College Application Process
School Code: 052533
The Counseling office is open for questions on college, careers, technical help, and applications before school, during break and lunch, and after school. Parents are asked to call or email to make an appointment.
BigFuture Days College Fairs
: Mar 7, Mar 30, Apr 18, and Apr 29, 2021
NACAC College Fairs
: Mar 7, Mar 16, Mar 21, Apr 10, Apr 20, and May 2, 2021
WACAC College Fair
: Mar 3, Mar 14, and Apr 19, 2021
RACC Virtual College Fair: Dates coming soon...should be mid-April
College Information for Seniors (also see SENIORS webpage)
College Information for Juniors (also see JUNIORS webpage)
Letters of Recommendation
Links to College Admissions Departments and Applications
University of California Admissions
| University of California On-line Application
| CSU Admissions and Application
| The Common Application used by hundreds of private institutions
| Common Application Tutorial
|The Common Application for Black Colleges and Scholarships
Researching Colleges, Trade/Technical Schools, Scholarships and Majors
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Additional Resources for Career Exploration
Xello is a user-friendly comprehensive college and career search website. Various tools on the site provide valuable information for all students from the person who doesn't know where to begin as well as the student who has some post-secondary plans in hand. Students can complete an interest inventory (Career Matchmaker), Search for colleges, universities and vocational programs based on their own criteria (School Selector), research careers including information on job descriptions, wages, future outlook and read interviews with professionals working in the field. They can find college majors, identify high school classes that relate to their career interests, find out more about their personal learning style and even build a resume of activities to assist them in completing college and job applications. All research, assessment results and information can be saved by students to an electronic portfolio.
Xello Sign In Information:
Sign in page: https://xello.world/en/
Password is student’s 8 digit birth date in format MMDDYYYY
After entering these credentials, Xello will require creating a new password. We suggest making your password something you can easily remember.
College and Career Planning Activities:
9th Grade Xello Presentation
9th Grade Xello Worksheet
10th - 12th Grade students: Your Xello account is available at anytime for college and career exploration
GALE Testing and Education Reference Center
GALE Sign-In Page
Login with username or password on the back of your ID.
This database features practice tests, test taking books for AP courses, SAT/ACT, ASVAB, and some career tests (post office, cosmetology, firefighter). Also available are personalized college and scholarship searches.
College Testing Information
SAT Reasoning Test is a test that is used by colleges as a part of its admissions process. The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well students analyze and solve problems skills learned in school that are needed in college. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors.
includes several different question types, including: a student-produced essay, multiple-choice questions, and student-produced responses (grid-ins).
SAT Subject Tests
(formerly SAT II: Subject Tests) are designed to measure knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well as ability to apply that knowledge. Some colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Visit The College Board website
for more information.
is a test that is used by colleges as a part of its admission process. The ACT test
assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. www.act.org The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. It also gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)
and The College Board.
Advanced Placement (AP) is a cooperative educational endeavor between secondary schools and colleges and universities. AP allows motivated high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses in a high school setting. Currently there are 37 courses and exams
across 22 subject areas in the AP program. Poway High offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement courses. As outlined by the College Board, Advanced Placement courses offer students the opportunity to take a college-level course in a high-school setting. All AP courses at Poway have been certified and audited by the College Board, and are current in their requirements and preparation. See the PHS AP webpage
or visit The College Board website
for more information.
The California State University (CSU) requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT
) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM
) exam prior to enrollment in the CSU class unless you are exempt by means of scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the CSU’s Early Assessment Program (EAP) tests in English and Mathematics, the SAT, ACT, or Advanced Placement (AP). The EPT and the ELM are not admission tests; instead, they determine eligibility to enroll in specific courses. If you are required to take the EPT and the ELM but fail to do so, you will not be allowed to register for General Education courses at the CSU. You may take the EPT, ELM or both at a campus near you or where you plan to enroll. For more information click here