Napavine Jr. / Sr. High School has adopted a new program this year to meet the state’s High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) graduation requirement.  Navigation 101 is a state developed guidance and life planning program for students in Grades 6-12.  Nav 101 is designed to help students make clear, careful, and individual choices for college and career readiness.  Lessons engage students in the areas of academic planning, course selection, goal setting, career exploration/ planning, and postsecondary transition, including admissions and financial aid.  Nav 101 offers several advantages for our students and school that contributed to its adoption.   

One reason for the change to Nav 101 is increased flexibility with credits required for graduation.  The state is transitioning to a 24 credit graduation requirement beginning with this year’s freshmen class.  Under the old HSBP process, NHS students did not receive semester credit as they met with an advisor once per month and completed a checklist of requirements that were kept in a portfolio.   Many schools have made adjustments in their schedule such as moving to a seven period day, trimester system, or alternate day block schedule to provide students the opportunity to earn more than 24 credits.  NHS staff preferred to maintain instructional time under the current 6 period day, semester schedule.  Students will meet with their Nav 101 advisor every week and follow a series of structured lessons at each grade level.   The increased time and structure of Nav 101 allows students to earn a quarter of a credit (0.125) each semester.  In turn, students have some added flexibility with 25 credits possible during their High School career.

Another reason for changing to Nav 101 was our desire to continue building and capitalizing on the positive school climate we have at NHS.  Research shows that intentionality in building community within schools and cultivating positive relationships between/among students and staff is strongly correlated with positive academic, emotional, and social growth.  Students are most successful when they feel connected and supported.  By having students meet in small groups with a teacher/advisor each week, we hope to increase each student’s sense of belonging and support.  We are a family and Nav 101 will nurture that.  

Finally, one of the measures of a successful school is college and career readiness.  Our goal is for our students to graduate and move on to postsecondary success in their chosen path.  Nav 101 is specifically designed to help students do just that.  I am excited that we have expanded our HSBP program to include Nav 101 for middle school students.  It is never to early to engage students in life skills and planning.   I appreciate our staff who have accepted the challenge of administering a new program for the benefit our students.  We owe our staff a huge thank you for all they do for our children!  

I encourage you to speak with your child to learn more about what they are doing in Nav each week.  More information about Navigation 101, can be found at: http://www.k12.wa.us/SecondaryEducation/CareerCollegeReadiness/FAQ.aspx

Note:  Students in grades 10-12 who had begun their HSBP under the old system or in a different school will complete the remainder of the HSBP requirement using Nav 101.  HSBP components previously completed will be saved and counted toward the graduation requirement.  Students missing previous components (indicated by a Failing semester grade) will be required to complete those components under the old format.

Nav 101 lessons will be graded using a 4 point rubric (1 - does not meet standard, 2 - approaching standard, 3 - meets standard, 4 - exceeds standard).  A semester average of 3 is considered passing.  Students will be expected to make up any missed weekly assignments by attending a core session with their advisor.  Students will be allowed to edit or redo assignments not meeting standard.