Welcome to the College Center!
We are located in Room 180
Drop Ins Welcome before school, at break, lunch or after school.
Appointments required during periods 1 - 4

Important Announcements:

Club College
Tuesdays: During Tutorial Rm 180
Wednesdays: During Tutorial Rm 180
Wednesdays: 3:30 - 6:30 Rm 240

Making an appointment:

STUDENTS, you may schedule a college planning appointment by clicking on the name below of the person you would like to meet with. If you there is not availability soon with the person you pick, try one of the others:
Grades 9 - 12
Mrs. Singer,  College Center (Room 180) 

C/O 2018 ONLY
Mr. Gonzalez, NEW Admin Building
Mrs. Street, NEW Admin Building

C/O 2019 ONLY
Mrs. Gunion, NEW Admin Building
Mrs. Toilolo, NEW Admin Building

You may reach the College Counselor via email, Mrs. Cathy Singer, or by coming to the college center during drop in hours. The college center is also staffed with graduate students from local universities learning to become school counselors. 

Looking for an affordable college?
Mrs. Trevino has put a list of colleges together that meet 100% of "need". For those who think they cannot afford college it is a great place to explore.

What should seniors be doing for College NOW?
  1. Submit FAFSA/CADAA
  2. Update Naviance "Colleges I'm Applying to" List
    1. All colleges applied to should be listed and submitted application checked
    2. As you are notified of your admissions decisions, update results
    3. When you decide where you will be attending, fill in college I'm attending
  3. Check Webportals for every college you applied to
    1. Look at: 
      1. Application Status
      2. To Do List
      3. Financial Aid Status
  4. Search and Apply for scholarships
    1. Naviance
    2. FastWeb
  5. Stay caught up on the Priority Registration Process for Grossmont/Cuyamaca Colleges
    1. Complete Fall 2018 application (December 2017)
    2. Complete online Orientation (January 2018)
    3. Clear Assessments (March 16, 2018)
    4. Complete Academic Advising (April 2018)
    5. Submit FAFSA/CADAA (ASAP: Deadline: March 2, 2018)

Time to get ready for college applications:
  1. Get Good grades
    1. Be sure you are working hard to earn the highest grades possible in all classes
  2. Sign up for a strong senior class schedule.
    1. Take a challenging senior schedule, but do not over do it. You must maintain strong grades throughout senior year.
  3. Plan your summer 2018 with activities that will be enriching (college classes, internships, leadership programs, work...)
  4. Create list of Colleges you are thinking about in Naviance
    1. Use College Match to research colleges you may not be aware of
    2. Use Scattergram to evaluate your probability of being accepted
  5. Research scholarships
    1. Apply for those open to juniors and save those that are for seniors to apply to next year.
Time to get prepared for the SAT/ACT
  • Are you going to take the SAT or SAT or both?
  • Have you made an account on the testing website(s)?      SAT      ACT
    • Tips for setting up your account:
      1. Use your LEGAL Name as it appears on your high school records
        • if you have more than one last name, put them all.
        • not matching your high school records can cause problems in college admissions
      2. Use your personal email account
        • You will not have access to your helix email after you graduate and you may find a need to access your account later in life
        • Use the SAME email for all accounts for college
      3. Use your Helix Password
        • It is VERY easy to get yourself locked out of your accounts and it can be very frustrating when completing applications for college admissions when you get locked out of your testing account.
      4. Create a college account Google Doc
        • record the 
          • website
          • username
          • password
          • email account used
        • Share this document between your Helix account and your personal account
        • record ALL college related accounts on this document
  • What Month are you going to take the test?
    • Registration deadlines are usually one month prior to the test, so plan early
    • for actual test dates/registration deadlines/fees go directly to the testing website:
    • At time of registration you have 4 FREE score reports to send to colleges. USE THEM (These FREE reports EXPIRE the day you take the test and you will have to PAY later)
      • If you are not 100% sure of where you are applying, these are the recommended schools to send your scores to:
        • 1 - California State University, Apply (SAT only) will send to all 23 CSU campuses
          • For ACT, send to ONE CSU campus
        • 1 - University of California campus will send to all 9 campuses
        • 2 - out of state or private schools
      • If you apply to these schools you will not have to pay to send them later, if you do not apply, no harm by having sent them.
  • Set up a practice schedule...
    • Time you will spend each week from now until the test going on line and preparing for the test.
    • FREE Online Test Prep for ALL Helix Students. SAT, through Kahn Academy and ACT, through Naviance