Guidance Office

  • Welcome to the Ballston Spa High School Guidance Office.  We would like to thank you, in advance, for visiting our website. We hope you find it a helpful resource.

    The staff of the Ballston Spa High School Guidance Office is available to assist every student with their concerns about career planning, college placement, educational planning, testing, social, and academic needs. Students may stop by the guidance office before school, between classes, during non instructional time, or after school to see their counselor.  If a counselor is unavailable, students can sign-in to have a counselor send for them.

    We believe that learning is easier, more effective and less stressful when there is an environment that emphasizes:  feeling safe, caring, respect, fairness, empathy and integrity.  It is our goal that every student feels good about coming to school every day.

    News and Announcements   

    CLASS OF 2021 - SENIOR AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

    Senior award and scholarship applications are now available on the Class of 2021: School Counseling Group Schoology page (see steps to access the page below).  The scholarship page will be updated regularly and there will be many opportunities for you to earn financial scholarships and awards. Check the page regularly so you do not miss an application deadline!

    To access the award/scholarship applications: Go to Schoology – Class of 2021: School Counseling Group – Resources – College and Career Resources – Scholarship Opportunities and Financial Aid – Local Scholarships 

    If you have any questions on senior awards/scholarships or accessing the Schoology page, please contact the High School Main Office at (518) 884-7150 or email the Senior Awards Planning Committee at SeniorAwards@bscsd.org.

     

    • Parents check out the Daily Morning Announcements on our website!  Announcements are posted in the glass case outside the cafeteria and on the website 

    • There is also a great deal of information posted under the STUDENTS Tab on the high school website.
    • Information is emailed home regularly through our School Messenger System. You can send an email to Kevin Flores at kflores@bscsd.org to check to make sure you have an updated email listed for these messages. 

    • Working Papers are available in the High School Guidance Office from 7:15am - 2:45pm.  Instructions and Application can be found here.

       Upcoming Events

     

     

    Junior Conferences

    • The high school counseling department is scheduling individual virtual junior conferences to be held via Google Meet beginning the week of March 29th. You will receive a letter in the mail and an email invitation at the email address we have on file with an assigned date, time, and Google Meet Code for your individual virtual junior conference. You and your child are invited to attend this conference with their school counselor to discuss their senior year program and post-graduation plans. We will discuss graduation requirements, the college application process, the SAT and ACT, and employment and/or military opportunities. We are also asking that you complete a “Parent Brag Form” prior to your junior conference. The Parent Brag Form is linked here: Parent Brag Form (Google Form)

    Junior Awards

    • Junior Awards 2021 (Google Form Application)
    • Juniors who would like to be considered for any of the junior awards must complete the Google Form Application linked in this message AND send a copy of their current resume to their school counselor by email or Schoology message by Sunday, April 11th.

     

     If you missed the Virtual Junior College Planning Night presentation - click here to watch the video.

    Junior College Planning Night

    VIDEO TIMESTAMPS:

    2:00 - College Admissions Game Video

    9:30 - Transcript Reviews (Variety of topics discussed)

    37:00 - College Essay Discussion

    44:20 - College Interview Discussion

    49:10 - Letters of Recommendation Discussion

    55:30 - Extracurricular Activity & Resume Discussion

    1:01:30 - SAT & ACT Discussion

    1:08:30 - How to Apply (Common App v. College App)

    1:12:30 - In-Person v. Virtual College Campus Tours

    1:18:00 - Questions from Families

    1:26:40 - Closing Words of Wisdom from the Panel

    1:32:40 - Naviance Overview

    1:46:00 - College Fairs

    1:47:30 - Senior Scholarships

    1:48:50 - Financial Aid Overview

    Here is a slideshow version of this presentation as well. 


    We are excited to release a SUNY Virtual Events schedule for high school juniors! Even though we are unable to meet your students in person right now, we remain excited to help them with their SUNY college search. 

    SUNY Virtual Events include:

    Students can register for the above events at www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1.800.342.3811. Additional campus events can be found on our Visit a Campus page.

    Finally, there will be information about two virtual SUNY College Fairs coming in May. 


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    Recruitment Response Center
    The State University of New York
    1.800.342.3811 or 518.320.1888