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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:


Class of 2016 Destinations!  Where are they going after graduation?

Alternatives to Traditional College Programs
College Application Information 

Community College Information & Concurrent Enrollment

Financial Aid Information (FAFSA, DREAM Act, Scholarships)

PSAT, SAT & ACT testing information 

Resources for Planning for a Career

Summer 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


SCHOLARSHIP HANDBOOK 2015-2016 The 2016-17 handbook will be ready in Sept. Stay tuned!
Table of Contents


Stay tuned for scholarships!



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 Career Center for more info, or click the appropriate link, below.


Class of 2017

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.



Senior Parent/Student Information Session, September 15, 2015

Presentation of UC Personal Statement Essay 2015  

UC Application Power Point Presentation 2015

Private College Essay Presentation 2015
Financial Aid Presentation to Seniors 2015



2015-2016 UC/CSU Approved Course List
UC Application Tip Sheet








 District Career Center and School to Career Web Site