Summit High School

College and Careers

Career center wall of college pennant

Future Center- Classroom B211

Our Future Center Coordinator and community volunteers are here to help students think about and prepare for college and career opportunities. Drop by or make an appointment to learn more.

Sondee Low-Johnson, Email or 541-355-4161 or Morgan Collum @ [email protected]

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Upcoming Events & College Visits

April 23: 12:36-1:16 Young Entrepreneurs Business Week: YEBW in The Common's at lunch 12:36-1:16

Options for YEBW Sessions:
University of Oregon (UO):
July 12-18, 2020
University of Portland (UP):
July 26-Aug. 1, 2020
OSU-Cascades: July 26-Aug. 1, 2020
Oregon State University (OSU): Aug. 9-15, 2020

Juniors: Post high school planning session in progress - you should get a pass to come to the Future Center.

Seniors - Important Deadlines :

  • February 14: OSU Corvallis and Cascades documents deadline.
  • COCC Application is open and ongoing. Application Workshop in Future Center.
  • Financial Aid: apply each year until your Bachelor's Degree has been earned.
  • Oregon Promise for community college apply: must have a 2.5 GPA to qualify. Your GPA is being verified through the Future Center.

Students interested in the Trades:

Apprenticeship and Training options

BOLI-ATD Journey Wages

AHA Schools

International Air Academy:
NW Culinary Institute:
NW Renewable Energy Institute:
NW Railroad Institute:


Future Occupations Rotations - 14/16 Week Job Shadow Experience - .5 Elective Credit - Coursework/Assignments due. Students must have reliable transportation each Wed.2:00pm-4:00pm

Dental Occupations - Juniors; sign up for Dental Occupations for the 21/22 school year. This program runs every other year.

Engineering Rotations - 14/16 Week rotations at various Engineering firms each week. Begins in January each year. Orientation will be Jan 15, 2020 and rotations begin Jan 22, 2020.

Health Occupations Rotations - St. Charles 15 weeks of various hospital occupations to job shadow. Considering signing up as a Freshman or Sophomore. Orientation will be Feb 5, 2020 and rotations begin Feb 12, 2020. Rotations are from 7:45 am to 9 am at St. Charles.

Build It Construction Walk - Experience the daily life of a construction worker. Plumbing, drywall, tiny homes, electrical, irrigation, design concepts, residential and commercial building. This rotation is also 14/16 weeks in length. Must have reliable transportation each Wed.

See a complete list of Future Center events here.


Applying to college and for financial aid and scholarships can feel daunting. We can help.

College Search:



Tips on Writing an Essay


  • Requests for official transcripts for college applications/admissions and scholarships are made by visiting:
  • Check your student email for your code to parchment.
  • OSAC and Oregon Promise eligibility is uploaded directly to the Oregon Student Access and Completion web portal. Seventh semester grades are required for both applications.
  • Unofficial transcript requests can be made in the Future Center.
  • Request a COCC transcript.

National Tests:

  • ACT
    • Tests English, Math, Science with an optional Writing section.
  • SAT
    • Tests Reading and Writing, Math with an optional Essay section.
  • SAT II
    • Offers multiple subject tests in the areas of English, Science, Math, History and Foreign Language.
    • Most students don't have to take the SAT II. Of those that do need the SAT II most only take 2 subject tests (1-Humanities-based, 1-Science/Math-based). Engineering students might take 3 tests with emphasis on Math and Science.
  • The difference between the old SAT and new SAT
  • ACT and SAT test prep is a good idea.
    • Prep classes are offered both privately and through the school district.
    • Test prep websites
  • ASVAB - Armed Services Vocation and Aptitude Battery
    • Required for military enlistment.
    • Tests Verbal, Math, Science, Automotive and Shop, Electronics, and Mechanical Comprehension.
    • Offered at Summit HS on December 12, 2019 at 8 am. Sign up in the Future Center, The test is offered at Bend High (Feb) and Mountain View HS (April). Recruiting offices offer the test on a regular basis.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • Letters of Recommendation from counselors, teachers, administrators, coaches and community members can make the difference in admissions decisions.
    • Ask teachers and counselors early. Give at least 3 weeks notice.
    • Counselors have a worksheet to complete. Forms are in the Counseling office and Future Center.
    • Provide all writers with an activities resume and some interesting information about you.
    • Letter writing is not easy. It takes time and thought. Don't forget to say thank you.
    • Tips for asking for letters of recommendation


Financial Aid

FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid and Our Guide for Filling Out the FAFSA

  • FAFSA opens October 1, 2019 for students entering college in the Fall 2020. More info.
  • Grants, Scholarships, Loans and Work Study.
  • FSA ID: Electronic signature for both student and parent.
  • Guide to Filing FAFSA.

