WELCOME TO THE WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT
We are excited to see you and hope you have all had a wonderful summer vacation! Student schedules were mailed home today (August 22), and they are available on the portal right now.
Some exciting changes are happening in guidance. We have a new counselor joining our staff this year - Genevieve Little. She is an experienced high school/college counselor who was at Highlands last year. She is a great addition to the high school counseling staff! Because we have been able to add two counselors over the past two years, we will be able to go back to a one-counselor-for-all-four-years model at the high school, as opposed to the freshman-counselor/10-12-counselor model that we have employed for the past several years. We know that change is difficult and that some students will be receiving a new counselor again for the third time in as many years as a result of this, but the benefits are enormous so we really appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this process. All students will benefit, but particularly seniors who will now be one of 45 college applicants as opposed to one of 60 or more on a counselor's caseload. The complexity of the process makes this a truly significant statistic.
Seniors: Are you on track with your college applications?
On Thursday, September 11th at 7 p.m., please join us for a "College Application Toolkit" workshop in the high school Media Center. We will go over the elements of your application, how to complete them and the timeline you should adhere to in order to meet your deadlines. This event is open to senior parents and students. If you have any questions at all about the college application process and what you should be doing right now, please don't miss this opportunity!
On Thursday, March 27th, 2014, the guidance department presented an evening program on standardized testing. Among the handouts was a comprehensive Q and A document that contained a variety of live links. Please click below to access this document.
Naviance is available to all students and their families!
We don't want students and their families to wait until they are applying to college to log on. There is so much for you to do and explore through Naviance. Please take advantage of this wonderful resource!! If you have questions, please call us.
For information about college scholarships and financial aid, please view the fastweb bulletins by clicking on that topic in the menu on the left. You can also go directly to their website - which has useful links to FAFSA and other financial aid and scholarship pages and information specifically for parents as well as students - by clicking on this link: http://www.fastweb.com Another new and very valuable resource is StartHereGetThere.org , which features FAFSA tutorials, calendars and other information on financial aid.
Guidance is a comprehensive and integral part of the student's educational process. It is designed to help students with their educational, vocational and social development.
The Guidance Department at White Plains High School provides guidance and counseling services to all students from the time that they enter the high school until graduation. Guidance is a service function, which includes a series of, planned and informal activities designed to assist students to understand themselves better, to cope with the normal problems associated with growing up, and to become contributing citizens. The goal of our program is to meet the individual needs of each student and to help achieve a successful high school experience.
Guidance and counseling is, however, is more than a program of activities. It is also a relationship that exists between a student and a guidance counselor, the one adult at school who will play a continued and key role during the duration of the student's high school life. From grades nine through twelve, the guidance counselor advises and counsels students about the selection of courses, relationships with teachers and other significant adults, relationships with peers, extra-curricular involvement, career and post-high school planning, coping with pressures, tensions and the day-to-day problems of growing up in a complex, multi-faceted society.
The mission of the White Plains City School District is to educate and inspire all students, while nurturing their dreams, so they learn continually, think critically, pursue their aspirations and contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.