The Sophomore Compass

Helpful Information from the Ray-Pec Counseling Department


FEB 12th DEADLINE: Cass Career/Summit Tech Applications

Are you interested in attending Cass Career or Summit Tech next year?
Applications are due Feb 12th- to the Counseling Office.

Follow links below for more information:
Cass Career Center
Summit Technology Academy

AP Exam Info from Mr Sclesky:

Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. For the 2016 AP exams, students at Raymore-Peculiar HS will be registering online. This year each AP exam costs $92.00. For the class of 2017 and beyond, to get weighted credit in the AP class, students must take the AP exam for that subject. To earn college credit for the class a student needs to score a 4 or 5 on the AP exam. Check with the college you are interested in to determine what the required score is to earn credit.

Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 6:00 AM and ends on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 11:58 PM. In order to register, students should click on the link provided on the school website or visit to register. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.

Raymore-Peculiar HS is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration or payment can be mailed in with a check. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration if you choose to pay with that method. If you choose the option to pay by check, please follow the instructions on how to submit payment that way by mail and watch the deadline dates carefully.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

· Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 6:00 AM - Registration Begins

· Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur an $8 late fee per exam.

· Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 11:58 PM - Registration Ends

· Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 11:58 PM - Registrations that have not been paid for will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.

Please contact Mr. Eric Sclesky, , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.

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Duke University- Summer Programs

Dear Student,
Spaces Filling Quickly! Apply Now for your Summer at Duke University!
Here at Duke we have been accepting applications since December and we are receiving more applications even earlier this year than last. We encourage you to apply for Duke Summer College for High School Students (grades 10 & 11) to earn academic credit, or Duke Summer Academy for High School Students (grades 9-12) for personal enrichment early while there is still room in the program of your choice.


Nicki Charles, Ed.D.
Duke University
Director of Summer College and Summer Academy for High School Students

Sophomore Year Timeline

The primary focus of your sophomore year should be on taking rigorous courses, keeping your grade point average up, and getting involved in extracurricular activities.

Winter (November-February)

___ Review junior and senior year timelines so you know what to look forward to next year.

___Enroll in rigorous college preparatory courses for junior year or any dual credit classes you may be eligible for.

___ Meet with your counselor during enrollment to discuss your Personal Plan of Study, your post-secondary plans, college and career goals, or things you are uncertain about.

___ Use your resources!!! Learn more about colleges and universities. Visit the Senior office in the South building or through the website to start learning about financial supports to pay for college.