Mira Costa High School

Skip to main content

CCC Weekly Updates

The CCC will reopen on August 23rd.  If you need to reach a Guidance Counselor over the summer, you can email them at: summer.counselor@mbusd.org.  Enjoy your summer break!


College Representative Virtual Visits will resume in September 2021- Any future winter or spring visits will be listed on this page and on Naviance. Visits are open to juniors and seniors.  This is an opportunity to learn about various colleges and to virtually meet the admissions representatives who will most likely be reading your application (click here for detailed instructions).

Please contact Christine Schiraldi (cschiraldi@mbusd.org) with any College Rep Visit questions.




We encourage you to watch this screencast to learn how to use Naviance as a resource!


College Application Workshop Series for Juniors:

The application overview will cover the different colleges apps (UCs, CSUs, CommonApp). The College Essay Workshop is run by Paul Jury from PJ Test Prep and he will cover the do and don'ts of college essay writing. The Maximize Your Summer webinar will cover a task list of things you can work on over the summer to alleviate some of that work and prepare your for the fall and the college application process! If you missed the series, click on the links below! So many resources for you to have!


Event Name

Date & Time

Presentation Link

College Application Overview

Tuesday, June 1st 1:30PM

View Here!

Maximize Your Summer

Thursday, June 3rd 1:30PM

View Here!


If you missed PJ's Essay Presentation June 3rd, here is the YouTube link to view:




College Virtual Events


ASU - More to Explore -Learn about the college admission and application processes. Virtual sessions running throughout July. Satisfy your appetite for knowledge with live-hosted virtual sessions to help you explore your interests and career paths to prepare for college. Engage with current students, navigate academic programs aligned with your interests and find the campus that fits you best. By the end of the month, you'll have all the information you need to make applying to college a successful and exciting journey.  Explore ASU HERE


Juniors - College Search Process Workshops May Dates - Johns Hopkins University is offering College Search and Essay Workshops.  For more details and to register click HERE.

JHU examples of essays that worked HERE 



Juniors - Suit Up for Senior Year - June Dates   HERE

PLU wants to help you “suit up” for your Senior year. This webinar series, led by our admission counselor experts, is designed for you to feel confident going into your college search and make sure you’re putting your best self forward in the application and scholarship process.

Topics include: 

Thursday, June 3rd - The College Search Process: Where do I start?
Thursday, June 10th - What is The Difference: Public or Private Universities
Thursday, June 17th - College Applications: Tips & Tricks
Thursday, June 24th - Financial Aid & Scholarships: Paying for College




El Camino College

El Camino College Information Link for MCHS Students: 



*Please note that the priority deadline for South Bay Promise was April 30th but the final deadline to submit the application is June 30th. Please complete the path to enroll.


El Camino Registration Information: Summer semester registration will begin the week of May 17th, and Fall 2021 registration will begin the week of May 24th. Registration appointments can be found on MyECC.   Here is an instructional video on how to find the registration appointment..




Santa Monica College (SMC)

To apply click HERE

To connect with a counselor click HERE




SoCal ROC Fall 2021 semester online courses begin Monday, September 13th! Earn high school elective credits while learning valuable skills and exploring a career in graphic design or the medical field. Courses are after school and FREE for high school students! Please see Fall Schedule at the bottom of this page.

Contact your Career Guidance Specialist for more information and to enroll - Rocio Pineda-Contreras at 310-224-4240 or rpcontreras@scroc.k12.ca.us


Seniors - Financial Aid/Scholarship Information

If you’re applying for financial aid, please read the information below regarding the Cal Grant:

Mira Costa has already submitted your GPA for Cal Grant purposes so there is no need for you to complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification form. However, we strongly advise that you log into your Cal Grant account and verify that your GPA has successfully been matched to your FAFSA. To do that, please visit this website and create an account.  

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ramirez in the CCC – cramirez@mbusd.org


CCC Scholarship Page  HERE


Pre-College and Summer Opportunities


PJ's is offering a full, Free Zoom Presentation on the College Essay on 6/19, for anyone who wants to go deeper.



