RCS High School

2025 Rt. 9W

Ravena, NY 12143

518.756.5200 ext. 2000

Fax: 756-3534


Tom DiAcetis, Principal

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Our Mission is to be an exemplary 21st–century learning community whose graduates are well prepared to excel in a complex, interconnected and changing world.

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2016-17 student schedules and teacher assignments not yet finalized

District officials recently learned that 2016-17 draft schedules and teacher assignments have been viewable via the Parent Portal before being finalized by the district. This access is no longer available, and any schedule or assignment that was viewed prior to today should be disregarded.
High school schedules and teacher assignments will be released Aug. 25 and 26 after ninth-grade orientation.

Caps off to the class of 2016

As the 133 graduating seniors from RCS’ Class of 2016 sat together for the last time during Saturday’s graduation ceremony at the Albany Convention Center, they were regaled with stories from their time at RCS and inspired with words of wisdom.
[read more] [view photo gallery]

RCS seniors have final say before parting with high school

Assistant Superintendent Brian Baily asked graduating seniors about their experience at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk. While their responses ranged from humorous to inspiring, each answer registered with the parting seniors during the graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 25. See what the seniors had to say.

Job shadowing provides students with valuable life experience

Nearly 30 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School students participated in a job shadow event at the New York State Boards Association giving them an opportunity to speak with employees in various career fields to learn the skills needed to be part of the global workforce. [read more]

Congratulations to the 2016 RCS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Natalie Spindler is the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Class of 2016 valedictorian with a 99.91 grade-point average. Salutatorian is Jessica Bianchi with a 99.77 grade-point average.
Read more about Spindler and Bianchi

Senior Letter 2016

There are only six more weeks until your son or daughter graduates. It is an exciting, yet busy time. It is important that you and your senior know of the details and expectations for the various activities. The list is as follows in sequence of events.
Click to view full letter

Three RCS students among inductees into National Technical Honor Society

Fifty-seven Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on Monday, May 23. Among those inducted were three Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk students: Zackery Burns who is studying electrical trades; Brian Netkin who is in the criminal justice program; and Slade Young who is in the informational technology program. [read more]

Eighteen students inducted into RCS High School National Honor Society

In a special ceremony on May 16 at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, 18 students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
To be selected, candidates must first have a cumulative grade point average of 90 percent or higher and then be selected by members of a Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
[read more]

YMCA honors two RCS High School students

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk juniors Madeline Metcalf and Tyler Rivers were honored at the Capital District YMCA’s 19th annual Student and Educator Breakfast on Tuesday, April 19 at the Appel Inn in Altamont. They were among 30 area students recognized for their hard work and dedication in the classroom and the community. [read more]

RCS Best Buddies participate in statewide fundraiser

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkrik middle and high school students participated in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk on April 17 at Crossgates Mall in Albany. The walk raised more than $100,000 for Best Buddies New York to help clubs across the state sponsor such events as the Best Buddies Ball and send high school Best Buddies presidents to the annual conference in July. [Read more]

RCS partners with Junior Achievement to prepare students for careers

About 20 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School students in a Career and Financial Management class recently had the opportunity to learn from a volunteer from Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York as part of the Junior Achievement Career Success program. [read more]

RCS musicians bring home NYSSMA awards

Earlier this month, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Music Department continued its long tradition of participating in the New York State School Music Association Solo/Ensemble and Major Organization Evaluation Festivals.
On April 1 and 2, 106 students from grades 5-12 participated in the Solo/Ensemble Festival at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. Each student was evaluated by a trained NYSSMA adjudicator in solos that ranged in difficulty from level one through level six, with level six being the most difficult level of performance. [read more]

Class of 2019 to host community garage sale fundraiser

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Class of 2019 is accepting donations for a community garage sale to be held 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the high school. Money raised at the garage sale will be used for senior activities for the class.
Donated items can be dropped off at the high school cafeteria between 2 and 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6. No computers, televisions, baby bedding or mattresses will be accepted.

Seniors, have you had perfect attendance throughout High School?

