Located on the second floor of the building next to the Performing Arts Center (PAC), the College and Career Center (CCC) is designed to act as a resource for Gunn students who are making their post-high school plans. Resources include: college reference books, course catalogs, SAT/ACT/AP test preparation materials, information from various colleges (brochures and view books), career and vocational training resources, information for secondary options for students with learning disabilities and scholarship information.

Mrs. Linda Kirsch (lkirsch@pausd.org) College Counselor meets with every Junior student to talk about their life after high school plans. Mrs. Myesha Compton (mcompton@pausd.org) College Pathways and Avid Outreach Counselor. You can find them on the second floor of the building next to the Performing Arts Center (PAC), room P204 .

Contact Us:

  • Email: Leighton Lang at llang@pausd.org
  • Phone: (650) 354-8219 
  • Hours: 7:45 am - 4:00 pm



Important Dates for Scholarships

  • FAFSA                        October 1, FAFSA is available on the web
  • CAL GRANT               March 2, California Grant application deadline

Check with each college or university about that institution’s form deadline.


Scholarship Process

Please notify Mr. Lang at llang@pausd.org,  that you will be applying for scholarships and if you would like to be alerted of special scholarship opportunities. Transcripts are free and Mr. Lang will print them out, please have the recommendations sent to him. The scholarship packet must be turned in to the College and Career Center at least three  days before deadline. Students are responsible for the cost to mail (post/envelope) the scholarship.

Naviance Student will be your major resource for finding scholarships. Printouts are available at the CCC. We recommend that students research the colleges they are applying to for scholarships. 

A scholarship listing is compiled and updated weekly in Naviance Student under Colleges -> Scholarships and Money. 

Financial Aid Presentation by Carl Gotbrecht, Assistant Director of Student Awards Stanford Financial Aid:  January 22nd 2020.  

See Flyer Financial Aid Presentation 2019-2020

See Slides of Financial Aid Presentation 


Naviance Student

Naviance Student (and Parent) is a web-based service designed especially for planning and exploring your college options. Naviance Student is a comprehensive website that students and parents can use to help in making decisions about courses, colleges, and careers. Our guidance counselors will use it to track and analyze data about college and career plans; it provides up-to-date information that is specific to our school. Naviance also lets us share information with parents and students about up-coming college visits, summer enrichment, scholarships, meetings, news, and events, as well as other web resources for college and career information.

Presentation on navigating Naviance is available at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1OxFKvC6hJJ4njTGfMgST2TYgUSZbKpVzgfC2TtMFK28/edit?usp=sharing

Activate Your Naviance Student Account

You can log into Naviance through Single Sign-On:

-Log in through https://id.pausd.org

-Click on the Clever icon

-Click on the Naviance icon on the Clever Apps Portal page

-Log in with your information

If you have any questions contact Leighton Lang (llang@pausd.org) in the College & Career Center.


Selected Features to Explore

You can either login using your Naviance account (password) or click the Enter as Guest button, in order to access certain features you must use your own account. When you visit as Guest, fewer features will be available.

Your Naviance page displays: College, Career, About Me, My Planner.

Feature Description How to Access
College Search • Set search criteria to yield a list of colleges to explore. Save your search to access/modify later.

• Click on the various tabs of the college profile (generaladmissionsfinancial aidmajors and degrees, and student life) to learn more information.

• Add colleges in which you’re interested to your My Colleges list for future reference.
From the colleges tab in the top banner.
Scholarships Lists and matching tools to help you find scholarships that fit. From the colleges tab in the top banner, in the scholarships & moneybox.
Résumé • Record your high school activities, awards, volunteer experience, etc.

• Rearrange your information into multiple printable versions of a résumé that you can use to present to potential employers or colleges in the future.
From the about me tab in the top banner, in the interesting things about me section, under résumé.
Explore Interests A career interest survey about interest in types of work activities. Use the results to explore suggested occupations; examine the education, training, and skills required [and where to obtain them], as well as wages typical for these occupations. From the careers tab in the top banner.
Do What You Are A personal interests and personality survey. Use the results to explore suggested college majors and careers based on your preferences and strengths. From the about me tab in the top banner, in the interesting things about me section, under personality type.
College Search Tools Other search tools to complement Family Connection; some are specialized. From the colleges tab in the top banner, in the college research box, click on college resources. Also click on college maps for more links.
Maps Groups of types of colleges by location. Click on a college to view its profile. From the colleges tab in the top banner, in the college research box, click on college maps.

College Application Statistics

College application statistics for the high school senior classes of 2006 and later are now available on Naviance. To protect student privacy, if fewer than 4 students applied to a college, the statistics are not available.

