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.

The NYC DOE Office of Guidance and School Counseling works closely with the Office of Academic Policy and Systems and the Office of Student Enrollment to provide professional development for school counselors on topics related to academic planning. 

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.

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

Commissioner's Regulation 100.5 Graduation Requirements

Regents/RCT Examination Schedules

  • Past Regents Examinations - official listing of current Regents examinations. Students may review electronic versions of previously administered Regents exams by selecting each subject area.

Regents Examinations - General Information

RegentsReview2.0 - online resource for Regents exam content review

NYSED 2015 School Administrator's Manual

NYC DOE Academic Planning Resources

Academic Policy Intranet Resources :


Additional Ways to Graduate :

Calendar :


NYC Schools Account for families to access their children's test scores, attendance records, and grades.

Parent and Family Engagement :
School Performance   includes high school cohort resources.

Summer School

Evaluating Foreign Transcripts

Evaluating Foreign Transcripts: The A-Z Manual (2006). New York City Department of Education.

International Standards - NCAA  (2010-2011)

UNESCO International Bureau of Education   (2010-2011) 

Homework Help

Brooklyn Public Library - webpage provides extensive resources for Homework help.

DOE Homework Resources

UFT's Dial-A-Teacher
- Classroom teachers answer homework questions at 212-777-3380, Monday through Thursday, from 4 PM to 7 PM during the school year.