Students must take either the SAT or the ACT in order to be considered for a 4-year university or college. If students plan to attend a community college first, these exams are not required.

Please plan for these appropriately and follow proper timelines. Most 11th graders start their school year by taking the PSAT administered in October.

Most students take the official SAT or ACT in the spring semester of their junior year. It is important to have as much math and English completed prior to taking these exams.

The best way to prepare for these exams is to work hard and perform well in your current subject areas. The curriculum taught is your key to success!

Private schools and out-of-state schools may have different requirements for testing. Please check with each school individually.

The UC system no longer requires the SAT Subject Tests. However, there are some majors that are highly impacted and therefore strongly recommend students take the SAT Subject Tests. Check with each college individually or talk to your counselor to see if you should take the Subject Tests. The SAT Reasoning and/or ACT with Writing are still required.

Find more information at www.collegeboard.com for the SAT and www.act.org for the ACT.

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Planning for college can be both exciting and stressful. As many students are trying to figure out which college best suits their needs, parents are also trying to figure out finances and how this major change will shift the dynamics in the family. With so many options and tremendous competition, it's natural for students to feel intimidated and overwhelmed. Hopefully, the workshops we provide to students during the fall and the resources you will find on this page will prove to be helpful in your journey. In addition, we encourage students to please visit with their counselor to discuss college requirements and make sure they are on track to apply to the college of their choice. Once this is determined, a meeting with Mrs. Grimm (Career Center Coordinator) would be a great way to research everything higher education has to offer. We wish you the best of luck in this journey and look forward to helping you reach your goals!



We are aware your senior year is meant to be memorable, exciting, and fun! We wish for you to experience all of these emotions, but we also know how stressful and time consuming it is to figure out plans after graduation. The key is to stay on top of your responsibilities in class and set mini goals when applying to colleges and for scholarships / financial aid. Remember these deadlines and do not get caught completing applications at the last minute! Rushing through a college application is not the best way to make a good impression. Write these dates down and set a timeline for yourself! Good luck!


CSU Application deadline: You may begin filling out your application on October 1, 2014. You MUST complete your application by  November 30, 2014.

UC Application deadline:  You may begin filling out your application on August 1, 2014. The filing period is between November 1 and November 30, 2014.

Private School Application deadline:  These dates vary, so please check with each school individually.

FAFSA deadline:  You may begin filling out your application on January 1, 2015. You MUST complete your application by March 2, 2015 for the state of California. Please note some colleges have an EARLIER DEADLINE. Verify with each college you plan to apply to. The deadlines for out-of-state colleges are different so check the college's website.

Scholarship deadlines:  Scholarships come throughout the entire school year. Stay up-to-date by checking Family Connection.


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