AP v. IB courses: A guide

By Hojoon Sung One question you may face as you enter high school is whether it’s better to take AP courses or enroll in an IB program. AP, or Advanced Placement, is similar in concept...

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Standing up for yourself: The importance of self-advocacy

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By Summer Pease One thing I wish I learned earlier in life was advocating for myself. To give some context, I just moved across the country from Washington state to go to college at NC...

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My First Argument

By Hojoon Sung The first argument I had with my mother took place at what would become my favorite cafe in the city. There, sitting by the window with the sun streaming in, my laptop’s...

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Ways to Gain Skills Through Opportunities in High School

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Hi Everyone! My name is Helîn. I am a 2023-24 Ready WA Storyteller, and I wanted to share my thoughts and experience about the value of extracurricular activities. When I started high school during the...

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Tool: Family Conversations about the Future

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This tool provides guidance for families to have conversations about students' plans after high school. It was co-created with a small group of parents and students representing various ethnicities and languages. The tool is available...

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Options HS seniors reflect about their college + career plans

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Teaching, dental hygiene, HVAC, and psychology are just a sampling of the future career aspirations of recently graduated seniors in Joe Wooding’s AVID class at Options High School in Bellingham. Graduates will move on to...

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