Thursday, December 19, 2013

Local scholarship applications...
We will accept these through January, as the applications were posted later than last year.  Be sure to apply to all of the scholarships on that page for which you are eligible, then bring a printed copy to your alpha office.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Shopping?  Look at the new "shopping sheet" that most colleges will use.  This is a new consumer tool to more easily compare aid packages offered by colleges.
Seniors....hearing back from colleges soon?  Read this advice about how to proceed....

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sophomores and Juniors - you may apply for the summer RYLA camp.  Bring the application to your counselor by December 13.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Interpreting Rankings

Counselors urge caution in interpreting rankings.  Read this post from Education Week.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Opportunity for sophomores and juniors...
Complete an application for the Rotary Youth Leadership camp this summer.  Application instructions here.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs award
Print poster for more info

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Local Scholarship Application for Seniors

Seniors - the local scholarship application is now available at this link.  Complete the local application online, print a copy and take to your alpha office by January 15.   In this application, you have the option of copying the activity part of the ApplyTexas and uploading this.  (omit any blank pages that are printed)  You may also apply for the other scholarships listed on that web page, which will populate with your previously entered information from the local scholarship app.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Parent Opportunity

Join other parents on Wednesday morning, Nov 13 to discuss "Making the Connection Between College Selection and College Visits" at 8:15 in the WHS library.  After, we will tour the recently updated College and Career Center.  For planning purposes, please RSVP.  Print/download this flyer for more information.

Friday, November 1, 2013

College Search Skills

Juniors and Seniors…
Join monthly live web conversations on topics vital to your college search.  Tune in live at and tweet your thoughts and questions using the hashtag #CChangeouts.  You will soon be a DIY pro and have the skills to find the perfect college for you. 
Conversations begin at 6 pm and last about 45 minutes.  All conversations are recorded and are available for viewing.  Next topics:
Wednesday, Nov. 13  “How to find your intellectual soulmate within the faculty”

Wednesday Dec. 4  “How to start planning your college search”

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Financial Aid Night for Seniors

Seniors and parents - come November 7 at 6:30 to learn about the financial aid process.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

For every college-bound senior..

...before the application deadline, read this

For those seniors using Common Application...

Read this latest message from Common Application - and subscribe to their message notifications.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New Scholarship list!

Click here for a scholarship database for which the district has purchased a subscription.  WHS offices will have the username/password posted.

Seniors...are you using the Common Application?

Tips for improving the Common App experience (...just avoid the pop-ups!)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Powerpoint posted

October 2, 2013 College Admissions parent meeting for juniors/seniors....powerpoint is posted to the right under the "program powerpoints" page.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

New Rankings....

Washington Monthly has launched a new ranking system based on economic value students receive per dollas.

Hidden Ivies?

Including the "Little Ivies" about a group of renowned institutions, one of which, Wesleyan University, will be at WHS on October 17.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sophomores Register for PLAN test

Registration is being held before school September 30 - October 4 for the October 19 PLAN test.  Cost is $30.  Read more.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

College Admission Night, October 2

Our combined Junior/Senior parent meeting. October 2 at 6:30 in the cafetorium, will feature a return of our popular format from last year - a discussion of the current state of college admissions. Special guests will be Jeff Fuller, president-elect of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and Christine Bowman, Director of Admission for Southwestern University. We will discuss current college admission practices and what you should know as you separate "Myth from Reality" in the process.
In order to incorporate questions in advance, please respond to this survey.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Updated Profile

Updated WHS profile now available here under "documents and forms".

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

College Fair List

View the LIST of colleges attending our Sept 26th RRISD College Fair.  Register in advance, print the bar code to take with you that evening. (click on Texas, then TACRAO)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Register for our September 26 RRISD College Fair!

Before attending the September 26 fair, you will want to register and print your own bar code to take with you.  Click here for, choose "register now" and select the TACRAO fairs, with dates in September.

Seniors and parents

The powerpoint from our Senior class counselor visits has been posted to this site, under "program powerpoints"

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Check this out!!

Senior 2013 College Banner is up across from the patio!
Around it, be sure to notice upcoming college visits on campus

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Does rigor matter?

Read from the dean of Purdue University how challenging courses are the best predictor of both college readiness and college success

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tuesday night opportunity...

