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Carlmont College Center


The College Center is open for students. Students can send Mrs Rasor ( an email to answer any questions or for application support. Please read her emails sent to your seq email.

The College Center is located next the Counseling Office, between the Performing Arts Center and Administration Building.
Carlmont College & Career Calendar

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DEADLINE to apply for
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
MARCH 2, 2023
As of July of 2022, all SUHSD graduating seniors are required to
complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a
California Dream Act Application (CADAA).
Questions? Contact your Carlmont counselor
Naviance/Class presentations

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Naviance/Class presentations

Naviance is a free program for Carlmont students and parents. Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and improve student outcome.

Students must be in their SEQ email to log into Naviance
Classroom Presentations
Class of 2023 - Senior Lesson - May 2022 Options for After High School Presentation
Class of 2023 - Senior Lesson - Sept 22 - Financial Aid Lesson
 Class of 2025 - Sophomore Lesson - Exploring Careers - Oct 2022
Class of 2026 - Freshmen Lesson -  High School 101 Lesson - Oct 2022
Class of 2026 - Freshmen Lesson - 4 Year Plan Lesson - Jan 2023

College Applications/Planning Information

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College Applications/Planning Information

Western Undergrad Exchange (WUE) - Students from California can receive tuition discount from some public colleges in Western states.
UC Application Tips (from UC website)  UC-quick-reference-Aug-2021.pdf
LGBTQ advising - website for a  safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities
Back to school Night (Sept 8, 2022) Senior Parent Slides
Building Your First Resume (slides)  - April 20 2022
Building Your First Resume - recorded session - April 20, 2022
College Parent Information Night - May 2, 2023 - Slides
College Parent Information Night - May 2, 2023 - Recording 
Junior parent night Naviance/College admissions Slides Presentation March 23, 2023
Junior parent night Naviance/College admissions webinar March 23, 2023
Student volunteering list of opportunities is located on the Carlmont High School website under Student Life.

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Student volunteering list of opportunities is located on the Carlmont High School website under Student Life.


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Seniors sending transcripts to colleges

Some four year colleges request that students send their initial transcripts. Initial transcripts supply the college with grades until end of junior year. 

For CSU's - After applying to a CSU, you will be asked through email to create a portal.  You will need to check this portal regularly.  This is where they might ask for your initial transcript. Please do not request that we send it before the CSU asks. Majority of CSUs will not request transcripts until you have been admitted.

For UC's - UC usually will NOT want initial transcripts.  Please do not request an initial transcript for UCs unless you have been sent a notice from the UC to send one.

Transcripts for Common App - your counselor will send your initial transcripts with his/her LOR if you have informed your counselor. Some 4 year colleges will only request a school report, Ask your counselor to send the school report which will include your transcript. 
Final Transcript - This transcript is posted to Infinite Campus at the end of the year of each year. The college you attend will require your final transcript. May of senior year you will reqired to complete the Senior Year Survey. Within the survey is the request to send your final transcript.
Please see either Mrs Rasor or Mrs Abelt if you need an initial transcript for your application that is NOT
Common App
If you have graduated and need a Carlmont High School transcript please check the counseling page on the Carlmont website for instructions.
Financial Aid - Steps

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Financial Aid - Steps

Financial Aid Basics

Financial Aid is available to help students attend an accredited vocational, community college, or four-year college/university.

The deadline to complete FAFSA is March 2 of the student's senior year. Our district has submitted the Cal Grant GPA on the students behalf.
As of July of 2022, all SUHSD seniors are required to complete either a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act Application (CADAA). All SUHSD schools are required to account for every graduating senior prior to graduation. While there will be an opportunity to opt-out in the spring, we hope that you will choose to complete your financial aid application. If you have questions about this requirement, please connect with your school counselor.
This new requirement is a state mandate AB 469 
  • Student must be US Citizen (or eligible non-citizens);
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (DACA is not valid for the FAFSA);
  • Plan to earn a high school diploma or GED;
  • Males must also register with the Selective Service System when required.
FAFSA covers financial support from these main sources:
  • Federal Student Aid. Includes Pell Grant, Work Study, and Parent/Student Loans. (Grants to do not have to be repaid).

  • CA Student Aid. Includes *Cal Grants, Middle Class Grant, FSEOG Grant, EOP Grant, Board of Governor’s Community College Fee Waiver, and Chafee (Foster Youth) Grant.

  • Institutional Aid. Typically given by private colleges. In addition to the FAFSA, some private colleges ask students to complete the CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid supplement. Check the campus website.

