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11th Grade Planning

Class of 2023
Distinguished Young Women of Los Angeles County invites young women in the Class of 2023 to apply to be part of the Distinguished Young Women national scholarship program. Distinguished Young Women promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.
Cash scholarships are awarded at the local level and over $1 billion in cash and college-granted scholarships are available to participants nationally. In addition to earning scholarships for college, those who participate in the Distinguished Young Women program develop friendships, self-confidence and other life skills that pave the way for future success.
The Distinguished Young Women experience is open to young woman in their Junior Year and there is NO COST to participate. The Los Angeles County program for the Class of 2023 will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2022* with the deadline for applications on Friday, February 4, 2022. For more information and to apply online, visit
Scholarship Application Deadline:  March 15, 2022
Horatio Alger State Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the U.S.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Be a United States citizen
SAT/ACT Test Prep Resources
March 12, 2022, May 7, June 4
Online registration: 
February 12, 2022, April 2, June 11
Online registration:
Sign up for the Nest Remind Text service to get updates regarding college visits, testing information,
and other Nest activities. You may unsubscribe at any time.
Class of 2023: text @2023nest to 81010
Trouble using 81010? Try texting to (754) 333-6659 instead.


Juniors:  Do you want to talk to a college counselor?
Great!  Stop by the Nest located on the 2nd floor of the Admin Bldg or contact Mrs. Clausen in at to schedule an appointment. 
You'll have an opportunity to meet with our college counselors
after the semester break in February 2022.

Parents, you are welcome to join our meetings!
                                               Last Names A-K:  Ms. Shannon Rodriguez
                                               Last Names L-Z:  Ms. Ryanne Martucci


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Upcoming College Admissions Counselors & Representatives Visiting the Nest
Click here to view 2021-22 College visit list.
College Application Resources
Sea Hawk Resume Template:  Google Doc/Mac Friendly
Letter of Recommendation Form/Profile:  Google Doc/Mac Friendly
 Class of 2023
Here's a look at your Junior year planning:


Summer 2021 - 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
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.
  • With your family, start to learn about financial aid opportunities.  Go to the website to learn about the FAFSA.  Also, start searching for possible scholarships on
  • 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 2021-2022 - 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 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. Martucci 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. Martucci in the Nest if you have any questions.  Ask now!

Princeton Review


PJ's Test Prep

Blue Train

Khan Academy

College Board

FREE ACT REVIEW:  Video Tutorial




SPRING 2022 - 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?"


11th Grade Planning
File Cabinet

Princeton Review


PJ's Test Prep

Blue Train

Khan Academy

College Board

FREE ACT REVIEW: Video Tutorial





email: School email address ( or RUHS Student #


password: All students need to create a new password. Click on "Forgot your password?" and follow the instructions






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