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 and Thanksgiving 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, Coalition 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, Coalition 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, Coalition Application, or SENDEdu, then your recommender will receive 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). You can also access the Personal Profile and complete it electronically in Naviance by following these instructions.
    • To access the “Personal Profile” in Naviance do the following.
      • Click the tab “About Me” on the top right-hand side
      • Click “My Surveys” and then Click “Surveys Not Started” where you will find the “Personal Profile” template
      • If you use this version of the Personal Profile, be sure to inform your counselor once it is completed so they will know to log in to access it. It is recommended that you run a hard copy to provide to teacher recommenders as it is questionable as to their access to Naviance.

    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

    Phone: 916-786-8676

    Fax: 916-786-0766