The Basics - TOPS And Jumpstart

Louisiana has two main graduation pathways for all students, including those with disabilities.

Each pathway has its own set of requirements. Your IEP Team can help you and your child decide which is best.

TOPS University Pathway

  • The traditional high school pathway

  • Prepares students to go on to a 4-year college

Jump Start Career (or TOPS Tech) Pathway

  • Prepares students for a technical or community college AND trains them for a specific career

  • Students will get a diploma and one or more "Credentials" for a certain type of job

You may also hear about the Alternate Assessment/LEAP Connect or April Dunn Act (Act833) pathways, which are part of Jumpstart.