College Application Process
As seniors return to school in the fall, the college application begins. Our Guidance Counselor and Dean of Students, Jane Radford, meets with each senior and customizes their college search plan based on location, finances, field of study and college visits. This is a continuation of the process started during their junior year where parents were encouraged to take their senior to visit at least three to five colleges.
Senior Advisement is also a part of every senior’s schedule. During that time, seniors apply for admission to three or more colleges of their choice, write and have all essays proofed for their college applications, have their letters of recommendation approved for that particular college or university, and apply for 36 scholarships.
The college application process is completed by Early Decision or Early Action deadlines in order for our seniors to receive the greatest financial award. The burden of this process is taken off parents and done by the guidance department. Everything has a deadline with a grade attached to it, so you no longer have to coerce or fight with your senior to complete this process.
Banks of scholarships are emailed to parents and students each month to which they can apply. Students then select the scholarships to which they want to apply that are pertinent to their field of study and talents. Last year (2015-16) the money raised in scholarships was over $2,265,832.00, which averaged $41,197.00 per senior.
The College Prep course prepares students for those all-important steps as they leave the RCS hallways. We feel it is such an important class, that it is a graduation requirement.
• ACT/SAT exam preparation with goal score setting and tracking
• College planning (including navigating the application process, scholarships, and financial aid)
• Career planning (including aptitude testing, resume building, and interviewing skills)
• College writing (in preparation for writing college essays and research papers.
As seen in the ACT statistics below, our students are graduating with scores significantly above the minimum benchmarks as well as State and National averages. Students are tested in the fall and again in the spring and show dramatic improvement over the length of the course with individual scores improving as much as 8 points overall or 14 points in specific categories.
Students are also assessed in the PSAT to help determine if ACT or SAT is a better College entrance exam to take for them. Many of our students take both exams.