Class of 2021
Nicole Castro(951) 696-1408 Ext. 5772A little bit about me...I graduated fromSan Diego State (2001) with Bachelors Degree in Psychologythen continued my studies atUniversity of San Diego (2003) Masters in School Counseling.I have been a School Counselor for 15 plus years and loving it :)PROUD TO BE A NIGHTHAWKS !!*Need an appointment with the Counselor?Use this link to sign-up for an appointment https://calendly.com/ncastro-3News and Important DatesAugust 14: First Day of SchoolSeptember 2: Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)September 20: First semester six week grading periodOctober 1: Registration opens for PSAT sign-upsOctober 5: AP Readiness @ UCROctober 7: MVHS Counselor Parent Night in PAC @ 5 PMOctober 9-15: Junior Guidance Lessons in Libreary thru History ClassesOctober 12: SMART SaturdayOctober 16: College Kickoff (PSAT offered for 11th graders must sign-up)October 23: ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery Test) sign-up in Counseling OfficeNovember 1: First semester tweleve week grading periodNovember 2: SMART SaturdayNovember 5:Twelve week grading period endsNovember 11: Veterans Day (NO SCHOOL)November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)December 20: First semester final grading periodDecember 23-January10: Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)January 13: First day of second semesterJanuary 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)February 21: Second semester six week grading periodFebruary 14: Lincoln Birthday (NO SCHOOL)February 17: Presidents' Day (NO SCHOOL)March 30-April 3: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)April 10: Second semester tweleve week grading periodMay 25: Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)June 5: Second semester final grading periodAlso check out our Guidance Activity Calendar for up to dateCollege/University site visits
Frequently Asked QuestionsI will be updating this section with typical questions I receive from students and parentsWhat supports/tutoring is available for my child?What is the difference between SAT and ACT?
Many students and parents begin the college prep process by comparing the ACT and SAT tests. The SAT and ACT generally cover the same topics. Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions decisions and awarding merit-based scholarships. Most colleges do not prefer one test over the other.
Compare the ACT and SAT tests
- ACT includes a Science section
- SAT includes one SAT Math Section on which you may not use a calculator
SAT ACT Why Take It
Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.
Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.
Writing & Language
3 hours (without essay)
3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)
2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)
3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)
5 reading passages
4 reading passages
1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)
Algebra I & II
Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis
Algebra I & II
Geometry, Trigonometry, and Probability & Statistics
Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator.
You can use a calculator on all math questions.
Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.
Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.
How It's Scored
Scored on a scale of 400–1600
Scored on a scale of 1–36
Should I Take the ACT or SAT?
Students are increasingly taking both the SAT and ACT . Changes made to the SAT in 2016 have made it easier than ever to prep for both tests concurrently — and earn competitive scores on both!
The best way to decide if taking the SAT, ACT, or both tests is right for you is to take a timed full-length practice test of each type. Since the content and style of the SAT and ACT are very similar, factors like how you handle time pressure and what types of questions you find most challenging can help you determine which test is a better fit. Try our QUIZ: SAT, ACT, or Both? to learn more.What should I be doing to best prepare myself during my 11th grade year? Click on this LINK for the 11th Grade Timeline
What is the College Kickoff Event happening on October 16?On October 16 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.I ENCOURAGE ALL COLLEGE GOING 11th GRADERS TO SIGN-UP and TAKE THE PSAT ON THIS DATE*
We Utilize CaliforniaColleges.edu for all our Guidance Activities including:
- High School Planning
- College/Career Planning
- PSAT/SAT/ACT prep
- Scholarship Search Tools
- FAFSA-Financial Aid
Parents: We will continue to utilize CaliforniaColleges.edu 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.