High School

“Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.” ― Fred Rogers

Now is the time to start helping your child prepare for college. Talk with your child about their goals and ambitions and start planning now. Houston has great resources to help you get started down the path to college.

EMERGE (Houston ISD, Aldine ISD, Klein ISD)
EMERGE empowers & prepares high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges & universities across the nation.

SWAG to College
SWAG’s vision is to close the achievement gap and ensure every underserved high school and college student has a pathway to reach their goals.They provide near-peer mentorship for underserved high school and college students to help them matriculate to college, graduate from college, and enter the workforce.

Graduation Game Plan
Focus on keeping students in school by creating a personalized plan to find the career of your dreams.

High School Graduation Plan
Texas Education Agency: Texas Graduation Plans that breaks down the different types of graduation plans in the State of Texas, and list all requirements needed to graduate

Houston Public Libraries
Houston Public Libraries has many resources to help students with academic success. Students need a Library Card in order to access any of the resources. These resources include:

College for All Texans  
College for All Texans shows different colleges within Texas and information on each of them. There are College Locator, college match up, States Net Price Calculator, apply to college, how ready are you?

Apply Texas
This sites allows you to research your options, apply using the Texas Common Application online, and saves the information so that you can use the application for several schools at once.

College Application Help
Use these helpful links to find step-by-step information about how to fill out the Texas Common Application.

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for grants, federal loans, scholarships, and other means of student aid that are offered.

Browse through FAFSA’s help link to find answers to general questions, learn about getting a PIN, your student aid report, correcting, or completing your FAFSA.

Career exploration is an important step in college preparation, even if students are not entirely sure about what exactly they want to do. Check out these helpful resources to explore, plan, and gain knowledge and tips for preparing for the workplace.

On-Site Resources:

Hire Houston Youth
Hire Houston Youth (HHY) is an initiative that connects youth ages 16-24 with internships, jobs, and other opportunities throughout the Houston area.

COH Summer Jobs Program
City departments are opening their doors to provide opportunities for you to earn while you learn about what it takes to serve the residents of the nation’s 4th largest city. Most positions are for 32 hours per week, at $8.00 per hour. To be eligible to participate in the program, you must be between the age of 16 and 24 by June 10th, and live in a City of Houston council district.

Houston Service
Volunteering can provide a fun way to explore careers and looks great on your college resume. There are volunteer opportunities and a search engine for volunteering.

Texas Workforce Solutions Career Offices
Get help finding a job, scholarships or tutoring here!

Workforce Solutions
With an in-depth understanding of the local job market and established relationships with local employers, educational institutions and qualified job search support vendors, Workforce Solutions provides you with the resources, intelligence and tools you need to succeed. They offer career planning guidance, tips and advice for improving your job search, training and education opportunities and the financial support to make it all possible. Workforce Solutions knows what tools you need to get a job, keep a job or find a better job. In addition to their job search resources and job matching service, they offer financial aid for training as well as assistance to help you look for work or go to work.

Online Resources:
Tips for Writing a Teen Resume
This is a short video with tips for high school students

Texas Reality Check  
It's difficult to predict the future, but it's never too early to start planning for it. Texas Reality Check will show you how much your living expenses will cost, and the amount of money you will need to earn to pay for them.

Career One Stop
Career One Stop allows students to assess themselves and their career preferences. It is designed to help students with all aspects of choosing the best career, finding jobs, and self-assessment

NASA offers tutoring and career programs for high school students. The site allows students to find out more about education programs and career profiles.  They also have a link to MyNASA, which students can sign up for to receive homework help related to NASA.

After school hours are a great time to help students make Houston their classroom and take lessons beyond the classroom walls. Explore some of what Houston has to offer at these places.

Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE)  
Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) has an after-school program near you. Search their map to find after-school programs near you at one of their 13 participating school districts and 39 campuses.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto  
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto is a great way for young girls to build character. The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto offer great programs, events, and activities for girls from grades K-12.

Boy Scouts of America: Sam Houston Area Council
Sam Houston Area Council: Boy Scouts of America is a great way for young boys to build character. The Boy Scouts of the Sam Houston Council offers great programs, events, and activities for boys from grades K-12.