shortcut

Niskayuna Schools > Niskayuna High School > High School Counseling

John Rickert, Principal
1626 Balltown Rd., Niskayuna NY 12309
Phone: (518) 382-2511, Ext. 21701  Fax: (518) 382-2539
counseling feature photo

High school Counseling

The Niskayuna K-12 Counseling Department is committed to providing a caring and supportive program. We inspire our students to develop academically, socially, and emotionally to become strong and responsible citizens who are well prepared for a diverse and ever changing world.

  • The Whole Child - emotionally, socially and academically
  • The Whole Time - kindergarten through graduation
  • The Whole Way - integrating effectively into adulthood

The Counseling Department for the Niskayuna Central School District advocates for each student through transitions. We strive to provide continuity through academic, career, personal, and social development.

School Counselors have a wealth of knowledge and experience which allows us to collaborate with families to holistically meet the needs of our school community in order to maximize student potential.

School Counselors have an appreciation for the dignity and worth of each person we encounter. We advocate a philosophy of acceptance and compassion for all by inspiring our school communities to create an environment of self- discovery.

For more information about the Counseling Center, please contact Principal John Rickert, 382-2511, Ext. 21701 or jrickert@niskyschools.org.

For more information by class, visit the following: Freshmen | Sophomores | Juniors | Seniors

Meet your counselors!

Each student at Niskayuna High School is assigned a counselor to help navigate the difficulties of high school and pave the way to graduation. Counseling assignments are based on grade and last name. Find your counselor here

Helpful deadlines & due dates for 2016-17
Deadline for schedule changes

junior year activities

Schedule of activities for Juniors - 2016-17

Niskayuna High School Program of Studies for 2017-18

The Niskayuna High School Program of Studies for 2017-18 is now available right here. This document includes course descriptions and will guide planning in the months leading up to the 2017-18 school year.

The 2016-17 Program of Studies is available right here. 

For 8th Grade Parents - Jan. 2017 HS Orientation Program Presentation

 View the presentation from the 8th Grade Parent Orientation program [PDF]

Naviance

Naviance helps students and families connect what students do in the classroom to their life goals, including finding colleges and careers based on their personal skills and areas of interests. Naviance website 

Online college Applications

More and more colleges each year are accepting online applications, including:
The Common Application

College Admission exam information & schedules

View a list of exam dates as well as tips and information from the College Board that will help you do your best on college admission exams (SAT, ACT, PSAT). Learn more

Career Information

It's always a good idea to find out the skills that you have and the preferences that you have regarding potential career fields. In addition to the career section on your naviance page, these sites can help you navigate your way through the thousands of prospective career paths you may choose. Career Zone | MyFuture.Com

Study Skills

Upon review by the high school's Shared Decision Making Committee, the following study skill sites are being made available to students.
How-to-Study.com | Past Regents Exams | Regents Exam Prep Center

College Athletics

If you are interested in playing a sport at the college level, there are procedures that you need to follow in order to compete. Browse through the guidelines in the websites below to find the requirements you will need to compete at the college level. NCAA | NAIA | NJCAA

Financial aid information

When considering college options, questions about financial aid are common. Matt Malatesta, Vice President for Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment at Union College, breaks down how financial aid works and answers those frequently asked questions.

Financing College - geared toward NHS Seniors (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)