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College Center

School Code: 052327

About Us
The College Center is a student-centered office. We are open (almost) all the time; before school, during the day, after school, sometimes in the evening and during the summer. We help students prepare and plan for college (college search, testing, essays, applications, recommendations, transcripts, etc.); if it's college-related, the College Center is the place to come. We are here to help students through the high points - and the low points - of the college application process, dispensing advice, hugs, high fives, sometimes a shoulder to cry on.


95-97% of Palisades graduates go on to attend two and four-year colleges and universities, at public and private institutions across the country. Assisting our students in their college preparations is a dedicated College Center staff, supplemented by many volunteers, including independent college counselors, who work with students on college research and selection, essay writing, testing schedule, career exploration and more.

collegecenter@palihigh.org - (310) 230-6643  - fax: (310) 230-7288


General College Center Services

  • Library of college guides, test prep and financial aid books
  • Use of computers, photocopier, fax and telephone for college-related matters
  • Registration materials and fee waivers for SAT and ACT
  • Advising regarding testing schedule and registration procedures
  • Grade-appropriate mailings about College Center events and services
  • College planning workshop presented in Spanish
  • Bulletin boards in A Building with information about testing and college events
  • Information about summer programs (academic, community service, internship, etc.)
  • Scholarship and program nominations (Posse Foundation, Links, HOBY, Gates, etc.)
  • AP examination registration and administration

Online Services

Services for Seniors

  • Family Connection – web-based college planning and application management system, free online SAT prep course
  • Summer college planning appointments available one-on-one with College Center staff (contingent on availability of funding)
  • Fall college planning appointments available one-on-one with volunteer counselors
  • Fall senior college planning workshops (day and evening) for seniors and parents
  • Writing coach available for help with college essays and SAT Writing section
  • University of California and Cal State outreach representatives available
  • Santa Monica College representative visits once a month during lunch
  • College visits; dozens of college reps visit in the fall semester during the school day
  • UC and CSU application workshops
  • Senior and parent questionnaires to facilitate recommendation writing
  • Counselor recommendation letters and forms prepared and sent to colleges
  • Midyear grades and final transcripts sent to colleges
  • Information about national and local scholarships posted to Family Connection
  • Financial aid workshops presented in November and January by financial aid advisor
  • One-on-one appointments available for students and parents with financial aid advisor

Services for Juniors

  • PSAT registration and administration in October
  • Spring college planning appointments available one-on-one with volunteer counselors
  • Spring junior college planning workshops (day and evening) for juniors and parents
  • Junior parents invited to senior financial aid workshop
  • Spring visits by College Center staff to all U.S. History classes for college advising
  • Family Connection – web-based college planning and application management system
  • Free on-line SAT prep course available through Family Connection
  • Classroom-based SAT prep course (scholarships for students in lunch program, fee-based for others)

Services for Sophomores

  • PSAT registration and administration in October
  • Spring sophomore college planning workshops for sophomores and parents
  • Spring visits by College Center staff to all World History classes for college advising
  • Family Connection – web-based college planning and application management system, access codes distributed in spring class visits
  • Free on-line SAT prep course available through Family Connection

Links

Use the following links to access information of interest to you. Please note that you are leaving the Pali website when you do so, and that we are not responsible for the content of those sites.

COLLEGE CENTER STAFF


Ruth Grubb
Melisssa Rangel
Karen Ellis
Diana Hurst


All volunteer counselors have completed the UCLA College Counseling Certificate Program.


Phone: (310) 230-6643
collegecenter@palihigh.org

 

COLLEGE VISITS

This school year, admissions representatives from the following colleges and universities visited Pali.


(partial list)
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Bard College
Bennington College
Boston College
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University
Chapman University
Colgate University
Cornell College
Drexel University
Emory College
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles
George Mason University
Grinnell College
Indiana University-Bloomington
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Kenyon College
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola Marymount University
Menlo College
Mills College
Mount St. Mary's College
New York University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Santa Monica College
Seattle University
Smith College
Syracuse University
Tufts University
UC Santa Barbara
UCLA
University of Alabama
University of Chicago
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Denver
University of Illinois-Urbana
University of La Verne
University of Michigan
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of South Carolina
University of Vermont
Univeristy of Washington
Vassar College
Wellesley College