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Are you interested in applying to a Four-Year Private / Independent University?

If you are applying to a Four-Year Private / Independent University, you will need to complete a Secondary School Report (SSR) Checklist which requires you asking for Letters of Recommendation and completing a Common Application

  • For Early Decision, you need to submit your SSR sheet to your counselor on October 5, 2018 by 3pm.
  • For Regular Decision, you need to submit your SSR sheet to your counselor on October 19, 2018 by 3pm.

It is extremely important to meet all deadlines in order to process all your documents on time.

Seniors are you down credits?

If you are down credits (less than 160 credits), you need to check with your counselor immediately to review your graduation status. 

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Senior Counseling Information

Senior Reminders

Check your School Loop, Naviance and the Counseling Monthly Calendar REGULARLY to monitor your academic progress. receive important information and check on the counseling upcoming events. 

Counseling Monthly Calendar

School Loop


  1. At the beginning of your senior year, you should have earned a minimum of 160 credits.  If you have less than 160 credits, you need to meet with your counselor immediately to review your graduation status. 
  2. Make sure to keep your grades up. Continue to maintain "C" or better grades. Remember that colleges will only take grades of a "C" or better for A-G requirements. "D" grade = Deal Breaker!
  3. The last opportunity to take the SAT College Entrance Exam or ACT plus writing is November.
  4. You can select up to four colleges to send your SAT scores FREE when you register for the exam use this Code: 3594. Send to one CSU and all CSU's will receive your scores, send to one UC and all UC's will receive your scores and send to two Private Universities. Make sure to take advantage of this!
  5. Check your email regularly. Colleges/Universities will use email to notify you if you are missing vital documents from your college application. You will be notified via email if you have been accepted to their college/university.
  6. Special scholarship deadlines and reminders are posted in Naviance.
  7. The Community College window to apply online will open in the Spring (March/April). 
  8. If you are struggling in any of yours classes, make sure to work closely with your teachers to find strategies that will help you improve your grades. Also get help during the advisory tutorial period

Senior Monthly Checklist

Senior Credit Evaluation Presentation (September 6 & 8)

Senior College Going Night Presentation (September 6) 

Common App Presentation (October 11)



For many students, paying for college is beyond comprehension.  While it is true that the cost of college is increasing an average of 2.6% for the past 10 years (on average), colleges, universities, and private groups are working harder than ever in trying to find many avenues to help you achieve your dreams.

  • The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application.  Remember that the FAFSA window opens October 1st and you must apply before March 2nd.
  • Do not miss the FAFSA Workshops:
    • For parents - Attend the FAFSA Night on October 4, 2017 at 6:00pm in the ST Theater. Check the FAFSA Night Presentation
    • For one-to-one assistance - The Cash For College Workshop will be available to families on November 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Library.
  • Filing your FAFSA can only help you so make sure to apply! The FAFSA will determine what kind of financial aid you qualify for---this includes Grants, Scholarships, Work Study, Loans, etc.
  • Your next steps should be to check for scholarship opportunities on Naviance. Talk to your counselor to learn about scholarships that are unique to Santa Teresa or East Side Union High School District.
  • Each college/university has unique approaches for paying for college so be sure to communicate with them as well.
What is a WICHE agreement?

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is a regional organization adopted in the 1950's. WICHE was created to facilitate resource sharing among the higher education systems of the West. Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two-and four-year college programs outside of their home state. The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) reduced tuition rate is not automatically awarded to all eligible candidates. Many institutions limit the number of new WUE awards each academic year, so apply early! WICHE members include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the U.S. Pacific Territories and freely associated states. 

Naviance "How To Videos"

Beyond contacting your counselor, Naviance can do a lot more.  This is a locker of Naviance "How to videos" for you to review:

1. How To Contact Your Counselor

2. How to Use the Resume Builder

3. How to Request Letters of Recommendation

Interested in applying to a Four-Year Public UC or CSU School System?

The University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) application window closes on November 30, 2018. Please apply early and make sure to submit your application before the thanksgiving holiday!

ESUHSD SJSU Spartan Promise 

Eligibility Index and GPA Calculator

Interested in applying to a Two-year Community College?

Check the guidelines for applying to a Two-Year Community College. Community Colleges in California.

De Anza College 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. Cupertino, CA 95014 

Evergreen Valley College 3095 Yerba Buena Rd. San Jose, CA 95135 

Foothill College 12345 El Monte Rd. Los Altos, CA 94022

Gavilan College 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd. Gilroy, CA 95020 

Mission College 3000 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95054 

San José City College 2100 Moorpark Ave. San Jose, CA 95128 

West Valley College 14000 Fruitvale Ave. Saratoga, CA 95070