Student Services

The MVC Guidance Counseling Team offers my child exceptional service. They not only care for her academic success and college plans. I have seen them care for her whole well-being.

- MVC Parent



High School Students may make appointments with their Guidance Counselors at any time. All of them are available to guide students in preparing for the college or career path that they are interested in pursuing.

For college applications, please request transcripts through your Family Connection account.

All other transcript requests can be completed by filling the Transcript Request Form.

Meet the MVC Student Services Team

Tracy Bartholomew

Director of Student Services/Guidance Counselor

Day Students

(last name A-F)

tracybartholomew@mvcs.org

(831) 768-6140

Jane Chen

Guidance Counselor Residential/International Students

(last name A-Z)

janechen@mvcs.org


(831) 768-6109

Erin Torr

Behavioral Helath Counselor

erintorr@mvcs.org

Scott Nystrom

Guidance Counselor
Day Students

(last name P-Z)

scottnystrom@mvcs.org

(831) 768-6109

Jessica Sokol

jessicasokol@mvcs.org

Guidance Counselor

Day Students

(last name G-O)
(831) 768-6102

Dual Enrollment

Monte Vista Christian School has partnered with West Hills Community College (WHCC) and Colorado Christian University (CCU) to offer dual enrollment courses. These courses allow students to earn college credits for classes that count towards their high school graduation requirements at MVCS.

Click here for the Dual Enrollment Registration Form.


www.westhillscollege.com

www.ccu.edu

Naviance/Family Connection

Naviance

Naviance/Family Connection is a web-based college and career planning resource designed especially for MVC students and parents. Through Family Connection, Student Services is able to track transcript requests and college application progress, submissions and results. Naviance also allows us to analyze data regarding college and career plans, providing a useful tool for college planning and up-to-date information that’s specific to MVC students.

To access Naviance Family Connection, go to https://connection.naviance.com/mvcs and follow the instructions on the screen to log in to your account.

  • Username: MVCS email
  • Password: Your Focus password

Family Connection will allow students to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process: Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers.
  • Research colleges: Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from MVC students who have applied and been admitted in the past.
  • Organize and track college applications and transcript and letter of recommendation requests.
  • College visits: Find out which colleges are visiting MVC and have the opportunity to visit with Admissions Counselors.
  • Search for scholarships: Use the national search database to look for scholarships.

Family Connection also makes it easy to share information about upcoming meetings and events and other web resources for college and career information. Students can also use the site to send their counselors and college admission representatives emails.

*A student’s personal profile and data are confidential and are only accessible to the student, parents, and counselors. College admission offices do not have access to the information in Naviance.

High School Forms

NHS Forms

California Scholarship Federation (CSF)

CSF is a unique statewide organization, stimulating interest and fostering pride in high standards of scholarship, encouraging further education for highly qualified young people. Through its purpose and organization, the Federation contributes to the nationwide effort to identify, motivate, and encourage students with intellectual ability. Its emphasis upon service seeks to develop unselfish and creative use of these abilities.

Community Service Info & Form

Community Service Info & Form

Click to Download Community Service Form

Community service, like other outside activities, plays a role in the college admissions process because it gives a window into the personality and interests of the applicant. Most colleges like to see long-term involvement in just a few activities with leadership roles in at least one of them. Don't forget to keep track of your all your contributions and turn them into your Academic Advisor in Student Services.

Class of 2017 - 24 hours per year required


Starting with the class of 2018
- Community service hours will not be a requirement for graduation. While Monte Vista will always desire for students to learn servant leadership, the plan is to integrate service into curriculum and provide many opportunities throughout the year.

Many students already participate in community service projects with their church or an organization like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. If you're looking for other opportunities, feel free to contact one of these great organizations. Many of them work in multiple counties.

If you know of an organization or a one-time event looking for volunteers, please contact your Academic Advisor so we can get the word out.




