Academic / College Counseling

The school counseling department encourages all students to become successful lifelong learners and problem solvers. Ambassador Christian School is to deliver a multi‐layered, comprehensive, and accountable school counseling program. In collaboration with school staff, families, and the community – we will ensure equity and access while promoting academic success. We will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens, and productive members of society; in partnership with teachers, administrators, parents/guardians, and a caring community, the school counselor support all students to become lifelong learners and leaders committed to serving God and society with a profound sense of social justice founded in love. The Counselor is available to assist with academic guidance, college and career planning, and wellness counseling and referral. In addition, I will provide individual meetings, family conferences, student/parent workshops, etc.
We assist with the following:
  • Academic Advisement
  • College/Career Planning
  • Social/Emotional Support
  • Graduation Requirements
  • A-G Requirements
  • Credit Recovery Options
  • Alternative Education Referrals
  • Post-Secondary Planning
Mrs. Tiffany Croak MA, PPS, CWA, APPC
Academic & College Counselor
Social Emotional Counselor
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Drop-ins: Students can drop in to meet with the counselor during snack and lunch.
Appointments: Students can request an appointment with the counselor in the counseling office.
Parent Meetings: If parents would like to set up a meeting, please email your the counselor.  Please check in at the front office before the meeting.





a. History and 

Social Studies 


1 Year World History 

1 year U.S. History 

1 semester U.S. Government 

1-semester Economics 


1 year U.S. History or 

1 semester U.S. Government 

and 1 year World History 

b. English 



c. Mathematics 


Algebra 1 + Geometry + Algebra 2 

3 YEARS: (4 recommended) 

Algebra 1 + Geometry + Algebra 2 

d. Laboratory Science 


1 year of biology and 

1 year of Chemistry 

or Physical Science 

2 YEARS (3 recommended) 

UC: 2 Courses from: 

Biology, Chemistry, Physics 

CSU: 1 Biological Science, 1 Physical Science. (One course from the “d” subject area, and the 2nd course may be from the “d” or “g” area) 

e. Language Other Than 

English (LOTE) 


of the same foreign language 

2 YEARS (3 Recommended) 

of the same foreign language 

f. Visual and Performing 




course in the same subject 

g. Electives or Additional 


35 Elective Credits 

1 year PE/Health 

4 years of religious studies 


of college Prep Electives from the ACS UC/CSU a-g approved list 

Colleges recognize a C or higher as a passing grade. UC DO NOT recognize grade improvement on a C or higher grade. A grade of D will earn credits toward high school graduation but WILL NOT meet the requirements for college admission. The UC’s and CSU’s “weight” only specific underlined courses on Ambassador’s school’s UC Accredited Course List. Visit where “weighted” classes are starred. For more detailed information on admission to UC: For more detailed information on admission to CSU:

For further information, please visit the following online resources: 

School Counselor, Grades 6-12
Tiffany Croak
Ms. Hicks
Tiffany Hicks-Croak joined Ambassador Christian School in 2020 as a School Counselor. Tiffany was born and raised in the South Bay. After high school, Tiffany earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Communication from the University of La Verne, where she also played collegiate college women’s basketball. Shortly after graduating, she began working in the radio industry, but she was compelled to do more. She begin substitute teaching and fell in love with working in education. During this time, her passion for counseling grew, and she decided to go back to school to pursue a master’s degree at Loyola Marymount University in School Counseling. Tiffany holds an MA in School Counseling with a PPS credential, a Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) credential, and a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Mrs. Croal is dedicated to providing all students with a comprehensive school counseling program that encourages the development of the whole person, academically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and vocationally. She is a member of Faithful Central Bible Church and is a dedicated Christian with a heart for academics, athletics, and the social-emotional health of students. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family, going to sporting events and concerts, and laughing with friends.
Mrs. Croak would be happy to meet with you to provide more information about Ambassador Christian School.  Please contact her at [email protected].  To make an appointment please click the link below.


Ms. Hicks Appointment Calendar

Important links:

Scholarship Experts

One of the best, most comprehensive free online scholarship searches available to students, parents, and educators.

College Answer

Sponsored by Sallie Mae, they use the Scholarship Experts data base.

