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Information you need about scheduling and applying to college.

Our Mission

Guilderland High School counselors foster each student's social, emotional and academic development to maximize their educational potential.  We bring together people, information and resources to effect positive growth in students' lives. 

GHS graduation ceremonyHours of Operation

The Counseling Center is open on school days from 7:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.  Counselors are available during the school day to meet with students and parents by appointment.  The center is open during school vacations (but not national holidays or weekends or the Friday after Thanksgiving), when a counselor may be on duty. 


Curriculum Guide, Graduation Requirements and GHS Profile


method test prep now available to all GHS students

Are you interested in preparing for upcoming SATs, ACTs or PSATs?  You can access an extensive on-line prep program through your NAVIANCE account.  Log onto your NAVIANCE account and click on the top link on your home page - it reads "method test prep."  Follow the instructions to "sign up."  Once you have created your account, go to and click on member login.  Use your login information to be on your way to having preparation at your fingertips!

Important information for seniors and parents of seniors

The Common Application for students applying to college in the fall of 2016 will become active on August 1.  If you created your account prior to this date, your information will be available to "roll over" into the '16-'17 application.  Log on to to get started.  Click here for the essay prompts for '16-'17.

If you are only applying to SUNY schools, you might be interested in using the SUNY on-line application.  Click here to get started.

For students planning to attend college in September of 2017 and thereafter, the FAFSA can now be completed as early as October 1.  This is also the date that the CSS Profile becomes available.  Please check with individual colleges for deadlines and for which forms need to be completed.  The links to both forms will be posted here once the forms become available. 

 The Guilderland High School Senior Scholarship Committee chooses many recipients of awards given out at the Junior/Senior Awards evening program. If you would like to be considered for any of these awards, please complete the following and return it to your School Counselor no later than MAY 5, 2017.  (Click here for PDF)


Grade Level Calendars for 2016 - 2017


Grade 9                        Grade 10                       Grade 11                 Grade 12


Course selection dates (students will meet with their counselor to review courses for 2017-2018)

Grade 11 - January 4 - January 9
Grade 10 - January 9  - January 12
Grade 9 - January 17 - January 20

March 31 is the last day to make schedule changes


Noteworthy upcoming dates - 2016

(organized by date)


February - March - individual meetings with 11th graders about post high school plans

February 10, 2017 - College Planning Night - LGI - 6:30 PM  - Due to weather, this program was cancelled and was unable to be rescheduled.  Click here to view the power point of the financial aid presentation (pdf) and of the SUNY presentation (pdf)

March - April - individual meetings with 9th graders about high school programming

April 4, 2017 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM Spring College Fair - New Gym - click here for a list of colleges that will be attending

April 7, 2017 - Registration deadline for May SAT

April 8, 2017 - ACT at GHS

April 14 - 21 - Another great time to visit colleges!

May 3, 2017 - 6 - 8 PM - College Fair at HVCC

May 5, 2017 - Registration deadline for June ACT

May 6, 2017 - SAT at GHS

May 9, 2017 - Registration deadline for June SAT

June 1, 2017 - 6:30 PM - Junior/Senior Awards program

June 3., 2017 - SAT at GHS

June 10, 2017 - ACT at GHS

June 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM Graduation at SEFCU Arena at UAlbany!



References for Programs of interest



 Previous events and links to presentations

Writing the College Essay - Monday, September 19, 2016 6:30 PM, LGI.  A video of the presentation by Katie Lesko from Siena College. Below (or click here to see a PDF of the power point)


Financial Aid Information Session - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 6:30 PM, LGI.  A video of the presentation by Rochelle Filler, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at RPI. Below (or click here for a pdf of her power point presenation):


How to Choose a College - Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:30 PM, LGI.  A video of the presentation by Drew Colberg, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions at College of St. Rose. Below (or click here to view a pdf of his powerpoint presentation):


January 9, 2017 6:30 PM - LGI - Tenth grade student and parent night - Looking ahead to college, Introduction to technical careers, Distribution of PreACT results

Katie Szalda's Power Point Presentation on Looking Ahead to College (pdf).

Albany Career and Technical Center's video about their programs link.

Information on the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen link (the link to the video is on the right side of the page).


General Information:  If students typically use testing accommodations on school based tests and would like to be considered for the same accommodations on PSATs, SATs and/or ACTs, they must apply to the appropriate testing service for approval to use those accommodations well in advance of the test.  Please see your counselor or special education advocate for more information.


Contact Information


Guilderland High School, Counseling Center, 8 School Road, Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Phone:  518-861-8591 X3000
Fax:  518-861-7067
CEEB code:  332210

Please be patient as we update documents on our website.