[BHS Etree] COLLEGE/CAREER: Bulletin for Week of Feb. 24
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Mon Feb 24 20:45:16 PST 2014
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College and Career Center Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
College Advisor: Angela Price <mailto:angelaprice at berkeley.net>
angelaprice at berkeley.net
College Advisor: Skyler Barton <mailto:skylerbarton at berkeley.net>
skylerbarton at berkeley.net
*New or updated information.
SAT Word of the Week: Fortuitous - favorably accidental; lucky
FINANCIAL AID: The FAFSA and the CA Dream Act application periods are open
from January 1, 2014 - March 2, 2014. In order to receive the best
financial aid package that you are eligible for, you are highly encouraged
to submit your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application as early as possible.
Please note that many private colleges require the CSS Profile application
as well. Please check with individual college admissions offices and/or
financial aid offices for the requirements and deadlines.
*FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION WORKSHOPS: College Advisors are hosting financial
aid sessions for seniors who would like assistance with completing the FAFSA
or Dream Application.
Tuesday: Feb. 25, 3:30-4:30pm
Wednesday: Feb. 26, 3:30-4:30pm
Thursday: Feb. 27, 3:30-4:30 pm
Sessions will be held in the Library Computer Lab.
Cal Grant GPA Verification Forms have been distributed to all senior classes
during the weeks of Jan. 20th and Jan. 27th. Students may also pick up this
form from the College and Career Center or Registrar's Office (D-173).
Forms were due in the Registrar's Office no later than Feb. 13, 2014. If you
failed to submit this form, please see your college advisor today.
SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 6, 2014 - PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF BHS JUNIORS C/O 2015:
We will be hosting an evening presentation for parents and guardians of
juniors on Tuesday, March 6th, at 6:30 pm in the BHS Library. College
Advisors Angela Price and Skyler Barton will discuss items related to
preparing for the college application process.
*1. Berkeley City College Presentations - Representatives from Berkeley City
College will offer informative presentations to BHS seniors on Tuesday, Feb.
25th, during periods 3 and 6. BCC programs and transfer opportunities will
be discussed at these presentations. Seniors can attend one of these
presentations with teacher permission.
The College and Career Center is also hosting a Local Community College
Fair, on February 27th during 5th and 6th period. Seniors can sign up to
attend this fair in the College and Career Center, with permission from your
5th or 6th period teacher.
College advisors will also host Community College application workshops and
assist students with registering for assessment testing. Sessions will be
held throughout the month of March. Dates TBD.
*Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Admitted Student Meeting: A representative from
Cal Poly SLO is hosting an admitted student information session this
Thursday, Feb. 27th, during 1st period in the College and Career Center.
2. Transcripts: As we enter our spring semester, many colleges will be
requesting official transcripts, also referred to as "midyear reports".
Please view the instructions below, and note that all CSUs have different
deadlines. It is important for seniors to check their college accounts and
Completing forms for schools that are NOT on the Common App:
Submit the following forms to the Registrar in room D173:
- A signed transcript request form for each college. If you are under 18,
your parent or guardian must sign it.
- Clip each transcript request form to a stamped business-size envelope
addressed to the college with Berkeley High School as the return address.
Clip all forms and envelopes together.
Remember, CSU's and UC's do not require letters of recommendation for
admission purposes. CSU's usually request transcripts, but they do so
individually and they do not all have the same deadlines. UC's will
traditionally request official transcripts in the spring, from students who
are accepted to their university. It is important to check your email and
college accounts frequently.
Sending Mid-Year Grade Reports for schools on the Common App: For schools
on the Common App, your counselor who you have identified to provide a
Secondary School Report will also upload your mid-year report (transcript)
online. For non-Common App schools that require mid-year reports, you must
submit a transcript request form with a stamped and addressed envelope to
our Registrar's Office, D-173. Please check all of your accounts and school
websites for requirements and deadlines. We recommend that you check all of
your accounts and school portals at least once per week for updates.
3. SET UP YOUR COLLEGE ACCOUNTS AND PORTALS: After applying to
colleges/universities, check your e-mail accounts frequently. You will
likely receive contact from the colleges you have applied to, traditionally
providing instructions and information to set up your account with the
particular school you have applied to. These accounts, often referred to as
portals, will be your main line of communication with each particular
college/university. We recommend checking for updates frequently!
