college counseling

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COLLEGE COUNSELING

The college admission process can be exciting and dynamic. It can also feel hard to understand and wildly inconsistent. At Rocky Hill Country Day, the Office of College Counseling offers students and parents individual and small group meetings, use of MaiaLearning’s online platform, face-to-face contact with college admission officers, and focused special events, so that our seniors and families feel empowered and encouraged to embrace post-secondary planning, and to make informed decisions about their future.

At RHCD, finding the right college or university is about personal and individual “fit.”

“At Rocky Hill Country
Day, we create the
spaces for students to be themselves.”

JONAH O’HARA (he/his)
Director of College Counseling
johara@rockyhill.org

Get To Know
COLLEGE COUNSELING

The college admission process can be exciting and dynamic. It can also feel hard to understand and wildly inconsistent. At Rocky Hill Country Day, the Office of College Counseling offers students and parents individual and small group meetings, use of MaiaLearning’s online platform, face-to-face contact with college admission officers, and focused special events, so that our seniors and families feel empowered and encouraged to embrace post-secondary planning, and to make informed decisions about their future.

At RHCD, finding the right college or university is about personal and individual “fit.”

“At Rocky Hill Country Day, we create the spaces for students to be themselves.”

— JONAH O’HARA

Jonah O’Hara

Director of College Counseling
johara@rockyhill.org

Points of Pride

Our Mission

Inspiring each other to
discover our full selves and
use our wisdom for good –
drives all that we do.

Upper School

Upper School coursework is
modern, real-world, and
relevant.

Class of 2023

Our students mature into
individuals prepared with the
tools they need for life beyond
RHCD!

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Graduating
Class

122

Upper School
Students

12

Average Class
Size

267

N–12 Students

Admissions Officers

All Rocky Hill campus visits are booked through MaiaLearning and reminders are sent to our students. Please follow instructions as outlined in MaiaLearning’s website in order to meet a Rocky Hill student. We look forward to welcoming you to RHCD!

Our College Counseling Philosophy

The College Counseling Office seeks to make the college process educationally relevant and personally enriching. It involves considerable self-reflection as students determine the next steps in their educational journey, with our belief that student ownership of the process is paramount. We also strive to support parents as their children engage fully toward the independence ultimately required of young adults in college.

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“Advanced college-level courses challenge students who are at the top of their field, exposing our graduates to the rigors of college/university-bound careers, internships, and entrepreneurial work.”

Brady Wheatley,
Head of Upper School

“At the forefront of our Athletic Department’s philosophy is to develop student leaders, on and off the court. At Rocky Hill, we offer an annual Leadership Academy, which is typically multiple consecutive days and where the students assume the role of a facilitator!”

Megan Williams,
Director of Athletics and Physical Education

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The Rocky Hill Way

Founded in 1934, Rocky Hill Country Day is a private Nursery – Grade 12 school located in East Greenwich Rhode Island along the beautiful shores of Narragansett Bay.

Serving students across 34 Rhode Island communities, Rocky Hill’s extensive waterfront campus provides a living classroom where students can think expansively, try new things, and achieve wider possibilities.

Project-Based
Learning
PBL is an approach to education that centralizes student inquiry while addressing a real world problem with authentic work to address the project and is often conducted in collaboration with experts in the field of study.
Intensives
The Upper School uses an intensive model to focus on fewer courses at any given time for deeper exploration of subject matter and skills. Students earn 5-6 credits per year while focusing on 2-3 courses at a time in a block schedule. With fewer courses during an academic term, these courses— that we call “intensives”—often meet for 90-120 minutes at a time.
Harkness
At the heart of a RHCD education is communication and the open exploration of ideas and beliefs. Convening around the Harkness™ table allows every student a front row seat to develop appropriate listening skills, self-advocacy, face to face dialogue, and an appreciation for civil discourse.
Seminar
A required for-credit course, facilitated by experts in the field, and dedicated to:

→   Social Emotional Learning
→   Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging
→   Health and Wellness
→   9th Grade Seminar has an additional focus on first-year transition and media literacy.
Electives
Simulating a college academic environment, extensive semester electives are offered across all disciplines beginning in Grade 10.

Events & Resources

College Admission Year In Preview: A Playlist

Read Brennan Barnard’s Forbes article that provides high school juniors and their supporters a monthly breakdown of what to anticipate looking forward and his hopes for them.

Shedding Daylight On Control
In College Admission

Read Rick Clark, Assistant Vice Provost and Exec.Dir. of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech’s recent article, and discover how you control 75% of the process!

College Choice & Chowder

A cup of chowder is of far less cost and consequence than a college education. Yet many people have very strong opinions about both. Explore why the best approach, in chowder or college, is to start with questions, not answers!

#MarinerPride

CONTACT US

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