WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE/CAREER December/January EDITION!!!
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- The CSU and UC college application submission period is now CLOSED.
- COMMON APPLICATION Reminder: If you applied to a private college using the common application then make sure you let the college counselor (Mrs. Hammell) know. It will NOT be known that you need supporting documents, such as your transcripts, secondary school report, letters of recommendations sent to your private or out of state college unless you communicate with the college counselor that you need that done!. Before stopping by during your lunch period to confirm that you are ready to electronically send these documents through Naviance, make sure you’ve updated your college list in Naviance otherwise supporting docs cannot be sent for you. (NOTE: the student screen in Naviance isn’t very clear about determining whether letters of rec are uploaded and ready. If in doubt, see the college counselor or ask your recommender).
- Private Colleges: Remember private colleges have different deadlines, so be sure to check individual application due dates!!! If using the common app for your private colleges, some of you will have a January 1st or later application deadline. If this is the case, be aware that supporting documents needed for the common app will NOT be submitted through Naviance over Christmas break, so it’s important you see the college counselor BEFORE vacation if you need this done. IT’S STILL YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MEET THE APPLICATION DEADLINE!!!
- Sending SAT/ACT test scores: It is the student’s responsibility to send SAT/ACT test scores to all colleges applied to. DO NOT DELAY SENDING TEST SCORES! In the past students who forgot to send their test scores have had their application/acceptance withdrawn. Don’t let that happen to you! You can place an order to send your scores through College Board SAT/ACT website (see links). If you applied to CSU’s use the code 3594 to send your SAT scores to all CSU’s. If you applied to UC’s just fill in one UC campus code and your SAT/ACT scores will be shared with all UC’s. Your ACT scores however will have to be sent individually to each CSU you applied to. Remember, CSU’s will take the highest math and verbal SAT test score from multiple test dates. UC’s will ONLY take the highest SAT test score from one test date.
- Pay attention to all emails sent from colleges/universities that you’ve applied to!!! Create an email account with them and respond immediately to any college requests sent to you!
- Ooops… “I made a mistake on my college application, what can I do?” You will need to contact each individual college that had the error on the application. Give them all of your contact info. and university student ID # or SSN. Explain very clearly the incorrect information and give the correct information.
- You’re responsible for reporting, to colleges/universities you’ve applied to, changes in your schedule that affect you’re A-G requirements and any semester “D’s” and/or “F’s” you’ve earned!
- If you plan to attend a CSU, then make sure you find out from your college’s assessment office, whether or not you will need to take the EPT (English placement) or ELM (Math placement) test for admission acceptance. If you think you’re exempt from taking the tests, then see more detailed information below under “TESTING”.
- Important FINANCIAL AID Reminder:SENIORS, remember it is your responsibility to check your transcript or PowerSchool account to make sure your legal name and birth date is correct and EXACTLY matches your Social Security card. If you discover an error, immediately notify the counseling office before submitting your FAFSA, otherwise the state will reject your FAFSA submission and you risk NOT qualifying for Financial Aid/Cal Grants. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THE SAME PERSONAL INFORMATION IS LISTED ON BOTH YOUR COLLEGE & FAFSA APPLICATIONS!
- Financial aid filling period for FAFSA closes March 2, 2017. 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#. Click on “Register for FSA ID#” link or watch the following video for help: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLi0q7hkFns For help filling out the FAFSA app click on “Help filling out the FAFSA” link or watch the following video for help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l0bMOy6dLM. Remember deadline to file your FAFSA is March 2, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! NOTE: If you do not have a social security number, see the college counselor about filling out the Cal Dream Act Application.
- CSS Profile: Some private universities require that you fill out the CSS Profile to be considered for financial aid. (CSU and UC do NOT require this form!) Many of these CSS profile deadlines are approaching! Please visit www.collegeboard.org to see if your college requires this form and then check individual college websites for deadlines.
- All seniors will be 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. If you haven’t yet registered, get started by stopping by the career center to get your registration code and instructions sheet from the Naviance Binder on the counter.
Juniors, what should you be doing NOW to prepare for college?
►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, to enroll in ESS or summer school, to retake classes that you earned D’s/ F’s, or to enroll in a class needed for A-G college entrance requirements.
►Learn Downey High School Code (052000) as you will need to know it for your college entrance exams
►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 www.collegemajors101.com
JUNIORS—there are many universities that offer summer programs. I’ve listed a few, 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 watching tv all summer!
· UC Davis Summer Opportunities for High Achieving Students: http://ysp.ucdavis.edu
· Yale’s Young Scholar Summer program: http://globalscholars.yale.edu
· USC Summer Program info: http://summerprograms.usc.edu/
· Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies: https://summerinstitutes.stanford.edu/
· University of Chicago Summer Session for high school students: http://summer.uchicago.edu/
· Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP): http://www.princeton.edu/pupp/
. Duke University: http://summersession.duke.edu/highschool-students
· Thomas Aquinas College Ca.: https://thomasaquinas.edu/admission/high-schoolsummer-program
· Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Programs: http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college
UPCOMING EVENTS, OPPORTUNITIES, REMINDERS AND DEADLINES
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)
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
●Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Apply to one or all 43 HBCU with one application and only pay one $35.00 application fee. Visit www.eduinconline.com for application and more information.
