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WELCOME TO THE TDHS COLLEGE WEBPAGE
October/November EDITION!!!

This webpage should be the first place students go to begin planning their college/career journey. Students & parents are encouraged to explore the many links that provide information about college campuses, online applications, entrance exams, financial aid, scholarship searches, career exploration, athletic searches and many other important college/career information. This College Bulletin is updated monthly, so it's also a great idea for freshman, sophomores and juniors to also look here for college related news and events.

Sign up for College REMIND to get important college text messages from Ms. Hammell sent right to your phone.

PARENTS CAN SIGN UP AND RECEIVED THE SAME INFO TOO!

SENIORS
 
Last Name Start with A-I Enter# 81010 & Text @tdhs2021-1
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IMPORTANT THINGS SENIORS SHOULD KNOW

Seniors – Be sure to regularly check the various communication platforms for up to date college information such as DOWNEY’S DAILY BULLETIN, COLLEGE REMIND TEXTS, SENIOR SCHOOLOGY PAGE, THIS TDHS COLLEGE WEBPAGE, DOWNEY’S INSTAGRAM PAGE and your SCHOOL EMAIL.

Learn Thomas Downey High CEEB School Code (052000). This code is needed when filling out college applications and registering to take the SAT/ACT (MOST SAT/ACT TEST CENTERS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID19)
Utilize the internet for all college related information (see links to many free and safe resources on this page)
Develop a filing system or “college folder” for important college information. Whether this is your first or last year in high school, this folder is where you can safely keep all information and documents that relate to college: your A‐G checklist, info on summer college programs, letters from potential colleges, monthly college bulletin on this webpage, copies of PSAT, AP, SAT and ACT test scores, mailed campus information, your transcript, personal statement essay, letters of recommendation, resume, etc. Keep this folder somewhere safe so you have ready access to all of your information and nothing important gets lost!
Keep copies of all documents you mail, including “Proof of Mailing” from the post office
►Develop a resume to include your honors, awards, activities, volunteer work, community service, work experience etc. from 9th ‐12th grade (check out the “sample resume” link under “College Admission” or grab a hard copy in the hanging files outside the counseling office)
►Continue to maintain a high level of academic performance. Senior grades are just as important as junior and sophomore grades
Due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person testing of the SAT and ACT is NOT likely to take place due to test center closures.  Therefore for the SENIOR CLASS of 2021, all CSU’s & UC’s, California private and out of state colleges/universities are adopting a test optional policy when it comes to taking the SAT or ACT.  Test-optional policies affirm that colleges/universities will NOT penalize students for the absence of a standardized test score. Instead they will follow a student centered, holistic approach to admission that will NOT disadvantage any student without a test score. For a listing of colleges that follow this policy, check out the following link:  https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/newsroom/test-optional-means-test-optional/ NOTE: Test optional may NOT apply to prospective NCAA student-athletes. You will need to check with your college admission office or college coach to determine if submission of SAT or ACT scores are required, during COVID19.
► Submit your college application online. Remember, 4 year colleges and universities DO NOT accept D’s or F’s. Make sure your grades are C’s or better. Aim for a 3.0 or higher GPA. Colleges only see grades from 9th ‐ 11th when you apply, but grades all the way through the end of 12th grade WILL count! Colleges will rescind your acceptance in JUNE if your grades on the transcript they receive aren’t C’s or higher, even in the last semester of your senior year!

►Get acquainted with the NAVIANCE program ASAP, especially if you plan to apply to any PRIVATE college/university or to sign up for college rep visits or request letters of rec from teachers for private colleges. There will also be times when you’ll need to access Naviance to add a college to your list. NOTE:You must sign-in to Naviance from your school device! Go to: https://student.naviance.com/downey and click on the “STUDENT” icon, then click on “CONTINUE WITH CLEVER”,  then click on “LOG IN WITH ACTIVE DIRECTORY” and that should bring you to your Naviance Welcome Homepage.
►Keep an eye out for your EAP test scores mailed to your home. It will be included with your SBAC test results that was taken in AprilNOTE: Due to COVID-19 school closures that were in place at the end of 2020 school year, SBAC assessments were NOT administered.

