• Nyack High School Science Research Program

    If you are interested in participating please see the attached application pack .  The deadline to submit your application is February 9, 2018.  

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  • Nyack Schools Launch a NEW early childhood literacy program to help babies learn and thrive in the first 3 years of life.

    The NYACK BASICS launched on January 8th, 2018.  Over 150 school community leaders, early childhood educators and county service providers joined together in Hilltop Auditorium to kick off this new initiative lead by Superintendent James Montesano and Assistant Superintendent Winsome Gregory. 

    The District welcomed Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Judy Johnson and Regent Luis Reyes from the NY State Department of Ed for a tour of the schools.  Founder of The Boston Basics and Harvard Economist Ron Ferguson lead the the day as keynote speaker. The District plans to implement The Nyack Basics and support a community-lead campaign to help ensure that all children read by the third grade.

  • A letter from the Superintendent was emailed to all District families and staff today, Jan. 4 RE: a situation at the high school

    Please see the attached letter from Dr. James Montesano, Superintendent of Schools.

  • January 2018 Regents Exam Schedule

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  • Nyack High School Tower 2018

    Below is the link you will need to place your senior ads for the 2018 yearbook.  Please note that the ad link is currently open and closes on January 28, 2018, at 11:59 PM.  We look forward to receiving your ads.


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  • Please take note of the FERPA form that was sent out to all District families in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole

  • January Regents Review

    Nyack High School is running  Regents Review  sessions from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, starting December 13, 2017.  These sessions are designed to prepare students for the Regents exams.  Students will receive support in English, Living Environment, Earth Science, Global History, U.S. History, and Algebra.  Please refer to the schedule below for additional information regarding teachers, subjects and meeting days.



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  • Project Lead the Way

    Interested in STEM, science and college credit?  Check out our Engineering and Biomedical Project Lead the Way course offerings! To view videos clink on the links below.




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  • 2017 PRIDE Survey Results were presented to the Board of Ed. and Community on Tuesday, Nov. 28th. The Power Point is attached, here...

    OCADA (Our Community Against Drug Abuse) Coalition will present outcomes and insights from our most recent PRIDE Survey results. 

    The PRIDE Survey was given county-wide to 8th and 11th grade students in the Spring of 2017.  Results and analysis provide important information to the school community regarding substance use, availability, perception of risk and trends among our youth.  To find out more about OCADA, please visit


  • Yearbook Senior Quotes

    Dear Class of 2018, a google form is attached below to fill out your senior quote for the yearbook.   Please get them done as soon as possible. 

    Thanks, Yearbook Committee

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Welcome to the Guidance Department

Welcome to the Nyack Guidance Department

 School Counselor Week      


Counselors: Diana Wright, Sean Cavanagh, Maggie Gershonovitz, Tara Heinemann, Russell Stevens  



  • Regents Exams

  • Regents Exams

  • Nyack High School Auditorium

    Gr. 8 Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation

    Grade 8 Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation

  • Regents Exams

View Monthly Calendar


  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest

    The Nyack Center, in collaboration with the colleges of Rockland County, is sponsoring the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Oratory Contest which will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Nyack Center.  Students between the ages of 13-20 are asked to prepare and delver a three to five minute segment of a speech, sermon or letter composed by Dr. M.L. King.  Speeches will be judged on content, comprehension of the material, interpretation, ability to stay within the allotted time frame, and overall presentation delivery.  Awards will be made to students attending colleges both in and outside of Rockland County

  • Helpful resources for parents on the dangers on E - Cigarette use among youth

    How to talk to kids about e-cigarettes/vaping -

    CDC Fact Sheet -


    Juniors took the PSAT on October 11, 2017. Students in NY State will be able to access their scores through college board starting December 12.

  • Sophomores take the ACT Aspire

    All sophomores took the ACT Aspire on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Aspire is a test that  measures your child's readiness for college and is also a practice test for the ACT, which is a college entrance exam.  

  • 2018-2019 Excelsior Scholarship Eligibility Requirements and Award Amounts

    See the attached Excelsior Scholarship information and link to the Excelsior Scholarship application.

  • Alumni - need a transcript?

