College Planning

Resources for College Planning

  • Students at FRCS participate in a series of college and career activities, lessons, and courses starting in 5th grade.  More information is available under “College Advising Classes”
  • The College Board’s Big Future website at provides many resources for students.
  • The Massachusetts Career Information System at provides career interest inventories as well as college and career information.  Click on “Resident” at the home page, then enter your town and zip code to access the system
  • Colleges That Change Lives is a website ( highlighting small private liberal arts colleges which focus on student development in learning communities
  • The New England Board of Higher Education ( provides information about colleges and universities in New England as well as information about the Tuition Break program
  • The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education ( provides information about public colleges and universities.

College Advising Curriculum

FRCS places strong emphasis on academic readiness and planning for college.  Students participate in the following progression of seminars and coursework related to college exploration and admissions.

8th Grade Students

  •           Course planning in spring
  •           Seminar about college application, admissions, and planning using Early College Planning Guide and resources from MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority

9th and 10th Grade Students - Achievement Teams:

  • Small group discussions one class period per cycle
  • Discuss a variety of topics, including transcripts and grade point averages, college fairs, standardized testing, career interests, study skills and test taking strategies.
  • Students build positive relationships with peers and teachers

11th Grade Students  – Junior Advising: 

  • Explore college and career options in more detail.
  • Explore career interests and paths
  • Gain understanding of the types of colleges, investigating and visiting colleges, the application process, and finalizing a list of colleges to which to apply.
  • Complete the Common Application as a final project.
  • Discuss standardized tests, financial aid, interviewing, and other topics related to applying to and making a decision about colleges.
  • Guest staff speakers are invited to explain their own educational and professional development.

12th Grade Students - Senior Advising:

  • Helps finalize college applications
  • Help with college essays and resumes, timelines, and prioritizing applications.
  • Discuss the stress involved in applying, for themselves as well their families, and are provided information and resources to help with family conversations about the transition to college.
  • Learn about financial aid and scholarships.
  • Recent graduates are also invited to talk about what their experience in becoming college student has been like.
  • Understanding and comparing financial aid packages as well as college budgeting.
  • Transition from high school to college are discussed.