Guidance & Academic Counseling

  • Guidance & Academic Counseling


    Guidance at New Paltz High School is a continuing process that includes educational, career, and personal counseling. Using such information as standardized tests and grades and coordinating the efforts of teachers, school specialists, and parents, the guidance staff assists students to gain insight into themselves and to recognize and develop their true potential.
    A guidance counselor is assigned to the student alphabetically. Usually, the guidance counselor works with the student for the four years he/she is in high school.
    The guidance program has the following goals:
    1. Assist students with the transition into the High School environment and help to resolve academic, social, and personal problems.
    2. Advise students on educational and extra-curricular programs most suited to their interests, abilities, skills, and future career aspirations.
    3. Help students to select post-secondary employment or educational opportunities appropriate for their career goals.
    4. Help students to develop interpersonal skills.
    5. Provide parents and teachers with information related to students' educational process and career goals in the 21st century.
    As your program develops, it should result in an enjoyable, successful, and profitable high school career. The degree of success determines your readiness for employment or higher education. The following guidelines will help you in planning your high school program.
    1. Establish personal goals and objectives, keeping in mind that they may change.
    2. Evaluate your personal interests, aptitude, and needs.
    3. Learn career and college entrance requirements as soon as possible.
    4. Consult with your parents, teachers, and counselor to benefit from their information and experience.
    5. Select courses which will help you to meet the requirements for a diploma and contribute to achieving your goals.
    The blockschedule of 82-minute periods allows full-year courses to meet every other day for the year and half-year courses to meet every other day for a semester. The maximum number of courses for which a student may schedule in any semester is eight (8), in four (4) blocks. Lunch is in addition to the four blocks.
    All students are required to have a full program of required courses and electives each semester.
    The Guidance Department serves as the Registrar for the School. Student permanent records are maintained and official transcripts are issued through the Guidance Office. Transcripts to colleges or future employers may be requested through the Guidance secretary.


    It is important that students be placed in the appropriate classes. Counselors meet with students and parents in the late winter to plan schedules for the following year. Some of the topics we discuss are academic progress for the year, graduation requirements, career goals, testing schedule, and resume and transcript review.
    Counselors monitor student academic performance throughout the school year, with an emphasis upon the four report cards each student receives during the year. Students who experience a drop in academic performance or who are failing meet individually with their counselor as a preliminary step. Often, the counselors will contact the parent to arrange for a parent-teacher conference.
    Counselors may also suggest other ways in which the student may attempt to improve grades. These include: corrective measures to improve the student's attendance: immersion in a study skills development program (i.e., organizational skills, time management, and test-taking skills); tutoring through National Honor Society students or subject-certified teachers.
    Presidential Roll  - All students who receive an 89.5 and above for the quarter
    Honor Roll - All students who receive an 84.5 - 89.4 for the quarter
Last Modified on July 12, 2021