Upcoming Events & Resources

Our counseling team receives several academic and extracurricular opportunities that may be of interest to our students and parents. We compile these resources together in one convenient page which is organized into two sections 1) Upcoming Events for La Salle Counseling Programs and 2) Resources. “Upcoming Events” are La Salle organized and facilitated events whereas “Resources” consists of internships, volunteer opportunities, and enrichment programs hosted by outside organizations. We encourage families to look through this every week and participate in programs that are of interest to them. Students are encouraged to utilize this resource to find meaningful activities which may enhance their passions and college competitiveness.

Coffee with the Counselors

When/Where: Thursday, September 16 from 8 am to 9 am in the Atrium

We invite all parents/guardians to join us for our first quarter Coffee with the Counselors on Thursday, September 16 from 8 am to 9 am in the atrium. The morning will kick off with an update on what is happening in counseling this quarter and we will have discussion breakouts for the following topics: 1) Unified Classroom, 2) Cialfo, 3) College Applications and Standardized Testing, and 4) College Resume - Clubs, Sports, Honors, and Service. All parents/guardians are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you then!

College Application Workshops for Seniors

Starting on September 15, our counseling team is offering weekly workshops to assist our seniors with completing their college applications. Each workshop will feature a quick tip at the beginning on the below topics and the remainder of the time is dedicated for seniors to work on their college applications and/or essays. Counselors will be available to answer any questions. No rsvp needed.

When/Where: Dates below from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the Counseling Center

  • September 15 - Building a Balanced College List
  • September 22 - Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision
  • September 29 - Common App Overview
  • October 6 - Common App Essay
  • October 13 - UC Overview
  • October 20 - UC Personal Insight Questions
  • October 27 - Cal State & EOP Overview
  • November 3 - Extracurricular and Awards & Honors
  • November 8 - How to Address the Impact of COVID-19
  • November 10 - Application & Essay Review
  • November 15 - Application & Essay Review
  • November 17 - Application & Essay Review

Mock SAT & ACT

The best way to prepare is to practice. Open to all grade levels, the mock exams are an opportunity for students to “sit” and experience the test prior to taking the official exam. This will help students work on their pacing, endurance, and enhance their skills. The mock exams will be offered live online and proctored by Revolution Prep. Students will receive their scores immediately following the exam. Parents and students may schedule a free individualized score review with Revolution Prep representative, Jean Stroud, at (818) 217-0951 or at jean.stroud@revolutionprep.com.

Below are the mock exam dates for the school year, all mock exams will be administered from 9 am to 1 pm. To save your spot, please visit www.revolutionprep.com/partners/2/. The price is a suggested $20 donation to Academic Boosters.

  • September 18, Mock SAT

  • October 16, Mock ACT

  • February 5, Mock ACT

  • March 5, Mock SAT

FREE PSAT 101 Workshop on Sept 25 from 9-11 AM

We invite our juniors to join Revolution Prep for their interactive strategy sessions to practice for the official PSAT! These free two-hour interactive strategy sessions are designed to give students insight into the official PSAT exam on October 13 and provide tips and tricks for test day. In these sessions, one of their professional tutors will teach core test-taking strategies, including exploring the exam content and structure, how to avoid common traps, and how to create the best plan for success.

Register here: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/2/

College Visits

College visits are now underway at La Salle. Traditionally, around 100 college representatives visit La Salle each year from early September to mid-November. This year, these visits are taking place both virtually and in person. Students can find the up-to-date schedule and sign-up for a visit by going to their Cialfo account. This is a great opportunity to learn about the schools students are considering and also to demonstrate interest. Open to all students and encouraged for our juniors and seniors.

College Fairs

RACC Virtual Out of State College Night Series

Who: Seniors and Juniors

The dates are listed below:

Students will learn about the benefits of attending college outside of California, and our RACC institutions will share information about opportunities at their schools. Hear highlights from 25 different RACC institutions at each virtual event. Students are encouraged to attend more than one and come prepared with questions. We will demystify the out-of-state admission process and cost of attendance, offer examples of scholarship opportunities and other financial aid, and discuss student life and diversity among other information to help students find their match school.

