Calendar of Guidance Department Events

  • Guidance Office

    Bloomfield College

    Bloomfield College

  • Front Hall

    College Table Mondays

    Rockland Community College

  • Front Hall

    College Table Mondays

    Lincoln Tech

  • Nyack High School Auditorium

    8th Grade Parent Orientation

    8th Grade Parent Orientation

  • Nyack High School Auditorium

    Junior Parent Night

    Junior Parent Night

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Guidance Department Announcements

  • Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair

    On Saturday, November 10, 2018 the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair will take place at Riverbank State Park.  See attached flyer for more information

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness- Rockland Chapter- presents Navigating the Maze of Mental Health Service for Your Child

    NAMI presents Navigating the Maze of Mental Health Services for Your Child on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6:30 at the Orangeburg Library.  Registration Information can be found on the attached flyer.

  • College Access Fair for African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latino Students to be Held on the Campus of Fordham University

    College Access Fair for African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latino students and their families to be held on November 17, 2018 on the Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University.  Registration is required.  See attached flyers.

  • Scholarship Opportunities for the Class of 2019 Have Now Been Posted on the Guidance Website

    Check the Guidance Office page , under scholarships, for a listing of scholarships available to the Class of 2019.  Check back often as we add or update this scholarship information.  Scholarship deadlines range from October through June 2019.  If you have any questions, please ask us.

  • College Access Fair for African-American/Black & Latino/Hispanic Students to be held on November 17, 2018 at Fordham University

    All students and families are welcome to attend the College Access Fair on November 17, 2018 at the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University Bronx, New York.  The fair will include representatives from private, not-for-profit colleges and universities as well as several great workshops on planning and paying for college.  Please go to to register and see participating colleges. A preview of the schedule for the day can also be seen.

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society announces their 2019 Students of the Year Program

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is now accepting applications for their philanthropic leadership development program. The title Student(s) of the year is awarded to the student or student teams in each community who raises the most funds during the 7-week competition.  Campaign kickoff is February 7, 2019 and concludes March 28, 2019. The student or student team that earns the title of Student(s) of the year will receive a $2,500 scholarship toward the college or university of his/her choice.  This "competition" is open to all high school students.  See attached flyer for more information.

  • Excelsior Scholarship Application Available 3/26/18

    The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation  has just announced that the Excelsior Scholarship application will be available on 3/26/18 and will close on July 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

    Eligibility Requirements be NYS resident, attend a SUNY or CUNY college or university in pursuit of a two-year or four year degree, have a family federal adjusted gross income of $110,000 or less, and be on track to graduate on time with an Associate's Degree in two consecutive years or a Bachelor's Degree in four consecutive years.  For more information to to:

  • 2018-2019 Excelsior Scholarship Eligibility Requirements and Award Amounts

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

  • 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 2018 - 19!

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,

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

 2018 - 19 School Year :

Counselor  9th grade  10 grade  11 grade  12 grade 
Mrs. Gershonovitz A - Cr A - B A - Can  A - Bre 
Ms. Heinemann Cu - H C - Fi Car - Gr Bro - Fe 
Mr. Cavanagh  J - K Fo - Maz Gro _ Maz Fer - L 
Mr. Stevens  L - P Mc - R Mc - Sa M - Ro 
Mrs. Wright  Q -Z S - Z Santi - Z  S - Z




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 Pre-Calculus - 4 credits  SUNY Albany Advanced Science Research-12 credits University of New Haven Engineering Design & Development -2 credits  RCC Music Theory I-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-3 credits RCC Spanish 201-3 credits
RCC Calculus - 4 credits RCC General Biology I-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-4 credits MS&T Aerospace Engineering-3 credits Application for Missouri S T Bio Sci Credit RCC Digital Photography-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-3 credits RCC French 102-3 credits
RCC Statistics-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-4 credits 

RCC Environmental Science-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-4 credits 

MS&T Principal of Biomedical Sciences-3 credits  Application for Missouri S T Bio Sci Credit RCC American History I & II-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-6 credits RCC French 201-3 credits
RCC College Algebra-NEW (Pending  BOE Approval)-4 credits RIT Introduction to Engineering-3 credits  MS&T Human Body-3 credits Application for Missouri S T Bio Sci Credit RCC Criminal Law-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-3 credits SUNY Albany Basic Spanish for Heritage Speakers - NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-3 credits 
RCC College Writing I & II-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-6 credits RIT Principles of Engineering-3 credits MS&T Medical Intervention-3 credits  Application for Missouri S T Bio Sci Credit RCC Spanish 102-3 credits SUNY Albany Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-3 credits 


Naviance Student

High School Students and Parents/Guardians- click here for Naviance

Click to access :   Instructions for Naviance Student for Parents.pdf 



Lunch and Learn

 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 2018 -19 school year.

