What is the Rogers Honors Academy?
A district-wide effort to work with academically-motivated, enthusiastic and engaged learners to educate them and their guardians about college and help them prepare academically so that they will be accepted by top schools and, when appropriate, also receive financial aid.
How are top colleges defined?
We will target the Top 100 national and Top 50 liberal arts colleges as ranked by US News and World Report.
Who will be involved?
Students and their parents
High School counselors and administrators
Gifted and Talented teachers/coordinators
How many students will be involved?
We will accept 200 sophomores in February 2017 followed by a new class of students each year.
Is the Rogers Honors Academy a separate school?
No, it is a program located on all three Rogers high school campuses.
How will students find out about colleges?
We will educate students and parents about the college application process, testing, financial aid and how to determine the right school to attend. This will include evening and weekend meetings with parents and one-on-one and group meetings with students. We will focus on how to write college essays, from whom to request recommendation letters, how best to portray oneself on college applications, and important criteria to consider when deciding between different schools.
Students will attend a College Fairs as well as go on college tours to top colleges/universities.
What is required?
The requirements include:
A grade point average of 3.75 or higher
At least two Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-AP or early college courses
We will ask students to enroll in an academically rigorous schedule throughout their high school years, while also allowing time for extracurricular activities, research and community engagement.
ACT preparation classes will aim to help students raise their score by 3 points between junior and senior year.
We will ultimately work at the middle school level to educate students about careers, the benefits of AP courses, and to encourage them to consider their post-secondary options.