Letters of Recommendation Process
o Remember that all counselor/teacher recommendations are confidential and will be sent directly to the requesting campus. They are not returned to the student, nor seen by the student (department policy)
o Seek out teachers who know you on a personal level
o Give your recommenders plenty of lead time, i.e. thirty days (10 school days minimum). Winter break does not count.
o Provide a copy of your personal profile information form (download here)
o Is your FERPA waiver completed? This is required on Common Application, NCAA, and SENDedu as well as others. It is recommended that you Waive your confidentiality rights as a failure to do so may construe to colleges that your recommender may not have felt the freedom to comment honestly.
o Keep Naviance up to date:
» Is your Student information section updated in your personal profile?
» Is your “Colleges I’m Applying to” (college list) section current?o If you need a counselor letter of recommendation, make sure to communicate with your counselor. Many times there are details that need to be clarified. Clearly communicate due dates for each college. If you are utilizing the Common Application or SENDEdu for your college applications then be sure to communicate that as well. If you complete your FERPA section and the Recommender section when using the Common Application or SENDEdu, then your recommender will recieve an electronic email with a login link to complete your letter of recommendation electronically.***If a letter of recommendation is needed, it is critical that you complete a Personal Profile (download here) and make sure that you get a completed copy to your recommenders, allowing for plenty of time for them to actually write your letter prior to the deadline. Allow a minimum of 10 school days (30 days is preferred).
o If an electronic version of your college application is not available and you need a letter of recommendation, you MUST provide stamped addressed envelopes (TWO STAMPS per envelope) to your recommenders with GBHS as the return address:
#1 Grizzly Way
Granite Bay, CA 95746
The following information may be needed for your college applications and the Common Application.
CEEB Code: 051106 (needed for college applications and SAT/ACT registration)
Name: Granite Bay High School
Address: #1 Grizzly Way, Granite Bay, CA 95746