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Riviera Schools has spent the last 62 years preparing children
for the future, setting them on a path to successful college
admission from the start. Here are a few quick tips from
Riviera’s faculty to help students achieve their education goals.
5. Find the right
match. Not every school is
right for every student. Focus
more on pairing students with appropriate colleges
based on academic, social, extracurricular and
personal needs rather than on school rankings or
comparisons with other students.
Start early. Rather than endure
a feverish race to the finish line, initial
steps in the college process should be
taken freshman year.
Discover a niche. Every
student is good at something; the
key is finding what that is as early
as possible. Students should sample
various extracurricular activities beginning in middle
school and throughout freshman year.
Pick and stick. Once students
find an area of expertise, they should
give it their all. Commitment and
consistency over time are highly
regarded by college admissions officers.
Claim to fame. Developing talents
throughout middle and high school serves
to highlight students and separate them
from the pack in the admissions process. No one talent
is more valuable than another; level of involvement and
proficiency reign supreme. Whether an accomplished
yodeler or the more traditional football player, each
student has the opportunity to shine.
activities. Students should begin
developing their resumes during
freshman year and add to them
periodically throughout high school.
Create a transcript
identity. Selecting electives is
yet another opportunity for students
to stand out from their peers. Whether journalism,
theatre, engineering or debate…consistency is the key.
Challenge matters. Students
shouldn’t be afraid to take risks, but
they should challenge themselves
appropriately. Students should enroll in
the most challenging curriculum available while still
maintaining a healthy GPA, earning grades of A or B.
offerings. Students are evaluated
within the context of their own school.
Just as no student is penalized in the
admissions process for not taking calculus if it is not
offered, students are expected to enroll in higher-
level coursework when appropriate and to involve
themselves in a rich extracurricular life.
10. There’s no formula.
Because colleges seek diversity
among students, there’s no
mathematical equation in determining
admission. The message? Be yourself, and the
right colleges will emerge.
To find out more about Riviera Schools, contact Riviera Day School (PK-5 th Grade), 6800 Nervia St., Coral Gables, 305.666.1856; Riviera
Preparatory School (6 th Grade-12 th Grade), 9775 SW 87 th Ave., Miami, 786.300.0300; or visit RivieraSchools.com.