Calendar of Guidance Department Events

  • College Visit to Nyack High School

    Lincoln Tech

  • College Visit to Nyack

    University of Scranton

  • College Visit to Nyack High School

    Hofstra University

  • Senior Parent Night

    Senior Parent Night

  • College Table Mondays

    Concordia College

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Guidance Department Announcements


    Join Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Pi Iota Omega Chapter in collaboration with the Ivy Enrichment Fund, Inc & the White Plains Youth Bureau this Sunday, September 15th at 2:30 PM at the Thomas H. Slater Center in White Plains, NY for the HBCU FAIR and Runway Madness.  See attached flyer for more information.

  • SAVE THE DATE for Nyack NAACP Youth Council Historically Black College & University Fair

    This event will be held on February 1, 2020 from 11am-3pm at Nanuet Senior High School.  See the attached flyer for more details.

  • Service Academy Information Night

    Please join Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey on Monday September 16, 2019 at the Nanuet Public Library to learn more about attending a United States Service Academy.  See flyer for more details.

  • NYS Senator David Carlucci is looking for Fall Interns

    NYS Senator David Carlucci is looking for Fall Interns. Responsibilities will include doing research, assisting with constituent cases, helping plan events and general office duties such as answering phone calls and filing. 

    Applications are due back no later than Thursday, September 12 by 5:00 pm 



  • Meet Our Newest Guidance Counselor/ Conozca a Nuestro Nuevo Consejero – Mr. Alejandro Peña

     Mr. Peña comes to us with a Masters of Science in School Counseling from Mercy College.  He is well versed in assisting students in all aspects of the college search and application process including financial aid, scholarships, computer assisted college searches, as well as other career opportunities.  Mr. Peña will officially start in September, but he will be here during Freshmen Orientation.  Mr. Peña can be reached at 845-353-7128 or at  Please stop in and say “Hello.”

     El Sr. Peña viene a nosotros con una Maestría en Ciencias en Asesoría Escolar de Mercy College. Él está bien conocido a ayudar a los estudiantes en todos los aspectos del proceso de búsqueda y solicitud de la universidad, incluida la ayuda financiera, las becas, la búsqueda de la universidad asistida por computadora, y tambien las oportunidades profesionales. El Sr. Peña comenzará oficialmente en Septiembre, pero estará aquí durante la Orientación para estudiantes de primer año. Puede comunicarse con el Sr. Peña al 845-353-7128 o en  Por favor anímelos a sus hijos/hijas a hacer una cita con el para hablar sobre cualquier inquietude que puedan tener, o simplemente que pasen a saludarle!

  • Summer School 2019 starts July 9 - August 12. NYS Regents schedule August 13 & 14. Please see more information below.

  • Attention Class of 2020-Announcing Your Very 1st Senior Scholarship Opportunity

                                                                                         The Nyack Young Writers Scholarship

    You must submit a prose, fiction or non-fiction, piece between 1500 to 12, 000 words or a poetry piece of at least 60 lines.  First prize award is $3,500 and second prize is $1,000.  Deadline is October 1, 2019.  This is being offered now so that you have the time to work on it over the summer.  Applications are available in the guidance office.


    Attention Juniors :

    You can find your PSAT scores on college board, or in Naviance.  We have also mailed home your score report.  Please stop by the guidance office  to pick up your PSAT exam booklet.

    for more information please see attached powerpoint: 

  • 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.



Whats Happening in 2019 - 2020!

