SCVi’s approach to the college admissions process is driven by the following question:
How can I make a choice that is the “right fit” for my passions and future?
Our Upper School learners spend time getting to better know who they are, where their passions lie, and how to find the college that best fits their goals.
SCVi graduates who choose to attend small liberal arts colleges tend to have a seamless transition from our small liberal arts-style high school culture. SCVi alumni attend and have been accepted to well-respected colleges across the country, including Franklin & Marshall College, California Institute of the Arts, William & Mary, and Sarah Lawrence College, as well as larger universities, such as UC Berkley, UC Davis, and UC Irvine.
College and University A-G Ready
A-G courses are required by the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems and represent the minimum requirements for admissions. When completed, learners have achieved a basic level of academic high school education for colleges in most states to prepare for university-level work. SCVi’s graduation requirements include all the classes needed to be A-G ready to apply to a four-year college.
The result is that all graduates of SCVi are prepared to apply to a four-year-college. Many of our seniors are accepted to most or all of the colleges they apply to due to our personalized counseling.
The Role of International Baccalaureate (IB)
Our learners can select our International Baccalaureate classes and choose to earn a diploma that is recognized throughout the world. Testing or qualifying to enroll in the two-year classes is not required. If a learner has the drive and desire to be successful, they are encouraged to take the classes. Learners can take just one or two IB classes or enroll in all six subjects and may choose to earn an IB Diploma and/or test. Founded by diplomats in Great Britain, IB is recognized by most colleges as more rigorous and well-rounded than Advanced Placement (AP) classes. As with AP classes, there are optional tests that learners can take for IB at the completion of the two-year course(s) and it does give a weighted GPA. To learn more, please visit the IB website.
Concurrent Enrollment in a Community College
Some learners opt to take classes at the local community college in 11th or 12th grade. Learners can take classes that might not be offered at SCVi and also get accustomed to being on a college campus, earn college credit, and receive a weighted GPA.
The SMARTTRACK® College Funding High School Initiative provides our families with free resources to help them plan ahead and pay less for college. Please click here to access registration and other information.
Academic and College Counselor
SCVi is committed to personally guiding our learners in this process. SCVi’s Academic and College Counselor works diligently for every learner to help map out a plan to succeed in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development. This includes working with learners to develop four-year plans to meet graduation requirements and to explore and prepare for the wide range of options after high school.
We Are Committed
SCVi learners will also meet with representatives from a variety of colleges and programs throughout the school year. Field trips to college campuses and visits to SCVi from representatives take place throughout the year, and all learners from 9th-12th grade are invited to participate. At SCVi, we are committed to guiding your learner and family through this process.