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Study Skills Workshop - The SEHS Counseling Center at Oakland University is offering free study skills groups again this Fall. Groups are designed for high school students (November 5), middle school students (November 12), and elementary school students (November 19). Space is limited and parents must pre-register their children. Parents can call 248 370-2633 to register.
Oakland University also offers no-cost personal and career counseling to ages 6 and older and will be running sessions through the summer. Please call the OU Counseling office at 248 370-2633 for more information.
Lucky 7s - Check out these helpful lists from the New York Times: 7 Reasons to Avoid Senioritis & 7 Things Graduating Seniors Should Know About College.
Scholarships online; see Mrs. Murphy in the SSC for more info
15 Good Things to Do the Summer Before College - Go to orientation, friend your new roommate, communicate with your parents. These tips and more can help you be in a great starting position for what's ahead.
NEW - OU STEM Camps - Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science offers many different week-long summer camps in the STEM disciplines. Camps are open to upper elementary, middle, and high school students.
Kode with Klossy - KODE WITH KLOSSY empowers girls to learn to code and become leaders in tech. The program focuses on hands-on learning through labs and a demo day. Scholars gain skills and proficiency in both back-end and front-end web development through building their own web apps. Open to girls 13-17, scholarships are available for the camp in Detroit, August 7-18, 2017.
Off-the-Grid Summer Jobs - Want to spend your summer working outdoors or in another country? Check out this list that links you to unique opportunities like working on a farm, being an au pair, or guiding tours for the National Park Service.
Brown University Pre-College Programs - The Ivy League school offers on-campus, online, and abraod programs for students in grades 6-12.
Walton International program at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) - Spend 10 days in Ireland in a unique STEM program.
Northwood University LAB Free-Enterprise Camp - If you want to learn more about business, free enterprise, and entrepreneurship, check out this week-long award-winning camp at Northwood University. The application deadline is Friday, May 12, 2017.
NEW - OSTC Summer Camp - Check out the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Summer Science and Engineering Camp for for high school students. There are middle schools camps, too, for younger siblings.
Cranbrook Summer Art Institute - Cranbrook’s Teaching Artists, Academy students, and recent graduates provide innovative instruction to students of all levels. Three-week programs in concentrations like Figure Drawing, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Sculpture and more. Classes are capped at 16 students, so check them out now.
University of Michigan ArcStart - ArcStart is a three-week long residential program that offers the opportunity to explore the built environment firsthand through an introduction to architectural design. Participants will experience the rewarding intensity of an engaging college architecture studio, partake in skill-building workshops that reinforce analytical and conceptual problem solving skills, and visit architecturally significant projects in Ann Arbor and the immediate region.
College for Creative Studies Precollege Summer Experience - Earn college credit, love on campus, develop your portfolio, and participate in a student exhibition. CCS's summer program offers eight different concentrations to meet your interests. Super Cool! Check it out!
Michigan Summer Programs and Camps - See this page for exciting summer programs at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and more.
FIDM 3 Days of Fashion - Thinking of a career in fashion? Want to spend 3 days in sunny California? Check out FIDM's 3-day summer programs. Learn from FIDM instructors, meet industry professionals, collaborate on projects, and more. Programs for parents, too.
Pre-college Summer Programs for High School Students - This list from PrepScholar links to program information for colleges across the country that offer summer programs for high school students. Programs vary in length. Some are open-enrollment, but some require going through the application process. Great opportunities!
Long Island University Summer Honors Institute - LIU in NYC is now accepting applications for its 2016 Summer Institute. Super cool programs are offered in many subjects including opera, dance, fashion merchandising, international relations, and creative writing. Programs are offered on a full-scholarship basis; the only cost to students is for meals and transportation. Visit liu.edu/honors to learn more about the Summer Honors Institute @ LIU.
GRAMMY Camp - Held in different locations over the summer, this camp invites 100+ student musicians from all over the country to learn how the music business works from industry pros. Sign up now to recieve information when the 2017 application opens.
*** Most colleges and universities require applications be submitted by November 1 for best chances of acceptance.
IMPORTANT!! Common Application Supplements Can Be Submitted PRIOR To Completing and Submitting The Application. Send Counselors "The Supplements" At The Beginning Of Application Process.
Common App has released its essay prompts for its Class of 2018 application. See the prompts and read tips on answering each one.
Helpful information - Conquering the Confusing Common App - These tips from the Hechinger Report walk you through the sections of the Common App to help you make sure you check everything that needs to be checked.
