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College and Career Readiness

College And Career Readiness 
Ultimately, college and career readiness is based on the premise that students know how to learn and build upon that knowledge to solve real world problems. They must develop various communication skills, work collaboratively and work competitively in a school or work environment. Making sure you possess both the academic and technical know-howfor a career beyond the classroom is a great step toward succeeding on whatever path you choose.
College Ready [Kol-ij  Red-ee] – noun. A College Ready student is an academically prepared student, ready for post secondary education or training without the need for remedial coursework. Whether you are pursuing a four-year degree or studying for a skilled trade license, being ready means having the reading, writing, mathematics, social, and cognitive skills to qualify for and succeed in the academic program of your choice.

Career Ready [Kuh-reer Red-ee] – noun. A Career Ready student possesses both the necessary knowledge and technical skills needed for employment in  their desired career field. For example, a student who is ready to become a teacher not only possesses knowledge of education policy, but also possesses all required certifications required to become a teacher.
 SJVA Graduation Requirements
Information on courses, credits, and community service hours required to graduate with a diploma from SJVA.

In honor of our school mascot, the WOLF, the honor roll was designed after the wolf pack hierarchy. 

Highest Honors of the Pack: Above a 4.0

Alpha Honors:  3.8 to 4.0

Beta Honors: 3.4-3.7

Omega Honors: 3.0-3.3

The Honor Roll Assembly is held twice a year.  One at the beginning of the year in August or September to recognize students who earned a spot on the Honor Roll during the last semester of the subsequent year, and another assembly in February honoring students who earned a spot on the honor roll for the first semester.


Please click on the attached link for the Alpha-Beta-Omega GPA Calculator :)


Academic Honors at SJVA: Valedictorian, Salutatorian, 8th Grade Promotion Speakers, Daisy Chain



High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The Valedictorian is the highest ranked student and the Salutatorian is the second to highest ranked student in his/her graduating class.  Valedictorian and Salutatorian are determined after the first semester of the senior year.  The honor is awarded based on the students’ Cumulative Total Weighted GPA in grades nine through twelve.  (Please see “How Class Ranking is Calculated” in the handbook.)

The High School Daisy Chain is a distinguished honor given to high achieving students in grades 9, 10, and 11. This group of students will participate in SJVA’s High School Graduation Ceremony.

The top students in each class will be selected to be a member of the Daisy Chain. The calculation is determined after the 1st semester of the school year and is based on the student’s Cumulative Total Weighted High School GPA.

The Middle School Daisy Chain is a distinguished honor given to high achieving students in grades 6 and 7.  This group of students will participate in SJVA’s 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony. 

The top twelve (12) ranked students in each class will be selected to be a member of the Middle School Daisy Chain.  The calculation is determined after the 1st semester of the current school year and is based on the student’s Cumulative Total GPA.

8th Grade Promotion Speakers

The top students in the 8th grade class will be chosen to speak at the 8th grade promotion.  The top students are determined by their cumulative total GPA in grades 6-8.



How Class Ranking is Calculated:


Class rank: the summary of a student’s records compared with those of other students.

6th Grade: Cumulative Total GPA = semester 1 during 6th grade.


 7th Grade: Cumulative Total GPA = 6th grade semester 1 and 2 and 7th grade semester 1. 

 8th Grade: Cumulative Total GPA = 6th, 7th grades semester 1 and 2 and 8th grade semester 1.

 9th Grade: Cumulative Total Weighted GPA = semester 1 during 9th grade.

 10th Grade: Cumulative Total Weighted GPA = 9th grade semester 1 and semester 2 PLUS 10th grade semester 1

 11th Grade: Cumulative Total Weighted GPA= 9th and 10th grade semester 1 and semester 2 PLUS 11th grade semester 1 prior to the assembly.

 12th Grade: Cumulative Total Weighted GPA = 9th, 10th, 11th, semester 1 and 2 PLUS 12th grade semester 1.



What are A-G Courses?
The purposes of the A-G / College Entrance Requirements are to ensure that entering students: Can participate fully in the first year program at UC and CSU in a broad variety of fields of study; Have attained the necessary preparation for courses, majors, and programs offered at UC and CSU; Have attained a body of knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced studies; and Have attained essential critical thinking and study skills.
A-G Small Poster
UC/CSU - Approved Course List- See the complete list of all A-G courses approved by the University of California Colleges for our school SJVA. 
Transcript: Weighted GPA/Unweighted GPA? What does every section mean?
PDF File
A visual guide explaining each section of the transcript we issue each SJVA scholar and how GPA’s are calculated per term, semester and year.
UC Application
Power Point
UC Application Presentation- Step by Step guide on how to complete the UC application.
URL Links
Presenting yourself on the UC Application for Undergraduate Admission-Freshmen.
Application Portal: My UC Application
CSU Application
Power Point
CSU Application: How To Complete The CSUMentor Undergraduate Online Application
URL Links
Cal State Apply Overview, Instructions and Tips
Access for All Students: Overview of Requirements and Resources for AB 540 Students
Supporting Students through the Educational Opportunity Program
Application Portal: Cal State Apply
California Community Colleges
The California Community Colleges is the largest higher educational system in the nation comprised of 72 districts and 110 colleges with more than 2.6 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training and basic skills education, prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions and offer opportunities for personal enrichment and lifelong learning.
California Community College Portal
Financial Aid
FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents
Federal Student Aid: Find the Information You Need- All the online resources for Federal Student Aid
Portal to fill out the Financial Aid Application
California Dream Act: Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
California Dream Act Portal to apply for Financial Aid
Financial Aid General
Educational and Training Vouchers for Current and Former Foster Care Youth
Saving Early = Saving Smart! Watch Your Money Grow With Your Child
With the increase in College Tuition it is vital that students do the extra leg work and find scholarships to cover their tuition fees. It is never too early to start looking for alternative ways to pay for College.  
Scholarship site at SJVA- find a multitude of resources for Scholarship along with an excel spreadsheet with a database of scholarships.
Fast Web: Access to more than 1.5 million scholarships 
Early College Program at SJVA
Students can begin taking college courses while they are still in high school. Visit the following sites for more information on Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment.
MSJC General Education Transfer Curriculum 
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at SJVA
The IB Diploma Programme: Education for a better world
The IB program at SJVA, course requirements per year
SJVA information on the IB program benefits, brochures, philosophy, past recipients and so much more
The IB program official website
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