College Information

getting-ready-for-college-brochure.jpgAs a college prep school, Acaciawood tries to help its students take the necessary steps to prepare for college even beyond their academic preparation in the classroom. Seniors at Acaciawood take a College Prep course in which they investigate and evaluate college options, register for college entrance and placement exams, prepare admission applications, and investigate financial aid options. The links on this page may also be helpful to parents and students in planning and preparing for college:

A-G Course Requirements for UC and CSU

NEW A-G Guide Website!

The new and improved “a-g” Guide website was launched earlier this week. The “a-g” Guide website is where you will find information on the “a-g” subject requirements and course criteria, updating your “a-g” course list, Career Technical Education (CTE) and online learning. The URL for the new “a-g” Guide website is: Please update your bookmarks! The old “a-g” Guide website will be taken down within the next 2 weeks.

UC and Cal State

Both the University of California and the California State University systems have common applications for all campus as well as a large body of other material helpful to potential incoming students:

University of California California State Universities

Finding a College

There are many resources that assist students and parents in finding appropriate college and university programs online. The U.S. Department of Education also maintains a site to assist students in finding colleges that match certain characteristics. Peterson's College Planner is also a useful site that helps students and parents plan for college. It brings together information helpful in finding a college, preparing for entrance and placement tests, and paying for college. One fairly comprehensive list of college home pages can be found at

Entrance Exams

Most major colleges and universities require students to take entrance exams. The most common is the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Some colleges and universities will also accept the American College Testing (ACT) Program exam. We also recommend that juniors take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Test Prep Programs

There are many prep courses available for these exams. Some information may be available through the school office. Two of the better known test prep programs that operate nationwide are the Princeton Review and the Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions programs.

Financial Aid

The most critical step in terms of applying for financial aid is the completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Two broadly based scholarship programs that parents and students should be aware of are the Pell Grants at the national level and CalGrants at the state level. Additional information about scholarships is available through the College Board (which administers the SAT and PSAT tests) and FastWeb, a site dedicated to helping students find college scholarships.

Application Tracking Forms

The following forms are provided based on a request made at the Parent Support Group meeting. They can be used to help in tracking the college application process.

Armed Forces Registration

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