West Hills High School

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

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. 

What you should be doing right now...

  • If you are interested in a career in the trades please consider a course in your area of interest.
  • Choose classes for next year that will make you eligible for admission to a 4 year college right after high school.  Make sure you meet your Fine Art requirement next year if you have not yet done so as well as continue in your Math, Science and World Language classes.  Challenge yourself but be realistic as it is imperative that you keep all of your grades up to C’s or higher.
  • SAT/ACT: Please contact your prospective colleges for testing requirements. **If you need testing accommodations, contact SAT or ACT directly.
  • Attend any college fairs - virtual or in person
  • Either get or stay involved with extra curricular activities, clubs, leadership roles, and community service. These help on college and scholarship applications and they are a lot of fun!
  • If you earned a D or an F in a class, make sure to sign up for summer school to retake the class.

Next school year…when you will be a 12th grader!!

  • Practice good time management and study skills to keep good grades.  
  • Apply to apprenticeships/internships or prepare a resume if going directly into the workforce.
  • 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.
  • Start applying to colleges.  Check application deadlines for all schools you are interested in applying to. Most 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).
  • 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. There will be a “Senior Brag Packet” due by October in order to get a letter from your counselor. Counselors.Teachers may not be able to write letters of recommendation.
  • Requests for West Hills transcripts can be made with Mr. Novicio in the front office.
  • Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at https://studentaid.gov/. Make sure to wait until after October 1 of your senior year to apply. The deadline is March 2nd.
  • Work on scholarships!  Visit the West Hills Scholarship page on our web site.  Another great scholarship resource is Cal Soap San Diego. Attend our Scholarship tutorial offered Thursday mornings at 8am in the College/Career Center (L-1).