SCU Engineering Education Days

Application Deadline: Feb. 4
Santa Clara University’s FREE Spring Engineering Education Days (SEED) program for sophomores and juniors is in April.  Over the course of 4 Saturdays, students take classes spanning several engineering fields with a mix of lecture and interactive lab work.  For more information about program dates, and application requirements, see:

How does your state compare internationally in math?

The GreatSchools Blog: How does your state compare internationally in math?

This study puts American achievement — at least in mathematics — in depressing perspective. It found that:

• Nationwide only 6% of our students perform at an advanced level in math, compared with 28% of Taiwanese students and more than 20% of students in Finland and Korea.

• Our highest-functioning state — Massachusetts — is comparable to Western European nations like Denmark and Germany.

• Low-performing states like Mississippi and New Mexico rank below recently war-torn Serbia with far poorer nations such as Chile and Thailand.

• California’s percentage of advanced math students hovers below 5% along with Portugal, Greece, and Turkey.

Report Shows Increases in Tuition and Federal Aid

Report Shows Increases in Tuition and Federal Aid

  • public four-year colleges and universities raised in-state tuition and fees an average of 8% during the 2010-2011 school year. However, students are receiving record increases in federal grant aid to compensate.
  • public four-year colleges and universities have increased at an average annual rate of 6% beyond inflation over the past 10 years, compared to 3% at public two-year colleges and 3% at private nonprofit four-year institutions.
  • largest increase in Pell Grant history led to $28.2 billion in grant aid for 7.7 million students during the 2009-2010 school year, which is an increase of almost $10 billion from the previous year.

Study Abroad Programs

Last Updated: 11/17/2010

Summer Study/Cultural Immersion Program
Tackle the SATs, gain real-life pre-college experience or spend the summer living like a true European local! Abbey Road Programs offers cultural immersion and pre college programs in Europe and North America. All classes and activities are interactive and occur on-site; you get to experience what you are learning about as you learn it! Visit the Abbey Road website at for more information.

Summer Study Abroad & Volunteer Program

Checkout Learning Programs International to find out more about study abroad and volunteer opportunities this summer in Spain, France, Costa Rica, Mexico, England and Italy. Let this life-changing experience can help you prepare for college, experience a new culture, improve your foreign language skills, meet new people and earn college credit.  Info:  Sandra Cernobori

Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY)

PGY Presentation for Gifted Student Families

Wed. Nov. 17, 2010, 6:30-8:30pm, School of Education Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University

Experts from Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) will answer questions, share resources and information, and provide guidance about issues and opportunities in gifted education. Info, flyer and map:, flyer:

California State University puts price on education – San Jose Mercury News

California State University puts price on education – San Jose Mercury News

  • midcareer median salary of an SJSU graduate is $92,900 — 21 times the current $4,440 investment for annual tuition
  • Starting salaries for SJSU grads, heavy on Silicon Valley engineers, are the second highest of all Cal State alums and higher than graduates of some UCs and many pricey private schools. Only Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ranks higher among the Cal State schools
  • San Jose State, UC Berkeley and Stanford grads start out somewhat even in pay — but after two decades in the work force, Berkeley and Stanford grads were earning significantly more — $109,000 and $119,000, compared with $92,900 for SJSU grads
  • Within the next six months, 300 public universities will post salary information compiled by
  • The highest-earning college graduates in the U.S. come from Harvey Mudd College, surpassing Harvard, Princeton and Stanford. This fact is attributed to its heavy focus on math, science and engineering — as well as a strong alumni base in Southern California, where salaries are high.



What are honors courses?

What are honors courses?

First you need to check as to whether or not your school offers honors courses to freshmen. Some only allow students to take such courses from their sophomore year. Unlike AP courses, which are offered to juniors and seniors, honors courses vary in terms of curriculum and rigor of expectations. While AP (Advanced Placement) courses deliver a prescribed curriculum, honors courses in California are designed for the University of California system. Teachers who want to offer honors classes must submit the course outline to UC with a copy of the curriculum and examples of tests to be administered. Every high school has a list of their honors courses on file with UC. Successful completion of an honors course adds a point to a student’s grade point average. So in many ways, honors courses are specifically designed to enhance a student’s chances of admission to the University of California, which generally considers for admission only those within the top 12% of their class. In some schools, students need to take honors courses to qualify for AP classes. Such courses are stringent in their requirements and students need to be properly prepared. Honors classes can help student’s develop the strong writing skills necessary to succeed in AP classes.


Honors Courses

The CSU assigns extra points for up to eight semesters of approved honors level, AP or IB courses taken in the last three years of high school: A=5 points, B=4 points, C=3 points. No more than two approved honors level courses taken in the tenth grade may be given extra points. Extra points cannot be earned for honors, IB or Advanced Placement courses where the grade of D was received.

In order to be an “approved honors level course,” that high school course must be identified as honors level on your official high school “A-G” course list. You can find your school’s course list at


Use this search engine to find a California high school or program’s UC certified course list. For DVHS 2010-2011 Course List, click here.

Source: Palo Alto High School mailing list