Scholarships and Programs:

NATIONAL Scholarship listed alphabetically and Scholarship Search Engines.


This is a more local scholarship list, with criteria, websites, and due dates.


START TODAY, ACHIEVE RESUTLTS (STAR)--Alternative Learning Center utilizing RRT.


Check the Guidance Facebook page for up-to-date alerts about Guidance Events.


Free application for Ederal Student Aid - get help paying for college.


Eastern Suffolk BOCES offers RHS students coursework towards technical careers.


The New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association website.


The RHS Course Offering Guide is broken down by sections.


A list of the clubs and activities offered at RHS, the advisors, and more.


Students can participate in partnerships with scientists at BNL and access their library.


Women in Science and Engineering--a program in partnership with Stony Brook Univ.


Science / Technology Entry Program at Suffolk County Community College for minorities.

announcements, events & news


Principal's Message (8/13)
   Guidance Fall 2013

Important Dates

HS CAMPUS CONNECTION - The GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT will host an annual opportunity for high school seniors to meet and talk with RHS alumni, who are now college freshman about their college experience. This annual event is held in the auditorium during fourth period on TUESDAY, Nov. 26, just prior to Thanksgiving when college students are home on break.

RHS FINANCIAL AID NIGHT -- WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 6PM, IN THE HS CAFETERIA - Parents will hear from speakers about how to explore their child's college options. This workshop will help them undertstand the process of applying for financial aid and give them practical guidelines for paying for college. A presentation on the rules and regulations for receiving NCAA scholarships and the rules of recruitment will also be given.

Guidance Letter regarding Scheduling

RHS Guidance Offered Naviance Parent Tutorials


(February – April 2013) The High School guidance office is always searching for innovative ways to serve our clientele, the students and parents of Riverhead school district. Over the past two months, Riverhead Guidance Director, Charles Gassar hosted 13 separate informational nights wherein parents of current 10th and 11th grade students were given the opportunity to learn about our new college selection and application software called Naviance.

Parents had the opportunity to learn firsthand in small groups how this program works and what a powerful tool it is for both their children and themselves.  They were given the opportunity to establish accounts with which they could perform college searches, research scholarship opportunities, build a student resume along with many other features. Establishing these accounts allows for parents to understand the tools and resources their children are afforded as they navigate through their college selection, and the application process. 

This initiative was a resounding success with over 100 parents attending!

March 2013

THE RHS GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT sponsored a "Mini College Fair" for juniors. Almost 100 college reps talked with students and shared written information and advice about getting accepted to their colleges.

January 2013

THE SCCC EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM SCCCTHE SCCC EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAM . . . began this fall at Riverhead High School AND continues to thrive.  RHS juniors and seniors have recently completed their first semester of college as Suffolk County Community College students while attending two hours per day between 7:30 and 9:30 AM.  Each of the students earned 7 college credits, which are fully transferable to any college in the country.  The best part was that it came at a reduced tuition of 1/3 the regular cost. 

The second semester has just begun and the array of courses that the students are taking are as diverse as their personal interests and goals. 

Suffolk Community College Courses in which RHS students are currently enrolled include:

Research Essentials,
Honors Intro to Oceanography,

Honors Psychology,
Business Law,

Introduction to Literature,

Lifespan Development,

Introductions to Corrections,                  

Police Operations,

Freshman Composition,                          

Algebra II,

World Regional Geography,                     

Freshman Seminar

Financial Aid Presentation 12/05/12On December 5, 2012, the RHS Guidance Department hosted a College Financial Aid Night. Click on the graphic below to view the PowerPoint Presentation that was given that evening.

financial aid

Guidance Events at RHS
Approximately 90% of the members of the Class of 2011 are pursuing Post Secondary Education


RHS Guidance Department Spring College Night for Juniors & Parents

Each year the RHS Guidance Department hosts a workshop for juniors and their parents to help them prepare for college and careers. Posted above is a
PowerPoint Presentation that details the steps that students need to take for a succesful transition to college.

Getting Ready for College


The RHS Guidance Department presents a "Mini College Fair " for Seniors. College reps talked with students about their colleges and shared written information and advice about getting accepted to college.


College Information Night:

The RHS Guidance Department presented College Information Night (exploring college options and understanding the admission process) in the HS Cafeteria.   The evening included several different presentations facilitated by counselors, teachers, administrators and outside presenters.  For the first time parents were given the opportunity to see our new Naviance software program in the computer lab.  This new product allows counselors to send all student documents including transcripts electronically to over 4000 colleges across the country.

College Night presentait0ons included:

·         Marketing the Student Athlete: The NCAA            Maze

·         The Importance of the College Essay

·         Parents introduction to Naviance software

·         Preparing for Music Auditions and Art           Portfolios

·         Transition Planning and College options for            Special Education student.

