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Venice High School. Quick Guide for Seniors. Contents. High school graduation checklist What are my post-grad options? Testing info Websites and resources Admissions timetable How to ask a counselor for a letter of recommendation Surviving admissions stress.

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venice high school
Venice High School

Quick Guide for

Seniors

contents
Contents
  • High school graduation checklist
  • What are my post-grad options?
  • Testing info
  • Websites and resources
  • Admissions timetable
  • How to ask a counselor for a letter of recommendation
  • Surviving admissions stress
vhs graduation checklist
VHS Graduation Checklist
  • Credits: 55= 10th grader, 110 = 11th grader, 170 = 12th grader, 230 = graduate.
  • CAHSEE: a score of 350 is needed to pass each section – Math and English
  • Classes: Core classes and electives
  • Computer Literacy: computer class taken in 6th grade through 12th grade or a competency test.
  • Class Project: A service learning project during 11th or 12 grade. This is usually completed in a history class.
vhs requirements to participate in graduation ceremony
VHS Requirements to participate in Graduation Ceremony
  • Community Service: 10 hours for each year the student has attended Venice High. Four years = 40 hours.
  • Career Portfolio: A senior portfolio of work. This includes documents such as a resume and letters of recommendation.
  • Paperwork is processed by VHS staff.
know your post grad options
Know your post-grad options
  • Community College (www.cccco.edu)$1,000/year
    • -Economical, Transfer Agreement Contracts available, certificate programs
  • Vocational/Tech Schools, cost varies
    • -Practical training for specific jobs, Certificate programs, short term
  • California State University (www.csumentor.edu)
    • -$8820-$17,462/year
    • -Focus on teaching, classes taught by professors
    • -Goal to offer admission to top 33% of CA grads
  • University of California (www.universityofcalifornia.edu)
    • -$20,000-$22,800/year
    • -Focus on research and preparing students for grad school
    • -Goal to offer admission to top 12% of CA grads, ELC program top 4%
  • Private Schools, $23,000-$50,000/year
    • -Vary in size, selectivity, location, cost, etc.
  • Out-of-state public schools, out-of-state tuition fees
california state university
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Chico
  • San Diego*
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo*
  • Sonoma*
  • Long Beach*
  • Fullerton*
  • Channel Islands
  • Fresno
  • Humboldt
  • Cal Maritime Academy
  • Monterey Bay
  • Cal Poly Pomona*
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • San Marcos
  • Stanislaus
  • Bakersfield
  • Dominguez Hills
  • Los Angeles
  • East Bay
  • Northridge
  • San Bernardino
  • *Impacted campuses- higher index
california state university7
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Eligibility Index
  • -GPA X 800 + SAT (V&M)
  • -2900 is min eligibility for non-impacted campuses
  • SAT code: 3594 for all campuses
  • Apply for housing ASAP
  • Some campuses require transcript w/application
    • -(wait for them to request)
  • CSU will not be using the writing portion of SAT
  • Oct SAT test date last date for LB, CPSLO & SD
  • Rolling admissions
  • Re-routing option
  • Sign up for CSU mentor email
  • Admission status check (562)985-2500
university of california
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
  • Berkeley
  • Davis
  • Irvine
  • Los Angeles
  • Merced
  • Riverside
  • San Diego
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
  • Eligibility calculator
    • www.universityofcalifornia.edu/
  • Eligibility vs. Selectivity
    • UCB/UCLA 50% of 4.0 students are denied admission
  • Comprehensive Review
  • Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC)
  • Apply broadly
  • No letters of recommendation required
  • Transcript not required w/ application
csu and university of california requirements
CSU and University of California Requirements:

*must have grade of C- or better

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CSU and University of California Requirements:

*MUST EARN GRADES OF C OR BETTER IN ALL CLASSES

private and out of state
PRIVATE AND OUT-OF-STATE
  • Requirements vary
  • Deadlines vary
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • -Counselor recommendation
      • Student statement
    • -Teacher recommendation
  • Official transcripts required
  • Early Action, Early Decision
  • Rolling admission
what counts most with admissions directors
What counts most with Admissions Directors?
  • Grades in college prep courses
  • Admissions test scores
  • Grades in all subjects
  • Senior year classes
  • Class rank
  • Essay/personal statement
  • Work/extra curricular activities
  • Counselor recommendation
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Interview
  • Ability to pay
test info
TEST INFO
  • SAT Reasoning Test
    • www.collegeboard.com
  • ACT
    • www.actstudent.org
  • SAT Subject tests (UC requires 2 tests in 2 different subjects)
      • Literature
      • Foreign Language
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Physics
      • US History
      • World History
      • Math 2
responsibilities
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • STUDENT- set priorities, research colleges, request letters of recommendation, organize, fill out applications, write personal statements, contact w/admissions offices
  • PARENTS- ‘coach not quarterback’, gives input, write checks
  • COUNSELOR- gives input and guidance, letter of recommendation, sounding board
counseling office hours
COUNSELING OFFICE HOURS
  • The counseling office is open Monday through Friday from

