Education

College and Career Resources - Middle School

“Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.” - Daniel J. Boorstin 

COLLEGE PREPARATION:

It is never too early to start helping your child prepare for college. Houston has great resources to help you get started down the path to college.

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?

Big Future – College Board
With Big Future – College Board – You can make a Plan and track it through graduation.8th graders or lower can begin to make a college plan what will tell them what things are most important and gives them interactive ways to prepare this. They can continue to grow and build their account through graduation.

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: 

Texas Education Agency
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.

CAREER EXPLORATION AND PLANNING:
Career exploration is an essential part of the college process. Check out these helpful resources to fuel exploration and planning with your child.

Reality Check  
Reality Check breaks down the real cost of life after high school. It is an interactive program that allows students to see the all the monthly payments and work that go into the kind of lifestyle they want to have with their careers

Drive of Your Life  
Drive of Your Life allows students to explore different career paths and have fun at the same time. It is an interactive game for middle school students to explore interests, different careers, what kind of degree or certification to pursue for the careers, and how much they will make with these careers.

Kids.gov – A safe place to learn and play
Links kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.

NASA breaks down the different career opportunities at NASA
NASA breaks down the different career opportunities at NASA. Career information for the different kinds of opportunities with NASA for grades 5-8

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.

AFTER SCHOOL:
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. 

Houston’s Parks and Recreation Afterschool Enrichment Program  
Houston’s Parks and Recreation Afterschool Enrichment Program is at a local park near you. The Houston Parks & Recreation Department offers the After School Enrichment Program free of charge to children between the ages of 6 & 13.

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.

The All Earth Eco-Bot Challenge  
The All Earth Eco-bot Challenge is an engineering competition that gives students the opportunity to create a robot for FREE for students in 5th-8th grades.

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.