Ready for College

Resources and tips for students and parents with post-secondary education goals. Going to college is more than a decision — it’s a process. Here are helpful resources to guide students and parents as they prepare for college applications, acceptance and success.

​U.S. Department of Education resource

The Federal Student Aid website has an exceptional Preparing for College site with valuable tips, checklists, calendars, connection to scholarships and aid programs, and the College Scorecard for students and parents.

Graduation Requirements

Academic and performance requirements to obtain a diploma from Hawaii’s public high schools, from the basics to honors recognition, with information about the Personal Transition Plan that is required of all students.

 High school graduation requirements in Hawaii public schools set a rigorous standard of learning that enables all students to:

  • Realize their individual goals and aspirations;
  • Possess the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to contribute positively and compete in a global society;
  • Exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; and
  • Pursue post-secondary education and/or careers without need for remediation.

Students who demonstrate proficiency in academics and General Learner Outcomes in the required courses shall receive a high school diploma.

Personal Transition Plan

A requirement for all high school graduates, the Personal Transition Plan (PTP) is each student’s plan of action to transition from high school to college and careers. Student, parent and school personnel have a shared responsibility in the development and execution of the PTP during high school. The elements are:

  • goal attainment
  • identification of available resources
  • evidence to support the plan of action taken
  • self-evaluation component

Guidelines: Understanding that each high school is provided the latitude to implement the PTP for each student, the following guidelines were developed:

  • A PTP should be initiated as each student enters into high school.
  • The PTP should be reviewed periodically by the student, school staff member, and parent to ensure that the student is meeting the elements of the PTP.

As a guide, these Career Technical Education Model benchmarks were developed for students by grade levels:

9th Grade:

  • Evaluate potential career choices in relation to personal interests, strengths and values
  • Assess the compensation, lifestyle, and other benefits associated with careers of interest
  • Develop individual education and career goals
  • Develop career portfolio that documents evidence of progress toward the attainment of personal, educational, and career goals

10th Grade:

  • Evaluate potential career choices in relation to personal interests, strengths, and values
  • Assess the compensation, lifestyle, and other benefits associated with careers of interest
  • Analyze individual education and career goals
  • Assess career portfolio that documents evidence of progress toward the attainment of personal, educational, and career goals

11th Grade:

  • Evaluate potential career choices in relation to personal interests, strengths, and values
  • Assess the compensation, lifestyle, and other benefits associated with careers of interest
  • Analyze individual education and career goals
  • Analyze the demographic, geographic, and technological trends that affect work opportunities
  • Assess career portfolio that documents evidence of progress toward the attainment of personal, educational, and career goals
  • Prepare for the job interview process

12th Grade:

  • Finalize Personal Statement*
  • Complete Career Portfolio*
  • Complete Professional Resume*
  • Complete Post Secondary Plan*
  • Exposure to various entrance tests (post-secondary, work, etc.)

(*Required)

Awarding of Credit: 0.50 credit shall be issued at the end of the first semester of the terminal year and noted on the student’s official transcript as either credit or no credit for meeting the elements of the PTP.

 

ePortfolio

The ePortfolio​​ is a secure web environment that enables students to manage and collect their work over time as evidence of what they have learned, care about and are able to do. Upon graduation, students will be able to download their ePortfolio in digital format to include in their resume or college application. Schools may use the ePortfolio system, traditional paper/folder portfolios, or purchase their own electronic portfolio system.

Senior Project

Beginning with the graduating class of 2016, one of the six credit electives for graduation may include 1.0 elective credit for the Senior Project. The essential components of the senior project are:

  • Research Paper
  • Project (career focus, service learning or student personal interest)
  • Project Portfolio
  • Presentation to a panel

For more information see your school counselor.

GEAR UP Hawaii

Our partners at Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education help to manage the State of Hawaii’s GEAR UP grant. GEAR UP Hawaii is a $22 million, seven-year matching grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education (2011-18) with the mission to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college. The program is made up of a consortium of partners including the Department, the University of Hawaii System and community partners. Between 2011 and 2018, GEAR UP Hawaii will provide services to nearly 21,000 students statewide. The program inspires hope and improves futures by increasing Hawaii students’ access to and success in higher education. Connections to local college resources are also available.

My Future Hawaii

This college/career search tool​ is available to students, parents and adult learners with a simple registration process. It’s a joint project of the Department, the University of Hawaii and P-20 Partnerships for Education.

  • Plan for life after high school.
  • Explore 2-year and 4-year college and training programs.
  • Learn about financial aid, search for scholarships and calculate college costs.
  • Connect with employers and career opportunities.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Going to college? Click here to help you find financial resources you may need for college.

Click on college-enrollment.com to help you find high school competitions in Hawaii that will facilitate college applications and scholarships.