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The Homestead College & Career Center, located in room A108, is available to students of all grade levels as they navigate high school. In addition to organizing college representative visits and planning workshops for students, the College and Career Advisor works with students to help with summer programs, scholarships, part-time jobs, and college planning. The College and Career Advisor and Guidance Counselors work closely with one another to provide information and resources to families.

Questions? Stop by the College & Career Center and speak with Mrs. Lund. We are here to help all students!

Class of 2020

Application Deadlines

Be sure to sign up with School Loop and Naviance - Student where you will receive the most up-to-date information, such as special events, college representative visits and special programs relating to college and careers, internships, scholarships, summer programs and part-time job opportunities.

If you are applying to Common Application Schools, create your College Pack, "Brag Sheet," "Mustang Résumé," and "Parent Questionnaire" under About Me, Home.  

Class of 2020: HHS deadlines for requesting Letters/Transcripts to private colleges to the College & Career Center are:

College Application Deadline Homestead Deadline
Early Application, Early Decision or Scholarship: Before or on November 1 Wednesday, September 18
By December 1 Wednesday, October 9
By January 15 Wednesday, October 30
By February 1 or later January 8, 2020

* IMPORTANT: If you have any changes to your college list after you submit your folder, notify Ms. Lund in person at once. Remember to change your college list in Naviance as well.

2-Year and 4-Year College Information

Community Service Award for Seniors

The Board of Trustees annually recognizes Fremont Union High School District seniors who provide service to nonprofit organizations in the community.  This recognition takes place as part of the Senior Awards ceremony at the schools and students may choose to wear their Community Service Award medal at the graduation ceremony. 

Seniors must complete a minimum of 80 hours of voluntary service with a nonprofit community organization during their senior year. Time spent competing in events or attending conferences/events for a high school club does not count towards this total.

Students must not receive any pay, recognition, award, or school credit for the voluntary service.

Community service activities must be described on the Community Service Award application form and the student must obtain a verifying signature and phone number of the supervising adult.  

Students may obtain the Community Service Award application form in their school's Career/College Center or on the Community Service Award webpage. Information about the types of activities that qualify for the eighty hours of volunteer work are described on the form. The completed Community Service Award application must be submitted to the Career/College Center.

Presentations

College/Career Information

College & University Systems Admissions Information

College Admissions Testing

SAT REASONING & SAT SUBJECT(S) TESTS

SAT Reasoning

The SAT is one of the Standardized tests required by colleges. It measures three skill categories: critical reading, mathematics and writing. Each section is worth 800 points, with a total of 1600 points. The SAT test has 4 sections, and writing is optional.

SAT Subject(s)

The SAT Subject(s) Test is required by several private colleges.  Check their websites.  It is not required by the UCs, but it is recommended if you are an engineering major. The test measures a student's knowledge in a particular subject area. Each test is worth 800 points. A student can take up to three subject tests in one sitting. The subject areas include languages, history, science, english and mathematics.

List of "Test Optional" Colleges

PSAT/NMSQT

The PSAT (Preliminary SAT) is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT. Juniors who take the test can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The PSAT has three sections: critical reading, math and writing skills. It is offered once a year in October.

  • About PSAT/NMSQT
  • Test dates for October 2017 is Saturday, October 14. Juniors and Sophomores can sign up in the ASB office during brunch or lunch beginning September 5. Cost is $28. You will be assigned a testing room the day of the test. Assignments will be posted. Bring your student ID.

AP Tests

Advanced-Placement (AP) are considered to be college-level courses students can take while in high school. Students usually take the AP test in their course's subject matter. AP tests are administered in May

Advanced-Placement (AP) are considered to be college-level courses students can take while in high school. Students usually take the AP test in their course's subject matter. AP tests are administered in May and the score ranges from 0 to 5, with 5 as the highest. Three is considered the minimum passing score.

Unlike honors courses, students may earn college credit, depending on their AP test scores and the college's requirements. To find out more about AP tests, please visit the CollegeBoard website.

TOEFL

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is occassionally required by colleges for students who are (or have been) enrolled in an English Learner course in high school. In some cases this test is dependent on a student's residency. We recommend that students check out the testing requirements of the colleges that they are interested in.