    A new tool for Alumni to order your transcripts online through Parchment Exchange.

    Make a New Learner account and request your transcript.


  • NYS STEM Incentive Program for high school graduates in the top 10% of their class

    The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top 10 percent of students in each NYS high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field in NYS for five years after graduation.


    An applicant must:

    ·         be a NYS resident and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the fall college term;

    ·         be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;

    ·         be a high school senior/recent high school graduate who will be enrolled full time at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University, beginning in the fall term following his or her high school graduation;

    ·         be ranked in the top 10 percent of his/her high school graduating class at a NYS high school;

    ·         be matriculated in an approved undergraduate program leading to a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics at a SUNY or CUNY college;

    ·         earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher each term after the first semester;

    ·         execute a Service Contract agreeing to reside and work in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in NYS for five years.  View the terms and conditions of the service contract.

    Students matriculated in these programs of study may be eligible for a STEM Incentive Program award. The program of study must result in an approved occupation.


  • Changes to FAFSA( Free Application for Federal Student Aid):

    Parents can submit a FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016: for more information:


Whats Happening in 2017 - 18!


Dual enrollment classes provide students an opportunity to take college level courses while enrolled in Nyack High School. The Nyack School District is committed to having students prepared for college level coursework.  In partnership with SUNY, students have the opportunity to enroll in college level courses in art, english, history, math, music, science, and world language. In addition, students who are enrolled in Project Lead the Way, have an opportunity to receive credits from Rochester Institute of Technology, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Iowa and University of New Haven. Students will take classes at Nyack High School and will be  taught by an approved Nyack High School teacher who is following the course syllabus of the college the course is affiliated with.  Students must register with the college and successfully complete the course in order to receive the college credits, which may be transferable to other colleges and universities.

The following are college level courses offered at Nyack High School for the 2018-19 school year:

RCC PreCalculus - 3 credits  RCC Criminal Law - NEW -(Pending Board Approval) - 3credits University of New Haven Engineering Design & Development - 2 credits  RCC Music Theory- NEW  (Pending Board Approval) RCC French 102 - 3 credits
RCC Calculus - 3 credits SUNY Intermediate Science Research/ Advanced Science Research - 12 credits University of Iowa Aerospace Engineering - 3 credits RCC College Writing I &II NEW (Pending Board Approval) - 6 credits RCC French 201 - 3 credits
RCC Statistics - NEW (Pending Board Approval)  - 3 credits  RCC Environmental Science - 4 credits  MS&T Principal of BioMedical Sciences - 3 credits RCC Digital Photo- NEW  (Pending Board Approval) RCC American Sign Language II- NEW (Pending Board Approval) - 3 credits 
RCC College Algebra  - NEW (Pending Board Approval) - 3 credits RIT Introduction to Engineering - 3 credits  MS&T Human Body - 3 credits RCC Spanish 102 - 3 credits SUNY Albany Basic Spanish for Heritage Speakers - NEW (Pending Board Approval) 3 credits 
RCC United States History I  & II- NEW (Pending Board Approval) - 6 credits RIT Principles of Engineering - 3 credits MS&T Medical Intervention - 3 credits  RCC Spanish 201 - 3 credits SUNY Albany Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers - NEW (Pending Board Approval) 3 credits 


NHS Guidance Department

Guidance Department Office: telephone (845) 353-7120 fax (845) 353-7119

Lorraine Longing -  Director of Guidance K-12,

Guidance Counselors:

Maggie Gershonovitz,

Tara Heinemann,

 Sean Cavanagh,

 Russell Stevens,

 Diana Wright,

School Psychologist:

Dr. Renee Eschmann

School Social Worker:

Mimi Madan

Student Support Services and Prevention Counselor:

Dornzella Milligan

Guidance Support Staff

JeanMarie Maldonado - Records Secretary (845) 353 7121
Jean Lauturner - Secretary (845) 353-7120

 2017 - 18 School Year :

Counselor  9th grade  10 grade  11 grade  12 grade 
Mrs. Gershonovitz A - B A - Can A - Bre A - Ca
Ms. Heinemann C - Fi Car - Gr Bro - Fe Car - Ha
Mr. Cavanagh  Fo - Maz Gro _ Maz Fer - L Ham - Mc
Mr. Stevens  Mc - R Mc - Sa M - Ro Me - Sanc
Mrs. Wright  S - Z Santi - Z S - Z Sand -Z



Lunch and Learn - Career exploration program.

