iHigh Counseling Office   Opens 8/27/15

Welcome to the Counselor's Corner! I am iHigh Head Counselor, Ms. Sonia Castillo.  I'm available to meet with students and parents from 8:30 – 3:00 pm Monday thru Friday.  It is always a good idea to call ahead to schedule an appointment by calling 619-764-5440 ext. 4560 or via email at scastillo@sandi.net.  Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the counselor for a variety of concerns, whether educational, career, or of a personal or social nature.  I am here to support, provide guidance or referrals for a variety of needs.  I believe our students’ success lies in the partnership between parents, students and school staff at all levels.


Family Connection from Naviance is a Web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Family Connection is a comprehensive website that parents and students can use to help research courses, colleges, scholarships and/or careers.  Family Connection is linked with Counselor’s Office, a service that we use in our office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that is specific to our school. 


Family Connection will allow you and your child to:

     Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers

     Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past

     Sign up for college visits – Find out which colleges are visiting our school and sign up to attend those sessions


Family Connection also lets us share information with you and your child about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other Web resources for college and career information. In addition, the site includes a link that your child can use to send us an e-mail message.   If you or your child need help establishing your Naviance Family Connection account, please contact Ms. Castillo (scastillo@sandi.net). She will be happy to sit with you and your child to establish your account.



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Graduation Requirements for students graduating in 2016:  Successfully complete a total of 44 credits in the required areas for meeting UC a-g admissions requirements, pass both sections of the California High School Exit Exam* (Language Arts and Mathematics), and have minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.

*The CA High School Exit Exam requirement is currently suspended pending decisions by the CA State Board of Education.


Grade levels:
9th grade = 0 to 9 credits
10th grade = 10 to 20 credits
11th grade = 21 to 30 credits
12th grade = 31+ credits
If you have any questions regarding your current academic status, please call me or send me an email, Ms. Castillo, to schedule a conference.                                             

Ø      CAHSEE/SAT/ACT Support and Preparation:

Ø      SAT Sign-up, Preparation and Tips, also for test dates click here SAT

Ø      ACT Sign-up and Preparation:  www.act.org, and for test dates click ACT.  Not all colleges require students to take the ACT test to meet admission requirements.   Visit the prospective schools' websites to learn more about their individual admission requirements.


Did you know?  The ACT surpasses the SAT in number of college entrance exam takers. Read more at http://www.sacbee.com/2010/09/27.


**Need an SAT Fee Waiver? Eligible students can stop by the school's Counseling Office to obtain a fee waiver. Please refer to SAT FEE Waiver for Income Eligibility Guidelines.**

Planning for college?  Visit the following websites to learn more about the application process, financial aid, life after high school and more.

fafsa.ed.gov - Federal Student Aid priority deadlines and information

http://www.csac.ca.gov- The California Student Aid Commission is committed to our mission to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians.  Whether you’re planning to go to college or get career training, there’s money available to help you pay for it. Here you’ll learn about Cal Grants and other student aid programs, their requirements and how to apply for them. Higher education is a smart investment and can open doors to a variety of career paths. We’re here to help you build a brighter future.


www.college.gov- Learn how to pay for college, why you should go, what you need to do to get there and how to talk to your family about college


www.makingitcount.com“Making It Count” website is a valuable tool for students transitioning into high school, into college and into their career. The site also includes interactive games, tools, and e-newsletters.


What is CSU Mentor? CSU Mentor is a website designed to help students and their families learn about the California State University (CSU) system. The CSU is comprised of 23 excellent campuses. CSU Mentor assists students in planning for college, in selecting the appropriate CSU campus to attend, in planning how to finance their education, and in applying for admission.


The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding 35 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process. We serve students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications - online and in print - that students and school officials may submit to any of our more than 400 members. Membership is open to colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process.


S C H O L A R S H I P S 

Searching for scholarships?  Log-in to your Naviance Family Connection to start your scholarship search today!  Thousands of dollars go unclaimed each year!  There are scholarships for everyone.
Are you planning to go to a 2 or 4 year institution? What about a trade or vocational school? Plan ahead and invest the time to find the scholarship that will meet your future financial needs. Scholarships may range from $500 to thousandths of dollars.  Scholarships may be based on a variety of qualifiers; from financial need, career interest to ethnic background.   See me if you need help logging in to Naviance.

EdFund: Scholarships, Loans and Other Money for College Welcome to Fund Your Future, your comprehensive source for information about all the ways to pay for your college education and prepare for success. It’s full of guidance on federal financial aid, as well as the many other funding sources that can help you go to college. You’ll find a checklist of important tasks, money management tips, a spending worksheet, and more. Keep a folder for all the important documents that are part of the financial aid process, meet your deadlines, and enjoy your college experience!

Information on a wide variety of scholarships can be found at www.studentscholarships.org.

California Coast Credit Union High School Scholarship Program:  Visit the website for additional information and details: https://www.calcoastcu.org/promos/scholarship.php

AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION scholarships, internships and other related links.
MILITARY.com:  Find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community! You and your dependents have great military education benefits. Learn about great schools and programs that can help you reach your goals.

The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community.