Jan. 19 begins High School Choice Awareness Week for eighth-graders in Dallas ISD. Photo courtesy of Dallas ISD.

This week, eighth-graders in Dallas ISD will be participating in High School Choice Awareness Week. 

Throughout the week, the students will learn about which high schools might be best for them, based on their interests and career goals. 

“We are excited to work with our eighth graders to identify which of our incredible high schools is perfect for them,” said Angie Gaylord, DISD’s deputy chief of the Office of Transformation and Innovation, in a DISD article.  

On Jan. 19, the eighth-graders will complete the “Find Your Path” assessment and the “Would You Rather” survey. These will give the students suggestions about which careers and college majors they might consider pursuing. The “Find Your Path” is based on the students’ personalities, and the survey uses their hobbies to make recommendations. 

The next day, the students will learn about DISD high schools that complement their career interests.

During the week, the eighth-graders will also learn about next steps, including how to apply or express interest in a DISD high school that’s best for them.

In June, DISD launched the School Finder, an online tool that helps families locate schools near them as well as schools that specialize in certain academic or professional fields.