Guilderland High School counselors foster each student's social, emotional and academic development to maximize their educational potential. We bring together people, information and resources to effect positive growth in students' lives.
Hours of Operation
The Counseling Center is open on school days from 7:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Counselors are available during the school day to meet with students and parents by appointment. The center is open during school vacations (but not national holidays or weekends or the Friday after Thanksgiving), when a counselor may be on duty.
method test prep now available to all GHS students
Are you interested in preparing for upcoming SATs, ACTs or PSATs? You can access an extensive on-line prep program through your NAVIANCE account. Log onto your NAVIANCE account and click on the top link on your home page - it reads "method test prep." Follow the instructions to "sign up." Once you have created your account, go to methodtestprep.com and click on member login. Use your login information to be on your way to having preparation at your fingertips!
Important information for seniors and parents of seniors
The Common Application for students applying to college in the fall of 2016 will become active on August 1. If you created your account prior to this date, your information will be available to "roll over" into the '16-'17 application. Log on to www.commonapp.org to get started. Click here for the essay prompts for '16-'17.
If you are only applying to SUNY schools, you might be interested in using the SUNY on-line application. Click here to get started.
For students planning to attend college in September of 2017 and thereafter, the FAFSA can now be completed as early as October 1. This is also the date that the CSS Profile becomes available. Please check with individual colleges for deadlines and for which forms need to be completed. The links to both forms will be posted here once the forms become available.
Grade Level Calendars for 2016 - 2017
Course selection dates (students will meet with their counselor to review courses for 2017-2018)
Grade 11 - January 4 - January 9
Grade 10 - January 9 - January 12
Grade 9 - January 17 - January 20
March 31 is the last day to make schedule changes
Noteworthy upcoming dates - 2016
(organized by date)
December 5 - 9 - Tenth grade Introduction to Naviance, a career and college exploration program, during the school day
January 9, 2017 6:30 PM - LGI - Tenth grade student and parent night - Looking ahead to college, Introduction to technical careers, Distribution of PreACT results
January 12, 2017 - 6:30 PM - LGI - Eighth to Ninth grade transition program
January 21, 2017 - SAT (not at GHS)
January 27, 2017 - Open House at Albany CTE 11:30 - 1:30 (GHS has a half day for students that day)
February - March - individual meetings with 11th graders about post high school plans
February 8, 2017 - Morning visit to Albany CTE for students interested in attending one of their programs in '17-'18
February 9, 2017 - Afternoon visit to Mohonasen CTE for students interested in attending one of their programs in 17-'18
February 10, 2017 - College Planning Night - LGI - 6:30 PM
February 10, 2017 - Registration deadline for March 11 SAT
February 10 - 24, 2017 - School break - terrific time for college visits!
March - April - individual meetings with 9th graders about high school programming
March 3, 2017 - Registration deadline for April ACT
March 11, 2017 - SAT at GHS
April 4, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM Spring College Fair - New Gym (a list of colleges attending will be available closer to the date)
April 7, 2017 - Registration deadline for May SAT
April 8, 2017 - ACT at GHS
April 14 - 21 - Another great time to visit colleges!
May 5, 2017 - Registration deadline for June ACT
May 6, 2017 - SAT at GHS
May 9, 2017 - Registration deadline for June SAT
June 1, 2017 - 6:30 PM - Junior/Senior Awards program
June 3., 2017 - SAT at GHS
June 10, 2017 - ACT at GHS
June 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM Graduation at SEFCU Arena at UAlbany!
References for Programs of interest
Previous events and links to presentations
Writing the College Essay - Monday, September 19, 2016 6:30 PM, LGI. A video of the presentation by Katie Lesko from Siena College. Below (or click here to see a PDF of the power point)
Financial Aid Information Session - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 6:30 PM, LGI. A video of the presentation by Rochelle Filler, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at RPI. Below (or click here for a pdf of her power point presenation):
How to Choose a College - Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:30 PM, LGI. A video of the presentation by Drew Colberg, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions at College of St. Rose. Below (or click here to view a pdf of his powerpoint presentation):
General Information: If students typically use testing accommodations on school based tests and would like to be considered for the same accommodations on PSATs, SATs and/or ACTs, they must apply to the appropriate testing service for approval to use those accommodations well in advance of the test. Please see your counselor or special education advocate for more information.
Guilderland High School, Counseling
Center, 8 School Road, Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Phone: 518-861-8591 X3000
CEEB code: 332210
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