If you are a senior at RCS and believe that you have had perfect attendance throughout your high school career please see Mrs. Buck in the office as soon as possible. Parents, if you believe your child has had perfect attendance throughout high school, email Mrs. Buck at cbuck@rcscsd.org.

44 RCS Musicians Selected to GCMEA Spring All-County Music Festival

Fourty-four middle and high school music students from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk were selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Spring All-County Music Festival. The festival concert is being held at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, April 1 at Hunter-Tannersville High School. [read more]

Albany Times Union blogger features RCS student posts

While studying the art of blogging, Tera Stumbaugh’s journalism students had a unique opportunity to be published as guest bloggers for Albany Times Union writer Krisiti Barlette’s blog.
Barlette spoke to the class March 14 offering insight into her career in journalism and success in blogging. She also spoke about the mistakes she made early in her blogging career and offered advice. [read more]

RCS senior named Colonial Council’s top scholar-athlete

With a 97.12 grade-point average while enrolled in all honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and University in the High School (UHS) courses, Nicole Miller is model student in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk senior class. Her hard work continued on to the basketball court, which earned her the honor of top scholar-athlete for the Colonial Council. [Read more]

Congressman Paul Tonko talks government with RCS seniors

For students in the Ravena-Coeymas-Selkirk High School AP government class, reading about current events is one thing; hearing firsthand about policy-making decisions from a sitting U.S. congressman is quite another.
On March 7, Congressman Paul Tonko kicked it up a notch for about 20 students enrolled in the AP course by visiting their classroom and answering some tough questions.
[read more]


Looking for gently used prom dresses for RCS girls

The Fairy Godmother’s Closet is collecting gently used prom gowns that are no more than 10 years old. This program offers RCS girls in need, clean and fashionable gowns for free. All donations can be dropped off at the high school’s main office. For more information please contact Mrs. Jennes at mjennes@rcscsd.org or Christina Springer at cspringer@rcscsd.org.


AP test letter, schedule and registration forms now available

The AP courses allow for college-level curriculum to be delivered with rigor and depth, and taking the AP exam is the culmination of nine months of hard work. The fee to take an AP exam is $92 per exam. This fee will be reduced for any student who receives or qualifies for free or reduced lunch, assistance from Social Security under the "TANF" program, or Medical assistance under the Medicaid program. See all the details in the letter below.
Students can bring completed forms and payment to Ms. Moore in the guidance office. Questions or concerns can be addressed with the student's teacher or Ms. LaFrainer.

Download letter and schedule here.

Download registration form here.


Special guest helps RCS High School drama club prepare to debut Beauty and the Beast

Broadway actor and singer Steven Ted Beckler held a four-hour master class with cast members of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk production of Beauty and the Beast Feb. 2, to help the students prepare for their Mar. 4-6 performances. Beckler has performed as the Beast and Gaston while serving as understudy for those roles, as well as in the ensemble cast of Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. [read more]


RCS wrestling team heads to Section 2 Tournament as Colonial
Council champion

arning the 2015-16 Colonial Council championship was not enough for the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School wrestling team. It also set a new school record with 11 wrestlers qualifying for the Section 2 Tournament Feb. 13-14 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. [read more]

RCS students have a ball at annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball

On Saturday, Feb. 5th, over 400 students from around the Capital Region, including 12 RCS middle and high school students, came together at the Holiday Inn in Latham for the annual Best Buddies Friendship Ball. The ball is an all-inclusive dance experience that celebrates people of all different abilities, and gives everyone the chance to have a night they won't forget. RCS students were accompanied by teachers Daria Carusone, Maria Semenick, Pamela Ginder and Patricia Stockman. [see photo]

Journalist inspires writers at RCS High School

Albany Times Union journalist Paul Grondahl spoke to RCS High School journalism and AP English students on Feb. 1, stressing the importance of reading, writing, observing, traveling and hard work. Students read samples of Grondahl’s current newspaper articles and discussed his work and how the industry has changed since his career began with the Times Union 30 years ago. [read more]


