Guidance Office

School Counselor Christine Dugan
Serving students with last names from A to I
Phone number: 664-9888 ext. 2417
School Counselor Jennifer LaFleche
Serving students with last names from J to Z
Phone number: 664-9888 ext. 2419

About the Jr./Sr. High School Guidance Office

School counselors Christine Dugan and Jennifer LaFleche will help students with course selection and guide them in the best ways to pursue their career interests. They also will assist in counseling for college, helping students through the whole process of admissions, financial aid and scholarships, as well as job search information.

State Uses Tool to Help Students Calculate College Costs

Potential college students can now compare differences, calculate net costs and estimate total costs of college education with an online tool.

The Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool, available at, is free and safe to use, with no personal data collected or saved.

Click here to learn more.

Want to play a sport in college?

Then it's time to register for the NCAA!

Just click here to register.

The Excelsior Scholarship

Today, college is what high school was—it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it.

With the passage of the FY 2018 State Budget, New York is now home to the nation's first accessible college program - The Excelsior Scholarship.

Under this groundbreaking program, more than 940,000 middle-class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year will qualify to attend college tuition-free at all CUNY and SUNY two- and four-year colleges in New York State. The new program begins in the fall of 2017 and will be phased in over three years.

In order to apply, students must:

  • Be residents of New York State
  • Attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
  • Take 30 credits per calendar year (including January and Summer sessions)
  • Plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program
In New York State, every child will have the opportunity that education provides.

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Seniors: Time to apply for scholarships

The following awards are presented at graduation to our seniors. Please check the criteria and apply.

Mechanicville Teachers Association (MTA) Future Educators Award$250 one-time payment. Why do you want to be an educator? Write an essay that shares why you are going into the field of education. Some points to consider for your essay are:

  • Innovative ideas you would use in the classroom
  • How you would reach out to students’ different learning styles and abilities

Paul Luther Memorial Scholarship: An award given to a student who is a relative of a member of the Mechanicville Police or fire Departments. The application requires a 250 word essay on “Why Volunteering is Important to a small City/Community.” The runner up will receive the George F. Kennedy Award.

Hillcrest Fire Department Award: An award given to a student who resides in the Hillcrest Fire Department District. An essay on volunteering in the community is required. Students should describe their community involvement and what it has meant to them.

Character Counts Award:  Awards given to students who demonstrate outstanding character traits during high school including respect, responsibility, integrity, honesty and kindness. An essay is required. Please see Mrs. LaFleche for an application.

Cindi Zagorski Scholarships for Future Educators:  An award given to a student planning to attend college with an education major. An essay on “Why I plan To Teach” is required. Please see guidance for an application form.

Dr.Frank Greenhall Education Memorial Scholarship: An award will be given to a student planning to major in education. The requirements for this scholarship are to complete an essay on the following question: “As an educator, what do you plan to do to impact the life of a child?” Submit your essay to the Guidance office.

Mechanicville Retired Professional Educators: An award will be given to a student planning to major in education. A resume of activities, awards, and community service must be submitted to the Guidance office.

All essays are due in the Guidance Office.

Registering for the SAT/ACT Exams

Registration is easy. Simply go to or to sign up.

January is "Student Financial Aid Month"

January is Student Financial Aid Awareness Month, which means it's time for parents and students to fill out their college financial aid forms.

The first step is to complete the FAFSA application, which is key to college financial aid.

Please click here to begin.

FAFSA experts are also available to answer questions. For help:

 *   Call toll free at 1-800-808-1790 between noon and 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays
 *   Email anytime
 *   Click here to chat live

Students should also complete the New York State TAP application.

Please click here to begin.

More information and assistance is always available by contacting your school counselors, Christine Dugan and Jennifer LaFleche. In addition, you can also learn more by reviewing the recent presentation, Navigating the Financial Aid Process (PDF).

They can be reached at or Both can be reached by calling 664-9888.

Wondering how the class rank system works? See the document below.

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