  • Timeline:
    • 6:00 PM - 6:15 PM Welcome and RACC Why Go Out of State presentation

    • 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM Individual Presentations (25 schools)

    • 7:15 PM - 7:30 PM Closing remarks with opportunities for remaining questions

Please register using the links provided above.


Virtual College Fair

Who: Seniors & Juniors

On September 24 & 25, 2021, there is an online college fair for high school juniors and seniors @ www.todayscollegefair.com

  • This free online event offers:
    • Wide variety of colleges and universities, beyond those you may already be in contact with such as Virginia Tech, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, St. John's College, the United States Naval Academy, Bishop's University in Canada, etc. More colleges are being added almost daily.

    • Helpful free keynote presentations, by domain experts on a variety of topics, including:
      • US Navy ROTC Nurse Option presented by two Marquette University midshipmen currently enrolled in the program

      • Tips on Writing the College Essay presented by Lindsey Waters, annual presenter at the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) conference

      • The US Air Force and Navy ROTC programs are presented by military professors at Virginia Tech and George Washington University (includes information on the new US Space Force program)

      • A look at Music education by the Principal Percussionist of the Houston Symphony

      • Ways students can improve their SAT/ACT scores


Emory University - CORE Virtual Series

Who: Seniors who are first-generation college students and/or from historically underrepresented cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds.

The CORE Virtual Series will run from August through December 2021, supporting students all the way through the application process, and introduce the heart and culture of the Emory community.

Programming will include tailored webinars, drop-in office hours with admission staff, panels with current students, and faculty-led discussions.

Students interested in CORE Virtual Series should complete the Participation Form.


Enrichment Opportunities

College Essay Guy - Free Online Writing Workshops

Who: Seniors

October 2 & 3: Supplemental Essay Weekend Crash Course

October 9, 16, & 23: UC Personal Insight Questions Course

Please register using this provided link.

Scholarship Opportunities

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Competition

Who: Seniors, no requirement to be related to an Elk member

The Elks National Foundation is opening its Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program to incoming high school seniors who are American citizens and who plan on pursuing a four-year college degree on a full-time basis. Male and female students are judged separately based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The Elks began accepting online applications on August 1, 2021, and will continue accepting applications until November 15. In applying, students will create an online account and will also submit their applications online. In submitting applications, we ask that applicants select Pasadena Elks Lodge #672 as the judging Lodge. A link to the application form and more detailed information is available on this website. Applicants may also contact our Grand Lodge Scholarship Office by email at Scholarship@elks.org or by telephone at 773-755-4732.

California-Hawaii Elks Vocational Grant Program

Who: Seniors, no requirement to be related to an Elk member

The California-Hawaii Elks Association (CHEA) is opening its Vocational Grant Program to California (and Hawaii) residents who are U.S. citizens planning to pursue an eligible vocational/technical certificate or two-year degree leading to employment opportunities. The program is open to graduating high school seniors (male and female), but is not limited to graduating students. All prospective students who require training or retraining to compete in the workplace are eligible. Eligible courses have included 6 month Police Academy, 13-month cosmetology, 3 month electrical lineman, 13 month veterinary technology, and 2-year fire science. Applications are available online at the CHEA website. Applications for Pasadena students must be filed with the Scholarship Chairman of Pasadena Elks Lodge #672, 400 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91105-1865.

California-Hawaii Elks Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

Who: Seniors, no requirement to be related to an Elk member

The California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. is offering to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens residing in California (or Hawaii) its Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities. This is a needs-based scholarship. Applicants must have a physical impairment, neurological impairment, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and/or speech-language disorder. Scholarships may be used at an accredited community college, four-year college, or licensed vocational school. Scholarships are $1,000 per year and are eligible to be renewed for up to four years. Applications for this program will be available November 15 through March 15 on the CHEA website.

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