counseling & career center 

Regional Hot Jobs List through 2024!!

United States Army Virtual Career Fair:  Register here! 

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

Summer School Credit Recovery

Oakland Cybersecurity Summer Camp at OSTC, SE and SW.  August 5-9 from 9:00-1:00

2020 Junior Parent Night Information

Career Cruising

Engaging students and connecting their schoolwork to their futures positively impacts retention, achievement, transition, and life success! 

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 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 Information   


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


Summer Skill Buiding Program at Cleary College

The Horatio Alger Association is now accepting student applications for its career and technical scholarships until June 15. This year, the association will award 1,020 new CTE scholars to pursue their academic programs at community colleges and nonprofit institutions with a maximum award amount of $2,500 depending on the length of program and need of the student.

Scholarship page for ROHS students. 

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.

College Scholarships: the Definitive Guide for Students

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Senior Bulletins.

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.

Do You Need Money For College? - This is the federal guide to funding your college education.  More FAFSA information

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.

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

Michigan Tour Guide Scholarship  Deadline: December 31, 2019.

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 - What's EFC?  COA?  Work-study?  What money is free and what do you have to pay back.?  Start with this information to figure out which school is your best financial fit. 

NEW - 7 Options to Consider if You Didn't Receive Enough Financial Aid - Helpful tips from the U.S. Department of Education.

GI Bill - Considering a military career prior to enrolling in college? Use the comparison tool to project how you tuition and housing costs could be covered.

Cappex  - Scholarship opportunities search site 

Fastweb -- Free scholarship search.   NEW! - Download the fastweb! app to have scholarship updates at your fingertips!  - Plan and finance your education, plan your career - Nonprofit site to help plan career, college, financial aid, and money management. 

Affordable Colleges Online - Understanding your financial aid options, FAFSA help, videos and more. - 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. - Got an A in an AP class?  That could be worth $400! is a new site that awards scholarship money at participating colleges and universities based on achievements throughout high school.

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

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.

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



MIAT Skilled Trades Summer Camps:  July 19, 2019 or July 26, 2019.  Deadline to appy: June 21!

Summer Theater Camp 2019!  Oakland University.  June 17-21.

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.  JUNE 21 DEADLINE

Long Island University Summer Honors Institute - LIU in NYC is now accepting applications for its 2019 Summer Institute.  Programs are offered in many subjects including Broadway, 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 to learn more about the Summer Honors Institute @ LIU.

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!

Walton International program at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) - Spend 10 days in Ireland in a unique STEM program.

 College Planning

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. 


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


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! 



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. 

US News and World Report Rankings - Looking to find the right school for you?  Check out this comprehensive website for college rankings, tips on how to apply and pay for college, the best value schools, and even A+ schools for B students.  Great information. 

NEW! - Better Make Room - for YOU and the next steps you'll take!  Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama supports this initiative to help students move from high school to higher education.  Check out the "Tools" tab.

College search sites:  Check out The Princeton Review, College Confidential's SuperMatch tool, and Big Future.  All three of these sites allow you to select criteria such as school size, housing options, support services, and more to help you find the right college match.

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

 Campus Maps, YouVisit, and YOUniversitytv  Virtual college maps 

NEW! - Get Schooled - Scholarships, Snapchat tours, essay help, FAFSA info, contests and more!


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. Update your online "you" - Need to clean up your social media profile?  You can bet that college admissions reps will be taking a look at how you represent yourself online.   


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.

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.

NEW - Michigan Careeer Schools - This sire connects you to many nationally accredited training providers.  Search by catagories like Accounting, Broadcast Arts, Computer Teachnology, Health Care, and more.   

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. lists the most affordable online schools and searches which online colleges offer the most affordable degress in the majors you're interested in pursuing. 

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 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.

Thriving at a Community College - Are you thinking about starting off at OCC or another community college and then transferring to a 4-year college or university? This article has super helpful tips from someone who also followed that path.




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.








Need help to prepare for the ACT or SAT?  Here's a list of some helpful websites and study guides.

SAT Family & Student Resource Guide from Oakland Schools 

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.

Word of the Day ACT &  SAT - Master the vocabulary you'll encounter on the ACT and SAT.  

Official ACT Test Prep - Purchase the Online Guide here

NEW! - ACT Academy - FREE, personalized practice for the ACT

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

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.

Varsity Tutors FREE resources for ACT & Varsity Tutors FREE resources for SAT - Diagnostic tests, practice tests, flashcards, word of the day, and more.   Also available as an app.

Free SAT Math - Students can get math problems, answer choices, correct answers, and references.   

FREE Guide to ACT Test Prep - PDF resource from ACT

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!



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!  

 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 PaySchools.


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

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.





NEW! - 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!

What Careers will be HOT in in Michigan's Future? Check out HOT JOBS 2026

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.

UPDATED - 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

NEW - Going Pro - Employers in Michigan are looking to fill more and more skilled trades jobs.  

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 - - 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  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  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!

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

NEWLearn 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 - 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. 

UPDATED -  Browse Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work .


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