Timeline by Grade

GRADE 9: Prior to the junior year, college preparation is simple, but important. Developing sound study habits, taking appropriate courses which increase each year in difficulty, and focusing on the "core courses" (English, Language, Math, Science and Social Studies) positions every student to follow any number of post-secondary options. Freshmen will meet with the CCC Counselors once for a classroom guidance lesson. The meeting covers course selection for the sophomore year, graduation requirements, A-G college requirements, summer school, and four-year planning post high school avenues. Please view our high school academic planning video, it's very helpful!
GRADE 10: Sophomores will meet with the CCC Counselors once for a classroom guidance lesson. The meeting covers course selection for the junior year, summer opportunities, utilizing Naviance/Family Connection, and more....

GRADE 11: All juniors meet with the CCC Counselors in their English classes. Topics covered include: admissions factors, how to begin college research, standardized testing options, financial aid, identifying and refining personal college criteria, self-assessment, the college interview, the college application, the college essay and differences/similarities between small liberal arts colleges and large universities. All students are led through a college search activity using Naviance as their guide. 

GRADE 12: CCC Counselors meet with all seniors through their English classes during the first semester to discuss the various systems of higher education, applying to college, submitting letters of recommendation, writing a college essay, etc. Students are also encouraged to attend "Walk-in-Wednesdays" in the computer lab during lunch to get help with their applications. CCC Counselors will also be reviewing personal statements - simply drop off your personal statement in the CCC (be sure to provide your name, the prompt you're responding to, and your email) and we will do our best to get your personal statement reviewed within a week or less. 
  • College Visitors - Each year, representatives from colleges around the world visit Mira Costa’s campus to offer presentations to students. Dates and times of visits will be posted in Naviance and in the Daily bulletin. Students should register to attend the visits in Naviance.
  • Workshops - Throughout the school year various topical workshops are held. Check Bulletin and Mustang Newsletter throughout the school year for more information! 
  • Meetings - Evening meetings that we encourage parents to attend such as College Knowledge Night, Grade Level Parent Nights, Financial Aid Strategies
Below you will find a sample timeline by grade level that will help you get an idea of what you should be doing each year. Start preparing for your future now!