FREE ONLINE TEST PREPARATION

ACT

The ACT is one of the standardized tests required by colleges. It has five categories: english, mathematics, reading, science and an optional writing section. Each section is scored separately and combined together for a composite score. The highest score a student can receive is 36.

Additional College Information

General College Information

  • College Board - SAT information and registration, CSS Profile information (see Financial Aid), a variety of other college resources
  • ACT - ACT online registration and information
  • The Education Conservancy - site dedicated to the return of sanity in the college admission process; a must-read for students and parents
  • Athletic Aid - information for student athletes about the recruiting process
  • NCAA  - National Collegiate Athletic Association site; information about registration for students who are capable of playing NCAA sports in college
  • College Navigator - college search site sponsored by National Center for Educational Statistics
  • The Princeton Review - tips, advice, college search
  • College Quest - the Peterson's site, with tips, advice, college search
  • CollegeSource Onoline - more than 14,000 online college catalogs
  • Best Colleges by Career - BestCollege.com has rankings of best school by career
  • The Common Application - online and downloadable Common Application site
  • GreekPages.com  - info about fraternities and sororities on college campuses.
  • Khan Academy SAT prep - free online SAT preparation
  • Colleges That Change Lives - information about the colleges featured in the book Colleges That Change Live
  • Common Lounge - A community to help navigate the college application process.

College Information - Specific Colleges

To find specific college websites, try www. (type in the name of the college).edu; in some cases, the name of the college may be abbreviated, but your computer's search engine will find it for you.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • College Board - information about the CSS Profile student financial aid application for many private colleges; online calculator to determine Expected Family Contribution
  • CollegeData - a great deal of info about what it will actually cost to go to college; provided by a bank, so you will find offers for credit cards, etc., but you can ignore them!
  • FinAid! - comprehensive financial aid information
  • GoingMerry - one app for all your scholarships
  • CalGrants.org - information about Cal Grants
  • EdFund - information about student loans
  • FAFSA.gov - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund - scholarship information for Hispanic students
  • MALDEF - Mexican American Legal Defense Fund site; includes information about scholarships for undocumented students
  • ParentPLUSLoans.com - information about the federal PLUS (Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students) program
  • Ron Brown Scholar Program - minority scholarship information
  • Sallie Mae - information about student loans and financial services for education, link to scholarship search
  • Scholarships by Month
  • StaffordLoan.com - information about the federal Stafford Loan program
  • StudentsScholarshipSearch.com - free scholarship search program sponsored by student loan program

Careers & Jobs

Summer Programs & Time Off

  • AmeriCorps - sponsored by the Corp. for National and Community Service
  • City Year - sponsored by the National Youth Corps
  • Dynamy - information about an internship program
  • gapyear.com - creative ways to take time off
  • Global Service Corps - adventures and volunteer projects abroad to make a better world
  • NOLS - sponsored by the National Outdoor Leadership School, an organization that develops outdoor and leadership skills
  • Outward Bound - expeditions as learning and adventure education
  • SCA - Student Conservation Association - service and internship opportunities in conservation
  • Seamester - academic voyages for high school grads and college students
  • Semester at Sea - voyage opportunities for undergrads
  • Study Abroad - country, college, and course advice for students who wish to study abroad
  • takingtimeoff.com - a companion Web site to the book of the same title
  • Landmark Volunteers - a summer service organization for high school students
  • Where There Be Dragons - learning opportunities through "rugged, creative, and engaging" expeditions off the beaten path
  • YFU - Youth for Understanding International Exchange (opportunities abroad for high school students)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Apex Learning  - links with information about online courses
     

Additional Post High School Options

Internship/Work Opportunities

Summer Programs

There are many different kinds of summer programs out there. We have listed and linked some that might be of interest to you, depending on your desired field/area/region/interest. Please note that these programs have not been investigated for their quality or reputation. Homestead High School does not endorse these programs; this list is simply a resource with which you can begin your search. It is important that you do additional research before choosing any program.

FINDING THE RIGHT SUMMER PROGRAM

  • Consider your goals;
  • Consider your budget;
  • Consider your schedule;
  • Get an early start on your research;
  • Understand selectivity;
  • Don't assume attending will help you gain college admission;
  • Beware of invitations to leadership programs; and
  • Think twice before paying extra to earn college credit.