 Three RCS High School students honored at Physical Education
Leadership Awards

The Capital Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, honored three RCS High School students at the 2016 Physical Education Leadership Awards on Jan. 31. After a celebration dinner and short ceremony, seniors Michael Babcock, Nicholas Glasheen and Hannah Smith were presented with plaques to commemorate their accomplishments. [read more]


RCS Class of 2019 announces new fundraiser

The RCS Class of 2019 is sponsoring a fundraiser to raise important funds to benefit students and the community. Nature’s Vision was selected for their wide variety of top quality environmentally themed products and commitment to customer satisfaction. Click here for more information about the fundraiser and how to order.


readingChildren’s stories brought to life by high school creative writing class

High school students took four weeks in December and January to research, brainstorm, write and illustrate original children’s picture books as part of a creative writing course.
Throughout the assignment, students found themselves stretched by the process.
“Finding a concept and coming up with the general idea of the whole book was probably the hardest part to run with,” said senior Samantha Bachorik.
Classmate Samantha Mizener had a different hurdle to overcome. “I thought it was quite difficult to think of how you were going to illustrate and portray the characters in such a short book.”
[read more]


January exam schedule is out

Click here to view the High School exam schedule for Jan. 19 - 29, 2016.
For Regents exams, rooms are indicated on the schedule for each test. If there is no room indicated, the exam will be held in the Gym.
On the days of Regents exams, Jan. 26-29, students only need to come to school when they have an exam. Bus runs for these days will be posted here soon.

Preparedness drill runs smoothly at RCS High School

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District regularly conducts preparedness drills within all district buildings. On Dec. 21, the high school, in conjunction with the Coeymans Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, administered a “Shelter-in-Place” drill during eighth period.
School officials, officers from the Coeymans Police Department and Greene County Sherriff’s Office and the Greene County Sheriff’s K-9 unit patrolled the halls of the high school during the drill, which ended at approximately 1:10 p.m. [read more]

RCS High School students to perform at Proctors Theatre in Melodies of Christmas Chorale

Eleven RCS High School students, chosen to participate in this year’s Empire State Youth Orchestra Melodies of Christmas Chorale, will perform along with the Empire State Youth Orchestra at Proctors Theatre Dec. 17-20. RCS French hornist Kathryn Rowzee will also be performing as a regular member of the ESYO. [read more]

RCS senior softball player receives full athletic scholarship to Division I school

It is not every day a student-athlete from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk receives a full athletic scholarship to a Division I College. In fact, it has been nearly 40 years since a student has achieved the feat.
This year, Haley Irvis broke the cycle, signing her National Letter of Intent on Thursday, Nov. 12, to attend Long Island University on a full athletic scholarship for softball. [read more]


Schools now required to teach CPR

A new state mandate requires all high schools in New York to provide instruction of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and training in the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to students as part of the health education curriculum.

What does this mean for Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk [read more]


students selected to NYSSMARCS High School musicians selected to NYSSMA All-State Confrence

Two RCS High School students have been selected to join this year’s New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) 80th annual All-State Conference Dec. 3 – 6 in Rochester, NY. One student was also selected as an alternate.
Madeline Reilly and James Wamsley were chosen to the All-State Mixed Chorus. Both are members of this year’s senior class. Kathryn Rowzee, also a senior, was selected as an alternate on French Horn.
[read more]

Sixty-one RCS students selected to GCMEA All-County Music Festival

Sixty-one student musicians from the RCS Middle School and High School have been selected to participate in the Greene County Music Educators Association Fall All-County Music Festival. The festival is being held at Catskill High School on Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 4 and 6.
Students will rehearse from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and return on Friday for additional rehearsals at 3 p.m. On Friday evening, the festival will conclude with a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Catskill High School auditorium.
[read more]

2015-2016 SAT & ACT test dates are out

RCS students taking the SAT or ACT tests have many dates to choose from. ACT test dates begin as early as September 12 while SAT dates begin October 3. Click here for all test dates - PDF





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EVENTS Calendar

Tuesday, June 28

Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., HS


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