Undocumented students

Seniors with DACA or do not have a valid Social Security Number can apply for Cal Grant programs. To apply the student must:
  • Attend a CA high school for at least 3 years; and
  • Plan to graduate from CA high school; and
  • Complete the Dream Act Application by March 2nd of senior year.

After your FAFSA or Dream App has been processed, go to webgrants to create an account to check the status of your Cal Grant.
Financial Aid Presentations
Financial Aid Information Night Oct 14, 2021
Senior Scholarship Search

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Senior Scholarship Search

In addition to applying for financial aid, seniors can also research scholarships. Here are some basic steps when considering where to start looking for scholarships.

1) Check the campus financial aid websites you applied to.

2) Check with your parent's employers.

3) If you or your parents belong to any local organizations (church, Rotary, etc.), check if they offer scholarships.

4) Check out Carlmont's Scholarship List on Naviance. To view the list, log into Naviance then go to the "college" tab and scroll down to Scholarship Search. This list is mostly local and state scholarship opportunities. 
5)  Search known websites that have a list of scholarships or offer scholarships (see links below).
Information on scholarships and grants
Our own Carlmont PTSA offers scholarships in the amount of $750.00. Up to 10 scholarships may be awarded by the Carlmont PTSA to deserving applicants.

To qualify for the Carlmont High School PTSA scholarship, students must be a registered member of the PTSA by February and must be or have been a volunteer for our school and/or community. Please note: this year the scholarship is focused on community service and does not have a leadership component as in previous years. More information on this scholarship will be available soon.
SAT/ACT Scores

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SAT/ACT Scores

College Admission Tests -
University of California (UC) will no longer require or include SAT/ACT in their admission decision.
California State University (CSU) will no longer require or include SAT/ACT in their admission decision.

A college admission test is optional for most four-year private and out of state college and universities. A few 4 year colleges still require the exams, check the college website to verify their requirements.

Exams are held on a Saturday mornings, at various testing centers during school year. The SAT is given in October, November, December, January, March, May, June and August. The ACT are held in September, October, December, February, April and June.

The general time to take a test is Spring semester junior year. If you are applying to private colleges, check websites for deadlines to submit test scores.

Carlmont is a testing center. In order to secure a spot at Carlmont, register early. Although Carlmont is a testing center, the exam is conducted by College Board.

How to Register

Register for SAT at College Board website. The cost to register is $55 per test date

Register for ACTor ACT Plus at ACT website. The cost to register is $60 or *ACT Plus Writing $85. 

Fee Waivers (covers registration cost) are available for eligible students. If you qualify for a waiver visit the College Center or your counselor. 

The registration costs above include the option to send official scores to four campuses (when you register for a test). If you wait to send scores there will be a cost per campus to send. Read "Sending Scores" section below to learn how to send the scores. 

Sending Scores

When you apply to colleges, during fall of senior year, you enter your test scores on college applications AND you log into your College Board and/or ACT accounts to send scores to colleges.

If you are applying to privates and out-of-state colleges and universities, send official SAT scores to each campus if they require it

Deadline to Send Test Scores to Colleges

 Private or out-of-state college and universities have different deadlines by when official scores must be received - check campus website for deadlines.

If you are applying Early Action or Early Decision deadlines, your official test scores must be received by the application deadline. It may take up to four weeks for your scores to arrive, so plan ahead.

AP Tests

AP test are not required to apply to college. Therefore, seniors do not have to send official AP scores until summer and send only to the campus you will be attending. However, if you are using an AP score to validate an "A-G" requirement, then you must make sure to send the official AP scores to admission. Once you indicate you have taken or will take an AP exam on your college application, the college will expect you to send your scores. 

AP scores can be used for General Elective credit and/or English and math placement.
Community College

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California Community Colleges

California’s community college system is a great place to start your college experience. The benefits include:

• More time to explore universities or a major.
• Save money on tuition (and housing)
• Higher chance of being admitted (or guaranteed admission) to a selective CSU or UC campus; and
• Opportunity to explore vocational program or 2 year degree careers.

If you are interested in starting your college experience at a community college, we recommend taking a community college course during high school. Community college courses are FREE to high school students and gives high school students access to start earning community college credit (UC/CSU transferrable courses) without having to take AP exams.

To enroll in a community college course, talk to your high school counselor or visit the College Center for a Concurrent Enrollment Form.

Transfer Programs

If you plan to transfer to a UC or CSU campus from a community college, you do not have to take SAT/ACT. 

Once you are ready to transfer, your high school GPA and grades are not a part of your UC or CSU transfer application. This means that community college is a fresh academic start!

How long does it take to transfer?

