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Post Graduation Planning

Planning for after high school ensures that students are engaged and graduate ready for success in postsecondary and the workforce

As you develop your Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP), it is important to think about the best pathway for you.  Your ICAP allows you the opportunity to research and ask questions about different postsecondary options. Naviance can help support your research and exploration.

Colorado's Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Description
"Colorado high school graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills (competencies) needed to succeed in postsecondary settings and to advance in career pathways as lifelong learners and contributing citizens." Source: Adopted by the Colorado State Board of Education and Colorado Commission on Higher Education (Winter 2016).

You are about to become a Senior, now what?  An informational presentation on what to do next, timeline and facts and information about beyond high school. - POST SECONDARY PLANNING FOR JUNIORS & Slideshow

Four- Year University

  • earn a Bachelor's degree
  • starting point for more advanced training

Two-Year University

  • earn an Associate's degree
  • credit can transfer to a four-year university

Vocational/Technical College

  • provides specialized training
  • can lead to certification or licensure


  • on-the-job training paid for by the employer
  • length of time varies

Gap Year

  • explore organized opportunities for personal growth and experience


  • obtain full-time employment in order to become self-sufficient

Military Academy 

  • rigorous acceptance process
  • provides instruction and experience to become a military officer

Military Enlistment

  • length of training varies
  • opportunities available for many different career pathways

College Entrance Requirements

Many students will continue their formal education after graduation. If your plans include post-secondary education, you should keep in mind the following factors upon which college admission is generally dependent: 

  1. Grade point average and class rank: Grades are important. Your class rank is determined from your cumulative GPA, and it is computed at the end of each semester. Only semester grades are used to compute the rank. 
  2. Course selection: Colleges closely examine the quality of a student’s record (grades 9-12).  Contact specific colleges for their requirements. Please see Colorado Department on Higher Education (CDHE) 
  3. College admission tests: Colleges rely on the SAT and or the ACT testing programs for admission and/or placement. These tests are primarily taken during a student’s junior year. The SAT is now state-mandated and will be given in the spring of the junior year and paid for by the state. Any additional testing and retakes cost are the responsibility of the student.
  4. Activities: Participation in activities such as student government, performing arts, clubs, and athletics are regarded as important. In addition, community service is becoming increasingly more important for scholarships. 
  5. Personal recommendations by teachers and counselors: Letters of recommendation help prospective schools to know your strengths more in depth. 
  6. Personal essay or statement: Many schools require an essay or personal statement written by the candidate. 

Information regarding careers, college admissions and occupations is available through the post-secondary center in the counseling office. Counselors are available to assist with career planning or other post-secondary planning. Students should schedule an appointment to meet with their counselor to discuss both short-and long-range plans.