Tuesday, August 27 7 - 9 pm
Barnard/Bryn Mawr/Mount Holyoke/Smith/Wellesley will host info session for students and parents at St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Johnson Recital Hall.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Monday night college opportunity...

Monday, August 26 7 - 9 pm  at the Renaissance Austin
Representives from Dartmouth, Northwester, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt.
register at:

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

Register for RRISD September 26 College Fair

Before attending the September 26 fair, you will want to register and print your own bar code to take with you.  Click here for, choose "register now" and select the TACRAO fairs, with dates in September.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Common Application Program

The powerpoint from last night's Common Application overview has been posted on the  "program powerpoints" page of this site.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Senior Parents

Come to the RRISD PAC, 6:30 - 8:00 to learn about the ApplyTexas application your senior will be using!  

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Seniors.... Register here for August 16 ApplyTexas application bootcamp

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Is this legitimate?

 ....was the question from a parent, concerning a recent letter they received, asking for money to join an organization.  We are always glad to answer questions about the value/benefit of such organizations.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Juniors and Seniors
Mark your calendar for... 
August 10, 7 - 9 pm
Austin Hilton
Opportunity to meet with admissions officers from colleges profiled in the book "Colleges that Change Lives", by the late author Lauren Pope.  Free of charge

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Just posted under "planning for college"...  see Washington Monthly's college rankings....a different viewpoint based on contribution to the public good.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

 Just posted under "applying to college"  What is important to colleges about an essay?
Just posted under "College admissions testing"... advice/info about choosing tests and sending scores

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Check this list for a variety of helpful books about college admissions.  The list is included under the "Planning for College" page

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Seniors 2014!  Save the dates...

August 7  6:30 - 8:00 pm in the cafeteria.
For senior parents and students, an explanation of the Common Application process, including how to request a transcript.

August 16 12:30 - 4:30 at McNeil HS  Get a jump start!
For those of you applying to a Texas school....sign up here for an afternoon of assistance from area college reps. Space is limited, so sign up to reserve a space.  You will have assistance with the application, essay, and financial aid information.  Bring one essay, (click here for the prompts) and bring your social security number.
Click here for the information flyer which will also be mailed

Note:  Because the August 16 workshop is for senior students only, we have planned a preview session for PARENTS on August 1 6:30 - 8:00 in the RRISD PAC.  Click here to send questions you hope to have answered about Texas college admissions

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Seniors...Final Transcript Request is also linked here

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Request your final transcript now......go to your RRISD Gmail account to read the message about this important survey
Username: (###### is your student ID#)
Password:  same as computer login

Monday, May 6, 2013

Final class rank is available from your counselor
Seniors - update on available "banner signing" times:

Monday - May 6, C lunch near Java
Tuesday - May 7 before school in atrium, C lunch by Java
Wednesday - May 8 before school & 5th block in atrium, C lunch by Java
Thursday - May 9 before school in atrium, C lunch by Java
Friday - May 10 C lunch by Java

Monday - Friday May 13 - 17 - look for the banner before school in the atrium
Friday - May 17  12:-- 2:30 in the atrium during cap & gown pick up
Watch for more times!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Seniors putting their "chosen school" on the senior banner, last night:
Watch for times/places for an opportunity to add your name.  Upcoming:  
Monday - Wednesday, May 6 - 8 before school in the atrium
Monday - Wednesday May 6 - 8 during C lunch in the hallway between the small and large gyms:
Check back for more times...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Liberal Arts Live!
Five Fantastic Colleges
7:00 Monday, May 13 at Austin Marriott South
view this poster for RSVP info

Friday, April 19, 2013

Students/Parents 9 - 11..  Come April 25, 6:30 pm in the WHS cafeteria:
"Current Trends in College Admissions....from the selective school perspective".
....with special guest Jim Bock, Swarthmore college.  
Please complete this survey if you have questions to submit in advance

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

ACC Summer courses....printable info is posted on the ACC page to the right on this site

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Junior Parents

Your students will begin college applications in August.  Wonder what that process looks like?  Come to the Lecture Hall, B1202 on Friday, April 5 at 12:30 to hear a discussion of the ApplyTexas, one application for all Texas public schools.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Why should ALL seniors complete the FAFSA? (and how difficult is it, really?  Watch this 5 minute video.