LUNCH AND LEARN - Thursday October 4, 2018- Room 202-  10:30AM-Subject:  Nighthawks-Volunteer Program with Edward Hopper House

















Scholarship Bulletins for Class of 2019

 Welcome to the site for scholarship opportunities for the class of 2019.  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.

Scholarships are listed by category.  These categories will include scholarships awarded solely to Nyack High School students, Rockland County and neighboring county scholarships, New York State scholarships, and National scholarships. 

The bulk of the scholarship deadlines fall in March and April, but do not neglect to look for deadlines as early as October through February as we have a few sizable ones.   If you are planning on studying Engineering, Nursing, Education, Business, or are a Volunteer Firefighter, there are scholarships specifically for these areas of study.

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 with.  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 our donors.

Click on the link below to view scholarships:





Need to Know

  Nyack High School CEEB Code: 334255

View:  2018-2019 Nyack High School Program of Studies

View:  Nyack High School 2018-2019 Profile

View:    Nyack School District Guidance Plan





Standardized test information

 ACT Test Dates 2018-2019  ACT Registration test center # for Nyack High School: 161270

 SAT Test Dates 2018-2019SAT Registration test center # for Nyack High School: 33-720

 SAT Test Security effective October 2012  

 CEEB CODE: 334255



Important Forms

Please see copies of forms used in the guidance office: 


Need a transcript? -   If you have graduated from Nyack high school, please go to to request a transcript.  To request a transcript, click on the link and create a New Learner Account.  Class of 2018, your official transcript has been mailed to the college you are attending in the fall.  Any questions, please contact your guidance counselor. Current students can obtain a transcript by contacting their guidance counselor.

Working Papers

Withdrawal Form  

Community Service Form







The Prevention Corner  is newly developed to keep you aware of trends, encourage you to stay connected, and to understand where to get help.

School  Prevention newsletter written by Dornzella Milligan, Student Support Services Prevention Coordinator:   Nov 2018 Newsletter.pdf 

Additional information about vaping:  Whats-In-The-Mist-OCADA compressed.pdf 

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


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

Sophomore Information Letter 2018-19

 Sophomore Information Letter 2018 2019 Spanish

 View Sophomore parent night power point:  Sophomore Parent Night

  • 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 ASPIRE 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. 
  • 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.
  • Attend Sophomore Parent Night in the Spring.

Junior College Planning Tips

Letter to Parents/Guardians of Junior Students

 Junior Letter 2018-2019

 Spanish Junior Letter 2018-2019

This year's junior parent night is rescheduled for January 31st.   Mr. Mitchell Lipton,  Vice President of Enrollment Services at Cooper Union will present information on the application process. 

 learn more about possible careers by exploring careers at:

Common Application announces 2017 - 18 ESSAY Prompts


Valuable information about college planning can be found on our   Junior Post High School Planning Guide 2018-2019

  • 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.
  • Attend Junior parent night in January. 
  • 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 encouraged to visit colleges that are of interest to you.  You should also attend Open Houses from those colleges.
  • 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

Senior Parent Letter 2019

Carta para los padres de estudiantes en el cuarto ano 

September 17th, we are hosting our senior parent night in conjunction with the PTSA.  During the event you will have an opportunity to meet with your guidance counselor to learn about the college application process. Please see senior timeline: Senior Parent Night18-19.pptx 

Oct 3th, we  will host our annual financial aid evening.  Joe Weglarz, Executive Director of Student Financial Services at Marist College will share information about the financial aid process. Here are some additional websites:

For important information about college planning, please read :   Senior Planning Guide 2018-2019

  • 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





Information for college admissions representatives


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

To view the most recently updated scheduled college admission representative's visits to Nyack click on the link below .  Updated 11/7/18

 Revised College visits 111518 without counselor assignments