Antelope Valley School District

Guidance & Counseling

Counseling Staff

Test run

Highland High School's counselors and staff welcome you and want to help you become the best you can be, by giving you the tools you need to be successful throughout high school and beyond. 

Students are encouraged to visit with the counselors for personal and academic guidance. The counselors are available to discuss any home, school, or social concerns. 

Start here!  Click on your counselor's name to send an email with questions or concerns about grades, study help, and testing programs.  Click on any of the Guidance Staff for questions or problems with PowerSchool.

 

Counselors: 

MAKEBA HALE                                          Head Counselor, and AVID, NCAA                         Ext. 371

TAMEIKO COCKRELL                                 A - Cam                                                                     Ext. 373

LORI FIMBRES                                            Can - Fer                                                                    Ext. 372  

MICHELLE HINOJOSA                               Fie - Hen, and EL                                                     Ext. 374

ANGELA ROBERTSON                               Her - Lo                                                                      Ext. 379

GWEN SHIM                                                Lu - Pen, and Public Service Academy                Ext. 279

CASSANDRA DUMAS                                Per - Sil                                                                      Ext. 278

MEGAN POWELL                                        Sim - Z, and NCAA                                                   Ext. 314

Counselor of the Day, Counseling Office                                                                                    Ext. 382  

 

Counseling Staff:

NATALIE HERNANDEZ, Pupil Services Technician, College Center                                         Ext. 140

LESLIE ORTEGA, Pupil Services Technician, Career Center                                                      Ext. 370

LISA SACCA, Guidance Clerk, Guidance Office                                                                            Ext. 376                            Counseling FAX 661-538-9087

 

Registrar:

NANCY LINDSTROM                                                                                                                         Ext. 383                                Registrar FAX 661-538-1031

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Registration

~Registration Hours~

7:30 - 11:00 am Monday - Thursday only

We do not have registration on Fridays

Students are required to attend the school in the area in which the parent/guardian resides.

A family living with another family who cannot provide proof of residency or caregivers of students whose parent/guardian lives outside the Antelope Valley will be referred to our community attendance worker (CAW) for approval prior to registration.

Foster parents must provide placement documentation. Legal guardians must show guardianship/court documentation.

Any fraudulent information/documentation may result in the withdrawal of your student(s) from HHS.

 

~What to bring~

Numbers 1 and 2 are non-negotiable - student will not be enrolled without both items!

1.  Address verification in parent's name (current utility bill, closing escrow papers or rental agreement, dated within the past 30 days).

2.  Up-to-date immunizations (click here to see CA requirements).

3.  Withdrawal grades AND unofficial transcript.  This is so we can properly place students in classes. 

4. IEP or 504 Plan (if applicable).

5. Birth certificate or passport verifying date of birth. 

  ~  Please allow up to two hours for the registration process, or up to four hours if it is the first week of school! ~

Academics

District Graduation Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The minimum requirements for graduation from high school as adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Antelope Valley Union High School District are as follows:

REQUIRED SUBJECTS

 

English 9, 10, 11, 12

40 Credits (4 years)

Mathematics (must include Algebra 1or higher)

30 Credits (3 years)

Science (Physical & Life Science required)

20 Credits (2 years)

Social Science - Including:

-World History

 

-United States History

 

-Civics/Economics

30 Credits (3 years)

(10th grade/10 credits/1 year)                                                                                           (11th grade/10 credits/1 year)

                                              (12th grade/10 credits/1 year)

Visual and Performing Arts or Foreign Language

10 Credits (1 year)

Healthful Living

10 Credits (1 year)

Physical Education (required for 9th and 10th grades)

20 Credits (2 years)

Electives

70 Credits

TOTAL UNITS OF CREDIT REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION:

230 UNITS MINIMUM

 

MINIMUM PROFICIENCY STANDARDS

In accordance with California Education Code, students must pass Algebra 1 or a higher-level math class in order to receive a high school diploma.

CLASSROOM CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  1. If a student receives more than three “U” grades he/she shall be ineligible for school activities for the quarter following that grading period. There will be no makeup for the “U” in citizenship.
  2. A senior must meet citizenship eligibility requirements in the final two quarters of their senior year in order to participate in graduation ceremonies. Administration reserves the right to deny participation in graduation ceremonies, per board policy, to students with significant discipline concerns.

ATHLETICS/ACTIVITIES ELIGIBILITY

  1. Student must have at least a “C” Grade Point Average (2.0 GPA) as of the last quarter.
  2. Student must have a satisfactory citizenship grade (no more than two “U” grades) in a grading period.

ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY OR CLASS OFFICE ELIGIBILITY

  1. Student must maintain a 2.5 GPA.
  2. Student must have a satisfactory citizenship grade (no more than two “U” grades) in a grading period.

HHS Graduation + 4-Year College Eligibility Comparison

HHS Grad Plus 4-Year College Eligibility Comparison

 

Approved A-G List

UC/CSU - Approved Course List

Highland High School

Antelope Valley Union High School District

 

Location: Palmdale, CA

Website: www.highlandhs.org

Course List Manager: Sheryl Salazar
Course List Manager Phone: (661) 952-2286

College Board Code: 052541

School Governance: Public

School Type: Comprehensive High School

School Subtype(s): Site-Based/Traditional

Accredited through June 30, 2021


 

Course list for 2018-19

Updated as of Aug 22, 2018

 

History / Social Science ("a") 2 years required

Two units (equivalent to two years) of history/social science required, including: one year of world history, cultures or historical geography and one year of U.S. history; or one-half year of U.S. history and one-half year of civics or American government.

Title/Discipline Transcript Abbreviation(s) Course Details

American Government

Adopted from: Cyber High

Civics / American Government

American Government

Online-based   (UC approved through 2020-21)

 Half Year

AP Government and Politics United States

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Civics / American Government

Government and Politics: United States AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Half Year

AP United States History

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

U.S. History

H U.S. HISTORY AP

U.S. History AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP World History

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

World History / Cultures / Historical Geography

World History AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Civics

Civics / American Government

Civics

 Classroom-based

 Half Year

U.S. History

U.S. History

U.S. HISTORY

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

U.S. History A and B

Adopted from: Cyber High

U.S. History

U.S. History A and B

Online-based   (UC approved through 2020-21)

 Full Year

World History

World History / Cultures / Historical Geography

World History

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

World History A and B

Adopted from: Cyber High

World History / Cultures / Historical Geography

World History A and B

Online-based   (UC approved through 2020-21)

 Full Year

World History Honors

World History / Cultures / Historical Geography

World History Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

English ("b") 4 years required

Four units (equivalent to four years) of college preparatory English composition and literature required, integrating extensive reading, frequent writing, and practice listening and speaking with different audiences. Students may only use 1 year of ESL/ELD English.

