The Goals of Career Exploration Education

1. Inspire and excite students about what they are studying in school.

2. Connect students' educational  experiences to their real world experiences.

3. Expose students to pathways that are relevant to their individual hopes and dreams.


Volunteer at the Lowell Elementary School Carnival on May 14!

This is a fun and easy way to get community service hours and help the local community.
The Lowell Carnival is looking for at least 25 Volunteers to help on Saturday, May 14 from either 8am-1pm or 12pm-5pm, or all day.

The Lowell PTA will provide lunch and refreshments for the volunteers and promise a fun-filled environment!

If you are interested, you can sign up via this link:
Volunteer at the Lowell Elementary School Carnival on May 14!

This is a fun and easy way to get community service hours and help the local community.
The Lowell Carnival is looking for at least 25 Volunteers to help on Saturday, May 14 from either 8am-1pm or 12pm-5pm, or all day.

The Lowell PTA will provide lunch and refreshments for the volunteers and promise a fun-filled environment!

If you are interested, you can sign up via this link:
Or you can contact Emily Taylor and indicate which shift you prefer.
Emily Taylor
Lowell Carnival Volunteer Coordinator
(310) 266-6469

SENIORS!  Have you purchased your Grad Nite ticket?  Parents!  We still need volunteers to make this event happen for the Class of 2016!  Check out the great new web site.

Career and College Center


Need help with career or college exploration, employment options, financial aid assistance and more? The Wilson Career/College Center is your "one stop" shop for information on these topics and more. Here daily at 6:45am--3:15, open nutrition, lunch, and after school--please come by!

College and Career Resources on Pinterest

LBUSD College and Career Center Pinterest Page

Search the LBUSD's College and Career Center Pinterest account to find the right fit for you after high school.  Create a free Pinterest account at (if you don't already have one).  Then you will be able to learn more about specific areas by going to afterhighschool/boards to view any of the following College and Career Center boards:

Important Resources and Newsletters

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Comic Relief from AIS: Admission Induced Stress!!




The reality is, admission is nothing like the movie Admission. Most students believe that admission counselors wear pearl necklaces and business suits to sleep and swim. But guess what? They’re normal people! Contrary to the popular conception that admission counselors are on the brink of the grave, the average age is 26 years old. Think about the person who was your babysitter as a kid … that’s the guy or girl reading your essay and reviewing your application. What would you tell that person about yourself? Wouldn’t you feel comfortable in that conversation? Psyching yourself out by imagining a bespectacled curmudgeon administrator only makes AIS more intense.


Maybe you think admission to college is ALL riding on your numbers. Don’t be intimidated by the statistics you see online at different schools. Most schools show you an average or a middle 50% range. If you see an average, don’t forget what that means — students on both sides of that number WERE ADMITTED! If you see the middle-50% of a freshman class, it means half of the students fall into that range. That leaves 25% with lower scores than the range, and 25% that were higher.


We know, we know… you’re looking for THE answer. So grab a pen because here’s how you get in to your dream school: Take two years of Spanish, volunteer at a local hospital, spin around three times, and practice your half-court jumpshot.

The truth is, there is no magic formula. Admission to competitive schools involves a holistic and comprehensive review process. That means everything is taken into account: grades, classes, scores, essays, leadership, and extracurricular involvement, among other factors. And it can be daunting to know you'll be judged and compared. So focus on what you can control: Do a thorough job on the application, write an essay that you believe really captures your voice, have a few people review your application, and then send it in!

You can't predict or control the number or quality of applications a school will receive. There will be institutional priorities at each school that you'll never fully know. So do your best, take a breath, submit your application, and then go back to enjoying your senior year.



A Definition of Selective Admissions

Selective Admissions is a human process and a holistic process, whose ultimate goal is to create a well balanced class in which every candidate considered is valued for his/her intellectual vitality, diversity of thought and experience, as well as the many combinations of contributions to school, family and community.

A Comedy: The Creeping Horror of College Anxiety




1. New FAFSA filing period is Oct 1st-March 2nd

2. Income information if from Prior/Prior year


The 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) season will begin earlier than previous FAFSA application cycles. Beginning on Oct. 1, 2016, your students will be able to fill out the FAFSA for the 2017–18 school year. (In the past, they had to wait until January 1). In addition, applicants will no longer need to estimate income and tax information and will be able to retrieve their data directly from the IRS, right from the first day the FAFSA is available. Students also will have information about their Expected Family Contributions earlier, helping them as they’re going through the college application and selection process.

Parents (who have been through the process before)

You might hear about some changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). But don’t worry; these changes were put in place to make the FAFSA process easier. Starting with the 2017–18 FAFSA (this is the application your child will fill out if he or she plans to go to school between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018), there will be two major changes:

  1. Your child will be able to submit his or her FAFSA® earlier. Students can file the 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. If your child files the FAFSA earlier, he or she will have an earlier indication of how much your family is expected to contribute toward your child’s college costs, which will help with budgeting for the upcoming school year. Note: Because of the change in the FAFSA launch date, you’ll want to make sure that your child’s school and state deadlines have not changed, and plan accordingly. School deadlines are on the school’s website; and state deadlines are available at and/or from the school’s financial aid office.
  2. You and your child will be required to use earlier income and tax information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, applicants—and their parents, as appropriate—will report 2015 income and tax information, rather than 2016 income and tax information. This change will make the FAFSA easier because you will already have done your taxes by the time your child fills out the FAFSA, and you may be able to automatically import your tax information into your child’s FAFSA. (If your child files his or her own taxes, then your child may be able to import his or her tax information too.)




You Can Afford UC: President Napolitano's Message to Students and Families


Maximinzing Financial Aid

Maximinzing Financial Aid

Maximinzing Financial Aid



2016-17 SAT Administration Dates (Anticipated)

SAT Date

SAT Subject Tests Available?

Oct. 1, 2016


Nov. 5, 2016


Dec. 3, 2016


Jan. 21, 2017


March 11, 2017


May 6, 2017


June 3, 2017







ACT TEST DATES 2016-2017

Test Date

Registration Deadline

(Late Fee Required)

September 10, 2016

August 5, 2016

August 6-19, 2016

October 22, 2016

September 16, 2016

September 17-30, 2016

December 10, 2016

November 4, 2016

November 5-18, 2016

February 11, 2017*

January 13, 2017

January 14-20, 2017

April 8, 2017

March 3, 2017

March 4-17, 2017

June 10, 2017

May 5, 2017

May 6-19, 2017




Career Center Monthly Activities

Ivy League Dachshund

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MIssion Statement

To provide equal access to all students’ pursuit of career/college exploration and post-secondary options to ensure that all students are career and college ready citizens.

Senior Academic Resume

Click Here to Begin Your Scholarship Application Process
Deadline: Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.


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