Our Lunch and Learn  - career explorations program offers our students  the opportunity to hear from local corporations,  small businesses and medical offices during lunch periods. Our Lunch and Learn program is open to all high school students.  Sign up in the guidance office.  Presentations will take place in room 202 during student's lunch period.   Remember to bring a bagged lunch!  Check back for announcements of upcoming Lunch & Learn presentations during the 2017 - 18 school year.


-Lunch and Learn Program # 3- November 15, 2017.  Presenters discussed various programs including Nursing, Criminal Justice, Automotive Technology and the Honors Program.  


 -Lunch and Learn #2-A representative from  Edward Hopper House and some of their volunteers spoke about their teen leadership program the Nighthawks on October 26, 2017 at 10:30 in room 202.

 Edward Hoppe House 


  -Lunch and Learn Program#1-October 25, 2017-former Nyack H.S. graduate Udit Thakur talks about what goes on behind the scenes in politics.

 Lunch & Learn Politics 








Scholarship Bulletins for 2018

Welcome to the site for scholarship opportunities for our 2018 graduates.  In place of issuing multiple bulletins throughout  the school year, we are providing one  comprehensive list which outlines the many opportunities for your child to apply for scholarships.  This will give you and your child time to determine which scholarships are the best match.  We will also list these scholarships by category.  

The categories will include National scholarships, NYS scholarships, Rockland County Scholarships and scholarships awarded solely to Nyack High School students.  

Many scholarships are designed to be submitted online and you will see the website address included on the list.  Each organization posts their scholarships at different times of the year; you may not see a deadline date for 2018 yet.  Keep checking back with the organization.

Many scholarships require a resume, so this is a good time to start yours.  If you do not have paid work experience, you can list volunteer positions and sport teams that you are involved in.  There is a template in Naviance which you can use to guide you in constructing the resume.  You will almost always be requested to include a transcript and a recommendation. Please see your guidance counselor for these items and they will direct you accordingly.

The Guidance Department at Nyack High School hosts a scholarship awards night each year in June to recognize and award scholarships to all winners.  If you apply to a scholarship that is not listed here and you are notified that you have won, please let Mrs. Lauturner, guidance secretary, know so that we may include you in our recognition night.

Deadlines for submission of applications are firm and late submissions will not be accepted by the guidance department or the donor organizations.  Good Luck!

Click the link below to view all scholarships.





Freshmen college planning tips

  • Be sure to take challenging yet realistic courses, and take an elective course that interests you.
  • Work hard in your courses to get the best grades possible, all your grades are important and your grades make up your transcript.
  • Work on developing good study habits. Do your homework every night. Study for tests and quizzes. 
  • Get involved! Join and fully participate in a few school clubs.
  • During the fall, visit mini college fairs on Mondays during lunch, begin to gather information about what you might like in a college. 
  • Take a career survey in the Naviance program.
  • Begin to explore colleges and careers using Naviance.
  • Draft a resume in Naviance and start recording all  your extra curricular activities, part time jobs, and community service hours.
  • Continue to volunteer! 
  • Get scholarships from colleges for your achievements in high school through RaiseMe.

Sophomore college planning tips

Sophomore Information Letter 2017-2018

Sophomore Information Letter 2017-18 Spanish

  • Continue to take challenging courses, develop a competitive transcript.
  • Consider taking a leadership role in an activity that you are involved in.
  • In the fall you will take the ASPIRE which is standardized test modeled after the ACT, a college entrance exam.
  • Start developing a Resume on  Naviance.
  • Explore career options by completing a career inventory in Naviance.
  • Participate in leadership conferences such as HOBY. For more information go to
  • Research summer leadership programs offered by the Nyack Rotary.
  • BOCES Programs begin Junior year, talk to your counselor if you are interested in pursuing a vocational career to learn a trade.
  • Start researching colleges by completing a college search on Naviance. 
  • Counselors will present information about SAT 2 Subject tests to you, please continue to consult with your teachers and counselors on the advisability of taking these tests.

