September 2021


September 16: Deadline to Register for PSAT

September 16: Trade Day Workshop: becoming a firefighter

September 21: Financial Aid Night, 6PM, PCPA

September 28: Common App 101, 3PM, Zoom Sign Up!

September 29: Letter of Rec Workshop, Lunch, Titan Center Sign Up!

September 30: UC 101, 3PM, Zoom Sign Up!

October 1: Deadline to Request Letter of Rec needed by November 1

October 1: PC Applications Open

October 5: Community College 101, 3PM, Zoom Sign Up!

October 7: CSU 101, 3PM, Zoom Sign Up!

October 16: PSAT

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Counselor Contact Information

The counselors have open office hours for students at Break, Lunch, and After School. Parents can schedule appointments with their student's counselor by emailing them.


A - Em: Christy Brown

En - Lea: Jerrah Smith

Leb - Ra: Blanca Arreguin

Rb - Z: Jerilyn Padua-Reyes

Intervention/CTE: Karly Wardwell

5.5 Classes

5.5 Period Classes are optional for PHS students. Students earn 2.5 credits per each 5.5 class taken during the trimester (two classes maximum), and grades are given on a pass/fail basis.

For the list of 5.5 classes and to sign up for them, please click here. Classes begin September 7th and the last day to sign up for a 5.5 class is September 10th.


The PSAT is on Saturday, October 16th. Students will need to bring two # 2 pencils and a College Board approved calculator to the exam. Students who are testing will need to show a valid ID. DEADLINE TO PURCHASE is September 16, 2021. Register for the PSAT Here.

Tutoring Options

Learning Lab in the Library

Free tutoring is available after school in the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30pm. The tutors are PHS students in Peer Counseling and NHS. For more information, see their flyer here.

Paid Student Tutors

We also maintain a list of students who are approved by PHS Teachers to tutor students. Please contact Jaime Brown in the Titan Center for the list.

Financial Aid Night

The FAFSA opens October 1st! Come to Financial Aid Night to get information about applying!
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Senior Workshops

Get information about applications to the various schools and how to request Letters of Rec at the workshops listed below.
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Senior Planning Information

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. Our Planning for the Future Newsletter is designed to help with your journey. You will learn specific information when the Counselors visit your homeroom in the next few weeks.

Fall 2021 Virtual College Fairs

Don't miss out on upcoming virtual college fairs in our Upcoming Events & Workshops newsletter.

Newsletter Highlights:

  • College 101 Workshops: Presented by College Admissions Representatives
  • Letter of Recommendation Workshop: Presented by PHS Counseling Dept.
  • Financial Aid Night: Presented by Financial Aid Advisor at Palomar College
  • PUSD College & Career Virtual Fair
  • Virtual Latino College Expo
  • Christian College Fairs
  • Colorado Universities College Fair
  • Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice, and University of Chicago Info Sessions
  • NACAC College Fair Series
  • Harvard, Princeton,UVA, Wellesley, and Yale Info Sessions
  • Dartmouth, Northwestern, Princeton, UC Berkeley, and Vanderbilt Info Sessions
  • WACAC Virtual College Fair

Be sure to check out the Upcoming Events & Workshops newsletter for detailed information on the highlighted events mentioned above.


Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is open. We are now past the add/drop deadline, which means any new enrollments without leaving grades from the previous school will result in students auditing classes and not earning credit until we start Trimester 2 in November.

For families who already have students in the district, or who were previously in the district, you will use your parent log-in for the process. If you can’t remember your password or username, you can retrieve or reset them at https://password.powayusd.com. Families who will be new to Poway Unified will create a log-in during the process.

Documents you will need for enrollment:

1. Birth Certificate

2. 2 Proofs of Residence

3. Valid Parent ID

4. Immunization Records

5. Transcript of all high school courses taken, or most recent 8th grade report card if your student is still in 8th grade

6. If your student has an IEP or 504, you will need your most recent copy of the plan.

The computer gives you an option to turn in paperwork at a later time, but any documents missing from the online submission will hold up the enrollment process, so you will need to turn them in as soon as possible.

The enrollment page on the website is here:



Be sure to follow us on Instagram @counseling_phs for up-to-date information about the Counseling Office, enrollment, and events and to see our weekly Wednesday Wisdom posts with great tips and tricks on getting the most of of your education and staying healthy.
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Titan Center Services

Students and parents can request career planning appointments with our Career Guidance Tech to review plans and goals after high school, financial aid options, and scholarship opportunities. Learn about special programs such as the California Community College Promise Grant program which is free tuition for at least one year with no income requirements for first-time college students. Take advantage of this unique opportunity by reviewing community college resources on our website.

