college counseling

Jonah O’Hara

Director of College Counseling


The college admission process is exciting and dynamic.  It can also feel hard to understand and wildly inconsistent.  Rocky Hill Country Day School keeps students and parents abreast of these changes while guiding students through a process of self-awareness and growth, and aiding them to be discerning decision makers, educated consumers, and intrepid explorers as they identify colleges and universities whose values align with theirs, as well as their athletic, artistic, and leadership goals. Finding the right colleges is about “fit.”
Through individual and small group meetings, use of MaiaLearning’s online platform, face-to-face contact with college admission officers, and focused special events, students are empowered and encouraged to embrace post-secondary planning and to make informed decisions concerning their futures.

Info for Admissions Officers

All campus visits are booked through MaiaLearning, and reminders are sent to students.  Please follow instructions on this page to set up a visit on MaiaLearning.


  • College Readiness Workshop for seniors during the first 3 days of school
  • Host 75+ visitors from college admissions officers
  • Spring break college tours led by college counselor
  • College nights for 11th and 12th grade students and families
  • Financial Aid Night
  • Spring college fair in conjunction with Providence area independent schools
  • Regular college prep workshops for 11th and 12th grade students
  • Spring Essay Writing class during English period for 11th grade
  • Extensive individual essay and application review
  • Practice full-length SAT and ACT on campus
  • Official PSAT for 10th and 11th grade students
  • The State of Standardized Testing- live and via webinar
  • SAT and ACT prep courses on campus and via webinar
  • On-request student and family appointments for all
  • Course selection advising for all
  • 9th grade parent workshop
Throughout the year, college representatives come to Rocky Hill Country Day to showcase their offerings and talk to the students. This is a great time for students to ask questions and learn more about what college life is all about. We use MaiaVisits to schedule visits. College admission guests come during days and times when the maximum number of juniors and seniors will be free. This will include class meeting times, community periods, and other designated non-academic times.
Standardized testing continues to be deeply scrutinized, and colleges are embracing test optional policies at a rapidly increasing rate. Nevertheless, we do prepare our students for the possibility that they might need test scores for their college of choice. We offer PSAT testing for Juniors, diagnostic SAT's and ACT's for sophomores and juniors, and in 2020, SAT School Day for seniors. In conjunction with our test prep partner, Summit Education, we offer winter and spring virtual and hybrid SAT and ACT prep courses. Students with approved accommodations for learning differences or physical handicap, will be provided those accommodations on all practice and official tests.
Senior year at Rocky Hill Country Day begins with a bang! Seniors gather together during the first days of school for a three day experience that will get them firmly ahead in their college applications, and increase their confidence in their essays and college selections. A number of experts and guest speakers, many from college admissions and financial aid offices, will offer sessions.

Maia Learning allows students to explore, and then store, information that will lead them to a complete post-secondary plan with the aid of their college counselor and adviser.


MaiaLearning is a modern, dynamic, and responsive tool that grows with the needs of our school, our staff, and our students. It empowers and engages students in planning their futures through self-assessment, career exploration, college research, financial aid, and scholarships modules, as well as other tools. It keeps parents involved, and supports counselors by streamlining administration.


If you have any questions, or would like to know more about Rocky Hill Country Day School, please fill out the form below.

Rocky Hill Country Day School

530 Ives Road
East Greenwich, RI 02818

Phone: 401.884.9070
Fax: 401.885.4985