Middle School

Middle School Students

Calling all aspiring healthcare superheroes! Did you know that it’s never too early to start thinking about your future? If you’re interested in a healthcare career, now is the perfect time to start exploring your passions and building a strong foundation. Take science and math classes, volunteer in your community, and use Healthcare Career Central to explore all the ways you can get started.

Educational Resources for Middle School


6th Grade

Know Your Learning Style

Is it easier for you to understand information by seeing, hearing, or doing? Talk to your teacher if you have any difficulties in class.

Do Your Homework

This is how you practice what you’ve learned

Find an Activity You Love

Try getting involved in clubs and after-school activities such as music or sports.

6th Grade

7th Grade

Start looking at career options that you like!

Don’t be scared to begin exploring what you want to be one day.

Focus on Making Good Grades

Keep good study habits that you can take with you to high school.

7th Grade

8th Grade

Prepare for Highschool

Start thinking more seriously about education beyond high school and what you need to do to prepare.

Talk to your parents or school counselor about how the high school courses you take, your future educational plans, and dreams for your career fit together.

Consider Taking Advanced Classes

This will help challenge yourself and prepare for college.

8th Grade

Choosing a High School Graduation Path

In the initial two years of high school, it’s essential for students to strengthen their knowledge and skills from earlier grades. All 9th and 10th grade students will engage in core academic classes to make progress towards earning a diploma. After completing their 10th grade year, students have the exciting option to pursue either the Jump Start TOPS Tech Pathway or the TOPS University Pathway, and they even have the choice to explore both pathways. Decisions regarding which pathway to follow are made with the support of counseling and guidance, based on the student’s interests, abilities, and aspirations. 

TOPS University Pathway

The Louisiana TOPS University Pathway is a state-funded scholarship program designed to assist eligible high school graduates in pursuing higher education at a Louisiana public college or university. To qualify, students must meet specific academic requirements during high school, which typically include maintaining a minimum GPA, achieving certain standardized test scores (e.g., ACT or SAT), and completing a specific number of core academic courses. If students meet the eligibility criteria and enroll in an eligible Louisiana public college or university, the TOPS scholarship will cover a portion of their tuition and mandatory fees. This program aims to make higher education more accessible and affordable for Louisiana students, encouraging them to pursue their academic goals and contribute to the state’s workforce and economy.

Jump Start Pathway

Jump Start is a cutting-edge career and technical education (CTE) program in Louisiana, designed to provide high school students an unique opportunity to prepare for their future career while still in school. It’s an elective path, which means you can choose to be part of this program if you’re interested. Jump Start will equip students with essential skills and knowledge, setting them up for success as they transition into adulthood and continue their education after high school. Moreover, the program offers students the chance to earn valuable certifications in high-demand job sectors. Think of it as a head start on your career! The best part is that schools give Jump Start the same recognition as top academic achievements, making it a fantastic chance for students to excel and have a bright and promising future ahead. 

Want More Information on TOPS University Pathway or Jump Start Pathway?
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