Thursday, November 19, 2015

Class of 2019 College T-Shirt Project

Hello all - I am embarking on a grand task and am asking for your assistance. I am co-advisor for this year's freshman class (Class of 2019) and I would like to get a college t-shirt for every freshman that they could then wear for the next four years (or however long they last!).

While I could do a fundraiser to get 400 shirts from San Diego State, I would really like to get shirts from a HUGE variety of colleges and universities around this great country (and around the world if possible).

So here is my plea: If you are so inclined could you please send a t-shirt from your alma mater to Kris Elam c/o Sweetwater High School 2900 Highland Avenue, National City, CA 91950.

All sizes are welcome as these are 14 and 15 year olds, so many are "full grown" while others are still awaiting puberty's arrival. If you are ordering a new shirt and would also like to include a small pennant flag please feel free! We are posting them all along the wall of our hallway.

Finally, to make this work I will need to rely on the joys of social media and ask you to share this post!

Thank you all in advance whether it is for sending a shirt or for simply passing this message along to your friends! I know I have friends who went to a wide variety of colleges so I am hoping this will expose my students to the idea that there are colleges out there beyond San Diego State (not that there's anything wrong with SDSU since it is my second alma mater!!)!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

SAT Subject Tests Recommendations for UC

While SAT Subject Tests are not required, some campuses recommend that freshman applicants interested in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency.

Recommendations for fall 2016 applicants:

Remember, these are recommendations, not mandates. You will not be penalized for failing to take the SAT Subject Tests. On the other hand, submission of these test scores (just like submission of AP and/or IB scores) may add positively to the review of your application.


College of Chemistry and College of Engineering: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major.


Not recommended for any area.


Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major.

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Biology M, Chemistry, and/or Math Level 2 .

School of Physical Sciences: Chemistry and Math Level 2 for chemistry, earth system science, mathematics, and physics majors.

Program in Public Health: Biology E, Biology M, and/or Chemistry for public health science majors; Biology E, Biology M, and/or World History for public health policy majors.

Los Angeles
Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant's intended major.

No recommendation at this time.


College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and Bourns College of Engineering: Math 2 and Chemistry or Physics, for all majors

San Diego
Jacobs School of Engineering and biological or physical sciences majors: Math Level 2 and a science test (Biology E/M, Chemistry, or Physics) closely related to the applicant’s intended major.

Santa Barbara
College of Engineering: Math Level 2

College of Creative Studies:
Math Level 2 for math majors
Math Level 2 and Physics for physics majors
Biology for biology majors
Chemistry for biochemistry and chemistry majors
Math Level 2 for computing majors

Santa Cruz
Not recommended for any area.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Adelante Mujer and Maida Torres-Stanovick Scholarship

The Adelante Mujer and Maida Torres-Stanovick Scholarship is now available. Once again we will be looking to award a $500 dollar scholarship to a Latina student from the SUHSD who plans on attending college in the Fall 2016.

DEADLINE is December 11, 2015.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Abraham and Lillian Turk Scholarship Program

We are pleased to announce that the Abraham and Lillian Turk Scholarship Program is available now through March 1, 2016, only for San Diego County residents. Please share this opportunity with graduating high school seniors or those who have graduated high school within the last five years. We also encourage you to post this announcement on your website, on informational boards, and through social media.

Up to 20 awards for up to $10,000 each will be given for those who plan to attend accredited, not-for-profit two-year or four-year colleges, universities and technical and vocational schools.

Funds are for the first year of school with no guarantee of ongoing assistance, though scholarship recipients may apply for future support.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need. There is no grade point average requirement.

Additional guidelines and the application may be found at

Please contact at or 858-279-2740 if you have any questions.

Monday, November 2, 2015

College Tour Opportunity!

SIAPS (Student Initiated Access Programs and Services), at UC San Diego, is introducing our 5th Annual SIAPS College Tour! SIAPS is inviting all 10th – 12th graders in the San Diego County to participate in this wonderful opportunity. College Tour is one of the premiere programs under SIAPS where we bring students to several universities within Southern California and give them the opportunity to explore the campus, be engaged in college preparation workshops, and interact with undergraduates to provide guidance towards higher education. This is a great opportunity for students to expose and introduce the college system.

We ask that you please pass this information to your students. There is a limited number of spots open for this program and that is why we ask the students to fill out an application. The link will be listed below.

Here are the details about the 5th Annual SIAPS College Tour:

• Students will be touring 7 universities, including UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, and much more.

• Tour Dates: January 15th – 17th, 2016

• Not only will the students be able to tour different colleges, they will have the opportunity to sleep in a college dormitory at UC San Diego during the program.

• The tour will start at UC San Diego with the Overnight Program. Next,

the students will start the tour Saturday Morning and end Sunday Night.

• Application:
o DEADLINE: November 8th, 2015
o NOTIFICATION DATE: November 20th, 2015
o There is more information on our SPACES Website.

We had attached a flyer for you to post around your counseling center.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email