Guidance Office


Latest News from the Guidance Office


Dear Parent/Student/Guardian,


This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation's first tuition-free degree program for full time students: the Excelsior Scholarship.  A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York's students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed.  The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY community college or university beginning in the fall of 2017.


More than 940,000 middle-class families across New York State will be eligible for the Scholarship.  How do you know if you qualify?  The requirements are simple:


Students must:

  • Be residents of New York State
  • Enroll in a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
  • Take 30 credits per calendar year (including winter and summer sessions)
  • Plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program

The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall of 2017.  It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019.


The application will be available starting June 7th.  To receive an electronic notification when the application is live, we encourage you to enter your email in the Excelsior Alert Form on the HESC website:


Please find additional information below on the benefits of the scholarship and how to apply.  Students and their families can also visit or to learn more, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.




H. Carl McCall

Chairman, The State University of New York

Board of Trustees


William C. Thompson, Jr.

Chairman, The City University of New York

Board of Trustees


Guidance Office   Student College Planning Calendars

(High School CEEB Code - 334715)


45 North Park Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Telephone: 845-871-5500  Fax:  845-871-5562


School Counselors
Mr. Jeffrey Palazzolo845-871-5500 x5504

Mr. Robert Heywood 845-871-5500 x5506



Counselor Assistants
Ms. Sheryl Mulkins  845-871-5500 x5505

Mrs. Mary Winkler 845-871-5500 x5507


School Counselors will assist students in developing their academic, personal, social and career/college skills.  Students, parents and/or guardians are encouraged to meet with the student's school counselor on an ongoing basis.  The Program of Studies is an invaluable tool for high school and post-high school planning. It provides an overview of the guidance program, graduation requirements as well as course descriptions.

  Ninth & Tenth Grades:  

Explore interests, values, abilities and aptitudes with friends, family, teachers and school counselor.  Take challenging courses and get involved in extra-curricular activities in and out of school.  In the fall or spring, tenth graders are required to take College and Careers I.

Eleventh Grade:  

  • Fall or Spring - take College and Careers II
  • October - take PSAT (results available mid-December)
  • March/April - take SAT prep courses
  • April - take ACT
  • May - take SAT
  • June - take SAT II, Subject exams and/or ACT
  • June - prospective Div. I & II college athletes register with NCAA
  • Spring/Summer - visit colleges, recruiters, etc.


Twelfth Grade:

  • Meet with school counselor regarding post-high school planning
  • October/November-submit FAFSA and required financial aid forms
  • October/November - take SAT and/or ACT and/or SAT II
  • October/November - prepare and submit college applications



Important Links For Students

  SAT Prep Resources


Graduation Requirements:

For additional information and resources please see your school counselor.


Financial Aid

Financial Aid Information   Financial Aid Websites


From The American Educational Guidance Center: a page which lists and links to New York colleges, universities, career schools, and technical schools (with contact information).   

Elsewhere on the website is a link to other information which will be helpful to students and their families, including links to 70 scholarship search sites, links to colleges offering programs for students with learning disabilities, Christian colleges, Catholic colleges, accredited online degree programs, colleges for women, and much, much more.  In addition, the site includes an instant online GPA calculator which will accommodate up to 50 grades.


Scholarship applications are currently available in the guidance office. Contact Mrs. Winkler for specific information.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all students applying for college financial aid.

You may file the FAFSA electronically at A user name and password must be created on the website for both the parent and the student.


Check your student's colleges to determine if they require the CSS Profile. See for additional information.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities are available on the District's Scholarship Webpage




845.871.5520 - District
845.871.5520 ext. 5527 - Transportation
845.871.5570 ext. 5560 - Registration
845.871.5570 ext. 5551 - Special Education
845.871.5570 ext. 5560 - Curriculum & Instruction


845.871.5570 - Chancellor Livingston Elementary
845.871.5500 - Bulkeley Middle School
845.871.5500 - Rhinebeck High School