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
Seniors, FAFSA is open NOW! Please contact your guidance counselor for more details.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available now. Complete and submit the FAFSA to get your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Submit no later than March 2 (check with individual colleges, some deadlines may be earlier) for financial aid eligibility.
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
- Naviance/Family Connection
- High School Forms
- NHS Forms
- California Scholarship Federation (CSF)
- Community Service Info & Form
- College Guide
- HS Profile
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.
AP Exam Registration Information
If you have any questions regarding AP courses or the AP exam please contact your Academic Advisor.
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, 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.
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.
California Rodeo Salinas (minimum 16 years old)
Cheryl Anderson - (831) 335-3183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (13-17 years old with a parent; 18 years old without)
Erin Conway - (831) 454-7202 or email@example.com
Linda Brodman - (831) 462-4041 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(831) 462-5660 or email@example.com
UC Santa Cruz Aboretum (under 18 must bring parent)
Dominican Hospital (minimum 16 years old)
Forbes Ellis - (831) 430-3045 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mariela - (831) 724-9100 or email@example.com
Michelle - (831) 479-1055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Habitat for Humanity (minimum 16 years old)
(831) 469-4663 or email@example.com
Silvia Marmolejo - (831) 722-110 ext. 205 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth and Community
(831) 338-2128 or email@example.com
See website for phone numbers of Salinas, South County, Watsonville, San Benito, and Monterey YMCA branches.
Ron D'Alessandro - (831) 621-0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- College Application Process
- College Admission Tests:
- Helpful information
- Important College Websites
- Financial Aid
- Additional Links
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.
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.
2018-2019 ACT/SAT Dates and deadlines:
ACT–Dates click here
SAT Dates click here
- 2017-2018 Senior College Application Guide
- 2017 Senior Planning Night Presentation
- 2017-2018 Junior Year Guide
- 2017 Junior Planning Night Presentation
- Resources for a well-balanced college list
- Simple Guidelines for Applying to Colleges
- UC Admissions Guide 2017-2018
- UC Transfer Planner
- CSU Application Instructions
- The College Search Process
- PSAT and College Admission Testing Presentation
- Debunking College Myths
- Guide to International Universities
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 - 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/