This website was designed to help ZHS Juniors and their families review information shared at the annual guidance conference and to give juniors a preview for the upcoming senior year.

GRADUATION PLANING

Graduation & Testing Requirements

ZHS 4 Year Plan

      A Caution to Students from College Admissions

Ready Set Grad www.readysetgrad.org is a program to help ensure every student in Washington State has access to the tools, information, and support they need to graduate high school and make college accessible and affordable.

Our online tools help students of all ages—from middle schoolers to adult scholars—create their own college plan. We know the path to college is not the same for every student. The right path for you may be a certificate program, vocational training, or an associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degree. We’re here to help you earn whichever fits your life goals. What are you waiting for? Get started on your plan now at www.readysetgrad.org 

Careers

 Career Information

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ZHS Career Pathways

Career Resources

Career Cluster Interest Survey

Military Career Awareness

Washington Career Bridge

      US Bureau of Labor

Post Secondary Opportunities

Schools, Colleges, Military, Apprenticeship, World of Work

Lists of Colleges & Schools 

Lists of Post-Secondary Representatives & Contact Information

CollegeWhat Option Is Best For You?  Topics in this section will include information about:

  •   Various schools, colleges, military, apprentice and world of work options
  •   Specific information about baccalaureate universities (public and independent) and Community Colleges
  •   Graduate/Professional   Degrees
  •   In State Versus Out Of State Colleges including the WUE Option
  •   GUR’s-General University Requirements
  •   Transferring from a community college to 4 year university and how the Direct Transfer Agreement-DTA works
  •   Technical Colleges and Specialty Colleges/Schools
  •   Military Career and Financing Options
  •   Apprenticeship Programs & OJT-On The Job Training
  •   Volunteer, Community Service Work-Learning
  •   ZHS Senior Placement Statistics

Be Prepared For College

ZHS College Prep 4 Year Plan

CADR-College Academic Distribution Requirements

College Visitations

          Campus Visitation Checklist

          Campus Visitation Verification Form (Senior Project)

          A Guide to Choosing A College-Asking the Right Questions on a Campus Visit

Testing for College Admission and Placement and/or Military Enlistment

  

Applying To Colleges/Schools 

(Which includes specific information on these topics)

  • Application Procedures
  • Tips on Completing Applications
  • Essays and Personal Statements
  • Letters of Recommendation for Admission
  • Interviews
  • Early Decision vs. Early Action
  • Acceptance
  • The Wait List
  • Denied Admission

Preparing for Success as a College Student 

(Which includes specific information on these topics)

  • College Orientation
  • How College Credits Work

Living Away From Home-Campus Housing And Meal Plans 

(Which includes specific information on these topics)

  • Living at Home/Commuting
  • Living Away from Home-On Campus
  • Resident Halls/Dormitories
  • University Apartments
  • Getting Ready for the Move
  • What to Bring to the Dorm
  • Moving Day Tips
  • Roommates Success
  • College Greek Life
  • Off Campus Housing
  • Meal/Dining Plans

Pay

Paying for College

     Financial Aid Introduction (includes specific information on these topics)

Budgeting for College, Need and Merit Based Aid, Gift, Loan, and Self Support Aid, Federal Aid Programs-Summary, Grants, Work Study, Loans

     Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

FASFA Logo

The “FAFSA- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid-What's That?

FSA ID (Required to apply for FASFA) https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm  

FAFSA Forecaster

FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

WASFA-If you are not FAFSA eligible try the WASFA at http://www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa

More Financial Aid information:

10 Scholarship Myths

ZHS Senior Scholarship Lists

College Bound Scholarship Program

How to Win a Scholarship

Washboard.Com Scholarship Matching Service

Summary: Financial Aid and Scholarships

Glossary of Financial Aid Terms

FastWeb Financial Aid Bulletins (FAFSA Steps, SAR, Award Letters)

 Binder

ZHS Senior Portfolio Project

Seniors earn 1.0 credit when they complete the project which is required for graduation. Requirements and recommendations for the Senior Project are reviewed with each student at their annual guidance conference.

During the Senior year each student is assigned a faculty advisor. The advisor will help guide the senior to successful completion of the project and will report progress for grading purposes. Seniors will be graded with a P = Pass or an F = Fail depending on their success in meeting the objective on time. The Senior Project is part of the eligibility process for the Senior year.  Due dates are announced in the spring of the Junior year.

Annual Recommendation: ZHS tudents should document the following items and place them in their portfolio at home each year:

  • High School and Beyond Plan
  • Activities Log
  • Test Results
  • Collect samples of your best work

Junior Year Recommendation: Students should document the following items and place them in their portfolio before the end of the Junior Year:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Community Service
  • Immunization Record
  • Job Shadow
  • Photo Identification
  • Visitation (College, Technical School, Military, or Apprentice Program) 

For details go to our ZHS Senior Project Website.