October 6, 2017

Welcome to News and Views, a weekly newsletter from the College Counseling Center. Each week we will be addressing information for seniors, juniors, and parents. We hope you find the contents helpful and informative.

Financial Aid Info Session

On Friday, Oct. 27, Santa Catalina will be hosting a financial aid information session at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Johnson Recital Hall. Senior and junior families are welcome, and students may attend as well. Families from Stevenson and York School will be joining us. We hope this will be an informative night for all.


By this point in time, all of you should have met at least once with Ms. Van Wagenen. If you have not, come in ASAP to schedule that first appointment. Each of you should continue working on your college essays and supplements, and once you have written work to show Ms. Van Wagenen, make appointment to see her again. The goal for each of you is to meet with her at least every other week until your applications are completed.


Our Journey Day on Wednesday, October 11 will be devoted to completing the UC and Cal State applications. If possible, please have as much of your personal information completed so that we can focus on adding your classes and current courses as well as answering any lingering questions. Those of you who are not applying to either of those systems can work on other applications.


You are welcome to attend the meetings wth college reps which are held in the College Counseling Center. Be sure to check with teachers at least two days ahead of time for permission to leave class. The rep visits are listed on the whiteboard in the CCC and will also be included in News & Views each week.


Test Prep: Santa Catalina has partnered with AJ Tutoring to offer a nine-week ACT prep course beginning in January which will prepare juniors for the April ACT. Prior to the test prep course and later this fall, AJ will also present an evening test/test prep information session for all juniors and their parents. More information with be forthcoming about these programs.


Test Guidelines: Studies have shown that the more classwork juniors have completed, the better they score on standardized tests; therefore, we encourage juniors to wait until second semester to begin taking the ACT or SAT. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Van Wagenen or Mr. White.

Scholarship News

The NCWIT Award for AiC honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education.

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (W.U.E) is a program offered by public schools in the western United States which offers discounted tuition for out-of-state students. Many of these institutions are less expensive to attend than staying at in-state California public schools, but there are certain rules and regulations as well. For a list of the W.U.E. schools, requirements, and programs, click on the link above.

Upcoming College Rep Visits and Testing Dates

Saturday - October 7, 2017
8:00 AM
Tuesday - October 10, 2017
8:05 AM - 8:35 AM
College Counseling Office
Wednesday - October 11, 2017
All day
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Study Hall
Thursday - October 12, 2017
8:05 AM - 8:35 AM
College Counseling Office
Friday - October 13, 2017
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
College Counseling Office
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
College Counseling Office
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
College Counseling Office

Santa Catalina School

1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA 93940