In School PSAT Exam:

On October 17th all 10th and 11th grade students were given the PSAT exam at RHS free of charge.  The PSAT is wonderful resource as underclassmen begin to prepare for their college selection process.  This test measures critical reading, writing, and math problem solving & reasoning.  It assesses the ability to reason with facts and concepts rather than the ability to recall & recite them. 

The PSAT acts as a practice exam for the SAT which most students take during the spring of their junior year.  It allow students to compare their skills with others across the country who will be entering college at the same time.  By taking the PSAT students are afforded the opportunity to qualify for National Merit Scholarships.

Academic Advising & Guidance

Ms. Arnone - 9th Grade A-Z
Ms. Cobis - A - Coz              GUIDANCE DIRECTOR
Mr. Martin - Cr - Ha               Mr. Charles Gassar
Mr. Korobow - He - Me       Email: charles.gassar
Ms. Maurino - Mi - Sa 
Ms. Salerno - Sc - Z               Fax: 631.369.5164

Patti Contino, Jeanne D’Alsace and Kathy Smith Phone Numbers: 369 - 6728 / 6729 / 6730


Core Curriculum Requirements

The COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS are a new set of expectations designed to ensure all students achieve college and career readiness.


Listed below are resources and information concerning testing, financial aid, scholarships and handbooks to assist students and parents in the task of college and career preparedness.


See District Calendar for More Events in the 2013-14 School Year

Five local, private colleges: Mercy College, St. Joseph's College, Dowling College, Briarcliff College, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and Long Island University had colege applications available for students to fill out, and representatives from most of these colleges were available to answer questions.

For this special event, all of the schools agreed to waive application fees! More than 150 students are expected to participate in this the 4th Annual On-Site Application Day. RHS students could save over $15,000 in application fees from these six private colleges.

To make the process go smoothly, Guidance Director Charles Gassar was on-site as well with a computer and printer set up to print out any of the documents the students did not have on hand but were available on the Naviance Site, including SAT and ACT scores, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.

NCAA/Financial Aid Nite consisted of workshops on financial aid for parents and students.
Jason Imperati, Ass't. Dir. of Financial Aid at NYIT, was on hand to answer questions and help students and parents better understand the NCAA maze of rules and regulations.

A second presentation—concerning financial aid—was offered by Ms. Terri Donnell, the Assistant Director of Financial Aid for St. Joseph's College. Ms. Donnell offered an insightful and practical workshop regarding college costs and financial aid. Both presenters welcomed Riverhead parents to call them with ANY questions even if the student wasn't planning to attend their college. Over 150 people attended.



HS CAMPUS CONNECTION - The GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT hosted an annual opportunity for high school seniors to meet and talk with RHS alumni, who are now college students, about their college experience. This annual event is held, just prior to Thanksgiving when college students are home on break. >More



COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT - The GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT presented its Annual College Information Night on Thursday, October 10th, at the High School. Parents learned how to explore their child's college options and garner information about the admission process. >See Program for the evening



THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013, in Room 133/134 at the HS, at 6:30 p.m.
Ninth Grade Guidance Counselor Judy Arnone met with parents and guardians on NOVEMBER 7, 2013, about "Positive Choices", a program for 9th graders to help them achieve a "successful transition into high school".

2013 – 2014 SAT / ACT Test Dates and Fees

SAT Test Date

SAT Subject Tests Available

SAT Registration Deadline

SAT Late Registration Date

October 5, 2013

Subject Tests

September 6, 2013

September 20, 2013

November 2, 2013

Subject Tests

October 3, 2013

October 18, 2013

December 7, 2013

Subject Tests

November 8, 2013

November 22, 2013

January 25, 2014

Subject Tests

December 27, 2013

January 10, 2014

March 8, 2014

No Subject Tests

February 7, 2014

February 21, 2014

May 3, 2014

Subject Tests

April 4, 2014

April 18, 2014

June 7, 2014

Subject Tests

May 9, 2014

May 23, 2014


Registration Fee for SAT:       $51.00
SAT Late Registration Fee:    $27.50
SAT Waitlist Fee:                      $45.00

SAT Subject Test Fee:                $24.50 per test date
Language w/Listening tests    $24.00 per test
All other Subject tests                $13.00 per test

ACT Test Date

ACT Registration Deadline

ACT Late Registration Dates

September 21, 2013

August 23, 2013

August 24 – September 6, 2013

October 26, 2013

September 27, 2013

September 28 – October 11, 2013

December 14, 2013

November 8, 2013

November 9– November 22, 2013

February 8, 2014

January 10, 2014

January 11 – 24, 2014

April 12, 2014

March 7, 2014

March 8 – March 21, 2014

June 14, 2014

May 9, 2014

May 10 – May 23, 2014

ACT Fees (No writing)                  $36.50
ACT Fees (Plus writing)                $52.50
Late Registration Fee              add  $23.00
Standby testing on test day    add  $45.00    


Method Test Prep is an online course that helps students build their math, reading, writing and SAT prep skills. Set up an account at the following link:

Students can listen to math, verbal and writing tutorials. Each tutorial is accompanied by a quiz to test student mastery. The program is highly adaptive and keeps track of a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Students have access to a large pool of practice questions and receive instant feedback upon completion of each question. Method Test Prep is interactive and time efficient. The website can be accessed at any time from anywhere with internet access


See Calendar (above) for ACT and SAT registration and test dates


mapMapping Your Future, a public-service Web site providing college, career, and financial aid information.

