RCC Application Day

Are you interested in applying to RCC?  On Tuesday, February 5 students will be able to apply to RCC at PRHS and the application fee will be waived!

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Location: Pirate’s Cove

Time: Periods 4–7

  • Required Materials: Signed High School Transcript Release Form & Completed RCC Application Form (please see the guidance office if you need a copy)
  • Early Admit (for juniors only):  If you are considering attending RCC for your senior year in lieu of taking classes at PRHS, come meet with the RCC Admission Representatives to learn more about this exciting opportunity to start your college experience.  Students must complete an Early Admission Form in addition to the application form.
  • Sam Draper Honors College:  Information about the Sam Draper Honors College and its application process will also be shared with all interested juniors and seniors.

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Financial Aid Night was held Tuesday, October 30.  Our program moderator from the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation who has extensive experience with the financial aid process was present to provide helpful information.  The presentation is available for those who were not able to attend. 

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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

Enrollment is currently being accepted for the Lentz & Lentz spring 2019 programs in Rockland County.  Tuition is $460 for SAT prep and $660 for combined SAT & ACT prep.  This winter they are also offering a $15 early registration discount valid through January 21st.  Please click on the flyer for more information.

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Nyack NAACP Youth Council Presents the NAACP Historically Black College & University (HBCU) Fair—Nyack College will be offering a day trip to Curtis High School in Staten Island, NY for the HBCU Fair on January 26, 2019 from 11am to 5:30 pm.  The event is free to the public.  If you and your child(ren) are interested in attending with Nyack College, please complete the permission form as soon as possible as bus seats are limited; the bus ride is free.  More information can be found on the flyer as well as on their registration site.  Please contact Mrs. Cindy Blackwell at (845) 461-3906 with any questions.

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The  New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) is currently accepting applications for 2019.  Students in grades 8-12 throughout New York State are encouraged to apply.  NYSSSA is a program of the New York State Education Department that provides approximately 400 of New York’s most talented students the opportunity to study with professionals in the visual and performing arts. The summer arts residential program offers highly competitive pre-professional training to promising artists from a variety of disciplines. Four weeks of intensive work and interaction with internationally acclaimed artists and performing arts companies, such as the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, give students a unique opportunity to experience the rigors of their chosen arts field. Each program culminates in a public final presentation or exhibition.  Please visit for application materials and audition information.

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The Coolidge Scholarship:  The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any accredited U.S. college or university.  Anyone of any background pursuing any academic discipline of study may apply to this non-partisan, need-blind program.  Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2020 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply.  Two (2) letters of recommendation and interview required.  Please visit for details.  All applications must be completed online and submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. 

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Juniors and Seniors looking to improve their public speaking skills can register for the Public Speaking Academy sponsored by Leadership Rockland Inc. and Dominican College.  Students must complete all six workshops to receive certificate of completion.  A $100 program fee is due upon registration.

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 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:

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