Title/Discipline Transcript Abbreviation(s) Course Details

AP English Language and Composition

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

English

Eng Lang & Comp AP

English Language & Composition AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP English Literature and Composition

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

English

Eng Lit Comp AP

English LIterature and Composition AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

CSU Expository Reading and Writing

Adopted from: California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP)

English

Expo Read/Writ-EAP

Expository Reading and Writing (EAP)

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

English 10

English

ENGLISH 10

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

English 10 Honors

English

English 10 H

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

English 10 Honors

English

English 10 Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

English 10 Reading and Writing in Law and Public Safety

Adopted from: University of California Curriculum Integration (UCCI)

English

Eng 10 Awrness Ethics Pub Safety

Eng 10: Awareness & Ethics in Law & Public Safety

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

English 11

English

ENGLISH 11

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

English 12

English

English 12

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

English 12 Science Fiction

English

English 12 Science Fiction

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

English 1A and 1B

Adopted from: Cyber High

English

English 1A and IB

Online-based   (UC approved through 2019-20)

 Full Year

English 2A and 2B

Adopted from: Cyber High

English

English 2A and 2B

Online-based   (UC approved through 2019-20)

 Full Year

English 3A and 3B

Adopted from: Cyber High

English

English 3A and 3B

Online-based   (UC approved through 2019-20)

 Full Year

English 4A and 4B

Adopted from: Cyber High

English

English 4A and 4B

Online-based   (UC approved through 2019-20)

 Full Year

English 9

English

ENGLISH 9

GRAMMAR & COMP

INTER LANG ART

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

English 9 Honors

English

English 9 Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Gothic Literature

English

English 12 Gothic Literature

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Literacy, Advocacy and Public Service: Advanced English in Public Service Work

Adopted from: University of California Curriculum Integration (UCCI)

English

TBD

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Mathematics ("c") 3 years required, 4 years recommended

Three units (equivalent to three years) of college-preparatory mathematics (four units are strongly recommended), including or integrating topics covered in elementary algebra, advanced algebra, and two-and three-dimensional geometry.

Title/Discipline Transcript Abbreviation(s) Course Details

Algebra 1

Algebra I

ALGEBRA 1

ALGEBRA 1B

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Algebra 2

Algebra II

Algebra 2

Algebra II

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Algebra 2/Trig (H)

Algebra II / Trigonometry

Algebra 2/Trig (H)

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Algebra 2A and 2B

Adopted from: Cyber High

Algebra II

Algebra 2A and 2B

Online-based   (UC approved through 2020-21)

 Full Year

Algebra A and B

Adopted from: Cyber High

Algebra I

Algebra A and B

Online-based   (UC approved through 2020-21)

 Full Year

AP Calculus AB

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Calculus

Calculus AB AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Calculus BC

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Calculus

Calculus BC (AP)

Calculus BC AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Statistics

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Statistics

Statistics AP

Statistics/AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Contemporary Topics in Mathematics

Advanced Mathematics

Contmp Topics Math

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Geometry

Geometry

Geometry

GEOMETRY 1

GEOMETRY HON

GEOMETRY REPEAT

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Geometry A and B

Adopted from: Cyber High

Geometry

Geometry A and B

Online-based   (UC approved through 2020-21)

 Full Year

Intro to Probability and Statistics

Statistics

Intro Prob Stats

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus

Advanced Mathematics

trig/pre-calculus

Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Laboratory Science ("d") 2 years required, 3 years recommended

Two units (equivalent to two years) of laboratory science are required (three units are strongly recommended), providing fundamental knowledge in two of the following: biology, chemistry, or physics. A yearlong interdisciplinary, or integrated, or earth and space science course can meet one year of this requirement.

Title/Discipline Transcript Abbreviation(s) Course Details

Anatomy/Physiology

Biology / Life Sciences

anatomy phy

Anatomy/Physiology

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Biology

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Biology / Life Sciences

BIOLOGY AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Environmental Science

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Interdisciplinary Sciences

Environmental Science AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Physics 1

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Physics

Physics 1 AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Physics 2

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Physics

Physics 2 - AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Biology

Biology / Life Sciences

BIOLOGY

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Biology Honors

Biology / Life Sciences

Biology Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Chemistry

Chemistry

BASIC CHEMISTRY

CHEMISTRY

INTEGR PHYS/CHEM

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Chemistry Honors

Chemistry

Chemistry Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Laboratory Biology A and B

Adopted from: Cyber High

Biology / Life Sciences

Laboratory Biology A and B

Online-based   (UC approved through 2020-21)

 Full Year

Physics

Physics

Physics

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Language Other than English ("e") 2 years required, 3 years recommended

Two units (equivalent to two years, or through the second level of high school instruction) of the same language other than English (three units recommended). LOTE levels are defined by the number of years of high school instruction; e.g. LOTE 1= 1 yr.; LOTE 2 = 2 years, etc.

Title/Discipline Transcript Abbreviation(s) Course Details

American Sign Language 1

LOTE Level 1

ASL 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

American Sign Language 2

LOTE Level 2

ASL 2

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

American Sign Language 3

LOTE Level 3

ASL 3

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

LOTE Level 4+

H SPANISH AP

Spanish Language AP

Spanish/AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

French 1

LOTE Level 1

FRENCH 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

French 2

LOTE Level 2

FRENCH 2

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

French 3

LOTE Level 3

FRENCH 3

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Latin 1

LOTE Level 1

LATIN 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Latin 2

LOTE Level 2

LATIN 2

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Latin 3 Honors

LOTE Level 3

Latin 3 Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Spanish 1

LOTE Level 1

SPANISH 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Spanish 1 Honors

LOTE Level 1

Spanish 1 Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Spanish 2

LOTE Level 2

SPAN 2 ENHANCED

SPANISH 2

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Spanish 2 Honors

LOTE Level 2

Spanish 2 Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Spanish 3

LOTE Level 3

SPANISH 3

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Spanish 3 Honors

LOTE Level 3

Spanish 3 Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Visual & Performing Arts ("f") 1 year required

One unit (equivalent to one year) required, chosen from one of the following categories: dance, music, theater, interdisciplinary arts, or visual arts (e.g., painting, web/graphic design, film/video, inter/multimedia arts).Two one-semester courses from the same discipline is also acceptable.

Title/Discipline Transcript Abbreviation(s) Course Details

A' Capella Choir

Music

A'Capella Choir

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Advanced Theatre Production 2-4

Theater

Adv. Theatre Prod 2-4

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Art History

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Visual Arts

Art History AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Visual Arts

Studio Art: 2-D Design AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Visual Arts

Studio Art: Drawing AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Art 1

Visual Arts

Art 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Beginning Guitar

Music

Beginning Guitar

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Chamber Singers

Music

Chamber Singers

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Choral Ensemble

Music

Choral Ensemble

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Concert Band

Music

Concert Band

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Concert Choir

Music

Concert Choir

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Digital Media and Graphic Design

Adopted from: Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) HS

Visual Arts

Digital Media and Graphic Design

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Digital Video Production and Broadc

Adopted from: Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) HS

Visual Arts

Digital Video Production and Broadcast

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Drama 1

Theater

Drama 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Drama 2

Theater

DRAMA 2

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Drama 3

Theater

DRAMA 3

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Drama 4

Theater

Drama 4

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Introduction to Film and Video Theory

Visual Arts

Intro to Film & Video Theory

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Jazz Ensemble

Music

Jazz Ensemble

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Mixed Chorus

Music

Mixed Chorus

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Multimedia Contemporary Design 1

Theater

Multimedia Contemporary Design 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Music Appreciation

Music

Music Appr

Music Appreciation

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Percussion 1

Music

Percussion 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Photography 2

Visual Arts

Photography 2

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Show Corps

Dance

Show Corps

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

String Orchestra

Music

String Orchestra

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Visual Imagery

Visual Arts

Visual Imagery 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Wind Ensemble

Music

Wind Ensemble

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

College-Preparatory Elective ("g") 1 year required

One unit (equivalent to one year) chosen from the "a-f" courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirements of the "a-f" subjects, or courses that have been approved solely in the elective area.

