College Counseling

RPCS offers a comprehensive college counseling program designed to help students at every stage of the college search, application, and decision process. 

The College Counseling Office supports, guides, and educates our students and their families as they engage in self-reflection in order to consider a wide variety of colleges and universities, ultimately evaluating what program and school will be best for them – academically, socially, and financially. We emphasize “fit” over perceived prestige. In our supportive college counseling environment, students learn to establish goals based on interests, to manage the tasks involved in a complex process, and to make healthy and confident decisions about the next step in their education.  

Another primary role for the College Counseling Office is to advocate for our students and our School. We do this by hosting college representatives on our campus for fall information sessions, visiting college campuses each year to remain current on offerings and admission standards and practices as well as to promote RPCS, and attending numerous professional conferences and association meetings throughout the year. We are ever attentive to the relationship between our Office and those of the colleges and universities that interest our students.  

The College Counseling Office recognizes the important role that parents play in the college search. The office serves as a centralized location for information and counseling on admission and financial aid investigation and procedures. In addition, we offer numerous breakfasts and evening events throughout the year for parents at each grade level that focus on timely aspects of the college search and application process.

College Counseling Department

Sally Diehl

Sally Diehl

Titles: Director of College Counseling
Email:
Megan Johnston

Megan Johnston

Titles: Associate Director of College Counseling / US Psychology
Email:
Janet Weller

Janet Weller

Titles: Associate Director of College Counseling / US Cmmty Svc Coord / Coach - Cross Country, Track & Field
Email:

Information By Year

Freshman Year

  • In October, the college counseling office oversees the administration of the PSAT for all freshmen.
  • The college counseling staff hosts a morning coffee in April for parents of freshman to introduce the philosophy and services of the department and to answer questions that may be on the minds of parents at this early stage of the college planning process.
  • Students considering participation in varsity athletics at the college level may begin to work with the athletics department and college counseling department to start shaping their college search. 
  • During the spring semester, freshmen and their parents have the opportunity to meet with a college counselor to discuss their PSAT scores.

Sophomore Year

  • In October, the college counseling office oversees the administration of the PSAT for all sophomores.
  • After PSAT scores are released in December, sophomores will attend two overview sessions that explain PSAT scoring and how they fit into the college planning process.  Students will meet 1:1 with a college counselor to discuss their scores and plan for future testing.  Parent appointments will follow as requested. 
  • The college counseling staff hosts an evening program in April for parents of sophomores to overview the services of the department and provide guidance on how to help their daughters begin college investigation and campus visits.
  • Students considering participating in varsity athletics at the college level may begin to work with the athletics department and college counseling department to start shaping their college search.
  • Students will be assigned to their primary college counselor by the Upper School Head in May.
  • In May, AP exams are administered by the college counseling office.
  • Students will meet with their primary college counselor before the end of the school year to begin to get to know each other, discuss course schedule for junior year, summer plans, and begin the conversation about possible college aspirations.

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • During August and September, juniors will meet with their primary college counselor to continue the conversation started in May.
  • Juniors are encouraged to meet with the college representatives who visit RPCS to learn about various colleges that may interest them.
  • The college counseling office oversees the administration of the PSAT for all juniors.
  • A college counseling official kick off event is held in November during the school day for all juniors. Students will receive information about the college counseling program and meet in a group with their primary college counselor. 
  • A college planning evening for parents and guardians of juniors is held in November to provide an overview of all aspects of the college counseling, application and admission process.
  • Students and parents will use December to prepare for their next meetings with their college counselor. They will fill out several surveys, ask a peer to write a letter of recommendation for them, and begin thinking about who they will ask to write their teacher recommendation letters.

Spring Semester

  • Starting in early January and continuing throughout the spring of junior year, students will meet individually with their college counselor to get to know each other better, discuss interests and goals and to define a list of possible colleges to consider for visits and applications.
  • Following the initial student/counselor meeting, college counselors will meet with students and their parents or guardians to further discuss the student’s college search.
  • The college counseling office works with students to design a plan for standardized testing and provides prompts and assistance with registration and special accommodations.
  • During the spring semester, juniors will attend a class during the Red Block which meets twice per cycle to discuss topics related to college and wellness. Topics will include exercises in personal analysis, overview of types of colleges, selectivity in the college process, campus visit strategies, building a resume, college interview techniques, time management and balance, writing application essays and preparing for standardized testing.
  • Juniors will meet before and after spring break with their college counselor to further develop their college search and campus visit plans.
  • In April, RPCS juniors are encouraged to attend the AIMS College Fair in April to meet with college representatives from over 250 institutions.
  • The college counseling office works with students and faculty to plan for recommendation letters from teachers.
  • The college counseling office supports student-athletes with their needs related to NCAA recruitment requirements.
  • In May, the college counseling office administers AP exams.
  • Each student will complete a customized next steps list to continue work over the summer. 
  • Students are assigned several tasks to keep their application process on track such as refining drafts of college essays updating resume, and refining the list of colleges where they intend to apply. 

Senior Year

  • In late August all seniors attend a half-day college application workshop to learn and review all processes related to completing and submitting college applications.
  • Each senior will meet with her college counselor individually to continue to manage the college search and application process.
  • Seniors are encouraged to meet with the college representatives at the colleges where they are planning to apply when they visit RPCS.
  • Mock interview opportunities are offered as practice prior to college interviews.
  • The college counseling office supports student-athletes with their needs related to NCAA recruitment requirements.
  • College counselors write a counselor recommendation for each student.
  • Seniors will meet twice per cycle to discuss issues related to filing their applications and topics related to making the transition from RPCS to college.
  • The college counseling office facilitates small group meetings to discuss college transition issues such as living in community, time management, healthy living and the many social transitions associated with life in college.
  • The college counseling office hosts a night for senior parents in late September and another in late February.
  • In late September, RPCS senior parents are encouraged to attend a financial aid information program sponsored by the AIMS group at either RPCS or a neighboring high school.
  • The college counseling office processes and files the students’ college applications and keeps in touch with the admission officers responsible for reading RPCS student files.
  • Counseling services continue as students learn of their college decisions and make their final college choice.
  • In early May the college counseling office administers AP exams.
  • All final transcripts are sent to complete the college enrollment process.