4. CSU PLACEMENT TESTS: CSU requires you to take the English Placement Test
(EPT) and the Entry-Level Mathematics Test (ELM) before you enroll. Your
scores are not used for admission purposes, but they do determine which math
and English courses you should take to begin your career at CSU. Most
students will have to take the exam, but there are some circumstances under
which you may be exempt. Seniors: If you are planning on attending a CSU, we
encourage you to take care of this requirement (Placement Tests) early in
the spring. By completing this process early, you will not have to worry
about missing any deadlines for this requirement. Free online preparation
for these exams is available at https://www.ets.org/csu/about/
You may take the EPT, ELM or both at a campus near you or where you plan to
REGISTRATION: Register for the Tests on the web at www.ets.org/csu
5. Advising Appointments for Seniors: Seniors may drop in any day before
school, at lunch, or after 6th period without an appointment to have
questions answered. Seniors applying to community college(s) can see your
college advisor to schedule an appointment.
College Advisor assignments: Ms. Price - BIHS and AC students with last
Mr. Barton - AHA, AMPS, CAS, GRN and AC students with last names A-K.
6. Seniors who are applying to colleges that are not on the Common
Application: please review this message for document submission guidelines
- Download the required form (Secondary School Report) from the college
- Complete a "Transcript Request Form" (available from the BHS Registrar's
Office in D173) and sign it. If you are under 18, the parent or guardian
- Paper-clip the Transcript Request Form and the college's form to a large
manila envelope addressed to the college, with the Berkeley High School
address as the return address. Put on $1.38 in postage (that is the large
envelope 3 oz. rate).
- Turn in all the large manila envelopes to the College and Career Center
ASAP for those applying Early Decision/Early Action (the original deadline
to turn these in was Oct. 1) and by November 1 for those applying regular
admission. Attach the College Application Checklist (available at the
College and Career Center or in your senior folder) to the front of the
7. GET EDUcated! EDU, Inc. - COMMON BLACK COLLEGE APPLICATION: Apply to 32
member institutions for a one-time fee of $35. For information and to view
the online application, please visit - www.eduinconline.com
8. SENIOR GRADES COUNT! Whether you are applying to a private
college/university, CSU, UC, or out of state public school, senior year
grades count! While you may be admitted to a college in the winter or early
in the spring, this is traditionally a preliminary or "conditional"
admittance pending receipt of your official senior year grades.
SAT and ACT registration procedures - Photos required during registration!
ACT (Register at <http://www.ACT.org/> www.ACT.org) - Check website for
complete listing of test dates.
ACT Test Dates: Registration Deadline Late
April 12 March 7
June 14 May 9
SAT (Register at <http://www.collegeboard.org/> www.collegeboard.org) -
Check website for complete listing of test dates.
SAT Test Dates: Registration Deadline
March 8 February 7
May 3 April 4
June 7 May 9
1. SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Where: Berkeley High School
What: BHS 3rd Annual COLLEGE FAIR and 2nd Annual CASE STUDIES Event
Who: Exclusive to BHS Juniors and Parents/Guardians
COLLEGE FAIR - Enjoy an opportunity to meet and chat with college admissions
officers and representatives from over 60 colleges/universities. More
details coming soon (including time of day).
CASE STUDIES - The Case Studies Workshop will group students and parents
with college admissions officers to discuss what colleges look for when
admitting students. Learn how college admissions representatives analyze
mock applications and make their decisions. RSVP guidelines coming soon.
2. FREE SAT PREP COURSES: *The course at BHS is now full. Students may
still register for Saturday or Sunday courses with PTPS (see website below).
People's Test Prep Services (PTPS) is offering FREE SAT prep courses at UC
Berkeley on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information and to register for
a course, please visit <http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~ptps/>
3. Questbridge College Prep Scholarship: QuestBridge's College Prep
Scholarship is designed to distinguish qualified high school juniors as
potential candidates for admission to top colleges, and provides resources
to help them get there. The QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship is designed
for high school juniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite
facing economic challenges. Most College Prep Scholars come from households
earning less than $60,000 annually and have experienced long-term economic
hardship. For more information, visit www.questbridge.org
<http://www.questbridge.org/> . Applications are due March 26, 2014.
JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES
1. Berkeley City College PERSIST to College Program: Berkeley City College
will be in the BHS College and Career Center to present a new opportunity
for Independent Study and Berkeley High incoming junior and senior students
to attend BCC part time next year. Students who commit to the Persist to
College program, will take up to two classes per semester and earn both
college and high school credit. This year's 10th and 11th graders who are
interested in learning more about this program should come to the
College/Career Center and speak with Mr. Barton.
2. The Princeton Review's 30 Hour Ultimate SATR Course:
This intense course is for students who expect nothing short of stellar
results and comes with powerful money back and score improvement guarantees.
- 30 hours of live instruction, 4 full-length practice tests, 47
hours of total prep
- Courses are held on Saturdays from 9:00 to 1:15pm, and Sundays
- Course Price: $999*
- *Use promo Code BERKULT200 to save $200
- Call 800-2REVIEW (800-273-8439) to reserve your spot.
