The school counselor assists students, teachers, parents and administrators. The role of the counselor is to help students as they seek to identify and achieve personal goals, assume rights and responsibilities in various life roles at each developmental stage.
Important functions of the guidance department include: Academic Improvement and Planning, Personal/Social Growth, Crisis Intervention Services, Transitional Services, Parent Support, Teacher Support, Career/Life Planning, Consultant to other professionals and/or agencies, Creation of 7-12 Developmental Counseling Program, Contribute to Effective Operation of the School, Pursue Continuous Professional Growth.
The Guidance Office is open every school day for students or parents who wish to browse the college catalog. A reference shelf for parents is also available. It contains various books and pamphlets to assist parents in financial aid planning, and in maximizing their relationship with their teenager(s).
Detailed information can be found in the "Course of Study" books available in the Guidance Office and the library regarding: Sequences, Courses Offered, Graduation Requirements, Required Courses and Course Description.
The Guidance Office prepares and distributes grade level newsletters for students. These contain important information and should be shared with parents. Counselors also have lists of important dates for juniors and seniors regarding College Board Testing, financial aid forms and scholarships
In addition to the Guidance staff, we have two school psychologists and two school social workers to assist students with learning problems or personal problems, which interfere with their school success.
Students may make an appointment to either of these people on their own, or the school staff, parents or other agencies with which the students may have contact may refer them. All referrals and contacts are kept in complete confidence.
We also have Committee on Special Education to serve students with any kind of disability, which may affect school performance.
Specific Guidance & Counseling Office Services
- Guidance curriculum lessons in both group and individual settings.
- Group and Individual counseling sessions for academic, career and personal/social growth of students.
- A wide variety of testing opportunities and information for students grades 7-12.
- Timelines to assist students with college, career and post-secondary planning.
- Career exploration inventories and activities to help students become knowledgeable about the world of work.
- Presentations to parents and students to enhance transitions, become familiar with the NYS graduation requirements and become knowledgeable about post-secondary planning, college admissions and the financial aid process.