By the time students make it to the 10th grade, they’ve hopefully made some friends and are starting to relax into the high school routine. With all the attention paid to classes, activities, family and friends, it can be hard to think ahead about the future after high school.

But 10th grade is a great time to keep focus on college and career readiness so students can choose the classes that prepare them for their long-range goals. This is the time to seek out summer opportunities, take practice exams and explore potential careers. 10th grade is also the last opportunity for students to choose one of the five endorsement areas that align with their interests.

The college and career path strategies and resources below are a great way to make sure your student is inspired and motivated to succeed after high school.

Planning for College

BUILD a College Resume

LEARN about Colleges and Degree Programs

PREPARE for College Now

Preparing for a Career

EXPLORE Career Options

PLAN a Course of Study

EXPLORE Career-based Opportunities

Questions to ask your School Counselor


How can I prepare to take the PSAT, the TSI and ACT exams?


How do I sign up to take the PSAT, the TSI and/or ACT Aspire exam?


How do I change my endorsement?


What other college credit and career prep classes can I take in 11th and 12th grade? How should I prepare for dual credit or Advance Placement courses?


What Career and Technical Education sequences are offered at my school that will lead to an industry-based certification or work-based learning opportunity?


What is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)?


When is the next opportunity to attend a college tour and learn about college and degree programs?


Where can I find information about local summer academic enrichment programs or programs to help me build career skills?

Online Resources for College and Career Planning

Own Your Own Future


The College Board

Federal Student Aid

Adventures in Education/TG

College for All Texans

Career Information

Launch My Career TX

My Next Move

Texas Career Check


Texas Reality Check


Career Investigation

Career Exploration

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