The RPHS Guidance Playbook

College, career & testing information

Volume 1, Issue 2

Guidance Welcomes New Counselor

Earlier this year Guidance welcomed a new counselor to the department, Denise Astuto. Ms. Astuto's caseload includes students with last names beginning with P-Z. Ms. Astuto brings a wealth of college related knowledge to the department and among other strengths, she is able to communicate with families in both English and Spanish. Over the next few months, Ms. Astuto will be introducing herself to the students on her caseload. If you would like to introduce yourself or have any questions for Ms. Astuto, she can be reached at
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Senior Announcements

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College Corner

HBCU On Tour

Thursday, Jan. 9th 2020 at 11:30am-12:30pm

185 West Webster Avenue

Roselle Park, NJ

College bound students are welcome to join us in the auditorium to hear all about Historically Black Colleges & Universities. Sophomores & Juniors, this is especially for you! There will be a panel of college representatives explaining how you can become a competitive applicant. More information forthcoming!

College Planning Night

Thursday, Feb. 20th 2020 at 7pm

185 West Webster Avenue

Roselle Park, NJ

Save the date! It is highly recommended that all college bound parents of juniors attend this important workshop! Sophomore and freshman parents are also welcome to attend. We will be located in the auditorium.

Important College Application Information for Seniors

The CommonApp and many school specific applications require school information, most of the answers to these questions can be found below:

Counselor: Mrs. Mary Baumann, Mrs. AnnaMaria Matarredona, Ms. Denise Astuto (replacement for Ms. Borkowski)

School CEEB Code: 311330

School Address:

Roselle Park High School

185 W. Webster Ave.

Roselle Park, NJ 07204

Counselor e-mail:,,

Phone: 908-241-4550 ext. 2057, ext. 2054, ext. 2056

Fax: 908-245-6609

Graduation: June 19, 2020

Number of students in your class: 162

Dates you attended high school: September, 2016 – June, 2020

Number of periods in a day: 8

Number of classes per day: 8

Waive Rights: Whatever way it is phrased on an application, always waive your rights. It is in your best interest. Ask your counselor if you want further details.

Percentage of students attending 4 year colleges: 68%

Percentage of students attending 2 year colleges: 30%

Number of Advanced Placement classes offered: 10

GPA – weighted on a 6.0 scale

GPA – unweighted on a 4.0 scale

College Application Procedures

  1. Submit your application through commonapp, the coalition app, or on the college/university website.
  2. Add the name of the college to your "Colleges I'm Applying to" list in Naviance.
  3. If applicable, send your ACT or SAT scores from or
  4. Complete the Golden Ticket (available in the Guidance Office) & submit it to your counselor.
  5. Allow up to two weeks for processing.

College Representative Visits

The RPHS Library will be hosting college representative visits each week during lunch 1 and the beginning of lunch 2. Interested students are asked to sign up for the visits by logging into their Naviance accounts, clicking the “colleges” tab and scrolling to the bottom right side of the page to find “College Visits.”

Financial Aid/Scholarships


Check daily announcements for the most up to date scholarship listings as well as the links to the scholarships listed below.

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Announcing The Collegeboard Opportunity Scholarship Program!

Calling all juniors and 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, and it doesn’t have a minimum GPA or test score requirement. Scholarships can be used at two- and four-year colleges. Go to to sign up and take action to be eligible for scholarships that range from $500 to 40,000.

Introducing the College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free. Many states and colleges use FAFSA information to determine eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

The FAFSA will be available to students and families for completion beginning October 1, 2019. To get started, click here.

Information taken from

CSS Profile

The submission of the College Scholarship Service (CSS) profile in addition to FAFSA submission is required by a select number of colleges. Students should check the application and financial aid requirements of the schools they plan to apply to prior to submitting the CSS profile (as a fee is associated with submission). For additional information, visit the CSS profile website, here.

NCAA Athletics

Any student who wishes to pursue athletics on the collegiate level should let both their counselor and coach know of their intentions. The NCAA has strict guidelines for NCAA division 1 and division 2 eligibility. It is important to note that most standard level courses do not count toward the NCAA's core course requirements. For a list of eligible courses, visit the RPHS course page on the NCAA webpage here. Prior to graduating, at least 16 NCAA approved courses must be completed and students must meet the ACT/SAT guidelines. For additional information, visit the NCAA eligibility center or speak with your guidance counselor.
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In order to meet NJDOE state assessment requirements, students must meet state assessment benchmarks through one of three pathways. These pathways include:

  1. Passing scores on the NJSLA/PARCC assessments;
  2. Passing scores on a stipulated alternative assessment (i.e. PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, Accuplacer);
  3. Successful submission of a student portfolio through the NJDOE portfolio appeals process.

Seniors who have not meet their assessment requirements are highly encouraged to register for the SAT and/or ACT.


PSAT scores are now available to students on their collegeboard accounts and in the genesis portal. 10th and 11th grade students will receive their test booklets and score reports in January during their English classes.


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NYU Field Trip

Students joined us on a trip to NYU on October 9th! They learned all about the admission process and took a tour of the campus. See the pictures below!

College/University Open Houses

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York & Virginia College Open Houses

Pennsylvania Open Houses

To learn more about available open house programs, visit a college's website and navigate to their admissions page.