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.
Makenzie Love '19, Anna Mistele '19, Margo Squire '19 and Valeria Vela '19 were named 2019 National Merit Scholarship winners, joining just 2,500 seniors nationwide to receive the distinction from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the organization announced May 8. The four seniors were selected from a pool of some 15,000 finalists in the 64th-annual National Merit Scholarship competition.
Admission representatives from 12 colleges and universities guided Ransom Everglades parents and students through a mock college admission process on May 2, taking them behind the curtain to help them prepare for their own forays into the college process.
A national expert on standardized testing shared test-taking and test-preparation strategies with RE parents during a special evening college counseling event at the Lewis Family Auditorium on Feb. 5. Adam Ingersoll, the Co-Founder and Principal of the Compass Education Group in California, addressed the differences between the ACT and SAT, the SAT Subject Tests, colleges' reliances on results, optimal timing for testing and other typically vexing issues.
Claudia Jolivert rejoined Ransom Everglades the summer of 2018 as Director of College Counseling. 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.
Daniel P. Barr comes to Ransom Everglades with more than a decade of experience leading college admission and high school college counseling offices. He has helped direct the admissions offices at the University of Massachusetts and University of Delaware, and served as the Director of College Counseling at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Md., and Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, Mass. Mr. Barr attended The Rivers School in Weston, Mass., and earned his BA from the University of Delaware and MEd from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Blair Elizabeth Betts joined the Ransom Everglades college counseling office in July, 2016, after serving in Beijing, China, as a college counselor for Due West Education, which supports and assists Chinese students applying to American colleges and universities. She previously worked as an academic advisor at Florida International University and assistant director of admissions at the University of Miami, University of Pittsburgh and Fenwick High in Oak Park, Ill. Ms. Betts, a graduate of Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, received her BA in International Studies at California University of Pennsylvania and her MEd from the University of Pittsburgh.
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.
Lourdes Cowgill served as president of Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton from 1995-2010. She started her career in independent education as teacher of Latin and Spanish language and literature. She also has extensive experience in college counseling at Pine Crest and Independent College Counselors. Dr. Cowgill held national board positions in the National Association of Independent schools (NAIS), National Merit Corporation (NMSQT) Advisory Council, and the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). In addition, she has worked as member and chair of the Spanish Subject Test writing committee and as presenter in AP Spanish workshops. At RE, Dr. Cowgill will work as college counselor and consultant. She earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude at Barry College and her master’s and doctorate at Bryan Mawr College.
Ms. Haydee Santiago
Administrative Assistant for College Counseling, Registrar
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 the college athletics landscape.
An evening session on standardized testing in March offers 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.
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.
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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.
The College Counseling Resource page is available to all enrolled students and their parents via login.
Five-Year College Admission Snapshot
The Ransom Everglades College Counseling team works to ensure all students matriculate to a college or university suited to their personalities and passions. The following highlights are for the classes of 2013 - 2017.
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.