Mrs. Cagle meets with classes, individuals, and even complete families to advise students in selecting their path after high school. Whether it is to college, community college, or trade school, Mrs. Cagle both educates and equips students to reach their full potential. Here is a little more about Mrs. Cagle and how she serves at RCS.
Tell us about your background and your role at RCS.
My name is Pam Cagle. I am the guidance counselor at the middle school and high school campus. I earned both my Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree in Psychology at California State University at Stanislaus. Prior to serving at RCS, I was an Admissions Counselor at Kansas Christian College and a Registrar at Monte Vista Christian School.
What do you do?
I guide and advise students on their pathway to college and careers. I educate middle school students and equip high school students to plan for their calling after high school.
What does that look like in Middle School?
For middle school students, I educate about what is required in high school to get them to college. This is their first introduction oftentimes to the basics of college: such as what a “major” is, the various types of degrees that can be earned, and even that there are different varieties of colleges to choose from (for example, I often explain the difference between a California State University and a University of California and a private school).
Students are further encouraged to learn about themselves, their strengths, weaknesses, and interests. They need to know the significance of both the grades they earn in high school (sometimes even in middle school) and scores they earn on the PSAT or SAT. Therefore, hopefully, these conversations are starting at home as well so that students can make good choices about which courses to take in high school that will set them on a strong path to have the options they desire after high school.
What does that look like in High School?
We equip high school students by exposing them to as many opportunities to interact with colleges as possible. There are so many options, and often students only have a small scope of where they want to go to college. In 9th-10th grade, student should start thinking about potential careers, then they can start searching potential majors. In 11th grade, we help students navigate their PSAT scores and schedule the SAT, and also start developing their list of potential colleges. We also offer two college tours per year for high school students, so by the time they are in 12th grade, they can visit up to 30 college campuses. All these things combine to prepare and equip students to go to a college that is the best fit for them.
How do you track the unique needs of each student?
I rely on the program Naviance to support our objective to educate and equip students for life after high school. The goals of using Naviance are to both track students’ progress and to also guide conversations at school and at home so that we can work together to support and advise students. As students complete tasks on Naviance, the program not only keeps track, but sets up their next step based on the responses in order to provide an individualized experience for each student.