College Information

Timeline

FRESHMAN YEAR

    • Take college prep courses to meet admission standards.
    • Attend tutoring available after school for academic support. Please see your counselor for more information.
    • Take elective courses that will help you explore your interests.
    • Begin your Academic Planner at www.californiacolleges.edu. Start a profile at www.raise.me.
    • Join clubs, do extra-curricular activities to help you meet new friends and get you involved with CVHS.
    • Start communicating with your high school counselor about your options after high school.
    • Sign up for summer school to make up classes needed for graduation or college.
    • Consider taking the SAT Subject Test for Biology after completing the course.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

    • Continue taking the required courses to meet 4-year university admissions standards.
    • Take part in community service/volunteer programs.
    • Continue to communicate with your high school counselor about your college plans.
    • Consider taking ROP (Regional Occupational Program) classes the following year to meet vocational
      • graduation requirement and to explore vocational career option.
    • Visit the College/Career Center.
    • Start visiting college campuses.
    • Sign up for summer school if any classes need to be made up for graduation or college.
    • While no longer required for UC admissions, consider taking the SAT Subject Tests in subject areas you feel
      • strong in or are thinking about majoring in. Please see www.collegeboard.com for more subject testing options.

JUNIOR YEAR

    • Review with your counselor the classes you need to take for graduation and university/college admissions. Continue taking the required courses to meet 4-year university requirement.
    • In October, take the PSAT/NMSQT to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions for recognition and scholarships.
    • Register for the ACT and SAT early. Take the ACTs and SATs more than once to get the best possible score to send to colleges. Most juniors take the SAT/ACT in the spring (and again in the fall of their senior year).
    • Research majors and colleges/universities that provide programs of a specific major. Visit campuses, school websites to learn more about programs, school campus, and specific admissions requirements.
    • Continue with extra-curricular activities, community/volunteer work.
    • Take summer school to make up classes for graduation and college.
    • Make college list
    • Visit colleges
    • Do research
    • Start Senior Brag sheet
    • Review progress towards graduation (check classes, units and grades)

SENIOR YEAR

    • Meet with your counselor to discuss graduation and college/career options.
    • Continue taking challenging classes for an easier transition into college.
    • Last chance to take the ACT or SAT/SAT Subject Tests. In the fall, register for the ACT or SAT as soon
      • as possible. December is the last month for Seniors to take the SAT for UCs/CSUs (some campus deadlines vary!).
    • October – November: Apply to the UCs/CSUs. Some community college applications are open at this time.
    • October - February: Apply to private colleges or technical schools. Check with specific schools for application deadlines.
    • October – March 2: Apply for financial aid (FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov or CA Dream Act https://dream.csac.ca.gov/). The deadline is March 2nd for Cal Grants but apply early.
      • After submitting FAFSA/CA Dream App: Check Cal Grant status at webgrants4students.org
    • February: Attend CVEF Scholarship workshop.
    • March: Deadline for CVEF Scholarship applications.
    • Throughout the year:
      • Check email and college portals regularly for updates and requests
      • Visit the College/Career Center for college and scholarship information
      • DO NOT GET SENIORITIS !!!!!! Colleges and universities admit conditionally and expect students to maintain grades throughout senior year. Admission can be rescinded based on senior year grades.