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FREE Help with FAFSA

Saddleback Community College offers FREE workshops every Tuesday from 4-5:30pm to help walk students through the FAFSA process. Student does NOT need to be planning to attend Saddleback in order to attend. If parent chooses to attend, he/she must be accompanied by the student as well.


Contact Saddleback directly for dates and location. 

College Essay Guy

A great resource for essay help for students and parents:  Go to:

College Campus Tours

NCAA - Collegiate Athletics

If you are interested in

playing sports in college,

you need to ensure that

 you meet NCAA

eligibility requirements:


*Free Recruiting Webinar

This webinar is a great tool for students,

parents, coaches, athletic directors

and guidance counselors.  


*NCAA Eligibility Center

This is an Initial-Eligibility Resource Index

which is a new tool that describes all

of the NCAA Eligibility Center’s materials

and presentations.  All of the listed materials

and presentations have links included for

easy access.


*NFHS offers a  free NCAA Initial-Eligibility


Click on Free/Elective Classes.  Then click

on NCAA Eligibility Center. This is a 30-40

minute video that will familiarize you with the

new academic requirements and the center’s

registration and certification process required

for college-bound student/athletes.



Link to register as Athletic for NCAA -   Click here: Creating Account

Link to High School NCAA Approved Courses - Click here:High School Selection

Click here to see: NCAA SAT & ACT Requirements


Senior Handouts from the Guidance Team Visits

The Guidance Team visited 12th grade social science classes to share important resources and information to have a successful senior year.  You can access the handouts given to all the seniors here below:


SocSciVisits - Senior Grad and College Info '18-19REV.pdf (PDF)


CollegeReadinessResourcesSENIORS9.5.18.pdf (PDF)



Recommendation Request Packet for ACADEMIC ADVISORS

Many private universities and some out-of-state universities and scholarship organizations will require letters of recommendation and/or secondary school reports.  


Secondary School Report (Common App, SendEdu, Coalition, individual university application )

An evaluation form submitted by your high school counselor/advisor which includes GPA, class rank, course difficulty, academic performance, extracurriculars, and character rating.


Counselor Recommendation (Required by some private or out-of-state public universities)

A written letter of evaluation by your high school counselor/advisor addressing your academic, extracurricular, and personal characteristics.


If your application follows either a secondary school report or a letter of recommendation, you must:

a) Link/Invite your Academic Advisor to your application/account

b) Complete the "Recommendation Request Packet"


Click here to access the packet: LetterofRecAAPacket2018




You need to give your Academic Advisor a minimum of four weeks’ notice in order to write a thorough letter. A late request will result in a generic letter or no letter at all.


If your application is due BEFORE January 11th, your recommendation request packet is due: October 4th


If your application is due AFTER January 11th, your recommendation request packet is due: November 9th


Academic Advisors WILL NOT be available to complete college evaluation paperwork or recommendations during Thanksgiving Break or Winter Break. Please plan accordingly.


Please note: California State Universities and University of California (UC) college applications DO NOT require (or accept) letters of recommendation or secondary school reports. 



Steps to securing letters of recommendation

  1. Some colleges 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 and secondary school reports give evaluators and selection committees additional information about you.  Keep in mind that these individuals will already have objective information (your grades, classes and test score) but they want to know about your character and who you are outside of the classroom as well!  Ask teachers, coaches, administrators, academic advisors, counselors, employers, community and church leaders who know you well and who will write you a personalized and postitve letter of recommendation. 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.
  2. 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. See “Letter of Recommendation from Teachers” on the SCHS website (right below this section on the "College" portion of the SCHS Guidance website).
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.
  5. Provide your recommenders with the following: a) 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 manilla envelope if the recommender is required to send additional documentation such as a copy of your transcript, etc.  b). DEADLINE or date that the letter needs to be submitted c). A copy of your high school transcript, student resume, and a student profile (if available). 
  6. Follow-up by thanking the person(s) who provided you with a recommendation.

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

Letter of Recommendation Packet for TEACHERS

Click below for the packet you need to complete if you are asking a TEACHER for a letter of recommendation:


Letter of RecTEACHERS2018.19.doc

College Reps Visiting SCHS

Need help with college essays, applications, and resumes?


Come to our College Café! 


Goal: Help students with their college applications, essays and resumes

Main audience: 12th grade; all grades welcome

Lead by: SCHS Academic Advisors

When: “Student Choice” tutorial periods in October and November

Where: Guidance Office

How: walk-in basis



Keep Calm College Series

Goal: Help students revise college essays and answer questions regarding college applications

Main audience: 12th graders applying to 4-year colleges

Sponsored by: San Clemente Educational Foundation

When: Wednesday & Thursday afternoons, 3-5pm

September 18th – November 28th (except last week of Oct and Thanksgiving break)

Where: SCHS library

How: walk-in basis

Senior Info Night

Thank you so much to all the families for taking the time to join us for a special Senior Night!  It was great to see so many families excited to make their Triton's senior year the best ever! 

Please click below for a the PDF of the presentation to see special information and other items to help your Triton shine!

Futureology - CUSD College and Career Counseling UPCOMING EVENTS

Did you know as a CUSD student you have access to 1-on-1 College and Career Counselors? CUSD Futureology can help answer your questions, provide resources, and give you specific input during the college or career planning process. 


Check out their website for more info:



Maximize your chances of College and Career success with a variety of free Workshops from CUSD’s Futureology! Register at

Need help completing the Common App?

Click on the link for a tutorial on how to complete the Common App: 



11th Grade College Information Night - March 2017

10th Grade Parent Night - January 2017

Anatomy of the College 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 see above.

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.Have your credit card information available and ready during your application.  Fees are usually at the end of the application form per college/university.

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 SCHS directly to them upon graduation from high school.  If you are applying to a private or out-of-state university, however, an OFFICIAL transcript will often be required as part of the application process. 

College Admissions Exams/Tests:  Students will often be required to submit the results of college admissions exams (either ACT and SAT; almost all colleges accept with one). For more information regarding these exams, please see College Admissions Testing on the navigation bar to the left of this page.

College Essay and/or Supplemental Questions:   Most colleges will require some form of essay, personal statement, and/or supplemental questions. These are not currently required for applications to the California State University.

Letters of Recommendation: Most private universities and some out-of-state schools and scholarship applications will require that students submit letters of recommendation.  Some will specify who the recommender should be (teachers, employers, coaches, and community 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!

Service Hours/Extra-Curricular Activities/Volunteering: Students are not required to do service hours as a condition of graduation from San Clemente High School/Capistrano Unified School District, however, most universities will, as a part of their application process, ask students to document service hours, extra-curricular activities and volunteer hours.  The general rule of thumb is to get involved in an activity that you are passionate about and can commit to for a length of time.  Universities will ask what types of activities you were involved in, how long you were committed to the activity and what skills you developed or how it affected you personally. Click here for the volunteer log.

Ordering Official Transcripts

CEEB School Code


SCHS School Profile

Trying to keep your college applications organized?

Use this grid as tool to help keep you on track with your college applications: 


College Application Checklist

Timeline for College Applications

Use the following chronological handout to help guide your college application timeline:


Steps for Completing College Applications-2017.doc

Need help on the UC application?

UC-approved a-g course list

If you would like to view the courses that the UC system has approved as meeting a-g requirements at any school (including community colleges), please follow the link below. You will need to enter the school name into the search box.


If you have problems with the link, please Google "UC Doorways". 



Community Colleges

CA Colleges

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