Mr. Salvador Becerra

Elite Academic Counseling

Welcome to the Elite Academic Academy Counseling Department. As part of our proactive approach to your student’s educational needs, we are committed to meeting with each of our students to develop an individual academic plan. As part of our on-boarding process, our counseling department will work closely with your Elite Teacher of Record to ensure course placement and set up an appointment to meet with your student to discuss his/her future goals and aspirations. Our goal is to ensure that every student has a post-secondary plan that can carry out after he/she has graduated from Elite.

Please feel free to make an appointment with Mr. Becerra our School Counselor Lead by clicking the link below or by contacting him directly at [email protected] or 866-354-8302 Ext. 711.


Suicide Prevention Webinar
Suicide Prevention Webinar: Suicide is a major national public health issue in the United States, and Elite Academic Academy wants to ensure that we are doing our part to assist in the prevention and awareness of this issue. Join Lead Counselor Sal Becerra for this one hour long suicide prevention webinar. The main topics will include the scope of the problem, risk and protective factors, warning signs, and preventative measures. Please come ready to listen, learn, and do not be afraid to ask questions.
Its that time of year for Junior students to signup to take the SAT/ACT test for college admissions. Please go to or to signup for the exams this Spring. Remember you have until December of your senior year to submit your test scores to universities you plan to apply.
Mindfulness Tips:
Mindfulness is a great way to increase your focus and reduce anxiety. Colorado State University’s article on Six Mindfulness Tips to Improve Your Studies and Work provides you with an array of tools that can help you build a mindfulness mindset. I hope you enjoy it.
Scholarship Opportunities for San Diego:
North Island Credit Union Scholarship
The North Island Credit Union scholarship awards $1,000 to college-bound high school seniors based on academic performance and school or community involvement. Learn more and access the application at the North Island Credit Union website. Application deadline is March 16.
Don Diego Scholarship Foundation
The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation offers a total of $69,000 in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for students residing in the San Diego area who have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Recipients are honored at a gala during the San Diego County Fair. Application deadline is March 23. Visit the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation website for complete information.
Ninth Circuit Civics Contest
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit civics contest for high school students has a theme that focuses on the 15th and 19th amendments with a prompt centered around barriers to voting. The Southern District Court of California will announce the local winners who will then go on to compete at the circuit level. Contest winners could receive up to $2,000.
Entries can be in written or video form and are due March 25. Visit the contest page for more details. Download an informational flyer.
ACSA Region 18 and SDCSBA Scholarships
Region 18 of the Association of California School Administrators and the San Diego County School Boards Association award ten $1,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors who are intending to pursue a career in education. View the scholarship application for more details. The application deadline is March 31.
Wheelhouse Credit Union Sustainability Scholarship
Wheelhouse Credit Union invites high school seniors who are passionate about environmental practices to apply for its Sustainability College Scholarship Program. A total of five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to eligible seniors who plan to attend an accredited college. To learn more visit the Wheelhouse website. The application deadline is March 31.
Marines in Flight Art Contest
The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation holds an annual student art contest for students in grades 6-12. Students can express their creative skills while learning about U.S. and aviation history. Cash awards of $100 to $300 are given in two grade-level categories. All winning artwork will be displayed at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum. Visit the contest webpage to learn more. The deadline to submit is April 6, or after the first 300 submissions.
Essay and Visual Arts Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide
The California Armenian Legislative Caucus invites high school students to participate in two scholarship contests for the 2020 commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. The essay and the visual arts contests each have scholarship awards ranging from $500 to $1,000. Submissions are accepted in multiple formats and are due April 6. Visit the scholarship contest webpage for complete details.
Women in Transportation Scholarship
The Women in Transportation (WTS) San Diego chapter encourages young women to undertake careers in transportation buy awarding scholarships to high school students pursuing studies in transportation-related fields. Visit the WTS San Diego website for more details and to access the application, which includes a list of eligible fields/programs of study. Applications are due May 31.
HCC/AMN Healthcare Scholarship
Through Health Care Communicators (HCC) of San Diego, high school seniors in San Diego County who plan to enter the health care field after college can apply to win a $2,000 scholarship courtesy of AMN Healthcare. The application deadline is June 30. Visit the HCC website for more information.
The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), Coca-Cola, and the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) will award new laptops to 40 San Diego County high school students through their annual laptop scholarship contest.
Students in grades 9 to 12 can submit an essay on this year’s theme: developing a shared vision for transit in San Diego. Essays must be a minimum of 750 words and will be judged on four criteria.
Submissions are due April 10. Visit the contest webpage for details. View the contest flyer.
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Community Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Homeless Shelter Directory 
California Suicide Hotlines
California Anti-Bullying Laws
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College Readiness

Students at Elite Academic Academy have access to an array of “A-G” approved curriculum that will prepare them to meet the admissions requirements for both the University of California and the California State University Systems.

A Note from Newsletter’s Past

Do you want to be college-bound? 
Elite Academic Academy offers a high-quality curriculum that meets the “A-G” requirements for college admissions. Our teachers and counselor will work with Elite families to ensure students are on a college track by providing guidance every step of the way. Click-Here to make an appointment with Mr. Becerra and learn more. 

Interested in taking community college courses?
The beauty of the independent studies environment is that it allows flexibility to take dual enrollment courses at your local community college. Allowing a student to earn both high school and college credit at the same time.  Contact Mr. Becerra for more information. Click-Here to make an appointment. 


Does your student want to play a college sport? Elite Academic Academy is an NCAA approved high school. With the support of our high-quality staff, we can ensure your student-athlete is on the path to collegiate athletics. Our counseling department and your teacher of record will work together to ensure your student meets the academic requirements for NCAA colleges and universities, while our athletic lead will develop a plan to take your student’s athletic skills to the next level. Click on the NCAA College-Bound Athlete Resource Guide for more information. Click-Here to make an appointment with Mr. Becerra, and view our Webinar on NCAA Compliance. 

Career Readiness

 As part of our proactive approach to your student’s educational needs, we are committed to providing as many helpful resources as possible so they can be best prepared for their future education and employment upon graduation from Elite. 

Job Permit

For students requesting a new or renewed work permit, follow the link and fill out all necessary information!

Economy Success

Students must simultaneously receive applied technical skills, industry-recognized certifications, and employability preparation combined with a rigorous general education in order to secure a competitive advantage in the new economy.

Resume Template

Get started on your Resume with our Resume Template, courtesy of our Lead Counselor Mr. Becerra.

CA Career

Discover possibilities and participate in different activities to learn more about yourself and a career path that suits you.

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