The RPHS Guidance Playbook

College, career, & testing information

Volume 3, Issue 2

Dear Students,


We're officially halfway through the school year! Semester 2 started and we're excited to present new information you can look forward to for the coming months. In these quarterly newsletters, you will find useful information relating to college, careers, and all things high school. We're looking forward to a successful, fun, and spectacular rest of the year with you!


RPHS Guidance Team

College Corner

Naviance Sign-In Procedure

In order to streamline the number of passwords you are required to remember, the Tech department linked Naviance to Clever. To access Naviance moving forward you will either need to click this link or click "sign in with Clever" on the Naviance.com website.

College Research

Naviance- Search for colleges by using the SuperMatch college search and save colleges to your prospective colleges list. Naviance college profiles include information about average GPA, test scores, available college majors, cost, and much more. Students who need assistance accessing their Naviance account should reach out to their counselor.


Niche.com- Students who already have a college in mind can search for the school under niche.com's college search feature. The website contains hundreds of student reviews and ratings of schools based on various criteria including: safety, academics, diversity, campus, value, athletics, and more.


College Greenlight- Discover colleges that match what’s important to you. See your chances of getting into your target, reach, and likely schools. View schools based on net price vs. sticker price. Use their tools to help build your college list with confidence.

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Visit the High School opportunities page, a central location for college information, scholarship, job opportunities and much more.

NJGPA & NJSLA Assessments

Both the NJGPA and NJSLA assessments will be offered in the spring. More information will be distributed in the coming weeks.

SAT/ACT Test Prep

Lentz & Lentz SAT Review: Classes are offered from March 2nd - April 27th from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at a cost of $430. To register and pay go to www.lentzsatprep.com. You may also stop by guidance to pick up a registration form.


Khan Academy- Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Explore various subjects like math, science, computing, economics, and history. They also offer free AP & SAT test preparation.


Method Test Prep- Method Test Prep offers SAT/ACT test preparation with teacher-led online classes that allow students to interact with the instructor and ask questions. An adaptive self-paced option allows you to listen to math, verbal, and writing tutorials that are accompanied by quizzes to test your progress. Courses range from $50-$300 dollars. Virtual practice tests are available to purchase for $25.

PSAT Test Results

The PSAT/NMSQT was given in October. The counselors distributed the below presentation to all English classes of 10th and 11th grade students to explain how they can access their scores. Students are encouraged to link their scores to Khan Academy in order to get personalized practice.

SAT

Registration is now open for the spring SAT test dates. Students receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible for two fee waivers. Fee waivers can be accessed via collegeboard.org, "my SAT," and "my fee waiver benefits." For personalized SAT practice, visit khanacademy.org.


RPHS will be hosting the May 7 SAT; if you already registered be sure to bring a copy of your admission ticket, a photo ID, two number two pencils, a calculator, a snack if you'd like, and you must wear a mask. You will not be admitted without a proper ID and admission ticket. You must be at the high school by 7:45AM.

ACT

Registration is now also open for the spring test dates. Students receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible for two fee waivers. Please contact your counselor for a fee waiver.

Senior Portfolio Class

Any senior who has not met the testing requirement needed for graduation will be required to take a portfolio class for ELA or Math during Semester 2. Your counselor will be calling you down to discuss more details. This is the final opportunity to complete this graduation requirement; as such, attendance is mandatory.

College/University Visits

College Visit Wednesdays

Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, 11:30am

This is an online event.

Join us every Wednesday at 11:35am and 12:05pm for college visits! You can join right from your laptop wherever you are. Click on the Zoom link below to participate:


https://zoom.us/j/96779852012?pwd=ckpTbTJYQjdTSnIxSTMwY2FPcm04UT09

Meeting ID: 967 7985 2012

Passcode: 068495


Check out the colleges/universities signed up to visit us!


2/2 Fairleigh Dickinson University

2/9 Felician University

2/16 Georgian Court University

2/23 Saint Elizabeth University

3/2 New Jersey City University

3/16 Bloomfield College


Headphones can be borrowed from Guidance.

Virtual College Exploration

View pre-recorded admissions information sessions by clicking the link below.

https://www.strivescan.com/virtual/


Here is one example of a virtual tour from TCNJ: https://virtualtour.tcnj.edu/


April Virtual College Fair: Coalition For College is hosting a free 2-day virtual college fair on April 12th & 14th from 6pm-10pm. All schools meet the Coalitions’ eligibility in areas of access, affordability, and student success. Some of the featured schools: American University, Boston University, College of New Jersey, Lehigh University, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, and Yale University. Learn more about the 140+ schools that will be in attendance and register here: https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/event/april-virtual-fair-day-1


National Virtual College Fairs: Register now for upcoming spring college fairs below! https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/attend-virtual-college-fairs/

Many colleges are offering virtual tours and information sessions for students. To locate information about the services colleges are offering, visit the admission page on the college's website. See the links below for offerings at local NJ colleges.


Kean University

Montclair State University

NJIT

The College of New Jersey

Rutgers University

College Athletics

NCAA Eligibility

Any student athlete wishing to play Division 1 or 2 sports must inform the Athletic Director Mr. Foy (jfoy@rpsd.org) of their intentions and must set up an account with the NCAA Eligibility Center. This process is important as only select RPHS courses qualify for consideration in a student's clearinghouse GPA configuration. See the list of approved courses here (enter CEEB code: 311330).


Division 1 Minimum Requirements

Division 2 Minimum Requirements

Financial Aid/Scholarships

The Collegeboard Opportunity Scholarship Program

Calling all juniors & seniors: turn your efforts into scholarships. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships guide you through the college planning process and offer you a chance to earn money for college for each action you complete. The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you’ll have to earn. It doesn’t require an essay or an application, nor does it have a minimum GPA or test score requirement. Scholarships can be used at two- and four-year colleges. Go to cb.org/opportunity to sign up and take action to be eligible for scholarships that range from $500 to $40,000.

Introducing the College Board Opportunity Scholarships

4RSociety Scholarship

The 4R Society was created by a small group of Rutgers University alumni that decided to create a modest start-up scholarship in order to give back to the local high schools that the 4R Society members attended. This year the award will be $1,000 that will be given to a deserving Roselle Park High School senior that will attend Rutgers University (New Brunswick) in the Fall of 2022 as a full-time student. The scholarship will be awarded based on high school academic performance, financial need, extracurricular activity involvement, and the answer to the short essay. Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerTaxqbmRNzawJqV8tjrpDtbWUsFKcXjh3jgVFqf8spZ5pfA/viewform

College Planning Night

Thursday, Feb. 24th, 7-8pm

This is an online event.

All juniors and their parent/guardian are invited to join us for this important presentation! We will be giving an overview on the college application process and next steps for 11th graders. Other grade levels are invited to join us as well if interested. We will send a zoom link as the date approaches!

Junior College Meetings - March

Juniors will be required to participate in an individual college meeting with their guidance counselor beginning in the month of March. It is highly encouraged that a parent/guardian join us as well. Junior parents will be receiving an email inviting them to make an in person or virtual appointment.