►Arrange for letter of recommendations (LOR) from teachers several weeks in advance (letters are ONLY required for PRIVATE colleges, NOT for CSU or UC). Once a teacher has agreed to write a letter of rec for you, make a request in Naviance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7uNm4c8RO4 then email him/her your resume and completed LOR questionnaire (see link on this webpage). DEADLINE TO REQUEST LETTER OF REC from teachers and/or your academic counselor is OCT 31st.
►Check deadline dates for admission to private and out of state colleges as deadlines vary between colleges
►Sign up in Schoology for college application/FAFSA workshops when offered. For knowledge of those dates and times, be sure to CHECK DOWNEY’S DAILY BULLETIN, READ YOUR COLLEGE REMIND TEXTS, CHECK YOUR SENIOR SCHOOLOGY PAGE OFTEN, READ MONTHLY UPDATES ON TDHS COLLEGE WEBPAGE REGULARLY.
►For scholarships or out-of-state colleges that request official transcripts, contact Downey’s registrar, Debbie Garrett.  She can be reached by phone at: 209-574-1697 or by email at: [email protected]
►IF you decide to register to take the SAT/ACT (even if your college has gone test optional) it is  YOUR responsibility to send SAT/ACT college entrance test scores to the college(s) you applied to
► Work on your personal insight questions for UC's and essays for private colleges
►Make a final list of where you will apply to college
►Attend VIRTUAL College Fairs and VIRTUAL Campus Preview Days when offered. Check websites of individual campuses for scheduled dates and times these events are offered. The following links does list upcoming CSU Campus Preview Days information and registration: Information:
https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/csuweek Registration:  https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/csuweek/Pages/first-year-incoming-freshman.aspx
►It is important you connect with the college you will be attending for the next four years! Setting your VIRTUAL footprint on the campuses, will make a difference in where you choose to go. You and your parents can visit campuses VIRTUALLY or you can attend various VIRTUAL college preview days (Check CSU, UC and Private University websites for individual VIRTUAL college preview dates). Either way, it’s important to make sure you “fit” with the campus you select.
►Research and apply for all the scholarships you can! Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin on a regular bases for posting of monthly scholarships (see link under “Scholarships”)

►All seniors will be required to take a Senior Exit Survey on Naviance before being cleared for graduation. So it’s a MUST that all seniors know how to log-in to Naviance. To get started you MUST log in with your school device and go to: https://student.naviance.com/downey then click on “STUDENT” then click on “CONTINUE WITH CLEVER”
, then click on “LOG IN WITH ACTIVE DIRECTORY” and that should bring you to your Naviance Welcome Homepage.
►MEET ALL DEADLINES!!!

Quick checklist of A‐G Requirements to attend CSU or UC: (all grades earned must be “C” or better) For more detailed information, see “Downey A‐G college checklist/worksheet” link under “other information”. Email or visit your academic counselor for copy of your “unofficial” transcript. 

4 years of CP English
3 years of Math (Algebra, Geometry, Advance Algebra or Secondary Math I, II, III)
2 years of Lab Science (CP Bio, CP Chem)
2 years of Social Studies (CP World History, CP US History)
2 years of SAME Foreign Language
1 year of Visual Performing Art (Art, Dance, Drama, Photo, Ceramics, Band, Music, Choir)
1 year of CP elective


Juniors! What should you be doing NOW to prepare for college?

