College & Career Planning
Riverside Military Academy graduates have a long tradition of matriculation into select colleges and universities. As a college preparatory school, we aim for students to achieve not only college acceptance but also to obtain college success. At every opportunity throughout a cadet's high school career, the counseling office provides information, resources, and guidelines to students and their families with this end in mind.
Each year we meet with high school students individually. We begin with the end in mind and explore the cadet's idea of a productive and satisfying future. Then we discuss the choices necessary for the practical attainment of his goals. Career options, post-secondary education, ACT and SAT tests, and transcripts are reviewed in order to link today's work with tomorrow's rewards. Cadets in all grades are given resources and encouraged to come to the counseling office to explore colleges and careers. Cadets are also encouraged to seek academic assistance from available resources.
Career planning begins with self-awareness. RMA administers the PLAN, PSAT, ACT and SAT. In addition to being tools for academic success, these tests can also be used for career planning. Registration for each of these tests includes an interest inventory, and results reports are used during conferences when they are available. Additional resources are provided to cadets to further their exploration into career options.
Our office is dedicated to providing guidance to cadets and their families about the college application process. This is most evident during the junior year. Individual conferences are held in the fall, and a family workshop is offered in the spring. Based on current information, previous consideration, and family input, cadets are expected to narrow their college options by the end of junior year. Applications should be completed to the greatest extent possible during the summer prior to their senior year. Our College Counseling Handbook provides organizational tools, resources, and recommendations for completing this process in the most efficient manner possible.
Due to the unusual demands and timelines of applications to military academies, our office provides additional support for these applications. Cadets will begin the application process in these special instances during the spring of their junior year with Ms. Ware, and they will be near completion by the end of the academic year.
Students meet with their counselor as soon as possible at the start of senior year to determine the status of student applications. A Financial Aid Workshop is also offered for senior families in the fall.
We hold that this holistic approach to post-secondary planning provides for student choices based on long-term consideration, accurate information, family participation, and self-awareness. This program, in combination with the many other Riverside initiatives which foster development of the whole person, creates a solid base for the future success of our cadets.
Counseling Office Resources
2013 Rising Senior Summer Checklist
2013-14 College Counseling Guidebook
College Research Worksheet
College Application Checklist Appendix 3
Financial Aid Checklist Appendix 9
College, Application, and Financial Aid Resources
Big Future - College Search
Senior Parent Financial Aid Slideshow
Student Scholarship Search
Career Exploration Resources
Information for Student Athletes
NCAA Eligibility Center