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INFORMATION • GUIDANCE • SUPPORT


Helping each student at The Quarry Lane School find a pathway to success.


The Quarry Lane School provides guidance to help students navigate the college search and admission experience. To this end, Quarry Lane provides a comprehensive strategy that aims to guide and support students and families through the process. Academic planning begins in the freshman year and consists of these major components: individual counseling appointments with students and parents, visits by college admissions representatives and college information nights. Here's what to expect in each grade:


What to Expect as a Freshman

  • Evaluate the student’s transition from middle school to high school during the academic advising meeting at the end of the 8th grade academic year.
  • Clarify The Quarry Lane School graduation requirements and expectations for the 9th grade year during classroom presentations and a parent meeting in the first semester.
  • Expose students to standardized testing environment by administering mock examination during first semester of 9th grade.
  • Review college/university requirements, focusing on the competitive four-year college requirements (A – G requirements for University of California System and California State University System along with out-of-state public and private colleges/universities) during classroom presentations and a parent meeting in the first semester of 9th grade.
  • Create an individualized Four Year Plan for each student whereby they can plan for academic success during the second semester of 9th grade.
  • Consider summer school and/or summer enrichment programs (academic, artistic, athletic, etc.) that are shared with families via Naviance. Students can schedule individual appointments to discuss potential options.
  • Discuss current and potential Honors and AP placement as we plan for next year's courses.
  • Students will explore career clusters by examining their interests and how they relate to various industries during the second semester of 9th grade.

Freshman Parent Meeting 2016 Presentation (this is the recorded session of the parent meeting for those unable to attend the live session)


What to Expect as a Sophomore

  • Revisit the individual four year plan during the course advising meeting at the end of the school year. (Note: current sophomores do not have a four-year plan)
  • Become more familiar with college/university requirements during classroom and parent presentations during the first semester of 10th grade.
  • Explore college options by signing up to meet with visiting college representatives.
  • Discuss the SAT and AP Subject Tests (enrollment in AP courses will determine if a student should take a subject exam)
  • Continue discussing the importance of extracurricular activities including summer enrichment programs at schools and colleges
  • Discuss suggested testing timelines for students during classroom and parent presentations during the first semester of 10th grade.
  • Participate in career awareness by completing an assessment during the second semester of 10th grade.

What to Expect as a Junior

  • Explore college options by signing up to meet with visiting college representatives.
  • Enroll in a weekly Leadership class to engage in a meanuingful project to broaden their leadership skills and to learn about the steps needed to begin the college application process.
  • Parents will attend a junior kick-off meeting at the start of the second semester to highlight expectations for the college application cycle.
  • Parents will be invited to meet with their student and counselor to go over their child's progress and aspirations and create an individualized plan for college.
  • Focus on the college search process by using Naviance and researching college websites.
  • Develop individualized college interest lists in conjunction with your college counselor during the second semester of 11th grade.
  • Discuss and request letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches and employer during leadership class.
  • Guidance provided for students to create their "Brag Sheet“ during leadership class
  • Create a written testing plan and complete the first round of college admissions testing by the end of the 11th grade year.
  • Learn about effective college application essay writing and complete a first draft of an application essay.
  • Further explore potential career options and how they relate to college majors during leadership class.
  • Each student and family will have the opportunity to meet with their college counselor as needed throughout the second semester of the 11th grade year.

Junior Parent Meeting 2017 Presentation


What to Expect as a Senior

Parents will be invited to the Senior Kick-Off Meeting to discuss expectations for the college application process.

  • Explore college options by signing up to meet with visiting college representatives.
  • Enroll in Senior Seminar - a weekly class to guide students through the college application process.
  • Follow up with college counselor regarding letters of recommendation and other materials to be sent to colleges, including essays, portfolios, etc.
  • Families will be invited to meet with college counselor to finalize college lists, including discussion of early applications.
  • Retake college admissions tests.
  • Attend college application workshops.
  • Attend a college essay workshop.
  • Meet with college counselor to go over applicants.
  • Discuss interview techniques during Senior Seminar.
  • Familiarize students with Financial Aid and how to search for scholarships.
  • Discuss any questions/concerns students have about starting college and address common myths.
  • Each student and family will have the opportunity to meet with their college counselor as needed throughout the first semester of the 12th grade year.

"Education is a lifelong commitment"

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