November 4, 2017


Seniors, now that November 1 deadlines have passed, please make follow-up appointments with Ms. Van Wagenen or Mr. White to make sure everything is in order for your next round of submissions.


Juniors, the time is nearly upon us! Starting in January, we will be meeting with you to take the first steps in your formal college application process. Get ready for an exciting time, and be proud of all you've accomplished so far!

AJ Tutoring Info Session

On November 30 at 6:30 p.m., Patrick Hennes from AJ Tutoring will be presenting information about the ACT as well as the ACT prep course that will be offered here beginning on January 27. We encourage juniors and their parents to attend. The location will be the Mary Johnson Recital Hall.

For a brief overview of the program, see here.

Full Scholarships to Seattle University

Students considering Seattle University will want to be aware of the Sullivan Leadership AwardThis scholarship covers tuition, room and board for each of four years of undergraduate study at Seattle University and is awarded to nine incoming first-year students each year. 

NYTimes: What Colleges Want In An Applicant

Don't we all wish there were a stable, straightforward formula for getting accepted to the most selective colleges? Does trying to navigate the admissions process seem more stressful and confusing than it ought to? If these are questions you've pondered, you might find some comfort in remembering that knowledge is power and in reading this recent article in The New York Times, which gives us a very detailed look at the admissions process from the colleges' point of view.

Huffington Post: When Should You Apply to College?

This article from last week's Huffington Post offers a very helpful discussion of the various types of applications used in college admissions.


For juniors (and their parents), the article can serve as an introduction to the various types of applications. We will be covering these much more extensively in the spring, so think of this as a preview of what's to come next fall.


Many seniors have already applied ED, EA, or rolling. This article is a reminder of the other types of applications they'll be submitting over the next two months.

Johns Hopkins Virtual Information Sessions

Johns Hopkins University invites prospective students to get to know the school better through one of their virtual information sessions. From the comfort of their own couches, students can join a Hopkins admissions counselor for a discussion about:


  • The admissions process
  • How to craft an application that best represents their accomplishments and goals for the future
  • What it's like to live and learn at Johns Hopkins
  • Their questions! There will be time for a live Q&A, where students can ask questions about the admissions process


Register here for the session on Saturday, November 11 or here for the session on Monday, November 20. Also, you can experience a virtual tour of Johns Hopkins' Homewood campus by clicking here.

Scholarships at USC's School of Cinematic Arts

´╗┐Students interested in a career in filmmaking may be interested to know that USC's renowned School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is working to make their undergraduate programs more affordable. SCA has been able to award scholarships ranging from $10,000-$20,000 to eligible incoming students. All first-year/freshmen applicants who submit a completed admission application by the December 1, 2017 deadline will receive information about SCA scholarship application procedures in January. You may view all SCA scholarship opportunities for incoming and continuing students on their scholarship website

Financial Aid 101

If you were not able to attend Thalassa Naylor's presentation to Upper School parents on Friday, October 27, you can still see the slides to her presentation "Financial Aid 101" here and watch a recording of the event here. Though figuring out how to fund college can be daunting, Ms. Naylor does a great job of explaining how to manage it.

College Visits

Monday - November 6, 2017
8:55 AM - 9:25 AM
College Counseling Office
Tuesday - November 7, 2017
1:10 PM - 1:40 PM
College Counseling Office
Saturday - November 11, 2017

Santa Catalina School

1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA 93940