Academic Planning

Guidance personnel ensure that students, families, and the entire school community are familiar with promotion and graduation standards, and encourage the participation of all students in a rigorous instructional program aligned with their academic needs. 

Role of the School Counselor in Academic Planning

With variations depending on the needs of the school community, the school counselor's role in terms of academic planning often includes: 

  • planning and managing students' course of academic studies.
  • providing on-going student support including individual and group counseling to ensure academic success.
  • reviewing progress with students and families including report cards, transcripts/graduation requirements (high schools only) through conferences and guidance lessons/presentations.
  • helping students set short-term and long-term academic goals.
  • working closely with students and families to improve student attendance, both daily attendance, as well as period attendance for high schools.
  • ensuring students receive Academic Intervention Services (AIS) including tutoring and extended day services.
  • serving as a vital member to school committees including the Pupil Personnel Team, the Attendance Committee, and common planning time/grade teams. 
  • using data informed practices to ensure student achievement including increasing the high school graduation rate.
  • supporting teachers in their work with students.
  • communicating with families on an on-going basis to provide updates on student achievement and attendance, as well as to recognize successes.
  • providing advisement to families with middle school and high school applications.
  • explaining DOE transfer options as featured in the Additional Ways to Graduate Directory for students who are 17 years old and up.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) & Regents Examination Resources

Regents Examinations:

Encourage your students to practice for the Regents exams administered in January, June and August.

NYC DOE Academic Planning Resources

Academic Policy & Graduation Requirements:
Additional Ways to Graduate:
  • District 79 information and referral centers for high school alternatives, including GED programs, adult and continuing education, and other DOE transfer options.
  • Young Adult Borough Centers (YABCs) - evening academic programs designed to meet the needs of eligible NYC high school students, who might be considering dropping out because they are behind or because they have adult responsibilities that make attending school in the daytime difficult.
  • Additional Ways to Graduate: High School Diploma & Equivalency Programs Directory- online resource covering  programs in all five boroughs, including Transfer Schools, YABCs, and Full- and Part-Time GED programs to help over-age and under-credited students aged 15-21 make informed decisions for getting back on track to graduate with a high school diploma or GED.
Court Involved Youth:
Family Engagement:
Summer School:

Evaluating Foreign Transcripts

Additional Educator Resources