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Useful Articles on Career Guidance


California Career Zone - Learn about career choices, managing money and choosing a college major

The Career Key - Career advice for middle and high school students

Career OneStop - Pathways to career success

MyMNCareerPlan - Step by step plan  for successful transitions to career and college for high school and middle school students

O'Net - An online tool for career exploration

Education Planner Self-Assessments - Find out more about yourself and what careers may match your learning style and personal interests


College and Career Guidance

UC and CSU 'A-G' Requirements

The following links describe the requirements for college admissions to the California public universities:


UC A-G Guide for College Admissions

CSU High School Subject Requirements 

College Planning for Middle School Students


Middle school is not too early to begin considering an academic plan for college admissions. In addition to the above subject requirements, to be competitive with many private and selective colleges, students should consider completing 4 years of math, and 4 years of a foreign language during their high school years.  A student's performance in middle school will help prepare them for the academic challenges of high school.  


Exposure to a variety of electives is also beneficial in helping students identify their interests as they experience the middle school transition years between elementary and high school.  Additional areas students may begin to get involved with in middle school that colleges consider an important part of a student's application are:


Extracurricular activities including -

  • Sports programs,
  • Music programs,
  • BNN,
  • School Services,
  • WEB, and

Community Service such as:

  • Bears Take Pride, or
  • Tutoring

College Match and Scholarship Match Websites

FinAid - The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aide - Check this site for numerous scholarship opportunities for children under the age of 13.

Quest Bridge - Connects colleges and scholarship opportunities for talented low-income students who have excelled despite facing obstacles.

Ranker - This site lists US College that give Merit Aid to Most Students 

Scholarship Stats - Information on College Sports and Athletic Scholarships

Chegg (formerly Zinch) - College match website that also has scholarship matching services

Fast Web - A leading online resource for finding college scholarships

Cappex  - An excellent College Match website that also matches scholarship opportunities including current college students. - Find free scholarship money here plus use the college match service.

Big Future  (College Board) - Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2200 programs.

College View - Find information on Financial Aide, the college application process, college search, major search and more.

Peterson's - College search engine, college essay help

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) - provides valuable information, news and resources, which address current issues in higher education

Find Tuition - Free service to identify Scholarship opportunities

The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid -  Guide to scholarships and financial aid, military aid, college savings, etc.

A-G Requirements

A-History/Social Science      2 years
    (3 recommended)
B-English                                4 years
C-Math                                    3 years
   (Algebra I and II,
    Geometry; 4 years
D-Lab Science                        2 years
   (1 year physical,
    1 year biological;
    3 years recommended)
E-Foreign Language              2  years
   (of the same language)
F-Visual Performing Art         1 year
   (from the same discipline)
G-College Prep Elective         1 year
    (elective chosen from
    any approved “a-f” course)  
Minimum GPA-       
2.0 for CSU
3.0 for UC
**must earn a “C” or higher in ALL “A-G” courses

College Website Resources

California Colleges - The Official Source for College and Career Planning in California; college planning timeline for middle school and above

California Community Colleges (CCC) - The CCC system is composed of 112 campuses across California

California State University (CSU) - The CSU system has 23 campuses statewide

University of California (UC) There are 10 UC campuses throughout California

California Independent Institutions (AICCU) The AICCU has 75 colleges and universities in California.

Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)

SAT Testing Information (College Board)

ACT Testing Information (ACT)

Center for College Opportunity (CSO) A National non-profit organization offering tools and resources to help first-generation college students

Know How 2 Go Campaign - Advice and information for Students and families on steps to take to get into College

Federal Student Aid - Information on how to apply for federal student aid

CSS Profile - apply online for non-federal financial aid from almost 400 colleges and scholarship programs. 

Sallie Mae - Information on Student Loans, application for student loans, etc.