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 individually 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 capstone is a vital part of every senior’s schedule. During this class, 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.
Scholarship opportunities are emailed to parents and students each month to which they can apply for. Students select and apply to the scholarships 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.
College Prep Course
Our college preparatory course prepares students for those all-important steps as they leave the RCS hallways. We feel that it is an important class, which is why we have made it 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, showing dramatic improvement over the length of the course. Individual scores improve as much as 8 points overall or 14 points in specific categories. Students are also assessed in the PSAT to help determine if the ACT or SAT is a better college entrance exam for them to take. Many of our students take both exams.