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Resources: Standards, Career and Graduation, & Academic Success


The goal of a school counselor is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students in the most efficient way possible. The standards below are the foundational guidelines for School Counselors nationwide, and statewide. 

Careers and Graduation

HMS does not want you to have any surprises when your student finally becomes a senior. Know what is required by the State of the Texas to graduate and receive a diploma. By clicking the link above you will have access to very detailed requirements. Below is a brief overview. 
  • A student must have an endorsement - 26 credits are required to earn an endorsement. 
  • A student must earn at least 22 credits to complete the Foundation High School Program.
    • Mathematics--three credits. 
    • English language arts--four credits.
    • Science--three credits.
    • Social studies--three credits.
    • Languages other than English (LOTE)--two credits.
    • Physical education--one credit.
    • Fine arts--one credit.
    • Elective courses--five credits.  

Below are links to different websites and resources that benefit students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders. 

Xello is an online program that helps you create a successful future through self-knowledge, exploration, and planning. It using quizzes and your personal preferences to guide you.
We are going to be using Xello to create a profile for each of you that will help you decide what classes to take, and what endorsement you should choose when you get to high school.
Additionally, here is a link for directions on how to best use Xello. 
Women are greatly underrepresented in the field of engineering. This site hopes to bring national attention to this large deficit. This is a free resource for girls to use to understand the basics of engineering, the different types of engineers, and different schools that offer programs for aspiring engineers. This website is sponsored by Chevron, Oracle, and The Kenan Institute. The desire is to acquire a more diverse work place amongst engineers.
There is a growing demand for skilled workers in our country. (Business Facilities, 2018). Not everyone is made for college, and opportunities to explore careers that do not require a college degree are essential to maintaining an effective workforce in our economy. Knowing where there are job openings that are also in high demand allows students to make better choices on where to place their focus while building skills in school.
 In 2008 and 2009 research revealed that 24% of students did not finish their degrees within six years, and 42% of college students were seen as “unprepared” by their college professors (Curry & Milsom, 2017). In order for students to have a better idea about what college will really be like, and stay motivated to finish school, students must be better informed while they are in still in high school. They have to be reached before they select a random major they know nothing about, or continue to take classes that will not help them complete their graduation plan because they do not know what they really want to do. By informing students about their own desires, learning styles, and equipping them to do well in the areas required for admission (SAT, ACT, Grades), they are more likely to be prepared and graduate in a reasonable amount of time.