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Welcome back to ACE Charter High School, Home of the Flying Aces!  A special welcome to the new Freshmen Class of 2024!

Senior Guidance: At the beginning of the year, Ms. Ochoa will  verify that each senior is in the required classes for graduation and meet with those students who need Adult School/APEX for additional credits.  In August, Ms. Ochoa visits all senior level classes (virtually) to review transcripts with students and talk about how to get ready for their plans after high school.  For many of our students, that is going to college, so both 4 year and community college applications will be discussed.  Paying for college is another hot topic, so the process for applying for scholarships and financial aid is outlined as well. FAFSA now opens OCTOBER 1st!!


Four Year Planning for 9th-11th Grade:  This fall the Ms. Ochoa will meet with all 9th, 10th and 11th grade students virtually to create or adjust their personal Four-year Plan. This is designed to assist students in determining what courses to take, what sequence should be followed, what classes are required to be college eligible, and to help plan for goals after graduating from high school, even if college is not an option.


Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT): STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES ON THE FUTURE OF THIS EXAM. This assessment is a “practice” SAT test as well as the qualification exam for the National Merit Scholarship competition. It is primarily designed for juniors.  Sophomores may also take the PSAT, but they are not qualified for the NMSQ program until their junior year. The test will be given at ACE Charter High School on Wednesday, October 14th 8:00 – 11:30 am. location is TBD. This is a regular school day and students will miss Periods 1 and 2.  Registration will be open  September 1 – October 1 at the counseling office.  There is a limited number of tests that are ordered so interested students should sign up as soon as the registration window opens. There is no guarantee that there will be enough tests for students who wait until later in the registration period.  The fee for the test is $16 payable in cash or a check to ACE Charter High School. if you receive FREE or Reduced Lunch, then the test is $5!!(see Ms. Ochoa to see if you qualify)    





College Application Deadlines: Seniors applying to either CSU or UC campuses must submit their completed applications online by November 30th!  Online applications are available beginning October 1st for both the CSU and UC systems.  CSU applications can be submitted online October 1st to November 30th. (  Even though the UC application window opens on October 1st completed applications can only be submitted November 1st – 30th.  Seniors applying to private universities and colleges should verify the specific registration deadlines by contacting the individual college or university. Students who plan on attending Ventura/Oxnard/Moorpark College should apply beginning in October 2018!!!  Seniors should keep their transcript they received during their graduation status meeting in August so they can accurately report their classes and grades on their college application.


Scholarships Students are encouraged to sign up for REMIND text message to be aware of scholarships, grants, and FAFSA/CADAA workshops. There are a few fall local scholarships, but the true season is Jan.-April.  There are a number of National websites as well which we encourage parents and teachers to Google since the site tends to focus on local & state scholarships


Free/Reduced Lunch Program:  We encourage all students who qualify financially to register for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.  In addition to helping students afford lunch, this program qualifies students for other need based programs such as fee waivers for ACT tests, SAT tests, AP tests and college application costs.  Students must re-apply for this program each year as last year’s eligibility will expire in September.


SAT and ACT Tests: Seniors who plan on attending a 4-year college next year must take the SAT or ACT (see your counselor for questions).  If your student still needs these tests, there only a few opportunities left.  All testing must be completed in November(for Seniors).  Make sure to send test scores to all colleges where you apply.  See the testing schedule that follows:


SAT and ACT Test Dates for 2020-2021

Date of Test Test Register by
  September  12 ACT August 14
  September 26 SAT only August 26
  October 3

SAT & SAT Subject Sep. 4
  October 24

ACT Sep. 18
  November 7

SAT & SAT Subject Oct. 7
  December 5 SAT & SAT Subject Nov. 5
  December 12 ACT Nov. 5
  February 6
ACT Jan. 8
  March 13
SAT only Feb. 12
  April 10
ACT Mar. 12
  May 8
SAT & SAT Subject Apr. 8
  June 5
SAT & SAT Subject May. 6
June 12
ACT May. 7
July 17
ACT June. 18
*SAT late Registration deadlines, information about SAT Subject Test dates and deadlines to make changes can be found here.

 *ACT late Registration deadlines and additional information can be found here.


If you want to know more about college students, college admission, college choice, etc., consider the following books. If you have suggestions for other titles let Ms. Ochoa know.

In no particular order, we recommend:

  • Where You Go Is Not Who You Are by Frank Bruni
  • In Defense of a Liberal Arts Education by Fareed Zakaria
  • Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the the American Elite by William Deresiewicz
  • Beyond the University by Michael S. Roth
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step by Robin Mamlet and Christine VanDeVelde
  • The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College by Jacques Steinberg
  • Winning the College Admission Game: Strategies for Parents & Students by Peter Van Buskirk
  • Rewarding Strivers by Richard D. Kahlenberg
  • The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager by Thomas Hine
  • Increasing Access to College: Extending Possibilities for All Students by William G. Tierney
  • The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore
  • Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
  • Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities by Camille Z. Charles
  • Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universitiesby William G. Bowen
  • Parenting Out of Control: Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times by Margaret Nelson
  • College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco
  • What Is College For?: The Public Purpose of Higher Education by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
  • Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools by Lois Weis, Kristin Cipollone, Heather Jenkins
  • Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity by Ken Armstrong
  • The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine
  • Liberal Arts at the Brink by Victor E. Ferrall Jr.
  • Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education by David L. Kirp
  • After Admission: From College Access to College Success: From College Access to College Success by James E. Rosenbaum, Regina Deil-amen, Ann E. Person
  • Standardized Minds: The High Price Of America’s Testing Culture And What We Can Do To Change It by Peter Sacks
  • Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education by Peter Sacks
  • The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins
  • The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy by Nicholas Lemann
  • The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton by Jerome Karabel
  • Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success by Mandy Savitz-Romer, Suzanne M. Bouffard
  • Beyond College For All: Career Paths for the Forgotten Half: Career Paths for the Forgotten Half by James E. Rosenbaum
  • Speaking of Race and Class: The Student Experience at an Elite College by Elizabeth Aries, Richard Berman
  • Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality by Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Laura Hamilton
  • Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports by Jay M Smith, Mary Willingham
  • College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students by Jeffrey J. Selingo
  • Why Choose the Liberal Arts? by Mark William Roche
  • The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates by Daniel Golden
  • Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
  • The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers by Wendy Mogel Ph.D.
  • A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League by Ron Suskind
  • Looking Beyond the Ivy League and Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope
  • Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges — and Find Themselves by David L. Marcus
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