Connect the high school experience with pathways to postsecondary education, workforce readiness and participation, and overall adult success.
Communities should provide clear, connected, and responsive pathways so graduates can go on to participate fully in the economy and in their communities. Pathways may include a two-year or four-year college, trade school, career, and/or national service. Public-private partnerships that provide internship, mentorship, or project-based learning opportunities can make the high school years truly preparatory for life outside of the K-12 system.
- Curriculums and in-school opportunities can build skills for the twenty-first century economy such as computer science literacy, critical thinking, creativity, and civic-engagement.
- Building formal partnerships with the business, university, and nonprofit communities can help students explore their interests and gain real-world experience through project- and worked-based learning opportunities such as internships, externships, apprenticeships, and job shadowing.
- Providing in- and out of- school time and resources can help students understand and prepare for post-secondary options through goal-setting and mapping, test preparation, post-secondary program application assistance, financial aid assistance, resume building, early college/dual-enrollment programs, advanced coursework options (AP/IB), and more.
- Districts can collect and report data on postsecondary application, acceptance, and enrollment rates to track the progress of graduating students.