Please note the following announcements shared with you by the Office of Guidance and School Counseling. 

Special thanks to the Office of Student Enrollment for the announcements on high school admissions!

The Department of English Language Learners & Support Services is offering an opportunity for students in NYC high schools in grades 9-12 to participate in the 2014-2015 College Career Readiness Saturday Instructional Program offered at college campus sites throughout New York City. The College Career Readiness DELLSS Saturday Program targets high school immigrant students, including English Language Learners, who aspire to enter college for post-secondary education. This program will be offered on 16 Saturdays: January 10, 2015 – June 6, 2015, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The program is focused on strengthening participants’ academic English and helps them meet the challenge of the college choice, preparation, and application process through academic support, college guidance, technology, SAT/ACT/TOEFL Test Prep. Students will have the opportunity to visit colleges, research college information, practice college admission interviews, essay writing and create a portfolio of their work. 

Due to the test preparation classes for the ACT, SAT or TOEFL participants must attend an orientation session and take a diagnostic exam on December 15 & 16, 2014.  A notification with the time and place will be forwarded to the students email and their guidance counselors upon acceptance to the program.  

Schools can designate a College Career Readiness DELLSS Saturday Program Liaison to register students into the program.


NYC College Line is awarding a total of 45 application fee grants for CUNY schools to three (3) randomly chosen NYC school or CBO professionals, who can then offer them to their high school seniors when they are applying to a CUNY college.  Register for a FREE account on NYC College Line, retrieve your personal referral link, and share that with as many students as possible. Every five students that sign up on NYC College Line from October 1st through October 31st using your personal code gets you one additional entry into the contest.  Find more information here.


        Middle school counselors / Deadline: Early September

Meet with families of all middle school students in September to plan their path to high school. The Student Enrollment Management System (SEMS) provides an email template for families of all middle school students that can be used for initial outreach.

  • Facilitate presentations for middle school families on the Introduction to High School Admissions: 2014 Family Workshop Series Information Packet.  For the families of 6th and 7th grade students, emphasize the importance of 7th grade report cards, test scores, and attendance in terms of the data, which will be reviewed for selective high school programs.  Ensure that the families of 8th grade students are familiar with the high school admissions timeline.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------- jl;j;j'jllllllllllll  ---------------------------------------------------     -------------
  • Work with the families of 8th grade students to develop their list of desired programs, create a calendar of information sessions, auditions and tests (if applicable), and fairs they plan to attend.


        All school counselors

Please note that DOE related services counseling providers are no longer required to call IVR to record first attend dates or to add students to their caseloads. Beginning on September 4, school-based users will have inquiry-only access in CAP and will no longer have access to SEC.

Principals should ensure that all related services providers have access to a networked computer and sufficient time during the workday to manage their SESIS caseloads and to enter session attendance. Resources will be posted on the SESIS website as they become available; instructions on how to record the provision of services for DOE providers are now available on that page. 


        Middle school counselors

A research team affiliated with New York University will be piloting a study at several NYC middle schools this fall about the high school admissions process. The research team plans to conduct short interviews with school counselors and other personnel to learn how students are supported during this process. Some schools will be offered an opportunity to pilot a new informational tool to help students in their high school search. Selected middle schools that are invited to participate will be contacted directly by email and/or phone.

Participation is completely voluntary and interview responses will be anonymous. There are no consequences for choosing not to participate. However, the DOE has approved this study, which may lead to the development of better tools to help school counselors, families, and students with the high school admissions process.

The NYU affiliated research team is led by Dr. Sean Corcoran and Dr. Jennifer Jennings.  If you would like to learn more about the study, please contact Jennifer Jennings at NYU by phone at 212-992-7465 or by email at


        High school counselors

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program provides a wide range of career exploration tools free to participating schools.  For additional information or to schedule an ASVAB test date at your school, please contact Vivian Moss (, 718-765-7344).  

(N.B.:  As per
Chancellor's Regulation A-825, NYC DOE schools which administer the ASVAB must select Option 8, which does not permit the results to be released to military recruiters.)