Title/Discipline Transcript Abbreviation(s) Course Details

AP Computer Science A

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Mathematics - Computer Science

Computer Science A - AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Computer Science Principles

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

Mathematics - Computer Science

Computer Science Principles (AP)

Computer Science Principles AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AP Psychology

Adopted from: The College Board Advanced Placement Program

History / Social Science

Psychology AP

 UC Honors

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AVID 10

Adopted from: AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

Interdisciplinary

AVID 2

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AVID 11

Adopted from: AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

Interdisciplinary

AVID 3

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AVID 12

Adopted from: AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

Interdisciplinary

AVID 4

AVID Sen Seminar

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

AVID 9

Adopted from: AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

Interdisciplinary

AVID 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Body Systems and Disorders ROP

Adopted from: Career Education Center (formerly Ventura County ROP)

Interdisciplinary

Body Systems and Disorders

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Business Management and Ownership

Interdisciplinary

Business Management and Ownership

Business Mgmt and Ownership

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Careers in Education

Adopted from: Central Orange County CTE Partnership (CTEp)

Interdisciplinary

Careers in Education

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Computer Science Essentials

Adopted from: Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Mathematics - Computer Science

Computer Science Essentials

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Earth Science

Laboratory Science – Physical Sciences

Earth Science

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Economics

Adopted from: Cyber High

History / Social Science

Economics

Online-based   (UC approved through 2020-21)

 Half Year

Economics

History / Social Science

Economics

 Classroom-based

 Half Year

Economics (H)

History / Social Science

Economics Honors.

 Classroom-based

 Half Year

Entrepreneurship Through Innovation

Interdisciplinary

TBD

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Fire Science

Adopted from: California Partnership Academies (CPA)

Interdisciplinary

Fire Science

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

History Through Film

History / Social Science

History Through Film

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

International Business

History / Social Science

International Business

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Introduction to Computer Science

Mathematics - Computer Science

Intro to Computer Science

Intro to Computers

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Introduction to Education

Adopted from: California Partnership Academies (CPA)

History / Social Science

Introduction to Education

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Introduction to Modern Journalism

English

Intro to Modern Journalism

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Introduction to Public Safety

History / Social Science

Intro to Public Safety

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Law and Order and Public Policy

Adopted from: Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) HS

History / Social Science

Law and Order and Public Policy

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Medical Science 1

Laboratory Science – Biology / Life Sciences

Medical Science 1

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Multimedia Contemporary Design 2

Interdisciplinary

Multimedia Contemporary Design 2

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Psychology

History / Social Science

Psychology

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Public Service Leadership

Interdisciplinary

Public Service Leadership

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Reading Appreciation

English

ENGL RA

Reading Appreciation

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

ROP Criminal Justice

Adopted from: Career Education Center (formerly Ventura County ROP)

History / Social Science

Criminal Justice

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

ROP Emergency First Responder A, ROP Emergency First Responder B

Adopted from: Career Education Center (formerly Ventura County ROP)

Interdisciplinary

Health Science Emergency Medicine

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Sociology

Adopted from: Cyber High

History / Social Science

Sociology

Online-based   (UC approved through 2020-21)

 Half Year

Speech

English

Speech

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Student Government and Leadership

Interdisciplinary

Student Gov and Leadership

 Classroom-based

 Full Year

Writing Composition

Adopted from: Cyber High

English

Writing Composition

Online-based   (UC approved through 2019-20)

 Half Year

A-G? What's That?

Here's what we mean by A - G

University of California - Subject Requirements A-G

A- History/Social Science - 2 years required Two years of history/social science, including one year of World History, Cultures and Geography; and one year of U.S. History or one-half year of U.S. History and one half year of Civics or American Government.

B- English - 4 years required Four years of college-preparatory English that include frequent and regular writing, and reading of classic and modern literature. Not more than two semesters of ninth-grade English or no more than one year of ESL-type courses can be used to meet this requirement.

C- Mathematics - 3 years required, 4 years recommended Three years of college-preparatory mathematics which include the topics covered in Elementary and Advanced Algebra and two- and three-dimensional Geometry. Approved Integrated Math courses may be used to fulfill part or all of these requirements, as may math courses taken in the seventh and eighth grades that your high school accepts as equivalent to its own math courses.

D- Laboratory Science - 2 years required, 3 years recommended Two years of laboratory science providing fundamental knowledge in two of these three core disciplines: Biology (which includes Anatomy, Physiology, Marine Biology, etc.), Chemistry and Physics. The final two years of an approved three-year integrated science program may be used to fulfill this requirement. Not more than one year of ninth-grade laboratory science can be used to meet this requirement.

E- Language Other than English - 2 years required, 3 years recommended Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses in a language other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.

F- Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) - 1 year required Two semesters of approved arts courses from a single VPA discipline: Dance, Drama/Theater, Music or Visual Art.

G- College Preparatory Electives - 1 year required One year (two semesters), in addition to those required in "a-f" above, chosen from the following areas: Visual and Performing Arts (non-introductory level courses), History, Social Science, English, Advanced Mathematics, Laboratory Science and language other than English (a third year in the language used for the "e" requirement or two years of another language).

AVC Info

For a top-notch education before you transition to a 4-year college, consider Antelope Valley College (AVC).  There are many programs for either a degree or certification, depending on the career you choose.

Click on the boxes to find out how to apply, check out scholarships, study for the assessments, and more!

AVC HOME  AVC Admissions AVC Palmdale AVC Scholarships                                

Honors Program AVC SSKO Trip Tips AVC Placement Procedures

If you are a high school student, you may take classes at AVC and receive credit.  For instructions on how to apply, click here, and follow all the instructions. 

There are 4 AVC Bridge Counselors at Highland High School: Mrs. Cockrell, Mrs. Fimbres, Ms. Hale and Mrs. Powell.  You may see any one of them after school Monday - Thursday if you have any questions.


 

 

College & Career

Brag Sheet

BRAG SHEET

A brag sheet is used to write information about yourself that can be given to a staff member (teacher, counselor, etc), coach, club advisor, or employer when asking for a letter of recommendation.

  • Download this form to your desktop, save, then complete and save again.
  • Be as specific as possible.
  • Save this document so you can go back to it and update it as often as necessary and print copies when needed.
  • Make sure you give those you want recommendations from plenty of time to complete their letters, at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Ask them to save their recommendations for you so you may ask them for an updated reference letter in the future.

You can also find a Brag Sheet Survey in your PowerSchool/Naviance, under the About Me tab, then Surveys. 

(Note: Beginning your Brag Sheet in 9th grade and updating it each time you have a new activity, sport or receive an award helps, because when you're a senior filling out the form for the first time, it's hard to remember all those things!)


 

College Info

       

 

        

UC Website                   UC Application Guide                  UC Personal Insight Questions

UC ACADEMIC PLANNERS - FOR STUDENTS GRADES 9-12

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*Applications for Fall 2019 are currently open


 

SAT

Log on to www.collegeboard.org for the closest test sites and exact dates.  You are entitled to four prepaid reports of your scores. List four colleges that you are interested in.  Each time that you have your test score sent, the college receives your most recent score and all previous scores to six SAT I and six SAT Subject tests administrations. If you don’t request that copies of your scores are sent to colleges within nine days from the time you took the test, you will have to pay $11.25 for each score report that is sent beyond those nine days.

The CEEB code (Highland School Code) is 052541.  Please remember to use this number on your applications for college admissions tests.

ACT

Log on to www.actstudent.org for the closest test sites and exact dates.  The ACT consists of tests in four academic areas: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning.  It is highly recommended to take the ACT with the ‘Writing’ component.  Scores are reported on a scale 1-36 for each area, plus a composite of all scores. There is no penalty for incorrect answers. (There is a penalty for incorrect answers on the SAT I and SAT Subject Tests). Students should utilize preparation materials before taking the ACT.  The ACT should be taken in the spring semester of the 11th grade and can be taken again in September, October, or December the testings during the senior year. Most East Coast schools prefer the ACT over the SAT, but may accept either as an entrance criterion.  Since most California schools accept either, students are recommended to take both exams.  It is always a good idea to check the specific test requirements for admission to the particular college(s) you are considering.  Visit the college’s website under ‘Admissions’ for that information.

HOW AND WHEN DO I SIGN UP FOR THE SAT/ACT?

