College Corner


Welcome to our College Corner

Mrs. Sloustcher and Mrs. Kunkel are thrilled to be working with the students and families of New West Charter School. We are dedicated to making the college preparation and application process enjoyable and accessible for all students. Through thoughtful planning, regular meetings and workshops, and individualized guidance, we work to create a successful path to college for all New West students.

We look forward to working with your family and helping our students on the path to reach their goals.


Mrs. Sloustcher

Mrs. Sloustcher is here on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30am – 2:00pm. Her office is open for drop-bys during lunch! Email Mrs. Sloustcher. (310) 943-5444 ext. 111.


Mrs. Kunkel

Mrs. Kunkel is here on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30am – 3:30pm, and always available to juniors and seniors during lunch. Email Mrs. Kunkel. (310) 943-5444 ext. 111.


Scheduling Meetings with our College Corner

Mrs. Sloustcher and Mrs. Kunkel are available to meet with high students and their families throughout the school year. To schedule an appointment, please use the links below. Please note – in order to miss class for a College Corner appointment, students must have a signed pass from the College Corner. In order to not be marked absent, the pass must be given to the teacher before leaving class. This pass, signed by the teacher, will be required when a student arrives for his or her college meeting.

A sign-up sheet for appointments with Mrs. Kunkel is posted in Mr. Estanislao’s room.


quote-icon-100pxHelping students find colleges that get them excited and then giving them the tools to get there is the driving motivation in all the work I do.
— Mrs. Sloustcher

More About Mrs. Sloustcher

Mrs. Kathryn Sloustcher attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a BA in Communications. She has worked as a professional college admissions advisor for over eight years. She has worked as New West Charter’s Head College Counselor for five years. As a counselor, Mrs. Sloustcher enjoys mentoring, motivating, and focusing her students.

Mrs. Sloustcher has always been passionate about working with young people. In an effort to help others discover their own college path, she completed the UCLA College Counseling Certification Program, receiving a Certificate with Distinction. She is an active member of Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) and Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).

Mrs. Sloustcher is available to meet with seniors to guide them through the exciting college application process. She advises students on building a college list, filling out college applications, writing admissions essays, finding letters of recommendation, and applying for financial aid and scholarships. During the second semester, she transitions to working with junior students. Mrs. Sloustcher is excited for another successful year!


quote-icon-100pxEvery student can find a college or other post-high school education that is the right fit for them, academically, socially and financially. The college search and application process, believe it or not, can be fun!
— Mrs. Kunkel

More About Mrs. Kunkel

Mrs. Helene Kunkel attended Georgetown University, earning a B.S.F.S. International Politics and has been a Los Angeles resident since 1977. After a career in insurance defense, she made the switch to college advising when her own children started high school and completed the UCLA College Counseling Certificate program. She worked as a college advisor at Palisades Charter High School for eighteen years, the last seven as lead advisor and participated in the college application process of over 12,000 high school seniors.

Mrs. Kunkel participates in extensive professional development, attending multiple conferences annually (National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Western Association of College Admissions Counselors, Regional Admissions Counselors of California, UC, CSU, College Board, ACT), and has traveled extensively to visit college campuses throughout the United States (30 states and over 200 campuses).

She is available to meet with juniors to start the college search process and encourages parents to participate in the meetings. Getting organized and starting the process now reduces the stress factor and allows students to make thoughtful and rational choices. Mrs. Kunkel looks forward to working with New West families as their children embark on the path to college.


quote-icon-100pxI am thrilled to be working with the students and families of NWC+. I am dedicated to making the college preparation and application process enjoyable and accessible for all students, and exploring career paths and options for entering those fields. Through thoughtful planning, regular meetings and workshops, and individualized guidance, I work to create a successful path to college and career for all New West students. I look forward to working with your family and helping our students on the journey to reach their goals.
— Mrs. Favaro

More About Mrs. Favaro

Mrs. Laurie Favaro has been a college counselor for more than fifteen years, assisting students in all aspects of the college planning and admission process.

She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Career/Life Planning and a Certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning from U.C. Berkeley.

Professional memberships include the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Western Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Higher Education Consultants Association.

NWC+ families may email Mrs. Favaro here.


College Representative Visits

If you are a College Admissions Representative, and you are interested in visiting New West Charter, please contact Mrs. Sloustcher or Mrs. Kunkel. New West Charter is thrilled to host college admissions representatives throughout the school year. Please let us know if you are coming to the Los Angeles Area!


2019-20 College Admissions Reps Coming to New West!

Come meet with the representatives from different colleges and universities from across the country. Reps will teach you about their college, answer questions, and help you understand the admissions and application process. Rep visits are open to any New West high school student.

These visits are announced in the morning student announcements. Rep visits occur Monday – Friday during lunch.



New West Charter uses Parchment for sending official transcripts. Please contact Ms. Sloustcher if you need help setting up your Parchment account.

New West Alumni – please use Parchment if you need a copy of your New West transcript.



Naviance is a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life.

Seniors – An essential part of the college application process is completing your Senior Questionnaire and College List in Naviance. In order to request letters of recommendation, it is required that you complete this documents.



New West’s College Entrance Examination Board code, or CEEB code, is 054663.


Parent Workshops


11/20UC/CSU Applications
6:00pm | The UC and Cal State Applications are due by Saturday, November 30. All seniors, and anyone who wants to learn ahead of time, are encouraged to come to this session to review all the fundamentals, common questions, and ways to maximize these applications.


12/5Financial Aid
6:00pm | Beloved New West guest speaker (and former New West parent) Stephanie Hancock, will discuss the complicated financial aid process. Learn about how to complete the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and other aspects of bringing down the cost of college.


2/6Maximizing Your Activities
6:00pm | Ninth- through 11th-grade families are encouraged to attend this workshop discussing how to maximize a student's involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, summer programs, etc., in order to discover and pursue their interests and stand out in applications.

2/15Practice ACT
9:00am | All 9th- through 11th-grade students are invited to come take a practice ACT test on the New West campus. Scores will help students understand the test, decide between the SAT & ACT, and get more comfortable with admissions testing. Advanced sign-ups are required.

2/20SAT/ACT Fundamentals
6:00pm | Test prep experts Compass Education will be helping families understand the differences between the SAT and ACT, as well as discussing how students can best prepare for these important tests.

MARCH 2020

3/12Life After High School
6:00pm | Don't miss the biggest college and career event of the year. Numerous guest speakers will be hosting workshops on topics ranging from Maximizing College Essays to Gap Year Options. Families will be able to attend 3 different workshops of their choice.


Approved Online Courses

New West Charter allows students to take online courses for credit in the following areas: Health and Credit Recovery (D or F). The following is a list of approved institutions for online courses. Before signing up for an online course, we suggest that you double-check that the class is UC approved. To search for UC approved schools and courses, please click here and search for the school and the class.