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WELCOME TO COLLEGE & CAREER BULLETIN - 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 good idea for freshmen, sophomores and juniors to also look here for college related news, events and information.

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IMPORTANT THINGS SENIORS SHOULD KNOW
►Learn Thomas Downey High CEEB School Code (052000). This code is needed when filling out college applications and registering to take the SAT/ACT
►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 bulletin, copies of EAP, PSAT, AP, SAT and ACT test scores, your transcript, personal insight questions, letters of recommendation, campus visits/information, etc. Keep this folder somewhere safe so you have immediate access to all of your college 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 (stop by the career center for hard copy of sample resume or pick one up outside the counseling office)
►Continue to maintain a high level of academic performance. Senior grades are just as important as junior and sophomore grades.
►If applying to 4yr colleges, seniors should register NOW to take SAT and/or ACT. If applying to UC campus, SAT Subject Tests are NO longer required, but recommended if you plan to major in math, science or engineering: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/requirements/examination-requirement/SAT-subject-tests/index.html . SAT/ACT with writing is still required for UC admission though. Fee waivers are available if you meet income eligibility requirements. See college counselor in career center during your lunch period, if you think you qualify. Changes to SAT FEE WAIVER PROGRAM: If you received an SAT fee waiver from me as a junior last year, then there is NO need to see me again for a second one. Instead, an additional SAT fee waiver will be waiting in your College Board account. When you log in to your account and get to the end of your second SAT registration, if your cart shows a $0 balance due…just click on “confirm registration” and you’re done. Super easy! KEEP IN MIND: this change is for SAT NOT ACT fee waivers. For ACT, you still have to see me to get your 1st or 2nd fee waiver if you qualify as low income.
► Submit your college application online. Colleges prefer it that way. Remember, 4 year colleges and universities DO NOT accept D’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 admission if your grades aren’t C’s or higher even in the last semester of your senior year!
REGISTER for NAVIANCE ASAP, especially if you plan to apply for SCHOLARSHIPS and/or apply to any PRIVATE college/university. There will be times when you’ll need to assess Naviance to download a scholarship application or add a college to your list. NEW THIS YEAR in NAVIANCE: Our district has gone to a single sign-on process (SSO). This means a code is NO longer needed to register to Naviance! Yay! Yippee! Hooray! To sign in to Naviance go to: https://student.naviance.com/downey on your school device, then follow the directions on the Naviance log-in page. VOILA you’re in! It’s that easy!
►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 April. You’ll need these EAP test results if you are planning to attend a CSU or MJC. When you get the scores, just put them in your college folder for safe keeping until spring.
►Arrange for letter of recommendations from teachers several weeks in advance (letters are required for Private colleges, NOT for CSU or UC). It would be helpful to give teachers your resume and completed questionnaire (see link on this webpage). DEADLINE TO REQUEST LETTER OF REC IS OCT 31
►Check deadline dates for admission to private and out of state colleges as deadlines vary between colleges
►Sign up in career center for application workshops when offered. Read/listen to daily bulletin for dates and times to sign up
►Make written requests for official transcripts from the Registrar Office in Room 8 when needed. Allow at least 36 ‐ 48 hours for processing
►Remember it’s YOUR responsibility to send 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 College Fairs and Campus Preview Days when offered. Check websites of individual campuses for scheduled dates and times. The following link does list CSU preview dates: www.csustan.edu/admissions/preview-day
►Connect with the college you will be attending for the next four years! Setting foot on the campuses, will make a difference in where you choose to go. You can go with your parent(s) and visit campuses and take tours on your own or you can attend various college visit weekends (Check CSU, UC and Private University websites for individual college preview dates). Either way, it’s important to make sure you “fit” with the campus you select. All visits must be approved in advance through the attendance office
►Research and apply for all the scholarships you can! Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin on a regular bases for NEW postings of monthly scholarships (see link under “Scholarships”)
►All seniors will be required to take a Senior Exit Survey in Naviance before being cleared for graduation. So it’s a MUST that all seniors log-in to Naviance. To get started, go to the following Naviance page on your school device https://student.naviance.com/downey , then follow the directions on the log-in page. VOILA you’re in! It’s that easy!
►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”. See 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 submit, so this is the last year you will have to raise your GPA.
►Attend college fairs, attend college preview days, and attend college visits scheduled on Downey’s campus throughout the year.
►Plan to take PSAT in October and the SAT and/or ACT in the spring.
►Review your transcript NOW to be sure you are on track to meet A‐G college entrance requirements. See your academic counselor for a copy of your transcript. Because 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 EVENTS, NEWS & DEADLINES


