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Test Prep & Registration

Financial Aid & Scholarship Search Engines

Career Guidance and Online Learning

Dual enrollment

Understand the Process!  Students and parents should read all of these resources and then schedule an appointment with Mr. Lane or Mrs. Millar to discuss options prior to enrolling in dual enrollment courses!


Send completed paperwork to: I will confirm that it is filled out correctly.  I will email correct forms to Mr. Lane for administrative approval and HE will submit them to Columbia. Forms that are not complete will be returned to the student for completion. There are no exceptions to this policy!

Students who need assistance in applying to any community college dual enrollment program can contact me and I'll set up a time for a phone or FaceTime one on one appointment to step students through the process.  Have access to a computer during this meeting!

Steps at Columbia CC

Dual Enrollment Programs

Required Paperwork


College Related Apps

Career technical education

Regional & National Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities 2018-2019. Check this link frequently for regional and national scholarship opportunities!  Many of these scholarships are open to underclassman too!  Don't wait until you are a senior to apply for scholarships! This list is always a work in progress!  Please let my office know if you win one of these scholarships!

Summer Pre-College and Camp Programs

Information on summer pre-college and camps can be found by clicking the link. Summer Programs

Local Job Training

Mother Lode Job Training is available to assist all students and parents with job training, GED, and finding work!

Job Searches

California Employment Development Department for training and job searches available in California.

ZipRecruiter for high school students will assist with finding jobs nationwide.

College/Career Corner

Career center closure

The Career Center closed on May 29th and will reopen on August 19th for student access.  Dual enrollment paperwork was due on May 28th for all anticipated fall community college enrollment.  Have a safe and relaxing summer!  Juniors should start working on college essays for Common App and short responses for the UC application!  Students may create Common App accounts now and the application cycle will open on August 1st.  The CSU application is open from August 1-November 30th.  The UC application is open August 1st but can only be submitted from November 1- November 30th.  Know the deadlines for colleges you plan to apply to and know if early action or early decision are right for you!

CSDA regional scholarship opportunity Deadline September 30, 2020

California Special Districts Association (CSDA) is a statewide association of special districts such as Altaville-Melones Fire District.  The CSDA is looking for video applications from Bret Harte students for a state scholarship competition.  The deadline to submit your video is September 30, 2020.  For additional information please visit this CSDA webpage!  What a great summer project for video savvy students!

do's and don't of emailing an admissions representative

Students are welcome to contact  admissions representatives by email.  Here are some helpful guidelines from one of my colleagues at Tulane University.  What are good questions to ask an admissions representative?

What to avoid in email correspondence with admissions representatives?

dual enrollment students need to read the latest updates posted in the first column of this webpage!!!


1.  Create a California Community College account.

2. Apply to the community college that you plan to take a class(es) at.  You must apply each term as a high school student.

3.  Fill out the dual enrollment forms and make sure to list the classes you plan to take.

4. Submit completed form to

5.  Complete the required online orientation and other steps required at your college.  English and Math classes may require an assessment with the college counseling office prior to your registration for those classes.  Call the college counseling office for more information or to schedule your assessment.

6. Make sure to check your emails for your registration date for the class(es) you plan to take from the college. 

You are not enrolled in the college simply by submitting the paperwork to BH.  The process must be completed for dual enrollment specific to your college!

UC Cancels SAT/ACT requirement for 2021 applicants

The University of California announced on April 1st that they are suspending the SAT/ACT testing requirement for the freshman class of 2021.  This is not a policy shift but a one year plan based on the cancellation of SAT/ACT testing.  Other systems and private universities have varying plans and I'm sure they will continue to change.  Please pay attention to the requirements for any colleges you plan to apply to for admission.

csu cancels sat/act requirements for 2021 applicants

On April 17th the California State University removed the SAT/ACT test requirement for the Class of 2021.  For the full announcement and how applications, course requirements, and grading may affect all grade levels planning to pursue admission in Fall 2021 through Fall 2024 please click on this link specific to the effects of the Covid-19 situation and any applicable changes to admission for current high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors.

understanding financial aid award letters

This is a video that was produced by the UC system to help students and parents how to read a Financial Aid Award letter. Make sure you have access to YouTube!

california student aid commission updates for current college students and the freshman class of 2024

The California Student Aid Commission has created a web page for updates to any changes students receiving specific California college aid can access for quick answers.  Please follow this link if you are a student currently attending any California college or will be a first time freshman in Fall 2020.  This only pertains to students staying instate and receiving Cal Grants!

