Guidance Office

Tekesha Russell, MA, CHES

Guidance Counselor

Voice Mail: x107

Office(s): A06

Years at RBS: 13

Awards: BS in Health Sciences, Howard University, MA in Education Administration/Leadership, Trinity University, Association of Christian Schools, International Certification, MD State Department of Education Advanced Professional Certificate, Special Education Endorsement, Secondary Education Endorsement, Health Education Endorsement

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Scripture: Romans 5:8

With over 17 years experience in school counseling. The Riverdale Baptist Guidance department offers college planning, career guidance, academic accountability, personal counseling, nominations to conferences, tracks NCAA course requirements, prepares student and teacher schedules, logs service learning hours, hosts college fairs, organizes career days, college information sessions, financial seminars for parents, and NCAA presentations for athletes and their families.

The Guidance Department is available to assist students with course selection, college and career choices, academic advisement, college information nights for parents, NCAA information meetings for student athletes and their parents, Kaplan SAT prep course and personal counseling.

  • RBS Seniors average over $2 billion in scholarships
  • 98% of RBS Seniors enroll in post-secondary institutions
  • The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is held annually for students in grades 9, 10 and 11.
  • ASVAB Career Test given annually to grades 10-12.
  • The deadline to submit college applications is October 31 each year.

Grading Procedures

There are two semesters in the academic year. The semester grade is the final average of two quarters earned for each semester.

All classes are counted in the calculations of the grade point average. The GPA noted on the transcript is a weighted average; one quality point is added for each Honors class and one and a half quality points are added for each AP class. RBS does rank its students. The rank is weighted.


SAT/ACT are given off site. Registration forms provided.

College Planning

It is NEVER too early to start planning for college. Expose your students EARLY and take advantage of the events happening in your community in order to prepare your student for the next phase of their lives. Be proactive in attending college fairs, SAT workshops, financial aid workshops, college tours and college bus tours.

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