College & Career Planning
- Cal Grant Information
- College Application Support
- College Entrance Exams (ACT, SAT)
- College Essay Writing
- College Visits: Click here for calendar of visits + highlights
- College Fairs
- College Planning Tips + Resources
- K-12 Form (Taking a Community College Course)
- Financial Aid Info.
- Freshman Parent Night
- Junior Parent Night
- Letters of Recommendation
- Saddleback College Student Programs + Support
- Senior Parent Night
- Sophomore Parent Night
- Summer Programs
Specifically for Parents:
College Admissions News:
- Colleges cope differently with ACT headache
- UC System Plans to Increase State Resident Student Admissions
College Counseling Info:
- What is demonstrated interest and why is it important?
- The Importance of the High School Resume
- Here’s Why You Should Only Apply to Colleges You Actually Want To Go To
- E.D. II: The Not-So-Early Decision
- How to Make Your Extracurriculars Look Best on Your College Applications
- Countdown to College: Don’t make these applications mistakes
- Your Early Decision College Application Checklist
- College Essay Tips
- Don’t skip the college visit
- November is the perfect month for college visits
Gap Year Info:
- How I Took a Year Off Before Starting College, and Why You Should Too
- 5 tips for taking a gap year before college
Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college courses. High School may be eligible to enroll at Saddleback Community College (SCC) and Irvine Valley College (IVC). Please check SCC and IVC for a list of courses. Enrollment fees are waived for concurrently enrolled students in grades 9-12 but students are responsible for payment of the nonresident tuition, student health fee, material fees, and parking fee, if applicable.
Students must complete the following steps to enroll:
- Complete the online application for the community college. (IMPORTANT – write down your username, password, student ID number, and PIN, you will need this information to complete the registration process.
- Complete and submit the K-12 Admission Request form to your Counselor to sign. (You will need your ID to complete this form.)
- Receive completed K-12 Form from your Counselor, and submit electronically to the college (some have different processes).
- Register for the course. (You will need your student ID number and PIN number to register.)
- Purchase the required class materials.
We would be pleased to write a letter of recommendation, but we need your help to complete the process. Please follow these guidelines and allow four weeks lead time prior to the deadline for this process to be completed. Before any letter will be written by the COUNSELOR/ADMINISTRATOR, you will receive an overview of the procedures in your senior Social Science class [Econ/Civics/Gov’t] by the Counseling Department. You will then need to make an appointment with your assigned letter writer to discuss your plans and provide the items indicated. Lack of providing the requested information or proper preparation may result in significant delays.
- College List [Form #1 Cover Sheet]—Complete the list of colleges you will be applying to utilizing the Common Application process, mailed applications or on-line recommendations along with their deadlines to your letter writer. When using the Common Application process, you must use the e-mail addresses provided above. Mailed recommendations require the secondary school report form be given to your letter writer along with an addressed envelope with two stamps.
- Student Questionnaire [Form #2: Personal Input] – Complete this form with as much detailed information as possible.
- Academic Resume [Form #3: Academic Resume]—Create a resume covering your academics, extracurricular activities, honors and recognitions.
- Teacher input Sheets [Form #4 Teacher Input] – Select three teachers that know your academic strengths and that can provide anecdotal information to your counselor letter-writer. Detailed examples will be included in this letter, so it is imperative that you do not give a Teacher Input Sheet to any instructor you have asked to write you a Teacher Letter of Recommendation directly to a campus. This will cause duplication of information and weaken the value of both letters.
Please a make a copy of the Letters of Recommendation Packet in your google drive. Once you have completed your packet, please share your google document with your assigned counselor/administrator (see chart below).
Student (Last Name)
Mrs. Angela Young, Counselor
A - Cl
Mrs. Taylor Tsang, Counselor
Mrs. Tiffany Adams, Counselor
Mrs. Shanti Lunsford, Counselor
Ms. Jami Orlowski, Counselor
Ms. Christa Schulz, Counselor
Letter Request from TEACHERS: Teachers will not complete a letter of recommendation without you first asking them if they would be able to perform this task. Three-four weeks advance notice is required for them as well. They will be writing their letters based on your academic performance and their experience with you in their class or related activity.
Transcripts: Remember, it is your responsibility to submit your transcript to the universities to which you are applying via parchment.
Schedule an Appt with Your Saddleback Counselor
Saddleback College promises to pay the first two years of college for eligible students. Registration fees, book costs, health fee, and ASB stamp are included! Check out the flyer and presentation below for details and more information about who is eligible.
The Freshman Advantage Program is designed for new incoming freshmen of any age that will be attending Saddleback College in the Fall 2021 Semester. This program offers new freshmen the opportunity to apply early, complete the Matriculation Process early, receive an early Freshman Advantage registration date, and enroll in classes before the majority of new and continuing students. Only students that complete the mandatory steps no later than April 16, 2021 are eligible for these Freshman Advantage benefits.
Freshman Advantage Video
The deadline for Freshman Advantage is April 16th. From now until April, Saddleback is offering Freshman Advantage workshops for our students. These workshops are open to anyone who is interested in attending Saddleback College as a Freshman Advantage student.
Freshman Advantage Workshops
- Friday, February 19th- 12:00-1:00pm
- Monday, March 8th-3:00-4:00pm
- Friday, March 19th-12:00-1:00pm
- Monday, April 5th-3:00-4:00pm
- Monday, April 12th- 3:00-4:00pm
- Tuesday, April 13th-3:00-4:00pm
Summer 2022 Certified Nursing Assistant Program
Counseling 100: Course Description + Info
Counseling 100 is designed to introduce high school seniors to college and develop essential life skills for adulthood. This course primarily focuses on the attitudes, habits, and behaviors of successful college students. Students will learn proven strategies for achieving academic and personal success. Topics include utilizing college resources, relationship—building with fellow students, and how to communicate with faculty and support staff. This introductory course is the first in a series of additional Counseling courses, all designed to prepare students for academic, career, and personal success.
What are Scholarships?
They are awarded by private and public organizations and companies.
There are many available for every type of student
They are ongoing and continuous with various deadlines year-round
Awarded based on
Need (based on household income)
Merit (based on academic performance
Requirements outlined by the awarding organization
The FAFSA/CA DREAM Act application opens October 1.
FSA ID/FAFSA APPLICATION FSA I.D. :is needed by both student and one parent to submit the FAFSA electronically. Create your FSA I.D. in advance. Here is a video to help. You’ll need your Social Security number, full name, and date of birth. You’ll also need to create a memorable username and password, and provide answers to some challenge questions so you can retrieve your account information if you forget it.
FAFSA Application: For the FAFSA application you will need your/parents federal income tax returns (2019), W-2s (2019), and other records of money earned (2019). (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.) Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable). Records of untaxed income (if applicable). Independent students will require their own documentsRESOURCES: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources
CA DREAM ACT APPLICATION The California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. An FSA I.D. is not required for the Dream Act Application RESOURCES: https://www.csac.ca.gov/california-dream-act
CSS ProfileThis is an additional financial aid application used by some Private and out-of-state schools. This application requires more detailed information than the FAFSA/Dream Act and is used by schools of higher cost to determine more demonstrated need. This application is required in addition to the FAFSA for schools using them. RESOURCES: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/
Types of Funding:
Grants: Free MoneyScholarships: Free MoneyWork Study: Free Money Loans: ***MUST BE PAID BACK*** Avoid if at all possible!