NEW - The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success in similar to the Common App in that it allows you to apply to multiple schools on one application. A diverse group of schools are members of the Coalition including Ivy Leagues, Michigan State, and U of M.
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success has essay prompts similar to the Common App. Prompts, writing tip, and comparisions to the Common App prompts.
Expore America Educational Tours - Regional tours of specific areas like the West Coast, Boston, the Mid-Adlantic, and more will give students insight into the area, college life, and culture of schools in that region. This is a great opportunity to find the school that feels right for you.
Things to remember when attending a College Admissions Visit at ROHS: Did you know that these are the same people who may be reviewing your applications? Please be courteous and respectful...and prepared with questions for the representatives. This is your chance to show your interest and make an impression!
FREE TUITION! - These schools and the Armed Forces Colleges offer free tuition to all students. Many are in remote and rural areas, and some have a work or service requirement, but all offer FREE tuition.
Information and links to the schools' websites.
Step by Step: College Awareness and Planning - The National Association for College Admission Counseling provides tips for parents, guides to the college admissions process, and downloadable guides geared towards middle school, early high school, and late high school students to help you know what to do and when to do it..
Peterson's College Bound - Find a college that's right for you! Information on how to choose a college; tips for getting in including essay writing tips; financial aid information; campus photo tours; and more!
Any students planning to participate in a Division 1 or 2 college sport must be academically eligible and registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Academic requirements and more information. Check out www.ncaa.org for all the eligibility requirements and to register. See Mr. Bowker or Mr. Surdenik with any questions.
How new NCAA rules are affecting scholarship offers - Good information to know and questions to ask if you are being offered an athletic scholarship
- Request test scores
- ACT Test Information Release (TIR) Service - If you take the ACT on one of these dates, you can request a copy of the multiple choice questions, a list of your answers, and the answer key: December 10, 2016; April 8, 2017, and June 10, 2017.
- ACT test dates and registration deadlines
- Register on-line for the ACT
- ROHS's school code numbers: 220420 (Saturday testing), 233258 (past Juniors in-school testing)
- ACT test Day Checklist
*** The in-school SAT test date for Juniors is April 11, 2017.
NEW! FREE TEST PREP WEBINARS! - Method Test Prep is offering a FREE online SAT prep class on Wednesday, March 1 from 8-9:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to get some test prep help. For more information and to register, go to http://prep.methodtestprep.com/free-sat-prep-class-april-sat.
Need help to prepare for the ACT or SAT? Here's a list of some helpful websites and study guides...
ACT-SAT Comparison Chart - If you're wondering how the 2016 SAT will compare to the structure of the ACT, check out this chart.
ACT-SAT Comparison Chart, Part 2 - This one gives information on registration, scoring, and the types of questions you'll encounter.
This Michigan College Guide article talks about the new SAT and reasons it might be beneficial to still take the ACT, too.
ACT Question of the Day - Every day a new ACT test prep question
SAT Question of the day - Every day a new SAT test prep question. There's also an app you can download.
Word of the Day ACT & Word of the Day SAT - Master the vocabulary you'll encounter on the ACT and SAT. And check out these strategies for studying vocabulary for the new SAT.
Official SAT Practice Test - Downlaod and print out an answer sheet, take the test, and use the free app to scan your bubbles and score your practice test.
Khan Academy - More official practice for the redesigned March 2016 SAT. Create an account to access practice tests, personalized recommendations, and instant feedback - ALL FOR FREE! Also available as an app.
The Princeton Review - Free practice tests for both ACT and SAT. Take the practice online or in person at select locations. Get a detailed score report and learn strategies for the test.
Chegg Test Prep - Free practice tests, strategies, scoring information, and more for both the SAT and the ACT.
Parliament Scholars - Looking for personalized, one-on-one tutoring for the SAT or ACT? Parliament has recently launched the Parliament Scholars campaign to help prepare students with high-potential and financial need for the exams.
Free SAT Math - Students can get math problems, answer choices, correct answers, and references.
FREE Guide to ACT Test Prep - This resource from ACT, here in PDF format, is also available for pick up in the Student Service Center (SSC).
5 things to know about the new ACT essay - This article from NextStepU Magazine breaks down the essay and gives you tips on how to score well.
An Insider's Look at the New SAT - Read this article written by a VP for a test prep company who took the SAT as an adult. Good information about what to expect on the exam
The Ultimate Student's Starter Kit to the ACT - Complied by Albert.io, a test prep site, this 113-page guidebok covers everything from scoring to percentiles to must-know strategies.