College Essay Writing Workshop  - Summer School Opportunity                                                                            Coached by Shannon Vaughan, Mira Costa English Teacher

Are you a rising Senior? Are you starting to stress about college applications? Have you promised yourself you would get your essays finished over the summer? Then this class is for you.

This class will help you get organized, write your brag sheet, and complete your personal statement/common application essays. The class will guide you through the application process with individual attention. Class meets Mon/Tue/Wed. Choose one of 2 sessions: June 21 – July 7: 8-11am; July 12 – July 28: 10am – 1pm.  Tuition: $425 per session Enrollment is limited. For more information see flyer HERE.

Health Sciences Immersion Program (HSIP)
Students gain a powerful extracurricular opportunity by attending HSIP for 9 Saturdays
This program is an introduction to the research, academic and professional aspects of the health sciences
field. Students will hear from science professors, advanced graduate students and
experienced health professionals who will deliver comprehensive lectures about their field
and work. Our curriculum will be supplemented by discussions, panels, workshops and a
small group project intended to give students a comprehensive experience as they consider
their future college and career opportunities.
- While originally designed for Southern CA high school students, the program takes place online on Zoom.
- In addition to speakers, workshops and discussions, HSIP students will be divided
into groups of 4-5 for a simple group final presentation.
To apply go to: impactinternships.org/hsip  Priority Deadline is June 20th at 11:59pm   See detailed flyer attached to the bottom of this page. 


UC Davis Summer Pre-College Program Information HERE
UCLA School of Film & Television Summer Institute information HERE
NYU Tisch High School Programs for Tisch School of the Arts.  For more information visit BIT.LY/TISCHHS or call 212-998-1500.

2021 Media Arts Summer Camp Offered By Venice Arts is a non-profit organization in Venice/Marina Del Rey that provides media arts classes for youth from ages 10-18. We offer beginning to advanced tracks in Film making, Photography, Animation and Comics that include the access to camera equipment and adobe editing programs at no added cost. For low-income qualifying families, the entire program is completely free! 

Students can do two weeks of immersive learning:

Ages 10-13 are from July 6-16 

Ages 14-18 are from July 19-30

(Morning or afternoon classes are available!)


Registration will be happening at https://www.venicearts.org/after-school-workshops


This is a completely in-person model, based on the successful in-person structure we have done for our last Summer Camp and whole academic year since the pandemic began. If you are interested in learning more, feel free to call us at 310-392-0846 or email info@venice-arts.org.  Please see brochure at the bottom of this page.



For more Summer Opportunities, visit the CCC Summer Programs page HERE


Test Prep Information- See all Test Prep and Practice Test offerings on the CCC Testing Page (in the drop-down menu under the College Tab)

PJ's Test Prep - Free SAT/ACT Practice Tests and Seminar; Free College Essay and Personal Statement Seminar.  PJ's will continue to offer free tests via Zoom until it's safe to get back in the classroom. For test dates, registration, and to reserve a spot please see details attached at the bottom of this page or go to: www.pjtestprep.com/rsvp

PJ's SUMMER/FALL CLASS & TUTORING SCHEDULE is now up at www.pjtestprep.com for anyone looking for Summer SAT/ACT/Etc. prep (Summer classes start next weekend, June 12th!)  View NEW FALL FREE TESTS & SEMINARS .



Princeton Review Free Tests and Webinar Sessions-  Princeton review is offering online practice tests as well as information sessions on various college related topics.  https://www.princetonreview.com/

Revolution Prep - Revolution Prep is offering practice college admissions exams while remaining safely at home.  A proctored practice exam is the best way to get a real-time snapshot of testing performance in order to create a testing plan and timeline.  www.revolutionprep.com

Revolution Prep is offering $200 Gift Cards for Mira Costa Families -Mira Costa families can get their digital gift cards easily by going to https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/61/ before June 30th. Families will have the option to activate the digital gift card and apply it to various programs, including academic tutoring or test preparation. Please see flyer below.

For a complete list of Test Prep resources go to the CCC Testing Information Page HERE