• Laguna

COLLEGE COUNSELING MISSION & PHILOSOPHY

Laguna Blanca’s College Counseling empowers students to take responsibility for their own college admission process, viewing the process of growth and maturation as a component of the school’s curriculum. Frank Sachs put it best: “College admission is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.” In an age of increasingly competitive admission to the nation’s best colleges and universities, this statement rings ever more true. We impart to our students the confidence to carefully research the rich array of opportunities in higher education, ultimately selecting the institution that best fits and serves their unique characteristics and needs. Similarly, we believe that choosing a college based upon an arbitrary ranking or its popular prestige is misguided and counterproductive. Our office aids in this process of discovery and self-awareness, urging students to take ever greater ownership over this critical life transition process, developing the powers of self-reflection needed to make a choice that rings true. As an institutional member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling, Laguna Blanca subscribes to the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice, a document that makes clear the high ethical standards that ought to accompany the college admissions process.

COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES ON CAMPUS WEEK OF 10/29/18:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
Westmont College - 10:30AM
University of Michigan - 2PM
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
University of San Diego - 10AM
Chapman University - 11AM
Pepperdine University - 12PM
Colorado State University - 12:30PM
Whitman College - 1PM
 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
University of San Francisco - 8:30AM
Arizona State University - 10AM
Concordia University at Irvine - 11AM

Taking it Year by Year

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Grade 9 | Freshman Year

    • Pursue the most challenging, sustainable course load appropriate to your interests and strengths—colleges check closely to see what’s offered on Laguna’s profile.

    • Join and learn about extra-curricular actives and all the various electives, sports, and clubs Laguna has to offer. (Many colleges strongly consider applicant’s talent, commitment, and leadership). Remember that a few sustained involvements are better than many shallower ones.
  • Grade 10 | Sophomore Year

    • Take the PSAT (given to all sophomores/juniors in October).
    • Take a full-length practice ACT and SAT to determine which you prefer. Consider a long-term test prep strategy.
    • Meet with the college counseling office to learn about colleges with programs well suited to your interests and learning style.
    • Begin to research and learn more about colleges by attending at least 3 rep visits in the fall.
    • Consider summer coursework at colleges and opportunities to intern.
  • Grade 11 | Junior Year

    • Take the PSAT in October.
    • Research college choices – use the resources in the College Counseling Office and Naviance Family Connection.
    • Visit college on non-school days.
    • Participate in long-term and sustained test preparation.
    • Register to take the ACT/SAT and possible SAT Subject Tests; have at least one set of official scores by April.
    • Take AP exams in May.
    • Write a well-developed rationale for your college needs in Naviance.
    • During the summer, work on college essays and continue college visits.
  • Grade 12 | Senior Year

    • Revise college list in Naviance; evenly balance between Reach, Possible, and Likely schools.
    • Approach teachers EARLY for letters of recommendation and submit requests through Naviance.
    • Visit with college representatives at Laguna during the fall.
    • Register to retake the ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests before January 1.

Meet the Staff

List of 2 members.

  • Matthew Struckmeyer 

    Director of College Counseling
    805.969.2874
    Bio
  • Alexandra Goodman 

    Admin. Asst. to Admissions and College Counseling
    805.724.0330
    Bio