Announcements

Parents of Juniors and Seniors

Financial Aid Night hosted by the PRHS Guidance Department has a new date.  It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Pirate Cove

Our program moderator is from the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation and has extensive experience with the financial aid process.  She will walk you through the process, providing helpful information and answering your questions.  Please join us for this informative and important evening.

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PSAT @ PRHS - Pearl River High School will hold the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 8 a.m.   On the morning of the test, students should arrive by 7:45 a.m. with a photo ID, #2 pencils, and a calculator.  Please note that cell phones are prohibited and calculators or batteries will not be supplied to students.  Testing will conclude by approximately 11:30 a.m.  Please see initial letter for more details.

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Community Service-- The deadline for community service awards consideration for grades 9, 10 and 11 is May 7; the deadline for seniors is May 14. You must have at least 25 hours in the current school year to be considered for an award.

Programs of Interest

Rockland Business Association presents a joint event by the Technology Initiative and the Women’s Leadership Council — Students and their parents are welcome to register and attend a presentation by the RBA that provides an economic outlook for people planning to pursue careers in the STEM fields.  Please register online through the RBA website and select “full time student.” Students or other guests who do not register will not be allowed into the event.  Please refer to flyer for more information.

RCC College-Level Courses at PRHS

The Rockland Community College High School Program (RCCHSP) is open to juniors and seniors, allowing them to take RCC courses at Pearl River High School.  The RCC courses being offered, and their pre-requisites, are listed in the Pearl River High School Program of Studies.

Students enrolling in the RCCHSP  must complete and submit the RCCHSP Certification Form and a Student Data Form to the Guidance Office by Thursday, March 15; parental/guidance signatures are required.  Students must also sit for the Accuplacer Placement Test to ensure they are eligible to take the course(s).

The Accuplacer Placement Test will be offered at Rockland Community College.  We will inform students of the exact date, time and location as soon as that information becomes available.  Students who miss the exam must make arrangements directly with Rockland Community College to take the exam on another date.  It is highly recommended that students take time to prepare for the Accuplacer test.  A number of links to online resources can be found at RCC's Review, Practice, and Test-taking Tips page; or visit their website at www.sunyrockland.edu/go/assessment and click on the box for "Online Review and Practice."  Students who receive testing accommodations should also complete the RCC Assessment Exam Accommodation Request Form.

Some students may be exempt from taking the Accuplacer test based on their SAT, ACT and/or NYS Regents scores.  A Request for Waiver of the Placement Test must be completed with the required documentation above.

Rockland Community College will manage the collection of tuition and fees once the course begins.

College Resources for Juniors

Excelsior Scholarship Program

This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation's first tuition-free degree program for full time students: the Excelsior Scholarship.  The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY community college or university beginning in the fall of 2017. 

Students must:
Be residents of New York State

Enroll in a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
Take 30 credits per calendar year (including winter and summer sessions)
Plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program

The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall of 2017. 
It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019.

The application will be available starting June 7th.  To receive an electronic notification when the application is live, enter your email in the Excelsior Alert Form on the HESC website: www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior.

To find additional information on the benefits of the scholarship and how to apply, students and their families can visit www.hesc.ny.gov or www.ny.gov/college, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.