Animals

California Rodeo Salinas (minimum 16 years old)

(831) 775-3100 or VolunteerServices@CaRodeo.com

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Cheryl Anderson - (831) 335-3183 or cheryl4gdogs@gmail.com

Monterey Bay Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (13-17 years old with a parent; 18 years old without)

Erin Conway - (831) 454-7202 or erin.conway@santacruzcounty.us


Environment

California Native Plant Society: Habitat Restoration

Linda Brodman - (831) 462-4041 or redwdrn@pacbell.net

Save Our Shores

(831) 462-5660 or info@saveourshores.org

UC Santa Cruz Aboretum (under 18 must bring parent)


Medical Field

American Cancer Society

(831) 442-2992

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP)

Dominican Hospital (minimum 16 years old)

(831) 462-7740

Hospice of Santa Cruz County

Forbes Ellis - (831) 430-3045 or fellis@hospicesantacruz.org

Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services

Mariela - (831) 724-9100 or mariela@jacobsheart.org

Red Cross


Senior Citizens

Grey Bears Foundation

Michelle - (831) 479-1055 or michelle@greybears.org

Watsonville Senior Center
(831) 722-1333


Underprivileged Families

Habitat for Humanity (minimum 16 years old)

(831) 469-4663 or volunteer@habitatsc.org

Second Harvest Food Bank

Silvia Marmolejo - (831) 722-110 ext. 205 or silvia@thefoodbank.org


Youth and Community

Camp Campbell

(831) 338-2128 or cabinleader@ymcasv.org


Central Coast YMCA

See website for phone numbers of Salinas, South County, Watsonville, San Benito, and Monterey YMCA branches.


City of Watsonville Parks & Community Services

(831) 768-3240


Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Ron D'Alessandro - (831) 621-0800 or ron.d@fscpl.org

Teen Peer Court

Amelia Bonilla - (831) 466-5709


Youth N.O.W. Tutoring Center

(831) 768-7998

Still can't find what you're looking for? Try these websites for additional opportunities:


Santa Cruz Public Libraries has an extensive list of local youth volunteer opportunities.


Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County has many ongoing projects.


Volunteer Match is a search engine for community service opportunities.

College Application Process

We are excited to introduce a new program, Family Connection, a comprehensive website that you can use to practice for standardized tests, explore your individual strengths for career planning, explore and plan for your choice of colleges, and keep track of your college applications. Family Connection is linked with Naviance™, a program that we use in our office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that is specific to our school.

College Admission Tests:

Most colleges accept the SAT or the ACT, so students do not need to take both exams. Keep in mind that many colleges and universities, including the UC schools, require the optional Writing section on the ACT. Students who plan to take only the ACT should sign up for the optional Writing section.


2017-18 ACT/SAT Dates and deadlines:

ACT–Dates click here

SAT Dates click here

Helpful information

Important College Websites

California State University Website

https://www2.calstate.edu/


University of California Website
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/


AICCUMentor: Independent California Colleges and Universities

http://aiccumentor.org/


The Common Application
https://www.commonapp.org


California Community Colleges Online Application Center

https://home.cccapply.org/apply


College Navigator

https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/


Mapping Your Future

https://www.mappingyourfuture.org/


Occupational Outlook Handbook

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/


NCAA Eligibility Center Online
www.eligibilitycenter.org

Financial Aid

Useful financial aid websites and deadlines:

FAFSA: Oct. 1 - March 2 (Free application online)

CAL Grant: Oct. 1-March 2 - Turn form into Student Services.


CSS /Financial Aid Profile: Seniors applying to private universities need to complete the on-line CSS Profile no later than November 1 for Early Decision and Early Action applications and no later than December 1 for Regular Decision applications. Check specific colleges for extended deadlines. The profile allows students to report their financial and family circumstance information in one streamlined application and submit it to all the colleges that require it for scholarship and grant consideration. Apply on-line at www.collegeboard.com. The fee is $25 for the PROFILE application and first college report and $16 for each subsequent college report.



California Student Aid Commission - www.csac.ca.gov
Federal Student Aid - www.studentaid.ed.gov
Free Application for Federal Student Aid - www.fafsa.ed.gov
CSS PROFILE - https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile
Ed Fund - www.edfund.org
FastWeb for scholarships - www.fastweb.com
College Scorecard - https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Additional Links