Should you take the ACT or the SAT? Many sources say take both, but if you want to know what you're getting into with each test, check out this comparision from PrepScholar.
Don't know the answer and need to guess? Here are 5 strategies to up your guessing game. Remember, there's no penalty for guessing on the new SAT.
Check out these Tips for Test Day from high school students who have taken the SAT.
Method Test Prep - This link has free study guides for both the ACT and SAT. Check out the blog posts for helpful information. You can also subscribe to Method's test prep services.
NEW - PSAT Scores - What do they mean? How can you use your scores to your advantage. This article explains what you need to know about PSAT and why your scores matter.
Other helpful sites:
Shmoop - Want a different kind of test prep? Give this site a try for test prep and more! This site is a personal favorite we just can't enough of! Includes AP test prep.
Learning Express Library - Tons of practice material for the ACT & SAT and practice in reading, writing, math, science, and other subjects. Also, e-books to help you out!
Test Prep Tips - Ace the ACT by having a great study plan and tailoring your test preparation.
Ways to Cope with Test Anxiety - Feeling stressed about ACT or SAT. See this blog post for ways to deal and be prepared for testing. Other helpful posts on this site, too.
HOMEWORK HELP - ONLINE
Do you need to study but don't know how? Tips on effectively studying.
Brightstorm - Need help with Math or Science? Check out the "Textbook" section for your textbook and a video on how to do specific problems. Great online tutor!
Kahn Academy - Amazing web site for MATH and SCIENCE has comprehensive lessons on Math and Science with video tutorials! "See" how to do it or brush up on foundational skills....did we mention this site is FREE?
NEW! - Khan Academy Grammar - Great short videos if you need to know how to use a semicolon, where to place a modifiers, what's proper parallel structure, and so much more!
Shmoop - Want to try something different? This site is a personal favorite! Check out over 900! FREE LITERATURE REVIEWS that are as comprehensive as they are fun to read (Yes, I said fun!). This is homework help with personality...also has ECON, SCIENCE, and MATH as well as MUSIC trivia and more.
NEW! - MashUp Math - This YouTube channel presents math lessons and helpful strategies on a variety of topics like area & preimenter, slope, distributive property, solving word problems, and more. Check it out!
FUN! - Crash Course - Calling all John Green fans!!! This YouTube site has videos created by author John Green and his brother Hank to help you with literature, psychology, history, science, and more. Fun, interesting, and thought-provoking.
Yay Math - Helpful math videos for Algerbra I and II, Geometry, Trig, and Statistics.
Bozeman Science - Baffled by Biology? Confused in Chemistry? See this site for hundreds of science videos explaining all those concepts that keep you guessing. Includes AP science topics, too.
Learning Express Library - Practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want-at school, at work, or in life.
Hippocampus - Homework assistance in several subjects, even AP classes!
Students are asking:
- Why Do I Need This English Class?
- Why Do I Need This Math Class?
- Why Do I Need This Social Studies Class?
- Why Do I Need This Science Class?
Credit Recovery: Second semester E2020 credit recovery starts February 7! - Click the information sheet for dates, classes available, and costs. Register for classes on Payschools. E2020/Edgunity credit recovery classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after school from 3:15 to 5:15 in Labs 209/211 (English, Social Studies, and Math) and 235/237 (Science). Second semester runs February 7 through May 18.
career and technical education
Information about the Career and Technical Education programs here at ROHS and at OSTC.
Work-Based Learning - As a senior in a CTE program, students have to opportunity to work in or out of school, earning credits and wages.
Contact Mr. Surdenick in the SSC for more information about the exciting opportunities offered the Royal Oak OSTC and programs available at other campuses. Click on the links to each program for details and to take a look at the Career Trees.
Find information about AP class offerings at ROHS on the Academics page.
Pay for 2017 AP exams at PaySchools.
See the College Board website for test registration information, study tips, how to earn college credit, and more.
- Scholarships available for ROHS students. See Mrs. Murphy in the Student Service Center for more information. Scholarship applications are available online or in the SSC.
- GREAT TIP! - Need to keep track of all the scholarships you've applied for? Log on to your Career Cruising portfolio and click on My Scholarships and Financial Aid to search for and track scholarships.
TUITION INCENTIVE PROGRAM (TIP) – The State of Michigan offers TIP (Tuition Incentive Program) for students with low incomes. Students are encouraged to attend participating colleges and the tuition will be paid by the state. If your family received assistance from the Department of Social Services, you may be eligible for this college program. Call the Hotline 1.888.447.2687.