Junior College Planning Tips

Letter to Parents/Guardians of Junior Students

 Junior Letter 2017-2018

 Junior Letter 2017-2018 Spanish

To view PowerPoint from 2017 - 18 junior parent night:  College Planning Meeting PowerPoint.  This year's junior parent night is scheduled for January 17, 2018.  Come hear about the  college application process from Mr. Mitchell Lipton,  Vice President of Enrollment Services at Cooper Union.


Common Application announces 2017 - 18 ESSAY Prompts


Valuable information about college planning can be found on our   Junior Post High School Planning Guide 2017-2018

  • Continue to develop a competitive transcript, by enrolling in AP and College Level courses given at the high school.
  • In October you will take the PSAT.  The PSAT is a " trial run" for the SAT which is a college entrance exam. Use your PSAT results to prepare for your SAT in the Spring.
  • During January you will plan your senior year courses with your counselor.  Continue to challenge yourself with rigorous courses.
  • During second semester, you will be invited to a junior planning conference.  This meeting will help you to refine your college search and help you to prepare for the application procedures during senior year.
  • Attend college fairs and local college campuses. 
  • Sign up to take the SAT or ACT in the spring of your junior year. Create an account at and to register for exams. 
  • Visit college campuses.  During spring break , students and their families are encourages to visit colleges that are of interest to you.  You should also attend Open Houses that college.
  • Check the guidance bulletin board regularly for updates and information. 
  • Begin to think about which teachers will be writing your college recommendation letters.  You might want to ask them to write this letter before school ends in June. This will allow your teachers to plan accordingly. 

Summer between Junior and Senior Year

  • Fine tune your college choices with your parents and share them with your school counselor.
  • Begin to draft your college essay.
  • Organized your college application deadlines, Establish a professional email address, Register for any SAT / ACT exams you still need to take. Create a Common Application account and begin the input information in it.

Senior college planning tips

 Earn college credit and Jumpstart your career at Monroe College. Monroe College's Jumpstart Program gives students a taste of Monroe and is an opportunity for high performing high school seniors to earn college credits while attending high school.  Classes meet on Saturdays from 8:45-1:00.  For more information see the attachments.  Deadline for registering for the Jumpstart program  is November 21, 2017. Monroe College Jumpstart Program 2017.pdf 


September 18th, we hosted our senior parent night.  During the event we heard about the college application process. To view the power point:  Senior Parent Night17 - 18


Oct 4th, we hosted our annual financial aid evening.  Joe Weglarz, Executive Director of Student Financial Services at Marist College was here sharing information about the financial aid process. Here are some additional websites:

For important information about college planning, please read :

 Senior Planning Guide 2017-2018 

  • Continue to take challenging courses and give your best academic effort.
  • Attend college fairs on Monday and individual college meetings during school.
  • Attend college open houses, tours, and consider an overnight visit to a school that you are applying to.
  • Carefully review your senior transcript that is mailed home to you and your parents in August.
  • Make an appointment to see your counselor in September to finalized your college list. Your counselor will need to submit your school report section on your application. This includes your transcript, Nyack High  School profile, counselor recommendation letter and form.
  • Continue to update  your Naviance account. keep your counselors and teachers updated on  your admissions status.
  • Attend the senior College planning evening and the financial aid event. These evenings are designed to assist you and your parents with the college application process.
  • Submit your SAT and / or ACT scores to colleges that you are applying to.  This is done online on the college board and ACT websites at and
  • If you are applying to play sports at college: go to NCAA ( National Collegiate Athletic Association) to learn more:
  • read the scholarship bulletins and apply for as many scholarships as you can.
  • Continue to work hard. Colleges require mid year grades and final transcripts.
  • For more information about financial aid:
  • Make sure you communication with your counselor by submitting a Transcript Request Form
  • Optional Parental Comments and Observations


Information for college admissions representatives

College Admissions Representatives: To sign up to visit Nyack High School in the fall, go to :

To view scheduled college admission representatives visits to Nyack click on the link below: