JSerra Spring 2015 Signing Day

We are always proud of our Lions. Every year, we see students reach their potential and show the world who they are as individuals. They are first and foremost students, but our Lions are also stellar in other aspects of their lives! We are so proud of the following students who signed their letters of intent to the universities of their dreams this Spring!

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Taylor Stephen – Providence College

Equestrian:
Haley Giddings – Texas Christian University

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Girls Water Polo:
Marina Daroca Bazan – San Diego State University

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Boys Golf:
Jonathan Unterman – Ave Maria University

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Boys Water Polo:
Zachary Slaughter – George Washington University 

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Cross Country:
Ashley Geisler – University of Nebraska
Victoria Yanco – University of California, Santa Barbara

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Football:
Ethan Aguayo – San Jose State University
Joseph Munroe – Adams State University

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Girls Volleyball:
Hannah Joyce – Whittier College

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Congratulations! Everyone at JSerra will be rooting you on in your future endeavors. We know you will make us proud!

Lion Pride!

Planning Ahead: Unconventional College Majors

As we prepare to say goodbye to our graduating senior class, we want to remind our students that college is an experience meant for them to grow, learn, and find a career path that means something. There are traditional majors available at every school such as Business, Communications, Psychology, Pre-med and more, but there are also many other exciting options out there for students wanting to try something different.

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Do you dream of working with the stars? At USC, you can major in various facets of Theatre, numerous types of Performance, Dance, Animation & Digital Arts, and even Writing for Screen & Television!

If owning a bakery has been a life-long dream, then the Bakery Science & Management major at Kansas State University should be considered. The major trains students for research, administrative, production, or executive positions within the industry, or students can choose to study quality control and research and development.

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For the students who love binge watching their favorite shows on Netflix or obsessing over celebrities, the Pop Culture major at Bowling Green State University is a perfect match. This major prepares students for careers in journalism, mass media, public relations, and advertising.

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Do you work well with people and want to help them? You can help athletes by becoming an Athletic Training or PGA Golf Management major at UNLV! If you aren’t interested in sports, there are also majors in Restaurant Management and Meetings and Events to help you understanding of the significance of the hospitality industry.

There are also majors in Costume Technology at DePaul University, Floral Management at Mississippi State University, and Adventure Education at Green Mountain College. There is always an option to major in Business or Communications, but minor in Dance, Gender Studies, and more. The possibilities are endless with the help of your trusty counselors, so be sure to visit them early to plan out classes and get advice on majors and minors!

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College is a time to continue your education and prepare yourself for your future. Every major requires the same general educations classes of Math, Science, English, and History; all courses that will help you in the future. It is important to remember to find your passions while you’re there, too! No matter the major or minor, your JSerra family will always be rooting for your success!

Lion Pride!

College Bound: The Universities You Do (Or Don’t) Get Into Do Not Define You

Every year, college acceptance letters start hitting the mailboxes. While this can be a very stressful time in your educational career, it is also a time to step back and look at the big picture for your future college successes!

While many students are intimidated by the idea of college, especially when it comes to their dream schools, it is important to keep a positive attitude. The schools you do and don’t get into do not define who you are as a student or individual. Here are a few tips about college admissions results: 

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Don’t Take It Personally:
Remember; whether you are crying tears of joy or sorrow, your admissions decisions do not define who you are. Getting in doesn’t mean life’s doors are now open to you without effort and drive. Being rejected doesn’t mean that all of your dreams are no longer important. No matter what your envelope says, you endured an extensive and exhausting process – congratulations!

Visit The Prospective Campuses, Again:
Once you figure out which campuses are potential, visit them again! Spend all day on the different campuses and see what interests you the most or see what different amenities they have that will help you succeed as a student. You may find yourself learning new things about the campus that you didn’t know before!

Celebrate:
Whether it is your first choice or your fifth choice, take pride in that a school you applied to wants to extend acceptance to you. This is something to be proud of. Your hard work has paid off! And we are all PROUD of you!

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College acceptance letter season is a time where you should remain confident in who you are as a person and everything you have accomplished thus far in your life. You have dedicated so much time and energy into your schooling; be proud of yourself and congratulations!

Lion Pride!

Time Management Skills and Tricks

Procrastination can get the best of all of us. But avoiding homework, studying or projects never ends well. High school students have extremely busy schedules and it is important to stay on task and take control of your time management. Here are a few time management tricks to help you develop good skills for your whole life.

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Create To-Do Lists
Making a to-do list can help you stay on track. Be sure to put the most important tasks at the top of the list and check them off as you go. Motivate yourself with rewards in between each task to keep you motivated.

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Know When To Say No
If you know you have a big test or project coming up don’t make plans with friends the night before. Instead, reschedule to do something on another night when you have more time.

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Find Your Productive Time
Pay attention to the time of the day that you are most efficient. Are you a morning or a night person? Once you’ve figured it out, plan your schedules accordingly and make time to get work done when you know you will succeed.

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Get Enough Sleep
Make sure to get enough sleep each night, especially when finals come up. A good night of sleep will help you from getting sidetracked during work time.

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Remember Lions, have fun, stay focused and get the job done!

Lion Pride!

JSerra Winter Signing Day 2015

Every year, we see students reach their potential and show the world who they are as individuals. Our Lions are first and foremost students, but they are also outstanding in other aspects of their lives! We are proud of the following students who signed their letters of intent to the universities of their dreams in February 2015!

