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Counselor Rec/Brag Sheet

Secondary School Reports/Counselor Recommendation 
If you plan to apply to private universities/out of state colleges,  you will likely need a counselor letter of recommendation and a secondary school report. (NOTE: In general the CSU's and UC's do NOT need either of these). See instruction below on how to obtain a counselor letter of recommendation and the grid for deadlines. SSR instructions are above.
Please make your recommendation letter request according to your last name. Mrs. Miler and Ms. Yu will write your counselor recommendation letter. Please do NOT request your Guidance Specialist. 
A-M: Mrs. Miler ([email protected])
N-Z: Ms. Yu ([email protected]

Steps for requesting a COUNSELOR recommendation:

1) Fill out the Brag Sheet (below) and email Ms. Miler ([email protected]) or Ms. Yu, ([email protected]) at least ONE MONTH before your first deadline. If you have a resume or other supplemental information (ie. UC's personal insight question responses, Common App personal statement etc) please include it. The more information you provide us the more thoughtful of a letter we can provide. Sample Resume Template here.  


2) Input Mrs. Miler's email ([email protected]) or Ms. Yu's ([email protected]) email according to you last name into the Counselor Recommender's portion of QuestbridgeCommon App, etc


3) Waive your FERPA Rights - Waiving your right informs colleges that you will not read your letter of recommendation later on. 


4) Write a "Thank You" note for your recommender!


Counselor Letter Deadline


College Deadline










Friday 9/5/2023


Tuesday 9/26/2023



(Who should apply) 








Wednesday 9/15/2023

Early Decision

Saturday 10/15/2023










Friday 9/29/2023

Private Colleges (Early Action/ Early Decision) / USC Merit Scholarship Deadline

Tuesday 11/1/2023










Friday 10/13/2023

Private Colleges (Early Action/ Early Decision)

Tuesday 11/15/2023










Tuesday 11/1/2023

Private Colleges (Early Action; Early Decision)

*Thanksgiving Break is from Nov 20-Nov 24

Staff will not work on letters during that time

Thursday 12/1/2023










Thursday 12/1/2023

Private Colleges (Regular Decision)

*Winter Break is from Dec 25- Jan 5

Staff will not work on letters during that time

Thursday 1/1/2024










Thursday 12/15/2023

Private Colleges (Regular Decision)

Sunday 1/15/2024


*For dates not listed: Please give at least four week's notice (not including holidays) so your recommender can write a thoughtful letter