Counseling News for March 2017
AP Tests Students planning to take Advanced Placement tests this May can register now with Mrs. Smith in the Counseling Office or through the Placer High Webstore found on the PHS home page. The cost is $93.00 per test which can be paid by cash/check (made out to Placer High School) at the counseling desk or by credit card using the Webstore. Registration Deadline is March 9th in the office and March 10th on the Webstore. Students who participate in the free and reduced lunch program are eligible for a College Board fee reduction. For more information including the schedule of testing see the 2017 Advanced Placement Instruction Sheet on the Counseling website.
Sierra College Seniors who plan on attending Sierra College in fall 2017 should be applying at this time. Go to the Placer High website, select the Counseling page, then select (from the left side margin) “Applying to Sierra College”. This will take you through the process step-by-step with links to Sierra College. After you have applied, received your MySierra account and completed online orientation, then you are ready for the assessment process. Use the Placement/Assessment Tool to help determine which assessments you need. If you are still unsure, check with your counselor to see which assessments you need to take. Remember that students must have completed the application process and online orientation before making an assessment appointment at Sierra College (if you even need one) and any assessments need to be completed before a college counseling appointment is made--it is essential this process is done no later than the end of March. If you do not need an assessment, based on the Placement Tool, make the Counseling Appointment and take a copy of your transcript with you. Be sure to order an official transcript for admissions and send an unofficial transcript for the Placement process.
District Scholarship Bulletin is accessible through the Counseling Page at the Placer High website. It lists some national and many local and even site specific scholarships to help seniors pay for college next year. It is updated daily as new scholarships get posted. Make a plan to check it weekly for the months of March-April as this is the high season for scholarship applications. They are coming due FAST, so don’t miss out on FREE $$$. Contact Mrs. Chamberlin if you have further questions.
College Acceptance March is the big month for seniors to receive college acceptance letters. As students are notified of acceptance be sure to let us know. There is a college acceptance form at Mrs. Smith’s desk in the Counseling Office that students can fill out to be added to our College Board and on the Counseling website. With this display, we can all share in the pride of our students who will be attending some of the finest colleges and universities in the country!
State Seal of Biliteracy: Placer Union High School District has approved and adopted the State Seal of Biliteracy for students who have demonstrated mastery in a second language. It is an award given by California in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in English and one or more languages by high school graduation. It validates, certifies and encourages students to pursue and attain high level mastery in multiple languages. To view the requirements, visit the counseling website and select Seal of Biliteracy. Applications are available in the counseling office. Eligible seniors must submit a completed form to Mr. Ward by March 31st.
SAT and ACT Tests: Juniors who plan on attending a 4-year college Fall of 2018 must take the SAT or ACT. Deadlines for testing registration are listed in below boxes. Don’t miss the deadline and pay extra for late registration. We encourage all students to take the test once in Spring 2017 and then again in Fall for score improvement. All testing must be completed by December of 2017, but some schools require tests by November (SDSU, Cal Poly, SJSU and others). Make sure to select colleges you may potentially be attending when you register for a test. For Example, for a CSU, select CSU, Mentor Long Beach or put in code #3594, and your scores will send for free to all CSU’s. If applying to the UC schools, select one school and all the UC schools share the results. All Athletes who hope to participate in college athletics should send scores to NCAA by entering code 9999.
Fee Waivers for both tests are available for those on our Free/Reduced Lunch Program; see your counselor for the waiver.
Athletes--note the test dates for winter or spring and plan ahead around activities and sports. See the testing schedule that follows:
SAT Test Dates 2017 (Register at: Collegeboard.org)
ACT Test Dates 2017 (Register at: ACT. org)