SENIORS...REMEMBER TO LISTEN/READ DOWNEY BULLETIN DAILY, READ YOUR TEXT REMIND FOR UPDATES AND CHECK DOWNEY'S COLLEGE/CAREER/SCHOLARSHIP WEBPAGE REGULARLY…ULTIMATELY IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO STAY ON TOP OF ALL EVENTS AND DEADLINES

►October 31st is the last day to request a letter of recommendation from academic counselor/teacher/coach
►NOVEMBER 30th is when all CSU and UC applications are due!
►Application filing dates for Private Colleges vary, so check individual campus websites for their application deadlines.
►You must send SAT/ACT test scores to all colleges you apply to. DO NOT DELAY SENDING TEST SCORES! NOTE It’s ok to submit you college application without SAT/ACT test scores as long as you listed the date you will be taking the test on the application. When test results arrive, the nsend them directly to your college.

Modesto City Schools College Counselors present College Expo! SAVE THE DATE NOW for Saturday, October 20 to attend our third annual College Expo to be held at Downey High School from 9:00‐1:00. This event is specifically designed for 9-12 students & their parents who desire more knowledge about how to navigate the college process. Students and their families will have a variety of break‐out workshops to choose from, including: Naviance, A‐G requirements, College Entrance Tests, Financial Aid, NCAA, writing essays for college applications and many will be in presented Spanish too! In addition, there will be a number of college representatives at the college fair to answer your questions. This FREE event is open to all grades and no registration is required.

CSU college application filing period is NOW open!!!
All seniors have already received “unofficial” transcripts from their Government teacher. Once you have your transcript, click on the CSU or UC link on this page to begin the application process. Filling it out takes time, so don’t wait. START NOW! Application filing for CSU begins October 1st and ends November 30th. Application filing for UC begins November 1st and ends November 30th.

PSAT pre-registration:
Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors interested in attending a 4 year college directly out of high school are encouraged to take the PSAT. The cost is $18.00 and must be paid at the time of registration. Registration for Juniors is Sept. 26th, 27th & 28th. Registration for Freshmen and Sophomores is Sept 1st & 2nd. First come, first served! Pre-register in the Student Center before school, after school or during both lunches. Limited number of fee waivers are only available to Juniors who meet eligible income guidelines.

PSAT
will take place Wednesday, October 10th in the BIG Downey Gym beginning at 7:55. Remember only those students who already pre‐registered/pre‐paid the week before can attend.

CSU Stanislaus Preview Day
will be held Saturday October 20th 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students who apply between October 1‐October 12, 2018 and meet first‐time freshmen eligibility (based on self reported information on their app) will get an on campus review of your application and notice of acceptance on the same day! For more information and to pre-register for Preview Day, please visit: www.csustan.edu/admissions/preview-day

Seniors:
UC Merced is offering a free Saturday application workshop to assist you with completing your insight questions & UC Application (you don’t have to be applying to UC Mereced to attend). The workshop will be held Saturday, October 13th on UC Merced Campus from 9-12. Seating is limited, so visit: https://ucmerced.secure.force.com/admission/targetX_eventsb__events#/list locate the calendar, click on October 13th to register NOW.

UC Merced is hosting Pathway to College Parent Summit: Saturday, November 17th from 8am-12pm. This FREE event is designed to empower parents with the knowledge necessary to guide their children towards college. A complimentary breakfast will be provided so every parent is welcome. Seating is limited, so visit http://admissions.ucmerced.edu/ParentSummit2018  and register NOW.   For more information, contact Abraham Lopez at alopez7@ucmerced.edu or call (209) 228‐4222.

Common Application Workshop: Seniors, if you’re plan is to apply to a private college, now is the time to begin the Common App. BRING YOUR CHARGED DEVICE! Downey will be hosting a one time only Common App Workshop Thursday, October 11th. Signups will be taken in the career center during lunch and afterschool…Seating is limited so read/listen to daily bulletin for date to begin signing up. Remember what day and period you signed up for as NO passes will be sent to your class reminding you to attend the workshop. It’s your responsibility to remember.

UC Application Workshop:
Seniors, if your plan is to apply to a UC, then take advantage of this opportunity to work on your UC college application. BRING YOUR CHARGED DEVICE! Downey will be hosting a one time only UC Application Workshop Friday, October 19th. Signups will be taken in the career center during lunch and afterschool… Seating is limited so read/listen to daily bulletin for date to begin signing up. Remember what day and period you signed up for as NO passes will be sent to your class reminding you to attend the workshop. It’s your responsibility to remember.

