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
Guidance Counselors are available to guide students in pursuing their college or career path.
- Naviance Student
- HS Profile
- Dual Enrollment
- Community Service
- National Honor Society (NHS)
- California Scholarship Federation (CSF)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
- Junior Planning Calendar
Naviance is a web-based college and career planning resource designed especially for MVC students and parents. Through Naviance, 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 is specific to MVC students.
To access the Naviance Student portal, go to https://student.naviance.com/mvcs and follow the instructions on the screen to log in to your account.
- Username: MVCS email
- Password: Your Focus password
Naviance Student 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.
Naviance Student 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 Student.
Community Service Info & 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. Monte Vista Christian desires for students to learn servant leadership integrating service into curriculum and providing many opportunities throughout the year.
If you're looking for other opportunities, feel free to contact one of these great organizations or speak with your Guidance Counselor.
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.
California Rodeo Salinas (minimum 16 years old)
Cheryl Anderson - (831) 335-3183 or email@example.com
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (13-17 years old with a parent; 18 years old without)
Erin Conway - (831) 454-7202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Brodman - (831) 462-4041 or email@example.com
(831) 462-5660 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UC Santa Cruz Aboretum (under 18 must bring parent)
Dominican Hospital (minimum 16 years old)
Forbes Ellis - (831) 430-3045 or email@example.com
Mariela - (831) 724-9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle - (831) 479-1055 or email@example.com
Watsonville Senior Center
Habitat for Humanity (minimum 16 years old)
(831) 469-4663 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Silvia Marmolejo - (831) 722-110 ext. 205 or email@example.com
Youth and Community
(831) 338-2128 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See website for phone numbers of Salinas, South County, Watsonville, San Benito, and Monterey YMCA branches.
Ron D'Alessandro - (831) 621-0800 or email@example.com
Teen Peer Court
Amelia Bonilla - (831) 466-5709
The Teen Kitchen Project offers an excellent opportunity for growth & team building while developing valuable hands-on skills. This program is designed to enhance teens' knowledge of healthy cooking techniques and recipes, all while serving their community and developing valuable job skills. In addition to 24 volunteer hours, teens will receive a stipend at the end of the 6 weeks if they satisfy the requirements of the six-week job training program. Please see Teen Kitchen Project for more information.
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.
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.
- College Guide
- College Application Process
- College Admission Tests
- Important College Websites
- Financial Aid Scholarship
University of California Website
The Common Application
Occupational Outlook Handbook
NCAA Eligibility Center Online
Useful financial aid websites and deadlines:
FAFSA: Oct. 1 - March 2 (Free application online)
CAL Grant: Oct. 1 - March 2
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.
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/
Going Merry - https://www.goingmerry.com/