Utilize the Plan Your Path resources to set your course through high school and beyond.
It is never too soon to start planning for your future. A place to begin is to talk to your
parents and teachers, and other people in occupations you are interested in. You and
your parents may also want to explore HISD magnet schools that offer an early start on
your chosen career path. Whatever you do, begin now.
Did You Know?
• Selecting a career path automatically provides you with career goal-setting, regardless of
your interests, abilities, talents, or desired levels of post-secondary education.
• By selecting a career path, you will be more focused as you make decisions about high
school course selections.
• Selecting a career path will allow you to see the relevance of the courses you select in
middle and high school to your future career choices.
• By selecting a career path, your parents, teachers, and counselor will be able to provide
you with more up-to-date information about your career goals and your post-secondary
options beyond high school.
• Selecting a career path means you are more likely to do better in school as well as to
graduate with the Distinguished Level of Achievement, with one or more Endorsements,
and with Performance Acknowledgements.
Plan Your Path
Use the information found on the HISD Plan Your Path website to learn about graduation
requirements, explore district endorsement offerings and schools, and to start planning
your middle and high school coursework to align with your aptitude and interests.
Personal Graduation Plan
The district’s Personal Graduation Plan, for all entering 9th grade students, displays a sixyear
look at the core course requirements needed to graduate with the Distinguished
Level of Achievement. While in high school you will have the opportunity to earn at least
26 credits and an endorsement in one of five focus areas:
Arts and Humanities
Business and Industry
You may also earn Performance Acknowledgements for IB and AP exams, dual credit
coursework; earning end-of-program, industry recognized certifications; PSAT/SAT/ACT
or ACT-Plan exams; or bilingualism and bi-literacy achievement.