CSU Application Workshop:
Seniors is you haven’t already done so, NOW is the time to begin the CSU college application. Downey will be hosting a one time only CSU Application Workshop Friday, October 26th. Signups will be taken in the career center during lunch and afterschool… Seating is limited so read/listen to daily bulletin for date to begin signing up. Remember what day and period you signed up for as NO passes will be sent to your class reminding you to attend the workshop. It’s your responsibility to remember.

MJC Application Workshop:
Open to all seniors who plan enroll at Modesto Junior College (MJC) in the spring, summer or fall! This one time only MJC Workshop is scheduled at Downey for Wednesday, Nov 14th. BRING YOUR CHARGED DEVICE! Signups will be taken in the career center during lunch and afterschool… Seating is limited so read/listen to daily bulletin for date to begin signing up. Remember what day and period you signed up for as NO passes will be sent to your class reminding you to attend the workshop. It’s your responsibility to remember.

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

Financial aid filling period for FAFSA opens October 1, 2018
. Before starting the application, REMEMBER YOU and ONE parent MUST each register for your FSA ID#. Click on “Register for FSA ID#” link on this webpage or watch the following video for help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7ihhGk8mCY . For help filling out the FAFSA app click on “Help filling out the FAFSA” on this webpage or click on the following video for help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1GmaBMD-oY. Remember deadline to file your FAFSA is March 2, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Important FINANCIAL AID Reminder:
SENIORS, remember it is your responsibility to check your transcript that was given to you 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 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 quickly approaching! Please visit www.collegeboard.org  to see if your college requires this form and then check individual college websites for deadlines.

Cash for College Community Workshop Events
(hosted by California Student Aid Commission): Seniors, don’t miss this opportunity to get help from those who are experts and experienced in answering your questions about the FAFSA application and Financial Aid. These community events are very popular, so plan to get there early. To find out where one is taking place near your area, visit: www.cash4college.csac.ca.gov  

*Ripon High School: 301 North Acacia Ave, Ripon, CA 10/10/2018  5:00 PM
*Modesto Junior College: 435 College Ave. Modesto, CA , 10/17/2018 3:00 PM

NCAA: If you are 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: 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 link)

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, applications, financial aid, etc. Be sure to check out this website!


SCHOLARSHIPS

Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin! www.monet.k12.ca.us/district/counseling-and-guidance/college-counseling/financial-aid
MJC Scholarships: Only seniors who have already submitted their MJC application for spring, summer and/or fall, can apply for MJC scholarships. For more detailed info, visit: www.mjc.edu/studentservices/finaid/mjcscholarships.php  

Scholarship searching??? Naviance also has a great feature called “Scholarship Match & Scholarship List Search”. Log into your Naviance account, click on “Colleges” tab, scroll down the menu, then click on Scholarships & Money.

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: 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: 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: www.scholarships.com
Check out CollegeAnswer.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.collegeanswer.com

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 from 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.


TESTING

PSAT will take place Wednesday, October 10th in the BIG Downey Gym beginning at 7:55. Remember only those students who already pre‐registered/pre‐paid can attend.

SAT/ACT: All seniors applying to 4yr colleges… if you haven’t already, NOW is the time to register online and take the SAT/ACT (writing required if planning to apply to UC and some private colleges). All SAT/ACT testing must be completed by December if applying to a CSU or UC campus, however some colleges such as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Long Beach, San Diego State and Chico State want October test date scores. Fee waivers are available, if you meet income eligibly guidelings (see college counselor in career center during your lunch period).

SAT Subject Tests:
If applying to a UC, SAT Subject Tests are NO longer required, but recommended if you plan to major in math, science or engineering. The subject tests must be in different subject areas. If you choose Math as a subject test, it must be Level 2. To view which UC colleges are recommending subject tests visit: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/requirements/examination-requirement/SAT-subject-tests/index.html

What’s a good test score?
Depends on where you are applying, what you’re major is, and how competitive the college is! Check out “scattergrams” on your Naviance account to see how your test scores compare to other students from Downey for each college you are interested in!

NOTE: It’s ok to submit you 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 when received.
NOTE: If you want your SAT scores sent to multiple CSU's, all you have to do is enter ONE CSU campus code when you register or on the answer sheet of your test and your scores will be sent to all 23 campuses (it only counts as 1 of the 4 you get to send for free).
►NOTE: If you want your SAT scores sent to multiple UC's, all you have to do is enter ONE UC campus code when you register or include it on the answer sheet of your test and it will be sent to all 9 campuses (it only counts as 1 of the 4 you get to send for free).
►NOTE: Your ACT scores will have to be sent individually to each CSU/UC you applied to.
►NOTE: CSU’s will “Super Score” and take the highest math and reading SAT test score from multiple test dates. UC’s will ONLY take the highest SAT test score from one sitting.

