POWAY HIGH COUNSELING
EVENTS COMING UP
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
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 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.
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
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
- 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:
Titan Center Services
Thursday Trade Days
Summer Opportunities Newsletter
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?
- Xello - explore careers and colleges. Every student has a username and password. Email ITHELP@powayusd.com for technical assistance.
- Collegeboard - create your college roadmap
- The ASVAB Program can help with career exploration. Taking the ASVAB does NOT commit a student to enlist in the military.
- Building Your College List worksheet
- Watching informational interviews with industry professionals in various career sectors
- Attend College Visits in Fall 2021
- Attend PUSD College & Career Fair Fall 2021
- In-person or virtual college campus tours
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
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
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.
Stay in the know: Titan Center on Social Media
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 email@example.com or 858-748-0245 x5394, and be sure to check out these helpful sites for parents & caregivers.
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