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College & Career Connection [10/05/2021]

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College & Career Connection [10/05/2021]


News from the College & Career Center
The CCC strives for continuity in providing relevant information and resources to our students and community.

Ways to Stay Connected

Follow us on Instagram @ Los_Altos_CCC
Join events found on the CCC Calendar
Bookmark the CCC Site for fast reference
College & Career Center News (emailed to students weekly)

Class of 2025
- How is your student adjusting to high school?
- Discuss ways for your student to get involved in a campus or community activity.
- Oct. 13th: 9th graders will have a social and emotional learning activity and a Naviance webinar with a follow-up activity. 

Class of 2024
- The A-G GPA starts this semester. Encourage your student to do their best academically and to seek support if struggling. 
- Discuss ways for your student to
get involved in a campus or community activity.
- Oct. 13th: 10th graders will take the PSAT. Colleges do not see this score, results can be used to give students insight into areas of relative strength/weakness. This is a no-pressure practice test.
- Ask your student if they have visited Naviance this school year. If not, please encourage them to update their resume/activities list, add a college/university, or take a self-assessment under the "self-discovery" quick link.

Class of 2023
- Register to attend the 11th Grade Information Night on Thursday, 10/7 @ 6:30 PM
- Discuss ways for your student to get involved in a campus or community activity, maintain grades, use Naviance, and start researching post-secondary options.
- Oct. 13th: 11th graders will take the PSAT or SAT. The PSAT taken in 11th grade is a practice test and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Results can be used to give students insight into areas of relative strength/weakness and inform decisions about taking the SAT or ACT and the timeline. 
- The SAT can serve as an official score for colleges/universities that require testing. Students can determine, based on this score and their college list if they want to take a future exam or not. Testing requirements and policies for the Class of 2023 are still in flux. The UC's will not use tests for admissions, hundreds of schools will remain test-optional or test-free, and some schools will require official scores. 

Class of 2022

College Counseling Recap

The MVLA Foundation generously supports college advising programming. Here are recordings from recent workshops!

University of California, Personal Insight Questions (UC-PIQ) with UC Davis (Recording) 
LAHS-UC PIQ Brainstorming Slide Deck 

Paying for College/Affordability with Illinois College
EOP Program Overview and Information

Responding to the Common Application Essay presented by Lehigh University

Financial Aid Night- Spanish 

Financial Aid Night- English

Additional Personal Statement resources
Personal Statement Tips from Johns Hopkins and Coalition App
Purpose Challenge Toolkit
Smith Academic Narratives Project
The College Essay Guy

Reminder, the LAHS College and Career staff are here to help students brainstorm and edit college essays and activities lists. Email Ms. Price and or Ms. Duran for support.

Connect with the University of California

Campuses offer a range of virtual opportunities, including college fairs, appointments, admissions sessions, tours, and videos on admission, housing, and/or financial aid and scholarships.  Some will be hosted in-person, while others will be offered virtually. Programming for students and families will be available. 

UC Berkeley: Open House October 9; programming throughout September and October

UC Davis: Open House October 4-29; programming for families and students offered throughout the fall quarter

UC Irvine: Preview Week October 11-15 (Virtual)

Merced: Programming available throughout October and November

UC Riverside: Discover UCR November 1-4 (Virtual)

UC San Diego: Programming available throughout October and November

UC Santa Barbara: Programming throughout October and November

Santa Cruz: Programming throughout October, and November


FAFSA, California Dream Act Application, and
California State University Application Open
Cash-4-College Workshop (12th Grade)
11th Grade Information Night (Class of 2023)
UC Application Filing Period Opens
Deadline to File the UC Application
Deadline to File the CSU Application for many campuses
College and Career Insights
Listen: Lord of the Rankings, journalist, and author Malcolm Gladwell calls a foul on the rankings system. He relies heavily on the research done by Reed statistics professor Kelly McConville and her students.

Listen: College Essay Guy Podcast10 Ways Parents Can Support Their Students Through the College Application Process

Virtual College Fairs

All dates/times are also listed on the College and Career Center Events Calendar.

Students (and parents) can hear directly from colleges & universities and ask questions at these events. Participants select which sessions to attend. Admissions professionals also offer general knowledge sessions on Navigating the UC & CSU Applications, Writing College Essays, Paying for College, and many more!


Coalition Colleges Fairs

California College Fairs

You can also visit any college's website for other opportunities to connect.

Academic Collaboration Time (ACT): Wed & Fri (10:10-11 AM)
Encourage your student to reserve their seat in the College & Career Center during ACT.

October 6:     Application Help! Focus on CSU (12th)
October 8:     Application Help! Focus on Financial Aid (12th)
October 15:   Application Help! Focus on UC (12th)
October 20:   Focus on Naviance (9-12th)
October 22:   College Essay Support (12th)
October 27 & 29:   Open Sessions (9-12th)

For a complete list of ACT workshops please see the CCC Events calendar.

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Ms. Laura Duran (she/her/hers)

College & Career Coordinator | Los Altos HS


Email: laura.duran (at) MVLA

Phone: (650) 960-8811 ex.2128

CEEB: 051510

201 Almond Avenue | Los Altos, CA 94022


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