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The Path to High School Graduation and Beyond - 12th grade edition

  • Congratulations on reaching your senior year of high school. It is an exciting time in your life, but it is also a very important and busy time. The following game plan should help you as you maneuver through your last year in high school and figure out exactly where you are going to be when it is over. 
  • Practice good time management and study skills to keep good grades. Use a calendar to keep track of assignments & deadlines. Staying organized helps. Remember - every class counts!
  • Either get or stay involved with extracurricular activities, clubs, leadership roles and community service. These help on college and scholarship applications and they are a lot of fun!
  • Attend our district’s Got Plans? College and Career Fair in October to start getting excited and interested in different colleges and careers. Attend other college fairs in San Diego too.
  • Take the SAT (sat.collegeboard.org) and/or ACT (www.actstudent.org) by Nov. or Dec. (should be taken in the spring of Jr. year also). These are required for admission into 4 year colleges. Consider taking some SAT subject tests as many colleges look at these scores as well. ** If you need accommodations, contact the College Board for the SAT or ACT for the ACT test.
    Start applying to colleges. All CSU and UC schools have deadlines of Nov. 30 and private and out of state schools have deadlines closely after in December and January (for most). Make sure you have narrowed down your college list – you should not apply to tons of schools because you should have already started figuring out the ones you are truly interested in. Community college applications are due in the spring.
  • Ask adults who are willing to write letters of recommendation for you in advance. We are all asked to write many letters and they are quite time consuming. You need to fill out the “Senior Brag Packet” and turn it in by September 30th in order to get a letter of recommendation or Common App response from your counselor.
  • Make sure to send official scores for SAT, ACT and AP tests to the schools you are applying to as well as sending your official transcripts from all high schools and colleges you have attended. Requests for West Hills transcripts can be made with Mrs. Stratton in the front office.
  • Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov as close to October 1 as possible, but make sure to wait until after October 1 and before March 2.
  • Apply for scholarships. Visit the scholarship page on the West Hills website and Ms. Murillo in counseling. Other great scholarship websites are www.fastweb.com and www.cappex.com.