Guidance Department

Department Mission Statement

HS East Counseling Center - (631) 382-2750
HS West Counseling Center - (631) 382-3020
Accompsett MS Counseling Center - (631) 382-2311
Great Hollow MS Counseling Center - (631) 382-2811
Nesaquake MS Counseling Center - (631) 382-5131

Guidance is an essential aspect of the educational experience for all children. It is through the guidance program and counseling relationship that students are helped to interpret and integrate the world in which they live. The guidance program functions as a liaison capacity between administrators, teachers, parents, students and the community. The program goals are:

o       To increase communication with parents
o       To promote a clearer understanding of school environment
o       To promote understanding of educational requirements
o       To promote school success skills
o       To provide career/education awareness and planning
o       To promote social/personal development
o       To increase community involvement
o       To provide counseling services



Guidance Roundtable

Ingrid Hrvatin, administrator for guidance and related student services, hosted a roundtable discussion with directors of cuidance and school counselors of neighboring districts on April 17. Jenae Norris, senior associate director of undergraduate admissions and Marlo Cohen, admissions counselor, at Binghamton University led the discussion.

Participating districts included Brentwood, Harborfields, Roosevelt, Northport-East Northport, Southampton, Copiague, Oyster Bay-East Norwich, Shoreham-Wading River, South Huntington and Kings Park. Participating in these types of discussions will ultimately provide our districts with the latest updates on Binghamton admission criteria.

Evening College Fair

The district hosted its annual evening college fair on March 15 in the HSE gymnasium. The event was coordinated by counselor Kate Baker. Students and parents were given the opportunity to meet with approximately 110 college representatives from various colleges as well as personnel from the military. They received information regarding admission criteria, popular majors, finance, scholarships, social life, housing, athletics and more.


Parent Scheduling Workshops

The guidance department conducted parent workshops to assist parents from the Accompsett, Great Hollow and Nesaquake middle school communities in planning their child’s high school program for the 2018-2019 school year. The information presented included an overview of graduation requirements, the scheduling process and timeline, as well as course offerings from various departments.

Mini-College Days

The guidance department and counseling staff hosted fall mini-college days at HSW and HSW on Oct. 24. More than 50 colleges were in attendance and representatives met with hundreds of juniors and seniors. The spring mini-college day will be held on March 13.

On-Site Admissions

HSE guidance counselors Karen Schmalz and Diane Giannico and HSW guidance counselors Michele Randall and Dorothy Caputo hosted an On-Site College Admissions Day on Oct. 18 and 19. Admissions officers from Hofstra University, SUNY Farmingdale, Suffolk County Community College, St. Joseph’s College and LIU Post interviewed seniors, reviewed applications and provided the majority of students with acceptances. Application fees were waived in most cases. Additionally, some of the students received merit-based scholarships.




College Admissions Testing

Administrator for Guidance and Related Student Services Ingrid Hrvatin with the assistance of school counselors Michele Randall and Annemarie Freund presented an evening student/parent workshop to sophomores and juniors on College Admissions Testing on Sept. 28. The program reviewed in detail the PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT and Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Oliver Liusi of Method Test Prep, shared the key elements of the test prep resource. Students can activate the online tutorial by accessing their Castle Learning account and clicking onto the SAT/ACT tab. Stephanie Espina of Adelphi University discussed how college testing is used for college admissions and scholarships. She also reviewed the advantages and disadvantages of applying to test optional schools.

Evening Workshop

On Sept. 18, Administrator for Guidance and Related Student Services Ingrid Hrvatin, along with high school counselors Dorothy Caputo and Kate Baker, presented an evening workshop to seniors and their parents on the College Application Process. Additionally, Deborah Coppola and Laura Bremen shared scholarship information.

The program outlined the college application procedures. Helpful hints were shared with regard to applying to college, utilizing Naviance and scholarship information. In addition to this evening guidance program, counselors visited all seniors in their social studies classes.