College Counseling

CCS College Counseling Handbook (2017-18) – This handbook is to help walk you through college admissions. It covers useful information for all Rhetoric school students, but especially for juniors and seniors and their parents.

2018-19 Common Application Essay Prompts

Other Useful Links


Laura Smith
College Counselor

College Counseling Calendar

Aug. 1 – Common App Opens

Aug. 14 – Senior College Planning Day

Aug. 15 – Senior Parent Meeting

Aug. 20 – Junior Parent/Student Meeting

Aug. 22 – Freshman/Sophomore Parent/Student Meeting

Sept. 1 – Most College Applications Open

Oct. 10 – PSAT/NMSQT (Juniors)

Oct. 15 – Early Action Deadline for NCSU & UNC

Nov. – Jan. 1 & 15 of each month – College Application Deadlines

March – PSAT (Sophomores)

May 6-17 – AP Testing

College Admissions Handbook 2017-2018

  This handbook is to help walk you through college admissions.  It covers useful information for all Rhetoric school students, but especially for seniors and juniors and their parents.   2017-18 CCS College and Career Handbook

"Curate" Your College List For Best Results

Willard Dix , CONTRIBUTOR to Forbes This list is not something you want to just throw together hoping for the best. The verb “to curate” shouldn’t be used outside of museums or specialized collections of valuable objects, especially when applied to mundane things like coffee, magazines or interior decoration. A curator has esoteric knowledge gained…

Test Dates for 2017-2018 and Testing Info

It is time for some “Test Talk.” Juniors and Seniors, you should have the ACT and SAT registration and test dates on your radar. They are at the bottom of this post. I am not endorsing Higher Scores Test Prep, but rather, I find the format they use in compiling the dates to be helpful…

Tips for the College Essay

How should you present yourself in an essay? Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University An admission officer shares tips on writing an essay that reflects who you really are. Video Transcript When you apply to college, you’ll need to complete an essay as part of your application. This is your opportunity to show…

Common Application Prompts for 2017-2018

We are pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts with you. The changes you see below reflect the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges and more than 5,000 other Common App constituents, as well as consultation with our advisory committees and Board of Directors. Students represented the single largest share of constituent…

Prepare your daughter for the future!

Encourage her to apply for  the Girls Who Code’s two-week Campus program, July 31 – August 11, 2017, at the UNC Department of Computer Science. This Girls Who Code Campus program is a two-week immersion program for high school girls to learn 
computer science fundamentals, gain exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood…

Affording College

If you are the parent of a student in high school, I don’t have to tell you that college is expensive. Maybe you have spoken with your kids about paying for college themselves, or perhaps you have been putting money away since they were babies. Wherever you are on the spectrum, the burden of paying…

Employment Opportunity for High School

Juice Vibes of Cary (Located in Kildaire Shoppes) Opening Mid June Available Shifts: 6am-2pm, 10am-5pm, 2pm- closing

Recommended Reading for Parents and Students

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS David L. Marcus: Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges–and Find Themselves Jacques Steinberg: The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College John A. Beck: Light on the Path: A Christian Perspective on College Success Karen Levin Coburn: Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding College…