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Welcome to the PVHS College & Career Center


Mrs. Joanne Lewis
Director, College Career Center
310-378-8471 Ext. 43618
[email protected]


Mrs. Teresa Hoffman
Scholarship & Financial Aid Coordinator                                                                                                                                   310-378-8471 Ext. 43347                                                                                                                             [email protected]


The Palos Verdes High School College & Career Center provides a comprehensive college guidance program to our PVHS Sea King Community. Students and families are introduced to, and invited to engage in, college guidance activities starting in the 9th grade. Students are encouraged to communicate and begin even more intentional work with their PVHS counselor and the College & Career Center through the 11th & 12th grades so they are well-informed and confident in making plans for their post secondary years. 


The PVHSCCC is proud to provide our community with the most current information and trusted resources to meet the information and planning needs of our students and families. All PVHS students have access to college admission counselor visits every fall. The PVHSCCC recommends students take advantage of our resources early in their high school career, and families begin getting familiar with college planning information as their student transitions to high school.


Together with our outstanding counselors, the PVHSCCC works to ensure a comprehensive college going culture for all PVHS students. While a majority of our students matriculate to a two or four year institution, the PVHSCCC strives to meet the unique needs and paths of each individual student.


To find more in-depth information by grade level or general college admission resources, please utilize the links in the right-hand menu.


The Palos Verdes High School College & Career Center is located in Room 318 on the NW corner of Sea King Park. We look forward to assisting our students on their journey through high school to wherever their hard work and dreams lead them. GO SEA KINGS!            





Students should be prepared to focus and work hard! They should expect to work at a fast pace and have assignments. The College Kickstart is a college application “boot camp”—the more work students put into it, the more they will get out of it. Sessions are scheduled in the PVHSCCC. Registration for the Summer Session is now open and is free of charge thanks to the generosity of those donating to the PVHS PTSA and PVHS Boosters! Please note: if a registered student can no longer attend a College Kickstart session it is expected and appreciated that the registration is cancelled. Thank you for your consideration.




College Kickstart is a three-part program, Spring, Summer, and Fall, and while all juniors will participate in the Spring College Kickstart in their English class, students who choose to participate further are strongly encouraged to attend both the Summer and Fall parts of this program. Mrs. Lewis has already had several junior English classes attend the Spring session in the CCC during the first two weeks of May. All other junior English classes are scheduled for May 16 & May 17 College Kickstart Spring presentations in the CCC.


Spring: Getting Started on your College Search & Applications                                                           

    • Identifying your personal college criteria  
    • Getting organized for the college application experience.
    • Building your college list: how to research colleges, identify selectivity rates and evaluate fit
    • Ask Us Anything” with PVHSCCC Mrs. Lewis & Mrs. Hoffman


Summer: Activities & Achievements, Essays and Applications | June 12 & 13 | 10am-2pm

June 12 Agenda includes:

    • College Evaluation sheets (Change Your Odds, Don't Accept Them)
    • Activities & Awards  (How to Really Stand Out & Flesh Out your Activities)
    • College Essays (Finding Your Story)
    • Writing the Essay (Structures)
    • Writing your college essay - from brainstorming and choosing a topic to composing your first draft


June 13 Agenda includes:  

    • Myth Busting Case Study: How Applications are read by College Admissions Officers
    • Students will share their essay drafts with college admissions officers who will give them feedback and guidance about how to move forward with their next drafts.
    • Filling out the Common Application, a step-by-step guide
    • Helping teachers write the best recommendation letters.



Fall: Supplemental College Essays, UC Application, & Final Steps | August 14 & 15 | 10am-2pm            


Fall Agenda includes:

    • Supplemental Essays: Writing effective responses to supplemental essay questions - what are they really asking and how can you work smarter, not harder.
    • Filling out the UC Application, a step-by-step guide  
    • Final College List considerations
    • Interviewing with College Reps/Alumni – mock interviews with professionals
    • Students with near final or final draft of essay can have essay read for feedback


Registration for Fall 2024 College Kickstart session will open 1st of August.



Joanne Lewis

Director, PVHSCCC