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Spotlight on College Counseling


April 2021 College Center News


Events & Important Dates:

De La Salle/Carondelet College Preview Night for Juniors and their Families
On Wednesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m., De La Salle and Carondelet will host a virtual college preview night, where families will hear from a panel of college admissions representatives about their varying admissions processes, how admissions decisions are made, and how two sample applications are reviewed. An invitation with Zoom link will be sent in the coming weeks. 

SAT AND ACT:
SAT Test Date      Registration Deadline      Late Registration Deadline
May 8                    April 8                                 April 27
June 5                   May 6                                 May 26
Register at www.sat.org

ACT Test Date      Registration Deadline      Late Registration Deadline
June 12                  May 7                                 May 21
July 17                   June 18                              June 25
Register at www.actstudent.org

WACAC VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR- Monday, April 19 @ 5pm
Hear from a panel of colleges and join featured presentations, ranging from financial aid to the personal statement to navigating UC and CSU applications. Students should register ahead of time and choose which sessions to attend.

NACAC VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS
NACAC is hosting multiple fairs throughout the spring.  Register ahead of time. Check out this  short video and this quick start guide about how to make the most of your college fair experience. 

  • WESTERN US FAIR on Saturday, April 10 
  • SOUTHEASTERN US FAIR on Tuesday, April 20

RACC Out-of-State COLLEGE FAIRS - April 14 & April 28 at 4-7:45 PM
During the Virtual College Fairs, you will have the chance to hear from many different colleges. You can choose which colleges you want to hear from by registering for their sessions. You and your family can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations too!

The program will also include college knowledge sessions on topics such as finding a college that fits, paying for college, and writing a college essay presented by college admission counselors. Nearly 100 RACC institutions will join together for 6x6 presentations and out of state admission topic panels. Check out the schedule and Registration is now open.

COLLEGE WEBINAR SERIES
Collegewise will be hosting a webinar series for De La Salle and Carondelet families. Registration is required.

  • March 24 at 6:30pm: College Admissions 101 - Webinar Recording
  • April 15 at 6:30pm: Financial Fit List
  • May 12 at 6:30pm: Highly Selective College Admissions

DLS Career Connections Alumni Program - Mark Your Calendar!

  • April 14: ENGINEERING 
  • April 21: BUSINESS / REAL ESTATE / CONSULTING 
  • April 27: HEALTH / MEDICINE 

Zoom Links will be posted on Schoology. These are all on Flex Days at 12:45-1:45 PM.

Click here for an updated list of more Spring Virtual College Events


News for SENIORS:

COMMUNITY COLLEGE/DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE:  
If your son did not attend Community College Advisory and is interested in attending a community college, please have him contact his college counselor. He will need to get started now on the enrollment steps.

DVC ENROLLMENT STEPS:

  • Students who complete the steps below by the end of April will receive priority registration status, which they will have for all remaining semesters at DVC. If a student does not qualify for priority registration as an incoming student, they cannot qualify in future semesters. Priority registration is essential to get the courses you want and need. 
  • Graduating seniors who complete the required enrollment steps and receive priority registration status will be able to register for fall classes as early as May 8.
  1. Complete the spring 2021 AND summer 2021 online applications. See Class of 2021 DVC Enrollment Guide for complete instructions.
  2. After receiving your DVC ID number, complete the online orientation using the link on your InSite Portal on the DVC website. 
  3. Complete the Online Placement Process for English and math and email transcript to DVCMMAP@dvc.edu.
  4. Submit the Special Admissions Form from your InSite Portal. De La Salle designee is Ms. Lillian Dickson at dicksonl@dlshs.org 
  5. Register for Counseling 95/academic advising
  6. Register for classes.

UC AWPE PLACEMENT TEST
Seniors who will attend a certain UC campus may be required to take the UC Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) in May. Students should receive information about this test directly from UC in April; information may also be found at http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/index.html. Look for updates on this site or in emails from your UC campus about administration of this exam for Fall 2021 admits. 

MAKING YOUR FINAL COLLEGE DECISION

May 1 (May 3) is the National Candidate’s Reply Date/College Decision Date
Student Intent to Enroll and non-refundable Deposit – 1 college only
Decision Time & May 1 Checklist handout

Read: 20 Steps to Take when your High School Senior is Choosing a College - advice from a fellow parent and How Parents Can Help When a College Says No.

FINAL COLLEGE ADVISORY- WEEK OF MAY 3
All seniors must plan to attend their final College Advisory session.  Important final steps must be completed to notify De La Salle of college decision, including request final transcripts, and more. Please remind your son to attend.    


News for JUNIORS:

Students should be planning a productive and relaxing summer. We recommend participation in activities such as summer pre-college programs, volunteer work and part-time jobs.  Job opportunities are posted in Schoology.  

SUMMER ACADEMIC/ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS AND CAMPS: 
Juniors, especially, are invited to explore the possibility of summer programs as a valuable addition to their summer activities. These programs offer a variety of new and exciting experiences, and can also help in the college admissions process. Some of these programs have deadlines as early as February and March, so it’s a good idea to check out possibilities now. 

COMMUNITY COLLEGE COURSES/ DVC CAREER ACADEMIES
High School students can apply and enroll to take community college courses for the summer at the cost of $1/unit plus minimal student fees. Students are encouraged to take introductory general education courses, for example Intro to Sociology; Psychology; Music History; Art History; Humanities, etc. Most community colleges will offer courses online this summer. Enroll at DVC - see steps for High School Students, Enroll at College of the Siskiyous - see steps for Dual Enrollment. A Special Admit Form must be completed and add Ms. Dickson - dicksonl@dlshs.org as the De La Salle designee.  

DVC offers wonderful Career Academies specifically for high school students.  These are great hands-on programs with guest speakers and possible internship connections.  Registration will open April 7 and these program will fill up quickly.  

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS
Local volunteer organizations to check out are: Volunteer Match Covid-19 Contra Costa County and Hands on Bay Areawww.teensvolunteer.orgwww.foodbankccs.org, as well as the Monument Crisis Center to see their offerings for remote and in-person opportunities.

SAT and ACT TESTING:

  • Registration Links: SAT and ACT. See the information about testing in the Junior Parent Night Booklet and contact the college counselors if you have any questions.
  • Students who took the De La Salle School Day SAT March 3 should receive an email notification from the College Board that scores can be accessed as of March 26.
  • Many colleges were test-optional, test-free, or test-flexible for the Class of 2021 admission process and colleges are beginning to announce that they will remain so for the Class of 2022. Please refer to FairTest for updated lists.
  • This past January, the College Board announced that SAT Subject Tests will no longer be offered and that the optional essay component of the SAT will be discontinued. Students do not need to sign up for the optional essay/writing sections for SAT or ACT.
  • METHOD TEST PREP is an online on-demand test prep program for SAT and ACT that De La Salle subscribes to and offers to our juniors and seniors.  Instructions and referral code to create an account were included in the College Advisory presentation and assignments.  Students can take an Evaluation Test, short quizzes, Full Length Practice exams, and complete short lessors.   

COLLEGE ADVISORY FOR JUNIORS
We have had 2 sessions of College Advisory for Juniors, in February - Week 1 - College Exploration, Research, Preparation and in March- Week 2 - Exploring Colleges & Building Your College List. Our third and last session is coming up the Week of April 19- Intro to the College Application. Students have been added to a Schoology Group based on their assigned day to attend. Please remind your son to attend this mandatory session. Students have been given To Do/Assignments from Week 1 and Week 2, please remind them to complete.




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