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Counseling & Scheduling

counseling corner


2020 Junior Parent Night Information

Junior Meeting Checklist

Class of 2023: Freshman Orientation Presentation and Flyer

Read the latest Counseling Quarterly!

 scheduling commitment forms

Print and complete the appropriate form for 2018-2019 class scheduling.

AP Commitment Form

DP Commitment Form

CTE OSTC Commitment Form

Senior Class & Scholarships/Financial Aid

Senior Class Information   


Suddenly Seniors

Scholarship List:  Click here for links to scholarship information


Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships online; see Mrs. Sandzik in the SSC for more information. Update Scholarship DEADLINES!

Scholarship page for ROHS students. 

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5 Things to do after Filling Out Your FAFSA Form - More helpful tips from the U.S. Department of Education.

FAFSA (en Espanol); English Spanish Glossary of Student Financial Aid

State of Michigan - Paying for College (website)

Affording College in Michigan guide from the MI Department of Treasury 

Financial Aid Basics from the National Association of College Admission Counseling

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.


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.  

Repayment Estimator - Enter real or hypothetical loan information to view estimated payments under different repayment plans.

College Covered - This site has helpful information for both students and parents.  Search for scholarships, get FAFSA help, find out about campus jobs, and more.

Understanding your Financial Aid Award Letter - Helpful tips from Sallie Mae.

Fastweb -- Free scholarship search.   NEW! - Download the Fastweb! app to have scholarship updates at your fingertips! - is a new site that awards scholarship money at participating colleges and universities based on achievements throughout high school.

Post-Graduation Planning

College Planning

Carnegie-Institute Meet and Greet:  Tuesday, November 12, 2019.  9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  

23rd Annual College Fair: informative workshops and recruiter sessions, which includes onsite admissions, onsite scholarships and various financial aid opportunities.  Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10am to 2pm.  Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre Road (6 Mile and I-75) in Detroit.

College Applications 

*** Most colleges and universities require applications be submitted by November 1 for best chances of acceptance. Here is a timeline to help you, look for the checklist as well.

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 2019-20 application. 

Other College Application information

College Comparison worksheet

College Application Essay Tips

NEW - Peerlift - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and free online platform working to make access to opportunities for college faster and fairer than ever before for students across the United States.

10 ways to make your college application stand out

Financial Aid night presentation:  Oakland University.  Financing Education Beyond High School  (This link is an informational video.)

College Visits

The Essential Campus Visit Question List

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 demonstrate interest and make an impression! 

Students Speak: What is College Really Like 

Additional Resources

FREE TUITION! - These schools and the Armed Forces Colleges offer free tuition to all students.  

US News and World Report Rankings - Looking to find the right school for you?  Check this out!

NEW! - Better Make Room - for YOU and the next steps you'll take!  

College search sites:  Check out The Princeton Review, College Confidential's SuperMatch tool, and Big Future.  

Top World Universities! See which Michigan schools are on the list!

 Campus Maps, YouVisit, and YOUniversitytv  Virtual college maps 


Find out the 10 Most Common High School Freshman Mistakes and what you can do to avoid them. 

Check out this article on how to keep your profile clean so that it doesn't come back to haunt you later. 


Something to consider- According to 2018 information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, someone with a Bachelor's Degree will make (on average) 50% more than someone with only a high school diploma.

Michigan College Guide   - The complete guide of Michigan schools is online (and in your ROHS Career Center!).  Search colleges by region, price, or size.  

NEW - Michigan Careeer Schools - This site connects you to many nationally accredited training providers. .   

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. 

Considering an online degree? These sites offer helpful information about online colleges: Michigan colleges online . 

NEW Midwest Student Exchange Program - If you're considering attending school out of state, review this website to see schools with discounted out-of-state tuition for Michigan residents.  

Niche - Search for and compare schools from around the country and view rankings of colleges.  

Oakland Community College

Oakland ACE - This early-college program allows you to split your time between ROHS and OCC.  Earn up to 60 college credits while 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.


Careers and Opportunities

opportunities:                                     Regional Hot Jobs List through 2024!!

                                                                    Michigan HOT JOBS 2026!


Are you a senior who is interested in the skilled trades, including Carpenters, Floor Layers or Millwrights?   Take a look at this Career Fair invite for April 22!   Carpenters Labor Management Partnership Team

Two Unique Catering in Royal Oak is looking for summer help.  $15.00-17.00/hour.

Glen Oaks Golf Course now hiring for Cart Attendant!

Livonia Police Department Hiring and will Pay for Schooling.