Oakland University Financial Services offers a variety of financial aid events and workshops available to high school students and their parents. FAFSA workshops begin in January. See their list of everything you need to complete your FAFSA.
Do You Need Money For College? - This is the federal guide to funding your college education. Copies are also available in the Career Center.
IMPORTANT SITE - College Scorecard - This tool from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center allows you to select criteria and find out more about a college’s affordability and value.
Net Price Calculator - How much will college really cost? Find out how much you’ll pay to attend an institution in a single academic year AFTER subtracting scholarships and grants.
NEGOTIATING YOUR FINANCIAL AID AWARD LETTER - What do you do when you've gotten into your first-choice school, but your financial aid award wasn't what you expected? Read this article to see what your options are.
Cappex - Scholarship opportunities search site
Fastweb -- Free scholarship search. NEW! - Download the fastweb! app to have scholarship updates at your fingertips!
Students.gov - One stop help for student and parent assistance with financial aid and college information on the web!
Nelnet.com - Plan and finance your education, plan your career
Mappingyourfuture.org - Nonprofit site to help plan career, college, financial aid, and money management.
The Simple Dollar College Scholarship Guide - Great tips to help you prepare, search, organize, and apply for scholarships.
Affordable Colleges Online - Understanding your financial aid options, FAFSA help, videos and more.
ScholarshipPoints.com - A different kind of scholarship site, where you earn points by completing surveys, checking out college-related information online, and inviting friends to participate. Use your points to enter monthly scholarship drawings.
Best Schools Guide to the FAFSA - A comprehensive user-friendly guide to FAFSA that includes why you should fill it out, special circumstances, Q&A, and much more to make the process easier for students and parents.
NEW - Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid Scam - Read this informative article for tips to fill out the forms and ways to protect yourself when completing the FAFSA.
FAFSA Parent Financial information - Confused about how to fill out parent information on your FAFSA? Review this information titled "Who is my 'parent' when I fill out the FAFSA?".
Financial Aid Terms - What's an SAR? Your EFC? The COA? FWS? Confused by all the terms that come up in your financial aid planning?
FAFSA Workshops at Oakland University - Free assistance in filling out the FAFSA to high school student and their families. Other financial aid workshops also available. Also check out the Funding Education Beyond High School presentation for lots of helpful information about FAFSA and financial aid.
College Goal Sunday - A representative from FAFSA will help you complete the FAFSA for FREE at many Michigan locations. Win prizes and scholarships just for attending! For date and times go to micollegegoal.org and click on "Students" and "Locations" to learn more.
Something to consider- According to 2011 information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, someone with a bachelor's degree will make (on average) 75% more than someone with just a high school diploma.
Niche - Search for and compare schools from around the country and view rankings of colleges.
Common Application - Primary application for University of Michigan. Apply to many East Coast schools with one application. Check out the link for College Board for more information on the Common Application.
Colleges That Change Lives - This organization is dedicated to profiling student-centered colleges that are dedicated to helping students develop their lifetime love of learning.
Michigan College Guide - The complete guide of Michigan schools is online (and in your ROHS Career Center!). Search colleges by region, price, or size. Check out virtual tours, websites, and links to apply to Michigan colleges.
Michigan College Access Network - MichiganCAN is a statewide initiative which provides free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career. MichiganCAN will offer students, parents, counselors, and adult learners easy-to-use web-based, personalized tools to insure that each step in the process of choosing and applying for college is completed successfully.
Considering an online degree? These sites offer helpful information about online colleges: Michigan colleges online is a collaboration of community colleges throughout the state allows students to take online classes that may not be offered at their home school. Many schools also offer certificate and Associate Degree programs that can be completed in-part or in-total online. Online Schools Guidebook offers helpful information on online learning: what it is, different options, the benefits, and ways to consider if it's the right option for you. OnlineU.org lists the most affordable online schools and searches which online colleges offer the most affordable degress in the majors you're interested in pursuing.
MACRAO: Michigan Transfer Network - Visit this site to find out what classes will transfer to the college you plan on attending.
- Placement Tests - Royal Oak Campus Compass Placement Test Info-Take a copy of your ACT scores to find out if you are exempt from taking placement tests (This means you might not need to take placement tests based on ACT scores!).
- Articulation - What does it mean?
- Request for High School Articulated Credit - Complete this form to request Articulated or Expanded Credit.
