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    New College and Career Planning Tool for Students
    Posted on 08/27/2018
    Students in graduation cap and gowns line up for commencement

    Introducing Naviance, a New College and Career Planning Tool for Students

    Each Seattle Public Schools student is on a unique educational journey, and we are committed to ensuring every one of them receives the support that prepares them for college, career and life. We are excited to announce the district’s college and career planning tool, Naviance, will be available in the 2018-19 school year to support students’ personalized journey through high school.

    Available to 8th through 12th graders, Naviance will help students identify their strengths, interests and goals, and link them to potential college and career pathways; providing a deeper knowledge about options for the future.

    The Naviance college and career planning tool will allow students to:

    • Research careers and colleges: Learn about career fields linked to personal interests, compare data from college admissions offices, take personalized surveys to understand strengths and goals.
    • Get involved in the planning process: Build a resume, manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers; organize and track documents related to the college application process, such as requesting and submitting recommendation letters and transcripts.
    • High School and Beyond Plan: Schools will be using Naviance to deliver high school and beyond plan lessons in grades eighth through 12th. The high school and beyond plan is a graduation requirement, which helps students and counselors make sure graduation requirements are met and are aligned with identified goals.
    • Scholarship search: Students can search a database of scholarships based on their interest and goals and organize materials for scholarship applications in one place.
    • Plan college visits: Receive information and updates about college visits.

    During summer training sessions, counselors will be collaborating to prepare for supporting students in the fall. Staff are excited that through Naviance, the transcript and recommendation letter request process will now be electronic, freeing up time to provide more individualized in-person attention to students. On average, a high school counselor has a caseload of about 400 students. This tool will allow counselors and families to provide customized support to students in making informed decisions about their future, including students who are on track for college and those seeking jobs right after high school, as well those who are still seeking a pathway for the future. Naviance provides tools for students regardless of where they are in the planning process.

    Naviance Information Sessions

    The College and Career Readiness team will hold five regional information meetings to give parents and community members an opportunity to talk directly with staff about the benefits of Naviance, the plan for implementing this tool, the steps we are taking to protect student data, and the opportunity for families to opt out of this tool if interested.

    Regional Meeting Schedule

    • Cleveland High School, Sept 4, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • West Seattle High School, Sept 6, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Garfield High School, Sept. 10, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Roosevelt High School, Sept. 12, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • Ingraham High School, Sept 13, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Student Data and Opt-out Information

    For staff and students to have full access to the tools in Naviance, some student data needs to be shared with the program. Students also can add information as they interact with the tool. The district thoroughly vetted Naviance’s policies and practices with respect to preserving data security and student privacy. Families may choose to opt their students out of using this tool.

    Opt-Out Window

    The first opt out window for Fall 2018 was open from June 4 until June 22, 2018.

    A second window will open September 4 through September 19. Once the second opt-out window opens, parents and guardians can opt out their 8th - 12th grade student out of Naviance by updating preferences in the Source.

    Read more about Naviance’s commitment to data security and student privacy. 

    Read more about Naviance at Seattle Public Schools and opt-out instructions.