Counseling Programs

Counselors at the high school are available for personal counseling, career exploration, 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 as needed.

Special Counseling Programs

  • Eastside College Night in partnership with East Syracuse Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt High Schools
  • Online computer program, Scoir, to assist with career and post-secondary planning
  • Student seminars at all grade levels
  • College representative visits with 125 admissions officers each year in the Career Center
  • Military recruiter visits to share opportunities
  • Career Internship Program in partnership with the Manlius Chamber of Commerce
  • Syracuse National College Fair held each March at Onondaga Community College
  • New student orientation welcoming students and families that are new to the district
  • Parent information programs to discuss post-secondary planning
  • Therapy dog program to provide emotional support to students and staff

Counseling Curriculum

Grade 9

  • Freshman Parent Night
  • Introduction to high school (setting goals, communicating, meeting teachers’ expectations , getting help, becoming involved, demonstrating good character and respect for others and maintaining daily attendance)
  • Discussion of counselor’s role and how to access school counselor 
  • Graduation requirements and academic planning
  • Preparation for 10th grade: course selection process

Grade 10

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

Grade 11

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

Grade 12

  • Senior Parent Night/Financial Aid Night
  • Standardized testing
  • Review of college-search and application process
  • Transcript review