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.
Joanne Brown, Director of Financial Aid at the University of Miami, offered families a tutorial on the various forms of financial aid available to students – from scholarships to grants to loans to agency assistance – and explained how to access each type of aid. Her informative Oct. 11 talk on the campus of the Carollton School for the Sacred Heart represented a joint offering between RE's college counseling office and Carrollton's.
Roger Caron supplied RE student-athletes and their parents with a comprehensive and candid review of the college athletic recruiting process during a special college counseling event on Oct. 2. RE's Coordinator of Student-Athlete College Recruitment, Caron urged student-athletes to be tactical and aggressive if they wished to play a sport at the college level, and offered tips to help them find the right school and level of competition.
Sixteen RE seniors were invited to join the 2019 National Hispanic Recognition Program by the College Board in September. Only about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who took the Preliminary SAT as juniors last year received the invitation. To qualify, students must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino.
Sixteen RE seniors were named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, a distinction that places them in the top one percent of high school seniors who took the Preliminary SAT during their junior year. The semifinalists were recognized during an Upper School assembly on Sept. 25.
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.
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.
Martha “Marty” Taft Elkins, Director of College Counseling until June, 2018, brought experience from six independent schools over three decades to Ransom Everglades. Mrs. Elkins served as director of college counseling, head of school, teacher and coach at her previous schools. She was director of college counseling at Shadyside Academy (2013 to 2016); New Hampton School (2009-12); Groton School (2001-09) and Holderness School (1998-01). She was among the first classes of girls at Phillips Exeter Academy, where her parents taught; she matriculated to Williams College, receiving her BA in American Studies. She received her MAT in secondary education at the University of New Hampshire and earned a CAS in Administration, Planning and Social Policy at Harvard University.
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.
William Tran arrived to Ransom Everglades in July, 2016, with experience as a college counselor, assistant director of admissions and English teacher. He served as an educational consultant Collegewise in Irvine, Calif.; assistant director of admission at Connecticut College; an admissions reader at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.; and English teacher at Los Angeles-area charter schools. He most recently worked as a strategy consultant for Due West Education in Beijing, China. Mr. Tran received his BA in media studies/critical studies from Pomona College.
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.
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.