College and Career Resources


FAFSA: Free Application for Student Aid (English and Spanish)

FAFSA:  Preparing for College/University

FAFSA:  Applying for Financial Aid

FAFSA:  Completing the application

FAFSA:  Types of Financial Aid

FAFSA Explained



Fun places to visit for the entired family


Looking for something to do that is family-friendly and will get you out of the house? Check out the following list of ideas for parents:

California Science Center - FREE Admission to all permanent galleries. Exhibits include ecosystems, kelp forests, a Rot Room, Space exploration and more. Conveniently located next to Downtown LA and Exposition Park. Click here for more information.

Olvera Street - Another FREE activity located close to Downtown LA. Wander through historic Olvera Street, and learn about this landmark's important role in the development of Los Angeles. If you're feeling extra adventurous, try taking the Gold Line down to Union Station, and walk to Olvera Street from there. Click here for more information.

Travel Town - This FREE outdoor travel museum in Griffith Park that is dedicated to all that has to do with trains and locomotives. You can even take a train ride around the park for fun. Click here for more information.

Cabrillo Marine Museum - Suggested admission is a donation of $5 for adults, and $1 for kids. Tidepool touch tank, and over 35 aquariums in this small, local gem. Parking is readily available, and there is lots to do in the surrounding area after your visit. Click here for more information.

Summer Bridge Parent Workshops: Parenting classes offered during the Summer for parents.

For more ideas, click here for a list of locations and activities to take advantage of in the Los Angeles area, created by National Geographic.   


Common Core Tool Kit for Parents



Below is a variety of resources in multiple languages for Parents, Students, Educators and the Community regarding Common Core.

Information and Resources from the California Department of Education


Parent Common Core Videos

This 30-second Public Service Announcement has been developed by the Council of the Great City Schools to increase public awareness and engagement of the Common Core State Standards that have been adopted in 46 states and the District of Columbia. SPANISH VERSION

This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond. SPANISH VERSION

"A New Foundation for Student Success” video commissioned by the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), provides an introduction to the Common Core State Standards, including a brief history.

California's transition to assessments based on the new Common Core State Standards (8/26/13)

To view more videos about Common Core click HERE.

Parent Common Core Handouts

PTA Parents' Guide to Student Success
Find out what your child will be learning, at each grade level, in Mathematics and English Language Arts once the Common Core State Standards are in place. Also helpful information on how you can support your child’s learning. Available in English and Spanish.

CGCS Parent Roadmaps to Common Core

Grade-specific handouts for parents with simple explanations of what students need to know in ELA and math. 6-7 pages each. 

Available in English and Spanish.

Handouts about the Common Core available in multiple languages including Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic and Pilipino and Hmong from the California Department of Education.

Presentation: Professional Development Module: Introducing the Common Core to Parents and Community Members
A toolkit for informing parents and community about the Standards. Includes a Facilitator’s Guide, PowerPoint presentation and more. (

Immigration Resources

Building Capacity Through Parent Workshops

Additional Resources of Interest for Parents