Keep your grades up! When you begin to submit college applications, you will only have 9th‐11th grades to post, so this is the last year you will have to raise your GPA.
When offeredattend VIRTUAL college fairs and attend VIRTUAL college preview days, and also sign up in Naviance to attend VIRTUAL college rep visits scheduled throughout the year.
Plan to take PSAT in October (TBA contingent on COVID19 conditions) and the SAT and/or ACT in the spring (TBA contingent on COVID19 conditions).
Review your transcript NOW to be sure you are on track to meet AG college entrance requirements.  Email or visit your academic counselor for a copy of your transcript.  Reach out to them if you discover you may need to enroll in ESS or summer school, to retake classes that you earned D’s / F’s, or to enroll in a class needed for A-G college entrance requirements.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, NEWS, EVENTS & DEADLINES

Seniors ... for all college related announcements, remember to: read you College Remind Texts, check your Senior Schoology Page often, read monthly information on the TDHS College Webpage regularly and check Downey's Daily Bulletin often because, ULTIMATELY IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO STAY ON TOP OF ALL EVENTS & DEADLINES

October 31st is the last day to request a letter of recommendation from your academic counselor/teacher/coach
NOVEMBER 30th is when all CSU and UC applications are due! NO EXCEPTIONS!
Application filing dates for Private Colleges vary, so check individual campus websites for their application deadlines.

CSU college application filing period is NOW open!!! All seniors have already received “unofficial”transcripts, so check your home mailbox or school email. Once you have your transcript, go to the DowneyCollege webpage and click on the CSU or UC link to begin the application process. Filling it outtakes time, so don’t wait. START NOW! Application filing for CSU begins October 1st and ends November 30th. Application filing for UC begins on November 1st and ends November 30th.

CSU CAMPUS WEEK: October 5 – 9 ALL 23 campuses are excited to provide an alternative to in-person college fairs. Each campus will VIRTUALLY present a short live session to provide a campus overview, information about the admission process and a question and answer period. ​​www.calstate.edu/apply/csuweek. Pre-registration is required to attend…first come, first served. Use the following link to register for the live session(s) that you would like to attend. ​​​Once you’ve pre-registered make sure to check the email you registered with for a zoom link to join, then log in early to the session(s) you selected to attend. All sessions will be recorded and available on this site. https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/csuweek/Pages/first-year-incoming-freshman.aspx

SAVE THE DATE: MCS College Counselors will be hosting the first ever VIRTUAL Financial Aid Presentation, Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 and seniors & their parents are invited. Go to the link provided on Downey’s website homepage at 6:30 to join this LIVE presentation. After the presentation, we will offer workshop sessions in English and Spanish to help students complete their FAFSA/Cal Dream Act Applications.  Space is limited for workshop sessions, so pre-register at the links provided below. One email per family please.
FAFSA Workshop Registration - English 
FAFSA/Cal Dream Act Workshop Registration – Spanish

College & FAFSA Workshops listed below are only offered ONE TIME this year! To join any of the workshops listed below, interested students MUST pre-register on Google Doc posted in Schoology.  After registration has closed, students will need to locate the personal email they registered with, for information containing a ZOOM link to join. If you miss the workshop, then access the SELF HELP ONLINE TUTORIALlink provided below the listed workshop

C
SU Application Workshop Thursday, October 1st 2:30-3:30
Self Help Online Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLf2YQHKu4it6tzk5Llx1YLo7svy9dlDWH

UC Application Workshop
 Friday, October 9th 3:00-4:00
Self Help Online Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-yx76EbPhMd8BkiLRvWl_xPUKOXbPfWM

FAFSA and CAL DREAM ACT Workshop
Thursday, October 29th 2:45-3:45
ENGLISH Self Help Online Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8nfk5ApcQ4
SPANISH Self Help Online Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKrU-iKrqmU

MJC Application Workshop Thursday, December 10th 8:15-9:15 or 2:30-3:30
Self Help Online Tutorial: https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/enrollment/mjcadmissionsapplicationguide.pdf

MJC Scholarships: Only seniors who have already submitted their MJC application, can apply for MJC scholarships.  For more detailed info visit: www.mjc.edu/studentservices/finaid/mjcscholarships.php  

