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Program Requirements


Academic Year Requirements

COMMUNICATION
We are in touch with students throughout the academic year via newsletters, assignments, reminder cards, texting, social media messages, e-mail and phone calls. Our goal is to maintain regular contact during the academic year, but this can only be achieved when students also make an effort to maintain contact with us. We expect students to have some form of communication at least once a month. This contact may be a phone call, e-mail, text, or a social media message. We want to know how students are doing academically and in extracurricular activities.

If a student is having trouble academically, they should get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can help them develop a plan to improve.

Students that regularly communicate with the RMSC during the academic year will be invited to return for the summer program.

ASSIGNMENTS
Assignments are mailed to students.  Emails and social media messages are posted to remind students of upcoming assignments.  Additionally, assignments are available on the RMSC Student One Drive account. Students are REQUIRED to complete these assignments and return them to our office by the given due dates. If a student fails to submit assignments or is routinely late with them, their commitment to this program and to their own academic success will be questioned and they will NOT be invited to return for the summer session.

MATH & SCIENCE CLASSES
You are REQUIRED to take at least one math and one science class each year. By the time you graduate from high school, it is expected that you will have taken all of the following courses:

  • Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trig and/or Pre-Calculus, Calculus*
  • Biology, Chemistry,  Physics, and an additional science course

*If a student took Algebra I in 8th grade he/she is expected to complete Calculus.  If he/she did not take Algebra I until 9th grade he/she may not be able to complete Calculus in high school.

Research has shown that those students taking at least one math class beyond the Algebra II level are more likely to attend a four-year college and earn a bachelor's degree than those who do not. Research also indicates that a challenging high school curriculum and course load leads to a more successful college career. These are the reasons we have such high expectations for you!

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR RETURNING RMSC STUDENT
In order for a student to receive an invitation to participate in subsequent Summer Programs, they are REQUIRED to:

3-Week Program:  Intermediate Researcher*

  • Have a 9th grade Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II grade of at least a B
  • Have a 9th grade science grade of at least a B
  • Have no D or F grades
  • Have a current year GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Have regular contact with RMSC during their 9th grade academic year
  • Have a 4-year academic plan on file with the RMSC

5-Week Program:  Advanced Researcher**

  • Have a 10th or 11th grade math course of at least a B
  • Be on track to graduate with at least one math course every year INCLUDING the following courses:  Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trig/PreCalculus, and Calculus
  • Be on track to graduate with at least one science course every yearr INCLUDING ALL of the following:  Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Have no D or F Grades
  • Have a current year GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Have a 4-year academic plan on file with the RMSC (notify RMSC of any modifications)

 

*Rising 10th graders NOT meeting the Intermediate Researcher criteria may be eligible for the Beginning Research program.  Exceptions will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

**Rising 11th and 12th graders NOT meeting the Advanced Research criteria may be eligible for the Intermediate Researcher program.  Exceptions will be handled on a case by case basis.



STANDARDIZED TESTS (SAT, ACT, and PSAT)
You are REQUIRED to take the following standardized tests and send your scores to the RMSC:

PSAT in October of your junior year (taking this test as a junior puts you in the running for the National Merit Scholarship (NMS) program- your sophomore and senior year scores on this test DO NOT count towards this honor).

ACT at least once during your junior or senior year. We recommend that you take this test for the first time no later than October of your senior year so that colleges will have this information when you apply.

SAT at least once during your junior or senior year. We recommend that you take this test for the first time during the spring of your junior year and retake the test in the fall of your senior year if needed.

Remember, we can provide fee waivers for SAT and ACT tests. Call the office when you are registering so we can provide you with a waiver.  If payment is required for an exam, contact us first to see what options are available to assist in payment.