Summit High School

College and Careers


Future Center

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

Upcoming Events

Note: College visits take place in the Future Center, obtain a pass from Sondee Johnson to attend. All students will sign in to presentations and cleared with attendance.

Sept 17 -

Permission forms for Fall field trips are ready.

SEPT 18 -

Westmont College, Santa Barbara @ 12:45

SEPT 22 - (Saturday) Portland State University will be at a Bend, Eastside location to speak on PSU admissions, financial aid and program info. RSVP is REQUIRED. Email Josephine Sorenson to make arrangements:

[email protected]

College of Idaho @ 10:45

SEPT 24 -

Portland State University @12:30

SEPT 25 -

Senior Workshop: Common Applications Activities List @ 8-9:15am

SEPT 27 -

Eastern Oregon University @ 8-8:30

SEPT 28 - Whitworth [email protected] 9-9:30

OCT 1 - FAFSA Opens Today:

1. Students and Parents get your FSA ID

2. Attend October 16th Financial Aid Night in the Summit High School Library from 6:30pm-8pm

OCT 2 -

Central Oregon College Fair - Redmond PNACAC. Field trip permission form can be picked up in Future Center.

Lewis and Clark University @12:45

University of Arizona @ 1:30

Prescott College @ 2

Concordia University @ 2

University of Tampa @2

OCT 3 -

Visits on Oct 3 will be 30 minute visits unless specified.

Boise State University @8

Northern Arizona University 8:30-10 Application Workshop

Carroll College @ 10:30

Montana State University @10

University of Washington @ 10-11

Chapman University at 10:45

Northwest Christian University @11

Whitman College @ 11:15

OCT 4 -

University of Oregon Field Trip - Permission form in Future Center ( open to Jr. and Sr.) Program: STEM, Lundquist Business College, Student Panel, Admissions presentation.

OCT 8 -

Air Force Reserve @ 9:30-10:15

College Of Idaho @ 10:45

Linfield College @ 1

OCT 9 -

Youth Career Connects - Bend Chamber of Commerce, Student Internships @ 9-11

Oct 10 -

Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon State University Bend @ 8:30-10 Application Workshop

OCT 11 -

Senior Workshop - U.C. Applications @ 8-9:15

Quest University Canada @ 9:30

Oct 15 -

Oregon Institute of Technology - TBA afternoon

Oct 16 -

South Western University, Georgetown, TX @ 9:30-10

Western Oregon University @1

Central Oregon Community College - Financial Aid Night @ 6:30-8. This is event is for Senior's and their families.

Oct 17 -

Pacific University @10

Oct 18 -

Gonzaga University @ 8:30

Oct 22 -

Willamette University @ 8

George Fox University @ 10

Oct 23 - Field trip to OSU - Corvallis. Permission form available in Future Center. This is an all day FT.

WyoTech @1:30 See Sondee for location

Oct 25 -

The University of Utah @ 8:30

Oct 29 -

Field Trip - Portland Convention Center - National College Fair. All day FT.

Oct 30 -

Colorado Mesa University @ 8:30

OCT 31 -

University of Alabama @9:30

Nov 5 -

Oregon Institute of Technology all day, see Sondee for locations and times.

Nov 9 -

Central Oregon Community College Preview Day @ 9:30

Nov 13 -

DigiPen Institute of Technology @ 10

Winterline Global Education - Gap Year Presentation @1

Dec 14 - ASVAB Testing - Time TBD


Parent Volunteers for the Future Center for 2018/2019. Send Sondee Johnson an email to let her know you are interested. I will contact you via email for training dates: [email protected]

Future Occupations Rotations - 14/16 Week Job Shadow Experience - .5 Elective Credit - Coursework/Assignments due. Students must have reliable transportation each Wed.1pm-3pm

Dental Occupations - Juniors sign up for Dental Occupations for the 19/20 school year. This program runs every other year. See Sondee in the Future Center

Engineering Rotations - 14/16 Week rotation each Wed. starting in January each year.

Health Occupations Rotations - St. Charles 15 week of various hospital occupations to job shadow. Sign up for next year!

Build It Construction Walk - Experience the daily life of a construction worker. Plumbing, drywall, tiny homes, electrical, irrigation, design concepts, residential and commercial building. Sign up in the Summit Future Center. This rotation is also 14/16 weeks in length. Must have your own transportation each Wed. Promptness and attendance is required each week.

See a complete list of Future Center events here.

Apply for Scholarships! 2017-18 Scholarship Guide (updated as Scholarships arrive)


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.
  • Requests for transcripts for the Common Application go directly to the Summit Counseling office. For OSAC scholarships and Oregon Promise are made in the Future Center. These are 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 in December and Mountain View HS in 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 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, 2016 for students entering college fall 2017. 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.
  • Available to families who have an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution/FAFSA) of less than $18,000
  • 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.

2016-17 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

  • 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 the 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.
    • After school, 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.
    • After school, 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.
    • After school, Wednesday afternoon program. Runs January to May.
    • Students job shadow each week at different area engineering firms.

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. To 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.