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Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Loyola Corners economics, traffic rise to top of planning concerns

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Loyola Bridge construction parallel to the Fremont Avenue frontage may lead officials to alter circulation plans for the area.

Loyola Corners stakeholders last week mulled the issues that will likely shape the area&rsquo...

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Schools

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week

LAHS Green Team commemorates Earth Week


Traci Newell/Town Crier
Los Altos High School Green Team members, above, quiz their classmates about water conservation. The club distributed plants as prizes during the club’s Earth Week activities.

Members of the Los Altos High School Green...

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Community

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition


Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha plays piano at a Santa Clara University recital. The sixth-grader also enjoys soccer, tennis, golf and skiing.

Spencer Cha has come a long way since he first sat down at the piano at age 2.

“I remem...

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Sports

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season

Spartans net second place, eye top prize next season


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Jeremy Hsu, Mountain View High’s top singles player, competes against Pinewood Thursday. The Spartans won the match 7-0.

With freshmen playing the top three spots in singles, the future of the Mountain View High boy...

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Los Altos at a leadership crossroads: Editorial

Don’t look now, but there could be some major changes ahead regarding how the Los Altos city government is run.

The current city council has the opportunity to hire a new city manager in the wake of Marcia Somers’ recent resignation. Fur...

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Special Sections

How to personalize the wedding bar

How to personalize the wedding bar


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
A seasonal signature cocktail adds interest beyond the standard wedding bar’s spirits and mixers. Focus on one set of fresh ingredients, such as blueberries, blackberries and mint for a dose of budget...

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Business

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty

Farmers prepare to market season's bounty


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Journeyman farmer Jen Friedlander waters Hidden Villa’s greenhouse plants, which will grow stronger in the controlled indoor environment before being transferred to the field outdoors.

Around Hidden Villa, the gree...

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People

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

BUOL JOANNE DOUGHERTY

1930-2016

Heaven gained a beautiful angel today. Our beloved mother’s blessed life ended in her Los Altos home surrounded by her loving family on April 18, 2016.

Buol Joanne Dougherty was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Chicago. At the age of two, M...

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Stepping Out

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy  ends run this weekend

'Catch' comes to conclusion LA Stage Co. comedy ends run this weekend


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
Bryan Moriarty, left, stars as Yossarian and John Stephen King plays the Psychiatrist in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Catch-22.”

Los Altos Stage Company’s presentation of “Catch...

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Spiritual Life

Beyond Berkeley: Expanding options


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College options expand greatly if students look beyond UCLA and UC Berkeley to smaller UCs, the “public ivies” and private schools.

As application season heats up for the Class of 2015, families face the reality that the best way to get into a top UC is to come from outside of California.

The admissions news heightens anxiety as UC acceptance rates continue to plummet: UCLA this year had a record low 17 percent acceptance rate, and UC Berkeley admitted just 20 percent of its applicants.

These numbers gain even more importance when put in the following context.

• 42 percent of incoming freshmen are first generation, and UCs are focused on increasing this number.

• 10 percent of the UC system is from out of state. For UCLA, the number rockets to 25 percent.

This leaves only 37 percent of the spots open at UCLA and 48 percent at Berkeley for all of the other California students. Layer on top of that the UC objective of offering a spot to every California student in the top 10 percent of his or her high school class – though that spot may be at UC Merced – and suddenly it becomes apparent that even high-achieving students must look at other options for a top-notch education. Every major is impacted, and even getting in creates the challenge of getting out in four years.

So what are the other choices within the UC system?

• Consider UC Riverside. With an admission rate of 58 percent, it is an up-and-coming campus. Students get a more diverse experience, and with the Guaranteed Admission Program, those with a 3.9 weighted grade-point average and a minimum 1600 SAT score can lock in early acceptance (the 2015 deadline has passed). In addition, UC Riverside grants preferential admission to the UC Riverside Medical School for its students – a real advantage in the hypercompetitive medical school world.

• Think about UC Irvine. Rated No. 1 three years in a row as a “young” university (under 50 years old), it has a terrific honors college and is also recognized as an innovative school for training teachers. In 2013, UC Irvine was one of three UCs awarded three stars (in the top 10 percent) for preparing innovative teachers. Sierra Magazine also named it a top 10 “Cool School” for its sustainability efforts.

How about the options beyond the UC system?

• Check out the “public ivies.” In 2001, Howard Greene, former admissions officer at Princeton University, published a guide to public universities at which students can receive a first-class Ivy League education at a fraction of the cost. Many of these schools are within admissions targets for students while providing academic excellence.

• Explore out-of-state public hidden gems. There are good options for students with less-than-stellar grades who are willing to venture outside of California. Schools to consider: the University of Alabama; Evergreen State College in Washington; Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; Montana State University; the University of Montana; the University of Nevada at Reno; the University of New Mexico; and Oregon State University.

• Discover “Colleges That Change Lives” (ctcl.org). While I posit that all colleges change lives, these 44 schools share a number of characteristics, including smaller class sizes, truly holistic admissions with test-optional applications, integrated residential living learning environments and strong alumni support.

• Contemplate private schools. There are a number of reasons to consider a private school, including smaller class size, more personal attention and a strong emphasis on exploration – while still emphasizing graduating in four years. Schools gaining popularity with UC-competitive students in California include Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, Occidental University, the University of Southern California and the University of San Diego.

All of these choices have the potential for generous merit scholarships, reducing the cost of attendance to equal to or less than a UC.

Hollis Bischoff is college admissions adviser for Strategies 4 Admission LLC. She earned a graduate certificate in college and career counseling from UCLA and is a Certified Educational Planner. She blogs at strategies4admission.com/blog and tweets at @collegeunlocked. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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