Calendar of School Counseling Department Events

  • Rockland Community College Honors Program Information Session

    If you are interested please see attached flyer to Register.

  • BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) Open House

    BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) Open House on Wednesday, March 29 from 6-8pm in West Nyack! SEE Informational Flyer attached.


  • Hudson Valley Construction Career Day

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  • University of Buffalo - visits at 9:30 in the guidance office

  • sophomore parent night 7pm- come learn about Naviance!

  • Penn State Main campus - visits nyack high school at 10:30 in the guidance office

  • College Tour to University of Connecticut ( UCONN)

    Bus leaves Nyack High School at 7:30.

    Campus tour begins at 10:15, with an informational session. Lunch in the dining hall at 12:30, back on bus at 1. 

    Arrives back to Nyack High School a 3:30 

  • High School AVID students visit SUNY MAritime and SUNY Purchase

  • RCC College Fair 9:30 am

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  • Senior awards night

  • Senior Clap Out

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School Counseling Department Announcements

  • Rockland Community College Honors Program Information Session

    On March 27, 2023 from 5:30 PM -7:30 PM, Rockland Community College will have an information session for anyone interested in the HONORS PROGRAM. See attached flyer for more information and to register.


    10,11 & 12TH GR Students interested in BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES see your guidance counselor about attending this informative session at Rockland Community College on March 31st.  This unique event will include wonderful displays and many hands-on activities as well as informative career options offered by the building and construction trades.  

  • Volunteer Opportunity with Turtles of Western Highway - Community Service Hours Available

    Please click the link to see the flyer.


    Rockland BOCES Career & Technical Education Center is having an OPEN HOUSE on March 29, 2023

    Presentations begin at 6:00 PM

    Please see attached flyer for Presentation times and locations and for more information. 

  • TriState Engineering Expo - March 2023

  • 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's School Counseling Department

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

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

School 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

Lucille Sanchez, Bilingual Social worker , 845 353 7198

Student Support Services and Prevention Counselor:

Dornzella Milligan, 845-353-7134

School Counseling Department Support Staff

JeanMarie Maldonado - Records Secretary (845) 353 7121
Jean Gunn - Guidance Department Secretary  (845) 353-7122


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Naviance Student

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

Click to access :   Instructions for Naviance Student for Parents



Scholarship Bulletins for Class of 2023

  Scholarship Bulletin 2023


Click on the Scholarship Bulletin 2023 link above to view Scholarships.  You will be able to download scholarship applications directly from the above link.  We are posting the deadline dates to the corresponding scholarship on this list as soon as we are made aware.  Check back often so that you do not miss a good opportunity.

Welcome to the site for scholarship opportunities for the class of 2023.  Scholarships are arranged 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 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.

For newsletters see below:      

 January 23, 2023 Scholarship Newsletter

 January 17, 2023 Scholarship Newsletter 

 January 9, 2023 Scholarship Newsletter

January 2023 Scholarship Newsletter

 December 29, 2022 Scholarship Newsletter

December 19,2022 Scholarship Newsletter

December 15, 2022 Scholarship Newsletter 


 November 3 2022_Scholarship_Newsletter

 December 2022 Scholarship Newsletter

 December 6  2022 Scholarship Newsletter






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. Students who are enrolled in Rockland Community College Dual Enrollment Classes cannot take more than 11 RCC credits per semester.  

Please see our Dual Enrollment Options at the High School:  Dual Enrollment PLTW Flyer

Please note to enroll in Rockland Community College's High School Program you must use Online Registration (Paper Forms are no longer accepted)

 PLTW College Credit Flyer

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


  • Advanced Science Research
  • General Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • SUPA Forensics


Social Studies

  • United States History I
  • United States History II
  • Intro to Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Civil Rights Movements in America 1945-1975
  • General Psychology      

World Language

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


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 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 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 can't 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 can't 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: