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

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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

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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APPLICATIONS to attend the 2019 NYSCamp is now open. The National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp) is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school.  Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.  The deadline to submit applications is 6:00 PM EST on February 28, 2019.  To be selected, you must be a graduating high school senior in the United States (two each from every state and Washington, D.C.) and students 16-18 years of age in selected other countries (see below).  The 2019 NYSCamp will be held from  June 27 to July 20, 2019; you must be able to attend the entire program - no exceptions.

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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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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.

New York State College Tuition Programs

Excelsior Scholarship Program

The Excelsior Scholarship provides free tuition to New York State students whose families earn up to $110,000 annually, to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year or four-year college.   It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019.  Application Deadline for the Spring 2019 term is Monday, January 14, 2019.  Apply or learn more at  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.

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