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Estancia High School Students are College Bound
Posted 11/8/19



As part of the American College Application Campaign (ACAC)Estancia High School seniors applied to at least one postsecondary institution - a University of California, California State University, private university, out-of-state college or university, community college, or technical program - this week. This initiative aligns with Newport-Mesa Unified School District priorities in preparing and supporting students to meet the demands of college and industry standards beyond graduation. 

The ACAC is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation college students and students from low-income families pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential. The goal is to help students navigate possible hurdles and complexities of the college application and admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one postsecondary institution. 

“The college admissions process can be daunting and we want to do all we can to eliminate any barriers our students may face,” said Estancia Assistant Principal Jennifer Chamberlin. “We want to continually build upon a community where we support all of our students beyond high school,” she said.

This two-day initiative was led by the Estancia High School counseling team in partnership with local college and university, College Bound, Orange County Department of Education, and Simon Scholar representatives who provided students hands-on assistance with their application process.

“With the help of my counselor and the college representatives, I was able to successfully apply to college, without their guidance I wouldn’t have been able to,” Said Estancia High School Senior Nallely Rivadeneira. “I also learned about the resources and benefits available next year,” she said. Nallely’s goal is to become a Psychiatric Nurse.

Estancia seniors submitted more than 300 postsecondary school applications. Upon completing their application(s), students proudly wrote their names on banners for the “I applied” feature wall, had the opportunity to win prizes, received a “college-bound” t-shirt, and snapped celebratory photos.

Estancia College Application Campaign Photos

Estancia will also be hosting a Financial Aid for College Workshop on Wednesday, November 13.

Many high schools throughout our district host similar college application events or college knowledge nights.