Monday, March 25, 2013

All seniors -
Complete the scholarship survey form - one for each scholarship offer.  Complete by April 4 and bring copies of your scholarship letters to Ms. Engle, or the L - Q office in order to be included in the May 2 senior awards program

Sunday, March 24, 2013

All students - remember to register here for the April 9 National College Fair at the Austin Convention Center.  Check  this link for colleges registered to attend.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Junior Parents....
Do you wonder about the process your students will be using to apply for admission to Texas public universities?  Come to the lecture hall on April 5, 12:30 - 1:30 to learn from Nicholas Howell with the University of Houston.  Register here so we will know how to plan.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Seniors....When you accept an offer of college admission, be sure to notify the other colleges to which you have applied that you will NOT accept their offer.  They, too, must know of your decision!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Seniors -  Complete this survey for all scholarship offers. In order to have your information included in the May 2 Senior Award program, bring by a copy of the offer letters - either to Ms. Engle or Ms. Shannon in the L - Q office.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Seniors - apply for the ACC College Connection scholarship if you plan to attend ACC in the fall

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mini College Fair - During all lunches
Mark your calendar...On March 28 all students will have the opportunity to visit with the following ten schools during lunch, in the cafeteria (we had to limit to 10 schools due to space limitations)
University of Houston
Texas Tech
Texas State Technical College
UT Austin
University of Alabama
Michigan State
Angelo State
St. Edwards

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Seniors.....5 reasons you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sign up for text notifications of events/deadlines!
Juniors... text: @ww2014 
Sophomores...text: @ww2015 
Freshmen...text: @ww2016
....... all to: (718)701-8538

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Click on the "Austin National College Fair" page to the right for registration information

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Juniors -
Space is still available to apply for a Boy's State interview - click here to sign up, or Girl's State, click here.  We must have our roster by Feb 22.  See Ms. Engle for details

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Seniors and parents -
If you cannot attend the Feb 7 6:30 FAFSA help session in the WHS library, attend one of these free financial aid Saturdays.   Personnel will be on hand to help answer your specific questions.   Your 2012 tax documents will be needed for this assistance.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Under the "applying to college" link to the right, see the new Common Application essay prompts for 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Junior Girls.... 
WHS may select students to interview for the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.  Apply here.

Junior Boys...
WHS may select students to interview for the American Legion Boys State.  Apply here

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sign-Up Days are January 30 and 31
Be prepared!  WHS students will receive their choice sheet on January 30.  During these two days, they will ask their teachers for 2013 - 2014 course recommendations.

Monday, January 21, 2013

"Understanding PSAT Results" powerpoint, from January 15 parent meeting, has been posted in the page to the right.... "Program Powerpoints"

Monday, January 14, 2013

Senior Parents....
It's time to complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  If you have questions, or need help with the application, a financial aid expert will be in the WHS library on Thursday, Febraury 7 from 6:30 - 7:30 to assist you in the process.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


January 15 - 18           Grade 9        Science classes  

January 22,23             Grade 10      Social Studies classes                                                                                      

January 24,25             Grade 11      Social Studies classes                                                                       

January 23 (Wednesday)       Parent Information , 6:00 – 8:30 pm
                                    (Grades 9, 10, 11 –  breakout sessions plus information fair)
January 24                              Junior registration for students without social studies class,
                                                library great room, 8:30 am

January 30-31                        Sign-up days: students to obtain all necessary teacher signatures on their Sign-Up Sheet on these days

February 1,4                           9th grade return choice sheets to science teacher
                                                10th  grade return choice sheets to social studies teacher
                                                11th grade  take choice sheets to junior conference
February 4 - 15                       9th Grade – Small group conferences with Career Cruising through science classes
February 5 - 8                         10th Grade –individual student meetings; pullout from Social Studies
February 11 – March 4          Junior Conferences – individual student/parent conferences
                                                (Counselors meet with students to work on course choices and collect completed sign-up sheets and four-year plans. Grades 9 & 11 will be conducted through district mandated conferences; 10th will be through pullout from Social Studies)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Check the scholarship calendar on this site....there are scholarships available with deadlines this month!!