Information for Seniors

Class of 2023

Senior year is a busy one for students and parents! Bookmark this page and check back frequently for new information as it's added.  Parents who have registered on may also receive emails from us with important information just for Senior families, so please make sure your email address and your student's grade are correct in your family profile. 

Save the Dates

August 19, 8:30-10:30 - Senior Parent Coffee With The Counselors (more details to come)

May 24 - Graduation/Project Grad


Senior Photos

Yearbook photos for seniors include a full-body and standard head and shoulders photo. You can book your student's photo session at the Glendale location of Grads Photography online.  You'll be asked to select Chaparral when booking, and the staff are familiar with the Chaparral yearbook format.


Please note that while Grads offers several Senior Photo packages at varying price points, there is the option to have yearbook photos taken for free - choose the packaged labeled "Simple" when you book your appointment. Staff at the photography studio will choose the photo that will be included in the yearbook. (Screenshot)



Students who were enrolled as Juniors last year were given the opportunity to purchase parking spots in April and should have received an email in May confirming that one had been reserved for them.  Exact spot location and parking stickers wlll be distributed shortly before school starts.  


Summer Reading

Seniors enrolled in AP Literature and Composition have been assigned the following summer reading:

  • The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

College Counseling and Guidance

The College and Career Center is a resource area for students to seek information and guidance for all paths taken in high school and beyond. Angela Vaught-Trier, Chaparral's College & Career coordinator, has lots of great information about colleges, career resources, things happening in our community, and military pathways. During the school year, students should check the website frequently for new information and to sign up for information sessions with visiting college admissions representatives.  


Counselors will be meeting with Seniors a few weeks into the start of the new school year to distribute updated transcripts with class rank and discuss letters of recommendation and college applications.  For those looking to start work over the summer, here are some suggestions from Chaparral's counselors:


Application List

Start to narrow down your application list. Research schools, take virtual tours, do lots of reading in Naviance, Princeton Review and other respected sites. Start by making a list of the things that are most important to you. Instead of focusing on what schools you fit, turn that around and think about what schools fit you


College Essay

The one thing that can be very helpful to do is to start brainstorming about your college essay. This is especially true if you are applying to any Common Application schools, because all colleges on the Common App will receive this one very important essay. You'll choose one of six topics, and the topics have already been released for 2022-23: 2022-2023 Common App Essay Prompts


Look at the prompts and write down some thoughts or moments in your life that fit each question. That is always a great place to start and will help you determine which prompt to possibly choose. You may be writing extra supplemental essays in the fall for each school so having a plan for this common app essay can be helpful. Even if you are not applying to colleges that require an essay, you may need one for scholarships applications, etc. 



Try to do something meaningful in the summer. This could be volunteering, having a summer job, taking a class, doing research or shadowing someone in the profession you are thinking about, etc. Something that inspires you and allows you to reflect further on what you may want to do. If you have no idea what you want to do, that is normal! Volunteering and engaging in any service activity is always great, noy matter what you end up doing. You can talk about these things in your college application.



Although most colleges are still test optional, please do your research on your colleges of interest to you and make sure you know if a ACT/SAT score is required or recommended. Register here for the ACT and here for the SAT.



Class of 2022

Graduation and Project Grad Photos and Video

  • Parents should have received emails from Grads Photography in late May with information about purchasing their student's individual photos from graduation.
  • Shari Miller of SLM Images was on the field during the ceremony and has uploaded all of her pictures for free download on her site.  
  • An official photographer from SUSD was also at graduation, and those photographs can be downloaded here for free.  
  • As you may have noticed, the livestream of the graduation ceremony was pulled down from YouTube due to a music licensing issue. Thanks to the staff at Latest Craze Productions (including a Class of 2022 parent!), we were able to obtain a recording for parents to download. If you'd like a copy of the video, you can download it here.   
  • Finally, if you'd like to see all the fun from Project Grad, you can view and download all of the official photographer's pictures here (password is grad22)






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