MCHS Counseling ~ College and Career
School Code: 052862
the one source for everything,
- College Application Process and Timeline powerpoint
- College Fit
- Current Forms:
Senior Plan SAMPLE
Senior Plan/FERPA Waiver Form
College App Comparison Chart
more coming soon
- College Exploration/How to Research Powerpoint
- Senior year College Application Timeline
- Tips & Tricks to Research College Effectively
- College Research, Where Do I Begin - Interactive Flyer
- Junior year College Prep Timeline
- Choosing a College You Can Afford - flyer
- Instructional "how to..." videos, MCHS Counselor Youtube Channel - link
- College Application Tracking Chart
- Visiting Colleges: 10 things to do on a campus visit!
- College Prep - Parent's Guide to Naviance by Grade Level powerpoint
- Lynn O'Shaughnessy
- College Advice on Course Selection Article
- College vs University: which is the better bargain Article
- NY Times OpEd article regarding College Admissions
- How to read a Financial Aid Award Letter by Lynn O'Shaughnessey
- How to Measure College Grad Salaries Article
Attending College visits in the Sun center
College Representatives from across the nation visit our school to tell us about their school. It's a wonderful chance for our students to learn more about a college, ask questions and get some facetime with a representative (who may even play a role in reviewing your application). Login to Naviance and click on Colleges Tab for a full list of colleges coming to the Sun Center. Pass & Permission form required to attend visit, available here and on your Naviance Welcome page.
letter of recommendation (LOR)
UC's/CSU's do NOT accept letters of recommendation
Private schools usually require 1 counselor letter of recommendation and 1-2 teacher letters of recommendation. Use the Common Application if possible!
Be sure to ask the teacher/counselor who’ll be writing your letter at least 3 weeks in advance of the deadline.
Click here if you need Transcripts
for financial aid information click here
New FAFSA Information
CAL Grant GPA Verification
MCHS submits GPA Verification for all Seniors through a batch process in late February. If Mrs. Meyer, our Registrar does not have your Social Security number, CAL Grant will not be able to verify your records and you will not be eligible. Use this form to submit your social security number to Mrs. Meyer ASAP!
Links to College Admissions Departments and Applications
- University of California Admissions
- University of California On-line Application
- CSU Mentor Admissions and Application
- The Common Application used by hundreds of private institutions
CSU EAP TESTING INFORMATION
The California State University (CSU) requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam prior to enrollment in the CSU class unless you are exempt by means of scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the CSU’s Early Assessment Program (EAP) tests in English and Mathematics, the SAT, ACT, or Advanced Placement (AP). The EPT and the ELM are not admission tests; instead, they determine eligibility to enroll in specific courses. If you are required to take the EPT and the ELM but fail to do so, you will not be allowed to register for General Education courses at the CSU. You may take the EPT, ELM or both at a campus near you or where you plan to enroll. For flyer click here. For full information click here.
MORE Resources for Colleges, Trade/Technical Schools, and Majors
- National Center for Education Statistics - College Navigator Provides great info on cost, financial aid offered, retention rates and 4 year graduation rates.
- CaliforniaColleges.edu Information about the California College system
- Association of Independent California Colleges
- Exploring college majors
- Paid apprenticeships in various trades and vocations! calapprenticeship.org
- Western Undergraduate Exchange Significantly reduced tuition for California students to out of state colleges and universities.
- Bigfuture.com; College Navigator; Petersons.com - General College Research
- Which majors are at which CSU campus? Click Here!
Impacted Program Matrix
Naviance Family Connection is a valuable tool for the MCHS community. The program, which is used from freshman until senior year, creates an online portfolio of your child’s interests, strengths, and experiences, culminating in a post-secondary plan that outlines his or her goals upon graduation. Naviance streamlines the college and career search and research process with a wealth of information and tools.
FRESHMEN students take the first step in post-secondary planning—getting to know themselves. They complete inventories that assess their learning styles and personality types. The results of these inventories are stored in Naviance, so that the students, their parents, and their guidance counselors can access them. The results are comprehensive, giving students an in-depth explanation of their strengths and their potential blind spots, as well as possible career choices.
SOPHOMORES take the next step in post-secondary planning—uncovering their interests and skills. Sophomores take a career interest inventory and a quiz that determines what career clusters they may be interested in. After getting the results from these inventories, students can use the Naviance program to explore their potential careers, including the tasks and skills of that career, education requirements, and salary range. Given that students’ interests often change and develop, students can retake these interest inventories at any time.