Online registration is preferred by both the ACT and SAT testing agencies. Go to sat.collegeboard.org or ACTstudent.org to register.  Be sure to print out your admission ticket and take it with you on test day, as well as a school or government photo I.D.  Paper registration (by mail) is necessary if you need to pay with a check (or money order) or cannot upload a digital photo. An admission ticket for the SAT I or SAT Subject Tests (if application is postmarked by the regular deadline) will be mailed to you before the test. Remember, the CEEB code for HHS is 052541.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts can be requested through Naviance.  The Antelope Valley Union High School District uses Naviance for electronically submitting official transcripts to colleges and universities upon graduation.  For information on how to arrange for the submission of your mid-year and final transcripts, go to your Naviance account by clicking Naviance Student on our website and signing in with your PowerSchool credentials. There is no charge for this service.  Unofficial transcripts can also be downloaded to your desktop through your Naviance account.  You should not request that a transcript be sent to a college until that college requests that it be sent.  For official transcripts needed for scholarship purposes, see Mrs. Ortega in the Career Center or Mrs. Lindstrom in the Registrar's office. 

College Search

Searching for colleges?  Check out the following websites!

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THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT BEING THE FIRST…

…especially being the first in your family to attend and graduate from college. I'm First! is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college.

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Use Collegeboard's "Big Future" site to search for colleges, narrow down majors and career options, learn how to pay for college, and how to make a tangible plan. They offer information on everything from careers and majors to personal statements and financial aid. Use Big Future to prepare yourself for the road ahead!

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College Testing

~ SAT and ACT

SAT and ACT - What's the Difference?

Apply for the SAT                          SAT Test Dates 

Apply for the ACT                         ACT Test Dates

 

PRACTICE taking your SAT, with the FREE new app called SAT Up, at the iTunes App Store, or on Google play!

PRACTICE taking your ACT, with the FREE new app called called ACT Prep, also at the iTunes App Store, or on Google Play!

Fee Waivers

Fee Waivers for eligible students can be requested from Ms. Hernandez in the College Center (room 140).  Proof of eligibility for Fee Waivers is required.  Ms. Hernandez has a form to be completed by your parent/guardian verifying eligibility.  Juniors and Seniors who participate in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program are eligible to apply for a fee waiver for the ACT and/or SAT tests.  

You may receive a maximum of 2 SAT Fee Waivers, 2 SAT Subject Fee Waivers, and 2 ACT Fee Waivers during your junior and senior years only.

College Resources

Attending college takes lots of planning and hard work.  We recommend that you meet with your counselor several times during high school to get help with applications, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and more.

College Application Terminology 

  • Early decision is a binding agreement between the student and that university. If the student is accepted, the student must attend. This is best for students who are determined to get into a specific school.
  • Early action is not binding. The student will simply find out sooner whether or not s/he has been accepted and at some schools, will also have a shot at more merit money.
  • Restrictive– If the student applies to a school with a restrictive early action plan, s/he can’t apply for any other early action or early decision plan at any other college. S/He can only apply to that one college or university but the student isn't required to accept an offer of admission (like they do with early decision).
  • Non-restrictive -Colleges with a non-restrictive early action plan allows students to apply to whatever colleges they are interested in, provided, of course, that they are also non-restrictive early action colleges (or if the student has applied for regular admission). The student can also apply to one early decision college in addition to multiple non-restrictive early action colleges.
  • Personal Statement-- Also known as the application essay. Most competitive schools require at least one major statement, many times two or more, along with multiple short-response answers. These schools admit half (or well less) of all who apply. Admission committees use personal statements to learn more about their applicants.

The following websites will help you find colleges, give you your senior timeline, and help you write essays:  

ACT  Black College Tours CA Postsecondary Education Commission               California Colleges Campus Tours Campus Visit Guide Chegg                                    California College Affordability Guide College Atlas                                          College Board College Navigator  College Essay Guy  eCampus Tours                  I Can Afford College KnowHow2GO My Majors NASFAA.org                                          The Princeton Review SAT or ACT? Or both? UNIGO                                                                      Undocumented Students College Guide You Visit College Tours                                    

Foster Youth

Here are some resources for anyone considered as a foster student. 

Fastweb Knowb4ugo  Foster Care to Success  Alliance for Childrens' Rights  Independent Living Independent Living Facts

Military

MILITARY INFORMATION:

Dept. of Defense Military Career Info www.militarycareers.com

 

U.S. Air Force 800-423-USAF www.airforce.com
U.S. Air Force Reserve 800-257-1212 www.afreserve.com
U.S. Air National Guard 800-TO-GO-ANG www.ang.af.mil

U.S. Army 800-USA-ARMY www.goarmy.com                                                                                                                        U.S. Army Reserve 800-USA-ARMY www.goarmy.com/usar/
U.S. Army National Guard 800-GO-GUARD www.1800goguard.com

U.S. Coast Guard 877-NOW-USCG www.gocoastguard.com
U.S. Coast Guard Reserve 800-424-8883 www.uscg.mil

U.S. Marine Corps 800-MARINES www.marines.com
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 800-MARINES www.marines.com

U.S. Navy 800-USA-NAVY https://www.navy.mil/                                                                                                                  U.S. Navy Reserve 866-NAVRESI www.navalreserve.com

 

Class Tidbits

Senior Class Info

SENIOR RULES TO LIVE BY

  • Beware of “SENIORITIS!" It's an insidious phenomenon that can wreck your senior year.  Symptoms include complete attention deficit, feeling that your schoolwork is getting in the way of your social life, and a sharp loss of interest in schoolwork, which is followed by a drastic drop in grades.  DON'T BE THAT SENIOR!  Remember that school does not end until graduation!  Admission to college is provisional and may be revoked if your grades take a sudden nosedive.
  • Make sure you are taking the correct courses for the college and major of your choice. For example, pre-med students would need to take Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. UC applicants must take 11 of the 15 units required before their senior year of high school.
  • Take a strong academic program each semester. A minimum of four academic subjects should be taken each year. This could include courses at the community college or a CSU to get a head start on college general education requirements. Colleges expect your senior year to be academically challenging and that you will take the most rigorous course work that you are capable of doing.
  • Visit Ms. Hernandez in the College Center for the schedule of college representatives planning to visit our school and sign up to meet with those that interest you.  Check your Naviance frequently, as that's where college visits are posted.
  • Visit the College Center frequently to get information and handouts to help you prepare for college, learn about scholarships and to research financial aid/scholarships.    
  • Be sure to read all the directions and questions on any college or scholarship applications carefully before you begin. Type, if possible. If not, print neatly in black ink. Avoid spelling errors and erasures. Think about your answers before you begin to write. Make several photocopies of the blank application before you begin. Allow yourself sufficient time to complete the application. Photocopy and save the completed application.  You will need your unofficial transcript for this, which will have your grades and SSID.
  • Make sure you complete the AVUHSD Local Scholarship Application found in Naviance under the About Me tab, then My Surveys, then Surveys Not Started.  Completing this application lets you be eligible to apply for scholarships from local donors.

