Information about the Excelsior Scholarship
The Excelsior Scholarship applies to tuition only and does not cover the other costs of college. To learn more about other college expenses such as fees, room and board, textbooks, and more, visit our Tuition and Fees page. Recipients must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NYS Student Aid Payment Application every year in order to receive award payments.
9th Grade Team
- Jeramie Collins
- Michelle Drewnowski
- Tara Rogerson-Secretary
10th Grade Team
- Joanna Lacy
- Scott Ricketson
- Pamela Pece-Secretary
11th Grade Team
- Alan Aidala
- Karen Madonna
- Angela Cecelia-Secretary
12th Grade Team
- Lindsay Hulbert
- Meaghan Williams
- Patricia Wolff-Secretary
College Planning Information
Most 4-year colleges require a standardized test such as the SAT or ACT as part of the college admissions process. Our recommendations are as follows:
Take the PSAT (practice SAT) in October. It is only given once a year. It provides feedback to students regarding strengths and weaknesses in both Language Arts and Math. It also provides students with free services that they can use on the College Board website. Some 9th graders who are accelerated in Science might consider taking the SAT II Subject Test in June. Consult with your high school counselor regarding this decision.
Again, the PSAT in October is a great practice and preparatory test. Now students are compared to other 10th Graders across the country. The College Board website has many tools to interpret results and feedback regarding strengths and weaknesses. Some 10th graders might consider taking the SAT II Subject test in Science…again; consult with your high school counselor.
It is highly recommended that juniors take the PSAT in the fall of their 11th grade year…the test will now compare you to 11th Graders across the country…the students whom you will be compared in the college application process. Also, 11th graders are automatically put in the running for some national scholarship programs which include the National Merit Scholarship competition. In the spring of 11th grade, we recommend that students first try the actual SAT I Reasoning test. Based on the results, you can decide to take it again in the fall of your senior year.
Students have the opportunity to take the SAT in October, November, May and June if there is a need to improve scores. Scores will be reported to colleges on their transcripts as long as the Guidance Office gets a copy of their scores by coding in KHS when registering for the test.
KHS CEEB Code: 332705
Exam Fee Waiver
Any student eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch will be eligible to take the SAT/ACT for free (there are restrictions regarding the number of times they are allowed to take it for free).
See your counselor for a fee waiver. Students should make every effort to apply by the first deadline…late fees will be charged after this date.
Practice materials are available in the Guidance Office and collegeboard.org and act.org.
SAT Exams offered at KHS: Thursday, October 26th. Registration deadline is Monday, September 18th. This exam will be offered to SENIORS only. Students should sign up and remit payment in their Guidance office. Cost of exam is $60 or 8$ for those who qualify for reduced test fees. Checks may be made out to Kingston High School or via MySchoolBucks. For reduced fee forms, please pick one up in the 12th grade guidance office.
PSAT Exam offered at KHS: Thursday October 16th & Friday October 17th The cost of the exam is $18 or free for those who qualify for reduced test fees. Registration deadline is Tuesday October 10th. This is for Juniors only and they can sign up and get information in their Guidance office.
Please register in your guidance office. If you have any questions, please see your counselor.
ACT Exam offered at KHS: TBA. Students must register at act.org.
*There are other dates and locations available for these tests. Please visit the collegeboard link above*
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE DEADLINES AS STUDENTS CAN NO LONGER WALK IN ON THE DAY OF THE TEST
REGISTER EARLY ON ALL EXAMS TO AVOID LATE FEES!
- Students will not be admitted to the test unless they have BOTH their registration ticket and picture ID.
- Students will be required to download a picture of themselves when registering for the test.