Exploring College Options for:
 Duke UniversityGeorgetown UniversityHarvard UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.This parent/student VIRTUAL informational session will help you explore your college options and prepare a strong and reflective application in this time of change and new challenges. This webinar includes a brief introduction/overview of each institution, provides information about the college admission/application process and reviews financial aid opportunities. To register for the webinar, check out the various dates and times to view the virtual sessions that best fits your schedule at: https://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org/

Financial aid filling period for FAFSA opens October 1, 2020. Before starting the application, REMEMBER you and ONE parent need to each register for your FSA ID#. Click on “Register for FSA ID#” link or watch the following video for help:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7ihhGk8mCY . For help filling out the FAFSA app see “Help filling out the FAFSA” link or click on the following video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEc1nK-9B7U or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liO5RKKNrhE Remember deadline to file your FAFSA is March 2, 2021. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Important FINANCIAL AID Reminder: SENIORS, remember it is your responsibility to check your transcript (that was sent to your home mailbox or school email) to make sure your legal name and birth date is correct and EXACTLY matches your Social Security card. If you discover an error, notify the counseling office ASAP before submitting your FAFSA, otherwise the state will reject your FAFSA submission and you risk NOT qualifying for Financial Aid/Cal Grants.

CSS Profile: Some private universities require that you fill out the CSS Profile to be considered for financial aid. (CSU and UC do NOT require this form!) Many of these CSS profile deadlines are approaching! Please visit https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org to see if your college requires this form and then check individual college websites for deadlines.

NCAA: If you’re planning to play sports at a Division I or Division II college, registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net is a MUST! You must also meet class and test requirements by NCAA in order to play a Division I and II level. NOTE to prospective NCAA student-athletes: You will need to check with your college admission office or college coach to determine if submission of SAT or ACT scores are required, during COVID19. NOTE: NCAA will NOT accept classes taken in ESS or SS, so you will need to retake D/F classes in your regular schedule. (see NCAA links for more detailed information)

Job Corps Career Technical Training • Education • Professional Skills Job Corps is a career technical training and education program for low-income young people ages 16 -24. Each year Job Corps provides training and support services to approximately 60,000 young people in more than 100 career technical areas at 125 centers across the nation. Job Corps offers hands-on training in America’s fastest-growing careers, and our graduates land high-wage jobs. And the best part? It’s at no cost to income-eligible students. Contact Job Corps to find out about the centers closest to you and if you qualify for the program. (800) 733-JOBS [5627] www.recruiting.jobcorps.gov

Great website that is free to all users is www.californiacolleges.edu. It lists all 2 and 4 year colleges in California, allowing you to compare and contrast them, gives great tips regarding cost, size, application, financial aid, etc. Be sure to check out this website!


COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Submit your college application online. Once you’ve applied, it’s important you create portals at each college you applied to… then remember to check your email frequently to learn from the college(s) what is still required from you to complete your admission process. It is your responsibility to meet the deadlines the college requires.

►It’s ok to submit your college application without SAT/ACT test scores as long as you list the date you will be taking the test on the application, then send them directly to your college.

CSU/UC: Students can apply online to CSU campuses beginning October 1st – November 30th. The online application filling period for UC campuses is November 1st –November 30th, however you can get on the UC website NOW to start working on your application and personal insight questions… you just can’t submit app until November 1st. Email or visit your academic counselor for a copy of your “unofficial” transcript in order to fill out your application. All apps for the CSU's and UC's are due November 30th. NO EXCEPTIONS! Application filing dates for Private Colleges vary, so check individual campus websites for deadlines. IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET APPS DONE EARLY!!!

