Announcements

The Program of Studies for the 2019-2020 school year is now available on the High School website. 

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PLEASE NOTE: The HS College Panel Discussion for Parents of Seniors & Juniors scheduled for Thursday, April 4th was already held on Wednesday, February 13th, as per notifications prior to the event. The original date needed to be adjusted due to the availability of our presenters. The panel will not run again as scheduled on April 4th. The counselor portion of the presentation from February 13th can be found below.   We apologize for any inconvenience.

The PRHS College Night was held on Wednesday, February 13.  The event included a presentation from the PRHS guidance counselors regarding an introduction to the college process as well as a panel discussion composed of representatives from SUNY Oneonta, Quinnipiac University, Rockland Community College Honors Program, and the Iona College Assistance Program.  Please click on the presentation if you missed the event.  There is also a helpful College Process Summarized timeline to help juniors and parents prepare for college applications.

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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.

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Meet 300 college representatives at this year’s Westchester County College Fairs.  Please see flyer for details.  Click to view college participants & workshops for Northern Westchester College Fair.  Click to view college participants for Southern Westchester College Conference.

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The Brady United organization, which advocates ending gun violence through awareness and education, is currently running an End Family Fire Scholarship Competition.  The scholarship competition challenges high school and college students to create a video which brings awareness to the issue of family fire and promotes safe gun storage as a way to prevent such tragedies.  There will be two winning entries, one from high school and one from college, and each will receive a $5,000 scholarship.  The winners will also have the opportunity to have their video used by the Ad Council and distributed nationally to over 1,600 television stations.  Video submissions are due by June 16, 2019. 

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The New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) will be hosting Camp College in the summer of 2019.  Camp College is an overnight college access and information program that is geared toward upper level high school students (rising juniors and above).  For three days (two nights) students will live in the residence halls on campus; attend classes taught by college professors; participate in workshops on admissions and financial aid; learn college interview and essay-writing techniques; gain leadership, teamwork, and networking experience.  The program is free for all participants (transportation excluded) but it is important for every student to be on campus with an adult chaperone.  Please visit the NYSACAC Camp College website for details and registration information. 

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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 http://www.nysed.gov/news/2018/high-school-students-encouraged-apply-2019-new-york-state-summer-school-arts for application materials and audition information.

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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 28; 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.