“Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.” - Daniel J. Boorstin
Wraparound Services supports critical issues of students: mental and physical health needs, food insecurity, stable housing, violence, parent incarceration, and things that adversely affect college and career readiness or their ability to learn. They have a Specialist on each campus who provides resources to students and their families.
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.
United Way MATH
United Way M.A.T.H. (Mastering Algebra Together Houston) is a partnership between United Way of Greater Houston and ConocoPhillips, aimed at improving Algebra I passage rates through increased hands-on experience with math, by making career connections and through peer-to-peer tutoring. United Way MATH trains eighth-graders on the academic bubble to become student leaders and tutors to sixth-graders who are also struggling in math.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.