7:50 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Please feel free to call or make an appointment.
  • The counseling office telephone number is

310/577-4316

counseling contacts
COUNSELING CONTACTS
  • Mr. Zarate… A-F & CASAA
    • (310) 577-4324
  • Ms. Cleary… G-K & 9th Grade Magnet
    • (310) 577-4325
  • Mrs. Goodwin… L-M & BBFA
    • (310) 577-4303
  • Ms. Talley… N-S & ESL
    • (310) 577-4271
counseling office contacts continued
Counseling Office Contacts continued
  • Mrs. Roche-Blair… T-Z, NMA, & AVID
    • (310) 577-4313
  • Ms. Sturgeon… 10th – 12th Grade Magnet
    • (310) 577-4312
  • Ms. Davis… Credit Recovery Program
    • (310) 577-4308
  • Ms. Reyes… College Counselor
    • (310) 577-4306
  • Ms. Cohen… Work Experience Coordinator  
    • (310) 577-4332
websites resources
WEBSITES & RESOURCES

University of California www.universityofcalifornia.edu

California State Universities www.csumentor.edu

California Community website: www.cccco.edu

NCAA Clearinghouse: www.ncaaclearinghouse.net

The Common Application www.commonapp.org

Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.ed.gov 

College Planning Websites:

www.mycollegeoptions.com

www.princetonreview.com

www.myroad.com   (Free if you take the PSAT)

Financial Aid Search: www.fastweb.com

admissions time table
ADMISSIONS TIME TABLE
  • Grade 12- Senior Year
  • Sept/October
  • Take (or retake) SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests (Oct. is last acceptable test date for many early action/early decision schools)
  • Finalize list of colleges (6-10) .
  • Review online applications or request paper application.
  • Work on college essays
  • See counselor and teachers early for recommendations
  • See college reps in the College/Career center
  • Keep an eye out for scholarship applications
  • Complete CSS profile at www.collegeboard.com ( Opens on Oct 1 and it’s required by many private colleges for financial aid consideration)
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ADMISSIONS TIME TABLE
  • Grade 12- Senior Year
  • Nov/Dec
  • Take any remaining planned SAT or ACT tests
  • Complete UC and CSU Applications by Nov 30.
  • Have test scores sent to colleges/NCAA directly from testing company.
  • Complete all applications by Dec 20 and enjoy winter break!
  • Keep an eye out for scholarship applications
  • January
  • Fill out FAFSA (January 2 – March 2 )
  • Keep grades up!
  • Do not drop classes. A college application is a contract.
  • Keep looking for those scholarship opportunities!
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ADMISSIONS TIME TABLE
  • Grade 12- Senior Year
  • February
    • request transcripts for Mid-year reports by Feb. 15
  • March/April
    • Acceptances start coming!
    • apply for housing—maybe even before acceptance
  • May
    • May 1 SIR = Student Intent to Register– confirm admission and sign up for orientation.
    • Arrange to take any necessary placement exams for English and math classes.
    • Request that a final transcript be sent after graduation.
letters of recommendation
Letters of Recommendation

Students need to provide counselors with

  • Student Brag sheet, including activities and awards

-- Brag Sheet

  • Copy of essay(s)
  • Transcript release form
  • email request from Common app or other on-line application program.
  • Stamped, addressed envelope for each college
  • School report forms or other forms that counselors need to fill out
  • list of schools and due dates.

Teachers will want similar information.

UC and Cal State campuses do not require letters or recommendation.

the essay
The Essay

Essays should be

  • Personal: The essay written in the student’s own voice. It should be about something that is personally important.
  • Concise: Every word counts! Every sentence should add information and meaning.
  • Specific: Use examples. Don’t use the word “everything” when you could list 2 or 3 specific things.
  • Connect specific events to a larger theme
surviving the admissions frenzy
SURVIVING THE ADMISSIONS FRENZY
  • Make sure your measures of success are not dependent on things outside your control
  • Be organized
  • Work together
  • Keep communicating
remember
REMEMBER:
  • “College is a match to be made-not a prize to be won!”