- Online Application - Send your OCC application electronically
- Online Orientation - Please complete this prior to seeing an OCC Counselor
- OCC FAQ - Answers to frequently asked questions about OCC college costs and financial aid
- Program Information - Click here for OCC programs
- Online Catalog - The complete OCC catalog
Oakland ACE - This early-college program allows you to split your time between ROHS and OCC. Earn up to 60 college credits whille you're earning your high school diploma. See your counselor early in your Sophomore year for more information and to see if you qualify. Applications are due in February.
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Skilled Trades Jobs in Michigan - Learn about opportunities in emerging fields, like health care and information technology, that often don't requre a 4-year degree.
The 100 Best Jobs - Many factors make up a great job: it pays well, it's challenging without being too stressful, there's room to advance, and best of all, there are openings. See this list from US News & World Report for the 100 best jobs for 2015.
100 Associate Degree Jobs - If you're looking for a rewarding technical or vocational career, this list profiles jobs in a wide range of industries.
7 hot new majors for a new generation. Do you feel like you already major in social media? Check out this list of that and other interesting new majors being offered at colleges around the country.
Military Careers - Are you thinking about a life-long career in the military? Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook for military career options. You can also find information about military careers on the Explore Careers page of Career Cruising, at learnhowtobecome.org, and on the Today's Military site.
NEW - Considering coding as a career? Check out 42 USA. This new program in Silicon Valley is tuition-free, hand-on, and team-oriented. Applicants must pass online exams and go through an extensive orietation, but this unique program offers real-world experience in the coding and computer science.
For teachers-to-be - Teacher.org - If you're interested in a teaching career, check out this site for information about education, certification, and more. Also, check out Careers in Teaching for career paths, salaries, and resources, and Resources & Tools for Teaching Students to stay current on trends and ideas in teaching.
Computer Science Career Information for Women - Women remain significantly underrepresented in the computer science, but there are more and more opportunities all the time. Check out this site to explore the expanding field of computer science, search for scholarship opportunities, and chart your own course.
Feeling green? The Department of Labor has compiled a bunch of great information on green careers. Learn about careers in recycling, green construction, wind energy, and much more. Another great, in-depth green career resouce can be found at learnhowtobecome.org. And this Green Career Guide has information about high-demand eco jobs and the path that leads to them.
Nursing careers - Check out RN to BSN if you're thinking about a nursing career. Take their quiz to see if nursing is the right career choice for you. More nursing career information is available at Nursing School 411 and Nursing.org. Find out about careers, salaries, and licensure. Nursing.org also has great videos about nursing school and more.
Explore another option in the health care career field - Videos and info on a career in medical billing and coding.
Big Futures - Career website from Collegeboard. Search careers, colleges, college costs, and more. Getting ready for college resource.
O*Net Online "My Next Move" - The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. Expand your career search!
Career OneStop - Many careers need certain certifications, learn about them here, Sponsored by US Department of Labor.
NEW - Learn How to Become - Research careers and the types of education you'll need to be qualified to work in them. Helpful information on things like certificate programs, career paths, how to get hired, and much more.
OwlGuru - OwlGuru.com is a career and college finder site which covers over 900+ careers and 3000+ colleges. Their mission is to help teenagers and adults to find a career they love. Find schools and careers, watch career videos, calculate college costs, and more.
Michigan Construction Careers - Get information on construction careers, apprenticeship opportunities, education, and more.
"Dirty Jobs" - Check out Mike Rowe's video library of real American jobs
One Week Jobs - Sean Aiken: One man's journey for career discovery; a new job every week. Watch webisodes and the documentary preview. Google "One Week Job movie" to watch the documentary. See Sean try being an exterminator, a pizzamaker, a dairy farmer, and more.
Non-traditional jobs and careers - Unique short-term opportunities for job adventures, summer jobs, and more! Jobs across the country and abroad!
Looking outside the box for an interesting career? Check out this list of weird (but cool) college majors, and maybe give Bakery Science or Theme Park Engineering a try.
UPDATED - Have an adventurous soul? Can't imagine yourself in an office? Think you'd feel trapped in a cubicle? Browse Outside Magazine's 100 Best Places to Work list for companies that do things differently.
JobApplicationsOnline.com and PrintableJobApplications.com - Looking for a part-time job? Having trouble with the online application process? Thes sites provides job resources and online applications for restaurants, retail and department stores, pharmacies, grocery stores, and companies in many different industries.
Do you know the three steps to career success? Watch this video for great tips you can use at any job.
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