College Night for Junior Parents was held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 when the school counselors provided an overview of the college search and application process and an overview of Naviance. If you were not able to attend the meeting, the College Night Presentation is available for your reference. If you have any questions, please call your child’s counselor by contacting the guidance office at (845) 620-3811.
Scheduling 2018-2019-- Students have met with their counselors to request courses and electives for next year and teachers have made recommendations for each student’s core academic classes. Please bear in mind that enrollment in elective courses is subject to availability. As always, feel free to contact your child’s counselor with any questions and/or concerns.
Collegeboard has informed us that PSAT scores will be available to students on www.collegeboard.org as of Monday 12/11/16. An email will be sent to students who already have a Collegeboard account informing them that their scores are available. It will also include the student Access Code. These Access Codes have not been made accessible to the counselors. If you haven’t already set up an account with www.collegeboard.org, please do so. Collegeboard has also set up a help-line for students who still have difficulty accessing their scores: 866-433-7728.
Programs of Interest
St. Thomas Aquinas College is heading into its third year of the SUEZ Leadership Institute for Environmental Studies. The 2018 camp will be Sunday, July 22nd to Friday, July 27th. The Institute is a six-day residential program providing an in-depth perspective on sustainability in today’s environment, covering topics such as Water, Energy, Climate Change, Sustainability, and The Environment. The cost is $275 for a weekly program that includes room and board. Please see 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.
Junior Packet Information
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.
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.