Many high school graduates plan to transfer to a UC or CSU campus after attending a community college for approximately two years. However, the number of years it takes to transfer depends on how long it takes a student to complete transfer requirements.

We recommend students challenge themselves in English and math every year in high school so that they are prepared to take placement test that allows them to enroll in college-level transfer courses after graduating from Carlmont.

UC’s Transfer Guarantee Admission (TAG)

There are six UC campuses (Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz) that offer transfer guarantee admission to students from California community colleges who meet campus-specific requirements. Transfer students can TAG to one of these six UC campuses yet also apply to other UC campuses that do not have a guarantee admission program (such as UCLA, Cal, UC San Diego).

Click here to learn about UC's TAG program

CSU Transfer Guarantee Programs

Community college students who wish to transfer to a CSU campuses are guaranteed admission if the campus and/or major are not impacted and the student earns a two-year degree.

Click here to learn more about CSU’s guarantee transfer program.

How to apply to a community college

There will be several workshops at Carlmont to help seniors get ready to enroll at a community college. Students who are 18 years old or have a high school diploma or equivalent are eligible to apply.

Seniors begin their application at CCCApply.

After you apply, check email for next steps. In most cases, steps will most likely include:
• How to log into your Web Smart account, using your G#, to register for placement test
• When to take an English and/or Math placement test
• Attend orientation or meet with a community college counselor after you get your placement test results
• How to register for classes, check financial aid status, and pay registration fees.
University of California (UC)

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University of California

If you are considering attending a four-year university that prepares you to think critically and analytically, then you may want to consider attending a UC campus. UC education centers on helping students develop research and theoretical skills.

All UC campuses (except for Merced and Berkeley) are quarter-system. This means classes last ten weeks (which implies that every five weeks you are taking a mid-term or a final).

Research if a UC campus is the right fit for you:

Click here to learn more about the University of California system.

Select a UC campus on this map to view a list of majors available at each campus. You can also click on the major to get a description or a link to the major's website.

Click here to view a list of Carlmont's UC/CSU Approved course list.

Click here
to read how applications are reviewed for each UC campus.

Click here to learn about UC's Financial Aid Programs
California State University (CSU)

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California State University (CSU)

The California State University (CSU) System

The California State University system (CSU) is one of two public university systems in California. There are 24 CSU campuses located throughout California – the CSU system offers a college education that is hands-on and career-focused.

CSU campuses have a variety of majors. To view list of majors offered by campus, click on the campus name on this CSU map.

The Application Process
  • Complete UC/CSU “A – G” requirements with “C” or higher during high school. View a list of Carlmont’s approved CSU courses here.
  • Have a 2.5 GPA (10th & 11th CSU/UC GPA). Campuses can use supplemental factors for GPA of 2.0 -2.49
  • Apply to each campus on Cal State Apply during the months of October or November of senior year.
The Selection Process: Impacted vs. Non-impacted Campuses

A non- impacted campus has enough space to guarantee admission to all applicants that meet the minimum admission requirements above.

An impacted campus is when a campus receives more applications than space allows. Impacted campuses rank applicants and admit based on Eligibility Index. Some campuses rank your index by major. 

How to calculate your Eligibility Index: (suspended for fall 2021 and 2022 applicants)

If you took the SAT, campuses you apply to will calculate your index by multiplying your CSU (10th & 11th A-G) GPA x 800. Then the campus adds the highest SAT Critical Reading and Math score from any test date.
  • For ex: (GPA x 800) + (Highest Critical Reading + Math Scores) = SAT Eligibility Index
If you took the ACT, campuses multiply your composite ACT score by 10 and multiply your weighted 10-12 A-G GPA by 200. Then they add the sums.

  • For ex: (ACT x 10) + (GPA x 200) = ACT Eligibility Index.
CSU campuses will super score if you provide more than one test date. This means they use the highest section in Critical Reading and Math from any SAT test date and/or they use sub-scores from more than one ACT test to give you a higher ACT composite score.

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Name (Click on Name for Email) Dial (650) 595-0210 and the extension below: Phone
DePaoli, Tammy Head Counselor 30090
Abelt, Irma School Registrar 30095
Chamorro, Yvonne Guidance Information Specialist 30097
DeSpain, Elizabeth Guidance Information Specialist 30096
Dominguez, Connie Counselor 30094
Ibarra, Maria Counselor 30098
Ledesma, Matthew Counselor 30088
Miller, Kimberly Counselor 30091
  College and Career Assistant 33100
Smith, Julia Counselor 35004
Torres, Theresa Counselor 30092
Vernon, Kristin Counselor 30093
Yokomura, Ross Counselor 30099