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High School & Beyond Plan

HSBP General Information

Washington State's High School & Beyond Plan (HSBP) is a graduation requirement that supports students in exploring their interests, planning high school coursework that is aligned to those interests, keeping track of major assessment scores, and logging work and other relevant experience. The HSBP encourages students to focus on three guiding questions: 

  • Who am I? 
  • What can I become? 
  • How do I become that? 

In practical terms, the High School & Beyond Plan (HSBP) has various elements each school year. Some will be completed with the guidance of the College & Career Center either during a visit to the Career Center or via the student's SAS class. 

Students will complete HSBP Assignments via Canvas, in their Class of 202x course. Assignments will be posted in Canvas (in Assignments, select Show by Type at the top right rather than by date) when they are presented to student grade level during the school year. 

What if I transfer to Shorewood?

In almost all cases, students who transfer to Shorewood must complete all assignments, even if they were not here during the grade. The HSBP is credit-bearing, so we cannot presume completion. Speak to your counselor if you are not sure about your HSBP completion at your previous school. 

If students complete the assignments, they will be eligible to earn 1.0 credit at the end of their high school careers, .25 credit for each year of high school. This 1.0 credit should be viewed as an elective credit; it cannot stand in for a required class. 


Class of 2024 Students must have completed HSBP Assignments from previous school years:

Since the HSBP is a multi-part, multi-year requirement, Seniors must also complete HSBP 9, HSBP 10, and HSBP 11. All are in the Canvas Class year course under Assignments. It is easiest to view by TYPE instead of by date. 

About HSBP 9 & 10:  since we changed from Naviance to Scoir in 2023, it is no longer possible to complete HSBP 9.1 or 10.1 as originally published. Replacement assignments, HSBP 9.2 and HSBP 10.2,  have been assigned if students did not complete HSBP 9.1 and / or HSBP 10.1.

HSBP 11.1 can be completed as originally assigned. 

Students will not graduate if they do not complete all HSBP assignments; they are responsible for completing them well before spring of their senior year. 


HSBP Final Senior Submission

In order to graduate from Shorewood or Shorecrest High Schools, students must complete the last piece of the State-required High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP). 

HSBP 12 will be completed in the Canvas Class of course. At Shorewood, the assignment will be activated in January. 


What is the Senior part of the HSBP?

HSBP 12 is a collection of evidence that you have a plan for after graduation. 

HSBP 12 has five questions: 

  1. Select your Pathway  You will select which option you will be doing starting the summer or fall after graduation: 
    • Apprenticeship Application
    • Career Path Application 
    • Gap Year Plan
    • Internship Application
    • Military Application
    • Missionary/ Religious Plan
    • Technical or Trade School Application
    • 2-Year College Application
    • 4-Year College Application
  2. Describe your Plan  Be able to write a paragraph on your immediate plan and also your long term goals.
  3. Upload your Resume  Make it great so that you can use it! 
  4. Financial Planning  Provide either:
    • proof of FAFSA/ WASFA completion (screenshot/ pdf of confirmation email and not the complete report) or proof of a scholarship application if going to college or
    • PDF of your completed Financial Worksheet if doing other pathways.
  5. Evidence of Future Planning  This could be proof of application, acceptance, military appointment, communication about a job, or if you are in Running Start and plan to continue at SCC, upload your latest college schedule or other evidence that you are already in the program.

Additional notes for students according to pathway: 

If you are applying to colleges, be sure that your colleges are all listed in your Scoir application list in the Applying column. This step is not a required part of the Senior HSBP, but it necessary for the school portion of your applications to be completed. See the College Applications page for specific instructions. As you hear back from schools, update the outcomes in Scoir and move to Applied or Attending. Recording outcomes is not a required part of the HSBP, but it is a requirement to get Ms. Stephens’ signature to clear you for graduation. 

If you will be applying for jobs, work on your cover letter in addition to your resume. See the Cover Letter links on the right side of the Resume page for guidance. 

Once your plans are firm, submit the HSBP via Canvas

We will review all submissions for completion. You may be asked to redo the HSBP 12.1 assignment if you do not:

  • Answer for #2 adequately. Write 3-5 sentences
  • Upload a resume that meets minimum requirements
  • Provide required evidence for questions #4 and/ or #5
  • Adequately satisfy the assignment. 