Feature Description How to Access
Acceptance History Historical overview of acceptance history, by college. Select a college to see: 

• How You Compare - Student’s test scores and GPA along with accepted students’ average test scores and GPA.

• Application History


• School Stats

• Graph

Select colleges in top banner, then acceptance history in the college research section.

School Statistics

• Summary of Gunn application results (admit, deny, enroll), by year. Note that prior to 2008, data represents both Paly and Gunn applicants.

• Historical average GPA and SAT scores for admitted applicants, by college.

Select colleges in top banner, then acceptance history in the college research section.

Select a college, then click on SCHOOL STATS.
Scattergram Graph Historical application results (admit, deny, waitlist) are graphed as a scattergram; applicant average GPA appears on the y-axis and applicant average SAT scores on the x-axis.

For an applicant to be represented on a scattergram for a given college, three things must be present:

1. an application result (accepted or denied)

2. a GPA

3. a test score for the type of test for which you are running the scattergram

Note about calculation of averages: If, for example, a test score is not present for the SAT (2400 scale) for some students, those students' dots/crosses are not figured into the averages on the scattergram. This means that those students will not show up on the scattergram for the 2400 scale--which means that their Test Scores and GPAs will not figure into the Accepted Average displayed on the scattergram.
Select colleges in top banner, then acceptance history in the college research section.

Select a college, then click on GRAPH.

- OR -

Select scattergrams in the college research box of the colleges section.
College Compare Compare your GPA and test scores to the average GPA and test scores of Gunn admitted students for a particular college (or multiple colleges).

School averages are displayed in green when your numbers are higher and in red when your numbers are lower than those of past admitted students.
Select colleges in top banner, then college compare in the college research section. Choose one or more colleges to compare.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Families are required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to demonstrate need and establish eligibility for aid. All two and four year colleges, public and private require the FAFSA. FSA ID information can be found and created at  https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm . The FAFSA is also required for families applying for some of the federal loan programs.


Gunn's school code: 052347

Assembly Bill (AB) 540 are eligible to complete the Dream Act Application https://dream.csac.ca.gov/.

Cal Grant (GPA Verification)

The California Student Aid Commission uses the information provided on the FAFSA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification process to determine if students qualify for Cal Grant.The GPA Information and student login to check is available on the web at http://www.csac.ca.gov . To be considered for 2019-2020 Cal Grants (California State Aid), each student must submit a FAFSA, and confirm their email address in Naviance is the same as the one they will or have used with their FAFSA.  If your email is different please send your new email address to llang@pausd.orgYour GPAs were submitted electronic on October 2nd, 2018.


CSS/Financial Aid Profile

Many private colleges and universities use the information collected from a form called the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA. Follow the directions colleges send with their application materials to be certain you meet their specific requirements and due dates. The PROFILE can be completed online. There is a registration fee for submitting the CSS Profile Application. The CSS PROFILE registrations guides are available on the College Board website, https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile . The list of participating colleges is available at https://profile.collegeboard.org/profile/ppi/participatingInstitutions.aspx .

Fall 2018 Financial Aid Presentation


There are several community and school scholarships whose sponsors have asked the Gunn Scholarship Committee to nominate and/or select students to receive the awards. Students who wish to be considered for need-based or merit awards need to review the scholarships listed in Naviance or visit the College and Career Center. 

A scholarship listing is compiled and updated weekly in Naviance Student under Colleges -> Scholarships and Money. 

Students' interested in applying for the Gunn Foundation Scholarship must complete a Gunn Foundation online application by Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Filling out this application is essential if you wish to be considered.

Naviance has some great scholarship options: 




The PSAT (Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs. 

The PSAT is offered at Gunn once each fall for juniors. In past years, sophomores were also encouraged to take the test if they wanted to have a practice test-taking experience. Starting in 2009, Gunn offered the test only to juniors, and held alternate programs for other grades.

For more information visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html


The SAT Reasoning Test is widely used by colleges and universities admissions. It tests students' knowledge of subjects that are necessary for college success: reading, writing, and mathematics. The SAT assesses the critical thinking skills students need for academic success in college—skills that students learned in high school. The SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It is offered at Gunn and other places in the bay area several times each year. For more information visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about.html

SAT Subject Tests

(formerly known as SAT II Tests): Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Some colleges specify the Subject Tests that they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take. The UCs currently require two SAT Subject Tests of a student's choice; starting with the high school graduating class of 2012, SAT Subject Tests will no longer be required for the UCs. 

