Class of 2014 Charter Oak Community Scholarship Foundation Awards Recap

This year, the Charter Oak Community Scholarship Foundation was able to award 40 seniors and 17 community members a total of $38,000 in scholarships.  In addition to the $2,000 Memorial Scholarship, awards ranged from $500 to $1,000.  Members of both the Senior Scholarship and Community Scholarship committees were impressed with the quality of the applicants and the high rate of participation in the application process.  Indeed, 86 individuals applied for scholarships in time for the deadline. At the high schools, most students are choosing schools in California with UCLA, UC Irvine, and Fullerton among the most frequently chosen.  Some out of state schools that seniors will be attending in the fall include NYU, Southern Oregon, University of Montana, Cornell, Grand Canyon University, and College of Idaho.  For Charter Oak High seniors, popular majors are Business (in particular, accounting) and Computer Science. For Sunflower Campus seniors, interests lie in medicine, mechanics, and cosmetology.




A List of Where Some of Our IB Seniors Will Be This Fall

Azusa Pacific University
California Polytechnic School Pomona
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State University – Northridge
California State University, Fullerton
Chapman University
Citrus College
Grand Canyon University
Loyola Marymount University
Michigan State University
Mt. San Antonio College
New York University
SFSU- San Francisco State University
Sonoma State University
Southern oregon university
The University of Hong Kong
UCLA- University of California, Los Angeles
UCM – University of California, Merced
UCR -University of California, Riverside
UCSD – University of California, San Diego
Cal State San Bernardino
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of La Verne
University of Montana
Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM

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Juniors: UC Apps Will Open Earlier Than Ever

In a change for the upcoming admissions cycle, the University of California will open its 2015-16 application for undergraduate admissions on Aug. 1, two months earlier than in previous years. Completed applications must still be submitted between Nov. 1-30, the same as in prior years.

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SAT Changes And College $ Trends


WASHINGTON (AP) – The perfect score will again be 1,600. What’s more, the essay will be optional, students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers and the vocabulary is shifting to do away with some high-sounding words such as “prevaricator” and “sagacious.”
The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing a sweeping revision.
College Board officials said Wednesday the update – the first since 2005 – is needed to make the exam more representative of what students study in high school and the skills they need to succeed in college and afterward. The test should offer “worthy challenges, not artificial obstacles,” said College Board President David Coleman at an event in Austin, Texas.
The new exam will be rolled out in 2016, so this year’s ninth-graders will be the first to take it, in their junior year. The new SAT will continue to test reading, writing and math skills, with an emphasis on analysis. With the 1,600-point scale, which had been used until 2004, there will be a separate score for the optional essay. Some complicated vocabulary words will be replaced by words more widely used in classroom and work settings.
For the first time, students will have the option of taking the test on computers.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A new survey of the nation’s college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to play an influential role in decisions of where to enroll.
The annual survey released Wednesday, conducted by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, found that while more than three-quarters of those who started college last fall were admitted to the school they most wanted to attend, only 57 percent ended up going to their top school. That was the lowest rate in the 39 years that the institute has asked first-time freshmen if they enrolled at their dream college.
Kevin Eagan, the institute’s interim managing director and an assistant professor at UCLA, said the cost of attending college appears to be largely responsible for the decline. A record 46 percent of students reported that cost was a very important factor in where they ended up, compared with 31 percent nine years ago. Meanwhile, the share of respondents who said being offered financial aid was a crucial factor in the decision to enroll at their current campus reached 49 percent – an all-time high.
“The difficult financial decisions that students and their families have to make about college are becoming more evidence,” Eagan said. “Colleges that can reduce net costs to families are gaining an edge in attracting students.”

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