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Career Development 

What is an Educational Development Plan?   An EDP provides an ongoing record of career and educational decisions and guides the learner in accomplishing goals based on an informed plan of action.

EDP Completion: Lesson - Get Started With Your EDP.  All grades.  Click on the Xello icon above to enter the site.  State of Michigan Mandate for completion.

Xello Parent information letter linked here.
Xello Overview Video linked here.

Job Opportunities! Check out our update list of jobs!  Not limited to high school, includes after graduation postings as well!

Interested in Skilled Trades?  Look into Registered Apprenticeships. Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with extensive on-the-job training under the supervision of journey level craftsperson or trade professional.

HMC Mason Contractors - Looking to hire brick masons!  586-566-3844 or pm@hickmasonry.com

Royal Oak Police Department - Looking for Part-Time Police Cadets! Applications available at: www.romi.gov/jobs or in the Human Resources Office at City Hall, 203 S Troy St, Royal Oak.

The Beauty Student's Guide to Success in Detroit!  This article explores average salaries for beauty careers in Detroit, along with some of the top salons, beauty supply shops, and specialties to consider if you plan to work in the city.

counseling corner


2021 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 2021-22 class scheduling.

AP Commitment Form

DP Commitment Form

CTE OSTC Commitment Form

2021 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! 

Raise.me -  Raise.me is a new site that awards scholarship money at participating colleges and universities based on achievements throughout high school.

College Planning

NEW:  Michigan - Medical Assistant Education

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. They remain the same for 2020-2021.  

Other College Application information

College Comparison worksheet

College Application Essay Tips

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.https://peerlift.org/

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 2019 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 . OnlineU.org 

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.


opportunities:    Regional Hot Jobs List 2026 

                                          Michigan HOT 50 JOBS , CAREER OUTLOOK, THROUGH 2028!

Job Opportunities!  Need a job?  Look here:)


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!

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

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 2020.

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. (March 2020)

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 www.learnhowtobecome.org.

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 - 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.  

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!

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. 




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 

SAT Practice Tests

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

Study.com Test Prep Courses here:  Test Preparation with Free Practice Tests

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

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

Energy & Electrical Technologies, Machining, Mechatronics, Welding


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

2021 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 website 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 modifiers, what's proper parallel structure, and so much more!

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

Yay Math - Helpful math videos for Algebra 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!  



What is an Educational Development Plan?   An EDP provides an ongoing record of career and educational decisions and guides the learner in accomplishing goals based on an informed plan of action.

EDP Completion: Lesson - Get Started With Your EDP/Career.  All grades.

Talent Portfolio (Storyboard) Requirements: Required to finish by end of senior year

Resume Builder:  A resume builder is located under the About Me tab in Xello.  Easy to use template.

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

Reference Letter:  information included in this link.

How Xello can help fulfill the New Michigan Career Development Model

Parent Informational Letter