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Tips for Success


Tips for all students:

  • Use the agenda book or your own organized system to keep track of assignments and grades.
  • Review and read each night even if assigned homework was completed in class.
  • Your teacher is your first source of support.  Ask him/her for help.
  • Utilize the Center for Academic Support teacher tutors and the National Honor Society student tutors available in the library before schoool, after school, and at lunch.
  • Join a club, sport or activity.
  • Eat a well balanced diet and get plenty of sleep each night.

Tips for Freshmen:

This is the year to start developing study skills that will lead to a successful high school career. What you do now academically will have a direct effect on what you will be able to do when you graduate. It is important to get involved in school activities and to keep a balanced academic and social life.

Tips for Sophomores:

This is a good time to re-evaluate your goals for graduation and beyond. Check to see if you are on track for graduation and your post secondary plans. Challenge yourself by taking the most difficult courses you are capable of handling. Be sure you don't look for the easy way out. Keep focused on your academics and enjoy your involvement in school activities. This is the year to start thinking more specifically about career pathways. Perhaps community service and/or volunteer work would help you discover a career that you might be interested in pursuing. The PSAT (practice SAT) is available to all sophomores in October. 

Tips for Juniors:

This is the year for testing. The PSAT is given in October. It is time to get serious about registering for the SAT or the ACT. Sign up for your first test after the winter break. Remember, colleges will look at your highest scores so no harm can come from taking them more than once. Start taking a serious look at colleges, universities, vocational schools and community colleges. Make the College Career Center your home away from home. Make sure you are on track for graduation and are meeting the requirements for the colleges or universities of your choice.

Tips for Seniors:

 Applications for CSU can be filed 10/1 thru 11/30.  UC applications can be filed 11/1 thru 11/30. Applications must be submitted online via the California State University or University of California.  Students can access Royal's current and past A-G list at A-G Articulation.  The A-G list provides courses that UC & CSU  accepts for admission to their respective campuses.


All SAT and/or ACT testing must be completed by the end of December.  Students who are currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade will have the option to submit scores from either the old SAT or new SAT with Essay exam. 


Changes have been made to the process of applying for financial aid via the FAFSA:

  • Students are now able to submit a FAFSA earlier.  Students have been able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA since Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date is a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available Jan. 1 as in previous years.)
  • Students now report earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students are required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) must report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.  

The College and Career Center has a wealth of information and web sites for scholarships.  Be sure to check them out!  


Don't forget to come to the counseling office to let us know where you are going once you have been accepted!  Mrs. Porter, in the CCC,  is busy making arrangements with Moorpark College for sign up dates for orientation, testing and registration for our seniors planning to attend next fall. Listen to the announcements for the dates or stop by and visit with her in the CCC.


As the days get longer, the weather becomes warmer, graduation nears and many seniors have a tendency to develop the infamous "senioritis". It is very important to stay focused on schoolwork and homework at this time so that graduation can be a time of celebration and not a stress producing time.


Students who need to complete courses at  Simi Valley Adult Education must work with their counselor to register for the proper classes.  All classes must be completed before graduation.