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

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 2013  School Administrator's Manual

NYC DOE Academic Planning Resources

Academic Policy Intranet Resources:


Additional Ways to Graduate:


Network Contacts for Network Academic Policy points

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)

Additional Educator Resources

College Board's K-12 School Counselor Page provides information, resources, and tools regarding Advanced Placement (AP) courses, PSAT and SAT, and college planning.

Institute for Global Education and Service-Learning (IGESL) - creating and promoting service learning programs.

March 2 Success - provided by the U.S. Army as a free, no obligation tool to help high schools students improve their SAT, ACT, and ASVAB test scores in the areas of English, Math, and Science.  A factsheet is available (here).

Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity & the Transformation of Schools 

National Service-Learning Partnership - network dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of every young person's development.

PSAL - Public Schools Athletic League Student Athlete Eligibility Rules and Regulations  

Youth Services Opportunities Project (YSOP) -  promoting volunteer service experiences for young people.