AmeriCorps - sponsored by the Corp. for National and Community Service
City Year - sponsored by the National Youth Corps
Dynamy - information about an internship program
gapyear.com - creative ways to take time off
Global Service Corps - adventures and volunteer projects abroad to make a better world
NOLS - sponsored by the National Outdoor Leadership School, an organization that develops outdoor and leadership skills
Outward Bound - expeditions as learning and adventure education
SCA - Student Conservation Association - service and internship opportunities in conservation
Seamester - academic voyages for high school grads and college students
Semester at Sea - voyage opportunities for undergrads
Study Abroad - country, college, and course advice for students who wish to study abroad
takingtimeoff.com - a companion Web site to the book of the same title
Landmark Volunteers - a summer service organization for high school students
Where There Be Dragons - learning opportunities through "rugged, creative, and engaging" expeditions off the beaten path
YFU - Youth for Understanding International Exchange (opportunities abroad for high school students)

Internships

Some thoughts before you begin: College representatives consistently advise us that, as far as college admissions go, summer programs are only “worth” what they are worth to the individual participant. In other words, only you determine value. Colleges are looking for students who use summers to push themselves out of their comfort zones and pursue genuine interests. There are many productive things a student can do with a summer break—there is value in travel, reading for pleasure, getting a job, volunteering, taking up a new hobby, etc. Focus in on something that is really important or interesting to you.

Many summer programs are offered by for-profit companies and can be quite expensive. While many of these programs are well run and valuable, please carefully research a company before you sign up. Not all summer programs that are held at universities are run by the university; many companies merely lease space from the university.

Please note these programs are not endorsed by Homestead. Students and parents should investigate thoroughly prior to applying or attending. Mrs. Lund keeps a binder of Summer Programs/Jobs in the College & Career Center.

  • Jobs for Teens.  Here is a video explaining the resource.  
  • STEM Summer Camp by Foothill College Science Learning Institute. Leads you to a list of opportunities, with more links.
  • Summer Discovery Pre-College Enrichment
  • Santa Clara Young Scholars Program.  Available for High School Sophomores and Juniors
  • UC Davis Young Scholars Program Six week research program.  Application opens December 1, 2017 through March 16, 20180
  • Google Docs STEM Programs
  • Summer Education Programs
  • Summer Internships Programs. You need to create a profile with this website.
  • NASA’s DEVELOP Summer Internship Program for juniors and seniors with an interest in Computer Science, Mathematics, Geographic Information Systems or Remote Sensing. This is a paid, full-time, 10 week program located at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.
  • Yosemite Institute is a non-profit organization that offers educational programs to high school students entering grade 11. Students can join park scientists and professional scientists in field research on biodiversity and ecosystems.  College credit and scholarships are available.
  • Bank of America Leaders Program will arrange 8-week paid internship at a nonprofit/charitable organization and a week- long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC to gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills to interested juniors or seniors.
  • Chevron Summer Camp: Very selective, for rising Juniors and Seniors.
  • COSMO Program  offered by the University of California provides an opportunity for students who wish to learn advanced mathematics and science, and prepare for careers in these areas. Four campuses serve as hosts:  Davis, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz.
  • McGill Summer Institute
  • Middlebury Interactive Language Programs.
  • Mindspark-Learn How to Code
  • iD Tech: At iD Tech, ages 7-18 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Held at Stanford, SJSU, Santa Clara, and 150+ prestigious locations nationwide. 
  • City Of Cupertino's Park and Recreation Department has postings for jobs and volunteer opportunities.
  • Pioneer Research Program  Pioneer Research Program, an organization that allows students from around the world to conduct research online with professors from top US colleges and universities. Our students come from over 20 countries and do individual research on 23 different research areas.
  • DUKE SUMMER ACADEMY
  • Santa Clara Library Volunteers.  All libraries in the Santa Clara County Library District welcome volunteers and appreciate their contributions of time and talent to assist library staff in delivering services more efficiently and effectively.

Jobs

Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Information

Mary Lund
College & Career Advisor
(408) 522-2521

Office Hours

Room A108
M/W/F: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tu/Th: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.