College Access Program
College preparation starts from day one!
Our focus on college and life-readiness doesn’t wait for the latter years of high school. We support the development of these skills from the first year through graduation. Our on-campus UC-certified counselors leverage their decades of expertise in college admissions and work 1:1 with students from their first year. From college selection criteria and application assistance to financial aid forms and essays, our counselors work with students for multiple years to ensure students find the best fit academically, socially, and financially to thrive in college while reducing financial burden.
College Access Curriculum
The core goals of the four year program are:
- to reinforce HNHS commitment to preparing intellectually competent and publicly engaged students who are ready for college
- to develop students knowledge of college admissions
- to encourage and celebrate students' contribution to their family, their school and their wider community
- to support students' plans to find purpose and personal fulfillment in their post-high school lives.
The Program begins in 9th and 10th grade with a series of workshops covering the foundations for an enriching and joyful high school and post high school life. These workshops focus on:
- expanding talents and exploring new opportunities
- developing a basic understanding of the college admission process and requirements
- creating strong presentation, public speaking, project management skills
- developing good study habits
- learning how to advocate for oneself and how to ask for help or guidance
Starting in Spring Semester of Junior year students are assigned a college advisor and:
- attend regular Individual meetings in which all aspects of the college admissions process are covered
- attend workshops that focus on test planning, activity lists, college search, application procedures and other important themes
- with their families, attend evening workshops on the college process and the cost of college and how financial aid works.
In the Fall Semester of Senior year students work closely with their college advisor and:
- finalize their balanced college list
- complete applications
- write essays
- with their families, attend FAFSA workshops.
And in the Spring Semester of Senior year students work closely with their college advisor to:
- understand financial aid letters
- discuss college admittances and rank their choices
- prepare for transitioning to their post high school life.
Meet the College Advisors
HNHS School Profile