Private College/Universities: Inform the college counselor of your intent to apply to a private college then begin your common application online by visiting www.commonapp.org . It’s important you know how to log onto Naviance if you use the Common App. Naviance features a system of online submissions of secondary school reports, teacher recommendations, transcripts and school profile. So talk to the college counselor about your interest in using Naviance to upload and submit all your required documents to your private college electronically. Visit Naviance at https://student.naviance.com/downey . Application deadlines vary for private or out of state colleges, so it’s important you contact the admission office or check the website of the college you’re interested in attending. Don’t forget to email or visit your academic counselor for a copy of your “unofficial” transcript in order to fill out every detail correctly on your application. If you misrepresent yourself, the college/university can rescind their offer of acceptance once they receive your final transcript in June.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Apply to one or all 37 HBCU with one application and only pay one $35.00 application fee. Visit www.eduinconline.com  for application and more information.

College Application Workshops: Downey will be hosting ONE TIME ONLY application workshops for CSU, UC & MJC in October & December.  Look for dates of these workshops on this college webpage under “UPCOMING EVENTS, NEWS & DEADLINES” and announced on your Senior Schoology page.


TESTING

Due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person testing of the SAT and ACT is NOT likely to take place due to test center closures.  Therefore for the SENIOR CLASS of 2021, all CSU’s & UC’s, California private and out of state colleges/universities are adopting a test optional policy when it comes to taking the SAT or ACT.  Test-optional policies affirm that colleges/universities will NOT penalize students for the absence of a standardized test score. Instead they will follow a student centered, holistic approach to admission that will NOT disadvantage any student without a test score. For a listing of colleges that follow this policy, check out the following link:  https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/newsroom/test-optional-means-test-optional/ NOTE: Test optional may NOT apply to prospective NCAA student-athletes. You will need to check with your college admission office or college coach to determine if submission of SAT or ACT scores are required, during COVID19. Below is a list of the following in-person tests dates.  NOTE: Always check the following websites for test site closures and test date changes/cancellations.

SAT registration: www.sat.org/register  ACT registration: www.actstudent.org

SAT Test Date
  Registration Deadline    ACT Test Date  Registration Deadline
Oct 3, 2020        Sept. 4, 2020                   Oct. 24, 2020              Sept. 18, 2020
Nov 7, 2020       Oct. 9, 2020                     Dec. 12, 2020               Nov. 6, 2020
Dec 5, 2020       Nov 5, 2020

NOTE:
Juniors will test in the SPRING of their junior year (TBA contingent on COVID19 conditions)


FINANCIAL AID

SAVE THE DATE: MCS College Counselors will be hosting the first ever VIRTUAL Financial Aid Presentation, Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 and seniors & their parents are invited. Go to the link provided on Downey’s website homepage at 6:30 to join this LIVE presentation. After the presentation, we will offer workshop sessions in English and Spanish to help students complete their FAFSA/Cal Dream Act Applications.  Space is limited for workshop sessions, so pre-register at the links provided below. One email per family please.
FAFSA Workshop Registration - English 
FAFSA/Cal Dream Act Workshop Registration – Spanish

FAFSA APPLICATIONS will be available to fill out online from October 1st – March 2nd. Both you and one parent will EACH need a Federal Student Aid identification number (FSA ID#) when you file your FAFSA. You and your parent can register for your FSA ID# NOW at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm .  For video help filling out the FAFSA app go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwQUUO0v-j4  or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liO5RKKNrhENOTE: If you do NOT have a social security number, you will need to fill out the Cal Dream Act Application https://dream.csac.ca.gov/.

FAFSA and CAL DREAM ACT Workshop Thursday, October 29th 2:45-3:45 To join, interested students MUST pre-register on Google Doc posted in Schoology.  After registration has closed, students will need to locate the personal email they registered with, for information containing a ZOOM link to join.
ENGLISH Self Help Online Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8nfk5ApcQ4
SPANISH Self Help Online Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKrU-iKrqmU

Important FINANCIAL AID Reminder: SENIORS, remember it is your responsibility to check your transcript (that was sent to your home mailbox or school email) to make sure your legal name and birth date is correct and EXACTLY matches your Social Security card. If you discover an error, notify the counseling office ASAP before submitting your FAFSA, otherwise the state will reject your FAFSA submission and you risk NOT qualifying for Financial Aid/Cal Grants.

