Counseling Office

The counseling department consist of the school counselors and school staff. This department’s services is available to parents, guardians, and the students. Each student is assigned to a counselor (usually grouped with their graduating class). The main goal of this department is to assist students in the subject of education, academic, career, personal and social needs. The key to success is getting help.

School Office hours are Mondays through Fridays, from 7:30 am to 4:00 PM. The office number is: (415) 759-2713.

Lincoln Support Service Referral System

Counseling Office Class Counselors

  • 12th Grade: Ms. Westlund
  • 11th Grade: Ms. Hom
  • 10th Grade: Ms. Carey
  • 9th Grade: Ms. Rodriguez
  • ELL: Ms. Doyle
  • ELL: Mr. Santilian
  • AVID/Calloway: Mr. Calloway

Graduation Information

Comparison of High School Requirements (doc | web)

SFUSD Graduation Requirements (doc)

US and CSU Requirements (PDF)

Summer School (College for teens)

Please check out the lists of documents below or by asking your counselor now about summer school! More Information about College for Teens at their website.

College Information

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How to Get Into College (Provided by CSU)

What Classes Do I Need to Take?

The California State University requires the college preparatory pattern of classes referred to as the “A-G” courses for admission.

  • English: 4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature (take one each year)
  • Math: 3 years (4 years are recommended), including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year)
  • History and Social Science: 2 years, including 1 year of U.S. history (or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government) and 1 year of social science
  • Laboratory Science: 2 years with a lab class
  • Language (other than English): 2 years of the same language (American Sign Language is applicable)
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year of dance, drama or theater, music, or visual arts
  • College Preparatory Elective: 1 year of any college preparatory subject

How Important Are Grades?

Grades are very important. Earn good grades (As and Bs) each year. Study, do homework assignments, read, and practice writing.

  • If your GPA in college preparatory courses taken in 10th through 12th grades is 3.0 or above, you automatically meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the CSU.
  • If your GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0, your eligibility also depends on your SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) or ACT (American College Testing) results. More information at CSUMentor »

Note:Some CSU campuses require higher GPAs and test scores for admission because the number of eligible applicants is greater than the campus can enroll. More information at CSUMentor »

How Will I Pay for College?

  • There are many options to help finance your education. You may qualify for financial aid, a Cal Grant, scholarships or loans.
  • CSU fees are approximately $3,000 a year, among the lowest in the nation for a four-year public university.
  • You may qualify for financial aid.
  • If you earn good grades in high school, meet financial need requirements and are a California resident, you are guaranteed a Cal Grant — money for college that does not need to be repaid.

Preparing for College

9th Grade

As you begin high school, it’s important to make sure you are taking courses that will prepare you for college. Work with your teachers and counselor to get on a college-bound track.

  • Take required courses to meet the CSU’s admission standards:
    • Algebra I or Geometry
    • College prep English
    • A foreign language
  • Take elective courses that meet the CSU’s admission standards:
    • History
    • English
    • Math
    • Science
    • Visual and Performing Arts
    • A foreign language
  • Begin or update your Student Planner at The planner has information on courses and grades required for CSU admission.
  • Join clubs, play sports and volunteer. This is a good way to develop or expand your interests.
  • Earn good grades (As and Bs) and stay on top of homework assignments.

10th Grade

Congratulations, you have mastered your first year of high school and you’re on your way! Keep up the good study habits and stay focused on your coursework as you continue your journey to college.

  • Take Geometry or Algebra II.
  • Take college prep English.
  • October: Register for the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test), a practice exam for the SAT I (Scholastic Assessment Test I), which is required for several national scholarships.
  • Take part in enrichment programs and summer workshops at CSU campuses in subjects like music, science, engineering, writing, filmmaking, and others.
  • Join clubs, play sports and volunteer. This is a good way to develop or expand your interests.
  • Earn good grades (As and Bs) and stay on top of homework assignments.

11th Grade

This is the year to start attending college information programs and visiting college campuses. Keep working with your teachers and counselor on college requirements and stay focused on your coursework.

  • Review with your school counselor the classes you need to take for CSU admission, including Algebra II or advanced math and English with emphasis on writing and critical reading.
  • Take the CSU’s Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam to determine if you are ready for college-level math and English/language arts.
  • Students taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes: Register to take the AP exams in the spring. You can earn college credit for AP courses if you score well on the test(s).
  • Register for the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) or the ACT (American College Testing) a month before the exam. If you take the exam in the spring or summer, you will get the results in time to see if you need to retake it in the fall. Some CSU campuses require you to take the SAT by October of your senior year.
  • Gather information about colleges, financial aid, scholarships and careers. More information at

12th Grade

This is your final year of high school and there are lots of things to accomplish. Each step will help you reach your goal of going to college. Stay focused—you are almost there!

  • Take English and other courses required for CSU admission. Advanced math courses such as Trigonometry or Analytic Geometry/Calculus are also recommended.
  • If you were “Not College Ready Yet” or “Ready for College-Conditional” in mathematics on the 11th grade Early Assessment Program(EAP) exam, you are required to take a 12th grade math course with a prerequisite of Algebra II to improve your math skills. This may increase your chances of passing the CSU’s placement test.
  • If you were “Not College Ready Yet” for English on the EAP exam, visit practice your English skills. This may increase your chances of passing the CSU’s placement test.
  • Early September: Register for the October SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) or ACT (American College Testing).
  • October-November: Apply to the CSU. If you regularly updated your “Student Planner,” your course information will be automatically transferred to your application. Application deadline is November 30, unless otherwise noted.
  • Apply for scholarships. Check with your counselor or career center for information.
  • Early November: Register for the December SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) or ACT (American College Testing) if you are retaking the exam.
  • January-March: Apply for financial aid. The deadline is March 2.
  • March-May: Register for the CSU’s placement exam (unless you are exempt), which is required prior to enrollment in the CSU.
  • Late Spring: Students taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes should take the AP exams. You can earn college credit for AP courses if you score well on the test(s).