Our College Counseling Office, staffed with four full-time college counselors and a coordinator of student-athlete college recruitment, works to ensure all students matriculate to a college or university suited to their personalities and passions.
Ransom Everglades’ College Counseling Office offered a host of opportunities in October to help RE students and parents navigate the college process. College counselors worked with seniors as they put the finishing touches on their college applications during a pair of Submit-a-thons as early deadlines neared in late October; upper school parents, meanwhile, received an insider’s look at financing college during an insightful virtual meeting with the Director of Financial Aid from Williams College.
Two Ransom Everglades seniors – Yuhan Liu '21 and Viviana Vela '21– won National AP Scholar recognition for their consistently excellent performance on multiple Advanced Placement exams during their high school years, as the College Board also commended dozens of their peers at RE.
Twelve Ransom Everglades seniors earned National Merit Semifinalist recognition, advancing in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program based on their performance on last year's PSAT exam. The students – Felipe Clavijo '21, Liam de Araujo '21, Margaret Dill '21, Alex Dray '21, Fahrenaz Hatami '21, Axel Hicks '21, Daniel Jackson '21, Bruce Jagid '21, Erik Medina '21, Gabe Pulido '21, Maya Rosen '21 and Viviana Vela '21 – scored in the top one percent of the 1.5 million who took the test nationwide in 2019.
Lew Stivaljoined Ransom Everglades as Director of College Counseling after nearly 25 years as Dean of College Counseling at Blair Academy in New Jersey. During more than three decades at Blair Academy, he cultivated meaningful relationships with admission officers at colleges and universities nationwide and helped Blair keep pace during a dynamic time in the admission process. After starting his career as an English teacher, Mr. Stival moved into the Blair Academy college counseling office as an associate dean in 1990. In 1996, he assumed the college counseling deanship at the boarding school, and for more than a dozen years oversaw the school’s office while working with 55-60 counselees annually. A boys’ varsity tennis coach for more than 25 years, Mr. Stival co-authored a book on athletic recruiting, Understanding Athletic Recruiting: A Comprehensive Guide for the High School Student-Athlete. He also assembled a comprehensive college counseling handbook, and has written a college-visit blog. Prior to his tenure at Blair, Mr. Stival taught English and coached tennis and swimming at Phillipsburg High in Phillipsburg, N.J. He earned an AB in English at Lafayette College and a Master of English Literature at Drew University.
Mr. Roger Caron
Coordinator of Student-Athlete College Recruitment, History & Social Sciences Teacher, Coach
Roger Caron joined the college counseling office in July, 2017, in the new position of Coordinator of Student Athlete College Recruitment. He also teaches World Civilizations as a member of the History and Social Sciences Department at the Upper School, and is part of the athletics coaching staff. A Harvard graduate and former offensive lineman for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, Caron coached the Pomona-Pitzer football team for more than two decades, earning Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2016. Before his run at Pomona, he served as an assistant coach at Williams College, helping the team to a 45-9-2 record in seven years, including a 23-game win streak (1988-1991). Mr. Caron co-founded and co-directed the Pomona College Wellness Program, and gained independent school experience during a leave of absence from Pomona during which he taught history and coached at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. Mr. Caron earned his AB in European History at Harvard, and MEd from North Adams State College. He was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2002, and continues to hold the rank of Professor of Physical Education Emeritus at Pomona.
Daniel Creasy brought 20 years of experience in college admission offices to RE, where he serves as Senior Associate Director of College Counseling since July 2019. Mr. Creasy most recently worked as Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Admission Communication at Hamilton College where he was responsible for the first review of some 400 applications annually. He also worked in admissions at Emory University, Johns Hopkins University and American University. During his career, Mr. Creasy has presented at myriad conferences with the National Association of College Admission Counselors and regional college counseling associations. He graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Aleny Garcia joined RE in July 2019 as Associate Director of College Counseling after serving as director of counseling and guidance at Cardinal Gibbons High in Fort Lauderdale, where she introduced and fine-tuned relevant and compelling programming for parents and students. She arrived with more than a decade of experience advising students on the college process, including as a Network Master Counselor for Chicago’s public schools; as a Counselor Department Manager for a Chicago-based high school; and in the counseling office of Nova High in Broward County. She has presented at the annual conference of the Southern Association of College Admission Counselors (SACAC), serves as the SACAC Communications Liaison for Florida, and has read for and served as an interviewer for the Gates Scholarship and regional scholarships. Ms. Garcia is an Honors College graduate of Florida International University where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her Master of Science degree in School Counseling at Nova Southeastern University.
Senior Associate Director of College Counseling Claudia Jolivert rejoined Ransom Everglades the summer of 2018. Mrs. Jolivert served as senior associate director of college counseling at Palmer Trinity for two years after an eight-year tenure at RE. Prior to her time at Ransom Everglades, she worked in admissions at Georgetown University. While at Palmer Trinity, Mrs. Jolivert was named board chair-elect of the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools. She was also elected to the board of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling; appointed to Lynn University’s Advisory Council; and selected for the annual summer summit of the Deans and Directors of the Southern Consortium of Colleges and Universities. Mrs. Jolivert earned her bachelor’s in business administration at Georgetown University and master’s in international affairs at Columbia University. She has served as assistant director of admissions at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton.
An evening session on standardized testing in March provides parents with the tools to understand and advise their students on preparing for and taking standardized tests from the PSAT to SAT to Subject Tests to the ACT.
Admission representatives from various colleges and universities guide Ransom Everglades parents and students through a mock college admission process in early May, taking them behind the curtain to help them prepare for their own forays into the college process.
RE's college counseling team leads a Rising Senior Workshop in May, offering sessions on college applications and application writing (personal statements, supplemental essays) as well as detailed suggestions for how students can organize their time over the summer to reduce college-application stress during the senior year.
The annual athletic recruitment evening session in October is led by members of the athletics department and college counseling office to help student-athletes and their families navigate the college athletics landscape.
This special session on financial aid and college costs in October offers students and parents a comprehensive primer on financial aid, FAFSA, the CSS Profile and much more.
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Freshmen & Sophomores
Beginning in the ninth grade, a series of class meetings for students and evening sessions for parents is offered to inform families about the college application process.
The College Counseling Office is open to underclassmen on an as-needed basis. Common questions concern standardized testing, summer programs and course scheduling. College Counselors do their best to be available to all students, prioritizing students in the senior and junior classes.
The College Deans Symposium starts the process for juniors giving students and their parents in-depth insights into the admission process.
Individualized college counseling begins in the junior year. It’s an 18-month process that includes frequent meetings between counselors, students and parents.
A College Tour each year in June gives rising seniors a chance to visit a range of colleges and universities with their college counselors.
Each fall, RE welcomes more than 100 admissions officers to campus, allowing students to learn about colleges in an intimate setting.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.