11th Grade Planning

A Message from the Nest to the Class of 2021
Update: March 26, 2020
JUNIORS - Being quarantined is not easy for any of us, but let’s use it to your advantage in preparing for your college application season. Here are a few important ways to get started. First, let’s review what we learned about building your college list from your Nest visit back in February:
STEP 1: Using collegedata.com, as you begin to construct your college list, we want you to consider the following FIT FACTORS:
  • ACADEMIC FIT: How well does your GPA match the average admitted GPA for that particular college/university? This is, by far, the most important factor to consider for finding a good FIT. If your GPA matches, or is even higher than the average, it’s a TARGET. You would be smart to choose 75% of your colleges in the target range. And remember that the “flex factor” of a .3 difference in GPA is a reach, but within reach! Apply!
Note that the GPAs you will find on collegedata.com are not accurate when trying to identify academic FIT for the Cal State and UC campuses. We have provided a guide of more accurate numbers for you to review in the file cabinet.  The College FIT Worksheet and UC/CSU Fit Guides can be found in the 11th Grade Planning File Cabinet.
For most colleges/universities, test scores are another important consideration, but not as important as the GPA match!
  • FINANCIAL FIT: Also on collegedata.com, you will find the COA, or Cost of Attendance. This is also a very important FIT factor because given the scarcity of large scholarships, you want to make sure that your college plan is affordable. If the COA at the University of Oregon is $54,000 per year and your parents are willing to spend $30,000, this has become a REACH school on your list. Some colleges/universities offer tuition incentives based on high GPAs and/or test scores, but we want you to have serious discussions with your parents prior to completing applications for colleges that are simply unaffordable. No problem! There are over 2,300 colleges/universities in the nation. We’ll help you to find your FIT!
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA: If you are planning to apply to one of the UC campuses, you will be required to answer four questions (not essays) known as Personal Insight Questions (PIQs). Each response is 350 words or less and should provide the reader with more details on what makes you…YOU! We encourage you to use less formal language. Pretend that you are sharing information in a casual (yet respectful) interview setting. It’s a great way to connect with your application reader!
In the file cabinet, you will find the eight UC prompts. Select four that you believe will share the most important things about you with your reader. Anecdotes are always really helpful!
While we have this extra time without the mounds of homework that you’ll likely have in the fall, get as much writing done as possible. Ms. Martucci and Ms. R are reading and providing invaluable feedback NOW! You can share your work through Google docs. Write one PIQ to get started!
PRIVATE COLLEGES: Almost all private colleges will require an essay to accompany the Common Application. We will begin the Common Application toward the end of April, but for now you should brainstorm ideas for your Common App essay. Some students write the UC PIQs first and then develop one of them into their Common App essay. Feel free to share ideas with Ms. Martucci or Ms. R in advance of writing your essay.
Tell your story! Again, anecdotes can be interesting, and be true to your voice. There’s a prompt for everyone! Your essay must be written using between 250 and 650 words.
STEP 3: SAT AND/OR ACT TEST DATES            pencil
Both the College Board and the ACT testing groups have canceled the April and May testing dates and have provided the following information:
  • The College Board recently made this announcement:
We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority. We are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.
  • The ACT made a similar announcement:
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions of free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.
DON’T WORRY! This past week, several colleges, including Case Western, Oregon State and the University of Oregon, have announced a test-optional policy for your admissions cycle. Even MIT has dropped its requirement for SAT II Subject Tests! Based on the testing disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it is expected that more universities will also join the growing group of test-optional colleges and universities. We’ll keep you posted each week!
For now, let’s focus on STEPS 1 and 2. We have plenty of work to do to keep us busy!
Currently, we are sharing these responsibilities by last name. See below:
A-K: srodriguez@rbusd.org
L-Z: rmartucci@rbusd.org
It’s important to know that we are all here for you and will be checking our email and Remind texts on a daily basis during the school week.
A Message from the Nest to the Class of 2021
Update: March 20, 2020
Juniors! The Nest staff wants you to know that you are still ahead of schedule, so there is no need to worry about preparing your college list. You can stay ahead of the process by doing the following:
1. Adjust your college list using collegedata.com (Remind text or email for suggestions)
2. Check out the resume template in “11th Grade Planning” (File Cabinet).  Use this time to create your resume to prepare for college application season. 
3. If applying to UC’s, this is a GREAT time to start answering the four required prompts which you can find at: https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/applying-as-a-freshman/personal-insight-questions.html. Answering these would put you WAY ahead of schedule!
4. Continue to study for the SAT and ACT. Spend time each week practicing and reviewing problems.
5.  If you would like a college counselor to review your resume or UC PIQ’s you can Google share. We are sharing these responsibilities by last name. See below:

6.  Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Martucci are available for remote appointments. Please send an e-mail to: SRodriguez@rbusd.org (for student last names A-K) or RMartucci@rbusd.org (for student last names L-Z).

When we have more information, we'll be sure let you know.  It’s important to know that we are all here for you and will be checking our email and Remind texts on a daily basis during the school week.
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SAT and ACT Planning
Upcoming 2019-2020 SAT Test Dates
June 6, 2020
Online registration:  www.CollegeBoard.org
Upcoming 2019-2020 ACT Test Dates
June 13, 2020
Online registration:  www.ACT.org

College Board http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

FREE ACT REVIEW: Video Tutorial http://www.mometrix.com/academy/act-test/



Collegewise Summer Planning Guide
College Application Resources
Sea Hawk Resume Template:  Google Doc/Mac Friendly
Letter of Recommendation Form/Profile:  Google Doc/Mac Friendly
 Class of 2021
Here's a look at your Junior year planning:


Summer 2019 - keep learning & explore your interests!

