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Academic Resources

Incoming Freshman (Class of 2025)

CUSD High School Selection Process & Orientation Night

1. Officially choose your high school beginning 1/11/2021 - 2/5/2021 at the Carlsbad Unified School District website (

2. In February 2021, you will receive information confirming your school selection and next steps.

3. Attend the Carlsbad High School Incoming 9th Grade Course Selection Night online, Wednesday March 3rd, 2021. See Incoming Freshmen Tab under the CHS Counseling website for course selection list and forms needed. 

Incoming Freshmen Orientation date  for the 2021-2022 School Year will be virtual on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021. Click below to view the virtual orientation video. 

Freshmen (Class of 2024)

Freshman Year Checklist:

  • Register for Naviance (Students & Parents)
    • Naviance is a program that allows you to assess your personality type, explore careers, majors, post-secondary opportunities and scholarships, and eventually to apply to colleges effectively.  By using Naviance, you can create a 4-year plan that will ensure that you are on-track to meet the goals you establish for yourself. Naviance will be regularly updated, and it will include access to your GPA, tests scores, a scholarship database, the counseling bulletin, and the college visit schedule. Use the link at the top to get started.
  • Create a 4-Year High School plan and begin exploring post-high school options

Sophomores (Class of 2023)

Sophomore Year Checklist:

  • Take the Mock PSAT (October)
  • If applicable, take AP Exams or SAT Subject Tests

Juniors (Class of 2022)

Junior Year Checklist:

  • Take the PSAT (October) - Juniors are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Competition
  • Take the ACT and/or SAT; take SAT Subject tests & AP Exams if needed
  • Take the ASVAB Exam
  • Research colleges, develop, and finalize a college list
  • Visit college campuses
  • Brainstorm, write, and revise personal statements
  • Continue to check Naviance
    • It is very important that Juniors and their parents check Naviance several times over the summer. CHS graduating seniors will be populating Naviance with their college applications and acceptances.  Students will be able to see which schools CHS students have been accepted to and their GPA/test scores. This will allow Juniors to compare their own GPA/test scores to help determine the chance of getting into a particular school.

Seniors (Class of 2021)

Senior Year Checklist:

  • If needed, take SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests before December
  • Take the ASVAB Exam
  • Create accounts for CSU, UC, Common App, and individual college applications. Keep a log of all usernames and passwords
  • Finalize personal statements
  • Complete Brag Packets for letters of recommendation
  • Request letters of recommendation 
  • Complete and submit college applications​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Send official ACT/SAT tests scores
    • ACT: UC - send to one UC and all will receive. CSU - send to one CSU and all will receive. Send individually to other colleges
    • SAT: UC - Send to one UC and all will receive. CSU - use code 3594 to submit to all campuses. Send individually to other colleges.
  • Routinely check emails and portals at least once a week.
  • Send transcripts when needed.
  • ​​​​​​​Complete FAFSA (Federal Aid) & CSS Profile (Select private college's financial aid application)
  • Complete scholarship applications on Naviance.

Senior Year Video Library:

Click the link below to review a variety of video lessons and tutorials specific to your post high school plans. Videos include graduation requirements, CSU & UC Application overview, letters of recommendation, financial aid, and more!