Mrs. Valverde and Ms. Madrid are still here to assist students and their families with college and career planning during these unprecedented times. We want you all to know that we are ALL in this together and we will all get through this together. Although things are quickly changing, we want you to know that all students across the country are going through the same changes and challenges. The information that I provide here is to keep you up to date. Please reach out if you need any clarification and we will do our best to work through this together.
Please stay safe and healthy,
Mrs. Valverde, College Counselor and Ms. Madrid, Career Counselor
University of California response to COVID-19 for Juniors and Seniors:
I know that many of you planned out how you would approach this school year and when you might have been best prepared for your exams. I want you to know that colleges are mindful of all the challenges that have developed with a global pandemic. Many colleges are going test optional or will use other measures to admit students next fall. College Board is currently working on new exam dates or new testing formats for the SAT. The UC's accept scores up to December of senior year. I would recommend to take it no later than October to be safe for most colleges deadlines.
Exam Cancellations & Updates:
I wanted to let you know that College Board has officially canceled their June test date. As of now, they are working on adding dates or providing SAT exams online. They did provide the following planned test dates:
- August 29
- October 3
- November 7
- December 5
Please check with them directly at https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates
State Testing has been canceled by the Federal Government for this school year.
Free resources will be available through exam day to help you get ready. While we encourage you to wait until closer to the test to decide, any student registered for an exam can cancel at no charge.
For the 2019-20 exam administration only:
- We’re developing secure 45-minute online free-response exams for each course.
- The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
- You’ll be able to take your exams on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. You’ll also have the option to write your responses by hand and submit a photo.
- Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
- We know that not all students have access to the internet or a device. We’re working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work. If you need mobile tools or connectivity or know someone who does, you can reach us directly to let us know.
The exams will be secure. We’re using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.
Free AP Review Classes
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:
- Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
- Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
- Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.
There are more than 4,300 colleges and universities in the United States. The first thing any student needs to do is decide what type of post-secondary institution they would like to attend. These institutions are all unique and offer a variety of programs for all students. Because of the plethora of universities available, it is not an easy task to summarize which characteristics are important, or what programs and services would be most valuable for you. Take concrete steps towards your future by starting your research as soon as possible knowing that your hard work will eventually pay off and the right university will be within your grasp. Keep in mind that you are unique, and that not every university which is considered “elite” or “big-name” will be right for you.
Steps to college search and planning - Should begin with some of the following steps:
Naviance Student will help guide your research and keep track of colleges you are interested in.
- A career survey- use our www.careercruising.com - passwords available in the College Career Center
- College search - www.collegeboard.org , www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org, www.actstudent.org, www.cappex.com,
- Use resources available in the College & Career Center
- Visit college websites
- Campus visits
- Visit www.fafsa.gov and www.finaid.org
- Begin a scholarship search- www.fastweb.com
- Know about financial aid, visit: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov
- Complete online college and scholarship applications where available