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  • PAY ATTENTION and respond immediately to all emails sent from colleges/universities that you’ve applied to!!!    Failure to do so, could cause your application to be dropped!
  • If you plan to attend a CSU, you may be required to enroll in a mandatory summer class called Early Start if you are NOT exempt based on your EAP or SAT/ACT scores. Please call your college assessment office and/or check your CSU portals and emails sent from the CSU college(s) you applied to for more information about what is needed.
  • UC WRITING EXAM: UC will notify you via letter, if you are required to take the Analytical Writing Placement Examination. If you are required to take the exam, the test and location will be stated in your letter. More information at
  • MAY 1st! If you have made a decision about where you are going to college next year, make sure you “accept” admission on your college portal and pay any housing deposits and/or enrollment fees required by May 1. You will also need to sign up for the earliest orientation dates to ensure the best pick of classes.
  • MJC NEW STUDENT DAYS:  Seniors, if you didn’t take advantage of Downey’s MJC application, assessment, orientation & advising workshops and you still plan to enroll at MJC in the summer/fall 2018, then you must now attend NEW STUDENT DAY.  NEW STUDENT DAY session will take place Saturday, April 14 and Saturday June 14 at 8:00am. There will be counselors, financial aid advisors and lots of help there to answer all of your questions. No cost to attend, no pre-registration required.  If you need further information about these sessions call (209) 575-6788
  • NAVIANCE: All seniors are required to take a Senior Exit Survey on Naviance in May before being cleared for graduation, so it’s a MUST that all seniors register for Naviance. To get started, stop by the career center to get your registration code and instructions from the Naviance Binder on the counter.
  • NAVIANCE: Seniors please make sure your college list (including MJC) is up to date on your Naviance Account (see Naviance link under “other information”).  Once you commit to attending a college for next year, set it as your attending college in Naviance.  This information is important data that has to be sent to the district office at the end of the year. 
  • CAL GRANTS: Wondering if your Cal Grant GPA has been received by the California Commission?  Now that you’ve filed a FAFSA, you can go on-line and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging on to Web Grants for Students and creating an account.  Once you’ve created an account, click on Cal Grant then click on Award Detail.  In addition to viewing the status of your Cal Grant, this secure site will also allow you to update your address, view payment history or report your college of attendance to the commission.
  • DORMS/HOUSING:  If you’re heading to a 4 year college or university, now is the time apply for housing and get your dorm or apartment situation in order!
  • GRADES:  Seniors need to continue to maintain a high level of academic performance.  Remember your acceptances are CONDITIONALY based upon the assumption you will pass all your A-G courses with a grade of C or higher.  IF you received a “D” in a core class as a final grade in the 1st semester or you changed an A-G class on your schedule, you MUST report it to the colleges you applied to as it may affect your admission status.
  • If you've been awarded a scholarship, it's important to bring a copy of any/all scholarship confirmations to Ms. Hammell in the career center.  Downey would be pleased to honor & recognize you at our Senior Awards program in the spring.
  • MIND YOUR MANNERS! Be sure to write a note of thank to the teachers and counselors who wrote your letters of recommendation.  Let them know the colleges you were accepted to and how much you appreciated their help.


  Juniors, what should you be doing NOW to prepare for college?
►Learn your Downey High School Code (052000) as you will need to know it for college entrance exams
►Keep earning high grades! When you begin to submit college applications, you will only have 9th-11th grades to submit, so this is the last year you’ll have to raise your GPA.
►Attend college fairs, college preview days and attend college rep visits scheduled on Downey’s campus throughout the year.
►Review your transcript NOW to be sure you are on track to meet A‐G college entrance requirements.  See your academic counselor for a copy of your transcript.  You may discover that you need to enroll in ESS or summer school, to repeat classes that you earned D’s/ F’s, or to enroll in a class needed for A-G college entrance requirements.
►Spring SAT/ACT is right around the corner.  Sign up to register NOW!!! (see SAT or ACT link).  Fee waivers are available, if you’re on free or reduced lunch program (see college counselor in the career center during your lunch hour).
►Juniors, selecting a college major may seem so far away, but it’s coming very quickly! Some colleges will ask you to declare a major on your application, and in many cases it can be quite difficult to change your major in college. Start doing some research now at