ALL GRADE LEVELS
College Athletics Recruiting Presentation - March 19, 6-8 pm: Berkeley High
Athletics is hosting a COLLEGE SPORTS RECRUITING EVENT. Getting noticed by
college coaches can be a challenging and frustrating process for a high
school student athlete. We want to help you understand the ins and outs of
what to expect as you, the athlete and parent, try to get recruited.
Jennifer "JT" Thomas, the college counselor at Maybeck High School and
former Division I Cal Women's Soccer coach is coming to share, inside and
out, what you can do to best position yourself to pursue playing college
sports. Topics of the presentation include:
1) how to choose the most appropriate level
2) rules that recruiters must follow
3) how to put yourself out there
4) what to expect during the process
Please join us on Wednesday, March 19th 6-8pm in the Berkeley High Library
for a presentation followed by a Q&A session.
CAREER LOCKER: Do you want to explore career opportunities and possible
majors for college? Career Locker is a web-based program purchased for
Berkeley High School students for career and college exploration. Students
can use Career Locker from any location that can access the internet. This
program includes assessment tests, occupation and education search tools,
and practice questions for test preparation. For information on how to set
up your Career Locker account, please see Ms. Price or Mr. Barton in the
College and Career Center.
COLLEGE INFORMATION & INTERVIEW SESSIONS
CSU East Bay Education Summit: It Takes a Community! Education Summit 2014
for First Generation, African American, Latino, Asian American, Native
American, and Pacific Islander Students and their Families. Saturday, March
8, 2014 - 8:30am-1:00pm. CSU East Bay Gymnasium.
. Lunch Provided and Free Parking
. Free Coffee and Hot Chocolate provided in the morning
. Educational and college-related workshops for middle and high
school students and families
. College and Resource Fair showcasing Northern CSU campuses,
community colleges, and community vendors
BERKELEY COMMUNITY FUND SCHOLARSHIP - The Community Fund provides 4-year
scholarships and mentoring support for academically talented and resilient
Berkeley High School students. Seniors interested in applying can visit
The Morris C. and Juliet James Achievement Scholarship: The Morris C. and
Juliet James Achievement Fund: This fund is the major fund-raising project
of the Berkeley Retired Teachers Association, awarding money to
high-achieving graduating Berkeley High seniors. To be eligible, you must
have attended Berkeley schools for the majority of your public school
education. You may come to the College and Career Center to receive an
application. Applications are due by Feb. 25, 2014.
KIWANIS CLUB OF BERKELEY 2013 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: The Scholarship
Committee, based on the strength of the application, will consider
applicants who demonstrate academic ability, leadership and moral integrity,
a commitment to serve their school and community, and the greatest incentive
to continue development of their life goals. Kiwanis, as a service
organization, is especially interested in community service. Applications
are available in the College/Career Center (D-221), and all submissions are
due on or before March 7, 2014.
*BERKELEY ROTARY CLUB & REYNOLDS SCHOLARSHIP: The Berkeley Rotary Club
offers 4-year scholarships to deserving students who otherwise might not be
able to attend college. The program is based on need, as well as scholastic
ability, community involvement and potential. The application must be
received by Berkeley Rotary by April 15, 2014. Hard copies of the
application are available in the College and Career Center.
*Berkeley Bay Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Incorporated - is offering college scholarships to high school seniors in
Alameda County. The scholarship is open to all students; however, African
American students are the primary focus. Consideration will be given to
GPA, leadership ability, and potential for success, financial need, and
demonstrated commitment to community/school service. Applications are due
to the Scholarship Committee by April 1, 2014. Applications are available in
the College and Career Center.
Elena Castaneda Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was created to honor
Berkeley educator and social justice advocate Elena Castaneda. Elena was
particularly committed to assisting young people who spoke English as their
second language in obtaining a quality education. This scholarship is given
annually to a Berkeley High School student whose first language was Spanish
and who has worked to learn English and complete the course work necessary
to be admitted to a four-year college or university. This scholarship is
also intended for those attending two-year colleges.
Buick Achievers Scholarship: This scholarship organization encourages
applicants who plan to enroll full time to a four-year college or university
and plan to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering,
technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry.
For more information, please visit buickachievers.com. The deadline is Feb.
Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California Scholarship: Application requirements
include being a student of Portuguese descent on father's or mother's side,
be a US citizen or permanent resident, maintained a 3.5 GPA in high school
and be a graduating senior, meet all requirements for an accredited
university or college, participated in at least three extra-curricular
activities while in high school. Students are required to complete the
application process no later than March 15, 2014. Applications are available
in the College and Career Center.
