Welcome to the Secondary School Counselor's Corner. I hope that you will find this page very useful. There are a lot of things happening each month. Please refer to the secondary calendar for upcoming events and scholarships. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 626-5788 ext 2303 or email me through the button above.

Exchange Programs

High School/ College Exchange Programs: Exchange programs are invaluable to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

Go Global: Youth For Understanding (YFU) is a non-profit international educational organization with programs in 64 countries. One of the world's oldest, largest, and most respected exchange organizations, YFU has exemplified excellence in exchange worldwide since 1951.

Scholarships and Opportunities

VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ! All Scholarships listed here are a resource for students and parents to look up on their own.  Updates to this site have not been made current. We are implementing a new scholarship resoure bank through Naviance where scholarhsip information is current.  For now, do a websearch on the listed scholarship for updated deadlines and information. 


College Testing Aids


ACT:ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and program management solutions in the areas of education and workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies—nationally and internationally. ACT has offices across the United States and throughout the world.

SAT: The SAT is the nation’s most widely used college admission exam. Learn more about how the SAT can help you show colleges what you know and what you know you can do.

SAT II Prep "College Board": The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board is composed of more than 5,700 schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admission, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT®, the PSAT/NMSQT® and the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities and concerns. ACT/SAT Test Prep:  The research team compiled a list of 38 ACT/SAT prep courses companies and then selected teh 7 best companies to review based on the 28 most important features.


Professional/Vocational Programs and Career Outlooks

Here are important links to local vocational programs as well as work force support options. I have also included the links to all of the military services. These are all great options to get skill and certifications for students not interested or possibly ready for college after high school.



Web Sources and Financial Aid Support

Please take a look at the numerous web links below which are designed to help students and parents navigate scholarships, financial aid, college search links, testing links, and exchange programs.


Sources of Aid and Scholarships:

FAFSA: Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. We consistently champion the promise of postsecondary education to all Americans —and its value to our society. Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families. We partner with postsecondary schools, financial institutions and others to deliver services that help students and families who are paying for college.


Fast Web: For nearly 15 years, Fastweb has been the leading scholarship search provider for every student going to college. As a scholarship matching service, Fastweb matches users to scholarships based on their qualifications, meaning students have a better chance of winning. Their scholarship database contains 1.3 million scholarships worth over $3 billion.

Cappex: With easy-to-use tools that quickly let you find colleges, like College Profiles and Reviews for 3,000+ colleges, College Invites, $11 billion in merit scholarships (powered by even a “What Are My Chances?®” Calculator that instantly tells you your chances of getting into your favorite schools. You've got the source that gives you all the info you need, all conveniently in one place. The resource more than 2 million cumulative students have trusted for their college decisions. provides Cappex with comprehensive details about $11 billion in merit scholarships offered by colleges across the country. It is the first centralized website dedicated to matching students with merit-based scholarships from more than 3,000 colleges. Knowing what merit-based scholarships are available before students apply to colleges can help them make a more educated decision on where to apply.

College In Colorado: A great site for exploring options after graduation in Colorado. Applies to both Middle School and High School Students.

College Invest: CollegeInvest's mission is to address the challenges Coloradans face regarding both the affordability of and access to higher education. CollegeInvest was created by the State of Colorado in 1979 and is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. As Colorado's leading education financing resource we provide expert information, simple financial planning tools, scholarships and tax advantaged 529 college savings plans to take education dollars as far as they can go.


Service Academies and College ROTC

Here are important web addresses for students interested in scholarship opportunities associated with the Service Academies or College ROTC Programs. Both scholarship opportunities are very competitive and applicants must start the process early. If selected, you will receive a full ride scholarship.


Service Academies

West Point (Army)

Naval Academy

Air Force Academy

Coast Guard Academy

Merchant Marine Academy


ROTC Scholarships



Air Force ROTC



Parents and students,

I have included the windows for all tests that will be given this year. Please plan accordingly so that the students are available to take the tests.


Offers and Acceptances

Below is a list of Ridgway Seniors who have been offered admission to colleges and universities throughout the United States. 


Student Success

As RSS students receive recognition for their efforts this year, I will update this section. 



ACT Prep

The 11th grade ACT assessment, which is more commonly known as the Colorado ACT (CO ACT), is administered once in April and once in May. This assessment is equivalent to all other ACT Assessments administered on national test dates throughout the country. Since this is an actual college entrance exam, results from this assessment can be submitted for college entrance by the student to their college or university of choice.

The CO ACT Assessment consists of two parts which are designed to help students prepare for postsecondary educational opportunities. The first part is a pre-test session which includes an interest inventory, a student profile section, and a course/grade section. The second part is the academic assessment section which includes tests in the areas of English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. From the tests, students receive a composite score along with scores for each of the skill areas. The CO ACT assessment also provides two sub scores in English, three sub scores in Mathematics, and two sub scores in Reading.  --from

E-Prep: Video-based study progress for SAT, ACT and PSAT.  For those of you who haven't registered click here.  Registered users please click here.  For login information please contact Mary Boyers.

PrepMe ACT PrepComputer Prep.  PrepMe uses "pop-ups" to display questions and reading material. Students must allow pop-ups on their computers.

Getting Started on PrepMe:

1. Go to PrepMe

2. Login using your PrepMe credentials. (If you don't have your login and password, email Ms. Baskfield)

3. There are three primary questions it will have you answer about yourself before you get started. PLEASE enter your email address, this will help you retrieve your information or password if you forget it.

4. When you are ready, you will need to take all four diagnostic tests. Each test has 15 questions. Then you will see immediate results and explanations for any item you missed. If you do your best on the diagnostic tests, you will be more accurately placed in the correct learning modules. If you "blow-off" the diagnostic, you will end up taking extra, non-essential modules.

Step by Step Directions for PrepMe:

If your student is planning to attend college, he or she will be required to submit an ACT score prior to admission. 

Getting started is simple:

1. Students need a login and password available in the library or through their Access teacher.

2. Students go to and set up their account.

3. In PrepMe, enter an email address to retrieve forgotten usernames and passwords.

4. Make certain your browser allows pop-ups.

5. Find Go To Course:  there are four diagnostic tests: English, Math, Reading, and Science.

6. Take each diagnostic test, read through correct answers and explanations, and then close out of that diagnostic test to begin the next one.

7. At the end of all four diagnostic tests, you will have a series of modules with individualized instruction to help your student prepare for the ACT.

8. Continue working on modules at your own pace.

Students can access PrepMe from any computer with Internet access.

Additional Info. for Step 4:

PrepMe uses “Pop-ups”  to display questions and reading material. Students must allow pop-ups on their computers.

Internet Explorer 7 & 9 Tools → Internet Options → Privacy tab → uncheck "Turn on Pop-up Blocker" → OK

Firefox popup blocker (PC) Tools → Options → Content tab → uncheck "Block Popup Windows" → OK