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Grade Level Guidelines

9th- 10th Grade Time Line
  • Talk to your counselor about what you need to do to prepare for education after high school. Check out some of the Web-based College and Career Exploration Resources. Begin creating a list of the programs and colleges you are interested in.
  • Become familiar with the admissions requirements of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, and any independent colleges and universities you are interested in.
  • After you complete each semester at TCHS , go to CSU Mentor High School Planner, create an account and enter your courses and grades. Doing this will help you stay informed about your own college readiness AND everything you enter will automatically transfer to your CSU application should you apply to a CSU campus!
  • Review the LEUSD Student Handbook with your parents. Note that the admissions requirements of UC and CSU schools (as well as many independent colleges and universities) include additional courses beyond those required by our district for graduation.
  • Work with your counselor to establish a four-year plan of your college preparatory classes using the UC required a-g courses as a guide. (For a sample academic planner, see the UC Individual Academic Planner for High School Students.) To see which Elsinore High School classes meet the a-g requirements, check out the UC approved a-g course list using keywords "Temescal Canyon High School" school code 050855.
  • Create a file for yourself which contains: 1) Copies of your high school report cards, 2) Awards and honors, 3) Descriptions of paid and/or volunteer school and community activities you participate in.
  • Take summer school classes to correct any subject deficiencies or to advance your academic standing. Participate in summer academic enrichment programs and workshops.

10th Grade Time Line
  • Review your four-year plan to be sure you're on-track to meet the requirements of the programs and colleges you're considering.
  • Consider enrolling in Advanced Placement classes. Earning qualifying grades on AP Exams can increase your chances of college admission and scholarships, and you may receive credit for equivalent courses at numerous colleges and universities.
  • Take the PSAT in October as practice for the SAT Reasoning Test you will take at the end of your Junior year and the start of your Senior year (speak with your counselor about registering for the PSAT in September).
  • Keep updating the file you started in 9th grade.
    Keep inputting your EHS courses and grades in to the CSU Mentor High School Planner.
  • Continue participating in extracurricular school and community activities.
  • Participate in summer academic enrichment programs and workshops.
Junior Timeline

July – August (prior to Junior Year)

Conduct college and career searches, visit colleges, and learn about specific admissions requirements.
Make up D’s or F’s in summer school.
Get PSAT, SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, and AP schedules (available fromwww.collegeboard.com and ACT, Inc: www.actstudent.org )
Participate in extracurricular activities.


Register for PSAT as practice for the SAT Reasoning Test.


Take the PSAT.
Continue college/career search.
Schedule interviews, contact admissions officers, and take tours of different colleges.

November - December

Get PSAT results from counselor and use them to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
Review SAT and/or ACT prep materials.
Determine if you need to take SAT Subject Tests and do so as soon as possible after you've completed the corresponding class.

January – February

Begin narrowing college list to 8 - 10 schools (including several with requirements above your current GPA/rank and at least two with requirements below your current GPA/rank).
Try to finalize college list by end of Summer before Senior Year.
Register for Spring SAT and ACT tests, and AP exams.


Register for summer SAT and ACT tests (Prospective college athletes who plan to play Division I or Division II sports should use code 9999 when registering to send scores to the NCAA Clearinghouse).
Continue contacting colleges on your list and ask about admissions info, requirements, deadlines, activities.
Start looking for summer jobs/internships/volunteer opportunities/summer school programs at colleges.


Participate in the Early Assessment Program (EAP)! This program consists of 15 additional questions attached to your 11th grade CST. Your performance on the EAP will determine whether you are prepared for college level math and English. Doing well will allow you to skip the math and English placement tests required by the CSU!
Talk with teachers and others about writing recommendations.
Continue search for meaningful and challenging summer activities.


Take SAT and AP exams as necessary.
Complete a resume of activities, accomplishments, work exp., etc.

June – August

Take SAT and ACT tests.
Prospective college athletes who plan to play Division I or Division II sports, register at the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Practice writing applications, essays, resumes, etc.
Narrow list of colleges to 6 - 10 schools and note admissions req’s.
Create a calendar of all admissions and financial aid deadlines.
Research scholarships online.
Participate in summer internships.
Visit colleges – call in advance for tour/open house dates/times.
Register early for Fall SAT and ACT tests.
Determine if you will apply to colleges’ early decision or early action programs and note application deadlines.
Senior Timeline

  • Check transcripts for accuracy
  • Determine if schools you will apply to need official copies of your transcript at time of application.
  • Review and note all college admissions requirements and deadlines.
  • Check with the financial aid offices of all of the colleges and universities you are applying to and confirm the priority filing deadlines for financial aid applications (March 2nd for CSU, UC, and California Community Colleges, but possibly as early as mid-January or February 1st for some independent colleges and universities).
  • Register for Oct/Nov/Dec SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, and Oct/Dec ACT tests.
  • Work on rough drafts of applications.
  • Give recommendation forms to appropriate individuals.