2014 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Community Service
Scholarship: This scholarship program is for graduating seniors of Japanese
descent in Northern California. Applicants must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA
and actively involved in the community. Applications are due by Monday,
March 17, 2014. Applications are available in the College and Career
STUDENTS RISING ABOVE - For Current Juniors, C/O 2015: Students Rising Above
is looking for high school juniors who have demonstrated strength of
character in the face of challenging odds, and dream of a college education.
Selected students come from low-income households and are rising above
tremendous difficulties and succeeding in school and in life despite their
circumstances at home. These difficulties include poverty, neglect,
violence, addiction and homelessness. Applicants are required to have a 3.0
GPA, and applications are due on April 4, 2014. For more information,
The Italian Catholic Federation is a National Roman Catholic Fraternal
Organization composed of persons of Italian ancestry (including their
non-Italian spouses) who are of the Roman Catholic Faith. One of the many
programs of the Federation is to offer college scholarships to further the
education of students who achieve a total cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and
meet all of the requirements listed in the scholarship application. For more
information, please visit www.icf.org <http://www.icf.org/>
E4FC - Educators for Fair Consideration - www.e4fc.org
<http://www.e4fc.org/> : Visit this site for a listing of local, regional,
and national scholarships available for Bay Area immigrant students.
AnimationCareerReview.com is offering the 3rd annual "Aspiring Animation
Professional" Scholarship Program, offering high school seniors the
opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship. This will be awarded to students
that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited
post-secondary school or college. Please visit
tion-professional-scholarship-program to find eligibility information along
with the online application.
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations: This scholarship recognizes students
who are helping improve race relations in their schools or communities.
Winners are awarded up to $1,000 and invited to Princeton University for an
expense-paid weekend symposium on race. For information, please visit
Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles - Music Scholarship Auditions in
Voice, Piano, Guitar, Organ, and Orchestral Instruments: To complete an
online application, visit
Skidmore College Filene Music Scholarship Competition: The Filene
Scholarship provides a special opportunity for musically gifted students
with high academic aspirations. Information can be found at
SUMMER 2014 OPPORTUNITIES
California College of The Arts PRE-COLLEGE: The pre-college program is held
on CCA's four-acre Oakland Campus. Eligible students have just completed
grade 10, 11 or 12. Student can earn 3 units of college credit. For
information and an application, visit cca.edu/precollege
USC Summer Programs: Offers students a preview of "freshman year" through
its college experience, offering 4 and 2 week courses in a variety of
subjects. For more information please visit summer.usc.edu
The University of British Columbia Summer Scholars Program: Eligible
students must be entering one of their final two years of high school (16-18
years of age) and in good academic standing. Applications close May 15,
2014, and limited space is available. For more information, please visit
Santa Clara University Summer Engineering Seminar: The program introduces
participants to the engineering profession, the academic expectations of
college, and university life. Application deadline is March 13, 2014, at
5:00pm. For more information, please visit
Colorado College Summer Session Pre-College Program: Earn college credit
and find out if Colorado College and the Block Plan are right for you. For
more information and application materials, visit the website at
Oxford Royale Academy: Summer course offerings for July and August 2014.
Please visit www.oxford-royale.co.uk
University of Notre Dame Pre-College Programs: The office of Pre-College
Programs offers students the opportunity to experience the life of Notre
Dame college students. To view the list of opportunities offered for the
2014 Summer Scholars Program, 2014 Leadership Seminars, and the 2014 Study
Abroad (Rome, Italy), please visit precollege.nd.edu
Washington University in St. Louis Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Summer Pre-College Programs: Are you passionate about art or architecture?
Have you considered a career as an architect, artist, or designer? These
Pre-College Programs - Architecture Discovery Program and Portfolio Plus
Program - give high school students the opportunity to develop skills that
are fundamental to these fields while producing work in a real studio under
the guidance of WUSTL faculty. Samfoxschool.wustl.edu/precollege
High School Summer Scholars Program - Washington University in St. Louis:
Explore Careers and majors in medicine, writing, engineering, leadership,
and more. For more information and application materials, visit:
The 2014 Summer Academy at St. John's College - The Summer Academy at St.
John's College offers rising high school juniors and seniors the experience
of a lifetime - self-discovery, friendship, and intellectual growth. One
week sessions are held at east and west campuses in Annapolis, Maryland and
Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information, please visit:
ADVENTURES OF THE MIND - Astronomical Opportunities for 200 Talented Teens:
Blasting off from Occidental College, June 15, 2014. Meet with talented
faculty, take exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab
and The Autry, tour the campuses of Los Angeles' stellar universities, and
explore your future during sessions on leadership, creativity, goal-setting,
entrepreneurship, money matters, and college/career paths. For
applications, please visit www.adventuresofthemind.org
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