Planning for the Future
Senior year of high school is full of many important events and rites of passage (like sitting in white chairs on your first AND last day at Poway High). But there are also a lot of things you can be doing to prep for your future. This newsletter is designed to help with your journey.
Calendar for the Class of 2020
9/27/19 - Common App 101 Workshop in K-1 during Homeroom (Signups Required)
10/2/19 - Letter of Rec Workshop in the Titan Center during lunch
10/1/19 - Deadline to request Letters of Rec for October 15th
10/7/19 - Deadline to request Letters of Rec for November 1st
10/7/19 - UC 101 Workshop in K-1 during Homeroom (Signups Required)
10/11/19 - CSU 101 Workshop in K-1 during Homeroom (Signups Required)
10/14/19 - Community College 101 Workshop in K-1 during Homeroom (Signups Required)
10/28/19 - Deadline to request Letters of Rec for November 15th and December 1st
11/15/19 - Deadline to request Letters of Rec for January 1st
11/15/19 - End of Trimester 1/You should have started your UC/CSU Apps by now!
11/30/19 - Last Day to Submit UC/CSU Applications
Besides getting a deeper and more thorough education, there are many benefits to attending a college or university. You can discover your passions, challenge yourself, expand your worldview, and, meet new people. Frequently, job searches rely as heavily on who you know as they do on your degree. Below are some helpful links for your college application process.
Cal State Apply - The application site for the 23 California State University schools
UC Admissions - The application site for the 9 University of California schools
Common App - The application for over 800 private schools
Coalition App - The application for the 140 schools in the Coalition
CA Private Colleges - Connections for California's Private Colleges
Factors Affecting College Admission
- High school grade point average in A-G classes
- Standardized and College Prep Test Scores
- Number, content, and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum eligibility requirements
- Number of and performance in honors or AP courses
- Quality of the senior year program, as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned
- Quality of academic performance relative to educational opportunities available in the applicant's school
- Recent marked improvement in academic performance
- Special talents, achievements, and awards
- Academic accomplishments in light of an applicant's life experiences and special circumstances, such as disabilities, low family income, first generation to attend college, need to work, disadvantaged social or educational environment, difficult personal and family situations
Community College Info
Community College is a great option for many students. Seniors are eligible to attend upon the completion of a high school diploma or GED. The SAT or ACT is not required, however may help with the placement of courses. Many students attend for 2-3 years before transferring to a college or university to complete their degrees. There are several transfer programs available and it is recommended to meet with a counselor at the community college to review your options. Please note that each College has an allotted amount of spots for transfer students and will be considered before another student who may want to transfer from a 4-year University. Below are some helpful links for the Community College process.
California Community Colleges - A site with info about the many college options
Palomar College - The application site for Palomar College
San Diego Community College - The admissions site for the SD Community Colleges
Mira Costa College - The application site for Mira Costa College
Grossmont College - The application site for Grossmont College
Community College Assessment and Placement
Because Community Colleges don't ask for SAT or ACT scores, determining placement in classes can be a little more difficult. Many offer free exams for students to figure out which classes they should choose. Be sure to research the college you plan to attend to make sure you know whether an assessment should be taken.
For information about taking Palomar College's EAP, you can visit their website here.
Community College Transfer
College can be expensive. Even Community College can come with unexpected cash flows. Below you will find some sites with information about how to pay the bills.
FAFSA - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Student Aid - Federal student aid programs
FinAid - The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
Saving For College - Get personalized information to help with saving for college
Letters of Rec Info
Letter of Rec Workshop On October 2nd in the Titan Center at lunch. The deadline to request Letters of Rec for November 1st is October 7th! The deadline to request Letters of Rec for January 1st is November 15th.
For more information about Letters of Rec, check here.
- UC's/CSU's - Letters of Rec are not part of the initial application. Only send a Letter of Recommendation if requested by the University.
- Private schools usually require one counselor letter of recommendation and 1-2 teacher letters of recommendation. Use the Common Application if possible!
- Three weeks prior to your first deadline, in a face-to-face conversation, ask the teacher(s)/counselor to write a letter on your behalf and provide all documents outlined below
APPLICATION & PROCEDURES
- STEP 1: FERPA WAIVER (word) (pdf)
- STEP 2: COLLEGE INFO FORM (word) (pdf)
- STEP 3: PERSONAL INFO FORM (word) (pdf)
- STEP 4: PARENT BRAG SHEET (word) (pdf)
- STEP 5: TEACHER INPUT FORM (word) (pdf)
- STEP 6: RESUME (word) (pdf)
- STEP 7: EXTRACURRICULAR LOG (word) (pdf)
- STEP 8: ORDER TRANSCRIPT(S) (word) (pdf)
For students who aren't planning to go straight to college, working toward a career may be a good option. These students can get a jump start on building up their bank accounts. Below are some helpful links for finding and starting the career path.
CA Career Resource Network - Resource for career exploration and planning
CA Career Zone - A Vocational Assessment Site
Cal Jobs - A job search website
SD Workforce Partnership - A site with local jobs information
Some students plan to serve the country after graduation. If you are planning to go to one of the Service Academies, click here to get information about getting a nomination for a Service Academy from your congressman.
For students wanting to join the military right after high school, you can find information on the process here.
Poway High Counseling
A - Dom: Christy Brown
Don - Kon: Jerrah Smith
Koo - Ramj: Blanca Arreguin
Sub for Ms. Arreguin: Mrs. Traci Barker-Ball
Ramk - Z: Jerilyn Padua-Reyes
CTE/Student Services: Karly Wardwell
Counseling Assistant: Jodie Hughes
Career Guidance Tech: Jaime Brown
Student Services Specialist: Sharon Struck
Registrar: Michelle Bourget
Scheduler: Barbara Longworth
A-F: Gannon Burks
G-M: Brianne Froumis
N-Z: Aaron Little