Junior Class Info

So now that you are in 11th grade, here's stuff you really need to get serious about:

  • SAT and ACT will ask for the CEEB or School Code.  It is 052541.
  • Your college application GPA is based on 10th and 11th grades only.  Junior year will account for 50% of that GPA, so stay focused and make up any D’s or F’s before your senior year!
  • You can request transcripts through Naviance.  
  • Make sure you are taking the correct courses for the college and major of your choice. For example, pre-med students should take Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.  UC applicants must take 11 of the 15 required units prior to senior year.
  • Take a strong academic program each semester. A minimum of four academic subjects should be taken each year. This could include courses at the community college or a CSU to get a head start on college general education requirements. Colleges expect your junior year to be academically challenging and that you will take the most rigorous course work that you are capable of doing.
  • Listen for announcements and check the Bulletin on the HHS website, in your class or in the Career or College Centers.       
  • Visit the College Center frequently to get information and handouts to help you prepare for college and learn about scholarships and to research financial aid/scholarships. 
  • Check your Naviance frequently!  College visits are posted there.
  • Visit a college. You don’t have to go far to get a good idea of what a small liberal arts college is like. Go to UCLA or USC for a taste of a big university. Visit Cal Tech, CSUN, Pepperdine or AVC. Even if you plan to go far away for college, visiting local colleges will help you decide what it is you want for a college or university. 
  • Make a list of the colleges that you are considering. Do comparisons.  You can do all of this on Naviance!
  • Focus on career goals.  Having an idea of what you want to do in life will help you make decisions  on what type of higher education you will need and what type of major to choose.   If you haven't already, take the Career Interest Profiler in Naviance to find out what career(s) may be a fit for you.  Click Careers, then click Explore, then Career Interest Profiler.  Take the ASVAB when it's offered.
  • When registering for tests or submitting applications, remember to use your name as it appears on your Birth Certificate/Social Security Card. Also be sure that your school records match those documents.  If you have been registered at school as Joe Smith, but your real name is Joseph Hyde-Smith on other legal records, it will cause problems.  Please see Mrs. Lindstrom in the Registrar's office with a copy of your birth certificate to get your records corrected as soon as possible!  When it comes to applications and test scores that do not exactly match your school records, delays/denials in the processing of those documents will occur!

Sophomore Class Info

Now that you're in 10th grade, it's time to start fine-tuning your plans to get you to graduation and beyond:

  • Meet with your high school counselor — again. Make sure you meet with your school counselor to ensure your course schedule is challenging enough to prepare you for college.
  • Check into any prerequisites for advanced-level junior- and senior-year courses.
  • Fortunately, you will take the PSAT/NMSQT® in 10th and 11th grade. This test provides valuable feedback through the Student Score Report; you can then work on any academic weaknesses while there is still plenty of time to improve upon them.  And then in the spring of your junior year, you will be prepared to take the SAT, the cost of which will be borne by the AVUHSD!
  • Are you interested in attending a U.S. military academy? If so, you will need a congressional nomination.  See your counselor to find out how you can request one.
  • Attend college and career fairs. The Antelope Valley Union High School District always hosts a College Information Night in late September.
  • Keep up your participation in school activities or volunteer efforts. Extracurricular activities can help you develop time-management skills and enrich your high school experience.
  • Tour college campuses. If possible, take advantage of vacation or other family travel time to visit colleges and see what they’re like.
  • Even if you have no interest in attending the college you are visiting, it will help you learn what to look for in a college.
  • If you are considering the military, come to the Career Center to pick up brochures and business cards for the military branch(es) you may be interested in.  Recruiters from the US Army, US Marines and US Navy are frequently at Highland.  You will see them walking around in their uniforms.

Freshmen Class Info

Welcome to high school!  It's already time to start planning for life after graduation!  Here are some important things for you to know and do: 

  • Create a four-year high school plan. Think about what you’d like to accomplish in the next four years.  Your counselor will help you with this.
  • Make sure you know what high school courses are required by colleges, and that you’re taking the appropriate classes for the type of career you choose. 
  • Get to know the levels of courses offered by Highland.
  • Start thinking about your life after school, including the types of jobs that might interest you. Of course these will change — often — but it’s good to start thinking about the possibilities.  Identify your interests — likes and dislikes — not just in classes but in all areas. This will help you focus on your goals. Not sure what you want to be?  Go to our website, click on Naviance Student and sign in with your PowerSchool credentials.  Then go to My Favorites, Careers and Clusters, then click on Explore Careers and Clusters. Also, a counselor will visit your Health class to give you other assignments in Naviance to help prepare you for high school and college.
  • Talk to other people about careers you might find interesting. Try talking to your school counselor, teachers, recent college graduates who are working, professionals in the community, etc.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities. Academics aren’t everything. Explore your interests in a sport, school club, music or drama group, or community volunteer activity.
  • Remember that colleges would rather see real involvement in one activity than a loose connection to several of them.
  • If you’re interested in playing sports in college, research the National College Athletic Association eligibility requirements. The NCAA requires completion of certain core courses; you can find the specifics at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
  • Meet with your high school counselor. Your counselor knows how to help you get the most out of high school. Be sure to take some time during the school year to discuss post-high school plans with her.
  • Save for college. It’s not too late to put money aside for college. Every little bit helps!
  • Explore summer opportunities. Look for a job, internship or volunteer position that will help you learn about a field of interest. 

 

Opportunities!


 

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I'm 18 - Now What?

Now that you're 18, you are (for the most part) considered to be an adult.  As an American citizen, you have opportunities, like the right (and privilege) to vote, and if you are male, you must register with the Selective Service.

Check out this Survival Guide for more info about being 18!

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Scholarship Info

If you are looking for free money for college, you should join the HHS Scholarship Google Classroom - the class code is rtsx16w. There are lots of scholarships there!  You can also visit the Scholarship Bulletin Board in the College Center - room 140.

Also, go check out Naviance!!!  Opportunities are being posted to Naviance frequently!!

The AVC Foundations Scholarship application is now available, and will close March 1st!

Scholarships are a great way to pay for school or to get money in your pocket. Scholarships can range from $50 - $20,000 and sometimes more. Some scholarships require an essay, but the effort is definitely worth the free money! The more scholarships you apply for, the better, because small amounts of money add up.  Scholarships are supposed to be free to apply for!  Unfortunately, there are a lot of scams out there, and it's best to be prepared.  Click here for more information.

The following scholarship sites are some of your best options and will aid you in your search for college cash: 

  FastWeb   Good Call     Guaranteed Scholarships   SallieMae  UNIGO

Check out this QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE.  Go to the specific month to access the link to the scholarships you are interested in.

DECEMBER

National Co-Op Scholarship Programs (12th)

Amount vary by campus from $6,000 – $30,000, GPA and test scores vary by campus. DEADLINES VARY – December 1st, 2019– March 1st, 2019

Notes for the Future Scholarship (10th-12th)

$1,000, plan to study music in college (vocal or instrumental), submit an audition of a live solo performance.  DEADLINE: 12/4/18

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Scholarship (9th-12th)

$5,000 scholarship + $5,000 grant for hunger-related charity for students leading sustained and innovative hunger fighting solutions. DEADLINE: 12/5/18

Science Ambassador Scholarship (12th)

FULL TUITION, for women pursuing the science, technology, engineering, or math field.  DEADLINE: 12/11/18

Footlocker Scholar Athlete Scholarship (12th)

$20,000, 3.0+ GPA, involved in HS sports or intramural sports or community based sports.  DEADLINE: 12/14/18

AXA Achievement Scholarship (12th)

Up to $25,000, demonstrate ambition, self-drive, as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work.  DEADLINE: 12/14/18

AVUHSD Sustainability Scholarship (12th)

$2,000, address a sustainability issue in your community, create a proposal and submit it.  DEADLINE: 12/14/18

BK Scholars Program (12th)

$1,000 - 2.5+ GPA passionate about serving the community, going to 2yr or 4 yr

$50,000 - UW 3.3+GPA, min ACT of 25 or SAT of 1220, going to a 4yr, leadership, substantial work experience

DEADLINE: 12/15/18

Youth Financial Literacy Foundation Scholarship (12th)

Up to $25,000, application, 30 multiple choice questions, three essay questions required.  DEADLINE: 12/15/18

Rubincam Youth Award (9th-12th)

$250-$500, Essay required different parameters based on grade, for the next generation of family historians.  DEADLINE: 12/15/18

