College Planning

From Freshman year forward--it's time to start!

PSAT TESTING ON OCTOBER 14th

All 10th or 11th graders are strongly encouraged to sign up to take the PSAT next Wednesday! This is an important data point for college bound students, and can enable them receive scholarships and qualify for advanced courses.


Remember students who take the PSAT score higher on average on the SAT than those who do not!

MATH TUTORING AVAILABLE EVERY DAY AT RCHS

RCHS's Math tutor is in the library at lunch, break and after school to assist students who need extra support in Mathematics.

IMPORTANT COLLEGE PLANNING DATES

  1. College Night -- Rancho Multi-Use Room on Thursday, October 15 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  2. Financial Aid Information Night (all things Financial Aid) -- Rancho Multi-Use Room on Tuesday, November 17 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  3. Cash for College Night (FAFSA and Dream Act application assistance) – Computer Labs N5 and N6 on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

RANCHO COTATE INFORMATION

Rancho Cotate High School Webpage: http://crpusd.schoolwires.net/Domain/15

Rancho Cougar Tracks – Course Selection Guide: http://crpusd.schoolwires.net/domain/170

Rancho a-g College Entrance Course List: https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/app/home/

Rancho Cotate Counseling Center Bulletin: http://crpusd.schoolwires.net/domain/692

FREE COLLEGE EVENTS

  • A Path to College Workshop Series: Free college events at Sonoma County Libraries, checkhere for more info. 9/12, 9/16, 9/23, 9/26, 10/7, 10/10, 10/21, 11/7
  • Council of International Schools College and University Fair: French-American Intl School in SF in the Gym, 150 Oak St, SF, CA 94102, 9/20 1pm-3pm

  • San Francisco Performing and Visual Arts Fair: (sponsored by NACAC)
    South SF Conference Center - Grand Ballroom 255 South Airport Blvd, SF, CA 94080, 10/25 1pm-330pm

  • USA GAP Year Fair: Sir Francis Drake HS, 2/25 6pm-9pm

  • National College Fair (NACAC): Cow Palace, SF, 4/30 130pm-430pm

  • NorthBay College Fair (WACAC): Spring 2016,

LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT COLLEGE?

California Community Colleges – All Campuses: http://www.cccco.edu/

Santa Rosa Junior College: http://www.santarosa.edu/index.shtml

Application Gateway to all CCC: http://home.cccapply.org/

Community Colleges Review: http://www.communitycollegereview.com/

California State University -- All CSU Campuses: http://www.calstate.edu/

CSU Mentor – How to choose and plan for college: https://secure.csumentor.edu/

Sonoma State University: http://www.sonoma.edu/

University of California – All UC Campuses: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/

College Board: https://www.collegeboard.org/

CB Big Future – How to choose and plan for college: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

California Independent and Private Colleges: http://www.aiccu.edu/

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): http://www.ncaa.com/

California College – College and Career Preparation: https://secure.californiacolleges.edu /

College sites with virtual tours: http://www.campustours.com/

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ASSESSMENT/TESTING

SAT Test Information: https://sat.collegeboard.org/home

SAT Test Prep/Khan Academy Partnership: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

PSAT Test Information: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html

Advanced Placement (AP) Information: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/exploreap?navid=sat-aps

ACT – Everything you need to know about it: http://www.actstudent.org/

SRJC Placement Tests: http://www.santarosa.edu/app/placement/

Power Prep provides good general assessment information*: http://www.powerprep.com/

Peterson’s provides good general assessment information*: http://www.petersons.com/

4tests.com provides good general assessment information*: http://www.4tests.com/

CAREER SEARCHES

Kuder Navigator -- Kuder Navigator is a web-based program that features interactive and reliable tools to make career-planning fun, engaging, and relevant for today's high school students. Guided by a Career Planning Timeline, Navigator helps students learn about themselves with research-based assessments, build an education plan, and explore and prepare for various options after high school. Many Rancho students have received free accounts and have been inserviced on how to utilize Navigator. If you do not remember your account number or do not have an account, you will need to wait until the fall semester is underway to inquire about receiving access: www.kudernavigator.com

My Future – Figure out what is after high school: http://www.myfuture.com/

Careers.Org – If it is about your career, it is here!: http://www.careers.org/

Career One Stop – Pathways to Career Success: http://acinet.org/

U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Job Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/

Cool Works – Jobs in great places: http://www.coolworks.com/

Ideas List -- Jobs in non-profit organizations: http://www.idealist.org/

SCHOLARSHIPS

Rancho Cotate Scholarship Bulletin – Updated regularly throughout the school year: http://crpusd.schoolwires.net/domain/692

Fast Web* -- Free scholarship service: http://www.fastweb.com/

Peterson’s Scholarship Search* -- Free scholarship service: http://www.petersons.com/college-search/scholarship-search.aspx

Go College* -- Free scholarship service: http://www.gocollege.com/

Fin Aid* – Free scholarship service: http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/

FINANCIAL AID

Fin Aid* – Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid: http://www.finaid.org/

California Student Aid Commission: http://www.csac.ca.gov/

Federal Student Aid, Office of US Department of Ed Office of -- Complete the FAFSA application online: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

College Board Profile -- Independent college financial aid information: http://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile

Financial Aid Finder* – College Financial Aid Experts: http://www.financialaidfinder.com/student-loan-search/private-student-loan-terms/sallie-mae-student-loans/

CREDIT RECOVERY COURSE OPTIONS

Fuel Education (Aventa) – Online courses offered at Rancho periods one – eight; courses do not meet the UC/CSU a-g requirements: http://www.getfueled.com/

Directed Studies – Textbook courses offered at Rancho periods one - six; courses do not meet the UC/CSU a-g requirements.

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) -- Students may take approved course(s) concurrently at SRJC for credit recovery or first-time credit: https://www.santarosa.edu/app/admissions/concurrent-enrollment.shtml

Brigham Young University (BYU) Online High School – Some courses meet the UC/CSU a-g requirements: https://is.byu.edu/site/programs/HighSchoolProgram.cfm

National University Virtual High School – Some courses are NCAA accepted; some courses meet the UC/CSU a-g requirements: http://www.nuvhs.org/

CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR TO MAKE A PLAN!

Leonor Goff serves students with last names that begin with: A – EL

Her direct phone line is: 1.707.792.4781

Her e-mail address is: leonor_goff@crpusd.org

Cheryl Hlebakos serves students with last names that begin with: EN - LE

Her direct phone line is: 1.707.792.4776

Her e-mail address is: cheryl_hlebakos@crpusd.org

Erin Lane serves students with last names that begin with: LI - RA

Her direct phone line is: 1.707.792.4782

Her e-mail address is: erin_lane@crpusd.org

Sandra Aguado serves students with last names that begin with: RE - Z

Her direct phone line is: 1.707.792.4818

Her e-mail address is: s_aguadozuniga@crpusd.org

HOMECOMING WEEK NEXT WEEK! October 12-17