CSS Profile: Some private universities require that you fill out the CSS Profile to be considered for financial aid. (CSU and UC do NOT require this form!) Many of these CSS profile deadlines are approaching! Please visit https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/ to see if your college requires this form, then check individual college websites for deadlines.

SENIORS, there have been cases of seniors not receiving their Cal Grants because they failed to report a hyphenated last name or two last names. Be careful of this...as ultimately it is your responsibility to check personal info on your transcript to make sure your legal name, address, birth date and other personal information are correct. If you discover an error, please notify the counseling office ASAP, otherwise the state may reject your FAFSA submission and you risk NOT qualifying for Financial Aid/Cal Grants.

Got a Facebook account? Visit www.Facebook.com/FederalStudentAid & learn more about financial aid & FAFSA. See what’s trending & join the conversation.


SCHOLARSHIPS


Research and apply for all the scholarships you can! Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin on a regular basis for posting of monthly scholarships so you don’t miss an opportunity to apply for FREE MONEY!www.monet.k12.ca.us/district/counseling-and-guidance/college-counseling/financial-aid

Scholarship searching??? Don’t’ forget Naviance has a great feature called “National Scholarship Search”.  Log into your Naviance account, click on “Colleges” tab, then scroll down and click on “Scholarships and Money”.  From there, click on “National College Search” to complete your profile form and get matched with your “best fit” scholarships available from across the nation.  This is a GREAT resource at your fingertips!!!  USE IT!!!

Scholarship Tip:  Once you've decided what college you will attend in the fall, be sure to check out the scholarships that are being offered by the college/university you chose. The single largest source of scholarships comes for the colleges themselves.  Always check the financial aid/scholarship link at the websites of the colleges you want to attend.  It might make a difference in which college you choose.

Scholarship Tip:
  Corporations or unions that your parents work for often sponsor scholarships for dependent children.  Ask your parents to check with their company or union to see if scholarships are offered through their workplace.

Check out GoingMerry.com: Access to dozens of scholarships with only ONE application to fill out: https://www.goingmerry.com/
Check out StudentScholarships.org:  For a complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php
Check out ScholarshipExperts.com:  For complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit www.scholarshipexperts.com
Check out Scholarhips4Students.com:  For a complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit www.scholarships4students.com
Check out Chegg.com:  For a complete list of scholarships and application deadlines visit: https://www.chegg.com/scholarships
Check out Fastweb.com: This is a free scholarship matching service that once you create your profile will match you up with scholarships that are unique to you.  Visit www.fastweb.com.
Check out cappex.com:  This is a free scholarship matching service that once you create your profile will match you up with scholarships that are unique to you. Visit https://www.cappex.com/scholarships
Check out Scholarships.com:  This is a free scholarship matching service that once you create your profile will match you up with scholarships that are unique to you.  Visit https://www.scholarships.com


COLLEGE REP VISITS


VIRTUAL College Visits to Downey: Seniors and juniors interested in learning more about specific colleges and universities are invited to attend any of the following VIRTUAL college visits listed below. To register for visits, you MUST log-in to NAVIANCE from your SCHOOL DEVICE at: https://student.naviance.com/downey then click on the “STUDENT” icon, then click on “CONTINUE WITH CLEVER”,  then click on “LOG IN WITH ACTIVE DIRECTORY”and that should bring you to your Naviance Welcome Homepage. Read instructions in the box titled “How To Sign Up for College Workshop/Visit”. Once you’re registered, DON"T FORGET it will be YOUR responsibility to log back into Naviance on the day and time of the visit or workshop that you registered for, by locating the event then clicking on the "VIRTUAL VISIT LINK" to participate. Perhaps consider posting a reminder on your phone.

