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All SDUHSD Counseling Department's follow the district Career & College Scope and Sequence and deliver information to support student post-secondary goals. Counselors are available to assist students with career and college planning in grades 7-12.


Please review the Career Technical Education, Graduation & College Entrance Requirements and the individual school websites for more specific information including 6-year plans, course offerings, school profiles, calendars, events, and grade-level materials.


The following links lead to free resources that all middle and high school students and parents may use to research careers and colleges, including exploring diverse occupations, selecting a major, and applying and paying for college. Every spring SDUHSD hosts an annual College & Career Night with over 200 participating institutions.

To assist students in their career and college exploration, SDUHSD schools use these main tools:


California Career Zone a secure, web-based platform designed to help students explore, plan, and prepare for a career journey. By working through the system, you can access: Self-assessment modules including interest, work-importance, and skills profile tools, financial literacy tools including our popular “Budget your Life” assessment, over 900 occupations, as well as information on US colleges and certifications, and personalized pathway recommendations based on student exploration - provides students with an inclusive guide for their career & college paths. Includes career interest profiles and career assessments along with college research tools, application tools, and the ability to build a college list.

College Board Big Future - via this website, middle and high school students and parents can get a free step-by-step college plan, information about careers and college majors, financial aid and application guidance.
College Data - a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, this site contains tools to explore and search, to determine competitiveness for admission along with costs, the Expected Family Contribution and financial aid, and graduation data.

College & Career Resources during COVID-19 Closures

Students may have questions about college or career during this time and we know that there is some uncertainty so we want to first assure you that the consistent message from all colleges and organizations has been that there will be increased flexibility and understanding and that students will not be penalized by school closures. Remember, from K-12 to colleges, everyone in education is adjusting to this new situation. Processes, as we know them, will have to change and be flexible! Here are some examples:

Please reference this resource that contains more information about college, testing and links to virtual college tours as well as NACAC Virtual College Fairs.

Additional College ResourcesTop of Page an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities  - the AICCU represents almost 80 California private nonprofit colleges and universities.
California Community Colleges - tools for students, programs and applications to CA community colleges, and transfer to four-year college programs.
Common Application Planning - contains answers to the most common college-related questions - why go to college, how to prepare and how to pay for college. 
Peterson's Private Colleges - in-state and out-of-state private college information including size, type, setting and costs.
University of California Academic Planner - Follow this 4-step plan to prepare for admission to the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and many independent colleges with similar requirements, and Explore UC Campuses.

Additional Career ResourcesTop of Page

California Career Center - students can plan their middle and high school years so that they have a path to the future THEY want to achieve, and set high school and post-high school goals.
Education Planner - a one-stop career and college planning website that provides practical and easy-to-understand advice to help prepare middle and high school students for the important decisions they will face in the future.
Road Trip Nation - a program which shows how people figured out how to build a career around their own unique combination of interests. 

Additional Financial Aid ResourcesTop of Page

California Student Aid Commission - a site for students or parents searching for resources and assistance in obtaining a higher education. The CSAC administers financial aid programs, including Cal Grants, for students attending public and private colleges and vocational schools in California.

CSS Profile  Financial aid application for nearly 400 colleges, professional schools, and scholarship programs to award non federal aid.

Federal Student Aid - The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA®) - most colleges require families to complete this application to be completed for financial aid consideration. For information about how to complete and submit the FAFSA, which opens October 1, please visit the FAFSA website directly to view resources, including Filling Out the FAFSA® Form at The site includes:
  1. The types of documentation and personal information that each student financial aid application requires, including, but not necessarily limited to, documents relating to income taxes, finances and income, college choices, academic status, and personal identification such as social security or taxpayer identification numbers.
  2. An explanation of definitions used for each application. These definitions may include, but are not necessarily limited to, definitions of “legal guardianship,” “household size,” “parent,” “dependent,” and “taxable college grants and scholarships.”
  3. Eligibility requirements for student financial aid that may be applied for using the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application.
  4. Application timelines and submission deadlines.

College Application LinksTop of Page

California State University - apply to any of the 23 CSU campuses directly.
Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success - developed to improve the college application process for all students as they search for and apply to their perfect college. The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their applications to numerous institutions.
Common Application - direct application to nearly 700 colleges and universities.
University of California - apply to any of the 9 UC campuses directly.