AP testing:
Here's a question that often gets asked: Will my AP test scores earn me college credits at every university? Many UC and CSU campuses accept AP exam scores of 3, 4 or 5. Some private colleges handle these scores differently. It's strongly recommended you check individual college websites to determine how credit is awarded. To view AP credit policies by universities, go to: www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy  


COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

► Submit your college application online. Colleges prefer it that way. 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 you 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 when received.

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. Ask 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. 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 register for Naviance if you use the common app website. WHY? Because 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 ask 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.

College Application Workshops: Downey will be hosting MJC, CSU, UC and common application workshops in October & November. Look for dates of these workshops under “UPCOMING EVENTS, NEWS & DEADLINES”. Seating will be limited, so read/listen to the daily bulletin for date to begin signing up. REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR CHARGED DEVICE IF ATTENDING APPLICATION WORKSHOPS!


COLLEGE REP VISITS

College Visits to Downey: Juniors and Seniors interested in learning more about specific colleges and universities are invited to attend their presentations. Listen/read daily bulletin for dates and times of visits. You must sign up in the Career Center ahead of time and notify your teacher ahead of time for clearance, otherwise you risk student consequences. All visits will be held in the Career Center unless otherwise stated. Once you sign up, NO passes will be sent to your class reminding you to attend the presentation. It’s your responsibility to remember.

College Campus Preview Days:
Check CSU, UC and Private University websites for individual college preview dates!!! The following link does list CSU preview dates: www.calstate.edu/counselors/resources/campus-preview-days.shtml


FINANCIAL AID

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=d1GmaBMD-oY.  NOTE: If you do not have a social security number, you will need to fill out the Cal Dream Act Application (see link on this webpage or talk to the College Counselor).

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 www.collegeboard.org to see if your college requires this form and then check individual college websites for deadlines.

SENIORS,
I’ve heard of graduates not receiving their Cal Grants because they failed to report a hyphenated last name or two last names on their FAFSA. 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.


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: NCAA will NOT accept classes taken in ESS or SS, so you will need to retake D/F classes in your schedule. (see NCAA link)

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 (see Debbie in Records Office room 8 for your 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 on this webpage). Download the online form, fill it out, then send it with your official transcript to NCAA office or 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, otherwise it’s your responsibility to submit an order through SAT/ACT website to have them send all your SAT/ACT test scores to the Clearinghouse. We DO NOT send them from Downey.


NAVIANCE
Naviance is a powerful resource 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. 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.

NEW THIS YEAR in NAVIANCE: Our district has gone to a single sign-on process (SSO). This means a code is NO longer needed to register for Naviance! Yay! Yippee! Hooray! To sign into Naviance go to: https://student.naviance.com/downey  on your school device, then follow the directions on the Naviance log-in page. VOILA you’re in! It’s that easy!

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!!! (see link on this webpage) If you take the "Career Interest Profiler" it will match you to careers that best suit your personality 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. Career Interest Profiler is an interest inventory that will give you information describing your personality, strengths and a list of career possibilities.


MJC NEWS
MJC Application Workshop: Open to all seniors who plan to take classes at Modesto Junior College (MJC) in the spring, summer or fall! This ONE TIME ONLY MJC Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov 14th. Signups will be taken in the career center during lunch and afterschool… Seating is limited so read/listen to daily bulletin for date to begin signing up. Remember what day and period you signed up for as NO passes will be sent to your class reminding you to attend the workshop. It’s your responsibility to remember.

Get 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 are transferable to CSU’s, UC’s and many private universities. https://www.mjc.edu/instruction/documents/catalog/1819/igetc_pattern_2018_2019.pdf

Interested in taking MJC coursework? Make sure you apply first on MJC website at www.mjc.edu then print out & complete the following high school petition form at https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/enrollment/admissions/ . Once the form is filled out, give it to the College Counselor or Principal for approval/signature, then YOU must submit the form to MJC Enrollment Office for processing. Remember classes taken at MJC are free while you’re still in high school!! Suggested courses to take: Guidance 110, 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 can help for college level placement in Math & English courses.(See below for NEW MUTIPLE MEASURES NOW IN PLACE AT MJC)!

NEW Multiple Measures for Assessment at MJC!
MJC is now accepting new assessment options which may exempt students from having to take the Math and English placement tests. Your GPA, EAP, SAT, ACT or AP test scores may also show you’re ready for college level Math and English classes at MJC. Visit the following website for more detailed information: https://www.mjc.edu/studentservices/finaid/testing/multiplemeasures.php