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Career Center


Tel. 650-558-2613  •  Lburtness@smuhsd.org


The Career Center provides information for students and families about careers, colleges and universities, and other training. Ms. Burtness and the counselors assist students and their families with information about college placement testing, higher education and careers.  Ms. Burtness also assists families with all types of financial aid, including scholarships.

We look forward to working with students and families to plan for life after Hillsdale. Whether a student will attend college or a university, join the armed forces or other service organization, or begin immediately to move up a career ladder, we have helpful information. Make an appointment to meet with us if we can help you in any way.

The counselors and Career Center are located in the administration building next to the Del Monte Street parking lot.  Come down the stairs and turn left.  The Career Center is through the first doors on your left; the counselors are through the second set of doors.

Click on the appropriate category to find the information you need:




Alternatives to Traditional College Programs (Gap year, AmeriCorps, PeaceCorps, etc.)

College Fit & Planning: How to Find Your Fit!

College Visits & Workshops:  Which College is Visiting and When? What Workshops are Offered?

          Questions to ask college reps!

Community College Information & Concurrent Enrollment

Financial Aid Information (FAFSA, DREAM Act, Scholarships)

PSAT, SAT & ACT testing information 

Researching 4 Year Colleges?  Start here!

Resources for Planning for a Career

Road Trip!  Traveling? Here's a list of colleges all over the country, by region

Programs for Students (classes, internships and volunteering)


Have a job, internship or volunteer opportunity for a student?--a page for non-profits and for-profits that want to list opportunities with Hillsdale High School


This is a list of scholarships that Hillsdale has contact with throughout the year. Feel free to search based on grade, ethnicity, interests, etc. The handbook will be updated in August, 2017, although most scholarships and dates remain similar.


Scholarships will be posted once the school year begins again.


Remind is a powerful text or email based tool that allows students or parents to receive texts or emails directly from the Career Center. See Ms. Burtness in the College & Career Center for more info, or click the appropriate link, below.


Class of 2018





This site is supported by College Board and has a nice college component. You can filter schools based on size of school, 2/4 year, setting of school, etc.  This is a comprehensive site that also includes information on financial aid, careers, tips on admission and visiting colleges.


                Colleges That Change Lives

This site focuses on 40 4-year colleges that champion the benefits of a liberal arts education, academic rigor, service, and meeting students where they are academically. This site has narrative descriptions of the schools, providing insights into student life, financial aid, campus life, etc.



Click on College Planning, then on Matching Assistant on the right-hand side. Despite its name, this site can match you with schools around the United States. The matching is quick and the information provided is a nice 'at a glance.'


                I'm First

I'm First was started in 2013 by the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO), which "is a national nonprofit based in Bethesda, Md. that works to empower first-generation college students on the path to and through college." According to the website, "I'm First! is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college."  There is a college match feature; several of the filters assist with searching for colleges that emphasize first-generation college bound students and allow students to search by retention rate.



Fund Your Future--brochure from the California Student Aid Commission

Fund your Future (Spanish) from the California Student Aid Commission



Summer Workshops



Right after school in June, Ms. Burtness held essay-writing workshops for students who will be applying to UCs and/or Common Application colleges. Additionally, she led a college search workshop.  If you missed the workshops, see below for links to the PPTs and handouts.


College Search:  PPT and handout

UC Personal Insight Questions:  PPT and handout

Common application personal statement:  PPT and handout




July 11, 2017



JUNIOR EMAILS (they'll start in Aug!)