  • If you haven't already created your resume, start thinking about it during the summer.  Make a list of your awards/recognitions, community and school service, and work experience. Log in to Naviance. The resume template makes this an easy task.
  • If you are applying to a visual or performing arts program, work on your portfolio or audition pieces. 
  • Visit colleges.  Make appointments to have interviews with admissions counselors.
  • If you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center www.eligibilitycenter.org.
Keep Learning! 
Ever heard of a MOOC?  It is a 'Massive Open Online Course.'
It is a form of distance education and can be a great opportunity for learning.
Check out the handout in the 11th Grade Planning File Cabinet.
Summer is the perfect time to explore your academic interests in a setting that's not necessarily confined to a classroom.  MIT offers several opportunities for students interested in math, science and medicine. Visit the site to review the options and the application process. It's never too early to prepare for your investment of time in the summer!
Volunteering gives you valuable experience, exposes you to a variety of opportunities, and builds your resume!


  • Meet with your school counselor.  Choose your courses carefully.  You want to stretch yourself, academically, but be careful to find balance so that your grades reflect your abilities and academic potential.
  • Take the PSAT in October.  The test is administered on campus.  Don't miss it!  It's great practice for the SAT and the ACT in the spring.
  • With your family, start to learn about financial aid opportunities.  Go to the FAFSA.gov website to learn about the FAFSA.  Also, start searching for possible scholarships on FASTWEB.com.
  • Learn about colleges.  Use Naviance to search for colleges that suit your profile and meet your expectations. Naviance is a fantastic tool to navigate through the 3,000+ colleges and universities across the country.  Sign in and search!
    • Think about social/cultural preferences and your personal qualities. Do you want to study in a large or small setting? Where would you like to live during your college years? What would you like to study?  
  • Develop your resume -- which activities will you highlight? 

WINTER 2019-2020 - it's time to get very busy!

  • Start thinking about your personal statement.  In your English class, second semester, you will begin writing your personal statement. Your coursework, grades, test scores, and activities will be listed on your application.  So, what additional information, in the form of a "story," would you like the admissions counselor to know about you?  Everyone has a story...you have something to say that makes you special - unique.  How will you tell your story?
  • Sign up to take the SAT and the ACT in the spring.  Ms. R and Ms. Wammack recommend that you take the ACT once and the SAT twice, simply because many schools "super score" the SAT.  You need two separate scores to super score. Most (if not all) college admissions counselors will advise you to take the SAT/ACT no more than three times. Get it done this year!  
  • Now that you've signed up for the SAT and/or the ACT, you may want to find help in test prep.  Looking over your PSAT results will help you target your areas of improvement.  
  • If you're doing really well in the AP courses, find out if there is a corresponding SAT Subject Test.  The University of California does not require the Subject Tests unless you plan on majoring in engineering, mathematics or science.  Many private schools (if you're not majoring in engineering) will waive the Subject Test requirement if you have taken the ACT.  Sign up now for the SAT Subject Tests in May or June.  You can take three Subject Tests in one sitting.
  • See your school counselor or Ms. R and Ms. Wammack in the Nest if you have any questions.  Ask now!

Princeton Review www.princetonreview.com

Kaplan www.kaptest.com

PJ's Test Prep www.pjtestprep.com

Blue Train www.bluetraintutoring.com

Khan Academy www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat

College Board http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

FREE ACT REVIEW:  Video Tutorial  http://www.mometrix.com/academy/act-test/




SPRING 2020 - Research, visit and test

  • By now, you should have a list of 10 - 15 colleges that you have researched; these colleges suit your personal profile and meet your expectations.  
  • Over the spring break, try to visit a few local campuses.  It doesn't take long to know whether or not you feel comfortable.  If you can't visit, take a virtual tour; these tours are offered on the website of nearly every college in the country.  While you're on the website, find out if there are tours scheduled during the summer months.
  • Finish your first personal statement before the school year ends.  You'll have at least one more to write during the application season. Essay choices don't usually change, so you may want to look at this year's prompts so that you can begin writing your additional essays during the summer.  You'll be glad you did!
  • If you're applying to a private college/university, ask two teachers for a letter of recommendation.  Give them a copy of your resume and summer contact information.  You may be applying "Early Action" or "Early Decision" so always give your teachers a fall deadline.  Deadlines are unforgiving!
  • How will you spend your summer?  Find an internship, job or educational enrichment program that you find interesting.  How you spend your time in the summer has become a very important part of the college admissions process.  What is your "demonstrated interest?"


Collegewise Summer Planning Guide
11th Grade Planning
File Cabinet

Princeton Review www.princetonreview.com

Kaplan www.kaptest.com

PJ's Test Prep www.pjtestprep.com

Blue Train www.bluetraintutoring.com

Khan Academy www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat

College Board http://sat.collegeboard.org/home

FREE ACT REVIEW: Video Tutorial http://www.mometrix.com/academy/act-test/

How do RUHS Juniors schedule classes?

SuperMatch, College Search and the Resume Builder are available on Naviance



email: Redondo Union High School ID# (i.e. 89056)

password:  six-digit birthdate (062501)






Students Linking their PSAT Results to Khan Academy 

How to Link Your College Board + Khan Academy Accounts – This video show students how to link their CB account to their KA account

Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report  - This video allows the students to see and understand their PSAT/NMSQT scores.

Setting up your College Board account (see attached) – This instruction  maybe useful for students who need set-up their CB account before linking to their Khan Academy account.

Khan Academy flyer for students (see attached) – Feel free to print and distribute to your students

Khan Academy Toolkit  (see attached) – Feel free to review this toolkit which includes suggestions for sharing important information with students and parents on Khan Academy

Daily Practice App How To (see attached) – Flyer on Scan + Score feature of the  Daily Practice App to share with your students and parents