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Finals Are Coming...Finals Are Coming!


Unbelievable as it seems...school is almost out for the  

2014/2015 school year.  

Notre Dame finals for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors start May 20. Seniors finals start May 12. 

Scottsdale Unified School District High Schools (DMHS, Chaparral, Saguaro, Coronado, Arcadia) start May 18.  Paradise Valley starts May 27.  

Scottsdale Preparatory Academy finals start May 19. 


SEC will be providing extra hours for tutoring as follows:

Fri, May 15    2 to 7 PM

Sat, May 16   9 to 4 PM

Sun, May 17  12 to 4 PM

Mon, May 18  12 to 9 PM 

Tues, May 19 12 to 9 PM  

 Wed, May 20
  12 to 9 PM
Thurs. May 21 12 to 9 PM 

SEC finals scheduling will begin immediately. Please schedule early to ensure that you get your favorite tutor. Some tutors schedules fill very quickly.  Don't wait until the day before your final to get help.  Start early.   


You may also schedule sessions during regular Monday through Thursday 12-9pm hours. Call Deana at 480-538-0828. Last day for regular SEC tutoring is Thursday, May 21, 2015. Make-ups must be used by then. 

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JUNIORS--SAT/ACT Testing Updates 

If you are a junior and have not yet taken your SAT or ACT test or would like to take it again to try and get a better score or will be applying to a school that requires SAT Subject Tests, you have just a couple of options left this school year.


Final ACT test date for the 2014/2015 school year is Saturday, June 13. SEC's ACT Preparation Class for this test runs June 1 to June 11, Monday through Thursday, 1 to 3 PM, $495. Semi-private or private sessions are also available, if you can not attend the class. 


Final SAT test dates for the 2014/2015 school year are May 2 and June 6.  SEC's next SAT class runs May 26 to June 4, Tuesday through Friday, and Monday, June 1 through Thurs., June 4,10 AM to Noon, $495.  Semi-private or private sessions are available now for these particular test dates. SEC recommends at least 12 hours of semi-private tutoring in preparation for SAT and ACT. The cost is $495 for the 12 hour package.

Q & A Corner



Congratulations on being accepted to: 
Cornell, UPenn, Georgetown, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Duke, USC and Vanderbilt.
Congratulations on being accepted to: 
UCSB, LMU, Tulane, Chapman, UC Irvine, Barrett.
Congratulations on being accepted to: UCLA, UC Berkeley, Cornell, Barrett and counting.

Congratulations on being accepted to: U of Oregon, UCSD, UCSB, UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC, Duke, Barrett. 

Congratulations on being accepted to: Davidson, Bryn Mawr, American and Pitzer.

Congratulations on being accepted to: Emory, UCSB, UC Santa Cruz, LMU, U of Santa Clara, Trinity (Dublin), Trinity (TX), U of Oregon, St. Edwards.
Congratulations on being accepted to: West Point Academy

Congratulations on being accepted to: Boston College, ASU: Barrett.

Congratulations on being accepted to: 
ASU: Barrett.

Congratulations on receiving the: 
ASU Medallion Scholarship.

ACT National 


Test Dates


September 12, 2015       


October 24, 2015             


December 12, 2015        


February 6, 2016              


April 9, 2016


June 11, 2016

What Are The Eligibility Requirements for College Athletic Associations?


Always talk with your coach about specific requirements for your sport, but following are broad brush eligibility guidelines for the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA.  If you go to the NCAA site you can also get detailed information about what courses at a specific high school are accepted under their guidelines.  Also do not forget to copy the NCAA on your final transcript after you graduate to ensure eligibility. 


NCAA (over 1,000 member colleges)- Division I and Division II colleges can offer athletic scholarships; Division III colleges (mostly smaller, private colleges) cannot. Division III athletes do not need to meet NCAA academic requirements.

Athletes going to Division I and II colleges must have a minimum GPA in a specified number of core courses. They must also have the required ACT or SAT score. ACT/SAT requirements for Division I eligibility are based on a sliding scale. The higher a student's core GPA, the lower the test score required. Athletes should plan to take the ACT and/or SAT in or before the Spring of their junior year. To initiate the eligibility process, athletes need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. This should be done at the beginning of an athlete's junior year. For additional information, go to:   https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter 



(over 300 member colleges) - NAIA colleges can award full or partial scholarships. To play a sport or receive an athletic scholarship, an athlete must

meet two of the following three NAIA requirements: 1) have the required ACT or SAT score; 2) have an overall GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale; 3) graduate in the top half of his/ her class. For more information, go to: http://www.playnaia.org/  



(over 500 member colleges)- Division I and Division II junior colleges can offer scholarships; Division III colleges cannot. There are no academic eligibility requirements for athletes entering junior colleges. For additional information, go to: www.njcaa.org   



Help Fund DMHS National Science Olympiad Team

For the first time in DMHS's history, after receiving 1st Place in the State Tournament, Desert Mountain High School qualified to compete at the 2015 National Science Olympiad Tournament to be held at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  The expenses for the travel and accommodation expenses of their 15 team members in addition to their coaches and parent volunteers are estimated to be around $15,000 total.  To ensure that all of their team members are able to participate in this competition, they are looking for monetary donations.  

The national competition in on May 16.  If you can make a Tax deductible contribution please visit  gofundme.com/sciencenationals or taxcredit@susd.org and choose Desert Mountain then Science Olympiad TC


Does SEC Have Any Special Deals?


We Do!


If you schedule at least 8 one-hour semi-private or private sessions for your family between June 1 and August 1, you will receive ONE FREE semi-private tutoring hour to be used this fall - a $48 value. Sessions must be paid in full this summer for his offer to be valid.

Call 480-538-0828 NOW to schedule!

Free session must be used between August  and December 23, 2015. One free session per family.


 Important Dates


May 1 - May payment due


AP Exams - Early May


May 21 - Final day regular tutoring


May 25 - Memorial Day -




NOW: Sign up for extra finals review hours for preferred tutors, dates and times.


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