Quick checklist of A-G Requirements to attend CSU or UC: (all grades earned must be “C” or better) For more detailed information, see Downey A-G college checklist/worksheet link under “other information”.  See your academic counselor for a copy of your unofficial transcript.
4 years of CP English
3 years of Math (Algebra, Geometry, Advance Algebra or Secondary Math I, II, III)
2 years of Lab Science (CP Bio, CP Chem)
2 years of Social Studies (CP World History, CP US History)
2 years of SAME Foreign Language
1 year of Visual Performing Art (Art, Dance, Drama, Photo, Ceramics, Band, Music, Choir)
1 year of CP elective

JUNIORS—there are many universities that offer summer enrichment programs. I’ve listed a few below, but there are more out there. Simply attending a summer program doesn’t necessarily help you get into a competitive college, but the experiences you gain may improve your personal statement for the college application. If participating in a collegiate summer program doesn’t work out for you, be sure to expand your experiences locally during the summer. Basically: don’t sit around on social media and watch TV all summer!  Here’s a link providing general info about summer programs for high school students

●Oregon Private College Visit Week:  Juniors interested in any of the private colleges in Oregon may want to visit their campuses this summer. If you visit 4+ campuses, they will waive your college application fees next year. July 23—27, register at  

Internship programs for high school students:
UC Davis Pre-College program:
UC Davis Summer Opportunities for High Achieving Students:  
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies:
UCLA summer program:
UC Berkeley summer program:
UC Santa Barbara summer program:
Saint Mary’s summer program:
Santa Clara University: Young Scholars Program:
Santa Clara University: School of Engineering summer program:
Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP):
Yale’s Young Scholar summer program:
Duke University:
University of Chicago Summer Session for high school students:
►Bezos Scholars:
George Washington University Pre College Summer Program: Make the nation’s capital your classroom!
COSMOS is a four week summer program that focuses on the science and math field.  The program is taught by UC professors on UC campuses. To learn more and obtain additional information visit:
USC Summer Program: Students currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade will learn to balance challenging academic coursework with college life.  Visit  for more information.   
Coswell College Summer Program: If you dream about becoming an animator, game designer, entertainment engineer or sound designer, now is your chance to begin realizing that dream. Spend the summer building the skills you need to enter these highly-specialized, exciting career fields.  Visit:
Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP): Only students in 10th and 11th grade are eligible to apply.  All CLYLP high school programs are FREE to students. (Room and board, and transportation are included). To learn more visit:
Smithsonian Latino Center -Young Ambassadors Program (YAP): Yap is a college preparatory and leadership program that encourages Latino participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.  Selected students will participate in a weeklong all expenses paid interdisciplinary training seminar in Washington DC.  To learn more visit:
Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Program: Are you going to be a junior or senior in high school? If so, consider spending the summer with Carnegie Mellon and enroll in courses such as architecture, art/design, drama, music and game academy.  For more information visit:
Cornell University has a 3 and 6 week summer program.  Visit: for more information.
Boston University Summer Pre-College Summer Program: Experience college life in a number of fields of study. Visit for application and more information.
Harvard Summer School Secondary School Program: Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will have the opportunity to experience college life in a number of fields of study including those offered online as well.  Visit to learn more.
Marist Pre-College Summer Programs: Open to high school sophomores and juniors who want a taste of college life in NYC, both in the classroom and on campus.  Visit for more information and application (accepted on rolling/space available basis)
Barnard’s Pre-College Summer programs:  Junior and Senior girls will be challenged and stimulated while living and learning like a college student in NYC.  Visit to learn more.
Air Force Academy Program:  For students who will be graduating from high school between 2018 and 2022 register for Air Force Future Falcons Program.  For more information about this program and other opportunities available through the Air Force visit:
California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSA) is looking for talented teen artists, writers, and performers. To learn more about CSSSA summer program or obtain application forms and instructions, visit or call the Sacramento headquarters at (916) 229-5160.
Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars for Hispanic and Latino students, free of charge: 
Exploring College Options: Want to know more about Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, Stanford?  Then plan to attend a student/parent information session this spring.  For more details regarding dates, presentation locations, registration etc… visit /parent info spring sessions. RSVP
Asian Student Coalition Summer Institute:  This is an all expense paid summer program that helps students build networks in order to promote greater access to higher education for Southeast Asian youth.  To learn more email and download application at:


ATTENTION Parents of 9th, 10th & 11th grade students!
SAVE THE DATE: CSU Stanislaus plans to host a Parent Symposium titled "Coaching Your Child Towards Higher Education" on Saturday, March 24th from 8am-12pm. This FREE event is designed to empower parents with the knowledge necessary to guide their children towards college. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the college experts. A complimentary breakfast & door prizes will be provided so every parent is welcome.  RSVP by Friday, March 9th, as this will be a popular event & space is limited.  Parents can learn more about the event below and register at:

Scholarships: Scholarship season is upon us!  Research and apply for all the scholarships you can! Applying requires quite a bit of work on your part so follow their instructions and pay attention to deadlines. Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin on a regular basis for posting of monthly scholarships (see link under “Scholarships”) 

●Seniors: Were you one of the lucky ones to attend the Hanshaw Scholarship presentation given by Mr. Vidal?  If so, you must apply and upload your current transcript.  Once you’ve done this, bring a copy of your college acceptance letter to Ms. Hammell by Friday March 9th.   Late documents will NOT be accepted!

●MJC New Student Days:  Senior, if you didn’t take advantage of Downey’s MJC application, assessment, orientation & advising workshops and you plan to enroll at MJC in the summer/fall 2018, then you must now attend NEW STUENT DAY in order to register completely for MJC.  NEW STUDENT DAY session will take place Saturday, April 14, at 8:00 am and Saturday June 14 at 8:00am. There will be counselors, financial aid advisors and lots of help there to answer all of your questions. No cost to attend, no pre-registration required.  If you need further information about these sessions call (209)575-6788

●Seniors: Going to MJC & interested in receiving EOP services?  EOPS Orientation day is Saturday, March 10th at MJC east campus. Must RSVP to reserve your space. Lunch will be provided to those who attend.  To learn more, pick up info in the Career Center.

 ●Senior Awards Ceremony: Downey welcomes all students and parents to attend this special ceremony celebrating senior accomplishments.  Be sure to let the college counselor know of the scholarship(s) you received so you can be recognized on this day.  This event will be held in the Downey High School Auditorium on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 5:30.  SAVE the DATE!!!

●Sophomore PSAT10: Let your English teacher know NOW that you’re interested in taking the PSAT10. This exam will take place March 7th at 7:55 in Downey’s big gym. Modesto City Schools is paying for all sophomores who want to take the PSAT 10. Please report to the gym with your pencils and calculator.

●ASVAB Career Exploration Exam:  The ASVAB test is the most comprehensive, widely used multiple aptitude test in the world.  It includes an interest inventory and other activities and resources designed to help students explore the world of work and gain confidence in making career decisions. Check out the website at  Downey will host this free test on Friday, April 6th in room 1 (open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors).  To sign up, see Mr. Lankford in the career center.

●To All Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors:  University of Pacific (UOP is hosting a (WACAC) College Fair on Monday, April 30th.  More than 100 representatives from colleges across the US will be there.  College representatives will be at the fair to answer your questions about their schools and to recruit students. There will be a financial aid workshop, and general information session about the overall college application process in Spanish & English. This event is free and open to the public!!!  For more detailed information visit UOP website at It is strongly advised that students pre-register for the event.

●United States Military Academy – West Point: Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen!  USMA is looking for top exceptional students who stand out as strong academic performers, excellent athletes and having the highest level of personal/moral character.  If accepted you can receive a fully funded four year education including room & board, medical & dental care and a monthly salary.  Start early, start now if your goal it to attend USMA – West Point!!! Visit to request a brochure that explains how you can best prepare for applying to USMA.

●Junior Jump Start:  Spring SAT/ACT is right around the corner. It’s recommended juniors take it once in the spring of 11th grade and again in the fall of 12th grade.  Take them both, since the tests are different and you may find that you do better on one test.  Sign up to register NOW!!! (see SAT or ACT link).  Fee waivers are available, if you’re on free or reduced lunch program (see college counselor in the career center during your lunch hour).
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Research and apply for all the scholarships you can! Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin on a regular basis for posting of monthly scholarships!

Scholarship searching???  Naviance also has a great feature called “ Scholarship Search”.  Log into your Naviance account, click on “Colleges” tab, scroll down, then click on Scholarship Search.

Scholarship Tip:  Once you've decided what college you will attend in the fall, be sure to check out the scholarships that are being offered by the college/university you chose. The single largest source of scholarships comes for the colleges themselves.  Always check the financial aid/scholarship link at the websites of the colleges you want to attend.  It might make a difference in which college you choose.

Scholarship Tip:  Corporations or unions that your parents work for often sponsor scholarships for dependent children.  Ask your parents to check with their company or union to see if scholarships are offered through their workplace.

Check out  For a complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit
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Financial aid filing period for FAFSA closes March 2, 2018!!! If you haven’t already done so, APPLY NOW! Before starting the application, REMEMBER you and ONE parent need to each register for your FSA ID#. Watch following video for FSA ID# help: For help filling out the FAFSA app, watch the following video: Remember deadline to file your FAFSA is March 2, 2018. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Cal Grant GPA verification: Our school district office electronically submits GPA verifications for ALL seniors to the California Student Aid Commission. I’ve heard of graduates not receiving their Cal Grants because they failed to report a hyphenated last name or two last names. Be careful of ultimately it is your responsibility to make sure your legal name, address, birth date and other personal information on your transcript and PowerSchool account is accurate. If you discover an error, please notify the counseling office ASAP, otherwise the state may reject your FAFSA submission and you risk NOT qualifying for Financial Aid/Cal Grants. NOTE: IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THE SAME PERSONAL INFORMATION IS CORRECTLY POSTED ON BOTH YOUR COLLEGE & FAFSA APPLICATIONS!

Net Price Calculator:  Every college is now required to post a net price calculator on their website.  For each of the colleges you apply to, check out the net price calculator.  This is a great tool to help you and your family estimate the cost of attendance.

CSS Profile: Some private universities require that you fill out the CSS Profile instead of the FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.  It requires your parents’ financial information and must be updated every year. (CSU and UC do NOT require this form!). Please visit to see if your college requires this form and then check individual college websites for deadlines.


SAT & ACT Testing:  Seniors, you’re done with this! Juniors—it’s your turn!  Sign UP to register NOW!!! Oh and don’t forget to print your admission ticket and bring a photo I.D. to the test!

SAT Test Date:    March 10             May 5                  June 2
Register By:         February 9          April 6                   May 3

ACT Test Date:   February 10        April 14               June 9
Register By:         January 12          March 9               May 4

SAT Subject Tests:If applying to a UC, SAT Subject Tests are NO longer required, but recommended if you plan to major in math, science or engineering. The subject tests must be in different subject areas. If you choose Math as a subject test, it must be Level 2. To view which UC colleges are recommending subject tests visit:

What’s a good test score? Depends on where you are applying, what you’re major is, and how competitive the college is! Check out “scattergrams” on your Naviance account to see how your test scores compare to other students from Downey for each college you are interested in! 

Sending test scores: If you want your SAT scores sent to multiple CSU’s or UC's, all you have to do is enter one CSU or UC campus code when you register or include it on the answer sheet of your test and it will be sent to all 23 CSU campuses or all 9 UC campuses. ACT scores will have to be sent individually to each CSU/UC you applied to. NOTE:CSU’s will “Super Score” and take the highest math and reading SAT test score from multiple test dates. UC’s will ONLY take the highest SAT test score from one sitting.

AP testing:  Here's a question that often gets asked:  Will my AP test scores earn me college credits at every university?  Many UC and CSU campuses accept AP exam scores of 3, 4 or 5.  Some private colleges handle these scores differently.  It's strongly recommended you check individual college websites to determine how credit is awarded.  To view AP credit policies by universities, go to:


Athletes planning to participate in a Division 1 or Division 11 college sport, must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse (see NCAA link to register online). Interested students should start this process NO later than the spring of their 11th grade year in high school.

 It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the Clearinghouse has the following documents:
●A signed student release form and payment fee
●An official transcript mailed directly to Clearinghouse from every high school attended (see Ms. Garrett in Records Office room 8 to request your official transcript)
●SAT or ACT scores have to be sent to the Clearinghouse by the student

SENIORS and JUNIORS:  If you plan to enroll in college as a freshman and want to play a Division I or Division II sport in college, you MUST register with the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet their course & test requirements (see NCAA link). Their high school course requirements are a bit different than the college A-G course requirementsNOTE: NCAA will NOT accept ESS or SS classes to help meet required NCAA coursework, so you will need to retake D/F classes in your schedule. Download the online form, fill it out, then send it with your official transcript to NCAA office or take a copy of the completed form to Debbie Garrett, our registrar in room 8.  She can forward the form and a copy of your official transcript to the Clearinghouse.  It’s your responsibility to request the registrar send follow up transcripts as needed by NCAA Clearinghouse.  NOTE:  You can have your SAT/ACT scores sent directly to the NCAA clearinghouse by using code 9999, otherwise it’s your responsibly to submit an order through ACT/SAT website to have them send all your SAT/ACT test scores to the Clearinghouse.  We do NOT send them from Downey.