The Riverhead Guidance Department is excited about a new movement to serve the students of the district.  We are implementing a new program to better position our students to keep up with technology and the interests of higher education institutions.  The days of paper applications being sent through the mail is coming to an end as colleges and universities are increasingly requesting applicants to apply via the internet.  

The RHS Guidance Department is pleased to share with you information about a new web based college application system that will be implemented this September.  The system is called Naviance

Naviance has been in existence for eight years and is the leading provider for high schools and colleges across the country for sending and receiving college applications, transcripts and letters of recommendation.  It is currently being utilized by the majority of high schools across Long Island.  We researched this program for the past few years. For the benefit of our students, we believe now is the time to move forward with our web based college application effort.   The program will be offered to the entire student body this school year.


Course Offerings - High School Classes - Course Offering Booklet
Extra Help Guide for RHS

RHS Student Handbook - a pdf with information concerning attendance, the bell schedule, and other policies.

Junior Handbook
- a pdf with steps to take to get into college

RHS School Profile Brochure (pdf)
An overview of the school, special course offerings and its clubs and activities in the form of a brochure

A FABULOUS List of Links

SAT Online

AP (Advanced Placement) Subject List
Test Prep Review

RHS School to Career Services

Occupational Outlook Handbook
For hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse—the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you:
* the training and education needed
* earnings
* expected job prospects
* what workers do on the job
* working conditions
In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more.


Check Calendar for Financial Aid Nights

Parents are reminded that any student planning on attending college in the fall should file a FASFA after January 1. Learn to file online.



New York State's College Financial Aid Awareness Network provides financial aid information. For questions about financial aid, either visit the websites listed below OR call 1.888.NYS.HESC (1.888.697.4372)

The New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) was founded in 1968 by a group of people involved in the financial aid process.

HESC is the state agency that helps people pay for college. HESC administers the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), guarantees federal student and parent loans, provides guidance for college planning and provides a highly-rated 529 college savings plan.


The guidance office has a current listing of some websites for various companies that are offering scholarships. SEE THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Downloadable Forms:

Parent Input Form

Activity Record and Questionaire

Teacher Recommendation Form

Riverhead Community and Service Club Scholarship Application

List of Scholarships

Current Scholarship Opportunities and Due Dates

Juniors: Organic Agriculture Scholarship for college given by Group for the East End

Qualifying students must:

  1. Attend high school in the Townships of East Hampton, Southampton, Riverhead, Southold or Shelter Island.

  2. Be on schedule to graduate in the current school year.

  3. Be actively involved in the practice of organic agriculture or the advancement and/or undertaking of organic agriculture.

I nvolvement may include working on an organic farm and using this experience to promote organic agriculture in the community, Participating in a community service project or coordinating an environmental advocacy initiative with relevance to the advancement or organic agriculture,  creating a community education campaign about the environmental values of organic agriculture.

Students will have the growing season (May through October) to work on their project.

The Group will be accepting applications for a $2,000 scholarship

For information contact Group for the East End at 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Announcement: “The search is on to find our top youth volunteer. If you are selected, you could receive $1,000, an impressive silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C. next May. If you feel you’ve made a positive difference through a volunteer activity during the past year, visit the Guidance Office for more information on the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.”

Please read the local scholarship cover letter and download and fill out the application for scholarships. The applications must be returned by January 31.


The guidance office is the liaison between RHS students and Eastern Suffolk BOCES. Eastern Suffolk BOCES Career and Technical Education programsbocessm provide great opportunities for high school students to get a head start on preparing for a rewarding career and/or college. The H.B. Ward Technical and Academic Center (only a few steps from the back door of Riverhead High School) is an integrated career, technical and academic campus. Their mission is to provide high quality education to a diverse population of secondary and adult students, empowering them to open doors of success in post-secondary education and/or career choices.

For more information, talk to your guidance counselor and/or visit their website at BOCES.


Dear Parents/Guardians,

In an effort to keep you informed, please read the very important information pertaining to your child that is stated below.

All U. S. high schools across the nation are required to provide a directory of juniors and seniors to military recruiters under a provision of the No Child Left Behind Act, which was enacted in 2001.

Parents must sign a form to keep their child off the directory list we must provide to the military.


Military Recruiting Opt-Out Form


High School Club & Activity Guide - A list of co-curricular activities at RHS. See for advice on how to utilize co-curricular activities as a resource for career and college planning. Also, see RHS School Profile.