Wednesday, October 7-United States Naval Academy 1:30pm The United States Naval Academy is a federal service academy located in Annapolis, Maryland. The Academy is suited for individuals with a passion for the military, specifically the Navy and Marines. More campus info:  https://www.usna.edu/homepage.php
Wednesday, October 14- California Lutheran University 1:30pm California Lutheran University is a private liberal arts university located in Thousand Oaks, CA. The college encourages students are opened minded and committed to finding their passion for what they hope to do in the future. More college info: https://www.callutheran.edu/
Wednesday, October 21-University of Arizona 1:30pm The University of Arizona is a public research university located in Tucson, Arizona. They are great leaders in the arts & sciences and seek to prepare students for the working world of the future. More college info: https://www.arizona.edu/
NEW! Thursday, October 22- UC Davis 3:00pm Interested students MUST pre- register at the following link to join https://ua.ucdavis.edu/register/MCSDHighSchool . After registering, students will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join. Admission requirements will be discussed, followed by a Q & A. More campus info: https://www.ucdavis.edu/
Wednesday, October 28-Dominican University of California 1:30pm The Dominican University of California is a private university in San Rafael, California. They offer more than 60 academic programs, each with the goal of preparing students for their professional and personal life after college. More college info: https://www.dominican.edu/
NEW! Thursday, October 29 – UCLA 2:30pm The University of California, Los Angeles is a public research university in Los Angeles, California. It is ranked among the world’s top-tier universities. The faculty are highly educated and recognized, so you’ll definitely be getting a high quality education. Zoom link: https://ucla.zoom.us/j/94612183278?pwd=L2gweitjc2ZQODc1T24rT0kyWWlEZz09
Password: UCLA. More college info: https://www.ucla.edu/
Wednesday, November 4-Hawaii Pacific University 1:30pm Hawaii Pacific is a small, Christian college located in Oahu. Hawaii Pacific gives students 50 undergraduate degree options with hands-on learning experience. More college info: https://www.hpu.edu/
NEW! Wednesday, November 18th at 1:30 Whittier College 1:30pm More college info: https://www.whittier.edu/


ATHLETES NEWS

Athletes planning to enroll in college as a freshman and want to participate in Division I or Division II sports must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse (see NCAA link to register online).Students should start this process no later than the spring of their junior year in high school. NOTE to prospective NCAA student-athletes: You will need to check with your college admission office or college coach to determine if submission of SAT or ACT scores are still required, during COVID19. NOTE: NCAA will NOT accept classes taken in ESS or SS, so you will need to retake D/F classes in your regular schedule. (see NCAA links for more detailed information)

It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the Clearinghouse has the following documents:
●A signed student release form and payment fee
●An official transcript mailed directly to Clearinghouse from every high school attended. Email or visit Debbie Garrett in the Records Office (room 8) to request an official transcript.
●SAT or ACT scores have to be sent to the Clearinghouse by the student

SENIORS and JUNIORS: If you plan to play a Division I or Division II sport in college, you must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet their course & test requirements (see NCAA link). Download the online form, fill it out, then send it with your official transcript to NCAA Clearinghouse or email/take a copy of the completed form to Debbie Garrett, our registrar in room 8. She can forward the form and a copy of your official transcript to the Clearinghouse. It’s your responsibility to request the registrar send follow up transcripts as needed by NCAA Clearinghouse. NOTE: You can have your SAT/ACT scores sent directly to the NCAA clearinghouse by using code 9999 when you register to take the SAT/ACT, otherwise it’s your responsibility to submit an order through ACT/SAT website to have them send all your SAT/ACT test scores to the Clearinghouse. We do NOT send them from Downey.


NAVIANCE

What is Naviance? Navianceis a powerful tool to help guide you through the sometimes confusing path of college and careers. It is designed to help you plan and prepare for YOUR future! For example, you can create your student profile, research colleges and careers, create a resume, find scholarships and learn more about yourself and what interests you through our career and personality inventories. Naviance can also track the colleges you applied for and have been accepted to. Whether you plan to attend a college or vocational/trade/tech school, go into the military or work right after high school, visit the Naviance site regularly and become familiar with the many resources available to help you stay at the top of your future.

