We recommend that Juniors consider taking the SAT and/or ACT beginning in the spring. This is the ideal time, as it allows juniors to retake the exams later on in Junior year or during the beginning of their senior year to increase their scores. Please do not wait until Senior year to take your first test!!
We wanted to remind you about some study resources available to help you prepare for the SAT and ACT.
Click the button below to view a full-length ACT practice test (using retired questions from previous ACT administrations. The manual also contains tips for preparing for the test and what to expect on test day.
The SAT is changing beginning in March! To help prepare for the next SAT, the button below contains a link to Khan Academy, which is offering a ton of preparation resources for the new SAT.
Do you want more information about how the SAT is changing? Click here to view the presentation we gave to students and their families at the beginning of this school year. You can also click here to view information directly from the College Board website.
Upcoming Test Dates
The remaining 2015-16 test dates and registration deadlines for the ACT are:
The remaining 2015-16 test dates and registration deadlines for the SAT are:
* There will be no SAT Subject Tests on the March 5th test date
Ready to Register for the SAT and/or ACT?
Ready to sign up? There are a few things you need to know about. First, registration is NOT conducted through the School Counseling Office. Students/Families are responsible for completing the registration online through the ACT and SAT websites respectively. School Counselors are happy to assist students with questions about registration, but they do NOT sign up through our office. Click the buttons below to visit the ACT and SAT registration websites.
Additionally, it is important to note that seats for each administration are limited. Students are encouraged to sign up well in advance in order to reserve a spot at their desired testing location. This also helps avoid late-fees when registering past the first deadline! Please note that RCHS does not host the ACT and SAT on all available test dates. You may need to travel to another location.
Some students may be eligible to receive fee waivers to take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, and AP Exams. If a student is eligible for a fee waiver, they should see their school counselor for a copy of a fee waiver BEFORE completing the online registration.
Make sure you read the test day requirements carefully - you must bring an approved photo ID and your test ticket (created when you register). You will not be permitted to enter the testing site without both of these pieces of information. If you have any questions, please see your school counselor well in advance of the test date!
On 1/14, we held our annual Curriculum Information Night. Families of rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students were invited to learn more about our 2016-17 course offerings. Teachers of each subject set up booths so that students and families could explore the numerous course options available for the coming school year. Counselors were also available to answer questions about registration, graduation requirements, and academic planning.
We had a great turnout and it was a wonderful way to kick off the 2016-17 course registration season! Thank you to all that attended!
Course registration will begin next week. Teachers will be meeting with students to discuss their recommendations for the upcoming school year. Students will complete a course registration worksheet that will be taken home to be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the counseling office. Once worksheets have been signed and returned, the school counseling team will begin meeting with students individually to discuss their course requests and revise their yearly Academic and Career Plans.
With the course registration season rapidly approaching, we strongly recommend that families review our Program of Studies. As a reminder, our 2016-17 Program of Studies is now available online. Use the button below to explore the 2016-17 Program of Studies, which can also be viewed on a smart-phone!
Talent Search, Student Support Services, and Student Services at DSLCC will team up to offer two opportunities for parents and students to get help with the FAFSA.
Families are asked to bring all relevant documents (W2s, tax forms, etc.) in order to receive help with filing the FAFSA.
The PSAT was given this past October for all 10th grade students (unless a student was absent) and any 11th grade students that chose to sign up for a small fee. The PSAT given this past October matches the newly redesigned SAT that will be offered beginning March 2016.
The College Board experienced some delays and other issues due to the newly designed PSAT scoring system... therefore, if you have not received your scores yet, do not panic!
When students completed the registration for the PSAT (i.e. the bubble sheet with identification information), they were asked to provide an email address. College Board has sent an email to each student with access to their online score report.
If a student did not provide an email address, they did not receive an email. They must get an access code (which will be available in the school counseling office) to access their online score report. This access code will be available on their paper score report. The School Counseling Office has not yet received paper score reports and expects that they will be available beginning in February. School Counselors plan to provide students with their paper score reports during the individual meeting each student will have with his/her school counselor in the coming weeks to register for classes.
Mrs. Burkhardt has created a new video tutorial that provides information about the following topics:
Today we held our annual Financial Aid Workshop, presented by our colleagues with Educational Talent Search. Senior parents and their families attended to learn more about scholarships and filing a FAFSA.
Thank you to all that attended!
For those that were unable to attend the event, the presentation slides are posted below and are archived on our "Parent Presentations" page of this website (under the Resources tab).
We are preparing to begin our course registration season for the coming 2016-17 school year and wanted to update you about some changes to our course registration procedures. New this year, we are utilizing an online version of our Program of Studies in order to make the information more readily accessible for our families and students and to be more environmentally conscious. While we encourage the use of our online Program of Studies, a printed copy can be mailed upon request by calling (540) 463-6150.
We invite you to visit the following website: www.rchsProgramOfStudies.weebly.com (or use the button below) to view our Program of Studies in website format, which contains information about our 2016-17 course offerings, graduation requirements, and course registration policies. The website is also mobile compatible and can be viewed on any smart-phone by using the aforementioned website. Families are strongly encouraged to review our Program of Studies with their students to prepare for the coming registration season.
On January 14th, we will host our Curriculum Information Night at RCHS from 6:00-7:30pm. All families and students are strongly encouraged to attend to learn more about the course offerings for the coming school year. School counselors will also be available to answer questions about graduation requirements, the course registration process, post-secondary planning, and resources offered through the school counseling office.
Later this month, students will receive a Course Registration Worksheet, which they will use to request their courses for next school year. Students will complete the worksheet, seek recommendations from their current teachers, and bring the form home to be signed. The signed form is to be returned to the School Counseling Office for review by your student’s assigned school counselor. In the coming weeks, students will then meet individually with their school counselor to discuss their course requests and Academic and Career Plan.
Please feel free to contact your student’s assigned school counselor with any questions.