El Dorado High School


College Planning - Freshmen

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  • Take Challenging classes in core academic subjects.  Most colleges require four years of English, at least three years of social studies, three years of mathematics, and three years of science.  Many also require two years of a foreign language.  Round out your course load with classes in computer science and the arts. 
  • Use the FAFSA4caster to estimate your financial aid and start saving for college. 
  • Get involved in school or community activities that excite you or let you explore your career interests. 
  • Attend the EDUHSD Regional College Fair at UMHS in October.
  • Attend college rep visits in the Career Center at lunch.
  • Take the PSAT in October.
  • Make sure you understand college A-G requirements. Meet with your Counselor if you have questions.


  • Ask your guidance counselor or teachers about which Advance Placement courses are available to you next year, and whether you are eligible to enroll in them. 
  • Look at summer volunteer opportunities. Pick ones that let you explore your career interests. 
  • Attend Career Expo at UMHS in March.

All year

  • Get to know what you like, what you're good at, and how that all fits into career areas.
  • Be aware of your social media presence, and how it represents you.
  • Make a list of your activities to help you in building a resume later.
  • Keep your grades up!

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