For a comprehensive website to navigate the college planning process, click this link:  College & Career 101.






    This is the last chance for Juniors to sign up for a summer workshop to help write college essays, build a college list, and understand the application process.  You have the choice of attending both days in a single month or mix and match to fit your schedule.  If you are able to attend only one of the days, we can work with you through Google Docs to revise your essay and complete the rest of the college advising once school resumes.  During the workshops, private college counselors will be on hand to work with you.  Space is limited to 30 students/workshop.


    FULL  -->  June workshop dates:  June 9 + 23, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

    August workshop dates:  August 4 + 11, 1:00 - 3:00 pm


    Cost:  $75 for the two-day workshop.  To guarantee your spot, bring your check ASAP to room E13:

              - payable to "Joan Batcheller"

              - for $75.00

              - memo line:  "<your name>, workshop dates"


    In addition to paying, you need to register here:

    August workshop






         August 14, 16    How to Build a College List


         August 21, 23    College 101 Things to Do List - Resume, Letters of Rec


         August 28, 30    Naviance Things to Do List - Student Statement, Resume, Letters of Rec,

                                    Linking Common App with Naviance


         Sept 4, Sept 6     College Essay Workshop


         Sept 11, Sept 13 EA vs ED vs Regular Application


         Sept 18, Sept 20 Common Application 101

         College & Career 101

    Senior Checklist







    Any Junior considering attending college should begin working on the process this spring.  There are several smaller tasks that you can do now to make your life easier in the Fall.  The entire process may seem daunting, but you have plenty of time provided you don't procrastinate.  Set a goal to work on college apps about 1-2 hours each week between now and the Fall.  We even have a special "Summer Before Senior Year Checklist" so that you know what to do over the summer.  Some of your tasks include:


    • College list:  Try to build a fairly solid college list by early summer.  From there you'll know what types of applications, essays, letter of recommendations, and Subject Tests are needed.  (Note:  Not all colleges require letters of rec or Subject Tests.  Check individual college admissions websites for their requirements.)  Use the "Research Colleges" tab in College & Career 101 to learn more about various colleges, and the "SuperMatch" and "Scattergram" features in Naviance to find colleges that fit you.


    • Letters of Rec:  This Spring ask a teacher (in person) if they can write your letter of recommendation (if one is required by your colleges). Click the “Naviance How-To Guide” link below.


    • Naviance items:  Before the Fall, complete these tasks in Naviance:  resume, student/parent brag sheets, request letter of rec.  Click the “Naviance How-To Guide” link below.


    • Essays:  Over the summer you should draft your college essays.  See the "Essays" tab in College & Career 101 for essay writing tips.   We can review them with you in the Fall.


    • Financing:  Understand the cost of the colleges you will be applying to.  Click the “Financial Aid & Scholarships” link below to learn about financial aid and how to qualify.   


    Details about these tasks and much more can be found in the links below.  We highly recommend Juniors complete these tasks before the beginning of the Fall semester.  Then in the Fall we can assist you by reviewing your college list, reading your essay drafts, and helping you complete the application process.  We have a variety of resources available to help, including: Spring and Fall Academies (see Spring dates below), College & Career 101 website, 1-on-1 appointments with Joan Batcheller, and college fairs and college visits on our campus.


    Click these links for more information:

    Junior Checklist

    Summer Before Senior Year Checklist

    Naviance How-To Guide

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    College & Career 101  (includes all of the above, plus tools to help you research colleges, write essays, apply to college, prepare for the ACT/SAT,  choose a major, explore careers, and much more)

    Presentation:  Time to Plan for College Apps


    PLAN FOR SUMMER NOW:  If any student is interested in exploring a field of interest (art, science, technology, etc.), consider attending a summer program.  Registration for these programs usually begins in the winter.  See College & Career 101 for a list of various Summer Programs.




    PLAN FOR SUMMER NOW:  If any student is interested in exploring a field of interest (art, science, technology, etc.), consider attending a summer program.  Registration for these programs usually begins in the winter.  See College & Career 101 for a list of various Summer Programs.


    GENERAL GUIDANCE:  The College & Career Center works hard all year to help students and families.  In the Fall we are extremely busy helping Seniors navigate the college application process.  After January, we schedule time to meet with every student in grade-level groups to discuss college and career planning.  In the meantime, I am happy to meet with you, but be mindful that my top priority now is Seniors and my schedule is very full until January when college applications are done.  




    UC applications are down for the first time in 15 years.  Read the LA Times Article.





    Orinda Day Camp:  Come work at Orinda Day Camps! We are now accepting applications for 2019 summer camp staff! We're looking for energetic, responsible counselors that want to make a difference in the Orinda community. If you enjoy working with children and love to have fun and stay active during the summer, camp is the perfect place to work. Flexible schedules, June 10-August 9, 16+ years old, $13/hour. For applications email jstearns@cityoforinda.org.


    Orinda Hardware: Cashier for weekends and/or after school. Starting at $11/ hour. If interested, contact via Facebook, email at orindatruevalue@yahoo.com or pick up an application at the store


    Dolphin Club at Del Rey Elementary School’s after school program. Positions open: 

    M-F 2:45-5

    M/W/F 2:45-5

    T/Th 2:45-5

    Interested? Email dolphinclub@orinda.k12.ca.us


    Rossmoor in Walnut Creek - Searching for Part Time Lifeguard and Golf Course Range Worker.  See more details here:  lifeguard and golf course range worker.  If interested, email your resume to recruiting@rossmoor.com


    Sherman Swim School - Part-time after school in Lafayette, 2 or more weekdays. $12-14 per hour. If interested, contact Steve Sherman at 925-283-2100 or by email at sherman243@comcast.net. 


    Patxi's Pizza in Lafayette - Part-time cook. If interested, either call 925-299-0704 or email lafayette@patxispizza.com or drop by the location for an application and interview!


    Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation: Part-time Humane Education Assistant in Walnut Creek. This is a great job for an outgoing and enthusiastic teen who loves animals, is comfortable with public speaking, and would like to gain some work experience working with kids! This position is 7 hours per week, every Saturday year-round. The primary responsibility is working with our other Humane Ed Assistants to host our animal-themed birthday parties and events for kids. The full job description and details on how to apply can be found here.


    Tutorfly - Become a tutor. Positions start at $15 an hour, and you can choose to accept payment or donate to a charity of their choice.  Email info@tutorfly.org.





    Please contact me via email at jbatcheller@auhsdschools.org.  I am usually busy meeting with students or families, so I cannot easily answer my phone.  Please understand that it may take some time to get back to you. Thank you for your patience.   


    The College & Career Center, room E13, is an information resource center of Campolindo’s Counseling Office.  Please feel free to email me to set up a 20 minute appointment to discuss the college application process.  Students and parents are welcome to visit and are encouraged to use the many resources of the Center, some of which can be checked out for home use. These include information on the following: Colleges and universities, college-related guides and selection information, career information, financial aid and scholarships, testing information, community service opportunities, job listings.