Class of 2018

Nicole Castro
 (951) 696-1408  Ext. 5772
A little bit about me...I graduated from SDSU with my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Science in Psychology and continued my studies at University of San Diego to receive my Masters in Counseling.  I have been a School Counselor for 13 years now, working in San Diego, Vista, and Moreno Valley Unified School Districts prior to coming to Murrieta Valley High School. 

  News and Important Dates 
September 16: End of 6 week Grading Period 
September 21: 17th Annual Historically Black College/Universities Recruitment
                      Fair @ Vista Del Lago H.S United College Action Network
September 24: College Fair, Temecula Promenade Mall 
September 28: Counseling Parent Night 6-7:30 
October 3-13: 1 on 1 meetings with counselor thru English Class
October 4: Spanish Financial Aide Parent Night  
October 19: PSAT/NMSQT **Must pay $25 with book keeper by 10/10
October 19: College Kick Off, School Wide Activity 
October 20-28: Junior Guidance Lessons in the Library thru History  
October 28: End of 12 week Grading Period
November 8: ASVAB
November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break (use this time to go on CCGI and explore Colleges 
December 20: Final Grading Period**Official Grades post on Transcript**
January 10: First Day of 2nd semester 
January 11: Murrieta Canyon Informational meeting @ 3:00
February 21: 6 week Progress Report
March 1-15: AP Exam Payment DUE
March 13: Open House 
March 20-31: Spring Break 
April 8, Saturday: ACT (must sign up by March 3)*
April 19: Inland Empire Spring College Fair (Ontario Convention Center) 
April 21: 12 Week Progress Report
May 1-May 12: AP Exams Schedules
May 6, Saturday: SAT (must sign up by April 7)*
June 3, Saturday: SAT (must sign up by May 9)*
June 6-10: Final Exams Spring Final Exam Schedule 2017
June 9: Final Grading
June 10, Saturday: ACT (must sign up by May 5)* 
Aug 26, 2017 Saturday: SAT (must sign up by July 28)*
 *Late sign-up for Exams are available up to 2 weeks after deadline but must pay fee)
Also check out our Guidance Activity Calendar for up to date  College/University site visits  
Nighthawk Frequently Asked Questions bird
bird Where do I find out information about SAT/ACT and when should I sign-up? 
CCGI ( has a link with SAT or ACT information about College Planning including free test prep.  Shmoop and Khan Academy are 2 FREE Test Prep resources. BeSATwise and Kaplan provides Local paid Bootcamp for SAT or ACT. By the end of your Junior year, students should take SAT/ACT at least once.
FOR SAT: a score range of 550 or higher for English and 570 or higher for Math
FOR ACT: a score of 23 or higher 
reflects your readiness for college level curriculum.
Nighthawk  What is FAFSA and who needs to apply? 
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  EVERY 12th grade student (beginning in October) should complete it because it allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Check out this video for info about the FAFSA and the resources VIDEO
Nighthawk  What is the GPA and SAT/ACT scores I need to get into a University or College? 
That depends on which University or College you are applying to and what major you are planning to study.  If you are applying to a school that is impacted (many students applying) you will need to have a higher GPA.  Check out these two helpful links that shows profile average GPA, admission rate, SAT/ACT scores for Cal State and
--UC (Power Point includes all UC)
--CSU (Click on Campus Highlights to see specific campus profiles)
What activities should I be focusing on during my Junior year? 
Check out the TIMELINE available on CCGI (
bird  What should I do if I am struggling in a class?
-The first thing you need to do is TALK to you teacher and share your struggles. 
(Many teachers offer their own tutoring before/after school and or during lunch. 
-We have tutoring available in the Library Mondays' before school (on late start), Wednesday and Thursday's after school. 
-You can also use Weekly Progress Report to get update progress directly from teachers
bird What is the College Kickoff Event happening on October 19th?  
On October 19th, various schools throughout Riverside County will be partnering up to host this event.  The purpose of this district-wide high school event is to provide another opportunity for our students (grades 9-12) to receive guidance in planning for college and/or career by completing college applications, personal statements, FAFSA, Dream Act, Senior Culminating Project and/or practice for a college entrance exam with taking the PSAT for 10th grade.  The  goal is to provide all high school students the opportunity to participate in college readiness activities.
bird When should I be signing up to meet with College representatives?
NOW!! You should be signing up to meet with many college and universities who come visit our campus. Click on the Calendar, and sign-up with Mrs. Tarabilda in the Counseling Center.

bird  What is the Middle Class Scholarship?




Students: check the Class of 2018 Haiku Page


College and University Information

There are 4 main types of University/College in California


UC or Universities of California  (9)

 CSU or California State Universities (23)
Private/Independent Colleges (in California) 
Community College 


   Mt. San Jacinto

 California Maritime Academy (*)

Biola University  Moreno Valley College

 California Polytechnic, Pomona

California Baptist University   Riverside Community College
 Los Angeles

 California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo

California Institute of Technology    Palomar College

 Channel Islands (*)

California Lutheran University   


Claremont College     (these are a just a few  Community Colleges near Murrieta)
 San Diego

 Dominguez Hills (*)

La Sierra University 
  East Bay (*)  
 Santa Barbara


Loma Linda University   Click Here for more
 Santa Cruz


Loyola Marymount University 


Occidental College  


Pepperdine University   

 Long Beach

Scripps College   

 Los Angeles

Stanford University 

 Monterey Bay

University of La Verne 


University of Pacific



University of Redlands 

 San Bernardino 

University of San Diego 

 San Diego

University of Santa Clara 

 San Francisco

University of Southern California 

 San Jose

Whittier College  

 San Marcos




Stanislaus (*)

 Impacted vs Not-Impacted  Impacted vs Non-Impacted (*)  

Parents:  We will continue to utilize to help ALL students identify their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, as well creating a course study plan linked to the A-G college subject requirements.  Do not be deceived by the name, students can search for College/University in ALL states, outside of California on California Colleges.
Please check out this website with your student.  There are timelines, scholarship, and FAFSA information also on this site. 



Last Modified on March 15, 2017