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:

Maggie Gershonovitz    845-353-7130

Tara Heinemann             845-353-7133

 Sean Cavanagh              845-353-7125

 Alejandro Peña              845-353-7128 

 Diana Wright                   845-353-7126 -

School Psychologist:

Dr. Renee Eschmann, 845-353-7182

School Social Worker:

Mimi Madan, 845-353-7131

Student Support Services and Prevention Counselor:

Dornzella Milligan, 845-353-7134

Guidance Support Staff

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

 2019 - 20 School Year :

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Ms. Heinemann

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Mr. Cavanagh 


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Mr. Peña

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Mrs. Wright 


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Dual enrollment classes allow students to take college level courses, helping to prepare them for college and earn credit at a reduced rate while enrolled at Nyack HS. NHS offers college level courses in Art, Business, English, History, Math, Music, Science and World Languages. In addition, students who are enrolled in Project Lead the Way, have an opportunity to earn college credits from PLTW Affiliations. Students will take classes at Nyack HS and will be taught by a college approved Nyack HS teacher who follows the college course syllabus. These courses fulfill both high school and college credit requirements. Students must register with the appropriate college and successfully complete the course in order to receive the college credit, which may be transferable to other colleges and universities. In order to get college credit, students must request official transcripts from the affiliated college to be sent directly to the college the student is attending after graduation. 
The following are college level courses offered at Nyack High School:


  • Digital Photo


  • Principles of Accounting l
  • Business Law
  • Personal Financial Management


  • College Writing l
  • College Writing II


  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • College Algebra


  • Music Theory


Project Lead the Way (PLW)

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Engineering Design & Development
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Human Body Systems
  • Medical Interventions
  • Biomedical Innovation



  • Intermediate Science Research
  • Advanced Science Research
  • General Biology
  • Environmental Science

Social Studies

  • United States History I
  • United States History II
  • Criminal Law

World Language

  • Basic Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish l
  • Elementary French
  • Intermediate French I


Naviance Student

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

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



Scholarship Bulletins for Class of 2020

 Welcome to the site for scholarship opportunities for the class of 2020.  

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. These National scholarships have the earliest deadlines, mostly in October and November.

The bulk of the scholarship deadlines are between February and May, 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.  

Deadlines for submission of applications are firm and late submissions will not be accepted by the guidance department or our donors.

A final thought, scholarship submissions should be filled out in a professional manner.  DO NOT submit a scholarship application written in pencil or colored ink.  If you need a pen with blue ink, we have enough pens to supply you with one.  Don't be shy.  Good Luck!

Click on the link below to view scholarships:

2019-2020 Scholarships






Need to Know

Nyack High School CEEB Code: 334255 

Program of Studies 2019-2020

Information about scheduling for the 2020 - 2021 school coming soon: 

View:   Nyack High School 2019-2020 Profile

View:    Nyack School District Guidance Plan





Standardized test information

  ACT Registration test center # for Nyack High School: 161270

 SAT Registration test center # for Nyack High School: 33-720

 CEEB CODE: 334255

 SAT Test Security effective October 2012  

 ACT TEST DATES 2019-2020

 SAT TEST DATES 2019-2020



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:    June 2019 Newsletter.

April 2019 Newsletter.pdf 

JAN 2019 Newsletter.pdf  , Anxiety info Handout.pdf 

 Nov 2018 Newsletter.pdf 

 Summer 2018 newletter 002.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

This year we will be hosting our sophomore parent night on April 29th, 2020.  During this evening , you will have a chance to meet with your guidance counselor, who will be demonstrating the many aspects of the Naviance program.  


  • 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. To understand your child's results, view: 
  • 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

 This year's junior parent night is scheduled for January 29th at 7pm.  Michael DiBartolomeo, Vice President of Enrollment Management for St. Thomas Aquinas College  will present information on the application process. 

 Learn more about possible careers by exploring careers at:

Common Application announces 2019 - 20 ESSAY Prompts:

Valuable information about college planning can be found on our   Junior Post High School Planning Guide 2019-2020

  • 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 on January 29, 2019
  • 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

September 23, 2019, we are hosting our senior parent night.  During the event you will have an opportunity to meet with your guidance counselor to learn about the college application process. 

Oct 3, 2019, 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 2019-2020

  • 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 has been updated for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please schedule your visits now.  Looking forward to seeing you this Fall.  Below is a listing of college visits to Nyack High School, scheduled to date.  You can also view the most up to date listings in the guidance office.

College Visits 2019-2020