Freshmen

  • Students attend orientation
  • Register for Paly technology: Naviance, Schoology, Infinite Campus
  • Parents attend Back To School Night
  • Students attend Advisory weekly
  • Parents register for Naviance using registration code
  • Students initiate 4-Year Academic Plan in Advisory
  • Students make 10th grade course selections in February
  • Students who have a job must complete a Work Permit and turn it into Guidance
  • Students looking for summer programs can check out Enrichment Opportunities in Naviance

Sophomores

  • Parents attend Back to School Night
  • Students and parents attend College Fair in October
  • Students update 4-Year Academic Plan with TA
  • Begin exploring career and/or vocational options by taking the Personality Test and Career Interest Survey in Naviance
  • Parents attend Sophomore Parent Night
  • Students make 11th grade Course Selections in February
  • Students who have a job must complete Work Permit and turn it into the Work Experience Office
  • Students looking for summer programs can check out Enrichment Opportunities in Naviance

Juniors

  • Parents attend Back to School Night
  • Parents attend Junior Parent Night in fall
  • Students attend Advisory as scheduled
  • Students take the PSAT in October (test scores available online in December)
  • Students and parents attend College Fair in October
  • Students attend College Rep visits in the C&CC
  • Students update 4-Year Academic Plan with TA
  • Students attend C&CC Orientation with US History classes in January
  • Students complete Post High School Planning Survey in Naviance and schedule appointments with College Advisor after orientation
  • Students make 12th grade Course Selections in February
  • Students take SAT test in March and/or ACT in April:
    • If considering colleges requiring SAT Subject Tests, take tests in May or June
    • Practice for these exams using Naviance Test Prep (free, online)
  • Parents attend Junior Parent/TA Night in March
  • Students and parents tour colleges of interest
  • Students and parents attend WACAC and/or NACAC Spring College Fair
  • Student requests Letters of Recommendation from teachers in March
  • Students receive Viking College and Career Planning Guide (distributed in Advisory)
  • Students complete Naviance surveys related to college application process in March and April
  • Student requests Short Forms from employers, coaches, etc., for TA Letters in spring
  • Parents complete Naviance Parent Assessment Survey related to college application process
  • If appropriate, students take AP Tests in May
  • Students who have a job must complete a Work Permit and turn it in to Guidance
  • Students looking for summer programs can check out the Enrichment Opportunities in Naviance
  • If considering playing college D1 or D2 sports:
    • Register with NCAA Eligibility Center
    • Send official test scores and transcript to NCAA

Seniors

  • Parents attend Back to School Night
  • Students complete Summer Update Survey in Naviance
  • National Merit Semi-finalists notified by Paly in September
  • Students attend Advisory as scheduled
  • Students participate in college workshops on PSAT day
  • Students and parents attend Palo Alto College Fair in October
  • Students attend College Rep visits in the C&CC
  • Parents attend Senior Parent Night in September
  • Students take SAT Reasoning test in October and/or ACT test in September (all testing must be completed by December – October for early applicants)
  • Students schedule appointments with College Advisors
  • Students finalize college lists and:
    • Invite and assign Teacher Advisors and teachers in the Common Application
    • Submit packets with paperwork for colleges requiring them
    • Request transcripts online for non-Common App colleges requiring them; monitor deadlines
    • Complete online portion of college applications by deadlines
    • Request official SAT or ACT scores be sent to all colleges
  • Student should touch base with teachers writing Letters of Recommendation
  • Monitor email daily for correspondence from colleges you’ve applied to and take action if needed
  • Students request mid-year transcripts for colleges that require them
  • Parents attend Financial Aid Workshop in October
  • Students track Financial Aid deadlines
  • Students and parents complete the FAFSA no later than March 2 for CA colleges/universities
  • Students complete and submit Paly Community Scholarship Application in January
  • Students attend Community College Forum
  • Students receive college notification no later than April 1; attend Admitted Student events on college campus
  • Students submit Intent to Enroll at one college by May 1:
    • Register to take placements tests, if required
    • Submit housing requests
    • Sign up for orientation
  • Students apply to community colleges in April/May:
    • Take placement tests
    • Sign up for orientation
    • Register for courses
  • If appropriate, students take AP Tests in May
  • Students request a final transcript online for the college to which they will matriculate
  • Students complete Graduation and Evaluation of Guidance Services Surveys on Naviance
  • Male students must register for Selective Service with the US Armed Forces when they turn 18 years old
  • Students under 18 years of age who have a job must complete a Work Permit and turn it in to Guidance

Who to call?

TEACHER ADVISOR
Please refer to staff directory on paly.net

TEACHER ADVISOR PROGRAM CO-COORDINATOR
Ann Deggelman  650-329-3814

GUIDANCE COUNSELORS
James Hamilton (Class of 2019)
Susan Shultz (Class of 2020)
Selene Singares (Class of 2021)
Charles Taylor (Class of 2022)
Guidance Department  650-329-3712
https://paly.net

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER
Sandra Cernobori
Stephanie Mendoza
Andrea Bueno
650-329-3818

OUTREACH COUNSELOR/
COMMUNITY COLLEGE & CAREER ADVISOR

Crystal Laguna  650-329-3719

REGISTRAR
Krissy Ludemann  650-329-3822

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL of STUDENT SERVICES
Katya Villalobos  650-329-3712

NAVIANCE QUESTIONS
Karla Larson  650-329-3823
https://paly.net/our-school/naviance

SCHOOLOGY or INFINITE CAMPUS QUESTIONS
Mona Siegel  650-329-3933