If you have followed instructions and hit submit, you have completed your High School & Beyond Plan, a Washington State and Shoreline School District graduation requirement. If you have questions, contact your counselor or Ms. Stephens.


Get ready for HSBP 12

1. Identify your pathway from the list above. 

2. Write up a summary of your future plans and educational goals. We recommend at least 75-100 words, though there is no word limit in the Canvas assignment. Provide at least some detail, more than "I am going to go to college" or "I will look for a job." Do some reflection about the steps you are taking, where you anticipate being, and what you hope to study/ accomplish. 

3. Start or update your resume. This is a State requirement.

4. Work on your financial steps:

If you are anticipating going to college, complete the FAFSA or WASFA (which form depends on student citizenship/ immigration status) anytime after October 1 of your senior year. Save the confirmation email that says that your form has been processed. For further information, see our Financial AidFAFSA and/ or WASFA pages and watch your email. We have an event each fall and will give you tools and information to help you complete your form. Each college also has a financial aid procedure you should check. 

If you are not anticipating going to college, make a copy of the Financial Worksheet. It is a basic budgeting tool for young adults as they anticipate managing money and becoming financially independent. Fill it out according to your likely salary after graduation so that you can do some financial planning and set a savings goal. 

5. Save all confirmation emails (college & job applications, FAFSA, WASFA) and acceptances. Save copies of all scholarship and job applications.


When is HSBP 12 due? Can I turn it in early? 

The Senior part of the HSBP is due May 1, but early completion is strongly recommended. You can complete the project, have it signed off, and turn it in as early as late February. Students applying to 4-year colleges can complete the project after they have turned in the bulk of their applications. 

Advantages of early completion:  

  • you can check off a graduation requirement;
  • if you are asked to revise your resume, you still have time to do it before the due date;
  • you will avoid the glut of seniors turning it in just before May 1;
  • you will have 100 other things you would rather be doing at the end of April. 


What if my plans will not be firm by May 1? 

The May 1 deadline is district-wide for all Shoreline School District Seniors. Plan ahead so that you complete your project well ahead of the deadline. 

Students applying to 4-year colleges do not need to know their final choice in order to complete their projects. The project recommends proof of application (or acceptance) not proof of a deposit and enrollment. 

Running Start students who will become regular SCC students next year will not be able to complete the official paperwork at SCC until later in May, but the project is still due May 1

If you have other circumstances that will make your it difficult to complete your project by May 1, work with your Counselor and Mrs. Stephens.


Ask Mrs. Stephens


What is the purpose of the Shoreline High School & Beyond Plan? 

The purpose of this project is to assist and direct students in creating a meaningful post-high school plan. Shoreline School District prepares graduates with a rigorous education for success in college, career and life as independent community members. The SCP is intended as a record of a substantial post-high school plan and process. The . . . required components of the Senior Culminating Project used at Shorecrest and Shorewood High Schools . . . serve as evidence of the HSBP (High School and Beyond Plan). Seniors will select from one of the categories and complete all tasks assigned to that category by May 1, 2017.  --Shoreline School District

Basically, Washington State requires high schools to not only offer classes to students, but also to be sure that students have a plan for what they are going to do after high school. The High School and Beyond Plan is a series of steps throughout high school that culminate in the final piece of the HSBP, formerly called the Senior Project. Districts have some flexibility with the High School and Beyond plan, and this is Shoreline's implementation of the requirement. 

Words High School & Beyond Plan in blue with dark blue graduation cap


HSBP Documents for Seniors

As they complete HSBP 12, all seniors should  use our

Resume Rubric and Sample 

If a resume does not meet minimum standards, the HSBP will not be cleared and the student will be asked to improve their resume. 

Financial Planning Materials

Most seniors will upload proof of the completing the FAFSA or WASFA to satisfy the Financial Question, #4 on HSBP 12. Some students do the following instead:   

  1. View the Financial Worksheet Instructions
  2. Make your own copy of the Financial Worksheet; your new title should include your name
  3. Fill it out on screen using your current financial information and your estimates about your finances.
  4. Make a PDF when you are finished.
  5. Upload when you complete the HSBP in Canvas.


State HSBP Information

High School & Beyond Plan page on ReadyWA 

High School & Beyond Plan handout

Folleto del Plan High School & Beyond en español

HSBP:  Parents video by Ready WA on YouTube

HSBP:  Students video by ReadyWA on YouTube

El Plan de High School and Beyond video