12th Grade Timeline!

Here you will find a list of grade-specific activities that you seniors should be doing.

Also included are resources to help you complete the process, (videos, handouts, presentations, links)

To find out more information and get specific dates/deadlines for these activities, just click on each activity below.


Frequently Asked Questions!

College Applications & Career Planning: U Are On Your Way! 


We know that the process of completing college applications is stressful for many students and we want to ensure our students not only have the information needed to make wise choices but also know how to identify people who can be a support in helping them achieve their goals. The SDHS school counseling team is an instrumental part of this process and we are here to answer all of your questions along the way. 


Top Must Do's for Seniors:


  • You're finally here! College applications and career planning are now in full swing. Now is the time to stay focused and work hard as this is what will get you across the finish line. Up to this point you have followed all of the         9th Grade, 10th Grade, and 11th Grade Must Do's and are now ready for your senior year list, so here we go. Following the list below will help get U on your way!

  • Strengthen Your College List. Meet with your school counselor about your college choices. Make sure you have a balanced list of academic safety, fit, and reach schools. Plan to visit as many of these colleges as possible. 

  • Create a master list or calendar that includes:

    • Tests you’ll take and their fees, dates, & registration deadlines.

    • College application due dates.

    • Required financial aid application forms and their deadlines.  

    • Other materials you’ll need (recommendations, transcripts, etc.)

    • Your high school’s application processing deadlines.

  • Ask your school counselor to help you request a fee waiver if you can’t afford application or test fees.


  • If you haven’t done so already, register for and take the standardized tests required for college admission. Check with the colleges you are interested in to see what tests they require.

  • Improve Your Score. Many seniors retake the SAT in the fall. Additional coursework and practice with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy since your last test could help you boost your performance. Plus you already know what to expect on test day. 

  • Be sure to have your SAT scores sent to the colleges to which you are applying.

  • Prepare early decision/early action or rolling admission applications as soon as possible. Nov. 1–15. Colleges may require test scores and applications between these dates for early decision admission.

  • XELLO Xello is an online program that helps students create their very own unique roadmap for college, career, and future success. As a senior you will use Xello to access scholarships and assist you with the college application process for things like recommendation letter requests, transcripts, and the school report. 

    • How to log in to Xello: 

      • Students can log in to Xello by following these instructions.

        • Go to https://clever.com/in/sdusd.

        • Click on the button “Log in with Active Directory”.

        • Type in your student ID & Password.

        • Look for Xello under the instant Login Applications.

        • Click on the XELLO tab.

  • Letters of Recommendations.

    • Be sure to add your counselor in your Common Application student account as the counselor recommender. Then, ask your teachers, coaches, others for recommendations if you need them. Give each teacher or school counselor an outline of your academic record and your extracurricular activities. (Brag Sheet)

  • Essays. Write first drafts and ask teachers and others to read them if you’re submitting essays. If you’re applying for early decision, finish the essays for that application now.

  • College Application Process.

    • Click here for instructions on "How to integrate Common App with Xello".

    • Students use both Common App and Xello to help track their college applications. For colleges that work with Common App, students send requests to educators to send application forms on their behalf. They request a counselor send their Counselor Forms, and a teacher send a Teacher Evaluation.

    • Before students begin working with Common App in Xello, we recommend they first sign in to Common App and complete the following tasks:

      • In the My Colleges tab, add the colleges they plan to apply to attend.

      • Go to the Recommenders and FERPA section in any of their selected colleges. Then sign the FERPA Authorization Release.

      • Then go back to the My Colleges section of their Common App account and complete the Questions asking their preferred start term and admission plan.

      • Once you have completed the FERPA Authorization Release you will be prompted to contact your Counselor as to next steps to be able to request Counselor Reports and Teacher Recommendations. Do not contact your Counselor. Start first by accessing your school Clever Portal.

        • Login to the Clever Portal.

        • Click on the Xello Tile

        • Sync your Common Application to Xello.

          • To sync Xello and Common app

          • Go to the "Goals and plans" tab

          • College planning comes up, click on the "manage" tab.

          • Under "college planning" click "view my applications.

          • Then at the top of the page click the "connect" button where it says, "connect Xello with your common app account".

        • To add your School Counselor:

          • Go back to college applications.

          • Click on a school

          • Next to "recomendation letters click "request".

          • Fill in your counselors information then click "next". (for your counselor email address, click here.

        • If you are unable to sync Common App to Xello, contact your Counselor or Ms. Vardi (ncohen-vardi@sandi.net).

  • Prepare your applications carefully. Follow the instructions, & PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DEADLINES!

  • Transcripts. Counselors will be sending your transcript through the Xello platform.  

  • As soon as possible after its Oct. 1 release, complete and submit your FAFSA® form, along with any other financial aid applications your chosen school(s) may require. You should submit your FAFSA form by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying, usually by early February.


  • After you submit the FAFSA form, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks. This document lists your answers to the questions on your FAFSA form and gives you some basic information about your aid eligibility. Quickly make any necessary corrections and submit them to the FAFSA processor.