Michigan DNR is hiring for Seasonal Workers!

Detroit Zoo is looking for Seasonal Workers. Posting through June 2020.

Interested in a Dental Career?    Our friendly, family oriented, highly skilled dental office has opportunities available for you if you are interested in being paid while learning the skills needed for a career in Dental Assisting. This paid training opportunity leads to a full time position once the skills are mastered. Candidates are welcome to stop by our office to fill out an application, and to meet our wonderful staff.  Hunter, Hosea and Stachel PLLC, 635 W. 14 Mile Road, Clawson, MI  48017.  248-288-6070

Blue Lake Summer Fine Arts Camp:  Visit and click on Request Information to receive camp information for your child.  Scholarship information now available on this link or in Room 144A.

Michigan Summer Programs and Camps - See this page for exciting summer programs at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and more. 

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!


Workforce Intelligence Network: information on Labor Statistics and Careers.

WHERE TO START - The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics can help you find information about pay, education, job requirements, and job outlook for hundreds of occupations.

What are the six Michigan Career pathways? Click here and find out!

Skilled Trades Jobs in Michigan - Learn about opportunities in emerging fields, like health care and information technology, that often don't require 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 2019.

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. 

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

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 orientation, but this unique program offers real-world experience in the coding and computer science.

For teachers-to-be - - 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.  

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  Find out about careers, salaries, and licensure. 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!

CareerOneStop  - Many careers need certain certifications, learn about them here, Sponsored by US Department of Labor.

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. 

Michigan Construction Careers  - Get information on construction careers, apprenticeship opportunities, education, and more. 

Browse Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work .

Testing Info & Prep



advanced placement courses and testing

Find information about AP class offerings at ROHS on the Academics page.

AP Registration Information

See the College Board website for test registration information, study tips, how to earn college credit, and more.

Khan Academy now has AP practice courses.  Check Khan Academy AP Practice Courses.



SAT Family & Student Resource Guide from Oakland Schools 

Kaplan SAT Practice: includes question of the day and practice quizzes.

Khan Academy - More official practice for the SAT.  Create an account to access practice tests, personalized recommendations, and instant feedback - ALL FOR FREE!  Also available as an app.  Chegg Test Prep Test Prep Courses here:  Test Preparation with Free Practice Tests

NCAA Eligibility

  College Athletics and NCAA Clearinghouse

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 for all the eligibility requirements and to register.  See Mr. Bowker or Mr. Surdenik with any questions.

Career and Technical Education (ROHS & OSTC)

career and technical education 

Do you want to know more about CTE?  Find out more about opportunities in CTE and the programs available in Michigan. 

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.

Agriscience & Environmental Techologies Construction Technology
Culinary Arts & Hospitality    Health Sciences
Visual Imaging     Automotive Technology, Collision Repair & Refinishing, Medium & Heavy Truck & Equipment
Computer Programming, Computer Networking, Web Develpoment, Entrepreneurship & Advanced Marketing (iTEAM), Cyber Security Networking

Energy & Electrical Technologies, Machining, Mechatronics, Welding


More OSTC Programs: Cosmotology, Criminal Justice, & Medical Investigation

Online Learning & Credit Recovery

Summer School Credit Recovery

online learning and credit recovery (e2020)  

Michigan's Online Course Catalog

GenNET Online Learning

       E2020/Edgenuity 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).   Fall class run .  Winter session runs February  through May , 2019.  Sign up for classes on SchoolPay.



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?

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!

NEW! - Algebra Nation - Videos for every concept in Algeba 1, plus a free workbook!

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. 

Hippocampus - Homework assistance in several subjects, even AP classes!  




Talent Portfolio Requirements: Seniors are now required by the State of Michigan to complete a Talent Portfolio.  These documents must be uploaded into the Storyboard on Xello.

Xello Requirements for Grades 9-12

Resume Builder:  Seniors are now required by the State of Michigan to build a resume for graduation.  Must be uploaded into the Storyboard on Xello.

Use the templates in Microsoft Word or Google Docs to build your resume.

Resume Checklist:  Use this checklist to make sure that you have included all of the information that you need.  Also included - Action Verb List   

Letter of Reference:  Seniors are now required by the State of Michigan to know how to request a letter of reference.  Letter of Recommendation Request Form.

Transcripts: Seniors are now required by the State of Michigan to know how to request school record.

Cover Letter: tips from the State of Michigan. 

How Xello can help fulfill the New Michigan Career Development Model

Parent Informational Letter