Seniors-Class of 2019

Senior Meetings started in September and will continue into October.  Counselors meet with every Senior individually to conduct an “Academic Review” of their transcript and credit information as well as graduation status.  We also discuss the college application process as well as career, scholarship and financial aid information.   (If Seniors have 160 credits, they need 70 more to meet the 230-credit requirement for graduation. If so, they should be enrolled in 7 classes.)  Seniors needing more than 70 credits are not on track for graduation.  They should meet with their counselor ASAP to discuss their options. 

     Counselors will mail “Senior Letters” to parent/guardians at the end of October.  These letters review graduation requirements and the graduation status of each Senior.   (It is imperative that Seniors pass all classes!  Failing even one class could jeopardize graduation!)

     Seniors going straight to 4-year colleges should be working on their college applications.  (Check the Educational Planning Center page for more information and apply early.)  Remember to list college prep classes taken in middle school as well as those taken in high school. 

     Seniors can complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) beginning October 1st.  Seniors will use their parent/guardian’s 2017 tax return to complete this information.  Seniors should not wait to submit their FAFSA as early submissions may improve their chances of earning aid.  (The district sends all Cal Grant GPA verifications directly to the Student Aid Commission in October.) 

            Athletes who plan to play sports in college should now be registered with the NCAA.  www.ncaa.org

Recommendation letters and official transcripts-  If Seniors need official transcripts, they should open a Parchment account to have transcripts sent electronically.  (They will get Parchment information from their counselor in Spring unless they request it sooner.  If Seniors don’t want transcripts sent until final grades have posted in June, they must check “hold for final grades”.) They can also request an official transcript from the Registrar.  (Allow two school days for her to process this request.)  She will prepare the official transcript so that it is ready for the student to mail. 

Many private colleges and universities request School Reports and/or letters of recommendation from teachers or counselors. Many staff members have numerous letters to write and are not able to write recommendations just before a deadline, therefore requests must be made at least two weeks in advance.       

            Most applications and forms are submitted electronically. Please supply addressed and stamped envelopes if forms need to be mailed.