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards (Ages 13-19)

$36,000, self-identified as Jewish, serving in a leadership role on a project/initiative aimed at repairing the world, volunteering.  DEADLINE: 12/18/18

Dolman Law Group Scholarship (currently attending or planning to attend college or some form of higher ed)

$1,100, 2 minute video essay explaining, preventing, and pursuing discrimination in the workplace..  DEADLINE: 12/29/18

Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award (16-22 years old)

$500, must have contributed at least 50 hours of volunteer service within the last 12 months. DEADLINE: 12/30/18

Snaps for College Cash (16 years old or older)

Weekly drawing for a $5,000 scholarship, college tech pack or a $250 gift card. DEADLINE: 12/30/18

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship (13-21 years old)

$1,750, conduct your own environmental stewardship project, take a few photos, write an essay about it, register and upload it. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

 

Because College is Expensive Scholarship (11th-12th)

$500 drawing for scholarship, complete entry form to compete. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

G2 Overachievers Student Grant (9th-12th)

$12,500 for student/$2,500 for school, 1,000-2500 words on how you are working outside of the classroom to benefit others. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

NRA Civil Right Defense Fund Scholarship (9th-12th)

$1,000, 1,000 words on the topic “What Does the Second Amendment Mean to You?” DEADLINE: 12/31/18

FIRE Free Speech Essay Contes t(11th/12th)

$10,000, 800-1,000 word essay on the provided topic. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

Unigo $10K Scholarship  (13 years old or older)

$10,000, 250 words or less about a historical figure being brought back to life and discovering their favorite mobile app. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

OppU Achievers Scholarship (9th-12th)

$2,500, 3.0, 500 words or less on why you’re an achiever. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

 

 JANUARY

Danforth Scholars Program – Washington University in St. Louis (12th)

Full or partial tuition scholarship, 250 word brief answer, 250 word short essay, LOR, application to WUSL required. DEADLINE: 1/2/19

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship (12th)

$40,000, 3.0+ GPA, leader with drive, integrity, and good citizenship who is planning to enroll in a four-year university. DEADLINE: 1/4/19

Drive Smart Teen Contest (13-18 years old)

$10,000 and other prizes, create an original 15-60 second digital short about the dangers of distracted driving. DEADLINE: 1/6/19

Safe Jobs for Youth Month Poster & Video Contest (14-18 years old)

Up to $300, submit a poster in any media with a theme related to Safe Jobs for Youth. DEADLINE: 1/8/19

Black College Expo “Why is a College Education Important to Me?” Scholarship (11th & 12th)

Amount TBD, essay of 500 words or less about “Why is a College Education Important to me.” DEADLINE: 1/9/19

Ron Brown Scholars Program (12th)

$40,000, must be African American, complete the application, essays, LOR, official transcript. DEADLINE: 1/9/19

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* - Jenny Parks Memorial Scholarship (12th)

$20,000, $5,000 runner up, 3.2+ weighted GPA, community service 50 hours +, essay, transcript, LOR. DEADLINE: 1/23/19

Redfin Scholarship (12th and 18 years old or older)

$2,500, 3.5 GPA +, 300-500 words on what tech you think will be the next disrupter in society. DEADLINE: 1/31/19

 

FEBRUARY

Flavorful Futures Scholarship (12th)

$5,000, 2.5+ GPA, plans to pursue a post-secondary education voc/trade, 2yr or 4yr, showcase how they will contribute their gifts through education. DEADLINE: 2/15/19

Blacks at Microsoft African American Heritage Scholarship (12th)

$5,000, 3.3+ GPA, 4yr bound in engineering, computer science, CIS, or business programs like finance, BA, or marketing. DEADLINE: 2/15/19

 

MARCH

Antelope Valley College Foundation Scholarship (students taking at least 6 units)

Amount varies, minimum 2.0 college GPA. DEADLINE: 3/1/19

Skilled Labor Shortage Scholarship (12th)

$2,500, for students 18 years old or older who are planning to pursue anything from construction management, plumbing, carpentry landscape architecture, interior design, etc. DEADLINE: 3/15/19

 

APRIL

Honorsgradu Scholarship (12th)

$10,000, for students with the capacity to shape and influence their communities. DEADLINE: 4/28/19

 

January

JANUARY

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

MIT Think Scholars Program - (9th -12th)

Students are expected to submit a proposal (of no more than 10 pages) before the application deadline detailing the problem they are attempting to solve, how their idea/system combats the target problem, developmental procedure, a timetable of milestones, and budget allocation. DEADLINE 1/1/19

Danforth Scholars Program – Washington University in St. Louis (12th)

Full or partial tuition scholarship, 250 word brief answer, 250 word short essay, LOR, application to WUSL required. DEADLINE: 1/2/19

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship (12th)

$40,000, 3.0+ GPA, leader with drive, integrity, and good citizenship who is planning to enroll in a four-year university. DEADLINE: 1/4/19

Drive Smart Teen Contest (13-18 years old)

$10,000 and other prizes, create an original 15-60 second digital short about the dangers of distracted driving. DEADLINE: 1/6/19

Safe Jobs for Youth Month Poster & Video Contest (14-18 years old)

Up to $300, submit a poster in any media with a theme related to Safe Jobs for Youth. DEADLINE: 1/8/19

Black College Expo “Why is a College Education Important to Me?” Scholarship (11th & 12th)

Amount TBD, essay of 500 words or less about “Why is a College Education Important to me.” DEADLINE: 1/9/19

Ron Brown Scholars Program (12th)

$40,000, must be African American, complete the application, essays, LOR, official transcript. DEADLINE: 1/9/19

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* - Jenny Parks Memorial Scholarship (12th)

$20,000, $5,000 runner up, 3.2+ weighted GPA, community service 50 hours +, essay, transcript, LOR. DEADLINE: 1/23/19.  

Redfin Scholarship (12th and 18 years old or older)

$2,500, 3.5 GPA +, 300-500 words on what tech you think will be the next disrupter in society. DEADLINE: 1/31/19

February

FEBRUARY

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

Flavorful Futures Scholarship (12th)

$5,000, 2.5+ GPA, plans to pursue a post-secondary education voc/trade, 2yr or 4yr, showcase how they will contribute their gifts through education. DEADLINE: 2/15/19

Blacks at Microsoft African American Heritage Scholarship (12th)

$5,000, 3.3+ GPA, 4yr bound in engineering, computer science, CIS, or business programs like finance, BA, or marketing. DEADLINE: 2/15/19

Asian Pacific Scholarship Programs (12th)

$1,000+, some scholarships based on need, some based on GPA.  Click the link above for all scholarships' criteria.  DEADLINE: 2/26/19

 

March

MARCH

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* MEEC Environmental Science High School Scholarship - 3/1/2019

Antelope Valley College Foundation Scholarship (students taking at least 6 units)

Amount varies, minimum 2.0 college GPA. DEADLINE: 3/1/2019

ELKS Scholarship for Students with Disabilities (12th)

Students with physical, neurological, visual, or hearing impairment, and/or speech/language disorder.  Must return  scholarship application to Mrs. Ortega NO LATER THAN 3/11/2019!  DEADLINE: 3/13/2019 (for Mrs. Ortega to get apps to local donor)

Skilled Labor Shortage Scholarship (12th)

$2,500, for students 18 years old or older who are planning to pursue anything from construction management, plumbing, carpentry landscape architecture, interior design, etc. DEADLINE: 3/15/19

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* LPAC Performing Arts Scholarship - DEADLINE: 3/29/2019 

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Raymond J Monti Scholarship (12th)

$2,000 Scholarship, minimum GPA 3.0 and participates in sports, clubs, community. DEADLINE: 3/29/2019

