Senior Spotlight-Class of 2021

OVHS Counseling Department: October 19, 2020


We are heading to the close of our second grading period. Progress reports for grading period 2 will be issued October 30. That means you only have about 8 weeks to keep your grades up or improve grades before the Semester ends on December 18. Don't put your Graduation or A-G status at risk. Make sure you are balancing your work, using a planner to keep track of assignments, and meeting with your teachers during FLEX and Office Hours to get support.

Whether you are planning on attending college, enlisting in the military, training in a career/vocation, or joining the world of work, We are excited for your life after high school. This is your one stop for updated Senior Information. We will continue to update this Newsletter throughout the year.

It is very important that you check your VVUSD email and Google Classrooms Daily to stay informed!

Meet the OV Counselors

OVHS Counseling Intern

Hello Coyotes! My name is Jeremy Garcia and I am a USC student intern for school counseling with Mrs. Janis (AKA my "Yoda"). I am excited to continue my internship with the amazing Orange Vista school counselor team (AKA my "Jedi Council") and further build my relationship within the Coyote community! Fight on!

Social Media:

Twitter: @OrangeVistaHS, @OVHSPrincipal, @OVHS_Guidance, @OrangeVistaASB, @OVHS_ATHLETICS

Instagram: @orangevistaasb

Senior Google Classroom

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Make sure you add this Google Classroom Code as we will send out College App, scholarship opportunities, FAFSA information, Senior activities and much more!

OVHS College and Career Center

Mrs. Romero is our Guidance Tech in the College and Career Center. Mrs. Romero has created a Virtual College and Career Center using Bitmoji. Please check out the College and Career Center and use the icons to find out more about Virtual College Fairs, College Apps, ACT/SAT Tests, Military Recruiters, Trade and Tech Schools, Scholarships, Community Service Opportunities, Work Permits and much more! Use the link below to access the Virtual College and Career Center.

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Senior Info Night Video

Class of 2021 Senior Parent Meeting

Senior Activities Announcements

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Save the Dates: Upcoming Senior Events

Mooola Mondays

Join the Counseling team via Zoom every Monday from 12-3 for help completing your FAFSA/CADAA Applications.

What's H"APP"ening Wednesday's

College APP Workshops via Zoom

9:00-11:00am UC/Community Colleges

1:00-3:00pm CSU/Community Colleges

FAFSA Fact Fridays

Look for our weekly posts to Class of 2021 Google Classroom and Social Media regarding FAFSA/CADAA.
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UC/CSU A-G Requirements

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Community Service

In light of the global pandemic, it has become increasingly difficult for students to earn 40 hours of community service required for graduation. Because of this, the Board of Education has voted to suspend the requirement for the class of 2021.

CA College and Career Readiness Indicator

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College Match Resources

Class of 2021 College Updates

Please take a look at the slide presentation and Zoom recording of our informational session held on 10/15/20. Both English and Spanish speaking versions are available.

California Colleges Guidance Initiative (CCGI)


The platform provides high school students the tools to match their interests and skills to postsecondary college and career opportunities. They can take career assessments and use search tools to develop college, major, and career lists, write goals and journals, track activities, and read a variety of age-appropriate content to develop and expand their knowledge on all college, career, and financial aid planning topics.

OVHS Seniors should start their College Search and College Match process here!

OVHS Students should launch Cal State Apply, CCC Apply, and FAFSA through CCGI.

OV students should use their VVUSD Google Account to log-in to CCGI. We will be using this platform to start all College Apps and the FAFSA/CA Dream Act.

Registering Your Account (Partner Districts)

CA Community Colleges

All students who graduate with a CA High School Diploma are eligible to apply to a CA Community College. Community Colleges offer options for certificates, vocational training, transferrable units to CSU or UC campuses, and 2 year Associate Degrees.

When applying to CA Community Colleges, students should choose to apply for the Summer 2021 Term in order to take advantage of many of the First Year Experience Programs.

