Hello and welcome to the Riverside High School Counseling Center!
Supporting students is our top priority! This covers a broad range of topics and may include personal matters, achieving academic success, planning for future high school coursework, job or scholarship searches and applications, and planning for life after high school. Our goal is to provide students a space to learn about themselves and to be able to manage or resolve challenging situations and improve their circumstances.
The transition into young adulthood is exciting and sometimes intimidating. We are here to help students wherever they may be in their personal journey.
If you are a college/university admissions advisor, please scroll to the bottom of this website for our school profile information. Thank you for considering Riverside High School students for your institution.
Proactive and Responsive Counselors
Calvin Bruce - 509-464-8560 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ask your school counselor! There are tutoring opportunities and other ways to earn hours
Class of 2022 and Beyond
24 Credits Required to Graduate
Meet Graduation Pathway Requirement - Passing English and Math SBA or Equivalent - Completing College in the High School or AP courses in English and Math - Successfully completing 2.0 credits of consecutive CTE pathway courses
All RHS Students
30 hours of Community Service
Complete the High School and Beyond Plan
Testing Dates & Info
Riverside High School will offer the SAT "school day test" in both fall and spring semesters.
Email me for details - email@example.com
Register for a Saturday test and another testing location by accessing - SAT.org Test Fees* - SAT $46
- SAT with Essay $60
- SAT Subject Tests Varies
See the SAT & ACT registration websites for : Registration Details Practice Tests Test Day Expectations and What to Bring Accessing Scores and Scoring Details
Riverside does not host the ACT, but some four year colleges and universities may provide scholarships for exceptional scores. Register for the ACT by accessing - ACT.org
SAT prep course as well as support in many subjects and grade levels - all FREE!
Riverside High School School Profile 2021-2022
There are 427 Students enrolled at Riverside High School serving students in grades 9-12.
Dual Enrollment - 2020
38.1 % of students completed at least one course for Dual Credit at Riverside High School in the 2019-2020 school year.
There are 21 subjects in which students can earn dual credit for a total of 116 post-secondary credits. Riverside High School students have access to 5 AP courses. - English Language, English Literature, AP US History, AP Government and Politics, AP Calculus
Graduating class of 2021
There are 97 students in the graduating class of 2021
Historically, approximately 50% of students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
A 4.0 - 3.7
A- 3.6 - 3.4
B+ 3.3 - 3.1
B 3.0 - 2.8
B- 2.7 - 2.4
C+ 2.3 - 2.1
C 2.0 - 1.8
C- 1.7 - 1.4
D+ 1.3 - 1.2
D 1.2 - 1.0
F 0.9 - 0.0
Community Service Hour Requirement
While community service is usually a graduation requirement for Riverside High School Students, this will not be the case for the graduating class of 2022. Students who are able are strongly encouraged to gain 30 or more hours of community service experience.
Applying for financial aid is a very important part of
preparing for life after high school. Even if a student plans to take a year
off or move directly into the world of work, completing the FAFSA/WASFA is a great
way to ensure there is a backup plan. Especially in the current culture of
uncertainty surrounding how we “do” life right now.
being said, we recognize that the processes of applying and accepting financial
aid can be overwhelming and you may have many questions surrounding the
process. We created this document to support you and your students in your
decision making regarding your student’s High School and Beyond Plan and their
transition into life after high school.
fill out the FAFSA or WASFA?
The FAFSA is for US citizens or eligible
non-citizen applying for financial aid. There are many eligible noncitizens who
qualify for financial aid. To see if you qualify please visit: Financial Aid Eligibility
The WASFA is for Washington State students who
do not qualify for FAFSA aid due to immigration status. The WASFA allows a
schools/colleges financial aid office to offer Washington State Financial Aid
to students who meet DACA standards.
I wait until I’m accepted to a college before filling out the FAFSA/WASFA?
The earlier you complete the FAFSA the better
because aid is provided in a first come-first serve manner. You do not need to
be enrolled or even sure of which trade, community or university you are going
to attend, but you can list up to 10 colleges!
Do my parents make too much money to apply for financial aid?
The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and Cost of Attendance) (COA) are the determining factors for financial aid assistance. This means that the only way to know if you qualify is to fill out the FAFSA and include the schools/colleges you are interested in attending.
I am offered or accept a financial aid package, but decide not to attend?
Before you begin classes you can call the
financial aid office and let them know you will not be attending and they will
cancel your financial aid package.
financial aid calculated?