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* SWE Scholarship (12th)

$1,000 Scholarship scholarship for a female student studying Engineering or Computer Science. DEADLINE: 3/31/2019

 

SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN MARCH (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

Directing Change Film Contest - 3/1

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship - 3/1 

Raytheon’s Women Cyber Security Scholarship - 3/1 

Project Yellow Light Scholarship - 3/1 

DCU Scholarship - 3/2

Beat the Odd’s Scholarship - 3/2

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Chasing Your Dreams - 3/2

Doodle4Google - 3/2

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Women In Mining - 3/2

Tzu Chi USA Scholars - 3/2 

NATO Scholarship - 3/2

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Edward’s Officers’ Spouses’ Club Scholarship - 3/5

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* APWA Scholarship - 3/9

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* AV Hospital Aux. Scholarship - 3/9

2018 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest - 3/9 

UCLA Alumni Scholarship - 3/12 

2018 Breaking Barriers Essay Contest - 3/14 

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* AV republican Women, Federated Scholarship - 3/15 

Earth Day Awards - 3/15 

Live Deliberately Essay Contest - 3/15 

State Council Cabrillo Civic of California, Inc. - 3/15

National High School Essay Contest - 3/15 

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* American Society of Military Comptrollers Scholarship - 3/16  

The Legischool Project - 3/16

32nd Annual India Heritage Scholarship - 3/19

Liv Mas Scholarship - 3/18

TRENZA Scholarship - 3/20

Operation Prevention Video Challenge - 3/20

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Scott Boulger Memorial Scholarship - 3/30

Hispanic Heritage Fund 2018-2019 Scholarship - 3/30

JVS Scholarship Program - 3/30

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, 2018 Work Ethics Scholarship - 3/31

 

April

APRIL

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

Steps For Change Scholarship (12th)

3.5 or greater GPA, letter of recommendation, submit a 1 minute video answering the question: "How would you value yourself?"

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* Lancaster United Methodist Church Scholarships

Scholarship 1: students planning to attend AVC, and Scholarship 2: students who are members of Lancaster United Methodist Church. DEADLINE: 4/1/19

Honorsgradu Scholarship (12th)

$10,000, for students with the capacity to shape and influence their communities. DEADLINE: 4/28/19

 

Other scholarships typically due in April:

Project Yellow Light Scholarship - 4/1 

Ninth Circuit VIDEO Contest - 4/1

Ninth Circuit ESSAY Contest - 4/1

NSHSS Scholarship - 4/1

Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship - 4/1

*LOCAL* Leona Valley Sertoma Scholarship - 4/2

Wal-Mart Dependent Scholarship 4/2

*LOCAL* Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Scholarship - 4/6

Taylor’s Gift Scholarship - 4/13

*LOCAL* ReMax All-Pro Higher Ed Scholarship - 4/13

*LOCAL* Antelope Valley School Boards Association - 4/13

Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority Scholarship - 4/15

*LOCAL* Raymond H. Krueger Scholarship - 4/15

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes - 4/15

Youth Free Expression Film Contest: Fight the Power! - 4/15

*LOCAL* Palmdale Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship - 4/16

*LOCAL* AARP #2195 Palmdale Chapter Scholarship - 4/16

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Art Contest - 4/18

Negative Population Growth Scholarship - 4/20

AVHCC Scholarship - 4/23

SCAG Scholarship - 4/27

A Voice for Animals Contest - 4/30

E-Waste Scholarship - 4/30

County Office Scholarship - 4/30

HENAAC Scholars - 4/30

LA Federal Credit Union – Jack C. Mathews Scholarship - 4/30

The Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship - 4/30

Strong Women Strong Minds Scholarship - 4/30

IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest Scholarship - 4/30

May

SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN MAY (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

Dutch Crafters Heritage Scholarship - 5/1

1800wheelchair.com Scholarship - 5/1

Paradigm Challenge - 5/1

You are the Future Scholarship - 5/3

LA County Commission for Women 2018 Resilience Scholarship - 5/4

Models of Excellence Scholarship - 5/5

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* SETLA Scholarship - 5/11

 IEI $1,000 Bi-Annual Scholarship Essay Contest - 5/15

Cameron Impact Scholarship - 5/25

Brower Youth Awards - 5/20

B.Davis Scholarship - 5/22

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* - AV Gem and Mineral Club Scholarship - 5/30

CSUB Hispanic Excellence Scholarship - 5/31

Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship - 5/31

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

June

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

The Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship (12th)

A $1,000 award will be given to a student pursuing a health-related degree program. Areas of study that will be considered include, but are not limited to, counseling, social work, emergency medicine, pre-med, nursing, psychology (with a focus on addiction counseling or a substance-abuse related field). Applicants must submit an essay no more than 500 words describing why they are passionate about health care, with a focus on substance abuse and mental health. Essays can draw from personal or professional experience. DEADLINE 6/30/19

 

SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN JUNE (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

AV Freethinkers Scholarship - 6/4

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship - 6/14

Global Lift Equipment Scholarship - 6/15

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship - 6/15

Providian Medical Scholarship - 6/21

Dolman Law Group Video Essay Contest - 6/29

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship - 6/30

Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest - 6/30

Digital Privacy Scholarship - 6/30

Review It Scholarship - 6/30

Lift Parts Express Scholarship - 6/30

The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest - 6/30

July

SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN JULY (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

Daedalians Scholarship - 7/1

Moverscorp.com Scholarship - 7/15

Bachus & Schanker LLC - 7/30

The Margarian Scholarship - 7/31

Supporting STEM Scholarship - 7/31

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

August

SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN AUGUST (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship - 8/31

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

September

SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN SEPTEMBER (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

Student Transportation Construction Industry Video Contest - 9/4

Cameron Impact Scholarship - 9/12

Staples $50K Scholarship Contest - 9/15

The Gates Scholarship - 9/18

Questbridge College Match - 9/27

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship - 9/30

Money Metals Exchange Scholarship - 9/30

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship - 9/30

 

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

October

SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN OCTOBER (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

AES Engineering Scholarship - 10/6

 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards - 10/15

College Jump Start Scholarship -10/17

Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship - 10/17

O Captain, My Captain Scholarship - 10/25

Horatio Alger National and State Scholarship - 10/25

Voice of Democracy Essay Contest - 10/30

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program - 10/31

Coca-Cola Scholars Program - 10/31

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship - 10/31 

National Rice Month Scholarship - 10/31

Liaison Data-Inspired Future Scholarship - 10/31

CountyOffice.org Scholarship - 10/31

 Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest - 10/31

Good360 Sustainability Scholarship - 10/31

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

November

SCHOLARSHIPS TRADITIONALLY DUE IN November (Deadlines are subject to change in 2019):

National Co-Op Scholarship Programs - 11/1 

IVEY Engineering Inc (IEI) Scholarship 11/1 

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 11/6 

*LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP* - Elk’s most Valuable Student Scholarship - 11/15

Maryknoll Student Essay Contest - 11/16 

The LegiSchool Project - 11/16 

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship 11/20 

Sustainability in Your Community Scholarship 11/27 

Bachus & Schanker LLC Scholarship - 11/30 

All scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

December

DECEMBER

All Scholarships are listed in the order in which they are due

National Co-Op Scholarship Programs (12th)

Amount vary by campus from $6,000 – $30,000, GPA and test scores vary by campus. DEADLINES VARY – December 1st, 2019– March 1st, 2019

Science Ambassador Scholarship (12th)

FULL TUITION, for women pursuing the science, technology, engineering, or math field.  DEADLINE: 12/11/18

Footlocker Scholar Athlete Scholarship (12th)

$20,000, 3.0+ GPA, involved in HS sports or intramural sports or community based sports.  DEADLINE: 12/14/18

