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College Packets/Letters of Recommendation

College letters of recommendation are a very important part of the college admissions selection process. Some colleges have early decision or priority deadlines of November 1st. Many regular decision deadlines are December 1st and then generally the final deadlines are January 15th. In order to write a comprehensive, personal and anecdotal letter about each of our students, counselors take one day per week (during the first semester) and focus on writing these important letters. Please be advised that on these days we will be unavailable for other counseling issues, however, the other members of the counseling team are ready to assist you if there is an emergency issue that can not wait until the following day.


  • Important message for seniors and their parents:If you are applying to a four-year college that requires a letter of recommendation from your counselor, we need 4 weeks notice to write a letter for you. Holiday breaks do not count, which means, if you have a letter of recommendation due on January 15th, we need to have your request by December 1st. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.
  • If you are applying to a UC and/or CSU campus, all applications are due by November 30th, however, letter of recommendations are not required. They may request transcripts. Please check individual UC/CSU websites for more information.

Teacher Letter of Recommendation

If you need a teacher letter of recommendation, click on the links below. 


DEADLINES: Teachers need 4 WEEKS notice prior to the earliest application POSTMARK deadlines to complete your letter of recommendation. Early Action/Early Decision packets must be turned in by October 3, 2016. For January 1 due dates, be sure to submit your request by mid-November (due to Holiday breaks). 



Important Deadlines to Remember

Oct  3,  2016

Packets Must be into Teachers for Early Action/Early Decisions

Nov 14, 2016

Packets Must be into Teachers for December 15th deadlines

Nov 21, 2016

Packets Must be into Teachers for January 1st deadlines



DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  (Place in 10” x 13”envelope provided by CdM)


  • A copy of the “Student Information for a Teacher Recommendation” form can be found in this packet and under the Counseling Website/College Packet link
  • Resume
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript
  • FERPA (Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act) signed by student
  • Letter sized envelope, addressed to college and stamped (1 stamp) if college does not accept electronic submissions. (see Naviance)


Teacher Letter of Recommendation Packet

Counselor Written Evaluations


If you need a counselor written evaluation, click on the link below and follow the directions.   Written Evaluations must be requested from your counselor at least 4 weeks before the due date.  


IMPORTANT:  Remember to update ALL of your information in Naviance (name, address, email address, date of birth, etc). If your information is NOT correct in Naviance, incorrect information will be sent to the colleges to which you are applying.