The college application process can be complicated, but at Breakthrough SJC, we are here to help.  This page is updated periodically with relevant links, resources and information that can assist students, families and college mentors during the application process.

Have a question?  Contact sam.geary@smes.org for more information.  Students, you can schedule a meeting with Sam using this link.

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LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION PACKETS

Required for Capistrano USD high schools to get letters of recommendation to apply to private colleges and scholarships, and should be submitted to academic advisors by the correct deadline.  Some teachers will require them, so students should ask teachers for their preference. For tips on how to ask for a letter of recommendation, check out this article 

San Juan Hills High School:  

  • Application deadlines before January 1st, 2020, packets are due by Friday, September 27th.  
  • Application deadlines after January 1st, 2020, packets are due by Friday, October 18th. 

Dana Hills High School:

  • Application deadlines before January 1st, 2020, packets are due by Friday, October 4th.
  • Application deadlines after January 1st, 2020, packets are due by Friday, November 8th.

Capistrano Valley High School: **must be submitted through an online portal

  • For ALL application deadlines, packets are due by Friday, September 27th.

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FLY IN PROGRAMS

Fly-in programs are great opportunities to visit colleges for free!  Many private colleges offer these programs, and often schools with fly-in opportunities also meet full demonstrated financial need for their students.

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COLLEGE SEARCH AND CREATING A COLLEGE LIST

  • College Greenlight
    • For instructions on making student and mentor accounts, use this guide
    • Check out this list for college options for UnDACAmented students
  • Cappex
    • When researching colleges, this website lists the “% Financial Need Met” for each school
  • BTSJC Approved Private College List
    • Make sure that the private colleges you plan to apply to are on this list!  All private colleges on our list have strong financial aid and resources for first-gen college students.

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SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH

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COLLEGE APPLICATION WEBSITES