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    Naviance: An Online College and Career Planning Tool

    Naviance will be available to all 8th through 12th grade Seattle Public Schools students and their families beginning Fall 2018. With Naviance, students can explore colleges and career paths, analyze skills and talents with career and personality assessments and help stay on track to reach academic goals. Naviance fosters post-high school planning communication and collaboration for students, counselors and families.

    When and How Students Can Access Naviance

    • The projected first day that students can log into Naviance is Mon., Sept. 24, 2018.
    • Students will access Naviance through the district’s student portal.
    • Counselors will deliver classroom lessons throughout the school year to support students with exploring Naviance.

    Student Benefits

    Naviance helps students plan for life after high school by giving them the opportunity to:

    • Explore college possibilities and career fields
    • Create a 4-year course plan and stay on track for high school graduation
    • Understand financial options for college including scholarship search
    • Identify best-fit colleges, college majors and careers fields
    • Develop resumes and portfolios for job and college applications including their transcript and letters of recommendation from teachers

    Family Benefits

    Naviance helps families plan for life after their student's graduation by giving them the opportunity to:

    • Research career and college possibilities with your student
    • Help your student take ownership of college and career planning process
    • Help your student examine their strengths, interests and goals
    • Explore financial options for college including scholarship search and financial aid information
    • Stay up-to-date on time sensitive dates

    Watch an overview of Naviance:

    Regional Community Meetings

    A series of community informational meetings were held the first two weeks of September 2018 to share what Naviance is, how it works and what steps are being taken to protect data and student privacy. You can view the presentation here.

    How Students Log into Naviance

    Available at the end of September 2018, students in 8th through 12th grade can log into Naviance through the Seattle Public Schools’ student portal. Counselors will introduce Naviance tools to students during the school day.

    Student Data and Opt Out Information

    The district thoroughly vetted Naviance’s policies and practices with respect to preserving data security and student privacy. Families can still choose to opt their students out of using this tool. Read more about Naviance’s commitment to data security and student privacy.

    For students to utilize the college application support tools in Naviance, some student demographic and academic records need to be shared. This may include gender, ethnicity, and transcripts. Students will also have the opportunity to add information about themselves when developing their high school and beyond plan and using other college and career exploratory resources within the Naviance tool.

    Seattle Public Schools will be using Naviance to deliver high school and beyond plan lessons in grades 8-12. The high school and beyond plan is a graduation requirement. By opting out of Naviance, your student will be opting out of this curriculum and will be given an alternative activity to meet the high school and beyond plan graduation requirement. Please note the alternative activity will be limited to the minimum requirements for Washington state.

    Opt-Out Window

    The first opt out window for Fall 2018 was open from June 4 until June 22, 2018.

    A second window will open September 4 through September 19. Once the second opt-out window opens, parents and guardians can opt out their 8th - 12th grade student out of Naviance by updating your preferences in the Source.

    Families of students in grades 6 and 7 will be notified in December 2018 about the January 2019 opt out window.

    What happens if a family misses the opt-out window?

    The opt out window will open annually in the fall. If a family misses this window, they can contact the SPS Naviance team at  to opt out.

    If you need a way to opt out other than through the Source, please call 206-743-3600 or email and we will provide an alternate accommodation for you.

    Read about how to set up a Source account.

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