sat school day Update 

SAT School Day has been cancelled for this academic year.  Bret Harte will offer the test early in Fall 2020.  The date will be announced later. Students who have signed up for BHHS SAT School Day will have their registration automatically rolled over to the Fall date.   Some colleges are making the SAT/ACT optional for the Class of 2021; this varies across the country so know the requirements of the universities you plan to apply to for admission!  

act and sat national test date updates 

The April 4, 2020 ACT has been rescheduled to June 13, 2020 nationwide.  All students will receive an email from ACT informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13th or a future national test date.  The next national test date after June 13th is July 18, 2020.  Students who can't or don't wish to reschedule may receive a refund of their April registration fee. Students who registered with a Fee Waiver can log into their ACT account and make a test date change without a fee.

 CollegeBoard will offer national test dates in August, September, October, November, and December. Registration is open now.

College Board has added an SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons will be on September 27.

service academy applicants

Class of 2021 students interested in applying to a service academy are reminded that the process will open on May 15, 2020 and end on October 29, 2020.  All academies except the Coast Guard require a congressional nomination so make sure you start early!  Information on the process can be found here.

collegeboard partner scholarship program

CollegeBoard partners with a select number of foundations to award scholarships to students with specific backgrounds such as Dreamers, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian.  Go to this CollegeBoard information page to explore these special scholarship opportunities for seniors.

junior fly in programs

Are you a female junior who is interested in attending an all-female college?  If you have a strong interest in agricultural programs or want to continue your love for riding horses during your college experience it may be worth checking out Sweet Briar College in Virginia.  Other strong programs include: pre-vet, pre-med, pre-law, engineering, sustainability and the arts. SBC offers an all expense paid trip for the student and one parent to visit the campus. For more information go to this page!

Many other universities and colleges offer special programs for rural students to visit.  For a list of other amazing opportunities please check out this document!

oregon private colleges summer exploration

Juniors interested in learning about 11 private colleges in Oregon should make plans to participate in a virtual college exploration program between July 27-July 31, 2020.  Information on how to register and the list of participating colleges can be found here.

SAT/ACT Dates 2020-2021

Canceled SAT/ACT dates were sent out by email.  Check these links for upcoming summer/fall national dates.  SAT updates.  ACT updates.  

collegeboard opportunity scholarship program

College Board offers the Opportunity Scholarship program  to all community and four year bound students. 5 million dollars will be awarded randomly to Class of 2021 students who complete six college planning steps.  To participate click on this link.  Stop by to see Mrs. Millar if you need further assistance.

Official Transcript Requests

Students who need official transcripts sent to universities need to see Mrs. Brooksher.  Make sure to complete a transcript request form!   Athletes who need official transcripts uploaded to the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center need to see Mrs. Millar.

Showcasing Scholarship Opportunities


Bret Harte Classes of 2021, have you started thinking about college and the steps you need to take to make your dreams a reality?  By completing steps in the College Board program you have the opportunity to win a scholarship worth $500-$2,000; complete all six steps and you could win $40,000.  No essay or minimum GPA is required!  Register

Women specific scholarship are available.  Deadlines, rules and scholarship amounts vary.  

Discover Student Loans does monthly drawings for students who sign up to get information on financing college.  More information is available here.


The Bret Harte Memorial Scholarship

The Bret Harte Memorial Scholarship is a donation-based scholarship  awarded annually by the BH Scholarship Committee to deserving students who qualify by GPA and  have plans to continue their education at either a college or a career tech program.  Students must have demonstrated  financial need.  The number of scholarships and the award amount are based on the number of donations that are received year-by-year.  Please donate if you can.
Contact Courtney Brooksher at or 209-736-8315

Relevent Published Articles

From time to time, staff and parents share interesting articles related to career/college issues with me.  I will post links to some of these stories.

Student Tracking:  Information Used in Admissions

Elite Admission: what is college worth?”

California SAT Averages Higher Than National Averages


College Planning Websites

College & Career Night Presentations

College/Career Calendar

University of California


California Community Colleges

Private Colleges & Universities


MIlitary Academies

Selective service registration

Males must register when they turn 18. Stay eligible for college aid, job training benefits, federal jobs and more! Register now!

CAreer Center Dates 2020-21


9/16.   ASVAB Testing

10/5.    Jr/Sr College Night

10/7.    ASVAB Interpretation

10/12.  Fr/So College Night

10/14.  PSAT Administration

3/17.    ASVAB Testing

4/9.       ASVAB Interpretation