JUNIORS begin the college search process. The Naviance program is an invaluable tool that streamlines the research process, allowing students to use GPAs, test scores, and potential majors or careers to find schools that match their needs. Students can conduct an in-depth search for schools by location, size, religious affiliation, academic programs, athletics, competitiveness (in admissions), racial diversity and cost. Naviance will give profiles of most colleges, including admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition cost, financial aid information, and an overview student life. Scattergram tools on Naviance allow students to compare their GPA and test scores with the average GPAs and test scores of MCHS graduates that were accepted at particular schools. This allows students to create a viable list of potential colleges. Other tools will suggest schools for students based upon the students’ GPA and scores, or based upon the students’ current list of potential schools.
Students who may be entering the workforce after high school can also use Naviance to update their resumes and search for potential careers.
SENIORS will use the Naviance program to apply to the schools of their choice. Most schools now accept applications online, either through the Common Application website or through their own individual website. Seniors at MCHS will use Naviance to request teacher recommendations and link their Naviance account to their Common Application account. This process allows the guidance department to send all of the students’ information electronically, saving money, paper, and time. On Naviance, the guidance department also posts the schedule for visits from college representatives, as well as timelines for both juniors and seniors.
Naviance Family Connection is a valuable tool for post-secondary planning. It allows students to explore their learning style, personality type, career interests, and potential college plans. By the end of their senior year, students have created an online portfolio that highlights their plans upon graduating from MCHS. We encourage parents to become familiar with the system and support their children’s endeavors through Naviance.
Click on the Naviance direct link on the MCHS homepage
Or Enter: https://connection.naviance.com/fc/signin.php?hsid=mtcarmelca
Click on the “I need to register” link
On the right side of the screen it reads:
Are you new here?
I’m a guest I need to register
Click on “I need to register”
Next screen reads: “New User?”
Students: Enter valid email for your USER NAME
and your Student ID number for REGISTRATION CODE
Parents: Enter valid email for your USER NAME
Enter your student’s ID number PRECEDED by an:
“A” if you are the Mother (ie. A456789)
“B” if you are the Father
“C” if you are the Stepmother
“D” if you are the Stepfather
“E” if you are other
SIGN IN PAGE:
Click on the Career Cruising logo and enter
This is a fun and friendly career exploration website!
careers requiring multiple degrees
they're all included.
Cruising will help you answer burning questions such as:
What do I want to be when I grow up?
How will I support myself?
What will my major be in college?
You can explore careers in a variety of ways; want to make $60,000 per year? See which careers will take you there. Can't get enough of CSI? Get the facts not the fiction, what education and training is needed?
Learning Style Inventory (within Career Cruising): Click on "Assessments" to discover HOW you learn and retain information. Find tips on how to improve your study habits to suit your learning style.
School Selector (within Career Cruising): Click on "Education" to find colleges that match your needs and wants. Explore which schools offer the majors and programs you need. Orthodontist or Animator? You'll discover what level of education you need and where to find it!
SIGN IN PAGE: http://www.careercruising.
Enter Username: first initial, last name
Enter a Password of your choice
Create a portfolio to store your saved career searches.
college testing information
SAT Reasoning Test is a test that is used by colleges as a part of its admissions process. The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well students analyze and solve problems skills learned in school that are needed in college. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.
The SAT includes several different question types, including: a student-produced essay, multiple-choice questions, and student-produced responses (grid-ins). Collegeboard
SAT Subject Tests (formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as ability to apply that knowledge. Some colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Collegeboard
ACT is a test that is used by colleges as a part of its admission process. The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. www.act.org The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. It also gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) and Collegeboard. Click here to register for the 2015 PSAT on October 14th.
Advanced Placement (AP) is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. AP allows motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Currently there are
37 courses and exams across 22 subject areas in the AP program. See the
MCHS AP webpage. Also see
AP Exam schedule
Mt. Carmel offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement courses. As outlined by the College Board, Advanced Placement courses offer students the opportunity to take a college-level course in a high-school setting. All AP courses at Mt. Carmel have been certified and audited by the College Board, and are current in their requirements and preparation. See the MCHS Advanced Placement Page Click here for the 2013 Exam Schedule
All Service Academy/ROTC Information Night Flyer
Click here to learn about the ASVAB.
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