Counseling Programs

Counselors at the high school are available for personal counseling, career and vocational guidance, post-secondary planning, academic counseling, and consultation with teachers and parents regarding their students. They meet with students individually and in small groups. The counselor serves as the bridge between the classroom and all other aspects of students’ lives.

Students may also meet with the school social worker and are advised of the availability of private and agency counseling in the Syracuse area, as needed.

Special Counseling Programs

  • Eastside College Night with East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt High Schools
  • Naviance computer program to assist with career and post-secondary planning
  • Student seminars at all grade levels
  • College representative visits
  • Career Center (Job Shadowing, Career Internship)
  • Syracuse National College Fair
  • New student orientation
  • Parent nights

Counseling Curriculum

Grade 9

  • Freshman Parent Night
  • Introduction to high school (setting goals, expectations of teachers, getting help, becoming involved, importance of good attendance, and other available opportunities)
  • Discussion of counselor’s role
  • Discussion of character, diversity and respect for others
  • Graduation requirements and academic planning
  • Preparation for 10th grade: course selection process

Grade 10

  • Parent program during PSATs
  • Resume development
  • Career awareness, assessment and exploration
  • Introduction to Naviance
  • Standardized testing discussions
  • Preparation for 11th grade: course selection in relation to careers and post-secondary options
  • College information program, “The Admission Game”

Grade 11

  • Junior Parent Night
  • Parent program during PSATs
  • Post high school planning and preparation
  • Standardized testing
  • College seeking process including: college search, resume, campus visits, interview techniques
  • National College Fair
  • College planning tools in Naviance
  • Preparation for 12th Grade: graduation requirements and course selection process
  • College information program, “The Admission Game”

Grade 12

  • Senior Parent Night
  • Standardized testing
  • Review of college-seeking process
  • College application process
  • Review of transcripts
  • Financial Aid Night