College & career readiness

Path to College & Career

Students in the Path to College & Career elective course build life skills and complete several of the steps necessary to land a college acceptance letter or job interview.

See your counselor for details and to register for this program.

Ready: College & Career

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Developing graduates that are prepared for success in a globally competitive workforce is the ultimate goal of the GISD Ready initiative. Ready: College & Career includes the specific activities and programs designed to support the college and career bound student. Admission to college and finding employment is becoming more and more competitive. Skills like teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration are essential for success. Our students are developing these skills in the classroom through innovative teaching and learning. In addition, students have access to many resources to help them prepare for life after high school.

We aim to help students: 

  • learn about their strengths and interests and how to apply them for success
  • take ownership of their learning
  • understand how advanced and challenging classes help prepare them for college, earn scholarships and qualify for better jobs
  • take advantage of opportunities to explore career interests in high school
  • earn college credit, professional certifications and licenses
  • prepare for college entrance exams and requirements
  • find scholarships and financial aid

College awareness activities

College Night 

Each year, we host an event for parents and students to speak directly with representatives from more than 120 participating colleges and the military.  See highlights from the 2016 College Night.

College Financial Aid Night 

Make plans to join us on Jan. 19, 2017 to learn more about financial aid options for college.

College selection

BestColleges.com offers a regularly updated collection of college rankings will keep you informed about what schools across the country have to offer in terms of top-rated academics and student lifestyle.

Our college & career readiness platform

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We implemented Naviance at our middle and high schools to help us meet our college and career readiness goals and strengthen our guidance and counseling services. Naviance is a comprehensive web-based platform that makes college and career planning tools available to students and their parents.

Learn more about the features of Naviance and how you can use this platform to get ready.

College readiness assessments

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requires that all students entering a public state college take a TSI assessment to determine their readiness for college-level work.

For more information, see the following:

Students that score well on the ACT or SAT may qualify for an exemption and do not have to take a TSI assessment. For more information and a compete list of exemptions, see the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website.

PSAT and SAT

The PSAT and SAT are two tests designed to measure college and career readiness. When students do well on these tests they can qualify for academic recognition programs and increase their chance of getting a scholarship.

For more information about these tests and the benefits of taking them, visit the PSAT and SAT page.

Preparing for the PSAT and SAT

Students can prepare for success by taking advantage of Khan Academy and district boot camp events. Some top scoring students may also have the option to participate in one of our invitation-only test prep programs.


Khan Academy
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We have partnered with Khan Academy to provide personalized study plans to students based on their PSAT scores.

Find out more about this free online resource and how students should set up and link their accounts to maximize potential on the Khan Academy instructional resource page.


PSAT/SAT Boot Camps

G I S D S A T Boot camp logo.We offer free boot camps in the fall and spring to help students learn techniques for answering test questions and preparing for the PSAT and SAT. Students take a pre- and post-test as well as attend two boot camp sessions a week.

Registration for Spring Boot Camps sessions begins Nov. 14. See the PSAT/SAT Boot Camp page for more information.

What is postsecondary education?

Postsecondary education happens after you graduate from high school. It doesn't always mean getting a bachelor's degree at a four-year college. Continuing your education looks different from person to person. Getting an associates degree or certification in your field is also a form of postsecondary education.

By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require some postsecondary education - Center on Education and the Workforce

This chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows how your level of education can impact your potential earnings and possibility of unemployment.

College credit in high school

Save money and time in the future by earning credit towards your college program while you're still in high school. Visit the college credit opportinities page for more information.

Paying for college

Don't let the price tag prevent you from pursuing your college plans. Find out about your financial aid options.

Certifications

Several Career and Technical Education programs and courses offer the opportunity for students to earn a professional certification or license while in high school.

AVID program

Advancement Via Individual Determination. Find out how the AVID program is closing the achievement gap and helping prepare our students for college and success in a global society.