Changes to UC and CSU Admissions due to COVID-19

UC and CSU announce new admissions policies

As school districts consider adopting new grading schemes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning, the University of California and California State University are committing to hold harmless students entering their universities.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and State Board of Education President Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond plan to release additional guidance on grading for K-12 Local Educational Agencies. In the meantime, they have emphasized that high school seniors will continue to graduate if they are already on track, and higher education institutions will provide flexibility to prevent students from being disadvantaged this year and in the future.  

University of California

Today, the UC Office of the President announced measures to relax undergraduate admissions requirements to “mitigate some of the extraordinary challenges students and their families face.” These measures include:
• Suspending the letter grade requirement for A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer 2020 for all students, including UC’s most-recently admitted freshmen.
• Suspending the standardized test requirement for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission.
• Providing that there will be no rescission of student admissions offers that result from students or schools missing official final transcript deadlines, and student retention of admission status through the first day of class until official documents are received by campuses.

California State University

The CSU released its amended admissions policies and practices today, providing an overview of key changes based on student grade levels.

For incoming college freshmen:
• Accepting transcripts for incoming freshmen through the fall 2020 term, and will accept unofficial or self-reported data due to extend school closures.
• Assessing and initially placing students in first-year english/math based on multiple measures: high school college courses completed, GPAs and test scores (SBAC, ACT, SAT) that students have submitted thus far.
For high school juniors:
• CSU “recommends” all students enroll in a yearlong, senior-year English course and a mathematics/quantitative reasoning course.
• CSU is still determining the appropriate path forward for edibility criteria for fall 2021 applicants regarding the indefinite suspension of the ACT/SAT examinations.
For students in grades 8-10:
• Accepting “credit” or “pass” to satisfy A-G requirements completed during winter, spring, or summer 2020 terms.  All prior coursework must be graded and a grade C- or better for the course to satisfy A-G requirements.
• Grades of credit/pass or no credit/non-passing will not be included in the calculation of high school GPA.
As noted above, the California Department of Education is anticipated to release additional guidance on district grading policies later tonight.


Important Updates Regarding AP Testing

Exam Dates

• Exams will be given from May 11–22.
• Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5.
• Students can take exams at home and they will be open book/open note
• Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.
• View the full testing schedule. (Keep in mind we are on Pacific Time)

Your teachers and Mrs. Kray will be sending you more course specific reminders as we get closer to the exam dates. You will need to be able to access your AP Classroom Account. If you have not done so already please double check and make sure you can login to your account. If you cannot please contact the College Board at 888-225-5427

Exam Format

Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question will be timed separately. Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
• Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They’ll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones.
• For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up. If you are on an IEP or 504 and you have an accommodation like extra time no action is needed on your part – the College Board will automatically extend your testing window as long as the accommodations are registered with the College Board. If you are not sure if you are registered for accommodations with the College Board email melanie.kray@sweetwaterschools.org after April 10th.

• Certain courses—Art and Design: 2D; Art and Design: 3D; Computer Science Principles; Drawing; Research; and Seminar—will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam. All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. Teachers and students may receive separate course-specific communications.
• Students taking world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions 3 and 4 on the current AP Exam. Written responses will not be required. We’ll provide additional details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.

There is also a lot of extremely useful information for you on the College Board’s COV-19 Updates page. We encourage you to click on the link and read through the information carefully and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to your teacher or the AP Coordinator at Otay Ranch High, Melanie Kray via Jupiter Grades or email.


Superintendent’s message

Click on the link below to read the Superintendent’s message about school facilities closure and Distance Learning.

Presiona en el link para leer el mensaje de la Superintendente sobre el cierre de las escuelas y el aprendizaje a distancia.

Superintendent’s message


Important Information for Seniors Regarding Community Service Graduation Requirement

Dear Senior Students,

We know that you have many questions regarding this school year in regards to community service requirements, credit completion, prom, grad night, graduation, and other important milestones. Many of these items are still under consideration and will be addressed in detail in another communication in the near future. However, we did want to immediately address the current requirement of 30 hours of community services. Our official guidance for this school year is that the class of 2020 will not be required to meet the community service hours in order to be eligible for graduation. Because the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has extended the order to stay home and eliminate any gatherings, and the social distancing requirements remain in place, we do not want to expose students to any potential harm. The community service requirement has been eliminated for this school year.

Thank you and we hope you and your families are safe and well.


Military Family Life Counselor

Military connected families who need to reach Mr. Feer please feel free to reach out to him using the contact information below.

Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
Michael Feer
619-240-5960 (work cell)



COVID-19 Information for Parents and Guardians

Good morning Sweetwater Community,

After careful consideration, and based on guidance from the State of California, the California Department of Education, and the San Diego County Office of Education, the Sweetwater Union High School District, along with all other public school districts in San Diego County, will be closing all schools and cancelling all school-related activities as of Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020.

Please note that today, schools will be operating as scheduled and it will be business as usual. Joint information will be coming from all of the districts in South County in the coming hours and over the next several days.

Buenos días Comunidad de Sweetwater,

Después de una cuidadosa consideración, y con base en la orientación del Estado de California, el Departamento de Educación de California y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego, el Distrito de escolar de Sweetwater, junto con todos los demás distritos escolares públicos en el Condado de San Diego, serán cerrar todas las escuelas y cancelar todas las actividades relacionadas con la escuela desde el lunes 16 de marzo de 2020 hasta el viernes 3 de abril de 2020.

Tenga en cuenta que hoy, las escuelas funcionarán según lo programado y seguirán funcionando como de costumbre. La información conjunta vendrá de todos los distritos del sur del condado en las próximas horas y en los próximos días.