School Counseling Office Staff
Mrs. Kristen Carey, School Counselor Grades 9-12
Mr. Christopher Montville, School Counselor Grades 6-8
Ms. Sheri Wescott, Secretary
Mrs. Rose Olson, School Psychologist Grades 6-12
Mrs. Mary Douglas, School Social Worker K-12
School Counselors can help students with problems that are related to academics, career exploration or personal and social issues. Sometimes we refer students to see our school psychologist or other counselors that come into our school. We can also make referrals for parents to bring their children to outside counselors for issues like anxiety, depression, eating disorders or other personal issues.
New and returning students will need to fill out enrollment forms. Please call the guidance office to schedule an appointment to meet with your student's counselor. The enrollment forms can be printed using the link found below and can be filled out ahead of time. Please bring proof of address, birth certificate and relevant custody paperwork if appropriate.
New for 2017-2018!!
New York State now offers the Excelsior Scholarship, which provides full tuition for full time college students whose parents make less than $100,000 per year combined. Students will need to apply in order to receive this scholarship.
The application is now open and is scheduled to close July 21st. A few things to keep in mind:
* Students and parents need to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and NYSTAP application as soon as possible if they haven't already. Do NOT wait for the Excelsior scholarship, as it is designed to be applied to any tuition costs left over after eligibility for Pell Grant, NYS Tap and other options have been exhausted.
In order to apply, students must meet eligibility requirements, including:
- Be residents of New York State
- Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two or four-year degree program
- Take 30 credits per year and make progress towards graduation
- Maintain good academic standing
- Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate's Degree or a Bachelor's Degree
To complete the application, you will need:
- Your 2015 IT-201 NYS Income Tax Return(s).
- Your current unofficial college transcript.
- Your Student Aid Report (SAR), which you received when you filed your completed FASFA.
More information can be found at hesc.ny.gov/excelsior.
Students planning to apply for the Merchant Marine Academy or another military academy
are encouraged to attend an Open House on July 28th in Kings Point, NY.
You need to RSVP by July 24th if you would like to attend.
For more information and to view the full invitation please visit: www.usmma.edu/admissions
NYS College Application Week is October 26th-30th, 2017.
We will be hosting a College Information Night for students and parents, College Sweatshirt day for students, faculty and staff, and other activities to help our college bound students.
NEW PROGRAMS AVAILABLE- SUNY ADIRONDACK CAREER ACADEMY
SUNY Adirondack Career Academy- Advanced Manufacturing- Takes place at the SUNY Adirondack campus in Queensbury.
SUNY Adirondack Career Academy- Informational Technology-Takesplace at the SUNY Adirondack campus in Wilton.
New program in development - Cyber Sercurity
SUNY Adirondack Career Academy - New Media- radio, television, communications and graphic design.
* Math placement exam not required for this program.
See Mrs. Carey for details about these programs and to sign up to visit.
Applications available in the guidance office if interested.
The PSAT (practice for the SAT college entrance exam) will be given at our school next year
in October for interested sophomores and juniors.
Details are available at www.collegeboard.com
NEW Opportunity for students:
Distance Learning Classes
Lists of Distance Learning courses available to be requested were handed out in social studies classes during course selection.
Please contact the guidance office to sign up for these courses. Many courses are available upon request, at times that are set
by the hosting school. Please see Mrs. Carey to inquire about these options. Some classes available next year are:
SAT/ACT Prep Class
Sports & Society
Attention Student Athletes
Student athletes that plan to play sports in college need to be aware of specific rules about college athletics.
Please find them summarized in the handbook below and ask Mrs. Carey or Mr. Redmond if you have any questions.
Looking for more in-depth help with the college search process?
Applying to selective colleges and trying to give yourself the best possible advantage?
I recommend the following website for an insider's perspective on the college admissions process: www.BestCollegeFit.com
We can provide extra support such as referral for Academic Intervention Services (AIS), peer tutoring or recommendations for outside tutors to help students to achieve their best academically. Please click the WCSCurriculum Guide linkon the left to view ourCurriculum Guide which includes a description of all 7-12 classes offered by Whitehall School, as well as a chart of graduation requirements and regents examinations that are required for the different types of diplomas available. www.engageny.org/
More information is available at the NYS Education Department's site for parents. The following site includes information about AIS, Regents exams and many other topics. http://usny.nysed.gov/parents/
Look here for more resources on The Common Core: www.engageny.org/
Students in New York State need to pass between 5 and9 Regents examinations and/or the Common Core equivalent depending on which type of diploma they are graduating with. Click here to access a free website designed to helpstudents tostudy for these Regents examinations www.regentsprep.org
We offer career counseling for students whether they are interested in going right to work after high school, joining the military or attending college before becoming employed. Career Cruising is a website that we often use with students. This is a website designed to help research careers and colleges.The most popular tool on this site is a career matchmaker quiz that matches students with specific career options based on their interests. Information is also provided on how much money certain jobs pay and what education or training is reqruired in order to obtain jobs in that field. Parents or students can access the site at www.careercruising.com. Another useful site is New York State's Career Zone, found at www.careerzone.org
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is a career exploration tool developed by the military that helps students make decisions about future careers. We offer the ASVAB to interested tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students each year in December or January. Students must register in the guidance office to take this free career assessment to help them plan for the future. For more information please visit www.asvabprogram.com
Whitehall's CEEB code is 335930!
