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College Planning

One of the major goals of La Salle is to prepare you for success in college. You will become a stronger candidate by completing the activities listed below.

La Salle High School’s College Center subscribes to Family Connection by Naviance. Family Connection is a web based application that enables our counseling office to offer a comprehensive website which students and parents can use to help in making decisions about colleges and careers. Family Connection is linked with Naviance, which we use in our office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so Family Connection provides up-to-date information specific to our school.

Freshman Year
  • Meet with your academic counselor to discuss classes and available activities.
  • Plan which classes to take for the four years. Challenge yourself to take more difficult courses.
  • Join clubs and activities in your area of interest. Take leadership positions when possible.
  • Start to build relationships with some of your favorite teachers, counselors, and activity advisers who can write recommendations and serve as mentors later.
  • Take the Explore test in October.
  • Talk about saving for college with your parents/family.
  • Attend the College Forum.
  • Parents attend College Funding Night in Spring.
  • Read a variety of books outside of school.
  • Register on Family Connection by Naviance and keep track of your activities and awards.
  • Take the Biology SAT II subject test in June, if appropriate.
Sophomore Year
  • Meet with college counselors to discuss the PSAT.
  • Take the PLAN in October.
  • Take the World History and/or Chemistry Subject Tests (formerly known as the SAT II) in June, if appropriate.
  • Attend the La Salle College Forum designed for parents and students.
  • Attend a college fair and speak with school representatives.
  • Participate in a student college tour offered by La Salle.
  • Start to become familiar with standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.
  • Become familiar with Family Connection by Naviance and use it to explore career interests and future college choices.
  • Ask your counselor about contacting former students for future college advice.
  • Research Summer Programs in your area of interest.
Junior Year

All Year

  • Take the most challenging courses you can to demonstrate your readiness for college
  • Engage in extra-curricular activities that are aligned with your interests
  • Take leadership roles in clubs, activities, and volunteer in service organizations
  • Demonstrate interest to the colleges that you are seriously considering by visiting, checking out their booths in college fairs, and contacting their admissions offices



  • Take the PSAT
  • Attend the College Night for Juniors 
  • Attend the Los Angeles Area college tour (October 7th)


  • Register for the February ACT during mentor period (


  • Prepare for the ACT
  • Register for the March SAT (



  • Fill out the College Planning Survey for Juniors


  • Take the ACT exam at La Salle
  • Attend the Bay Area college tour (February 6-7)
  • Prepare for the March SAT


Meet with your college counselor to initiate college planning - discuss personal goals and preferences, initiate a first version of your college list, discuss future standardized testing based upon your PSAT results, and decide on next steps


  • Research colleges suggested by your college counselor - read college guides, visit websites, speak with friends, family, La Salle faculty, and alumni – and review the options with your family  
  • Visit colleges during school holidays 


  • Take the SAT
  • Register to re-take the SAT or ACT in May or June as recommended by your college counselor


  • Register to re-take the ACT or SAT in June as needed and in consultation with your college counselor
  • Attend the La Salle College Forum – students and parents
  • Attend the NACAC college Fair
  • Visit colleges during spring break 


  • Take the Advanced Placement (AP) exams


  • Register with for scholarship information
  • Retake the ACT or SAT as needed
  • Take the SAT subject tests if the schools you are interested in require or recommend them. 


  • Visit colleges as recommended by their college counselor
  • Write a first draft of your personal statement (a 1-2 page essay on a topic of personal interest or passion)
  • Memorize La Salle's school code: 052392
  • Read! Keep your mind engaged


Senior Year


  • Meet with college counselor in early September to determine final college application list and map out strategy for the year.
  • Attend the Senior College Night in September designed for parents and students.
  • Complete the Senior College Planning Survey on Family Connection by Naviance.
  • Take the ACT, SAT Reasoning and/or Subject Tests as recommended.
  • Attend meetings with college representatives in the college counseling office and/or nearby hotels.
  • Submit forms to teachers and college counselor by October 1st for Early Decision (explained in College Admissions Handbook).
  • Submit regular decision forms to teachers and college counselor by November 15th.
  • Update college application list and application statuses on Family Connection by Naviance.
  • Prepare and complete all required application documents and college admission essays.
  • Make photocopies of all application materials sent to colleges and retain them for your records.
  • Submit University of California (UC) and Cal State applications on or before November 15th. We strongly recommend that you apply electronically to the UC and Cal State system.
  • Pay close attention to other application deadlines. All colleges are different, and it is the student’s responsibility to apply on time.
  • Submit the CSS Profile, a financial aid form required for certain private colleges, if appropriate.
  • Become familiar with the FAFSA, the federal financial aid form and attend the FAFSA workshop in December, if needed. 
  • Mail applications. Continue to work at full capacity.
  • File the FAFSA financial aid form by March 1st.
  • Maintain close contact with college counselor.
  • Receive admission notifications during the first week of April.
  • Update college acceptance/denial information on Family Connection by Naviance.
  • Attend overnight/open house programs for admitted students.
  • Thank faculty for writing recommendations and keep them informed of your status at each school.
  • Meet with their college counselor to discuss final decisions.
  • Send deposit to the school of choice by May 1st, National Reply Deadline date.
  • Notify (in writing) all colleges that you will not be attending.
  • Take Advanced Placement exams in May as appropriate.

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