  • Register for Dec SAT and ACT tests.
  • Take SAT and ACT tests.
  • Submit early decision/early action applications.
  • Begin working on UC and CSU applications (CSU applications can be submitted beginning in October).
  • Check with each campus' housing services to determine if your housing application is due at the time you submit your general application for admission.
  • Research scholarship opportunities throughout entire senior year.
  • If necessary, obtain supplemental financial aid applications for the colleges you’d like to attend.
  • CSS/PROFILE available online (application for non-government financial aid at many private colleges and universities).
  • Students interested in military careers should sign up for the ASVAB test in the counseling office with Mrs. Beecher.
  • Submit college applications for UC and CSU (deadline is Nov. 30th).
    Take SAT tests.
  • Send transcripts and test scores to colleges.
  • Check with each campus' housing services to determine if your housing application is due at the time you submit your general application for admission.
  • Get a PIN for yourself and another for a parent (so you can sign your FAFSA online -www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Give your Social Security Number to your counselor in the Counseling Center so she can send in your GPA for a Cal Grant (free money for college!).
  • Take the ASVAB test.
  • Create college web portal accounts to receive important information about next steps in the admissions process.

  • Visit the FAFSA Web site www.fafsa.ed.gov to become familiar with content.
  • Take SAT and ACT tests.
  • Make sure your official SAT and ACT scores were sent to the colleges you've applied to.
  • Submit remaining college applications if appropriate.
  • Help your parents gather documents necessary for completing FAFSA (see “Getting Started/Before You Apply" in the Help section at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Make sure your counselor has your Social Security Number for the Cal Grant.
  • Check college web portal accounts for important to-do lists.

  • Continue submitting college applications if appropriate.
  • Complete, make copies, and submit FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st and before priority deadlines (March 2nd for UC, CSU, and CA Community Colleges) even if you haven’t been notified about your acceptance status.
  • Attend EHS Financial Aid Night to get help with financial aid and the FAFSA.
  • If you need more help with the FAFSA, attend a “Cash for College Workshop”www.californiacashforcollege.org
  • Encourage parents to complete taxes to facilitate completion of FAFSA, but provide estimated figures if necessary.
  • Contact college admissions offices to be sure they’ve received all necessary application materials.
  • Complete CSS/PROFILE if necessary and submit by priority deadline.
  • Apply to MSJC and other community colleges.
  • Continue to check college web portal accounts.
  • Local Scholarships - See Mrs. Beecher in the Counseling Center (and check Career Center Website).

February (Financial Aid Awareness Month!)
  • Complete, print copies, and submit FAFSA online.
  • Continue submitting college applications if appropriate.
  • Submit Local Scholarship applications to Mrs. Beecher in the Counseling Center.
  • Take math and English assessments for Community Colleges.
  • If you’ve received your Student Aid Report (SAR) after submitting a FAFSA, make any needed corrections and return it for processing.
  • Contact the financial aid offices of the schools you're applying to and make sure you have submitted all necessary information. Ask the financial aid offices how you should proceed if you have made corrections on your SAR.
  • Check college web portal accounts.

March – April
  • March 2nd is the deadline to submit Cal Grant and FAFSA forms for students seeking a Cal Grant.
  • You should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) shortly after submitting your FAFSA. If you haven't received it after four weeks, call 1-800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243). Once you receive it, make any needed corrections online. Contact the financial aid offices of the schools to which you're applying and ask how you should proceed if you have made corrections on your SAR.
  • Review, compare, and respond to acceptance offers.
  • If placed on waitlist, contact school to reiterate interest.
  • Continue California Community College application, assessment, and orientation/counseling processes.
  • Check college web portal accounts for to-do lists and placement testing requirements (if applicable).
  • CSU-bound students: Make sure to register for ELM and EPT math and English placement tests (if required). To practice/study for these tests, go towww.csusuccess.org.
  • Make decision of which school you will attend and send in necessary deposits (deadline is often May 1st).

  • Complete housing documentation if applicable.
  • Review and complete student loan documentation if applicable.
  • Take AP exams if applicable.
  • Register for CA Community College classes by Priority deadlines.
  • Continue checking college web portal accounts.
  • Send thank-you letters to appropriate individuals.

June – August
  • Contact registrar to have final transcripts sent to your college (deadline for many colleges to receive official final transcript is often by end of June).
  • Contact college to determine when tuition and housing fees are due and how much they will be.
  • Finalize housing plans.
  • Participate in summer orientation/advising programs for new students.

Subsequent Years
  • Remember that you must reapply for financial aid each year you are in college. Work with your school's financial aid office to arrange for financing for subsequent years. When you're at college, be sure to submit your FAFSA each year as soon as possible after January 1st and before priority deadlines.
  • Students attending a California Community College who missed the March 2nd Cal Grant deadline have until September 2nd to apply for the California Community College Cal Grant. As the number of awards in September is limited, students are encouraged not to miss the March 2nd deadline.)