvas, in their Class of 202x course. If students complete the assignments, they will be eligible to earn 1.0 credit at the end of their high school careers, .25 credit for each year of high school.
High School & Beyond Plan on ReadyWA.org
HSBP: Parent's Role video by ReadyWA on YouTube
HSBP: Students video by ReadyWA on YouTube
HSBP @ Home Guide & Resources for Students & Families
HSBP Final Senior Submission (formerly Senior Project)
In order to graduate from Shorewood or Shorecrest High Schools, students must complete the last piece of the State-required High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP). This section details the final Senior assignment of the HSBP.
2021 High School & Beyond Plan/ Senior piece
The final piece of the HSBP will be completed via Canvas in the Class of 2021 course. The assignment will be activated in early 2021.
Students will be asked questions pertaining to their plan for their next step, and must upload a resume. There will be two other recommended uploads regarding financial planning and evidence of your plan.
What is the Senior part of the HSBP?
The Senior part of the HSBP is a collection of evidence that you have a plan for your next step. As defined, the project includes nine possible pathways:
- 4-Year College Application
- 2-Year College Application
- Technical or Trade School Application
- Apprenticeship Application
- Career Path Application
- Internship Application
- Military Application
- Gap Year Plan
- Missionary/ Religious Plan
When is the HSBP due? Can I turn it in early?
The Senior part of the HSBP is due May 1, 2021, but early completion is strongly recommended. You can complete the project, have it signed off, and turn it in as early as late January 2021. Students applying to 4-year colleges can complete the project after they have turned in the bulk of their applications.
Advantages of early completion:
- you can check off a graduation requirement;
- if you are asked to revise your resume, you still have time to do it before the due date;
- you will avoid the glut of seniors turning it in just before May 1;
- you will have 100 other things you would rather be doing at the end of April.
What if my plans will not be firm by May 1?
The May 1 deadline is district-wide for all Shoreline School District Seniors. Plan ahead so that you complete your project well ahead of the deadline.
Students applying to 4-year colleges do not need to know their final choice in order to complete their projects. The project recommends proof of application, not proof of a deposit and enrollment.
Running Start students who will become regular SCC students next year will not be able to complete the official paperwork at SCC until later in May, but the project is still due May 1. Ms. Engle, the Running Start Counselor, is also the Senior Project Advisor for Running Start Students and can answer questions about procedure.
Steps to Completion: Steps 1, 2, and 3 can be completed anytime
1. Identify your pathway from the list above.
2. Start or update your resume. This is a State requirement.
- See the Resume Rubric and Sample for expectations.
- If you wish, use the Shorewood Google Resume Templates. Make a copy of Resume Template 1 and/ or Resume Template 2.
- See the Resume page for further guidance.
- Have your resume reviewed by your English Teacher, your Counselor, or Mrs. Stephens.
- To have Mrs. Stephens to review it, share your Google document with: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Save all confirmation emails (college & job applications, FAFSA, WASFA) and acceptances. Save copies of all scholarship and job applications. If you need to find a scholarship to apply for to use as part of your evidence, see the Scholarships page and look at the Scholarships List in Naviance.
4. According to pathway:
If you are applying to colleges, be sure that they are all listed in your Naviance application list. This step is a required part of the project. And, as you hear back from schools, update the outcomes in Naviance. This step of recording outcomes is not a required part of the project, but it is a requirement to get Mrs. Stephens’ signature to clear you for graduation.
If you will be applying for jobs, work on your cover letter and resume. See the Resume page for guidance.
If you are doing the career, internship, gap, or missionary paths, pick up a Financial Worksheet from the Career Center or download it at right. Complete the worksheet.
If you are doing a gap year or a missionary plan, work on your outline and see Mrs. Stephens.
5. Once your plans are firm, submit the HSBP via Canvas
- Log onto your Shorewood Canvas* account.
- Find the Class of 2021 Course. If it isn’t on your dashboard, click Courses on the left and then Show All Courses.
- Under Assignments, find High School and Beyond Plan. This will be activated in mid-January.
- Answer the questions and follow instructions. You will be asked to:
- Choose a pathway from the nine options on the Senior Project Outline.
- Describe your career and educational plans.
- Upload your (already-reviewed!) resume.
- Upload proof of financial planning (optional).
- Upload any other materials you have collected/ prepared (optional). These might include proof of application/ acceptance, a detailed explanation of your plan, or other materials that are part of your planning. If you have more than one document, combine them into one before you upload.
- Be sure you hit Submit Quiz at the end.
We will review all submissions for completion. If you do not upload a resume, or your resume does not meet requirements, you will be asked to submit a polished resume. If you have followed instructions and hit submit, you have completed your High School & Beyond Plan, a Washington State and Shoreline School District graduation requirement. If you have questions, contact your counselor or Ms. Stephens.
What does the recommended Financial Planning piece involve?
For college pathways, evidence of financial planning includes confirmation of FAFSA/ WASFA submission (not the FAFSA form--we do not need or want your confidential information) or evidence that the student has completed a scholarship application.
For many of the pathways, it is recommended that students complete the Financial Planning Worksheet, which asks you to do some basic budgeting. You will complete it online and then save a copy to upload with your project.
What is the purpose of the Shoreline High School & Beyond Plan?
The purpose of this project is to assist and direct students in creating a meaningful post-high school plan. Shoreline School District prepares graduates with a rigorous education for success in college, career and life as independent community members. The SCP is intended as a record of a substantial post-high school plan and process. The . . . required components of the Senior Culminating Project used at Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools . . . serve as evidence of the HSBP (High School and Beyond Plan). Seniors will select from one of the categories and complete all tasks assigned to that category by May 1, 2017. --Shoreline School District
Basically, Washington State requires high schools to not only offer classes to students, but also to be sure that students have a plan for what they are going to do after high school. The High School and Beyond Plan is a series of steps throughout high school that culminate in the final piece of the HSBP, formerly called the Senior Project. Districts have some flexibility with the High School and Beyond plan, and this is Shoreline's implementation of the requirement.