Riverside STEM High School Guidance Department

Welcome to the Guidance Department! See contact info below. Be sure to access all parts of this site using the tabs drop-down on the upper right of the home page.

Sandra Izquieta, Academic Counselor


951-788-7308 X42611

Jennifer Winterton, Student Assistance Program Counselor (M, T, W)


951-788-7308 X42632 - Learn More CLICK HERE

Jeremy Standerfer, Assistant Principal


951-788-7308 X42635

College & Career Readiness Bulletin Board


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Seniors Important Dates & Information

It’s Senior Year - Class of 2021

The A, B, C’s of College Basics

by Ms. Sandra Izquieta - School/CEEB Code 054784

2020-21 College Planning Guide - Fall 2020

(basic info only, please research online for complete & additional information)

(A) College Information

(B) Financial Aid/Scholarship Information

(C) College Tests (SAT/ACT)

What colleges/universities or career path did the 49 Riverside STEM Academy students from the class of 2020 select to attend?

Document below will show you.

Class of 2020-College or Career Path Selected

There are thousands of colleges to choose from, but which should go on your college list?

Many of you have a clear idea of what colleges/universities you will be applying to or career path you are selecting. Some of you are still deciding and trying to figure out.

The right college depends on you...your academic and career goals!

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The truth: The college admission process can be challenging and will take time. You can make your college journey easier by taking everything one step at a time.

Filling out college applications and the FAFSA are just a couple of examples of what you will be completing before you make the final college decision or choose another career path. This is all in addition to what you already do in and outside of school.

The college process is a milestone in your life! The best way to enjoy your year without neglecting the responsibilities that comes with it is to take each moment as it comes. Make time to apply for colleges, fill out the FAFSA, sort through scholarships, check online for other resources, and reach out for help. You must find time for both the fun and the work in order to have the most rewarding senior year—and future.

Try to come up with a schedule and use time management. The point is to focus on just one college-related task at a time. Then find another and keep going.

I have created "The A, B, C's of College Basics" as a starting point of information for students and parents. You will need to check online for more detailed information, attend recommended workshops such as Pathways to Higher Education conference, and ask for help.

College and Career information will also be made available on the RSA HS website under the Guidance Tab for parents and students to reference. I understand the challenges of managing so many emails.

I will be able to assist seniors and families via email, scheduled brief phone conferences from my private phone at home, or longer google meets virtual or phone conferences from a Boston, MA number which is 617-675-4444. Now is the time to begin. A few of you already have begun filling out college applications or requesting a Letter of Recommendation...well done!

"The A, B, C’s of College Basics" and attachments are below and hope you find at least some portions useful for your college/career path journey. The Resource page (A3) has so much information. Just click on one of the links to take you on UC or CSU campus virtual tours.

ABC's of College Basics Attachments

Scholarship List 2020-21

Riverside Woman’s Club (RWC) - February 24, 2021

The Riverside Woman’s Club (RWC), a community service organization that promotes education, is excited to offer several $500 scholarships to male or female high school seniors.

Scholarships are awarded based the student’s academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, community service, and their personal essay. Also considered is financial need. Under the Privacy Act, the student should only disclose information he or she considers essential.

Download Application

Visit the website to obtain a copy at: http://www.riversidewomansclub.com/scholarships.html

Submit Application:

Email the completed application with the requested attachments at the following email: rwcscholarshipapplication@gmail.com

The deadline for submitting applications is on or before Wednesday February 24, 2021.


Please contact Lois Bailey at 951-233-7906 and leave a message or

email RWC at rwcscholarshipapplication@gmail.com

Kiwanis Club of Riverside - February 26, 2021 (4 pm)

Applications for the 2020-2021 seniors are now available.

Last year $21,000 in scholarships were awarded to 14 students.

There are also funds available for seniors wanting to enroll in technical schools for the technical trades.

Completed application packets should be scanned and uploaded to the following scholarship email larry.kiwanis.scholarship@mail.com AND must be received by the Scholarship Committee on or before 4:00 PM, February 26, 2021.

Kiwanis Application & instructions.pdf

Any packets received after said date and time will not be considered.

As a last resort you can mail or deliver your packet to:

Kiwanis Scholarship Committee

c/o Larry Vesely

1420 Basel Place

Riverside, CA 92506

Dollars for Scholars - November 9, 2020 to February 1, 2021

The Dollars for Scholars 2021 scholarship application process is now open.

The following information is attached for your use.

  1. Flyer announcing the scholarship application dates. Click here

  2. Instructions for students in a PowerPoint format. Click here

  3. Frequently Asked Questions:

Students, if you get stuck completing the profile and application, press the gray SUPPORT button at the bottom left hand corner of their screen to ask for help.

Elks Most Valuable Student (MVP) Scholarship - Due November 15th (Deadline Passed)

The Riverside Elks Lodge gave out 6 scholarships last year, worth nearly $15,000 total. One of those 6 scholarships last year was awarded to a STEM Senior. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

2021 Elks MVS application - Due by November 15, 2020.

Coca-Cola Scholarship - Due October 31st (Deadline Passed)

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

online application due by October 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. Eastern.


WTS (Women Transportation Scholarship) - Due October 16th (Deadline Passed)

Applications are being accepted now at www.wtsie.org/scholarships


College Presentations & Visits 2020-21

SAT/ACT/PSAT/AP Testing Information


SAT: www.collegeboard.org

ACT: www.actstudent.org

AP Testing May 3 - 7 & May 10-14, 2021

Cost $94 per test (fee reduction with free/reduced lunch)

Test Order Deadline is October 30 through AP Classroom

AP Readiness Program at UCR

(Updated 9/24/2020)

Website for registration: https://apreadiness.ucr.edu/ap-readiness-registration

For more information please contact UCR staff directly.

Angelica Sandoval at: angelica.magana@ucr.edu | James Keipp, Director at: james.keipp@ucr.edu

High School Events Calendar

Guidance Department Documents

Letter of Recommendation Packet 2019-20 (smp).docx
School Profile 2020-21.pdf
SAP Counselor Referral GENERAL Updated 7-5-17 (FILLABLE).pdf

Please note, the SAP Counselor General Referral Form is NOT to be used for safety related issues or issues that need immediate support.

If it is an urgent matter please reach out to Sandi Izquieta.