College Board Scholarship Search

Utilizes a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding totaling almost $3 billion in scholarships and aid.

College Data

This free scholarship search allows students to save results in a data locker.


Helps you hunt down the most ideal student loan, scholarships and other financial aid resources available

College Connection Scholarships

This service provides free scholarship searches and personalized scholarship application letters.

College Tool Kit

Search for scholarships by geography, heritage, religion, extra curricular, family affiliation, high school or scholarship name.

eCampus Tours

Uses a database of more than 10,000 scholarship programs that distribute awards worth more than $36 million.

Financial Aid Officer

This free scholarship search engine lists scholarships worth $1.45 billion.


The World's largest and oldest private sector scholarship database

Fast Web

Large database of free scholarships

Go College

This search encompasses 800,000 individual awards worth over $2.8 billion in scholarships

The Scholarship Page

Started by a student in 1997


Scholarship database of 3,0000 sources worth up to $3 billion

Scholarships Canada

Canada's most comprehensive scholarship portal

Can Learn

Another Canadian free scholarship search site

School Soup

Scholarship data base lists $32 billion in scholarships

Study Abroad Funding

Our comprehensive database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants can help make your dream of studying abroad a financial possibility and a profound reality. Scholarship searches can be conducted by country or subject.

International Education Financial Aid

College scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
A billion-dollar grant from the pockets of Bill and Melinda Gates supports the higher educational needs of high-achieving minorities 

Educational Excellence for Hispanics

To help Hispanic students and their families navigate the college process 


Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. Making college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college.
Please see our Financial Aid Powerpoint and the NACAC Financial Aid 101 PowerPoint.
Important Links:

College Board 2016-17 Financial Aid Checklist & Worksheet
Form Your Future: How to Fill out the FAFSA Guide 



Q: What do I need to do to get financial aid?
A: You can fill out a free application through The US Department of Education. The application is for federal and state student financial aid. After filing the FAFSA, students should establish a WebGrants for Students (WGS) account. Using WGS, students can see their Cal Grant application status, confirm and update their postal and email addresses, provide the required high school graduation confirmation once they graduate, and can change their college of attendance. 


Q: How can I get help filling out the FAFSA application?
A: Each year we have a financial aid officer from one of the local colleges come to do a presentation on how to fill out the FAFSA form. The presenter will go through the FAFSA line-by-line and will answer any questions you may have.

Q: The UCs might pay for your fees if your family income falls below a certain level. What does your income have to be and what else does it cover?
A: The UC Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan will cover educational and student services fees if you are a California resident whose family earns less than $80,000 per year and you qualify for financial aid. Blue and Gold students with sufficient financial need can qualify for even more grant aid to help reduce the cost of attending college.

Q: I didn't get a lot of financial aid from my college. How else can I get money?
A: Scholarships and grants! 

California's official source for college and career planning, is a one-stop informational resource for students considering their post-secondary options.

Students can create individual profiles on the site, where they can store information relevant to each step in their own personal college and career planning process (which colleges match their criteria, offer the major they are looking for, etc.), as well as portfolio documents like letters of recommendation, resumés, and commendations or awards.

Tools on this site allow students to:

  • Explore potential careers
  • Search for colleges
  • Create a college financing plan
  • Log community service, work, and extracurricular experiences
  • Launch and track applications to both the California State University and California Community Colleges


  • Students save careers, majors, and colleges of interest in their "My Plan" portfolio.
  • Tools on this site allow educators to:
  • Review individual students' activities and plans
  • Manage student accounts
  • Report on students' activities in the aggregate
  • Send messages, create events and assign tasks for individual or groups of students
Ambassador is a partner district with's parent organization - the California College Guidance Initiative. Students in grades 7-12 in partner districts must register their account when accessing for the first time.  By registering the account, students will be able to set up their password and take advantage of the additional services available to students in a partner district.  To register an account:
  • Click on the LOCK icon in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage.
  • Click on Register Account.
  • Complete registration.
  • Create a password.

Students will need to provide the following information:

  • Name of the district (Redondo Beach Unified)
  • Name of school
  • Student ID #
  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • district email address
Parents can also create an account that is linked to their child's account to view their college and career planning progress. Click on "Families" on the​ website for more information.