  • Visit colleges that have invited you to enroll.



  • Contact a school’s financial aid office if you have questions about the aid that school has offered you. In fact, getting to know your financial aid staff early is a good idea no matter what—they can tell you about deadlines, other aid for which you might wish to apply, and important paperwork you might need to submit.


  • When you decide which school you want to attend, notify that school of your commitment and submit any required financial deposit. Many schools require this notification and deposit by May 1.


  • Make informed decisions about student loans; the following resources are important at this point:








  • Keep active in school. If you are waitlisted, the college will want to know what you have accomplished between the time you applied and the time you learned of its decision.


  • Visit your final college before accepting. You should receive acceptance letters and financial aid offers by mid-April. Notify your counselor of your choice. If you have questions about housing offers, talk to your counselor or call the college.


  • Inform every college of your acceptance or rejection of the offer of admission and/or financial aid by May 1. Colleges cannot require your deposit or your commitment to attend before May 1. Talk to your counselor or adviser if you have questions.


  • Send your deposit to one college only.


  • Take any AP® Exams. Show what you’ve learned in your AP classes. A successful score could even earn you credit, advanced placement, or both in college.


  • Waitlisted by a college? If you intend to enroll if you are accepted, tell the admission director your intent and ask how to strengthen your application. Need financial aid? Ask whether funds will be available if you’re accepted.


  • Work with a counselor to resolve any admission or financial aid problems.


  • Ask your high school to send a final transcript to your college.


  • Review your financial aid awards: Not all financial aid awards are the same, so it’s important to choose the aid package that’s best for you and your family. Be sure to note what you have to do to continue receiving financial aid from year to year, and how your aid might change in future years.


  • Deposit deadline – Typically, colleges will have a deposit deadline of May 1st. You may have already signaled your intent to enroll, but now it's time to commit financially. Your acceptance letter should include all the details.


  • Final transcripts – Once you've graduated, send your final high school transcript to your new college. This may help you secure a scholarship or qualify for other competitive academic programs.


  • AP exams – If you've been taking AP classes in high school, you'll be taking your national exams at the end of the school year. This is a huge opportunity that you shouldn't let go to waste. A high score or 4 or 5 on your AP exam will translate to college credit. Some students begin college with much of their freshman requirements fulfilled through AP credits.


  • Thank you letters – You didn't get here by yourself. Chances are there were many people who helped with your college applications. Take the time to write personalized thank you letters, especially to guidance counselors and teachers who wrote letters of recommendation. They will appreciate the gratitude and will be happy to know where you enrolled.


  • Housing – Now you know where you'll be going in the fall! If you're planning on living in student housing, you will start receiving information about this, including meal plans. If you're planning to live off-campus, start researching neighborhoods so you can find a decent place to live that is reasonably close to campus.


  • Roommate – If you've already received your dorm assignment, you will also have the opportunity to make contact with your future roommate, including by phone, email or social media. We've all seen the uncomfortable scenes in movies where dorm mates meet on move-in day. Use the summer to avoid this awkward introduction.


  • Register for classes – As soon as you can, start registering for classes. As a freshman, you will probably feel like you're flooded with options, but classes almost always fill up fast! Take your time to review the schedule and find classes that are right for you.


  • Go to college – Congratulations! You're going to college. Time to start packing.




Welcome to Xello


Experience SDHS


Fee Waiver

Eligibility Form

Financial Aid

Fund Your Future

Resource Guide

Letters of Recommendation

Brag Sheet

Transcript Review Form:

Blank            Sample


Schedule Change Request:

     The Process

     Schedule Change Form

UC "a-g" & SDHS

Graduation Requirements

Weighted Classes

(AP, IB, Honors, CC)



XELLO Information Session

Thursday October 14, 2021

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Recording of the Session

Slide Deck

College & Career Planning

Power Point

College & Career Research

Website Links

Transcript Review: Senior Timeline/Expectations

September 30th & October 1st Presentation


How to Request a Transcript

Class of 2022


Google Classroom

(Class Code: vch2j24)


Information Page

Instagram: @sdhscaver

Coaches: Contact Information




Associated Student Body

Clubs & Activities Page

Alumni Association


Club Meeting Times/Information

Music Program

SDHS Cheer

Yearbook:   Application      Website

SDHS ACADEMY Information:

Geo-Tech Academy Website

Med-Tech Website

Med-Tech Instagram:


Pathway Descriptions




California State University (CSU):

1st Time Freshman FAQ's

Advanced Placement (AP)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Applying to College?

Common Application

CSU Application

UC Application

Fee Waiver Info:

ACT fee Waiver

SAT Fee Waivers

College Application Fee Waivers

see fee waiver eligibility form

under "Handouts" above.

How to Calculate Your UC GPA

 CSU GPA Calculator

NCAA Clearinghouse

Testing Accommodations:

Students with Disabilities

U.C. Admissions:

Quick Reference Guide

University Of California

Approved Course List:

Business & Leadership

International Studies

Science & Technology