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  1. Link to the counseling page above.
  2. Link to online scheduler.
  3. Complete information.
  4. Print your appointment as your pass to counseling office.
  5. Come in during your appointment time!


For private colleges: Please order your final transcript.  To do so, fill out the middle section of your pink transcript request card.  Write in the name of the school that you will be attending, and check the box for either electronic transcript (Common app) or hard copy (please bring in stamped, addressed envelope).


For UC's, CSU's and other colleges:  Please order a hard copy of your final transcript.  Write in the name of the school you wil be attending and provide a stamped, addressed envelope.


To report SAT/ACT scores: Send scores to one UC and they will share it with others. CSU: 3594 code reports to all CSUs



Graduation will be on June 8. You need to be at the North Gym by 6:30 pm.  We will get everyone into their lines and start the procession by 7:30 pm.  There is a Mandatory graduation practice the morning of the 8th on the football field (starts at 8:30 am and runs about 2 hours).  You must attend practice to walk in the ceremony that evening.  I look forward to seeing all of the graduating seniors at graduation!




Please take some time this summer to think about your post high school future.  If you will be applying to colleges next fall, take a look at the application checklist in my locker and use it to help plan for next year.


UC Admissions Profiles: 



CSU Campus Facts: www.calstate.edu/apply  (effective June 1, 2017)


To report SAT/ACT scores: Send scores to one UC and they will share it with others. CSU: 3594 code reports to all CSUs



Take advantage of the Naviance program.  You can use this program to search colleges and careers.  Please see me if you do not remember your log in information.


Junior year is a great time to visit colleges, take the SAT or ACT, and prepare for applying to colleges in your senior year.  It is also a good opportunity to meet with me to make sure you are on track to graduate and meet college eligibility, answer college questions, and prepare for your future after high school.



2017-2018 UC Application Prompts


UC has replaced the personal statement prompts with short-answer questions that students can choose from.  These  personal insight questions aim to give applicants a greater say in the kind of information they share with the University.  Students can express who they are and what matters to them not only in how they respond to the questions but also through the questions they choose to answer.


You will have 8 (eight) questions to choose from.  You must respond to only 4 (four) of the 8 (eight) questions.  Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.


All questions will have equal value in the admissions selections process.  For applicants, there is no advantage or disadvantage to choosing certain questions over others.

  1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolved disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
  2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few.  Describe how you express your creative side.
  3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
  4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity  or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
  5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge.  How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
  6. Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it influenced you.
  7. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place? 
  8. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?




2017-2018 Common Application Prompts


The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice.  What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores?


Choose one of the following essay prompts.  The essay length must be capped at 650 words.  


The essay prompts are as follows:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it.  If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure.  How did it affect your, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted your thinking?  What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve.  It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale.  Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identity a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time.  Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice.  It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.



Please make an appointment if you haven't already. I would like to meet you and get to know you!     :)