Subject Tests are offered at Gunn several times each year. They are usually taken by juniors and seniors after they have completed the appropriate courses. Sophomores also may want to take a Subject Test if they have completed an advanced course. For more information visit



The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. 

The ACT multiple-choice tests are curriculum based. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what you have learned in your high school courses in the four subject areas. Because the ACT tests are based on what is taught in the high school curriculum, some students are more comfortable with the ACT than they are with traditional aptitude tests or tests with narrower content.

The ACT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It is offered at Gunn and other places in the bay area several times each year. For more information visit www.actstudent.org/index.htm

AP Tests

Through AP's college-level courses and exams, students can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admissions process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world. AP Tests are offered at Gunn every May and are typically taken by juniors and seniors at the end of the AP class. For more information visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How do I sign up for the SAT, SAT II, PSAT and ACT?

 For testing information and relevant links please go to https://www.collegeboard.org

Q: What is Family Connection? What is Naviance?

 Family Connection is a web-based service designed especially for planning and exploring your college options. This service is also sometimes referred to as "Naviance," the name of the company that runs it. Family Connection is a comprehensive ... [learn more]

Q: How do I get to Family Connection (or Naviance)?

 This link will take you to the Gunn section of Family Connection, Naviance's web service: https://connection.naviance.com/fc/signin.php?hsid=hmghs

Q: When are the SAT and ACT tests offered?

A: Testing information and relevant links are all on the college test page.

Q: Where can I find the contact information for the GUNN Guidance Counselors?

A: Check out the Counseling section where you will find contact information for all counselors and department staff.

Q: Where can I find the Senior Forms?

A: Go to the guidance dept senior page. It has all the forms you'll need.

Q: When are the PAUSD information nights?

A: Please check this site. The Parent/Student information night dates will be posted there.

Q: Where can I find the URL's for the numerous college websites?

A: Family Connection has links to each college's website. Also take a look at the college links page here on the CCC website.

Q: My tax forms for last year aren't finished yet. How can I meet the FAFSA deadline?

A: Use your W-2s and make the best estimate you can. Most schools, once you are admitted, will ask you later for more specific information they need.

Q: What is the College Rep Visits Process?

A: The college rep visit process will take at least 3 days of advanced planning by students.  Please clear your attendance with your teacher first for permission to attend a college rep visit, during their class.  If your teacher indicates you have been granted the permission to attend the college rep visit, then sign-up for it in Family Connection. College Rep Visit can be find under the "college" tab, then click on "view all upcoming visits" to view the list and sign-up. The college rep visit will be 35 minutes long during the beginning of each class period. Students will have to return to class after the college rep visit. Mr. Lang in the College and Career Center will give every student a pass back to class after the college rep visits.

If you need help with logging into your Family Connection account please send me, Mr. Lang, an email at llang@pausd.org

STAFF: These presentations are considered a privilege for students whose work in your class is satisfactory and up-to-date. College Rep Visits are limited to 10 for seniors, and junior can sign-up for 5 only.  Missing class for the meeting must be approved and in advance by the teacher. Student will not be able attend College Rep Visits if they are not signed-up on Family Connection with Naviance.

College Rep Visits are for students only.

Q: I have a question that wasn't answered here, and I can't find it on the CCC website. What should I do?

A: We are always trying to make this page more useful. Please send an email to Mr. Leighton Lang email at llang@pausd.org in the CCC and ask him to put your question on the CCC FAQ Page.

What's Next? College Information and Post HS Planning

Junior parents: Grace (a parent volunteer) will be systematically contacting all junior parents to set a date and time for their "Post HS Planning" conference with mrs. Kirsch. The booking for Mrs Kirsch through the entire semester one 2019 is finished. Grace will contact the remaining parents in early January 2020 for their conference. If you have questions about the planning you can e-mail Grace at Gunnjuniormeeting@Gmail.com. If you are not able to attend your appointment, let Mrs. Kirsch lkirsch@pausd.org know. She will notify Grace and you will be contacted to set up a new day and time. Always provide you student’s name in your communications. When setting a time, choose a class schedule slot that the student can be absent from (not math and science).

When you arrive, check in at the front desk for your badge and parking permit. Come directly to the second floor of the new two story Performing Arts building room P-201, the lobby. The secretary will see that you get to Mrs. Kirsch’s office. Your student should be with you.

All questions are welcome. This is a comprehensive overview of information to share with colleges, how to go shopping for a college, how to use summer time etc.

Junior Handbook 2019

Private colleges in California

University of California

California State Universities

Out of state public colleges

California Community Colleges

Life After HS Opportunities for Students with Learning Disabilities