A few weeks after filing your FAFSA, you’ll
receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). The report will display your Expected
Family Contribution (EFC). This is the amount of money the federal government
believes your family can pay towards your college education. This is based on
the information you include on your FAFSA form. Your SAR is also sent to the
colleges you list on your FAFSA form. Colleges use your EFC amount to figure
out how much aid to offer you. They will use the EFC Formula to calculate your
The formula: Cost of Attendance (COA) minus Expected
Family Contribution (EFC) equals financial need.
there an application fee for applying for the FAFSA/WASFA?
No. This is a free application.
the FAFSA/WASFA require a credit check?
long does it take to complete the FAFSA/WASFA?
Once you have gotten all the needed
information together, the process of completing the FAFSA takes about 30
documents do I need to fill out the FAFSA/WASFA?
This is the information you’ll need to provide
●your Social Security Number (Alien
Registration Number if you’re an eligible non-citizen)
●your driver’s license if you have
one, or another state-issued ID
●your federal income tax returns,
W-2s, and other records of money earned for 2 years prior
●your current bank statements and
providing parental tax information make the parents a co-lender or liable for
the school loans?
No. The parental information is used only to
determine the need of the applicant.
each college know that I am applying to other colleges?
A college will only know that you applied for
financial aid when they receive your SAR. They will not receive any other
details from your FAFSA. Each college will calculate your financial aid for
their school only. You will receive a financial aid offer from each college
that you include on the FAFSA and apply to.
add more than one college will it decrease my chance of getting financial aid?
No because the Student Aid Report (SAR) is
calculated based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and each college will
determine your financial aid package based on the formula noted above. Because
Cost of Attendance (COA) is different at each college, each financial package
will look different.
have to accept or use all of the financial aid that is offered to me?
You are allowed to accept or decline any or
all parts of the financial aid package offered to you.
the difference between a grant and a loan?
A grant is money that you do not have to pay
back when you complete your degree.
A loan is money that you do have to pay back
when you have completed your loan. A loan will carry an interest rate also.
This will vary depending on type of loan and the current interest rate.
still apply for scholarships if I am approved for financial aid?
Yes! The scholarships will be applied to your
COA first and the financial aid will be used toward any balance remaining.
can financial aid be used for?
Financial aid will be paid directly to the
school/college you are attending. They will pay all tuition, fees, and fines on
your account and then distribute the remaining balance to the loan holder. This
can then be used for books, transportation, food, shelter, etc.
I have to start repaying my loans?
For most federal student loan types, after you
graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you have a
six-month grace period (sometimes nine months for Perkins Loans) before you
must begin making payments. This grace period gives you time to get financially
settled and to select your repayment plan.
Riverside School District is committed to identifying and providing for the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of our highly capable students by providing meaningful and challenging educational experiences and preparing them academically for college and career readiness.
Identified highly capable students will receive accelerated and enhanced learning opportunities to advance academic achievement and growth through a menu of options. Services will be designed to address the unique learning needs of each student and therefore, may vary from one student to the next.
Who is a Highly Capable Student?
Per WAC 392-170-035, highly capable students are defined as those who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within the student’s general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes.
As outlined in WAC 392-170-036, students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:
Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned and to transfer learning to new situations
Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers
Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts
Ability to learn quickly in their areas of intellectual strength
Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus
According to Washington state law, gifted education is part of basic education. This means that every day in the general education classroom is the most important place for gifted education. Just like all the other students, highly capable children should be appropriately challenged and show growth. The students’ needs will be met with challenging and enriching learning experiences through differentiated instruction in the classroom. Services will be designed to address the unique learning needs of each student and therefore, may vary from one student to the next. Additionally, third through sixth grade students will attend the S.O.A.R. Program (pull-out enrichment classes) weekly.
Annual public notification of parents and students shall be made before any major identification activity in multiple ways including our district website, highly capable website, and school newsletters.
Timeline of Referrals and Testing
September - Full-battery CogAT for new students who have been referred (1st grade and up).
October - Full-battery CogAT for any kindergarten students who have been referred. Gifted Advisory Board meets to look at CogAT scores, referrals, other test scores, etc. to determine which students qualify.
January & February - Referral window open. Annual notifications will go in school newsletters and on school websites.
March - All 2nd graders take the CogAT Screener
April and May - Full-battery CogAT for any 2nd graders who scored 85th percentile or above on the screener and for students K-11 who were referred in January or February, during the referral window.
May - Gifted Advisory Board meets to look at CogAT scores, referrals, other test scores, etc. to determine which students qualify for the following school year.
Out-of-district transfer students that have qualified in that district’s highly capable program are not automatically enrolled. Test scores and placement letters from the other district may be used as long as they meet our placement criteria. Students may need to re-test in Riverside. New students or transfer students need to be processed for identification within three months of enrollment.