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TESORO PTSA PARENT EDUCATION!

Discover how to support teens in living a balanced life full of intellectual curiosity, initiative on ideas, sleep and laughter.  

Tesoro PTSA provides a service where parents have a space to connect with one another while getting college guidance.  

Meetings are held monthly in the staff lounge. 

Upcoming meetings:

February 8th, 2017-How to Motivate Teens to Learn:  9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

March 8th, 2017-Fit Happens (Developing the College List):  7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

April 12th, 2017-Summer Transition for ALL grades: 9:00 a.m. to 10: 00 a.m.

College 101

I want to go to college! How do I get there?

In the state of California, higher education opportunities can be realized by attending one of the 110 community colleges, 33 public universities (CSU and UC),  75 private/independent universities and many more technical, trade, and art schools.  To be eligible to attend a community college, one must  be 18 years of age or possess a high school diploma. Eligibility requirements for the California State University and University of California public systems require completion of the minimum a-g course sequence with grades of C or higher and submission of  ACT or SAT college admission tests results.  Private/Independent university eligibility requirements vary from institution to institution, but follow closely with the University of California a-g course sequence.  To learn more about each individual institution, it is recommended that students log onto the prospective school websites to explore majors and schools in California and nationwid

 

For more information on applying to community colleges, California State University, University of California, or private/independent universities, please refer to these pages on the navigation bar to the left.

Anatomy of the College Application Process

College Application:  Universities prefer that admissions applications be completed online.  You can access CSU and UC applications through their prospective websites.  To complete an admissions application to private universities, you will need to  go directly to the school website.  Websites can be found through a search online, or in the SJHHS Guidance Office/Career Center.

 

College Application Fee:  Application fees will vary per institution, and will be due upon submission of your application.  Some universities offer fee waivers for those who qualify.

 

High School Transcript:  To complete your CSU or UC application, you will need an unofficial copy of your high school transcript for self- reporting your classes and grades.  Once you have been accepted to a CSU or UC campus, that particular campus will prompt you to have an OFFICIAL transcript sent from CUSD directly to them upon graduation from high school.  If you are applying to a private university, however, an OFFICIAL transcript will be required as part of the application process. To review the most up to date information to order your high school transcript please click on the following link to be directed to the CUSD website:  Ordering Transcripts 

 

College Admissions Exams/Tests:  As part of the application process, students will be required to submit the results of college admissions exams:  ACT or SAT I;  SAT II for UC and some private universities.  For more information regarding these exams, please see College Admissions Testing on the navigation bar to the left.

 

College Essay or Personal Statement:    Private/Independent Universities as well as University of California will require a written response to a prompt. A college essay will not be required for applications to the California State University.

 

Letters of Recommendation: Most private university and scholarship applications will require that students submit letters of recommendation.  Some will specify who the recommender should be (teachers, employers, coaches, community and church leaders); others simply indicate how many recommendations are required.  Letters of recommendation give evaluators and selection committees' alternate information about you the person.  Keep in mind that these individuals will already have objective information - your grades, classes and test scores - they want to know about your character and who you are outside of the classroom, more appropriately, how others see you!! CLICK HERE FOR A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION REQUEST FORM

 

Tips for letters of  recommendation

  • Aspire to make good connections with teachers and other adults on campus so that when it comes time to request a recommendation, you have many options.
  • Choose adults who know you well; those who can write about not only your academic skills, but also your talents and abilities.
  • Choose recommenders who will write specific statements about you - not remarks that could apply to any student.

Steps to securing letters of recommendation

  1. Ask teachers, coaches, administrators, academic advisors, counselors, employers, community and church leaders who know you well and who will write you a personalized and positive letter of recommendation.  If this person is a teacher, it is preferable that you are currently in his or her class or were a student of theirs the previous year.
  2. PLAN AHEAD!  Make an appointment to speak with the person you are asking for a recommendation from no less than 3 to 4 weeks prior to the deadline.
  3. Provide your recommenders with important information that they may need to write a letter that truly represents your good qualities, character and outstanding skills.  Providing your recommender with a copy of your student resume, student profile and college essay will assist them in writing a more precise and thorough letter.
  4. Provide your recommenders with the following: 1. Name and address of the school or scholarship you are applying to/for and a stamped addressed envelope if the school or scholarship committee requires that the letter be sent directly to them by the recommender (be sure to provide a manila envelope if the recommender is required to send additional documentation such as a copy of your transcript, etc.  2. DEADLINE or date that the letter needs to be submitted 3. A copy of your high school transcript, student resume, and a student profile (if available).
  5. Follow-up by thanking the person(s) who provided you with a recommendation.

Being PREPARED AND ORGANIZED will allow your reccommenders to write an outstanding letter of recommendation!!

 

Tesoro School Code

This is the Tesoro School Code that you will use for college admissions as well as SAT and ACT registration

053-149

California Dream Act scholarship Application: NEW!

 

The California Dream Act is a state funded scholarship that can help open the door to a college education for many deserving students. Please see the attached information from the California Department of Education and the California Student Aid Commission regarding the upcoming deadline for the California Dream Act Application.  Application is due March 2nd so act fast!

 

More information on the California Dream Act is available on the CSAC California Dream Act Web page at http://www.caldreamact.org/

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