►HOW TO LOG-IN TO NAVIANCE:  You must sign-in to Naviance from your school device! Go to: https://student.naviance.com/downey and click on the “STUDENT” icon, then click on “CONTINUE WITH CLEVER”,  then click on “LOG IN WITH ACTIVE DIRECTORY” and that should bring you to your Naviance Welcome Homepage.

Here's a question that gets asked often: How do I find colleges that will best fit my major and areas of interest? Visit Naviance!!! (https://student.naviance.com/downey ) If you take the "Career Interest Profiler" it will match you to careers that best suit your personality and strengths. It also provides a list of career possibilities and colleges that have majors which match your interests. So not only is Naviance is a great web based internet program for students to use as a college search engine, but it’s also super to use for career searches.

It's important that every single student at Downey know how to log in to their Naviance account! Make sure you’re accessing your account and using all that Naviance has to offer!  Listed below are some things you can do in Naviance:

  • Create a resume
  • Research careers & colleges
  • Take a personality survey to learn more about yourself and which career(s) best suits you
  • Request teacher letters of recommendation for private universities
  • Search for colleges based on location, major, cost, size, etc…
  • Get connected to locate, state & nation-wide scholarships
  • Take a personality survey to learn more about yourself and which career(s) best suits you
  • Access direct links to UC, CSU, Private college admission, SAT/ACT registration, college webpages, and financial aid information
  • Use Scattergrams: This feature allows students to predict what their admission decision might be, based on GPA and SAT/ACT info.
  •  Sign up for College/Financial Aid Application Workshops and College Rep visits
  • SENIORS MUST take a MANDATORY SENIOR EXIT SURVEY in Naviance the first week in May
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!


MJC NEWS


MJC Application Workshop Thursday, December 10th 8:15-9:15 or 2:30-3:30. To join, interested students MUST pre-register on Google Doc posted in Schoology.  After registration has closed, students will need to locate the personal email they registered with, for information containing a ZOOM link to join.
Self Help Online Tutorial: https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/enrollment/mjcadmissionsapplicationguide.pdf

Interested in getting a jump start on college credits?  Many students opt to take a course or two at MJC during their sophomore, junior and/or senior year in high school. Tuition is waived for high school students, but only students who are on track to graduate and have demonstrated that they can handle the additional coursework, do well with dual enrollment. Most courses in 100 level and up, are transferable to CSU’s, UC’s and many private universities.  Click on following link to view the transfer pattern to a 4yr college: https://www.mjc.edu/instruction/documents/catalog/2021/2021_igetctransferpattern.pdf

What should I do first to take MJC coursework NOW while I’m still in high school?  That’s called, DUAL ENROLLMENT! If you’re interested in learning more about dual enrollment then call, email or visit our Career Navigator, Sanjay Bhan, at 209-492-1126 or [email protected] as all MJC forms are processed through him. Remember classes taken at MJC are free tuition while you’re still in high school!!! Suggested courses to take: Guidance 110, Guidance 111 (for students who don’t know what to major in) Health 110, Music Appreciation 101, History 101 or 102, College Skills 100, Public Speaking 100 and various elective classes. Consult the MJC course schedule, (click on the “magnifying glass” in upper right hand corner of MJC homepage) to see what is being offered each semester.

Taking the SAT and/or ACT is NOT required if you plan to attend MJC or any other California Community /Junior College, but it can help for college level placement in Math & English courses.  (See below for NEW MATH & ENGLISH PLACEMENT OPTIONS NOW IN PLACE AT MJC)!

►Math and English Placement Options for Enrollment at MJC! MJC is now accepting new assessment options which will do away with students having to take the Math and English placement tests. Your high school transcript, EAP, SAT, ACT or AP test scores are acceptable options that also show you’re ready for college level Math and English classes at MJC. Visit the following website for more detailed information: https://mjc.edu/studentservices/placement/