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Education Options after High School Graduation

As you study at Del Mar, we encourage you to keep your options open!
Take a variety of courses that will challenge and expose you to the various career options in your future. Achieving success in a career begins in education options after high school.
You have many options for enriching education . . .
Many students attend a 2-year community college to earn an Associate Degree, for technical training, or prior to transferring to a 4-year college for their Junior and Senior year (having already completed the general ed requirements at community college.)  There may be significant financial savings, and many colleges actively desire transfer students as they have proven they are able and willing to complete college level classes. 
General requirements:  High School transcript and placement tests will determine appropriate level of classes (any AP, SAT or ACT results may give credit.)
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CSUs are high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education options.  With 23 campuses, almost 427,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, they are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.  Create an online account and then begin completing the application.  Even though students have only one CSU Mentor account, students must start a "new application" for each of the CSU campuses they wish to apply.  
Application Requirements:  SAT or ACT is accepted.  No essays or SAT subject tests are required.
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UC’s ten campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco (post grad only), Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara provide exciting environments that foster world-class educational and research opportunities, and generate a wide range of benefits and services that touch the lives of Californians every day.
Application Requirements:  Essays and SAT or ACT is accepted.  No SAT subject tests are required.
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Most colleges now prefer (or require) students to apply electronically. Many of these colleges use either the Common Application or Universal Application.  Check to see if a college accepts one of these applications before completing the university specific application.  Always ensure you complete these applications having first registered them on Naviance. 
You are able to apply to multiple colleges at once instead of creating an individual application to each college with the Common and Universal application forms.
Application Requirements & Notes:  Most require ACT or SAT (some colleges do not). Many require SAT subject tests.  Make sure you know if a university requires a "supplement," which are generally listed on the application's website. 
Image of the Common Application Logo For more information, please visit:  Common Application List of Colleges and
Vocational, trade or specialty schools can be a great way to get the training and education needed for a variety of jobs.  In addition, students may also consider joining the military upon graduating from high school.  Below are links to information about technical and vocational schools; culinary schools; design, visual and performing arts schools; and several branches of United States military organizations.
For additional information, please speak with our Guidance Team.
Vocational & Trade Schools    
SVCTE Silicon Valley Career Technical Education for students and adults.
The Arts Institute of Schools Offering careers in Arts & Technology.
School Search Engine Technical & Vocational School Guide
Culinary Schools    
Culinary Institute of America For more than six decades, the Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education.
Le Cordon Bleu Schools Schools across the world with the certification of Le Cordon Bleu, strive to provide you with the cooking training and culinary education that is second to none.
International Culinary Center In 600 hours, the International Culinary Center takes you from basic knife skills through training on every station on the line, providing you with real-world knowledge that will support you in any field of the culinary industry.
School Search Engine Peterson's Culinary Arts School Search
Design, Visual & Performing Arts Schools    
Academy of Art University  With state-of-the-art campuses online and in San Francisco, Academy of Art University guides students to professional creative futures, offering accredited degrees in 21 areas of art and design.
Fashion Institute of Design & Manufacturing FIDM is a specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment industries.
School Search Engine Peterson's Theater School Search
School Search Engine National Association of Schools of Art & Design
Military Schools    
Air Force The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power.
Army The U.S. Army is a key component of the U.S. Armed Forces, made up of the best-trained, most dedicated, most respected Soldiers in the world, protecting America’s freedoms.
Coast Guard For over two centuries the U.S. Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.
Marines The Marine Corps has been America's expeditionary force in readiness since 1775. They are forward deployed to respond swiftly and aggressively in times of crisis.
National Guard  The Army National Guard is the oldest component of the United States armed forces with over 63,000 Army Guardsmen having served in Desert Storm, and in peacekeeping around the world.
Navy  The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. 
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