James Lick High School

Ready for College?

10 Tips for College Preparation

  1. Start early - the transition from middle to high school is important. Middle school is not too early to start mapping your plans for college!
  2. Have a plan - your plans for education should be started as early as possible. Freshman year is a good time to plan for course selection, standardized testing, considering teacher recommendations, and anything else critical to your future.
  3. Freshman year matters - set your foundation for the rest of high school. Success in freshman classes can determine your "track" for your remaining years, especially in math and science. 
  4. Focus on the right "fit" rather than the name - consider your learning style, geographic preference, school size, areas of major study and other characteristic factors when choosing colleges. Studying in a location you love is much more beneficial towards your learning than attending a school that's famous in its name where you aren't happy.
  5. Be organized - use organizational tools such as calendars, spreadsheets, and checklists. Keep folders with information of each school you are applying to. Keep your information accessible and easy to find.
  6. Depth of involvement matters more - being affiliated with, but not involved with 5 or more clubs or activities is not as important as being deeply involved in 2. If possible, move into leadership roles as officers or project leaders. Dedication is key.
  7. GPA is not the only criteria - while it is important, most selective colleges (including UCs) select more students with GPAs lower than a 4.0.
  8. Challenge yourself with rigorous courses - college admissions looks to see if a student has challenged themselves by taking honors and AP courses. Take calculated risks and push yourself to take these more difficult courses that will also prepare you for college level coursework.
  9. Show your "highlight Reel" via college essays and personal statement - This is the opportunity for you to personalize the process and distinguish yourself from the rest of the crowd. It leaves the Admissions Officer with an impression of your character other than numerical data about you.
  10. The college preparation and application process is a Family Affair - both parents and applying students have their own roles in the process. Parents, let your child drive the process while supporting them throughout. Students, remember that your parents are trying to support you. It's a tense period for the entire family, so try to figure out a fair compromise.  

Non-Discrimination Statement

East Side Union High School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. East Side Union High School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to the Office of the Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services at (408) 347- 5061 or 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, Ca 95133.

Declaración Contra la Discriminación

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y el abuso en los programas educativos, las actividades o el empleo por causas de ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color de la piel, discapacidad, género, identidad de género o expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, estado de paternidad, embarazo o estado familiar o civil o asociación con una persona o grupo de personas con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side requiere que el personal escolar tome los pasos necesarios inmediatamente para intervenir cuando sea seguro hacerlo en caso de ser testigos de un acto de discriminación, acoso, intimidación o abuso.

Las preguntas o quejas de acusaciones de discriminación, acoso, intimidación y abuso o las preocupaciones sobre la igualdad y el cumplimiento de la ley con relación al artículo IX del Código de Educación deben ser dirigidas a la Oficina del Asistente del Superintendente para los Servicios de Enseñanza al (408) 347-5061 o a la siguiente dirección: 830 N. Capitol Ave, San José, Ca 95133.

Tuyên Bố Không Phân Biệt Đối Xử

(Non-Discrimination Statement)

Học Khu Trung Học East Side nghiêm cấm mọi hành vị kỳ thị, quấy nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt trong các chương trình giáo dục, các hoạt động hoặc trong công việc không được đặc trên cơ sở về tổ tiên, chủng tộc hoặc sắc tộc, tôn giáo, giới tính, khuynh hướng tình dục, cha mẹ, người mang thai, gia đình, hoặc tình trạng hôn nhân, hoặc liên hệ với một người hoặc một nhóm với nhiều điểm thực tế hoặc đặc điểm về nhận thức. Học Khu Trung Học East Side đòi hỏi nhân viên nhà trường phải tiến hành ngay các biện pháp can thiệp một cách an toàn khi họ chứng kiến các hành vi kỳ thị, quấu rối, hăm dọa hoặc bắt nạt.

Nếu có các câu hỏi hoặc khiếu nạo về sự phân biệt đối xử, sách nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt hoặc liên quan đến Title IX sự công bằng và tuân thủ các điều này xin qúy vị liên lạc với Văn phòng Phó Tổng Giám Đốc Đặc Trách Giáo Dục tại số điện thoại (408) 347-5061 hoặc địa chỉ 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133.