• Spend the time you have helping your student use the resource list we have provided to explore their interests, ambitions, and options. We don’t have time for that in the short counselor meeting. Your student must come prepared.
  • If you find the resources overwhelming, suggest that your student start with an appointment with our College & Career Advisor, Fabian Rios, who can help them create a plan for exploration.
  • Focus research and discussions on areas of passion and interest. Students must explore how they can couple what motivates them with a career path that will support the lifestyle they want.
    • We need our students to understand the resources. Please sit down with them and use the tools we provided for these family conversations. Help your student think critically about what they want in their future.
    • We need families to help students think about where they want to end up (for example, what field, what college, what career, what country, what passion, etc.).
    • Teenagers have immature brains, even the most capable ones lack an adult’s capacity for long-range visualization and planning. You may have to help your student find examples or people to talk to who can help them “see” their future. Or send them to our College & Career Advisor, especially if college is not their plan.
    • We care about your student’s ambitions. We will help them work steadily toward them. That is the role of our guidance counselors.


The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.