Moreno Valley College

Norco College

Riverside City College

Mt. San Jacinto College

Launching Your CCCApply Application (Partner Districts)
Moreno Valley College Application Walkthrough

CA College Application Opening Dates and Deadlines

CSU Opens Oct. 1st - Deadline: December 4th

UC Opens Aug. 1st - Deadline: Nov. 30th

***Have your Counselor check your application before submitting to make sure everything is correct.*** Once you have submitted, no corrections can be made.

Do not wait until the last minute to submit your applications. The websites can crash and prevent you from submitting on time.

University of California

UC Apply-Be sure to check out campuses and majors as well as freshman admission data below to help decide which school is for you!

UC Personal Insight Questions

Here is a video and a pdf document with the Personal Insight Questions and some helpful hints for addressing the prompts.
How to answer UC's Personal Insight Questions
Riverside County Office of Education is supporting our Class of 2021 by partnering with Story 2. Story 2, an online platform that will teach our Class of 2021 students how to write powerful college essays that connect with admissions officers and scholarship committee members. Students will receive live instruction and support through virtual boot camps as well as have access to self paced instruction to complete their essays including UC Personal Insight questions. Interested students should sign up for one of 2 upcoming Bootcamp dates. Space is limited, so do not delay!

UC Application Step by Step

Use the video to guide you through launching your UC Application through Mrs. Downey, our OVHS AVID Coordinator, also created step by step directions and a video to help guide you through the UC Application process. Remember to have your Counselor check your application before submitting. Once submitted, you will not be able to make changes or corrections to your application.
Launching Your University of California Application (Partner Districts)

California State University

Picking the right place to earn your degree is an important part of applying to the CSU. Use the CSU Campus Match tool to compare all 23 campuses by location, size, setting and more.

You can also review the list of CSU Impacted Majors by Campus to see which schools offer your major of choice and if the program is highly competitive.

Launching Your Cal State Apply Application (Partner Districts)
Fall 2021 First-Time Freshman Application Workshop

Private Colleges and Universities

Private Colleges and Universities have varying entrance requirements, use a wide variety of application platforms, and often utilize rolling application deadlines. Please check the individual college websites for application information.

Out of State Colleges and Universities

Out of State Colleges and Universities have varying entrance requirements, use a wide variety of application platforms, and often utilize rolling application deadlines. Please check the individual college websites for application information.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

HBCUs have varying entrance requirements, use a wide variety of application platforms, and often utilize rolling application deadlines. Please check the individual college websites for application information.

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)

HSIs have varying entrance requirements, use a wide variety of application platforms, and often utilize rolling application deadlines. Please check the individual college websites for application information.

Paying For College: Financial Aid

FAFSA/ CA Dream Act Submission is a Graduation Requirement

We recommend doing the FAFSA early so you can get your award letter back prior to having to decide on a college by May 1st.

***Seniors: Please memorize or take a picture of your Social Security Number, as you will need it for your College and Financial Aid Applications***

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid application must be submitted to receive Federal and State aid.

FAFSA opens October 1st 2020. The California deadline is March 2nd 2021. The Federal deadline is June 30, 2020.

FSA ID: Federal Student Aid Identification

An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.

· You and your parent will need to create an FSA ID.

· Be sure to record your username and password.

· You will need to renew your FAFSA each year you are in college.

· Your parent will need their FSA ID if you have siblings who will complete the FAFSA.

CA Dream Act Application:

Completion of the California Dream Act Application is required to determine financial aid for California AB540 eligible students. The California Student Aid Commission will process your application.
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Launching Your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (Partner Districts)


Cal-Grant: Offers grants (free money) to eligible students attending qualifying Colleges, Universities or Technical Schools.

GPA verification is submitted by our school Registrar.

College Search Links:

Scholarship Search Links:

How to Order Official Transcripts

Your first two, free, official transcripts can be requested from our OVHS Registrar, Ms. Joanne Escujuri. Please email Ms. Escujuri with the name of the college or organization where the transcripts should be sent.

After your first two official requests, transcripts must be ordered online using The link is below. See the step-by-step directions document below.

Advanced Placement

Please refer to the Collegeboard AP Central site for the most up to date information.