You will need this number when registering for SATS, ACTS
or applying to colleges.
College bound Juniors and Seniors should plan to take the appropriate college entrance exams. The typical student will take the PSAT (practice SAT) in October of their junior year, and the SAT and ACT in the spring of the junior year. The SAT and ACT are simply different companies that offer a college entrance exam. Colleges don't care which one students take as long as they take at least one. Students that plan to apply to selective colleges are encouraged to take both. Many students repeat one or both in the fall of the senior year.***Please refer to the College Board for acceptable forms of ID. Test takers are now required to upload a photo which will be printed on their admission ticket. ***
THE PSAT WILL BE ADMINISTERED AT OUR SCHOOL NEXT YEAR IN OCTOBER.
Juniors and sophomores are encouraged to take this exam to practice for the SAT college entrance exam that they will take in the spring of eleventh grade. The cost is $15and students must register in the guidance office in the fall. Fee waviers are available for juniors who qualify to receive free or reduced lunch. See Mrs. Carey for details.
Juniors and Seniors:
Click here to register for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitute Test) www.collegeboard.com
Click here to register for the ACT (American College Test) www.actstudent.org
* Note - If you are a student with a disability able to test with accommodations you will need to apply to be able to use those accommodations months before you apply to take the test. See Mrs. Carey for details and help to apply.
The best time to complete college applications is in the fall of your senior year. Students complete applications themselves, with assistance from their school counselor and their parents when appropriate. Click here to enter the SUNY Application system. www.suny.edu/student Use this site to apply to multiple SUNY colleges and universities at once, including SUNY Adirondack (formerly ACC), SUNY Albany and SUNY Plattsburgh. You can also search for SUNY campuses that offer the major you are interested in. Click here to use the Common Application to apply to over 315 colleges that accept it. This saves time by allowing students to apply to multiple colleges at once. www.commonapp.org.
PLEASE NOTE: SUNY Adirondack now has their own application available at www.sunyacc.edu. The application fee is only $35 instead of $50.
Students who meet the criteria to qualify for free or reduced lunch can obtain a fee waiver for college applications. See Mrs. Carey for details.
Please give us a MINIMUM of 48hours notice if you are requesting a transcript or letter ofrecommendation for college or scholarship applications. Thank you.
College Week Live offers a chance for students and parents to attend a "virtual" college fair, viewing campus tour videos and chatting live with an admissions counselor from hundreds of different schools from the comfort of home or anywhere that has internet access. Register free and check it out at www.CollegeWeekLive.com today!
Scholarship information received in the guidance office is posted on our Scholarship Page. Please click the Scholarship Page link to the left and check backo ften to find information about and apply for scholarships for which you are qualified.
Many adolescents go through hard times and need someone to talk to. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with their school counselor to talk and to find out about what resources are available. Many times a student's needs can be met by meeting with the school counselor, school social worker or school psychologist. Other times students are referred to outside counselors from STARS or Catholic Charities that come into our school. For more intensive counseling we often refer parents to outside counseling centers such as:
Caleo Counseling Services
Serves all ages and has a sliding scale for payment.
3043 State Route 4
Center for Children and Families
A clinic of The Glens Falls Hospital that works with children and adolescents and their families.
One Lawrence Street
Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center
Among other services, offers anger management classes and school survival groups.
True North at 499 Glen
Child, Family and Individual counseling. Medication management for ages 18 and up. Alternative Medicine.
499 Glen St.
Osika & Scarano Psychological Services, P.C.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors
5 Pine Street
St. Anne's Institute
Outpatient mental health services focused on treatment of sexual abuse and sexual offending.
77 Main Street
Outpatient clinic offering counseling, support and treatment for alcohol and substance use.
551 Bay Road
Center for Recovery
Glens Falls Hospital clinic offering counseling, support and treatment for alcohol and substance use.
10 Harlem Street
Are you a graduate of Whitehall?
You many request a copy of your high school transcript by filling out a transcript request form and submitting it by email, fax or mail to the address listed below. Please include your name, maiden name if applicable, and your year of graduation.
PO BOX 29
Whitehall, NY 12887
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