• College & Career Readiness 


    AVID College Readiness System College & Career Readiness Framework

    No matter what post-secondary path high school graduates choose, students must develop certain essential skills to design their own futures: critical thinking, collaboration, reading, writing, and relationship building. The development of these skills is rooted in belief in self. If students believe they are capable, there is a foundational confidence to learn and a resiliency to overcome setbacks.

    When educators believe in students, learning and confidence are activated. With teacher support for developing a growth mindset and the academic skills they need for future success, students grow to see their capabilities and find their own way.

    The AVID College & Career Readiness Framework requires input from both students & teachers:

    What Students Do

    • Rigorous Academic Preparedness
      • Students possess necessary academic skills
      • Can successfully complete rigorous college & career preparatory curriculum
    • Opportunity Knowledge
      • Students engage in research opportunities
      • Set goals
      • Make choices that support long-term aspirations
      • Navigate transitions to the next level
    • Student Agency
      • Believe in & activate their own potential
      • Build Relationships
      • Persist through obstacles
      • Exercise their academic, social, emotional & professional knowledge & skills

    What Educators Do

    • Insist on Rigor
      • Provide learning experiences where every student is challenged & engaged
      • Develop a greater ownership in student learning through increasingly complex levels of understanding
    • Break Down Barriers
      • Champion equity
      • Actively seek out & eliminate educational barriers
    • Align the Work
      • Align their practices & beliefs to the common purpose of preparing all students for college & career readiness
      • Prepare students for long-term success in college, career & life
    • Advocate for Students
      • Consistently advocate for equity & access to challenging coursework for all
      • Help students find their voice & achieve their aspirations through creating strong relationships & providing appropriate guidance


     To learn more about AVID employs the College & Career Readiness framework in schools, please visit their website: AVID CCR

  • Conley's College & Career Readiness Skills

    David T. Conley, a professor of educational policy and leadership and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, defines college & career readiness through a set of strategies or things that students should be able to: 

    • Think (Key Cognitive Strategies)
      • Problem Solving
      • Research
      • Communication
      • Interpretation
      • Precision & Accuracy 
    • Know (Key Content Knowledge)
      • Structure of Knowledge
      • Challenge Level
      • Value
      • Attribution
      • Effort
    • Go (Key Transition Knowledge & Skills)
      • Postsecondary Awareness
      • Postsecondary Cost
      • Matriculation
      • Career Awareness
      • Role & Identity
      • Self-Advocacy
    • Act (Key Learning Skills & Techniques)
      • Ownership of Learning
      • Learning Techniques

     Conley says that these strategies are leearned during a student's K-12 career through note taking, goal setting, collaborative learning & use of technology among others.

  • Texas Higher Education Coordination Board College & Career Readiness Standards

    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has developed the Texas College & Career Readiness Standards in core content areas. These content based skills are the skills that THECB believes students need to master in order to be successful in an entry-level college course in Texas, whether it be a public or private college/university or technical school. 

    The Texas College & Career Readiness Standards

    The College & Career Readiness Standards underwent some revisions in the areas of ELA & Math. The revisions can be found by visiting the THECB Website



  • College 101

    The college-going process is multi-faceted & often complicated for many students & parents. Whether you are the oldest sibling & a first generation college student or the youngest sibling in a family iwth many college-going & college degreed people, the college application, testing & financial aid processes are complex & vary from school to school. It is our goal to try to make navigating that process, from figuring out where to go to turning in all of those required deposits, forms & shot records , easier for Cleburne ISD students & their families. 


    Below, you will find links to various websites & videos to assist in navigating the college-going process. These resources are designed to be accessed on an as needed basis (no need to read & watch it all today!) & will be posted here permanently so that you may access them at anytime. 


    If you have specific questions about the college-going process that you cannot find in the links below, please contact your student's CHS counselor via the  CHS Counselor Webpage:

  • Choosing a College

  • Planning for College

  • Visiting a College

  • Testing for College (PSAT, SAT, ACT, TSIA)

  • Applying to College

  • Automatic College Admission (Top 10%)

  • Writing College Essays & Getting College Recommendations

  • Paying for College

  • Going to College

  • College for Undocumented Students

  • Military 101


    Students choosing to serve their country by joining the military have many options between branches of the military in which they may join & opportunities in how they may enlist. The links below are designed to guide students & their families through the recruitment process. Students who are interested in joining the milatry are encouraged to speak to military recruiters as well as their families & their high school counselor to ensure that all of their graduation & enlistment requirements are met. 

    If you have questions about joining the military that are not answered in the links below, please contact your student's CHS counselor via the CHS Counselor webpage or contact the recruiter for the branch(es) in which you are interested in joining:

    Air Force

     605 N Nolan River Rd. Cleburne, TX 76031

    (817) 774-3280

    1-800-423-USAF (8723)


    1351 SW Wilshire Blvd #110 Burleson, TX 76028

    (817) 426-5854

     1-888-550-ARMY (2769)

    Coast Guard

     2240 Market Place Blvd Ste. 100 Irving, TX 75063

    (972) 506-3047

    Marine Corps

     605 N Nolan River Rd Cleburne, TX 76031

    (817) 558-6860

    1-800-MARINES (627-4637)


    605 N Nolan River Rd Cleburne, TX 76031

    (817) 645-6255

     1-800-USA-NAVY (872-6289)

  • Applying to a Service Academy

  • Testing for the Military (ASVAB)

  • Joining the Military

  • Career 101

    Many students choose to enter the workforce post high school graduation. Students wishing to enter the workforce upon graduating are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the various Career & Technical Education (CTE) oppotunities offered to them as students at Cleburne High School. CTE students have the opportunity to earn certifications in various career pathways while enrolled at CHS that will allow them to start their careers as soon as they graduate. For more information about the various CTE opportunities we provide please visit the CTE Webpage:

    Students wishing to enter the workforce upon graduation are also strongly encouraged to engage in career interest inventories to discover their strengths & interests prior to entering the workforce. The links below provide access to free,online career interest inventories. 

    Finally, students who plan to go to work after they graduate from Cleburne ISD are encouraged to create a resume based on their knowledge, skills & abilities prior to graduation. Stuents should also seek feedback on their resume from their teachers, counselors & other trusted adults. Students should also practice their interview skills prior to graduation. Several high school courses offer students the opportunity to practice their interview skills & students may also consult with their counselor in mock interviews & interview skills.