Calendar of Guidance Department Events

  • Regents Exams (Anticipated)

  • Regents Exams (Anticipated)


    The 47th annual ROCKLAND COUNTY COLLEGE NIGHT will take place on Thursday, October 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Rockland Community College Field House.
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Guidance Department Announcements

  • Summer Opportunity Bulletin 2022

    Our Summer Opportunity Bulletin lists various paid, unpaid, and tuition based opportunities for rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  These opportunities include volunteer work, pre-college programs, paid employment as camp counselors, Counselor In Training positions,  and leadership training programs such as  Rotary and HOBY.  New opportunities will be added as we receive them.  Some programs are already open for registration.  See bulletin below

    Summertime Program for High School Students 2022


    2022 Regional Academic Summer School is scheduled to start on Friday, July 8th and go through Monday, August 15th.  NYS Regents are scheduled for Tuesday, August 16th & Wednesday, August 17th. Registration for Summer School will begin on June 24, 2022 with the student's guidance counselor at Nyack High School. Please see attached brochure for more information and contact your child's guidance counselor for any questions. 


  • 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 public or private college located in NYS, 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 public or private college located in NYS;
    • maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher;
    • 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.



    Securing Working Papers During  The School Year

    • You may pick up the application in the guidance office OR you can download the working paper application located under IMPORTANT FORMS, from the guidance office webpage.
    • ​Fill out Part 1 only and have your parent or guardian sign the form.
    • Next, bring your application to the nurse's office and  when she has approved it then return it to Mrs. Lauturner in the guidance office.
  • Excelsior Scholarship for 2022

    The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY  college tuition-free.


     For the 2022-23 academic year, families who earned $125,000 or less are be eligible to apply. 

     If you would like to receive Excelsior Scholarship Application updates , submit your email address to be notified by email and/or opt-in for texting notifications by providing your mobile phone number. (This function available on their webpage.)

    For more information go to the website below.

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Members of the High School Guidance Department

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

Lorraine Longing -  Director of Guidance K-12,   845 353 7123 -

Guidance Counselors:

Karina Arias                       845-353-7128

 Sean Cavanagh              845-353-7125

Maggie Gershonovitz    845-353-7130

Tara Heinemann             845-353-7133

 Diana Wright                   845-353-7126 -

School Psychologist:

Dr. Renee Eschmann, 845-353-7182

School Social Worker:

Mimi Madan, 845-353-7131

Bilingual Social worker : TBA 

Student Support Services and Prevention Counselor:

Dornzella Milligan, 845-353-7134

Guidance Support Staff

JeanMarie Maldonado - Records Secretary (845) 353 7121
 Secretary TBA at  (845) 353-7120  

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2022 Regional Academic Summer School at Rockland BOCES

2022 Regional Summer School is scheduled to start on Friday, July 8, 2022  and  go through Monday, August 15, 2022.  NYS Regents exams are scheduled for Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday August 17th.  Summer School registration begins on June 34, 2022 with your child's guidance counselor at Nyack High School.  Please see the attached brochure for more information. If you have any questions, please contact your child's guidance counselor.

 Summer School Letter Eng-Span 2022

 Summer School Letter Creole-Haitian 2022 

2022 Regional Academic Summer School Brochure

Spanish- 2022 Regional Academic Summer School Brochure

 Summer School Bus Schedule 2022.pdf 

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 and begin to gather information about what you might like in a college. 
  • Take a career survey in the Naviance program.  Go to:
  • 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

  • Continue to take challenging courses and develop a competitive transcript.
  • Consider taking a leadership role in an activity that you are involved in.
  • In the fall you will take the ACT PLAN which is standardized a 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.  Go to:
  • 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. 
  • Attend Sophomore Parent Night in the Spring.

Junior College Planning Tips

  • Continue to develop a competitive transcript, by enrolling in AP and College Level courses given at the high school.
  • In January 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.
  • Attend Junior parent night in the winter.
  • 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.
  • 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 encouraged to visit colleges that are of interest to you.  You should also attend Open Houses from those colleges.
  •  If you cant visit a college campus, take a virtual tour:
  • 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. 
  • Continue to research college and career options in Naviance, go to:

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.
  • Organize your college application deadlines, establish a professional email address, and 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

  • Continue to take challenging courses and give your best academic effort.
  • Attend college fairs on Mondays and individual college meetings during school. 
  • Attend college open houses, tours, and consider an overnight visit to a school that you are applying to. If you cant visit a college campus, take a virtual tour
  • 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 finalize 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.  Go to:
  • Make sure you communicate with your counselor by submitting a Transcript Request Form
  • Complete the optional parent comment and observation form and return it to your guidance counselor:  Optional Parental Comments and Observations 
  • 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:
  •  Rockland Adult and Community Education - learn about continued education options at

For more important information:




Information for college admissions representatives and College Visit Schedule

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES: Repvisits will be  open soon  for scheduling  visits.  If you wish to schedule a visit  and cannot find a date and time slot please call the office at 845-353-7120 and we will check for availability.