●CSU East Bay Education Summit for First Generation, African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander students and their families on Saturday, February 4th from 9am— 1pm. To register and for more information visit: http://www.csueastbay.edu/events/education-summit
●Scholarships: Research and apply for all the scholarships you can! Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin on a regular bases for posting of monthly scholarships (see link under “Scholarships”)
●PSAT Test Results Coming Soon! PSAT results will be delivered to Downey High School sometime in mid December. If PSAT scores arrive before Christmas break, they will be given to English teachers for distribution to students. New this year—Khan Academy is partnering with College Board to use your PSAT results to create a custom SAT Practice for you! Check out: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
●CSU, UC and Private College News: Important information about creating portal/accounts for college correspondence. Once you've submitted your application, the campus(es) you've applied to will send an email inviting you to create an account with them. It's imperative you set up a portal account with each of the colleges you applied to and check it on a regular basis. This is how the admissions office, financial aid department, housing etc. will communicate with you regarding acceptance, offers of scholarships, deadlines, missing documents, etc. NOTE: Be sure to add the CSU's, UC’s and Private campuses to your email safe sender list. Turn off spam filters and make CSU and UC safe sites so you can receive important emails from the colleges you applied to.
●Remember to write a letter of thanks to the teachers, counselors, administrators and staff members who have written a letter of recommendation for you. This gesture would be greatly appreciated as they all spend many extra hours outside of school writing letters on your behalf.
●MJC Scholarships: Only seniors who have already submitted their MJC application, can apply for MJC scholarships due December 16th. For more detailed info, pick up paper copy of scholarship information in the career center or visit: www.mjc.edu/studentservices/finaid/mjcscholarships.php
●Parent Summit: CSU Stanislaus is hosting a Parent Summit that is scheduled for Saturday, January 21st from 8:30-12:00. The Pathway to College Parent Summit is a free event at CSU Stan designed to empower parents with the knowledge necessary to guide their children towards college. Come join other parents as there will be door prizes, workshops, resources and so much more. There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required as a complimentary continental breakfast will be provided.
The link to register or find out more about the 1st annual Pathway Parent Summit is: https://www.csustan.edu/admissions/parent-summit Hope to see you there!
●MJC Nursing Career Day: The MJC nursing program is hosting a Career Day that focuses on nursing and all the opportunities available to become an RN. This Career Day is scheduled for Friday, April 21th. It will be a great opportunity for students interested in the nursing field.
●MJC New Student Days will be held on April 8 & May 20. Students will have the opportunity to complete your application, orientation, assessment and advising steps in order to register completely for MJC. There will be counselors, financial aid advisor and lots of help there to answer all of your questions. No cost to attend, no pre-registration required.
●Cash for College Community Workshop Events (hosted by California Student Aid Commission): Seniors, don’t miss this opportunity to get help from those who are experienced in answering your questions about the FAFSA application and Financial Aid. These community events are very popular, so plan to get there early. To find out where one is taking place near your area, visit: www.cash4college.csac.ca.gov
●Great website that is free to all users is www.californiacolleges.edu. It lists all 2 and 4 year colleges in California, allowing you to compare and contrast them, gives great tips regarding cost, size, application, financial aid, etc. Be sure to check out this website!
Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin!
MJC Scholarships: Only seniors who have already submitted their MJC application, can apply for MJC scholarships due Dec 16th. For more detailed info, pick up paper copy of scholarship information in the career center or visit: www.mjc.edu/studentservices/finaid/mjcscholarships.php
►Scholarship searching??? Naviance also has a great feature called “Scholarship Match & Scholarship Search”. Log into your Naviance account, click on “Colleges” tab, scroll down, then click on either Scholarship Match or Scholarship Search.
►Check out StudentScholarships.org: For a complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php
►Check out ScholarshipExperts.com: For complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit www.scholarshipexperts.com
►Check out Scholarhips4Students.com: For a complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit www.scholarships4students.com
►Check out Chegg.com: For a complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit
►Check out Fastweb.com: This is a free scholarship matching service that once you create your profile will match you up with scholarships that are unique to you. Visit www.fastweb.com .
►Check out Cappex.com: This is a free scholarship matching service that once you create your profile
will match you up with scholarships that are unique to you. Visit www.cappex.com/scholarships
►Check out Scholarships.com: This is a free scholarship matching service that once you create your profile will match you up with scholarships that are unique to you. Visit www.scholarships.com
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 from 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.
SENIORS, 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 this...as ultimately it is your responsibility to check personal info on your transcript and PowerSchool account to make sure your legal name, address, birth date and other personal information is correct. 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.
Financial aid filling period for FAFSA closes March 2, 2017. 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#. Click on “Register for FSA ID#” link or watch the following video for help: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLi0q7hkFns For help filling out the FAFSA app click on “Help filling out the FAFSA” link or watch the following video for help: www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5zLVcfcZuA. Remember deadline to file your FAFSA is March 2, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! NOTE: If you do not have a social security number, see the college counselor about filling out the Cal Dream Act Application.
Cal Grant GPA verification: Our school district office electronically submits GPA verifications for ALL seniors to the California Student Aid Commission. You are responsible for checking that your contact information in PowerSchool is accurate (full name, birthdate & other personal info). If you discover some information is NOT correct, then you and your parent should visit the counseling office to correct the error. IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THE SAME PERSONAL INFORMATION IS LISTED ON BOTH YOUR COLLEGE & FAFSA APPLICATIONS!
CSS Profile: Some private universities require that you fill out the CSS Profile to be considered for financial aid. (CSU and UC do NOT require this form!) Many of these CSS profile deadlines are approaching! Please visit www.collegeboard.org to see if your college requires this form and then check individual college websites for deadlines.
►NOTE FOR SENIORS: It’s ok to submit you college application without SAT/ACT test scores as long as you listed the date you will be taking the test on the application. When results arrive, thensend them directly to your college.
Do you need to take the ELM and/or the EPT placement tests??? First of all, to find your EAP results look for the CAASPP test scores you received during the summer. Included with your CAASPP test results, are your EAP results which tell you whether or not you need to take the CSU placement tests. Seniors who have been accepted to a CSU must show proof that they are ready to take college level coursework in English and Math. However you may be exempt from having to take one or both of these tests IF you:
1. Already earned READY status on your EAP report, taken during your junior year.
2. Already earned CONDITIONALLY READY status on your EAP report AND complete accepted coursework with a C or higher both semesters of your senior year. For English, the accepted classes are ERWC or AP English. Acceptable classes for Math are any higher level math course beyond Adv. Algebra. NOTE: In the spring, you will need to submit a form signed by your teacher verifying that you are meeting this requirement.
3. SAT score of 500 or higher in Critical Reading, 550 or higher in Math. ACT score of 22 or higher in English, 23 or higher in Math.
4. Score a 3 or higher on appropriate AP exam.
5. Take the placement test. Tests are $18 each (no fee waivers available) and can be taken at
CSU Stanislaus. Regardless of what CSU you attend in the fall….your test results will be shared with all other CSU’s. Test dates can be found at: www.ets.org/csu/registration/dates/. Register at www.ets.org/csu/registration .NOTE: Test date is February 11, Register before 1/27.
NOTE: Many colleges have a deadline as to when you need to complete the test, so follow through otherwise your college acceptance will be revoked.
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: January 21 March 11 May 6 June 3
Register By: December 21 February 10 April 7 May 9
ACT Test Date: February 11 April 8 June 10
Register By: January 13 March 3 May 5
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: www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy
●The CSU and UC college application submission period is now CLOSED
●Remember it’s your responsibility to know your PRIVATE OR OUT OF STATE college application deadlines and meet them!!!
COLLEGE REP VISITS
College Visits to Downey: Juniors interested in learning more about specific colleges and universities are invited to attend their presentations about their campus. Listen/read daily bulletin for dates and times of visits. You must sign up in the Career Center ahead of time. All visits will be held in the Career Center unless otherwise stated. Once you sign up, it’s your responsibility to remember since NO passes will be sent to your class reminding you to attend the presentation.
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). Students should start this process no later than the spring of their junior year in high school. NOTE: NCAA will NOT accept classes taken in ESS or SS, so you will need to retake D/F classes in your schedule. (see NCAA link)
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
Debbie in Records Office room 8 for your official transcript)
●SAT or ACT scores have to be sent to the Clearinghouse by the student
SENIORS and JUNIORS: If you plan 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). 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 responsibility 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.
Navianceis 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. 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
REGISTER FOR NAVIANCE! To get started, stop by the career center to get your registration code and instruction sheet from the Naviance Binder on the counter. Then go to the following link https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=downey and register.
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 Naviance/Family connection 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
*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!)
*And SO MUCH MORE!!!
►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!!!
►Get 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 are transferable to CSU’s, UC’s and many private universities.
►Interested in taking MJC coursework? Make sure you first apply on MJC website at www.mjc.edu then print out & complete the following high school petition form at
www.mjc.edu/studentservices/specialparttime0116.pdf 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: www.mjc.edu/studentservices/enrollment/testing/multiplemeasures.php
You can use the Multiple Measures in two ways:
1. Adjust or increase your current placement/assessment score to a college‐level course
2. Be eligible for a college‐level course without having to take the MJC assessment tests
►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.