Thursday Trade Days

We are excited to roll out a series of workshops for our students addressing local trade school opportunities in our community. Thursday Trade Days will be an ongoing program taking place at lunch in the Titan Center (K-16) on the third Thursday of every month. This program is open to all students. Click here to sign up.

Summer Opportunities Newsletter

It's never too early to begin thinking about next year's summer plans! View this Summer Opportunities Newsletter to explore career experience opportunities while improving your resume.

Employment Opportunities Newsletter

Please see our Virtual Job Board newsletter for student employment opportunities.

Juniors, Career & College Planning Resources

When you think about your plans after high school, there are many different options. You could immediately start in the workforce, decide the Military is your path, enjoy a gap year, begin a trade school program, attend a two-year community college, and/or choose a four-year college/university. The Career and College Planning 101 presentation briefly reviews each option for you. You may say to yourself, how do I get started? Your journey can start by researching different career options, gathering online information, creating a college list, getting a job or internship, and/or asking questions to those around you about their career paths. We've listed a few resources below to help you with this process. Last, but least, remember to enjoy the journey, take a deep breath, and know that you've got this!

How do I get started?

Virtual College Visits Calendar Coming Soon...

With the recent COVID restriction changes, college visits fall 2021 will be virtual during break, lunch, and after school on Mondays. We are trying to reduce the number of visitors involving external organizations on our campus. College Admission Reps are looking forward to connecting with your students online. Have students bring their electronic devices with them on college visit days or visit the Titan Center to view on our big screen.

Virtual college visits will begin in mid-September. Please check back for updates!

Faith-Based Internship Opportunities

Looking for faith-based internships? Dynamic Church Planting International has opportunities that can be researched for local and remote (digital) internships. Check it out!

ASVAB will be on December 8, 2021

Students interested in taking the ASVAB immediately should contact a local military recruiter who will schedule their test off-campus. If you would like to sign up for our Dec 8th, 2021 test date, please fill out the ASVAB Registration Form.

SAT/ACT Test Policy for College Admissions Fall 2022

You may be asking, with so many changes, what should I do about the SAT/ACT?

The UC system will not be requiring SAT/ACT scores up until Fall 2024. Students can still submit scores for placement purposes (English and math), however the scores will not be used when considered for admissions.

The CSU system has stated they will not require SAT/ACT for Fall 2021, but has not said anything further for future classes. They also will use SAT scores for math and English placement but will not be using them for admission purposes.

Many, but not all, private schools have stated they will not require SAT/ACT. FairTest.org provides an updated list of 1,400+ four year colleges not requiring ACT/SAT scores. Collegelifetoday.com provides a list of test optional colleges. Here's an article by CollegeWise with helpful information to help you with this decision.

Whether you decide to submit your scores or not, the decision is completely up to you. If you did really well, and feel your scores will help your application, then you should submit them. If you are not happy with your test scores or if you were unable to take the exams, then many colleges will accept you without scores, and you do not have to submit them. Remember that your college apps are where you want to put your best foot forward!

SAT/ACT Testing Dates 2021-22

Please note if a test center decides to close, students will receive direct notification from the College Board. Check directly with the test center.

Juniors! If you plan to take the ACT or SAT this school year, please pay close attention to the dates to avoid late fees or missing the test entirely. You can register for the SAT at the College Board website here. You can register for the ACT at the ACT website here.

ACT Testing Amid Covid-19

List of SAT, ACT, and PSAT Testing Dates

Stay in the know: Titan Center on Social Media

You can follow the Titan Center on Instagram @phstitancenter for information about scholarships, internships, and college and career tips.
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A Message from Mrs. Struck

Parents, you are the anti-drug. It may seem like students don't listen, but they do. If you’d like some assistance with having these types of conversations, contact Mrs. Struck, CADC II, CCPS, Student Services Specialist, at sstruck@powayusd.com or 858-748-0245 x5394, and be sure to check out these helpful sites for parents & caregivers.

Natural High for Parents


Natural High has made talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol easier. Watch a short video by a storyteller they're interested in, and have a conversation…

Drug Free Partnership


The teen and young adult years are confusing, complicated and formative. Understanding what's happening socially and developmentally — and how it can intersect with substance use — is fundamental to setting the stage for healthier outcomes.

National Suicide Prevention Resources

Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Available 24 hours everyday


Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

Free 24/7 support at your fingertips

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Counseling Newsletter Feedback Survey

What would you like to see in the Counseling newsletter? Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions here so that we can provide you with the information you need to feel connected to the Titan Community. We value your input!