College and Career Planning
Planning for success beyond high school is a key role of the Student Services team. We are committed to helping students understand and evaluate their options, whether pursuing college or a career path. The goal is to find the best fit for the student. Our team has the skill and expertise to help guide families through this process.
For high school students we provide:
- Annual individualized coaching meetings (for parents and students)
- College representative visits on RLCA campus
- Expert Speaker Series
- Essay writing assistance
- Standardized testing plans
- Student college and career workshops
- Community service opportunities
- College resource material
At RLCA, our students must attain 24 specific course credits to meet the requirements necessary to earn a high school diploma. By meeting the RLCA requirements, a student will also have the acquired the coursework to meet the prerequisites for both the Bright Futures Scholarship and the Florida State University System.
It is imperative for students and families to do their research and find a post-secondary option that best suits each individual student and his/her situation. These resources provide tools to assist in the process:
More than two thirds of all undergraduate students utilize some form of financial aid in the form of grants, loans and scholarships while in college. We encourage our students to be diligent in their search for the best financial fit when working through the college planning process. The best financial match can be one of the most difficult and frustrating pieces of the puzzle for many families. There are numerous ways to fund a college education, but the process must begin early and be completed thoughtfully.
Many of our students will qualify for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students who meet GPA, test score and community service requirements and can be used at any in-state public institution. To search scholarships offered nationwide visit fastweb.com, scholarships.com and ScholarshipExperts.com. Students also have access to the local scholarship bulletin, provided by the Student Services office.
Most students will apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used by colleges nationwide to determine a student’s financial aid award package. This application becomes available on October 1 of a student’s senior year.
Standardized test scores from both the ACT and/or the SAT are used by colleges and universities as one of many factors in determining a student’s admission into the institution. Testing should begin in the Spring of Junior year and will wrap up in the Fall of Senior year. Students are encouraged to meet with their counselor and make a testing plan.