College & Career Planning
Planning for High School and CollegeSome easy things you can do:
- Set up a "distraction free" study area
- Set up a study time that is consistent
- Check Zangle for grades and attendance (You can get your Zangle access code from the counseling office)\
- Email teachers when you have concerns about workload and your high schooler's progress
- Check in with your high schooler and talk about upcoming school projects and test. They can feel overwhelmed and not say a word. The standard answer is "It's fine". Ask them "What does fine mean?"
- Make clear family expectations regarding grades with clear consequences for not meeting those expectations. Make sure your high schooler is part of the making the expectations and consequences.
- Talk about futrue career and college plans in your home
- Visit colleges casually while on vacation or out of town or set up appointments with the college for an official visit
- Go on the Web and research colleges "together"
- Go on Naviance to research careers and college
- Look through the Mira Loma Course Handbook for more ideas
The College Application ProcessStep 1: Complete the required college preparatory courses with a C or better.UC/CSU A-G required courses
A. History/Social Science, 2 years required
B. English, 4 years required
C. Mathematics, 3 years required, 4 years recommended
D. Laboratory Science, 2 years required, 3 years recommended
E. Language other than English, 2 years required, 3 years recommended
F. Visual and Performing Arts, 1 year requiredG. College Preparatory Elective, 1 year requiredType in "Mira Loma High School"If you intend to begin your college experience at a community college, plan to complete the UC/CSU course sequence. Doing this will help you avoid remedial community college courses that do not transfer to four year colleges.
NCAA Clearinghouse - information on NCAA eligibility
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association)NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)
Community Service opportunities
Step 2: Take the appropriate entrance exams.All colleges and universities require either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. The University of California and some very selective independent universities also require two SAT Subject Tests.You should begin taking these exams in the spring of your junior year. All testing must be concluded by December of your senior year.
Entrance exams are not required for community college.
Standardized Test InformationFree SAT, ACT, GRE test preparation and vocabulary builderStrategies for college testing; FAQ about testingStep 3: Research colleges to find the best school for you.Most colleges maintain websites that provide information for prospective students. These sites are easily accessed with an online search.Independent organizations also provide information on school and programs. Links to a select group of these sites follows:
Assist - search for majors and information on transferring from a community college
California Colleges - Check out the tools sections for a college matching program.
Step 4: Apply in the fall of your senior year.
Apply for scholarships.
Colleges prefer online applications. November 30th is the deadline for the UC and the CSU system. Independent colleges set their own deadlines, which run from November 30th to February 15th. Online applications are available at either the college's website or at the following sites:
California Community CollegesStep 5: Receive your letters of admission.
University of California
Common Application for Independent Colleges
Acceptance Letter Received - What now?
Colleges send out their letters of admission in the spring. May first is the most common deadline for students to accept one of the offers of admission.
All admission decisions are conditional on the successful completion of your senior year. Colleges may rescind admission to students who earn low grades in college preparatory classes during their senior year.
Step 2: Research careers.It is important to choose a career that matches your interests and abilities. Aptitude tests can help you to identify career areas that are best for you.
Project Career - career test from the Career College Association
Based on what you know about yourself, look for careers in which you will excel. Find out what you need to do to enter those fields.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - information from the US Department of LaborSacramento Area Hot Jobscareeronestop - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. A proud partner of the network.Step 3: Prepare in high school to meet your career goals.
High school courses, directly and indirectly, will help you meet your career goals. For example, if you are interested in construction, Wood Technology directly relates to your goal and Geometry indirectly relates to your goal. Meet with your counselor to select appropriate courses.The Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides you the opportunity to earn high school credit for learning job skills. ROP courses range from food service to physical therapy. Contact Mrs. Tessier, the ROP coordinator at 971-7998 for details.Volunteer/Internships
Step 4: Locate post high school education options.
Government agencies, community colleges and private organizations offer job training. Take the time to research all of your options for career education.
Job Corps - vocational training program from the US Department of Labor
Employment Development Department - agency of the California governmentCareers in Uniform Services
- Military Career Guide
- United States Army
- United States Navy
- United States Air Force and the United States Air Force Reserve
- United States Marine Corps
- United States Coast Guard
- United States Merchant Marines
- United States Military Academy
- United States Naval Academy
- United States Air Force Academy
- United States Coast Guard Academy