REGISTER FOR NAVIANCE!  All Downey students are required to register for Naviance.  In fact, seniors will not be cleared to graduate unless their Senior Exit Survey is completed on Naviance in May.  To get started, stop by the career center to get your registration code and instructions from the Naviance Binder on the counter, then go to following link and register

What is Naviance? Naviance is a powerful resource to help guide you through the sometimes confusing path of college and careers. It is designed to help you plan and prepare for YOUR future!  For example, you can create your student profile, research colleges and careers, create a resume, find scholarships and learn more about yourself and what interests you through our career and personality inventories. Naviance can also track the colleges you applied for and have been accepted to.  Whether you plan to attend a college or vocational/trade/tech school, go into the military or work right after high school, visit the Naviance site regularly and become familiar with the many resources available to help you stay at the top of your game. 

Here's a question that gets asked often:  How do I find colleges that will best fit my major and areas of interest?  Visit Naviance!!! (see link on this webpage). If you take the "Career Interest Profiler" it will match you to careers that best suit your personality and strengths. It also provides a list of career possibilities and colleges that have majors which match your interests. So not only is Naviance is a great web based internet program for students to use as a college search engine, but it’s also super to use for career searches.

►Every single student on this campus should have a Family Connection Naviance account!  To get started, stop by the career center to get your registration code and instructions from the Naviance Binder then go to web link and register (see Naviance link).  Make sure you’re accessing your account and using all that Naviance has to offer!  Listed below are some things you can do on Naviance:
*Create a personal profile
*Research colleges and careers
*College match
*Create a resume
*Take a personality test that will match you with careers
*Scholarship search (local & national)
*Scattergrams allow you to view your chance of acceptance at the college of your choice
*SAT test prep (FREE!)
*ACT test prep (FREE!)   

►Don’t forget in Naviance, under the “Colleges Tab”, is a Scholarship list and search tool.  You’ll see all the scholarships available from local, state and across the nation!  This is a GREAT resource at your fingertips!!!  USE IT!!!


●MJC New Student Days will be held April 14 & June 14 at 8:00 am.  If students didn’t take advantage of the MJC workshops at Downey, then they will now have to attend “New Student Days” to complete the application, orientation, assessment and/or advising steps in order to completely register for MJC. There will be counselors, financial aid advisors and lots of help there to answer all of your questions. No cost to attend, no pre-registration required.

Seniors:  It’s still NOT too late to register for summer and/or fall semester!  Before you can register for classes after graduation, you must complete all entrance requirements.  Yes…even if you’ve already taken classes at MJC you must still complete the following:

NOTE: Once you’ve applied, you will receive email confirmation of acceptance & submission of your application which will later be followed by instructions on the next steps, which include: orientation, testing, advising, email activation, registering for classes and paying for fees.​

●General information - 
● Assessment Test Information & Dates - ​​
●Click on MJC application directions:

New class for MJC bound students!College Skills 100 (COLSK 100) Great new course for the first time college student. Make a successful transition to MJC, learn about how to navigate college, make new friends, study skills, interaction with MJC faculty, counselors, and staff. Offered in spring & summer semester, 3 units CSU and UC transfer.

Interested in getting a jump start on college credits?  Many students opt to take a course or two at MJC during their sophomore, junior and/or senior year in high school. Tuition is waived for high school students, but only students who are on track to graduate and have demonstrated that they can handle the additional coursework, do well with dual enrollment. Most courses in 100 level and up, are transferable to CSU’s, UC’s and many private universities.

What do I do first to take MJC coursework NOW while I’m  still in high school?  Make sure you first apply on MJC website at  then print out & complete the following high school petition form at Once the form is filled out, give it to the College Counselor or Principal for approval/signature, then submit the form to MJC Enrollment Office for processing. Remember classes taken at MJC are free while you’re still in high school!!! Suggested courses to take: Guidance 110, Guidance 111 (for students who don’t know what to major in) Health 110, Music Appreciation 101, History 101 or 102, College Skills 100, Public Speaking 100 and various elective classes. To find MJC course schedule, click on the “magnifying glass” in upper right hand corner of MJC homepage and see what is being offered each semester.

►Taking the SAT and/or ACT is NOT required if you plan to attend MJC or any other California Community /Junior College. You MUST however, take the Math & English assessment in the spring, if you plan to apply in the fall. (See below for NEW MUTIPLE MEASURES NOW IN PLACE AT MJC)!

NEW Multiple Measures for Assessment at MJC!
MJC is now accepting new assessment options which may exempt students from having to take the Math and English placement tests. Your EAP, SAT, ACT or AP test scores may also show you’re ready for college level Math and English classes at MJC. Visit the following website for more detailed information:

►If you still have questions about MJC, stop by the career center on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s during your lunch period to speak to our MJC TRIO representative.





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