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  • Khan Academy: Online tutorial for all grades.  Khan Academy is not only the number one suggested resource from College Board for Practice of the NEW SAT, but also for other subject areas. There are practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard for students to study at their own pace. Subjects include: math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Visit

FairTest/Test Optional Schools is the National Center for fair and open testing for college admittance. The website ( lists colleges/universities who deemphasize the use of standardized tests by making admission decisions about a substantial numbers of applicants without using the SAT or ACT. This is a valuable site, especially if your test scores are not indicative of your capabilities for college admission.

NCAA: Any students interested in playing sports at the college level should check with the Athletic Department to see if they are eligible. Students must register with the NCAA in order to participate in any Division I or Division II sports, or receive any form of athletic scholarship for college. Forms are available in the Athletic Department.

Scholarships information is available in the School Counseling Office and Career Center.  A continuous list of scholarship information will be updated on a monthly basis and accessed via Naviance (under college tab) and student email. We also encourage all students to register with a very reliable scholarship source.

Selective Service: Any males who are approaching age 18 MUST register with the selective service to be eligible for Financial Aid. For more details, please visit your area post office.

Federal student aid opportunities: Visit www.Federal Does the college you are applying to award money for your academic grades? Check out for a comprehensive merit aid scholarship database. 

Common Application Workshops: Sign up on Naviance (College tab, College visits).
October 12th, period 3, for students who have already started the CA but need support...Library Media Center
October 16th, periods 1 & 2, for students who HAVE NOT, begun the Common Application...Library Media Center
Financial Aid Night: Wednesday, November 1st. Place: Cafeteria  Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
FAFSA DAY: Parents and seniors are welcome to meet with a consultant to complete their FAFSA or have questions answered. Sign up in the School Counseling Office. Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8th, periods 7 & 8, Library Media Center

Counselor's email:
 Counselor Directory, by student's last name
Dr. Rose Paolino, x7118  A - Bo
Mrs. Norma Merced x7124 Bp -Ev 
Mrs. Heather Kannengeiser,  x7123 Ew -Lanz
Mrs. Heather Doraz, x7121  Lao -Pas Mrs. Deborah Kachmar, x7122 Past - Sa Mrs. Holly Benedetti x7119 Sb - Z

       Mrs. Teresa Heaney, Secretary  x7147  
     Mrs. Dina Robinson, Clerk x7117