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Sophomore & Junior Information

Information for Parents of 10th and 11th-grade students


PSAT Test will return on Wednesday, October 30th. Brea Olinda High School will offer the PSAT on campus.  You may have your student sign up for this assessment beginning the first week of October in the Activities Office (200 tests were only ordered). When taken in the junior year, the PSAT acts as a qualifying test for a student to earn the designation of “National Merit Scholar”.  This designation is noteworthy and enhances a college application.

SAT / ACT PRACTICE TEST – Saturday, September 21st, 2019 and Saturday, February 29th, 2020

Brea-Olinda High School is teaming up with Princeton Review to offer students the opportunity to take a non-reported (unofficial) MOCK full-length SAT or ACT. Taking a mock exam is a valuable exercise that can help increase a student’s performance on the official SAT or ACT.  Individualized feedback will be provided, including personalized comments on the essay and a detailed score report.  Proceeds from the mock exam will support programs and scholarships for Brea-Olinda HS students.

University Entrance Exams:

There are two official four-year university entrance exams:  The SAT or the ACT

SAT Subject Exam(s) is a set of exams given by subject which many four-year universities require for admittance.  Subject tests may also be recommended based on the university’s requirements and/or intended major.  Please carefully review the requirements of each university.

Suggested timeline for testing:


SAT Reasoning Test and/or ACT Plus Writing    Fall (highly competitive) or Spring of Junior year

Both the SAT and ACT are offered 5 – 6 times each year.  These tests can be retaken to improve scores. For SAT registration, cost, locations & dates, visit

For ACT registration, cost, locations & dates:

SAT Subject Test(s)

If required, it is advisable that a student takes specific subject exams in May or June of the same year the course subject is completed in school. For SAT subject test(s) registration, cost, locations & dates, use:

Prep classes for SAT and ACT

Preparation classes are available from private companies at various costs.  Visit the Guidance Department at BOHS or visit the web for additional information. Below is a list of just a few of the many resources available:


*On-site prep classes are offered by Princeton Review at BOHS throughout the year at a reduced rate if enough students sign up.               

College Entrance Requirements

The BOHS counseling department strongly encourages all students to maintain eligibility for 4-year universities by following the A-G requirements.  Your student has been made aware of this information every year and it is posted throughout campus.  If your student has received a “D” or “F” in a core class (A-G list), he/she must remediate that grade to a “C” or better to remain eligible for the UC/CSU system.  For those looking at the military, workplace or community college route, a diploma is needed and “D’s” are considered passing grades.  Specific entrance requirements are found on each individual college/university website.     
 (UC Website) 

CSU Website       
(Select Private Colleges) 

CA 2-Year Colleges


CAASPP/SBAC State Testing

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress system (formerly STAR) includes science tests administered to all grade 10 students, and English and mathematics tests administered to all grade 11 students in California public schools.  These tests were developed specifically to assess students’ knowledge of the California content standards and progress toward college and career readiness.  Testing typically takes place in May.



Communication between home and school is a priority for us.  An invaluable tool is the BOUSD Parent Portal, where both parents and students can review grades and assignments by course, see credit summaries, review attendance, e-mail teachers, and view other information pertaining to your child. Parents may activate the BOUSD Parent Portal in the Data Office at ext. 1237.  The district website ( has instructions on how to navigate through the Portal.


Counselor Contact Information 

A - E
10th - 12th  Rob Stelmar 
(714) 990-7850   x 1213
F - La 10th - 12th  Kim Kessel
(714) 990-7850   x 1212
Le - Re 10th - 12th  Beth McDonald
(714) 990-7850   x 1209
Rh - Z 10th - 12th 
Jennifer Cormier
Megan Jansen
 (714) 990-7850 x 1210
(714) 990-7850 x 1208