AXA Achievement Scholarship (12th)

Up to $25,000, demonstrate ambition, self-drive, as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work.  DEADLINE: 12/14/18

AVUHSD Sustainability Scholarship (12th)

$2,000, address a sustainability issue in your community, create a proposal and submit it.  DEADLINE: 12/14/18

BK Scholars Program (12th)

$1,000 - 2.5+ GPA passionate about serving the community, going to 2yr or 4 yr

$50,000 - UW 3.3+GPA, min ACT of 25 or SAT of 1220, going to a 4yr, leadership, substantial work experience

DEADLINE: 12/15/18

Youth Financial Literacy Foundation Scholarship (12th)

Up to $25,000, application, 30 multiple choice questions, three essay questions required.  DEADLINE: 12/15/18

Rubincam Youth Award (9th-12th)

$250-$500, Essay required different parameters based on grade, for the next generation of family historians.  DEADLINE: 12/15/18

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards (Ages 13-19)

$36,000, self-identified as Jewish, serving in a leadership role on a project/initiative aimed at repairing the world, volunteering.  DEADLINE: 12/18/18

Dolman Law Group Scholarship (currently attending or planning to attend college or some form of higher ed)

$1,100, 2 minute video essay explaining, preventing, and pursuing discrimination in the workplace..  DEADLINE: 12/29/18

Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Award (16-22 years old)

$500, must have contributed at least 50 hours of volunteer service within the last 12 months. DEADLINE: 12/30/18

Snaps for College Cash (16 years old or older)

Weekly drawing for a $5,000 scholarship, college tech pack or a $250 gift card. DEADLINE: 12/30/18

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Scholarship (13-21 years old)

$1,750, conduct your own environmental stewardship project, take a few photos, write an essay about it, register and upload it. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

Because College is Expensive Scholarship (11th-12th)

$500 drawing for scholarship, complete entry form to compete. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

G2 Overachievers Student Grant (9th-12th)

$12,500 for student/$2,500 for school, 1,000-2500 words on how you are working outside of the classroom to benefit others. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

NRA Civil Right Defense Fund Scholarship (9th-12th)

$1,000, 1,000 words on the topic “What Does the Second Amendment Mean to You?” DEADLINE: 12/31/18

FIRE Free Speech Essay Contest (11th/12th)

$10,000, 800-1,000 word essay on the provided topic. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

Unigo $10K Scholarship  (13 years old or older)

$10,000, 250 words or less about a historical figure being brought back to life and discovering their favorite mobile app. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

OppU Achievers Scholarship (9th-12th)

$2,500, 3.0, 500 words or less on why you’re an achiever. DEADLINE: 12/31/18

Financial Aid Info

SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

Scholarships are supposed to be free to apply for.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of scams out there, so it's best to be prepared.  Click here for more information.

 

FAFSA, Cal Grant and the Dream Act

Remember to file your FAFSA and Cal-Grant or Dream Act by March 2nd!  The application opens October 1st every year, and parents can use their tax information from the previous year.  

Check out this 2 minute FAFSA Overview

Check out this 3 minute CA Dream Act Application presentation!

 

CAL-GRANT OPT OUT FORMS

Per Assembly Bill (AB) 2160, all seniors will have a Cal Grant GPA submitted electronically by their high school, to the California Student Aid Commission, unless a signed Opt Out form is returned to the Guidance Office by October 1st of their senior year. Please see the English or Spanish version of this document below for more information regarding the process.

 

Bulldog Parent University

 

NCAA

There are a few specialized things that student athletes need to do in order to be considered for recruitment by colleges and universities.

The most important thing is to file with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Student athletes should do this at the END of their junior year or the very beginning of senior year.  Information on eligibility can be found here. You will need to take the SAT or ACT before the end of junior year in order to be eligible. You must also send in an official transcript with all courses from your junior year listed.  Click here for requirements and timeline.

Use Highland High School’s CEEB (School) Code (052541) when registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

FEE WAIVERS FOR THE NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER ARE AVAILABLE AT THE NCAA WEBSITE.

Visit the NCAA website for full details and timelines. For specific questions, download the NCAA FAQs sheet.

STAYING ON TRACK TO GRADUATE NCAA

NCAA believes success in the classroom is just as important as winning on the field.  As such, they have standards to ensure student-athletes make progress toward a degree – every year and every season. Students need to meet these standards to be eligible to play.

 

 BASIC INFORMATION ON NCAA

 Division I

 

 

 Division II

 

 

 Division III

  • While there are no minimum national standards for establishing or maintaining eligibility in Division III, student-athletes must be in good academic standing and make satisfactory progress toward a degree as determined by the institution.
  • Division III student-athletes must be enrolled in at least 12 semester or quarter hours, regardless of an institution’s own definition of “full time.”

Waivers are available for many of these rules, including progress-toward-degree standards.

 

 

 

 

Transcripts

If you are a Highland graduate and need an official transcript, you will click PARCHMENT.  There is a $5.00 charge for each official transcript using this online service.  

By the way ...

Parents - will need to bring their government-issued picture ID when coming to Highland High School for any reason.  ID's are now scanned as part of our school's safety measures.

Parents - should receive notices of their student's academic progress approximately every 5 weeks.  If parents have any questions in between the progress reports, they can view their student's records via the Parent Portal in PowerSchool.  They can email their student's teachers by clicking on the teacher's name when in PowerSchool.  Better yet, take advantage of the free AV High School District app for your smartphone.  Any student who is struggling in a core class and/or earning a D or F grade at any time should take advantage of tutoring offered after school.  Be sure to check PowerSchool often!  Being informed helps you help your student.

Students - Counselors periodically visit your classrooms to fill you in about graduation and college requirements, and seniors will receive an Academic review before the end of October.  Any student who is struggling in a core class and/or earning a D or F grade at any time should take advantage of tutoring offered after school.  

Students - should see their counselor in the Guidance Office or College Center if they have questions or concerns, during their free time (before or after school, during break or lunch), however, 

IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, 
A COUNSELOR WILL SEE YOU ANYTIME
DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.

 

Dawg - I've got questions!  How do I: 

 

Get books?  The Student Union is where you check out books.  Hours are from 7:00 am - 3:45 pm.

 

Get my ID?  Students get their ID cards in August, or upon enrollment.  For a replacement ID, you must pay $5 at the Student Store, and take your receipt to Room 242.  You MUST wear your HHS ID!  Remind your parents that when they come to school, they must also bring their valid government issued ID.

 

Use a computer?  Go to the Computer Lab upstairs in Room 236.  It’s open at snack, lunch, and after school until 3:45.  OR you can go to the Student Union WITH your internet card.  The Student Union is open  before school, at snack, lunch, and after school until 3:45.  You can also check availability in the College Center (Room 140) and Career Center at the Guidance Office.

 

Get my Power School Code?  See anyone in the Guidance Office, College or Career Center, or Mrs. Fletcher in the Room 236 Computer Lab to get your code.  If your parent/guardian is having trouble accessing his/her PowerSchool/Naviance account, s/he can call the Counselor of the Day at 661-538-0304, ext. 382, Mrs. Sacca at ext. 376, or Mrs. Ortega at ext. 370. 

 

Get info about clubs and sports activities?  Check the bulletin online at our website, or on Power School.  The bulletin is also posted in the Guidance Office and the Career and College Centers.   You can also go to the Activities or Athletics Office to find a club or sport.  Being involved in a club and/or sport is a great way to meet new friends, and stay involved in your school and community!

 

Speak to a counselor?  You can see a counselor on your own time (before school, at break or lunch, and after school) in the Guidance Office , unless it's an emergency, in which case your counselor will see you anytime during the school day.