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College Prep

The mission of the SST High School Counseling Program is to lead all students to achieve college and career readiness standards so that they graduate college-ready and inspired to actively pursue postsecondary opportunities.

SST High School Counseling Program

Through our college and career guidance program, all students will be challenged to explore their passions, interests, and talents leading to continued growth and engagement. As a result, all students will be able to identify personal strengths that can be applied to achieve their academic, career, and personal/social goals.

SST High School Counseling Program Beliefs:

  • All students have significance and worth
  • All students – regardless of ability, age, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation-shall have equal access to all services (academic, career, and personal/social) provided by the counseling program and the school.
  • With a comprehensive college and career guidance program and the right social and emotional support, all students can achieve outstanding results and graduate high school ready for both college and a career.


College Prep Coursework

SST students will attain skills and abilities that are necessary to be successful in college and beyond through the following components:

Rigorous Curriculum

SST offers rigorous and relevant coursework with a heavy emphasis on STEM courses that are designed to prepare students for college and beyond.

College-Geared Coursework (4X4 Plan)

SST’s high school program is designed to ensure acceptance, enrollment, and success in four-year colleges/universities and requires the 4X4 course-be-credit plan for all students. Students are expected to successfully complete four full-year courses in each of the four core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

6-year Academic Plan

Through partnerships with higher education institutions and college preparatory programs, SST is committed that students not only successfully graduate from high school but also move ahead with their college degree plans by completing their college core curriculum requirements while in high school. The 6-year Academic Plan aims to help students create individualized academic pathways where they are able to integrate the first 2-years of their desired college degree plans into their high school graduation plan and graduate with up to 42 college credit hours.

College and Career Counseling Support

Our goals are to guide every SST student achieving his or her postsecondary goals and aspirations. College and Career counselors provide individualized student support in the six areas of college and career readiness:

  • Personal and Social Readiness
  • Academic Readiness
  • Career Readiness
  • College Admissions
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship
  • College Readiness and Transition


College Readiness Monitoring

SST implements College Board’s College Readiness Benchmarks, College Standardized Assessments (SAT, ACT) and Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessments to track the college readiness of students. Students who meet minimum college readiness scores on these assessments are considered college-ready and will be eligible to directly enroll in college-level coursework.