College and University Counseling
is to support and empower students to drive their college application processes to success, and ultimately, matriculate into a strong institution that fits their strengths and personality. At RFS, the College Counseling office reflects the whole-student approach of the larger Quaker campus; we hold the perspective that the office's primary goal is to give students the tools to drive and manage their college entrance journey independently, and ultimately take responsibility for achieving their higher education goals. The primary role of the college counselor is to facilitate college-to-student communication, represent RFS to world-renowned higher education institutions, and facilitate the student application process through student resources like the college research toolbox, SAT preparation, college admission and scholarship strategy, and communication best-practices. As Quaker school educators, we aspire to help students in the way of self-discovery and knowledge; therefore, we encourage them to not only consider colleges and universities based on the prestige factor, but also on academic and social suitability for the pursuit of personal growth. With this approach we honor the diversity of achievement, interests, aspirations, and backgrounds that our students represent.
If you are traveling in the region, we would love to welcome you to our campus! The Ramallah Friends School holds classes on Mondays through Thursdays and on Saturdays. Our current academic calendar, noting holidays and test days, is available here. We are happy to advise on travel logistics such as transportation to and from our campus.
We also welcome virtual presentations via Skype or other online platforms. For more information about scheduling a visit, either in person or online, please contact Chris Akel.
If you would like to stay informed about college counseling news and trends at the Ramallah Friends School, please subscribe to our bi-annual college newsletter.
- Finalizing a realistic college list
- Taking any required assessments for the first time
- Developing a first draft of their personal statement
- Earning higher grades than they did the year before
- Maintaining and improving impressive leadership roles
Class of 2016 outcomes
Four-year college or university: 89%
Two-year college: 3%
Language year: 4%
Other gap year: 4%
Matriculation by Country/Region
Middle East & Turkey: 5%
United Kingdom: 4%
United States: 17%
Class of 2017 profile
Class Size: 121
IB Diploma Candidates: 90%
IB Certificate Students: 8.3%
Tawjihi Equivalency: 1.7%
College Application Plans by Country/Region
Middle East & Turkey (including Palestine): 41%
United Kingdom: 33%
United States: 45%
For our students' higher education matriculation history since 2013, click here.