Oregon Opportunity Grant

  • Must file FAFSA and be Pell Grant eligible to be considered.

Oregon Promise

  • The promise almost free community college tuition at Oregon 2-year institutions.
  • Apply anytime between Oct 1 and March 1.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 unweighted

Western Undergraduate Exchange

  • Generally offers 150% of in-state tuition for specific state institutions in the West.
  • Criteria and deadlines are individual to each university.
  • Public university "scholarship."

Resources for Undocumented Students

  • You can go to college. You can access student aid by attending college in Oregon.

College Athletes


Students who want to play NCAA sports in college should be aware of opportunities, registration and requirements. Important resource sites:

NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Find out information regarding Division I and II sports and colleges.
  • Register for the NCAA.

2019-20 Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete

Your Path to the Student-Athlete Experience for Students: Narrated presentation by NCAA

Student-Athlete FAQs


Students who want to play NAIA sports in college should be aware of opportunities, registration and requirements. Important resource sites.

NAIA Eligibility Center

PLAY NAIA for Parents

  • Get a listing of NAIA schools. Locate information regarding Division I and II sports.
  • Register to play.

School to Career

Students can earn elective credit in non-traditional ways. Our school offers several including:

Industry Programs:

  • Cadet Teaching
    • Semester long during the school day.
    • Cadets work in middle or elementary classrooms. Cadets mix it up with one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction, administrative assistance, grading, and more.
  • Health Occupations
    • Rotations program with lecture and lab component.
    • This is a, Wednesday afternoon program. Runs January to June.
    • Students job shadow in a wide variety of departments at St. Charles Medical Center and The Center.
  • Dental Occupations
    • Rotations program with lecture and lab component.
    • This is a, Wednesday afternoon program. Runs October to March.
    • Students job shadow in a wide variety of dental offices and are exposed to jobs that range from dental techs to hygienists to dental specialists.
  • Engineering/Architecture/Design Occupations
    • Rotations program with lecture and lab component.
    • This is a, Wednesday afternoon program. Runs January to May.
    • Students job shadow each week at different local engineering firm.

Work Credit Opportunities:

  • Elective credit for working
    • Community Service
    • Paid Work
    • Internships
  • Requirements: Completion of minimum number of work hours. Homework packet. Favorable employee evaluation. Continued adequate progress to completion. More details can be found in the Future Center.

Work and Internships

Job Search, Resumes, Letters of Introduction, Interviewing Skills


  • Apprenticeships focus on construction, manufacturing and industrial trades.
  • Training is on-the-job and in the classroom all while getting paid!

Community Service

  • College and scholarship applications usually ask about community service experiences. Remember, it's better to have a deep commitment to one or two causes than to spread yourself thin with an hour here and another there.
  • Volunteer Connect
    • A local guide to community service opportunities in Central Oregon

Foreign Exchange/Gap Year

Students interested in a foreign exchange program during high school have many options to consider. Each year our local Rotary Club sends and hosts high school students in their programs. Applications are available in late September for travel in August of the following school year.

Other programs include:

Those considering a Gap Year between high school and college can look at these resources:


For students wishing to go straight from high school into the military, a call to one of our local recruiters is the best place to start. Meetings can be set up in the recruiting office or in the Future Center.

ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Core)

ROTC is offered at some colleges and is designed as officer training, while students are going to college. Once selected for a ROTC program most likely you will be offered either a full or partial scholarship. The ROTC department at the school you plan to attend will have detailed information about post-college commitments.


The Academies offer students a very prestigious education, one that is filled with rigor and regimentation. The admission process is arduous, but worth it, if this is the route for you.


School to Career Program Manager:

Sondee Low-Johnson


If you have questions about enrollment or graduation, please visit our Counseling page.

Community Volunteers

We rely on parent and community volunteers to help Storm students with post graduation plans. Please consider volunteering in the Future Center. All Bend-La Pine Schools volunteers are required to submit a volunteer application and pass a background verification check.

Click here to access the Volunteer application and Background Verification Check.