Director of Guidance K-12
842-4010 Ext. 420
Welcome to the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Guidance Department Web Page.
We are so very proud of our accomplishments and encourage our students to visit our google classrooms where they will find updated information regarding college visits, on-site admissions opportunities, scholarship offerings, information regarding the NCAA and so much more. We also have a monthly department newsletter that is emailed through ParentSquare to families. This newsletter will keep families informed on what is offered to support our students as they navigate high school and post-secondary.
The guidance department has a vision for all Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students. The vision is for students to take rigorous, challenging course work during their four years. Students are encouraged to obtain an advanced regents diploma which is the most prestigious high school diploma available in the state of New York. Counselors will guide our students to ensure they are on track for the highest level diploma available to them.
Our students have gone on to some of the most competitive post-secondary institutions and have obtained professional positions in areas such as accounting, medicine, business and the sciences.
College and career planning is our focus, and it is never too early to start planning for the future. We begin in Freshman year conducting lessons and groups on study skills, organizational strategies and time management. Our Sophomores begin the career search and interest inventory phase and exploration is encouraged. Junior year is gear up time, and our juniors are busy with PSAT’s, SAT’s and ACT’s. College planning begins and challenging course work is essential. Senior year is dedicated to college applications, post-secondary planning, scholarship applications, maintaining outstanding grades, and receiving the coveted advanced regents diploma.
It is imperative to know your guidance counselor and seek guidance and advice frequently.
See you in the guidance office SOON!
Program review and planning
College information & application processing
Academic improvement materials
We have a state of the art college and career room which we encourage students to use before and after school, or during one of their free periods. We have a wealth of materials available including:
College catalogs & handbooks
Academic improvement materials
Throughout the school year the Guidance Department conducts a wide variety of programs that are designed to help students and parents with issues that are related to the areas listed above. Among these programs are classroom visitations, as well as, an array of parent evening programs. Families will be invited to participate in programs through ParentSquare.
VISITS TO THE GUIDANCE OFFICE
Students may make an appointment to speak with their school counselor during their lunch period or study hall. This will ensure that the counselor is available to meet with the student.
If a student cannot wait for an appointment, they should ask their teacher for a pass to see their counselor immediately.
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