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Boys Soccer:

Ether Bustos – California State University at Fullerton

Ivan Canales – University of California at Irvine

Julian Font – University of California at Irvine

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Football:

Aaron Matthews – Lindenwood University

Brody Barrett – Appalachian State University

D.J. Bailey – Harvard

Nick Robinson – University of Georgia

Sam Philippi – University of Pennsylvania

Tucker Squires – University of Chicago

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Girls Soccer:

Brooke Kunzelman – Air Force

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Girls Volleyball:

Kayla DeMari – Hawai’i Pacific University

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Congratulations! Always remember that everyone at JSerra will be rooting you on in your future endeavors. We know you will make us proud!

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Lion Pride!

How To Find The Right University For You

The college application process is difficult; however, sometimes the decision process can be even harder. Yes, it is nice to have received an acceptance letter(s) to the school(s) of your choice, but now it is time to make the decision to where you will spend the next 4 years of your college career. We also understand that this choice can put a lot of pressure on you. If you’re having a tough time deciding where to attend in the fall, here are a few tips to choosing the right university for you!

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Think About What Is Important To You
This is a huge, important decision. It is smart to take a step back and breath for a minute. Ask yourself, why you initially choose to apply to these schools. What was important to you when you applied to them back then? Was it a program? A club? Close to home? These are all factors that will have an effect on your final decision.

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Visit The School
Many, if not most, colleges and universities offer campus tours. In fact, many campuses have special days dedicated to those students who have interest in attending their university. You may find yourself feeling out of place or not at home when you visit certain schools, but if you visit the school and it feels like home for you, it will narrow down your choices. The school you choose will be your home away form home for these next few years.

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Consider Curriculum and Your Future Career
College is a place to prepare you for your future. Look at the curriculum. Do the schools offer any classes you are yearning to take? Do they seem challenging and like a good learning experience for you? Do your research because it will help you determine which campuses will provide you with the classes to help pursue your career dreams.

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Think About Student Resources
Student resources will play a colossal role in your college successes. Do they have a career center? A library? A student union? Many college career centers have resume building workshops, provide lists of internship opportunities, and perform mock interviews to help prepare you for future interviews. A library is important because you will spend many hours studying there, this also goes for the student union. These often have study rooms, food restaurants, and places to relax while on campus.

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Deadlines for decisions are quickly approaching! Do the research now and go on campus tours. Now is the time to ask all the questions you have. Use the time you have left to research the different aspects of a college atmosphere that are truly the most important to you. Good luck!

Lion Pride!

Become a Lion – How to Apply!

Do you want to be a part of the Lion family but have no idea where the application process begins? Below you can find a step-by-step list on how to apply to JSerra Catholic High School. As an applicant, you have two different options to complete the application process.

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The first and most convenient method of Application for Admissions would be to apply online.

  1. Click here to complete and electronically submit the Application for Admissions form and Records Release form. You will also be able to pay the $65.00 application fee online.
  2. Incoming Freshman Only – Download the English Recommendation & Math Recommendation forms, and print the prospective student’s information at the top of each form. Submit the forms to the appropriate teachers, and be sure to include a self-addressed stamp envelope for each teacher to mail upon completion. Please mail to:

JSerra Catholic High School

Attn: Karen Testa

26351 Junipero Serra Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  1. Incoming Freshman Only – All 9th grade applicants are required to take the entrance examination. Plan for the entrance examination, which will take place on January 31, 2015 and February 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. An Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions Office prior to taking the entrance exam. There is no need to RSVP. The Entrance Examination administered is the High School Placement Test (HSPT), produced by Scholastic Testing Service. The exam measures: verbal and quantitative skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary. For more information on the Entrance Examination, please click here.

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The second method of completing the Application for Admissions would be to apply by mail.

  1. Download, print, and complete theApplication for Admission 2014-2015 or Application for Admission 2015-2016.
  2. Download, print, and complete theRecords Release 
  3. Mail the appropriate Application for Admission and Records Release forms with a check made payable to JSerra Catholic High school for $65.00:

JSerra Catholic High School

Attn: Karen Testa

26351 Junipero Serra Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  1. Incoming Freshmen Only– Download the English Recommendation and Math Recommendation forms, and print the prospective student’s information at the top of each form. Submit the forms to the appropriate teachers, and be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope for teachers to mail upon completion.  Please mail to:

JSerra Catholic High School

Attn: Karen Testa

26351 Junipero Serra Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

  1. Incoming Freshmen Only All 9th grade applicants are required to take the entrance examination. Plan for the entrance examination which will take place on January 28, 2015 and February 7, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 11L30 a.m. An Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions Office prior to taking the entrance exam. There is no need to RSVP. The Entrance Examination administered is the High School Placement Test (HSPT), produced by Scholastic Testing Service. The exam measures: verbal and quantitative skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary. For more information on the Entrance Examination, please click here.

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Here are some important dates for applicants:

  • Application for Admissions Deadline – Jan. 28
  • Entrance Exam #1 – High School Placement Test (HSPT) – Jan. 31 @ 7:30 – 11:30AM
  • Entrance Exam #2 – High School Placement Test (HSPT) – Feb. 07 @ 7:30 – 11:30AM
  • Incoming Student Information Night – April 16 @ 6:30 – 8:30PM

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We understand that the application process can be overwhelming. Please feel free to reach out for assistance at any point during this process by contacting a member of the Admissions Team.

Lion Pride!